Global Warming Tour

The Global Warming Tour, by American hard rock band Aerosmith, included 82 concert performances across North America, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Global Warming Tour
Tour by Aerosmith
LocationNorth America, South America, Asia, Oceania, Europe
Associated albumMusic from Another Dimension!
Start dateMay 30, 2012 (2012-05-30)
End dateJune 28, 2014 (2014-06-28)
No. of shows46 in North America
5 in Oceania
6 in Asia
7 in South America
15 in Europe
82 total
6 cancelled
Aerosmith concert chronology

"It's something so magical," remarked Steven Tyler. "Other people see it. We don't, because we're in the middle of it. This is Aerosmith, man. The second we get up there on stage, it's insane."[1]

Prior to the first leg, the band played a private event for Walmart shareholders. The first leg included 23 performances and lasted from late May through early August 2012.

The second leg included 14 performances in November and December 2012. Before the second leg, the band performed a brief set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in mid September. Also prior to the second leg, to promote their new album in early November, the band played three nationally televised performances in New York City and did a special performance in front of their old Boston apartment.

The first two legs were held primarily in indoor arenas, with a couple outdoor shows and a few festivals on the first leg, including three in eastern Canada and Milwaukee's Summerfest.

The third leg of the tour ran from late April to mid May 2013 and saw Aerosmith playing their first shows in Australia since 1990, as well as their first shows in New Zealand and the Philippines. On May 30, the band played at the "Boston Strong" charity concert for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. In July 2013, the band played at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia and at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. In August 2013, the band performed four concerts in Japan, but their first shows in China and Taiwan were cancelled due to poor ticket sales. The band performed in August at the Harley-Davidson 110th anniversary concert series in Milwaukee. Concerts were planned for Latin America in September and October, including their first shows in Uruguay, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Cheap Trick opened all dates on the first two legs bar a few festivals.[2] The Dead Dasies, featuring Jon Stevens and Richard Fortus, opened the Australia/New Zealand leg. In Argentina and Brazil, Aerosmith toured with Whitesnake, including the Personal Fest in Buenos Aires and at the Monsters of Rock in São Paulo.

The tour promoted Music from Another Dimension!, released on November 6, 2012.[3] In addition to hits and choice album cuts, the band performed four new songs from the album, three of them regularly ("Oh Yeah", "Legendary Child", and "Lover Alot").

On May 5, 2013, the band announced they had cancelled their first show in Jakarta due to safety concerns.[4]

In 2014, Aerosmith played 17 concerts across Europe from May 14 to July 2. The Let Rock Rule Tour was scheduled to follow in July, August, and September 2014 and see Aerosmith play several dates in North America. This tour featured Slash (with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) as the opening act. Full details of the tour were announced on April 8, 2014.[5][6] On May 14, 2014, the band announced that they had cancelled their concert in Istanbul after Turkey declared a three-day mourning for the victims of Soma mine disaster.[7] July 2, 2014 concert in Kiev was cancelled due to civil unrest in Ukraine.[8]

