Girls of Summer Tour

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.

Girls of Summer Tour
Tour by Aerosmith
Aerosmith Girls Of Summer Tour Poster.jpg
Associated albumO, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
End dateDecember 21, 2002
No. of shows51
Aerosmith concert chronology

Stage setupEdit

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.


The band adjusted their set list, but usually opened the show with "Toys in the Attic", playing behind a curtain until it came down when the band got into the song, and went through 20 to 25 songs spanning their 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, which the band rotated heavily.

During the encore, Kid Rock and Run-DMC joined Aerosmith for a stunning rendition of "Walk This Way", celebrating the rejuvenation 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"

Tour datesEdit

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


  • 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)

Kid RockEdit

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".


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.