Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour

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Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour
Tour by Aerosmith & Kiss
Start date August 2, 2003 (2003-08-02)
End date December 20, 2003 (2003-12-20)
Legs 2
No. of shows 59 Played (1 Rescheduled, 1 Cancelled)
Aerosmith tour chronology
Girls of Summer Tour
Rocksimus Maximus Tour
Honkin' on Bobo Tour
Kiss tour chronology
Kiss Farewell Tour
World Domination Tour
Rock the Nation World Tour

The Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour was a North American concert tour co-headlined by Aerosmith and Kiss. The tour was referred to as the World Domination Tour by Kiss and was called the Rocksimus Maximus Tour by Aerosmith. It is sometimes referred to informally as the "AeroKiss Tour", incorporating the names of both headlining bands, as well as "Lips 'n' Tongue Tour", emphasizing on the fact that Gene Simmons has a long tongue and Steven Tyler has full pouting lips. The tour occurred in the latter half of 2003 and took both bands to amphitheaters across the United States in late summer and early fall, and to arenas in late fall and early winter.

It was the first tour in Kiss history with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley. Peter Criss returned yet again after having been replaced by Eric Singer on the 2001 leg of the Farewell Tour.

Ticket prices

On this tour Kiss introduced the "Platinum" tickets package, with the most expensive packages costing USD $1,000.[1] This package included a seat in the first five rows, a meet-and-greet with Kiss after their performance, and a photograph with the band. Although this price point caused outrage among some fans, Simmons, in a 2003 interview with Classic Rock magazine stated, "we're in our 30th year and still taking $2 million a night on the gate."

Additionally, due to the high price commanded by both bands, regular pavilion seats cost $125 or more. Seats on the lawn, while lower than $100, were still above average in price.

The tour earned more than US$64 million in 2003, which ranked #7 for the year.


Considered a co-headlining tour, each band played about 16 songs each, with Kiss playing first and Aerosmith closing the show. Up-and-coming hard rock band Saliva opened the concert, with a set running about 30 minutes.

Kiss put on an over-the-top stage spectacle—complete with sophisticated pyrotechnics and their trademark outfits and make-up—including steep-heeled boots. Three original members remained, as Ace Frehley, who had chosen not to return after the Farewell Tour,was replaced with Tommy Thayer.

Aerosmith's show consisted of a mix of old and newer material, including a 3-song blues set during the middle of the show, debuting blues tracks to be featured on their then-upcoming album Honkin' on Bobo. The stage design also changed for this section of the show. Aerosmith also played several classic "deep cuts" from the 1970s that they hadn't played in years, including "Adam's Apple" and "Nobody's Fault", among others.

At a number of performances, including Oklahoma City and Houston, fans got a special treat when Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry joined Kiss onstage for the song "Strutter"; he even donned high-heeled boots, borrowed from Paul Stanley for the song. This was the first time Kiss had had someone outside the band play on stage with them (if not counting "Unplugged" and "Symphony" concerts, which were special events and not part of any tour). Ted Nugent was added to the lineup for the September 7 show in Detroit.


Kiss setlist

  1. "Detroit Rock City"
  2. "Deuce"
  3. "Shout It Out Loud"
  4. "Do You Love Me?"
  5. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"
  6. "Firehouse"
  7. "I Love It Loud"
  8. "I Want You"
  9. "God of Thunder"
  10. "100,000 Years"
  11. "Black Diamond"
  12. "Beth"
  13. "Love Gun"
  14. "Rock And Roll All Nite"

Other music was played during the tour: "Strutter" "Hotter Than Hell" "King Of The Night Time World" "Lick It Up" and "Heaven's On Fire".

This was also the setlist used in the latter half of 2003.

