Unused concert ticket, KISS @ Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA, November 16, 1998. Psycho Circus Tour

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Kiss was at the beginning of their ‘Psycho Circus’ tour in late 1998

I already shared a post on the very first Kiss show outside North America, see that one here.

Today I will take a look at a much more recent show from which I have an unused concert ticket. See the ticket for sale here.

The original line-up of Kiss broke up in December 1979. The band re-united at the 1996 Grammy awards, after more than 16 years of alternative line-ups, bad-mouthing and dropping of their famous masks. The re-union (in make-up) and the following tour of 1996 and 1997 gave fans new hope, and when Kiss announced a new ‘original line-up Kiss album’ , fans cheered and forums were glowing with exitement. The album was called ‘Psycho Circus’ and it sent the band out on a 15 month long tour.

Show info: This ticket is from the ‘Psycho Circus’ tour, which lasted from October 31st 1998 until January 3rd 2000. This was the 4th show of the tour, and 5000 tickets out of a total 6000 available were sold.

Ticket info: This ticket is produced by Ticketmaster, and is not as flashy or excentric as many other and older tickets. Unfortunately thats how things have become in this age of effectiveness. But there is a story behind, and that often what I find most interesting. Also, the ticket is in VERY nice condition, with not creasing, bent corners or other wear of any kind. Put this in a frame below a poster, and it’s a great piece of memorabilia. I will keep one for myself, but will sell the rest of the 5 I bought from a dealer.

What is it worth?: This ticket is not very rare, but it is in very VERY good condition. For a fan it’s a nice piece, and I value it at USD 25-30.

Venue info: Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine. Indoor Arena, concert capacity 6000.

Cumberland County Civic Center hosted KISS and their ‘Psycho Circus Tour’ of 1998
Ace Frehley


Video from the gig: No video found from the gig (so far), but this clip from the gig a few days earlier gives a good impression of the show: 

The band: (from Wikipeida) Kiss (often stylized as KISS) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. Well known for its members’ black and white face paint and flamboyant stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid to late 1970s on the basis of their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits and pyrotechnics. Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 28 gold albumsto date, the most of any American rock band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 20 million have been certified by the RIAA and their worldwide sales exceeds 100 million albums. The original 1973–’80 lineup consisted of Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals).

With their makeup and costumes, they took on the personas of comic book-style characters: Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley) and Catman (Criss). The band explains that the fans were the ones who ultimately chose their makeup designs. Stanley became the “Starchild” because of his tendency to be referred to as the “starry-eyed lover” and “hopeless romantic”. The “Demon” makeup reflected Simmons’ cynicism and dark sense of humor, as well as his affection for comic books. Frehley’s “Spaceman” makeup was a reflection of his fondness for science fiction and his supposedly being from another planet. Criss’ “Catman” makeup was in accordance with the belief that he had nine lives because of his rough childhood in Brooklyn. Because of creative differences, both Criss and Frehley were out of the group by 1982. The band’s commercial fortunes had waned considerably by that point.

Tour poster of the Psycho Circus Tour

Setlist: Kiss played these tunes in Portland, Maine, 1998:

  1. Psycho Circus
  2. Shout It Out Loud 
  3. Deuce 
  4. Do You Love Me 
  5. Firehouse 
  6. Shock Me 
  7. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll 
  8. Cold Gin 
  9. Calling Dr. Love 
  10. Makin’ Love 
  11. Into the Void 
  12. Makin’ Love 
  13. God of Thunder 
  14. 100,000 Years 
  15. Within 
  16. I Was Made for Lovin’ You 
  17. King of the Night Time World 
  18. Love Gun 
  19. Rock and Roll All Nite 
  20. Encore:
  21. Beth 
  22. Detroit Rock City 
  23. Black Diamond

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