Licks Tour

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Licks Tour 2002-2003
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Tour by The Rolling Stones
Associated album Forty Licks
Start date 3 September 2002
End date 9 November 2003
Legs 5
Shows 117
Box office US $311 million ($398.71 in 2014 dollars)[1]
The Rolling Stones concert chronology
No Security Tour
(1999)
Licks Tour
(2002-2003)
A Bigger Bang Tour
(2005-2007)

The Licks Tour was a worldwide concert tour undertaken by The Rolling Stones during 2002 and 2003, in support of their 40th anniversary compilation album Forty Licks. The tour grossed over $300 million, becoming the second highest grossing tour at that time, behind their own Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994-1995.[2]

The itinerary continued the Rolling Stones' practice of mixing theatre, arena, and stadium venues. With little new music to promote, set lists were dynamic and featured a total of 80 different songs.[3]

Planned dates in East Asia and the final date of the tour were cancelled in response to the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003. Additionally, because Toronto, Canada was also affected, the Rolling Stones headlined the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert on 30 July 2003 to help the city recover from the effects of the epidemic. It was attended by an estimated 490,000 people.[4] Finally, on 7–9 November 2003, the band played its first ever concerts in Hong Kong, as part of the Harbour Fest celebration.[5] The tour was sponsored by E-Trade.[6]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Brown Sugar"
  2. "Tumbling Dice"
  3. "Flip The Switch"
  4. "Don't Stop"
  5. "Emotional Rescue"
  6. "Losing My Touch"
  7. "Hot Stuff"
  8. "Honky Tonk Women"
  9. "Keys to Your Love"
  10. "Midnight Rambler"
  11. "Route 66"
  12. "Brand New Car"
  13. "Little Queenie"
  14. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
  15. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  16. "Stealing My Heart"
  17. "Crazy Mama"
  18. "Let It Bleed"
  19. "Paint It Black"
  20. "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  21. "Street Fighting Man"
  22. "Gimme Shelter"
  23. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  24. "You Got Me Rocking"
  25. "Angie"
Encore 1
  1. "Under My Thumb"
  2. "Miss You"
Encore 2
  1. "Don't Stop"
  2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  3. "Start Me Up"
  4. "Sympathy For The Devil"

Tour happenings[edit]

In Chicago, U2 frontman Bono joined the Stones for "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)". But after the conclusion of the song, Bono left the stage without acknowledging the audience.[7] Dr. John also guested as well.

In January, American cable network HBO broadcast a concert from Madison Square Garden in New York.[8]

The Rolling Stones played "drastically different" shows depending upon the size of the venue.[9]

The production was designed by Mark Fisher, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, and Patrick Woodroffe.[10] The design included a 60-metre (200 ft) wide digital print created by Jeff Koons. During the song Honky Tonk Women, an animated video was shown of a topless woman riding the famous Rolling Stones Tongue logo before being devoured.[11]

In Sydney, Leipzig, Hockenheim, Oberhausen and Toronto Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC played "Rock Me Baby" with the Rolling Stones. The Leipzig performance can be found on disc 2 of AC/DC's Plug Me In, while the Toronto performance was included in the Toronto Rocks DVD.

Tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
16 August 2002 Toronto Canada Palais Royale
3 September 2002 Boston United States FleetCenter
5 September 2002 Foxboro Gillette Stadium
8 September 2002 Boston Orpheum Theatre
10 September 2002 Chicago United Center
13 September 2002 Comiskey Park
16 September 2002 Aragon Ballroom
18 September 2002 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium
20 September 2002 First Union Center
22 September 2002 Upper Darby Tower Theater
26 September 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden
28 September 2002 East Rutherford Giants Stadium
30 September 2002 New York City Roseland Ballroom
4 October 2002 Landover FedEx Field
5 October 2002 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
12 October 2002 Detroit Ford Field
14 October 2002 Cleveland Gund Arena
16 October 2002 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
18 October 2002 Rogers Centre
20 October 2002 Columbus United States Nationwide Arena
22 October 2002 Sunrise Office Depot Center
23 October 2002 Miami American Airlines Arena
26 October 2002 Atlanta Turner Field
31 October 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center
2 November 2002 Anaheim Edison International Field
4 November 2002 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre
6 November 2002 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
8 November 2002 San Francisco Pacific Bell Park
9 November 2002
12 November 2002 Oakland Oakland Arena
14 November 2002 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
16 November 2002 Las Vegas The Joint
(Private show hosted by David Bonderman - no public admission)
23 November 2002 San Antonio SBC Center
25 November 2002 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center
29 November 2002 Las Vegas The Joint
30 November 2002 MGM Grand Garden Arena
8 January 2003 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
10 January 2003 Pittsburgh United States Mellon Arena
12 January 2003 Boston FleetCenter
16 January 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden
18 January 2003
21 January 2003 Chicago United Center
22 January 2003
25 January 2003 Houston Reliant Stadium
28 January 2003 Oklahoma City Ford Center
30 January 2003 Phoenix America West Arena
1 February 2003 Denver Pepsi Center
4 February 2003 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
6 February 2003 Los Angeles Staples Center
8 February 2003 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
Australia
18 February 2003 Sydney Australia Enmore Theatre
20 February 2003 SuperDome
22 February 2003
25 February 2003 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
27 February 2003
1 March 2003
4 March 2003 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
5 March 2003
Asia
10 March 2003 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
12 March 2003 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
15 March 2003 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
16 March 2003
20 March 2003 Osaka Osaka Dome
21 March 2003
24 March 2003 Singapore City Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
26 March 2003
4 April 2003 Bangalore India Palace Grounds
7 April 2003 Mumbai Brabourne Stadium
Europe
4 June 2003 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
6 June 2003 Olympiastadion
8 June 2003 Circus Krone Bau
10 June 2003 Milan Italy Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
13 June 2003 Oberhausen Germany O-Vision Zukunftspark
15 June 2003 Berlin Olympiastadion
18 June 2003 Vienna Austria Ernst Happel Stadion
20 June 2003 Leipzig Germany Festwiese
22 June 2003 Hockenheim Hockenheimring
25 June 2003 Bilbao Spain Estadio San Mames
27 June 2003 Madrid Estadio Vicente Calderón
29 June 2003 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
5 July 2003 Marseille France Stade Vélodrome
7 July 2003 Paris Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy
9 July 2003 Stade de France
11 July 2003 L’Olympia
13 July 2003 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
16 July 2003 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium
18 July 2003 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium
20 July 2003 Stockholm Globe Arena
22 July 2003 Cirkus
24 July 2003 Hamburg Germany AOL-Arena
27 July 2003 Prague Czech Republic Letná
North America
30 July 2003 Toronto, Ontario Canada SARSstock Concert
Downsview Park
Europe
8 August 2003 Hanover Germany EXPO-Gelaende Messe Ost
11 August 2003 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadion
13 August 2003
15 August 2003 Ahoy Rotterdam
16 August 2003 Utrecht Muziekcentrum Vredenburg
19 August 2003 Amsterdam Amsterdam ArenA
24 August 2003 London England Twickenham Stadium
27 August 2003 Astoria
29 August 2003 Wembley Arena
1 September 2003 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
3 September 2003
5 September 2003 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
7 September 2003 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
9 September 2003 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
11 September 2003
13 September 2003 London England Wembley Arena
15 September 2003
20 September 2003 Twickenham Stadium
22 September 2003 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA
25 September 2003 Benidorm Spain Estadio Municipal Foietes
27 September 2003 Coimbra Portugal Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
29 September 2003 Zaragoza Spain Feria de Muestras
2 October 2003 Zurich Switzerland Letzigrund Stadion
Asia
7 November 2003 Admiralty Hong Kong Tamar Festival Site
9 November 2003

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