Girls of Summer Tour

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Girls of Summer Tour
Aerosmith Girls Of Summer Tour Poster.jpg
Tour by Aerosmith
Associated album O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
Legs 3
Shows 51
Aerosmith concert chronology
Just Push Play Tour
(2001)
Girls of Summer Tour
(2002)
Rocksimus Maximus Tour
(2003)

The Girls of Summer Tour was a North American concert tour headlined by Aerosmith that ran from August to December 2002. The tour was put on in support of the band's 2-disc compilation, O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, a comprehensive collection which spanned their whole career. Included on the album was a new track "Girls of Summer" which the band named the tour after to promote the song and their pop image. The concert sent the band to 41 amphitheater shows and 10 arena shows, for a total of 51 shows. The tour was opened by Kid Rock and Run-DMC, starting a trend of the band tapping high-profile acts to open their concerts on their relentless tours throughout the 2000s.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
August 13, 2002 Holmdel, New Jersey United States PNC Bank Arts Center
August 15, 2002 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 17, 2002 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium
August 20, 2002 Washington, D.C. Nissan Pavilion
August 22, 2002 Boston, Massachusetts Tweeter Center
August 24, 2002
August 26, 2002
August 28, 2002 Wantagh, New York Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 30, 2002
September 1, 2002 Tinley Park, Illinois Tweeter Center
September 3, 2002 Toronto, Ontario Canada Molson Amphitheatre
September 5, 2002 Hartford, Connecticut United States Meadows Music Theater
September 7, 2002 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Waterfront Center
September 10, 2002 Scranton, Pennsylvania Montage Mountain Performing Arts Center
September 12, 2002 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
September 14, 2002 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 16, 2002 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
September 18, 2002 Clarkston, Michigan DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 20, 2002 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center
September 22, 2002 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center
October 2, 2002 Maryland Heights, Missouri UMB Bank Pavilion
October 4, 2002 Nashville, Tennessee Starwood Amphitheatre
October 6, 2002 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheater
October 8, 2002 Charlotte, North Carolina Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 10, 2002 Richmond, Virginia Innsbrook After Hours
October 12, 2002 Raleigh, North Carolina Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
October 14, 2002 Atlanta, Georgia HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
October 17, 2002 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum
October 19, 2002 West Palm Beach, Florida Sound Advice Amphitheatre
October 22, 2002 Bossier City, Louisiana CenturyTel Center
October 24, 2002 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena
October 26, 2002 Fort Worth, Texas Texas Motor Speedway
October 28, 2002 Selma, Texas Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 30, 2002 The Woodlands, Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
November 1, 2002 Phoenix, Arizona Cricket Pavilion
November 3, 2002 Los Angeles, California Hollywood Bowl
November 5, 2002 Chula Vista, California Coors Amphitheater
November 9, 2002 Paradise, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 12, 2002 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome
November 14, 2002 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
November 15, 2002 Sacramento, California Autowest Amphitheater
December 2, 2002 Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
December 4, 2002 Memphis, Tennessee Pyramid Arena
December 6, 2002 Valley Center, Kansas Kansas Coliseum
December 8, 2002 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center
December 10, 2002 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center
December 13, 2002 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
December 15, 2002 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena
December 17, 2002 University Park, Pennsylvania Bryce Jordan Center
December 19, 2002 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania First Union Center
December 21, 2002 Washington, D.C. MCI Center

Success[edit]

  • Top 10 Touring Acts of USA: Aerosmith, #7
  • Total Gross: $38,998,028
  • Total Attendance: 779,827 (capacity 914,511) 85.27%
  • 51 shows (10 sellout)

Stage Setup[edit]

The stage setup was relatively simple, with ramps going out on the sides. However, this was also the second tour the band employed a B-stage for fans in the lawn, where they performed a 3-song set of primarily 1970s classics during the middle of the show. The show started with a white curtain in front of the stage with Steven Tyler standing in silhouette on one of the monitors.

Setlist[edit]

The band adjusted their setlist, but usually opened the show with "Toys in the Attic" (where they would play behind a curtain before the curtain came down when the band got into the song) and went through about 20-25 songs spanning their whole career, from "Sweet Emotion" and "Back in the Saddle" to "Love in an Elevator" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" to their latest hits "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Girls of Summer". There were also a variety of deep cuts and B-sides played, which the band rotated heavily.

During the encore, Kid Rock and Run-DMC would join Aerosmith for a stunning rendition of "Walk This Way", celebrating the rejuevenation of the song's popularity as a collaboration since it was performed at Super Bowl XXXV and other high-profile events as well as the re-uniting of Aerosmith and Run-DMC since they collaborated on the song back in 1986.

An average set,

  1. "Toys In The Attic"
  2. "Back in the Saddle"
  3. "Same Old Song And Dance"
  4. "Girls of Summer"
  5. "Sweet Emotion"
  6. "What it Takes"
  7. "Big Ten Inch Record"
  8. "Dream On"
  9. "Walking The Dog"
  10. "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
  11. "Last Child"
  12. "Jaded"
  13. "Pink"
  14. "Stop Messin' Around"
  15. "Lord of the Thighs"
  16. "Cryin'"
  17. "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)"
  18. "Draw the Line"
  19. "Walk This Way"

Other songs performed include "Mama Kin", "Love in an Elevator", "Big Ten Inch Record", "Monkey on My Back", and "Janie's Got a Gun"

Kid Rock[edit]

Kid Rock performed an exceptionally long set, sometimes lasting 1 hour to 1 hour and a half, he would join Run DMC to help close their set with "King of Rock". From there he would open his set with Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" followed by "American Bad Ass", "You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me into Free Bird", "Devil Without A Cause", "Picture", the unreleased blues song "If I Was President","3 Sheets To The Wind" with him playing every instrument on stage, "Only God Knows Why", "Midnight Rider","Cowboy into Good Ol Boys", the "Detroit Medley" and the closer "Bawitdaba". The "Detroit Medley" included "Old Time Rock N Roll", "Cat Scratch Fever", "Where Did Our Love Go", "We're An American Band", "Kick Out The Jams" and "My Name Is".

He would also rotate in covers Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and Bob Seger's "Fire Down Below", as well as the medley of "Somebody's Gotta Feel This-Whole Lotta Love-Fist Of Rage".

Run-DMC[edit]

This tour was one of the biggest events of Run-DMC's career, exposing them to large, live mainstream fanbases, generally unheard of in rap music. This was also the last major tour for Jam Master Jay. The musician and mixer was fatally shot in October 2002, shortly after they had completed their opening responsibilities on the 1st leg.

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