29 years ago today, KISS brought their Hot in the Shade tour to the Cumberland County Civic Center. This was the 5th time they rocked Portland, Maine and the last appearance here with late drummer, Eric Carr.


Sadly, Eric passed away in November of the following year. His memory remains beloved by true fans to this day, so needless to say it turned out to be a very special night for the Maine's rock soldiers in the Kiss Army.


This was also the period of no kabuki make-up that started in 1983 and lasted until the reunion of the original line-up (Gene, Paul, Peter & Ace) in 1997.

We remember playing the tracks Hide your Heart, Forever (a Top 10 song Paul Stanley wrote with Michael Bolton BTW), and Rise to It from Hot in the Shade on the Blimp.

Opening the show that night were hot 'new' hair-metal outfits Slaughter and Winger.



Forever is only Kiss song that was a bigger hit single was Beth. Here it is performed live just before the Portland show in Detroit.

While we're at it, Let's watch the official video for Forever that we used to see on MTV. It features the rare appearance of a smiley face on Gene Simmons.