  1. "Detroit Rock City"
  2. "Deuce"
  3. "Do You Love Me"
  4. "I Love It Loud"
  5. "Hotter than Hell"
  6. "Firehouse"
  7. "Let Me Go Rock 'n' Roll"
  8. "I Want You"
  9. "Shout It Out Loud"
  10. "God of Thunder"
  11. "Calling Dr. Love"
  12. "Love Gun"
  13. "Psycho Circus"
  14. "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
  15. "Black Diamond"


  1. "Heaven's On Fire"
  2. "Beth"
  3. "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Aerosmith Setlist

  1. "Let the Music Do the Talking"
  2. "Walk This Way"
  3. "Love in an Elevator"
  4. "Jaded"
  5. "Rag Doll"
  6. "Cryin'"
  7. "What it Takes"
  8. "Temperature"
  9. "Never Loved A Girl"
  10. "Baby, Please Don't Go"
  11. "Dream On"
  12. "The Other Side"
  13. "Back in the Saddle"
  14. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
  15. "Sweet Emotion"

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Attendance
Kiss pre-tour shows
February 28, 2003 Melbourne Australia Telstra Dome
Tommy Thayer's first show, also the Recording of Kiss Alive IV, known as "Kiss Symphony" with the MSO at the then "Telstra Dome" now Etihad Stadium
March 11, 2003 Tokyo Japan Budokan 12,000
March 12, 2003 12,000
March 13, 2003 12,000
March 15, 2003 Yokohama Yokohama Arena 16,000
March 16, 2003 Las Vegas United States Pearl Concert Theater 2,000
Pre-tour show
Santana as opening act
May 17, 2003 Pasadena United States Rose Bowl Stadium 50,000
Aerosmith/Kiss tour dates[2][3]
August 2, 2003 Hartford United States Meadows Music Theater 18,000
August 4, 2003 Wantagh Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater 15,000
August 6, 2003 15,000
August 9, 2003 Bristow Nissan Pavilion 21,000
August 11, 2003 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center 16,000
August 13, 2003 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center 17,000
August 17, 2003 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center 21,000
August 19, 2003 Columbus Germain Amphitheater 18,000
August 21, 2003 Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion 20,000
August 23, 2003 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 19,000
August 25, 2003 Mansfield Tweeter Center 19,000
August 27, 2003 19,000
August 29, 2003 Camden Tweeter Waterfront Center 21,000
August 31, 2003 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium 28,000
September 3, 2003 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center 18,000
September 6, 2003 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre 19,000
September 7, 2003 Detroit Comerica Park 41,000
September 12, 2003 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Amphitheater 18,000
September 14, 2003 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amphitheatre 13,000
September 19, 2003 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 16,000
September 20, 2003 Raleigh Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek 18,000
September 22, 2003 Antioch AmSouth Amphitheatre 15,000
September 24, 2003 Bonner Springs Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 16,000
September 26, 2003 Tinley Park Tweeter Center 17,000
September 28, 2003 Maryland Heights UMB Bank Pavilion 16,000
September 30, 2003 Greenwood Village Coors Amphitheatre 16,000
October 2, 2003 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre 17,000
October 4, 2003 Selma Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 15,000
October 5, 2003 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 15,000
October 8, 2003 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion 14,000
October 10, 2003 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre 14,000
October 12, 2003 Auburn White River Amphitheatre 15,000
October 14, 2003 Wheatland Sleep Train Amphitheatre 13,000
October 16, 2003 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheatre 14,000
October 18, 2003 Devore Hyundai Pavilion 20,000
October 20, 2003 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion 14,000
October 22, 2003 Salt Lake City Delta Center 12,000
October 24, 2003 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena 13,000
October 25, 2003 10,000
2nd "indoor" leg
November 6, 2003 Omaha United States Qwest Events Center 14,000
November 8, 2003 Grand Forks Alerus Center 11,000
November 10, 2003 Minneapolis Target Center 14,000
November 12, 2003 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 8,000
November 14, 2003 Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard 6,000
November 16, 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden 15,000
November 18, 2003 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 5,000
November 20, 2003 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 12,000
November 22, 2003 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 12,000
November 24, 2003 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena 8,000
November 26, 2003 Boston FleetCenter 12,000
November 28, 2003 Albany Pepsi Arena 10,000
November 30, 2003 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 11,000
December 3, 2003 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 13,000
December 5, 2003 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 9,000
December 8, 2003 Louisville Freedom Hall 11,000
December 10, 2003 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena 12,000
December 12, 2003 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities 7,000
December 14, 2003 Oklahoma City Ford Center 15,000
December 18, 2003 Inglewood The Forum 13,000
December 20, 2003 Fresno Save Mart Center
Peter Criss' last show


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