ALIVE 35 WORLD TOUR \ 2008
The Kiss Alive/35 World Tour was a concert tour by Kiss to celebrate Kiss's 35th anniversary. It was the band's first major tour since the Rock the Nation World Tour in 2004. On the tour, Kiss played in New Zealand for the first time since the Alive/Worldwide Tour in 1997, as well as performed in Europe for the first time since the Psycho Circus World Tour. Kiss wore Destroyer-themed costumes for the tour, and on the European leg the majority of the songs played were on Alive!. The tour was highly successful and proved to be Kiss's biggest tour of Europe.
Three legs and 38 shows were announced. Kiss headlined the Download, Graspop Metal Meeting and Arrow Rock festivals in Europe as part of the tour.
The tour began on March 16 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. The European leg started on May 9 in the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The Latin America leg started on April 3 in Chile. The tour ended on December 13, 2009, in Pittsburgh after the December 15, 2009 concert in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was postponed until summer 2010 due to inclement weather.
Gene Simmons stated that part of the tour's success could be attributed to the success of his hit television show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
In the tour program for the band's final tour, Stanley reflected on the tour:
Kiss is about believing in yourself and knowing you can succeed and knowing that the people who tell you you can't succeed are the ones who failed. It's also about celebrating life. It's about enjoying life for what it is. Every day is a miracle. Just being here is Christmas every day of the year. Playing live is the ultimate but doing it right is really really hard work. I push it as far as I can. That's always the philosophy as far as playing live.
Sun 16 Mar 2008 - Albert Park (Grand Prix), Melbourne
Tues 18 Mar 2008 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Thur 20 Mar 2008 - Acer Area, Sydney