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December 11, 1985


Cleveland, OH
Richfield Coliseum
Promoter: Belkin Productions
Other act(s): Black 'N Blue
Reported audience: ~12,000 / 17,000 (70.59%)

Set list(s):

Detroit Rock City
Fits Like A Glove
Cold Gin
Uh! All Night
War Machine
I Still Love You
Under The Gun
Tears Are Falling
I Love It Loud
Love Gun
Rock And Roll All Nite
Heaven's On Fire
Won't Get Fooled Again
Lick It Up


- From a local review: "It's been more than 12 years since KISS made its Cleveland area debut at the Agora. The sleek, flashy modern KISS that performed at the Coliseum Wednesday night is a reinterpretation of that group. The core personnel -- vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley -- are the same, and so is the basic raw material, crude and anthemic yet melodic hard rock kept aloft by dazzling visuals. Finally, with this show, KISS has completed the transformation it began two years ago when it dropped the makeup that had been its trademark for a decade. Slowly but surely, the group began to change the focus or its act from cartoon characters to bare-faced, '80s heavy metal hooligans in the Mötley Crüe vein (it is ironic to observe that the Crue derived so much or its act from vintage KISS, while '80s KISS apes Motley Crue).
With current KISS, the pyrotechnics and stage gimmicks become a backdrop for the musicians' own performances, rather than the chief actor. KISS has finally relegated those flashy flame and sparkler throwing devices and so forth to incidental tricks. Simmons still eats fire (though it's rather perfunctory now) and he briefly dons a cape embedded with strobe lights. But those tricks are no longer the reason the audience comes. They're coming for the same reason they'd come to see Ratt or WASP or Twisted Sister: to partake of heavy metal... KISS also has taken its stage look further away from the 70s. Now it's costumed in a Las Vegas mélange of lame, sequins and velvet, looking as if it took costuming hints from Wayne Newton.

Though KISS does change the musical pace occasionally with softer songs like 'I Still Love You' or 'Tears Are Falling,' those really aren't the essence of the act. KISS's forte is blaring out thundering tunes, full of catchy hooks and heavy sexual innuendo. They are basic get-the-blood-pumping tunes that -- when accompanied by the lean, fast stage show of today's KISS -- are a sure formula for success" (Plain Dealer, 12/13/85).
- From another local review: "You'd have thought it was the unveiling of a new planet, or maybe a cure for baldness. It had that kind of fanfare. There were ear-shattering explosions, pillars of flame, the deafening din of 12,000 screamers -- and more. Sadly, however, it was just another KISS concert at the Coliseum, just another hour and 45 minutes of audio-visual mayhem that's been the group's hallmark lo these many years.

But if you go for that sort of thing -- and plenty do -- Wednesday's show has to rank as one of the group's better efforts. One thing about KISS, they don't mess around. They pucker right up and give the crowd just what it came for -- a scalding, hot-lipped dose of heavy metal adrenalin right in the middle of the old yuletide. Although the quartet's sound doesn't seem to have gained or lost appreciably with the addition of lead guitarist Bruce Kulick -- the third in nearly as many years -- Wednesday's show seemed more intense, compact and enthusiastic than recent local appearances" (Akron Beacon Journal, 12/12/85).
- Audience filmed VID from a high left vantage point circulates from this show.

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