Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour

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Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour
Tour by Aerosmith & Kiss
Aerosmith&kiss.jpg
Start date 2 August 2003 (2003-08-02)
End date 20 December 2003 (2003-12-20)
Legs 2
No. of shows 59 Played (1 Rescheduled, 1 Cancelled)
Aerosmith tour chronology
Girls of Summer Tour
(2002)
Rocksimus Maximus Tour
(2003)
Honkin' on Bobo Tour
(2004)
Kiss tour chronology
Kiss Farewell Tour
(2000–01)
World Domination Tour
(2003)
Rock the Nation World Tour
(2004)

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 Peter Criss returned yet again after having been replaced by Eric Singer on the 2001 leg of the Farewell Tour.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.

Performances

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 show of 7 September in Detroit.

Setlists

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"

Encores:

  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
28 February 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
35,000
11 March 2003 Tokyo Japan Budokan 12,000
12 March 2003 12,000
13 March 2003 12,000
15 March 2003 Yokohama Yokohama Arena 16,000
16 March 2003 Las Vegas United States Pearl Concert Theater 2,000
Pre-tour show
Santana as opening act
17 May 2003 Pasadena United States Rose Bowl Stadium 50,000
Aerosmith/Kiss tour dates[2][3]
2 August 2003 Hartford United States ctnow.com Meadows Music Theater 18,000
4 August 2003 Wantagh Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater 15,000
6 August 2003 15,000
9 August 2003 Bristow Nissan Pavilion 21,000
11 August 2003 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center 16,000
13 August 2003 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center 17,000
17 August 2003 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center 21,000
19 August 2003 Columbus Germain Amphitheater 18,000
21 August 2003 Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion 20,000
23 August 2003 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 19,000
25 August 2003 Mansfield Tweeter Center 19,000
27 August 2003 19,000
29 August 2003 Camden Tweeter Waterfront Center 21,000
31 August 2003 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium 28,000
3 September 2003 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center 18,000
6 September 2003 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre 19,000
7 September 2003 Detroit Comerica Park 41,000
12 September 2003 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Amphitheater 18,000
14 September 2003 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amphitheatre 13,000
19 September 2003 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 16,000
20 September 2003 Raleigh Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek 18,000
22 September 2003 Antioch AmSouth Amphitheatre 15,000
24 September 2003 Bonner Springs Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 16,000
26 September 2003 Tinley Park Tweeter Center 17,000
28 September 2003 Maryland Heights UMB Bank Pavilion 16,000
30 September 2003 Greenwood Village Coors Amphitheatre 16,000
2 October 2003 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre 17,000
4 October 2003 Selma Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 15,000
5 October 2003 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 15,000
8 October 2003 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion 14,000
10 October 2003 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre 14,000
12 October 2003 Auburn White River Amphitheatre 15,000
14 October 2003 Wheatland Sleep Train Amphitheatre 13,000
16 October 2003 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheatre 14,000
18 October 2003 Devore Hyundai Pavilion 20,000
20 October 2003 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion 14,000
22 October 2003 Salt Lake City Delta Center 12,000
24 October 2003 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena 13,000
25 October 2003 10,000
2nd "indoor" leg
6 November 2003 Omaha United States Qwest Events Center 14,000
8 November 2003 Grand Forks Alerus Center 11,000
10 November 2003 Minneapolis Target Center 14,000
12 November 2003 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 8,000
14 November 2003 Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard 6,000
16 November 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden 15,000
18 November 2003 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 5,000
20 November 2003 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 12,000
22 November 2003 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 12,000
24 November 2003 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena 8,000
26 November 2003 Boston FleetCenter 12,000
28 November 2003 Albany Pepsi Arena 10,000
30 November 2003 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 11,000
3 December 2003 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 13,000
5 December 2003 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 9,000
8 December 2003 Louisville Freedom Hall 11,000
10 December 2003 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena 12,000
12 December 2003 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities 7,000
14 December 2003 Oklahoma City Ford Center 15,000
18 December 2003 Inglewood The Forum 13,000
20 December 2003 Fresno Save Mart Center
Peter Criss' last show
13,000

References

  1. ^ "KISSONLINE.COM | Archive". 17 March 2004. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "AeroForceOne | Aerosmith – Rocksimus Maximus Tour". Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "KISSMONSTER – KISS Tourdates Archive – 2003". www.kissmonster.com. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
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