Just Push Play Tour

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Just Push Play Tour
Tour by Aerosmith
Aerosmith Just Push Play Tour Poster.jpg
Associated album Just Push Play
Start date June 6, 2001
End date February 3, 2002
Legs 5
No. of shows 92 (scheduled); 77 (played)
Aerosmith concert chronology

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. Alternative rockers Fuel opened the show for much of the tour, replaced by The Cult at later dates.

The tour was successful, despite several cancellations. Three of these were due in part to the September 11 terrorist attacks; two of these were made up on the tour. An earlier show in Irvine was canceled owing to a scheduling conflict with the filming of the video for "Sunshine". Eleven shows were canceled later, owing to illness of one of the band members.

Tour dates[1][edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America Leg I
June 6, 2001 Hartford United States Meadows Music Theater
June 8, 2001 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 10, 2001 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
June 12, 2001
June 16, 2001 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
June 18, 2001
June 20, 2001
June 22, 2001 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium
June 24, 2001 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
June 26, 2001 Mansfield Tweeter Center
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 Center Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 17, 2001 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
July 19. 2001 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
July 21, 2001 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
July 23, 2001 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
North America Leg II
August 8, 2001 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 10, 2001 George Gorge Amphitheater
August 12, 2001 Sacramento Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
August 14. 2001 Concord Chronicle Pavilion
August 16, 2001 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheater
August 18, 2001 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 20, 2001 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 22, 2001 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater CANCELED
August 24, 2001 San Bernardino Hyundai Pavilion
August 26, 2001 Phoenix Desert Sky 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 11, 2001 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater CANCELED
September 13, 2001 Camden Tweeter Waterfront Center CANCELED
September 15, 2001 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion CANCELED
September 17, 2001 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
September 19, 2001 Nashville AmSouth Amphitheater
September 21, 2001 Raleigh Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
September 23, 2001 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Amphitheater
September 25, 2001 Brstow Nissan Pavilion MAKE-UP FOR CANCELED COLUMBIA, Maryland SHOW
September 27, 2001 Camden Tweeter Waterfront Center]] RESCHEDULED
North America Leg III
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
October 27, 2001 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena CANCELED
October 29, 2001 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre CANCELED
October 31, 2001 Montreal Molson Centre
November 2, 2001 Fairborn United States Nutter Center CANCELED
November 4, 2001 Boston FleetCenter CANCELED
November 6, 2001 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center CANCELED
November 8, 2001 Philadelphia First Union Center CANCELED
November 10, 2001 Lexington Rupp Arena CANCELED
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 25, 2001 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum CANCELED
November 27, 2001 Tampa Ice Palace
November 29, 2001 Fort Lauderdale National Car Rental Center
December 1, 2001 Birmingham BJCC Arena CANCELED
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
December 11, 2001 St. Louis Savvis Center CANCELED
December 13, 2001 Kansas City Kemper Arena CANCELED
December 15, 2001 Moline The Mark of the Quad Cities CANCELED
December 17, 2001 Cleveland Gund ArenaCANCELED
North America Leg IV
January 5, 2002 Denver United States Pepsi Center
January 7, 2002 Salt Lake City Delta Center
January 9, 2002 San Jose San Jose Arena
January 11, 2002 Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel
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

Stage setup[edit]

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.

Setlist[edit]

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.

Success[edit]

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, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and scored a Top 10 hit, all within the first half of the year. Just prior to the start of the tour, Tyler sang the National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500, and the team sponsored a car in the race.

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," remarked Tyler, "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."[3]

The tour was the 8th highest grossing of 2001.

  • Total Gross: $43,578,874.
  • Total Attendance: 937,609. 56 shows. 15 sellouts.

Cancellations[edit]

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the band cancelled 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 cancelled a second show at Irvine, California earlier in the tour, due to a scheduling conflict with the filming of the video for "Sunshine."

United We Stand[edit]

The band played the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert (for September 11 victims) at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2001, alongside Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and other pop stars. 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[4], then flew to Indianapolis for a concert that same night.

Rockin' the Joint[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804223
  2. ^ riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&se=aerosmith+just+push+play#search_section
  3. ^ Ingham, Chris (June 2001). "Play for today". Classic Rock #28. p. 53. 
  4. ^ setlist.fm/setlist/aerosmith/2001/robert-f-kennedy-memorial-stadium-washington-dc-4bd7035e.html

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