88.07.01 SAGINAW, MI

LOCATION: Saginaw, Michigan 
VENUE: Civic Center 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

First night of touring with Iron Maiden. The band did an in-store appearance at Rock-A-Rolla Records in Saginaw on the afternoon of the show. 

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Circus 88-07-31 (p. 8)

Handbill for in-store appearance

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In-store appearance at Rock-A-Rolla Records

88.07.02 DETROIT, MI

LOCATION: Detroit, Michigan 
VENUE: Joe Louis Arena 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Rip It Out
Juvenille Delinquent
Something Moved
Cold Gin
Time Ain't Running Out
New York Groove
Rock Soldiers
Breakout
Insane
Rocket Ride

Setlist courtsey Julian Gill. Ace was scheduled to have an in-store signing session at Harmony House on the afternoon of the show.

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Detroit Free Press of Detroit, MI 88-06-03 (p. D-12)

Detroit Free Press of Detroit, MI 88-07-02 (p. D-8)

88.07.03 CLEVELAND, OH

LOCATION: Cleveland (Richfield), OH  
VENUE: Richfield Coliseum  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Approx. 7,000

Unknown

Jane Scott wrote a small feature on Ace—with nary a mention of the fact that he had a band called Frehley's Comet—which featured the same old stuff. 

Attendance figure comes from a review by Mark Faris that didn't mention the opening act. (Akron Beacon Journal of Akron, OH 87-07-05, p. D-5)

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The News Journal pof Mansfield, OH 88-06-26 (p. D-3)

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, OH 88-07-01 (Friday section p. 11)

88.07.05 PITTSBURGH, PA

LOCATION: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
VENUE: Civic Arena  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Approx. 3,700

Rip It Out
Juvenille Delinquent
Something Moved
Cold Gin
Time Ain't Running Out
New York Groove
Rock Soldiers
Breakout
Insane
We Got Your Rock
Rocket Ride

Setlist courtsey Julian Gill. The band did an in-store signing session at Eide's Comics & Records on the afternoon of the show. The event was attended by some 500 fans according to the fanzine KISS Asylum Exposed (no. 2, p. 20). 

Peter B. King's review of the show didn't have anything positive to say about The Comet. Attendance figures comes from this review, the review by Scott Mervis (Post Gazette 87-07-06, p. 12) mentioned 3,600 attending while the aformentioned KISS Asylum Exposed item had a somewhat inflated attendance of 8,500. Mervis's review only noted that The Comet was "boring, mindless". 

The photos presented below are courtsey Talking Metal who had identified these as being from Pittsburgh. However, the outfits worn by the band in these photos don't match the details mentioned by KISS Asylum Exposed.

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The Pittsburgh Press of Pittsburgh, PA 88-06-26 (p. F-6)

The Post Gazette of Pittsburgh, PA 88-07-05 (p. 21)

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Photos courtsey Talking Metal

88.07.06 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

LOCATION: Poughkeepsie, New York
VENUE: Mid-Hudson Civic Center  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

We don't know the attendance figures for this show but based on the gross of $39,937 reported in Variety Weekly (88-07-27, p. 54) the arena was about 70% full. 

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Poughkeepsie Journal of Poughkeepsie, NY 88-07-01 (p. D-12)

88.07.08 EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey 
VENUE: Meadowlands  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Rip It Out
Juvenille Delinquent
Something Moved
Cold Gin
Time Ain't Running Out
New York Groove
Breakout
Rock Soldiers
Insane
Rocket Ride

There was some hesitancy surrounding this show. Maiden's 1987 performance at this very venue had apparently been marred by violence and a "mini-riot". Bruce Haring's review in the Newark Star-Ledger noted that the crowd was relatively sparse and was mainly descriptive when it came to Frehley's Comet. When this same review was reprinted in slightly edited form in Billboard, Haring suddenly noted that "Frehley showed superb guitar skills and strong vocals". 

Despite the additional security measures for this show it still ranked fourth in the number of arrests at the venue with 16 total. (The Record of Hackensack, NJ 88-07-14, p. F-1) Eight of those arrests were for scalping tickets.

Setlist courtsey Julian Gill. 