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
North America #1
May 30, 2012 Fayetteville United States Bud Walton Arena (private event for Walmart)
June 16, 2012 Minneapolis Target Center
June 19, 2012 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
June 22, 2012 Chicago United Center
June 27, 2012 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
June 29, 2012 Albany United States Times Union Center
July 1, 2012 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
July 5, 2012 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 7, 2012 Milwaukee Summerfest
July 10, 2012 Laval Canada Laval Nature Center
July 12, 2012 Quebec City Quebec City Summer Festival
July 14, 2012 Grand Falls Exploits Salmon Festival
July 17, 2012 Boston United States TD Garden
July 19, 2012
July 21, 2012 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
July 24, 2012 East Rutherford Izod Center
July 26, 2012 Atlanta Philips Arena
July 28, 2012 Dallas American Airlines Center
July 30, 2012 Houston Toyota Center
August 1, 2012 Denver Pepsi Center
August 4, 2012 Oakland Oracle Arena
August 6, 2012 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
August 8, 2012 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
August 12, 2012 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
North America #2
September 22, 2012 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena (iHeartRadio Music Festival)
November 2, 2012 New York City Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together
November 5, 2012 Boston 1325 Commonwealth Avenue
November 8, 2012 Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena
November 11, 2012 Wichita Intrust Bank Arena
November 14, 2012 Kansas City Sprint Center
November 16, 2012 Austin Frank Erwin Center
November 20, 2012 New York City Madison Square Garden
November 23, 2012 Atlantic City Revel
November 25, 2012 Columbus Nationwide Arena
November 27, 2012 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
December 1, 2012 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 3, 2012 Los Angeles Staples Center
December 6, 2012 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
December 9, 2012 Sunrise BB&T Center
December 11, 2012 Tampa Tampa Bay Times Forum
December 13, 2012 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
April 20, 2013 Sydney Australia ANZ Stadium
April 24, 2013 Dunedin New Zealand Forsyth Barr Stadium
April 28, 2013 Melbourne Australia Sidney Myer Music Bowl
May 1, 2013 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
May 4, 2013 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
Asia #1
May 8, 2013 Pasay Philippines Mall of Asia Arena
May 11, 2013 Jakarta Indonesia Jakarta International Expo[4]
May 25, 2013 Downtown Core Singapore The Meadow
North America #3
May 30, 2013 Boston United States TD Garden (“Boston Strong”)
July 6, 2013 Fairlea West Virginia State Fair Grandstand (for “The Greenbrier Classic”)
July 10, 2013 Ledyard MGM Grand Theater
July 13, 2013 New York City Randall's Island
Asia #2
August 8, 2013 Chiba City Japan "AEROSONIC" (with B'z)
Chiba Marine Stadium
August 11, 2013 Nagoya Nippon Gaishi Hall
August 14, 2013 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
August 16, 2013
August 21, 2013 Shanghai China Hongkou Football Stadium
August 24, 2013 Kaohsiung Taiwan Kaohsiung National Stadium
(part of Rock Sonic Day in Kaohsiung)
North America #4
August 30, 2013 Milwaukee United States Marcus Amphitheater (Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary)
Latin America #1
September 28, 2013 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas
October 1, 2013 San José Costa Rica Estadio Nacional
October 4, 2013 San Salvador El Salvador Estadio Jorge "Mágico" González
October 6, 2013 Guatemala City Guatemala Estadio Cementos Progreso
October 9, 2013 Montevideo Uruguay Estadio Centenario
October 12, 2013 Buenos Aires Argentina Personal Fest
October 15, 2013 Curitiba Brazil Bioparque
October 18, 2013 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose
October 20, 2013 São Paulo Monsters Of Rock
October 23, 2013 Brasília Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
October 27, 2013 Mexico City Mexico Arena Ciudad de Mexico
May 14, 2014 Istanbul Turkey ITU Stadium
May 17, 2014 Sofia Bulgaria Lokomotiv Stadium
May 21, 2014 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena
May 24, 2014 Moscow Russia Olympic Stadium
May 27, 2014 Saint Petersburg SKK Peterburgsky
May 30, 2014 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
June 1, 2014 Stockholm Sweden Tele 2 Arena
June 4, 2014 Kristiansand Norway Odderøya Amfi
June 6, 2014 Horsens Denmark Horsens Statsfængsel
June 9, 2014 Berlin Germany 02 Arena
June 12, 2014 Łódź Poland Arena Łódź
June 15, 2014 Leicestershire England Download Festival, Donington Park,
June 18, 2014 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
June 21, 2014 Clisson France Hellfest Festival
June 25, 2014 Milan Italy Fiera Arena
June 28, 2014 London England Clapham Common
July 2, 2014 Kiev Ukraine Olimpiysky National Sports Complex

Stage setupEdit

The stage was very close to the design of past tours. The main stage, occupying one end of the venue had the classic Aerosmith logo painted on top and two small platforms off to each side. Kramer's drums were at the back, Hamilton and Whitford were on the left side, and Perry was on the right side. The back-up musicians were at the back-left of the stage behind a stack of amps, the order usually went Melanie Taylor (backing vocals), Mindi Abair (saxophone and backing vocals) and Russ Irwin (keyboards and backing vocals). In the middle of the main stage was the catwalk, which ran through nine rows at each venue. At the end of the catwalk was a B-stage, which ran through the tenth row to the sixteenth row. Around the entire stage was a half-meter wide barricade that contained security and a few select fans.


The show would start with a video playing on the main video screen that was reminiscent of the original opening from The Outer Limits. Near the end of the video, smoke would arise from the end of the B-stage and from the main stage. When the video finished, Kramer, Whitford and Hamilton would kick into the opening song while Tyler and Perry would rise from a trapdoor at the end of the B-stage. For the first song, Tyler and Perry would stay on the B-stage and the rest of the band would stay on the main stage. After the first song finished, Hamilton, Whitford, Tyler and Perry would all go where they pleased. At "What It Takes", Tyler would look for an attractive girl to sing the opening lines, like in most tours. At the encore which was "Dream On" at every date, smoke would again appear from the end of the B-stage and Tyler on a white piano would appear from the same trapdoor as before. The piano had a few blocks beside it used as stairs by Perry and Tyler, as they would walk on top of the piano. They followed with a second encore – "Train Kept A-Rollin'" – and at a few venues, a third encore was even played, either "Mama Kin" or "Chip Away the Stone". When the encores wrapped up, a few cannons fired silver confetti into the audience. After the confetti storm, Tyler would introduce the back-up musicians (Taylor, Abair and Irwin) and the members of Aerosmith. Finally, he would hand the microphone off to Perry, who would introduce Tyler. After the introductions, the band would walk out with "Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters playing over the speakers.

