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Kiss – The Palladium (1980) 2 CD SET
****NOT THE BEST SOUND QUALITY, BUT A HISTORIC SHOW****
New York City, NY
July 25, 1980
Eric Carr’s First Concert
The Only U.S. Concert Of The Unmasked Tour
01. Detroit Rock City
02. Cold Gin
04. Calling Dr. Love
05. Is That You
07. Talk To Me
08. You`re All That I Want
09. 2000 Man / Ace Guitar Solo
01. I Was Made For Loving You
02. Love Gun
03. Shout It Out Loud
04. God Of Thunder / Eric Drum Solo
05. Rock And Roll All Nite
06. New York Groove
07. King Of The Night Time World
08. Black Diamond
Not long before the Unmasked Tour was to be launched, the bomb dropped, that bomb was in the form of a “Catman”. Peter Criss finally decided to leave Kiss to pursue a (unsuccessful) solo career. Kiss’s management quickly began to audition new drummers. On June 23rd one of those drummers was Paul Carravello. Soon to be Eric Carr, “The Fox”. What the band and management liked the most about Carr was, not only his way of playing, but his personality. Even when he left the audition, he was nice enough to ask the band members for their autographs.
Eric made his official concert debut with Kiss on July 25, 1980 at The Palladium in Manhattan. His parents were in the crowd. Proud to see their son up on stage with one of the world’s biggest bands. The Unmasked Tour also saw Kiss returning to Europe for the first time since 1976. In addition, for the first time in Australia and New Zealand! Kiss discovered that their popularity in Australia had not diminished, like in the USA, but was even bigger than ever.
For their shows in Germany Kiss had to alter their logo. Some people in Germany thought their lightning bolt “s”, in their logo, was too much resembled the “s” of the Waffen SS from Nazi Germany in World War II.