Just Push Play Tour

The Just Push Play Tour was a concert tour by Aerosmith that took the band across North America and Japan. Supporting their 2001 album Just Push Play, it ran from June 2001 to February 2002.

Just Push Play Tour
Tour by Aerosmith
Aerosmith Just Push Play Tour Poster.jpg
Cover of tour programme
Associated albumJust Push Play
Start dateJune 1, 2001 (2001-06-01)
End dateFebruary 3, 2002 (2002-02-03)
Legs5
No. of shows70 in North America
6 in Asia
76 total
Aerosmith concert chronology

The tour was successful, despite several cancellations due in part to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The tour earned $46.5 million from 56 shows in North America.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The tour came on the heels of the band's platinum album Just Push Play.[2] Aerosmith was riding a wave of popularity, having played the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show[3], been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[4], and scored a Top 10 hit[5], all within the first half of the year.

Just prior to the start of the tour, the band performed a brief promo tour in Germany.[6] They also performed at many radio festivals in the United States, including: "River Rave"[7], "Zootopia"[8] and the "Kiss Concert".[9]

Tyler sang the National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500, and the team sponsored a car in the race.[10]

As a result, many shows sold out and the band added arena dates through the fall and winter, even after a successful summer amphitheater tour. "If we couldn't get an audience[...]having made a record we truly believe in, then I guess we probably would turn around and say, 'It's been fun, but see ya.' But I tell you this: we wouldn't go without a big fucking fight."[11]

United We StandEdit

The band played the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2001, alongside Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and other pop stars.[12] The band had been uncertain whether to play the show due to scheduling conflicts and made the decision almost at the last minute. They took the stage in the afternoon, played four songs, then flew to Indianapolis for a concert that same night.

CancellationsEdit

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the band canceled the three shows after that (Virginia Beach, Camden, New Jersey, and Columbia, Maryland); all on the Eastern Seaboard, where the attacks had occurred. These shows were rescheduled. The band canceled a second show at Irvine, California earlier in the tour, due to a scheduling conflict with the filming of the video for "Sunshine."

Stage setupEdit

The stage for the tour had a modern look, reflecting the aesthetic of Just Push Play and its cover. Most striking were the silver and white colors, as well as two curving staircases that met at a platform at the top. There, some of the most exciting moments took place, including the entrance of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at the beginning of the show, as well as Tyler singing the eerie lyrics that open "Seasons of Wither"

The band set up a second smaller stage in the rear of outdoor pavilions to play for those in the lawn section. During the middle of the show, the band members would walk under heavy security to this stage to do a three-song set.

Tyler jokingly referred to this tour as the "Back on the Grass Tour": a reference to this auxiliary stage and a jab at those who claimed Aerosmith was using drugs again. Tyler especially targeted former manager Tim Collins, who had accused Aerosmith of relapsing before the band fired him in 1996. However, "Back On The Grass" was not an official name for the tour – just a joke Tyler repeated in interviews.

Song selectionEdit

The setlist featured as many as 25 songs. It varied show to show, as most Aerosmith setlists do, but usually included about half a dozen songs from Just Push Play as well a fair balance between their 70s classics and 80s and 90s hits.

Broadcasts and recordingsEdit

In January 2002, the band played The Joint, a 2,000 seat venue within the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. This show was recorded and parts of it were released as the band's fifth live album, a Dual Disc CD/DVD entitled Rockin' the Joint, released in 2005.

Opening actsEdit

SetlistEdit

The following setlist was obtained from the concert held on June 26, 2001, at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts.[15] It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.

  1. "Beyond Beautiful"
  2. "Love in an Elevator"
  3. "Jaded"
  4. "Just Push Play"
  5. "Big Ten Inch Record"
  6. "Fly Away from Here"
  7. "Pink"
  8. "Mama Kin"
  9. "Same Old Song and Dance"
  10. "Dream On"
  11. "Toys in the Attic"
  12. "Angel's Eye"
  13. "Draw the Line"
  14. "Under My Skin"
  15. "Seasons of Wither"
  16. "Cryin'"
  17. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
  18. "Walk This Way"
  19. "Sweet Emotion"

Encore

  1. "Livin' on the Edge"
  2. "What It Takes"
  3. "Train Kept A-Rollin'"

