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March 19, 1985


Madison, WI
Dane County Expo Center
Promoter: Stardate Productions
Other act: W.A.S.P.
Reported audience: 5,321 / 8,000 (66.51%)
Reported gross: $62,682

Set list(s):

Detroit Rock City
Cold Gin
Creatures of the Night
Fits Like a Glove
Heaven's on Fire
Under the Gun
War Machine
Young and Wasted
I Love It Loud
I Still Love You
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Lick It Up
Rock and Roll All Nite


- W.A.S.P. took over from Dokken as opener for the remaining dates of the tour. They had just come off a stint opening for Iron Maiden, but earlier in the year had been headlining their own tour with up-and-coming band Metallica opening for them...
- From a local review: " The KISS concert at the Dane County Coliseum Tuesday night had very little to do with music, but that omission apparently didn't stop a lot of fans from enjoying the performance. Although there seemed to be a lot of empty seats, the ticket office was still selling briskly two hours after the show opened at 7:30 p.m.; and at least half the people stood on the main floor, or on each other's shoulders. This is called 'festival seating,' or, as a security guard elucidated, 'Save the furniture.' KISS is less a band of musicians than a concert and record-album marketing group. Its targeted market is the American sub-teen, and, if KISS is correct, the American sub-teen likes fireworks, noise, flashing lights, duly words and $13 tee shirts. Even the supply of these essentials seemed to be a little on the chintzy side Tuesday. KISS has a reputation for stage pyrotechnics, but maybe the group forgot to put all the firecrackers on the bus. There were a few loud booms, occasional pallid smoke, a couple of firepots on stage, and one half-hearted attempt at swallowing a torch.

Perhaps to make up for this disappointing display, the drummer beat his cymbals and tom-toms with a live microphone, and the guy running the light board mashed whole rows of spot keys exuberantly. Technically, the entertainment ran the gamut of three major chords, but never more than two in the same selection. A featured drum solo consisted of series of six or eight heavy blows, interspersed with half-minute periods of posing, bowing and exhorting applause. Gene Simmons' guitar solo, played on a cute little model shaped like an axe (get it?) gave an effective demonstration of the Doppler effect. As if there wasn't already enough happening, all three guitarists presented an ongoing aerobics lesson, running up and down stage ramps in aggressive, apelike postures that must have been taxing, at least on their outfits... It was surprising, though, that with such ... regularity and consistency to their numbers, the band felt it necessary to frequently slow the pace with time-honored audience-control techniques. Simmons constantly asked for more applause. At one point, the band divided the audience -- about 7,000 -- into groups A and B, and held a contest to see which group could yell pre-selected dirty words the loudest. If showbiz ever palls for KISS, the group can always get bookings leading Junior High pep rallies" (Madison Wisconsin State Journal, 3/20/85).

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