  • Top 200 North American Tours 2012: #23[9]
  • Total Gross: US $31 million
  • Total Attendance: 306,475 (33 concerts)


  • Aerosmith premiered six new songs on this tour: "Oh Yeah", "Legendary Child", "What Could Have Been Love", "Lover Alot", "Freedom Fighter" and, in excerpted form only, "Street Jesus".
  • Whitford's sons Harrison and Graham guested on "Last Child" at, respectively, the American Airlines Center in Dallas and Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • At the Hollywood Bowl, instead of Tyler and Perry appearing from a trapdoor at the end of the catwalk, Stan Lee introduced the band and Aerosmith simply walked onstage.
  • Actor Johnny Depp played rhythm guitar and one solo on "Train Kept A-Rollin'" in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl, and guested on "Come Together" and "Stop Messin' Around" at the Staples Center.
  • Sean Lennon, son of John, added vocals on "Come Together" at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • "Lick and a Promise" got its first play in 24 years on United States soil, the last time being at the Pacific Coast Amphitheater in Costa Mesa on September 15, 1988, on the Permanent Vacation Tour.
  • Aerosmith performed a clip of "Woman of the World" in Atlanta at the Phillips Center. The song hadn't been played anywhere since 1974.
  • Aerosmith had to reschedule their show in Bristow, Virginia, because of reported voice problems by Tyler. Originally scheduled for July 3, it was moved to August 12. A difficult political situation in Ukraine meant the show in Kyiv was moved from May 21 to July 2, 2014.
  • Jesse Sky Kramer joined his father on percussion for many songs at every show.
  • This is the first tour where Aerosmith utilised back-up singers other than Russ Irwin.
  • Tyler joined Kramer on drums during "Combination" at every date.
  • At a few shows, saxophonist and back-up singer Mindi Abair jammed with Kramer during his drum solo.
  • On some nights Whitford played guitar and provided backing vocals on "Ain't That a Shame" or "Surrender" with opening act Cheap Trick.[10] On other nights, Tyler would run out during "I Want You to Want Me", play with Trick bassist Tom Petersson and guitarist Rick Nielsen, help sing the chorus, then quickly exit.[11]
  • Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin guested on "Mama Kin" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • Russ Irwin, Aerosmith keyboardist, occasionally performed the "Abbey Road Medley" (originally by The Beatles) with Cheap Trick during their set.
  • At the Sunrise, Florida, show on 12/09, longtime Aerosmith collaborator Richie Supa guested on "Chip Away the Stone".
  • On the 11/27 Toronto show, Aerosmith performed "Red House" as an homage to Jimi Hendrix on what would have been his seventieth birthday.
  • Before the Melbourne show, Hamilton suffered a chest infection and was flown home. David Hull from the Joe Perry Project was flown in from the United States to play in his place. Hamilton was set to return with the band after the Australian dates.
  • "Throughout tonight's two-hour show," noted Classic Rock of June 27's Toronto fixture, "the singer heaps generous praise on his bandmates, and name-checks (rather than hip-checks) Perry so many times that it borders on idolatry… Intoxicating stuff."[12]