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
North America[16]
June 6, 2001 Hartford United States ctnow.com Meadows Music Theatre
June 8, 2001 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 10, 2001 Holmdel Township PNC Bank Arts Center
June 12, 2001
June 16, 2001 Wantagh Jones Beach Theater
June 17, 2001[A] Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
June 18, 2001 Wantagh Jones Beach Theater
June 20, 2001
June 22, 2001 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium
June 24, 2001 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
June 26, 2001 Mansfield Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
June 28, 2001
June 30, 2001 Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 2, 2001 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
July 5, 2001 Tinley Park United States Tweeter Center
July 7, 2001 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 9, 2001 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 11, 2001 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater
July 13, 2001 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 15, 2001 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 17, 2001 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
July 19. 2001 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheatre
July 21, 2001 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
July 23, 2001 Greenwood Village Coors Amphitheatre
August 8, 2001 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 10, 2001 George The Gorge Amphitheatre
August 12, 2001 Sacramento Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre
August 14. 2001 Concord Chronicle Pavilion
August 16, 2001 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheatre
August 18, 2001 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 20, 2001 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 24, 2001 San Bernardino Blockbuster Pavilion
August 26, 2001 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion
August 28, 2001 Selma Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 30, 2001 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 1, 2001 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre
September 3, 2001 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
September 5, 2001 Memphis Pyramid Arena
September 7, 2001 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
September 9, 2001 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 17, 2001 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
September 19, 2001 Nashville AmSouth Amphitheatre
September 21, 2001 Raleigh Alltel Pavilion
September 23, 2001 West Palm Beach Mars Music Amphitheatre
September 25, 2001 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
September 27, 2001 Camden Tweeter Center
October 11, 2001 Calgary Canada Pengrowth Saddledome
October 13, 2001 Edmonton Skyreach Centre
October 15, 2001 Minneapolis United States Target Center
October 17, 2001 Grand Forks Alerus Center
October 19, 2001 Ames Hilton Coliseum
October 21, 2001 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
October 23, 2001 Rosemont Allstate Arena
October 25, 2001 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 12, 2001 New York City Madison Square Garden
November 15, 2001 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena
November 17, 2001 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena
November 19, 2001 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
November 27, 2001 Tampa Ice Palace
November 29, 2001 Sunrise National Car Rental Center
December 3, 2001 Champaign Assembly Hall
December 5, 2001 Dallas Reunion Arena
December 7, 2001 North Little Rock Alltel Arena
December 9, 2001 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center Arena
January 5, 2002 Denver Pepsi Center
January 7, 2002 Salt Lake City Delta Center
January 9, 2002 San Jose Compaq Center
January 11, 2002 Las Vegas The Joint
January 13, 2002 Inglewood Great Western Forum
January 15, 2002 Fresno Selland Arena
January 17, 2002 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
Asia
January 25, 2002 Osaka Japan Osaka Dome
January 27, 2002
January 29, 2002 Fukuoka Fukuoka Dome
January 31, 2002 Nagoya Nagoya Dome
February 2, 2002 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
February 3, 2002
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "Wango Tango"[17]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
June 20, 2001 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center Rescheduled to July 15, 2001
July 2, 2001 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center Rescheduled to September 7, 2001
July 15, 2001 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center Rescheduled to September 13, 2001
August 8, 2001 Bend, Oregon Les Schwab Amphitheater Cancelled
August 22, 2001 Irvine, California Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Cancelled
September 11, 2001 Virginia Beach, Virginia GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater Cancelled
September 13, 2001 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center Rescheduled to September 27, 2001
September 15, 2001 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion Rescheduled to September 25, 2001 and moved to the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia
October 9, 2001 Vancouver, Canada General Motors Place Cancelled
October 27, 2001 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mellon Arena Cancelled[18]
October 29, 2001 Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre Cancelled[18]
October 31, 2001 Montreal, Canada Molson Centre Cancelled
November 2, 2001 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena Moved to the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio[18]
November 2, 2001 Fairborn, Ohio Nutter Center Cancelled[19]
November 4, 2001 Boston, Massachusetts FleetCenter Cancelled[20]
November 6, 2001 Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin' Donuts Center Cancelled[20]
November 8, 2001 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania First Union Center Cancelled[20]
November 10, 2001 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena Cancelled
November 25, 2001 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Cancelled[19]
December 1, 2001 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Arena Cancelled[21]
December 11, 2001 St. Louis, Missouri Savvis Center Cancelled
December 13, 2001 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena Cancelled[21]
December 15, 2001 Moline, Illinois The Mark of the Quad Cities Cancelled[21]
December 17, 2001 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena Cancelled[21]

Box office score dataEdit

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel Township 29,727 / 33,665 (88%) $1,599,348[22]
Hersheypark Stadium Hershey 28,871 / 29,208 (99%) $1,328,204[22]
Nissan Pavilion Bristow 36,302 / 45,067 (81%) $1,657,585[22][23]
Post-Gazette Pavilion Burgettstown 23,050 / 23,188 (99%) $851,196[24]
Tweeter Center Tinley Park 24,216 / 28,589 (85%) $1,118,793[25]
The Gorge Amphitheatre George 20,000 / 20,000 (100%) $942,010[26]
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas 13,235 / 13,235 (100%) $921,155[27]
New Orleans Arena New Orleans 14,983 / 16,434 (91%) $850,570[26]
Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati 20,479 / 20,500 (~100%) $764,470[28]
AmSouth Amphitheatre Nashville 15,720 / 17,209 (91%) $732,567[23]
Alltel Pavilion Raleigh 17,542 / 20,000 (88%) $788,536[23]
Mars Music Amphitheatre West Palm Beach 18,645 / 19,706 (95%) $770,940[23]
Tweeter Center Camden 23,497 / 24,930 (94%) $890,921[23]
Skyreach Centre Edmonton 12,031 / 16,778 (72%) $742,569[29]
The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills 16,309 / 16,309 (100%) $855,069[30]
Ice Palace Tampa 15,086 / 16,299 (93%) $855,577[31]
Reunion Arena Dallas 11,520 / 12,427 (93%) $674,425[32]
Pepsi Center Denver 11,476 / 20,441 (56%) $603,936[33]
Delta Center Salt Lake City 11,798 / 18,168 (65%) $562,515[34]
Compaq Center San Jose 12,502 / 17,116 (73%) $700,515[34]
The Joint Las Vegas 1,933 / 1,933 (100%) $369,525[33]
Great Western Forum Inglewood 14,668 / 17,116 (86%) $821,342[34]
Selland Arena Fresno 10,103 / 10,103 (100%) $528,129[34]
San Diego Sports Arena San Diego 9,069 / 15,059 (60%) $432,420[34]
TOTAL 412,762 / 473,480 (87%) $20,362,317

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