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Asbury Park Press of Asbury Park, NJ 88-06-19 (p. F-23)

Daily News of New York, NY 88-07-08 (p. 55)

88.07.09 UTICA, NY

UNCONFIRMED

LOCATION: Utica, New York
VENUE: Memorial Auditorium 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: N/A

N/A

This date comes from the work of Julian Gill but it is wholly unconfirmed. I've found nothing in the newspaper record to suggest that there was a show on this date. The only mention of Frehley's Comet (and Iron Maiden) in relation to July 9, 1988, comes from a tour date listing in Circus (88-07-31, p. 9) but there it's listed as a (possible) second show at The Meadowlands.

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88.07.10 ALLENTOWN, PA

CANCELED

LOCATION: Allentown, Pennsylvania  
VENUE: Allentown Fairgrounds 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: N/A

N/A

This show was canceled the day before the show due to poor ticket sales. Despite having been on sale for six weeks there had only been 1,500 tickets sold out of a possible 14,000. 

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The Morning Call of Allentown, PA 88-06-04 (p. A-68)

The Tribune of Scranton, PA 88-06-27 (p. C-4)

The Morning Call of Allentown, PA 88-07-02 (p. A-57)

The Morning Call of Allentown, PA 88-07-10 (p. B-q)

88.07.12 BINGHAMTON, NY

LOCATION: Binghamton, New York
VENUE: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

I've found very little information on this show, apart from two cursory mentions in Pennsylvania papers the two clippings below is it. Julian Gill considers this show doubtful and the fact that it wasn't listed by any of the ticket outlets ads I've found—while both 88-07-08 and 88-07-15 were—gives me some opause as well. (East Coast Rocker 88-06-29, p. 56-57)

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Press and Sun Bulletin of Binhamton, NY 88-07-01 (Good Times section p. 6)

Press and Sun Bulletin of Binhamton, NY 88-07-12 (p. B-3)

88.07.13 NEW HAVEN, CT

LOCATION: New Haven, Connecticut 
VENUE: New Haven Coliseum 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

Nothing to report.

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Hartford Courant of Hartford, CT 88-06-02 (Calendar section p. 4)

Hartford Courant of Hartford, CT 88-07-07 (Calendar section p. 24)

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88.07.15 UNIONDALE, NY

LOCATION: Uniondale, New York
VENUE: Nassau Coliseum  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

Nothing to report

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The Journal News of White Plains, NY 88-07-14 (Weekend section p. 11)

Trenton Evening Times of Trenton, NJ 88-07-15 (p. D-29)

88.07.16 TROY, NY

LOCATION: Troy, New York 
VENUE: RPI Fieldhouse  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

Virtually nothing is known about this show except that it happened, there exist bootlegs of the Iron Maiden set.

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The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, MA 88-07-03 (p. E-7)

Poughkeepsie Journal of Poughkeepsie, NY 88-07-07 (p. C-1)

88.07.17 WORCESTER, MA

LOCATION: Worcester, Massachusetts  
VENUE: Centrum  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iroin Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

The poor quality of the newspaper clipping below aside, the mention of this upcoming show by the Boston Herald is one of the greatest things of all time. Not only did they mis-spell the Frehley name (Freeley), they also managed to mistake Iron Maiden for Iron Buttterfly. Top marks all around! 

Jim Sullivan's review in the Boston Globe barely mentioned Frehley's Comet, and then only to deride them as "truly wretched, generic hard rock".

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The Boston Herald of Boston, MA 88-06-08 (p. 39)

The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, MA 88-07-17 (p. E-7)

88.07.19 PORTLAND, ME

LOCATION: Portland, Maine 
VENUE: Cumberland Civic Center  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

The evidence for this show is scant when it comes to Frehley's Comet. It's listed in the tour date listings in Circus (88-07-31, p. 10) and noted on the tour T-shirt but that's about it. 

There exists a bootleg of Iron Maiden's set so we can assume that the show happened but, frankly, have no evidence that The Comet played.

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88.07.20 PROVIDENCE, RI

LOCATION: Providence, Rhode Island  
VENUE: Civic Center  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

Nothing to report.

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The Hartford Courant of Hartford, CT 88-06-23 (Calendar section p. 4)

88.07.22 PHILADELPHIA, PA

LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
VENUE: The Spectrum 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

We don't know the attendance for this show but the gross reported in Variety Weekly (88-08-03, p. 86) suggested that, at most, about 45% of available tickets had been sold. 

