Rising Sun Tour - 2006

Start Date: July 18, 2006

End Date: July 23, 2006

Shows: 7

Legs: 1

Countries: Japan

Opening Acts: None

Average Attendance: 10,000

Line Up: Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer

After a short break in 2005 because of Paul Stanley's hip replacement surgery, the band did a small mini tour across Japan with eight planned dates where eventually two were cancelled as they were booked in America. Before the band went on tour they performed at the VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas, on 25th, 2006 where the bands Queen, Judas Priest, Def Leppard and KISS were being honored. KISS performed 'Detroit Rock City', 'Deuce', 'Love Gun' and for an encore they performed 'Makin' Love'. Interesting fact is that Ace Frehley also performed but not with the band but in a supergroup before KISS with Rob Zombie, Slash, Gilby Clarke, Scott Ian, and Tommy Lee and played 'God Of Thunder'.

The tour did well in attendance figures and their shows at the Udo Music Festival had a attendance figure of roughly 40,000. No opening acts were used during this tour and pyro was sparsely used at one show but than again used like they normally would at another show. After the tour concluded Paul would venture into a club solo tour in October/November in support of his solo album "Live To Win". Gene would premiere his reality show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" in August of 2006.

'Firehouse' had returned on the set list and Gene would breath fire again after the song. The set list is very interesting as well as more obscure songs had returned and resembled more of a set list from KISS in early 1976. Maybe two songs from the 80's were present but the rest were all classic 70's KISS songs. Rarities would be performed as well like 'Kissin' Time' with Eric on vocals, marking the return of the song for the first time since May/June 1974! Also performed were songs like 'Christine Sixteen', 'Watchin' You', 'Got To Choose', and 'Love 'Em And Leave 'Em'.

Rising Sun Tour Stage:

  • World Domination Tour Stage - For the Rising Sun Tour the band used the World Domination stage again (seeing this is the second time this stage is used in Japan, they might have it in storage in Japan).

  • Video Screen -  No video screen was used during this tour.

  • KISS Logo - The KISS logo was turned off most of the time during a show.

  • Show Intro - The intro of the show was interesting as they were introduced and than the band just walked onto the stage and asked if the audience if they are ready to rock.
  • Pyrotechnics - Even though most shows were limited on their pyrotechnics and fireworks, for the last two shows at the Chumash Casino they went full out again.
  • Tour Book - What makes this tour stand out beside the small amount of shows, is that there is no tour book, this marks the first time that KISS had no tour book for a Japanese tour.

KISS at the VH1 Rock Honors

     Stage Props:

  • Animated KISS Logo
  • Gene Spitting Blood
  • Gene Breathing Fire
  • Gene Flying
  • Paul Flying
  • Fire Engine Lights
  • Fire Engine Siren
  • Platform Risers
  • Dry Ice Smoke
  • Flash Pots
  • Limited Fireworks
  • Limited Pyrotechnics
  • Drum Riser
  • Amplifier Stacks
  • KISS Army Banners
  • Flamethrowers
  • Confetti
  • Paul Smashing Guitar

Paul with Dave Grohl and Ace at the VH1 Rock Honors

Typical Setlist:

01. 'Detroit Rock City'
02. 'Makin' Love'
03. 'Watchin' You'
04. 'King Of The Night Time World'
05. 'Deuce'

06. 'Christine Sixteen'

07. 'Firehouse'
08. 'Got To Choose'

09. 'Strutter'

10. 'Lick It Up'

11. 'I Love It Loud'

12. 'Love Gun'

13. 'God Of Thunder'

14. 'Do You Love Me?'

15. 'Shout It Out Loud'

16. 'I Was Made For Lovin' You'

17. 'Black Diamond'


18. 'Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll'

19. 'God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You II'

20. 'Rock And Roll All Nite'

Special Shows / Happenings:

- Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV, May 25, 2006 -

The VH1 Rock Honors show.

- Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan, July 18, 2006 -

The band performed 'Love 'em, Leave 'em' for the second time ever since November 1976.

- Kokusai Cente, Fukuoka, Japan, July 20, 2006 -

KISS performs 'Kissin' Time' with Eric Singer on vocals, just before 'God Gave Rock & Roll To You II' Paul played a medley with the following songs:

'Love Her All I Can', 'Parasite', 'She', 'Shock Me', (Paul singing), and 'Hotter Than Hell' .

- Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, M, July 21, 2006 -

One of the two cancelled shows on the tour.

- Rock Fest, Cadott, WI, July 22, 2006 -

The second cancelled show.

- Udo Festival, Izumiotsu Phoenix, Osaka, Japan, July 22, 2006 -

Gene and Paul both did not fly during this show.

- Udo Festival, Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka, Japan, July 23, 2006 -

The second show for the UDO Music Festival, this show was recorded for a tv broadcast and even though limited on pyro, shows the band working tighter together and Tommy Thayer seemed to found his spot in the band. As this was a festival, big bursts of fireworks would be set off behind the stage.

- Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA, July 24 & 28, 2006 -

a full KISS show was performed with the full pyro and fireworks show even though it was a casino venue.

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