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On Tour: In The Clubs

When KISS played their debut concert at the Coventry in Queens, New York, on Tuesday January 30, 1973, they already had plenty of original material from which to construct their set. Most of their songs had been worked on during late-1972 before Ace Frehley's addition to the band in late-December. Where various dates have been thrown around throughout the years, Lydia Criss has been adamant that Ace had joined the band by Christmas 1972. In fact, with the timing of the two Village Voice ads, it seems to make the most sense. The band, then a trio (following Peter Criss' addition), had performed a showcase for Epic Records towards the end of November 1972, just a week before Paul placed the ad for a lead guitarist. That showcase may well have been final nail in Wicked Lester's coffin and birth of a new band, but the material performed can be considered the holy trinity of KISS' musical catalog: "Deuce," "Strutter," and "Firehouse." As a trio, Gene, Paul, and Peter invited Epic president Don Ellis and A&R man Tom Werman to their 23rd Street rehearsal loft... [Read More]

January 1973

30 - Popcorn/Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY
31 - Popcorn/Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY

February

1 - Popcorn/Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY

March

9 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
10 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY

April

13 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
14 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY

May

4 - 54 Bleecker Street Loft, New York City, NY
26 - Sneaden's Landing, Pallisades, NY

June

1 - 54 Bleecker Street Loft, New York City, NY
6 - Dynamic Studios, New York City, NY **REHEARSAL
8 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
9 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
15 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
16 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY Listen To Samples

July

13 - Hotel Diplomat, New York City, NY

August

10 - Hotel Diplomat, New York City, NY
17 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
18 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
24 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
25 - The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
31 - Coventry, Queens, New York City

September

1 - Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY
2 - Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY **CANCELLED
2? - 23rd Street Rehearsal Loft, New York City, NY **REHEARSAL Listen To Samples
2? - LeTang Studios, Manhattan, New York City, NY **SHOWCASE
24 - Bell Sound Studios, New York City, NY **STUDIO LIVE
25 - Bell Sound Studios, New York City, NY **STUDIO LIVE

October

31 - Coventry, Queens, New York City **ERRONEOUS

December

21 - Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY
22 - Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY Listen To Samples
23 - Coventry, Queens, New York City, NY **CANCELLED
31 - Academy of Music, New York, NY Listen To Samples

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