A small blurb in The Daily Journal the day before the show just might have failed to attract more fans of Iron Maiden to the show. 

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The Philadelphia Inquirer of Philadelphia, PA 88-06-05 (p. E-11)

The Courier News of Bridgewater, NJ 88-07-21 (p. B-6)

The Philadelphia Inquirer of Philadelphia, PA 88-07-15 (Weekend section p. 29)

The Philadelphia Inquirer of Philadelphia, PA 88-07-22 (Weekend section p. 30) [edited]

88.07.23 GREENSBORO, NC

CANCELED

LOCATION: Greensboro, North Carolina  
VENUE: Greensboro Coliseum  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE:  Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: N/A

N/A

This is an odd date. The Frehley's Comet toiur t-shirt lists Norfolk, VA on this date; the tour date listings in Circus (88-07-31, p. 10) has Hampton, VA; and the otherwise ridiulously exhaustive Iron Maiden Commentary fails to mention this date at all. 

The newspaper mentions below is everything I've found and having the first mention of a major event the day before it was supposed to happen seems a little odd. (In contrast the Super Flea market (!) on July 9-10 was advertised and mentioned incessantly.) Regardless off the veracity of the booking, sales were evidently too slow to warrant the show.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer of Cincinnati, OH 87-06-07 (p. F-8)

87-06-13 - Dayton Daily News of Dayton, OH 87-06-13 (p. 34)

88.07.24 LANDOVER, MD

RESCHEDULED

LOCATION: Landover, Maryland 
VENUE: Capital Centre  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: N/A

N/A

It's not clear why this show was rescheduled for a later date. The announcement only appeared in the newspapers on the same date.

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The Baltimore Sun of Baltimore, MD 88-06-24 (Maryland Live section p. 8)

The Evening Sun of Baltimore, MD 88-07-21 (p. B-3)

The Baltimore Sun of Baltimore, MD 88-07-24 (p. M-2)

The Evening Sun of Baltimore, MD 88-07-28 (p. C-5)

88.07.26 ATLANTA, GA

LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia 
VENUE: S.I.R. Studios
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: -
ATTENDANCE: Approx. 5,000

Unknown

Iron Maiden had a really bad couple of days here. After one cancellation due to lacking ticket sales and one unspecified postponement, Bruce Dickinson couldn't make a connection out of New York to make this show. Frehley's Comet played its set to the "capacity crowd". 

Iron Maiden returned to the venue the next day, July 27, and did their set. According to The Atlanta Consitution (see below) Frehley's Comet did not perform on this make-up date. Iron Maiden were later lauded by the local press for their handling of this event noting that they "quitely took care of the extra expenses when the heavy metal band had to postpone its Fox Theatre concert by 24 hours last week." (The Atlanta Constitution 88-08-05, p. C-4)

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The Atlanta Constitution of Atlanta, GA 88-06-18 (Weekend section p. 9)

The Greenville News of Greenville, SC 88-07-22 (Notions section p. 4)

The Atlanta Constitution of Atlanta, GA 88-07-27 (p. A-2)

88.07.29 FORT WORTH, TX

LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas 
VENUE: Tarrant County Convention Center 
OPENER(s):Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

Nothing to report.

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Fort Worth Star Telegram of Fort Worth, TX 88-07-02 (p. 4-3)

Fort Worth Star Telegram of Fort Worth, TX 88-07-29 (Star Time section p. 14)

88.07.30 AUSTIN, TX

LOCATION: Austin, Texas 
VENUE: Erwin Center  
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

Going by the gross reported in Variety (Variety Weekly 88-08-24, p. 104) this show was about half full at best.

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Austin American Statesman of Austin, TX 88-07-28 (p. F-1)

Austin American Statesman of Austin, TX 88-07-30 (p. A-1)

Austin American Statesman of Austin, TX 88-07-29 (p. F-1)

Austin American Statesman of Austin, TX 88-07-29 (p. F-3)

88.07.31 HOUSTON, TX

LOCATION: Houston, Texas
VENUE: The Summit 
OPENER(s): Frehley's Comet
HEADLINE: Iron Maiden
ATTENDANCE: Unknown

Unknown

Nothing to report

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