List of songs playedEdit

Song Album Times
"Dream On" Aerosmith 77
"Mama Kin" 26
"Walkin’ the Dog" (Rufus Thomas cover) 18
"Movin' Out" 15
"Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Tiny Bradshaw cover) Get Your Wings 34
"Same Old Song and Dance" 25
"S.O.S. (Too Bad)" 10
"Seasons of Wither" 3
"Woman of the World" 1
"Walk This Way" Toys in the Attic 77
"Sweet Emotion" 77
"No More No More" 64
"Toys in the Attic" 32
"Big Ten Inch Record" (Bull Moose Jackson cover) 4
"Last Child" Rocks 77
"Combination" 49
"Rats in the Cellar" 14
"Back in the Saddle" 9
"Lick and a Promise" 1
"Draw the Line" Draw the Line 36
"Come Together" (The Beatles cover) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (soundtrack) 60
"Let the Music Do the Talking" Done with Mirrors 8
"Rag Doll" Permanent Vacation 56
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" 46
"Chip Away the Stone" Gems 6
"Love in an Elevator" Pump 77
"What it Takes" 59
"Janie's Got a Gun" 20
"F.I.N.E." 4
"Livin' on the Edge" Get a Grip 76
"Cryin'" 52
"Boogie Man" 39
"Eat the Rich" 19
"Crazy" 6
"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" Nine Lives 3
"Pink" 8
"Full Circle" 1
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Armageddon soundtrack 46
"Jaded" Just Push Play 56
"Beyond Beautiful" 2
"Stop Messin' Around" (Fleetwood Mac cover) Honkin' on Bobo 24
"Oh Yeah" Music from Another Dimension! 76
"Legendary Child" 24
"Lover Alot" 17
"Freedom Fighter" 13
"What Could Have Been Love" 2
"Rattlesnake Shake" (Fleetwood Mac cover) Then Play On 1
"Red House" (Jimi Hendrix cover) Are You Experienced 1


First leg (May to August 2012)
  1. "Draw the Line" (switched with "Toys in the Attic" on 07/10)
  2. "Love in an Elevator"
  3. "Oh Yeah"
  4. "Lick and a Promise" (only on 07/21)
  5. "Livin' on the Edge"
  6. "Cryin' ("Jaded" on 07/05, 07/07, 07/10, 07/12, 07/14, and 07/17)
  7. "S.O.S. (Too Bad)" (replaced with "Come Together" later on the tour)
  8. "Last Child"
  9. Joey Kramer drum solo
  10. "Rag Doll" ("Lord of the Thighs" on 07/05, 07/07, and 07/19)
  11. "Boogie Man"/ instrumental jam
  12. Theme from Peter Gunn (only played on 07/17, 07/19, 07/21, 07/24, 07/26, 07/28, 07/30, 08/01, 08/04, 08/06, 08/08, and 08/12)
  13. "Combination"
  14. "What It Takes" (When "Stop Messin' Around" entered the set, "What It Takes" was moved later in the night.)
  15. "Rattlesnake Shake" (only on 07/21)
  16. "No More No More" (switched with "Stop Messin' Around" later on the tour)
  17. "Legendary Child"
  18. "Rats in the Cellar" ("I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" or "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" were also played in this spot.)
  19. "Walking the Dog" ("Chip Away the Stone" and "Big Ten Inch Record" were also played here.)
  20. Tom Hamilton bass solo
  21. "Uncle Salty" (partial) (only played on 08/01)
  22. "Sweet Emotion"
  23. "Mother Popcorn" (only on 06/19, 07/05, 07/07, 07/10, 07/12, 07/14, and 08/01)
  24. "Walk This Way"
  25. "Dream On" (On some dates, Steven jammed on "One Way Street" or "You See Me Crying" prior to starting "Dream On".)
  26. "Train Kept A-Rollin'"
  27. "Mama Kin" (only on a few dates, "Chip Away the Stone" on a few nights as well)
Second leg (September to December 2012)
  1. "Mama Kin" (Switched for "Toys in the Attic" on a few dates. Mama Kin was moved into the encores the first time.)
  2. "Love in an Elevator"
  3. "Jaded" ("Cryin'" on 11/08)
  4. "Oh Yeah"
  5. "Livin' on the Edge"
  6. "What Could Have Been Love" (only performed 11/08 and 11/11)
  7. "Movin' Out"
  8. "Walkin' the Dog"
  9. "Last Child"
  10. Drum solo
  11. "Rag Doll"
  12. "Boogie Man" / instrumental jam
  13. "Red House" (only performed on 11/27)
  14. "Combination"
  15. "Lover Alot"
  16. "What It Takes"
  17. "No More No More" (dropped later in the tour)
  18. "Come Together"
  19. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
  20. "Mother Popcorn" (only on a few dates)
  21. "Home Tonight" (partial) ("You See Me Crying" (partial) on 11/27)
  22. "Walk This Way"
  23. "Dream On"
  24. "Sweet Emotion"


Additional musicians
  • Russ Irwin – keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, guitar (until 2014-04-08)
  • Mindi Abair – saxophones (First leg)
  • Melanie Taylor – backing vocals, percussion (First leg)
  • Jesse Sky Kramer – percussion
  • David Hull – bass (after Tom leaves due to sickness)
  • Buck Johnson – keyboards, backing vocals (after Russ Irwin quits the band beginning on 2014-05-17)


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