Just Push Play Tour

Just Push Play Tour

infobox concert tour
concert_tour_name = Just Push Play Tour

artist = Aerosmith
dates = June 6 2001 - February 3 2002
number_of_legs = 5
number_of_shows = 89 (scheduled); 85 (played)
last_tour = Roar of the Dragon Tour
this_tour = Just Push Play Tour
next_tour = Girls of Summer Tour

The Just Push Play Tour was a concert tour headlined by Aerosmith that took the band to dozens of shows across North America and Japan. The tour was put on in support of their 2001 release "Just Push Play" and ran from June 2001 to February 2002. Alternative rockers Fuel opened the show for much of the tour.

The tour received much success with the only major problems on the tour being cancellations due in part to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Tour dates

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1st leg:

*Wed 6 June 2001 flagicon|United States Hartford, CT Meadows Music Center
*Fri 8 June 2001 flagicon|United States Saratoga Springs, NY Performing Arts Center
*Sun 10 June 2001 flagicon|United States Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
*Tue 12 June 2001 flagicon|United States Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
*Sat 16 June 2001 flagicon|United States Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amph.
*Mon 18 June 2001 flagicon|United States Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amph.
*Wed 20 June 2001 flagicon|United States Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amph.
*Fri 22 June 2001 flagicon|United States Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
*Sun 24 June 2001 flagicon|United States Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
*Tue 26 June 2001 flagicon|United States Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
*Thu 28 June 2001 flagicon|United States Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
*Sat 30 June 2001 flagicon|United States Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion @ Star Lake
*Mon 2 July 2001 flagicon|Canada Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
*Thu 5 July 2001 flagicon|United States Tinley Park, IL Tweeter Center
*Sat 7 July 2001 flagicon|United States East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Center
*Mon 9 July 2001 flagicon|United States Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
*Wed 11 July 2001 flagicon|United States Columbus, OH Polaris Amphitheatre
*Fri 13 July 2001 flagicon|United States Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
*Sun 15 July 2001 flagicon|United States Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Six Flags P.A.C.
*Tue 17 July 2001 flagicon|United States Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
*Thu 19 July 2001 flagicon|United States Maryland Heights, MO Riverport Amphitheatre
*Sat 21 July 2001 flagicon|United States Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
*Mon 23 July 2001 flagicon|United States Englewood, CO Fiddler's Green Amph.

2nd leg:

*Wed 8 August 2001 flagicon|United States Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amph.
*Fri 10 August 2001 flagicon|United States George, WA The Gorge
*Sun 12 August 2001 flagicon|United States Sacramento, CA Sacramento Valley Amph.
*Tue 14 August 2001 flagicon|United States Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion
*Thu 16 August 2001 flagicon|United States Chula Vista, CA Coors Amphitheatre
*Sat 18 August 2001 flagicon|United States Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Hotel
*Mon 20 August 2001 flagicon|United States Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows
*Wed 22 August 2001 flagicon|United States Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows - CANCELED
*Fri 24 August 2001 flagicon|United States San Bernardino, CA Blockbuster Pavilion
*Sun 26 August 2001 flagicon|United States Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
*Tue 28 August 2001 flagicon|United States San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amp.
*Thu 30 August 2001 flagicon|United States Woodlands, TX Woodlands Pavilion
*Sat 1 September 2001 flagicon|United States Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
*Mon 3 September 2001 flagicon|United States New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
*Wed 5 September 2001 flagicon|United States Memphis, TN The Pyramid Arena
*Fri 7 September 2001 flagicon|United States Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
*Sun 9 September 2001 flagicon|United States Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amp. Charlotte
*Tue 11 September 2001 flagicon|United States Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amp. Virginia Beach - CANCELED
*Thu 13 September 2001 flagicon|United States Camden, NJ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront - CANCELED
*Sat 15 September 2001 flagicon|United States Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion - CANCELED
*Mon 17 September 2001 flagicon|United States Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
*Wed 19 September 2001 flagicon|United States Nashville, TN Amsouth Amphitheatre
*Fri 21 September 2001 flagicon|United States Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
*Sun 23 September 2001 flagicon|United States West Palm Beach, FL Mars Music Amph.

3rd leg:

*Thu 11 October 2001 flagicon|Canada Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
*Sat 13 October 2001 flagicon|Canada Edmonton, AB Skyreach Centre
*Mon 15 October 2001 flagicon|United States Minneapolis, MN Target Center
*Wed 17 October 2001 flagicon|United States Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center
*Fri 19 October 2001 flagicon|United States Ames, IA Hilton Coliseum
*Sun 21 October 2001 flagicon|United States Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
*Tue 23 October 2001 flagicon|United States Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
*Thu 25 October 2001 flagicon|United States Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
*Sat 27 October 2001 flagicon|United States Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
*Mon 29 October 2001 flagicon|Canada Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
*Wed 31 October 2001 flagicon|Canada Montreal, QUE Molson Centre
*Fri 2 November 2001 flagicon|United States Dayton, OH EJ Nutter Center
*Sun 4 November 2001 flagicon|United States Boston, MA Fleet Center
*Tue 6 November 2001 flagicon|United States Providence, RI Dunkin' Donuts Center
*Thu 8 November 2001 flagicon|United States Philadelphia, PA First Union Center
*Sat 10 November 2001 flagicon|United States Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
*Mon 12 November 2001 flagicon|United States New York, NY Madison Square Garden
*Thu 15 November 2001 flagicon|United States East Rutherford, NJ Continental Arena
*Sat 17 November 2001 flagicon|United States Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
*Sun 25 November 2001 flagicon|United States Greensboro, NC Coliseum Complex
*Tue 27 November 2001 flagicon|United States Tampa, FL Ice Palace Center
*Thu 29 November 2001 flagicon|United States Ft. Lauderdale, FL National Car Rental Center
*Sat 1 December 2001 flagicon|United States Birmingham, AL Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
*Mon 3 December 2001 flagicon|United States Champaign, IL Assembly Hall
*Wed 5 December 2001 flagicon|United States Dallas, TX Reunion Arena [ [http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804223 AeroForceOne Just Push Play Tour info] ]
*Fri 7 December 2001 flagicon|United States Little Rock, NC Attel Arena
*Sun 9 December 2001 flagicon|United States Oklahoma City, OK Myriad Convention Center
*Tue 11 December 2001 flagicon|United States St. Louis, MO Savvis Center
*Mon 17 December 2001 flagicon|United States Cleveland, OH Gund Arena

4th leg:

*5 January 2002 flagicon|United States Denver, CO Pepsi Center
*7 January 2002 flagicon|United States Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center
*9 January 2002 flagicon|United States San Jose, CA Compaq Center
*11 January 2002 flagicon|United States Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel - show recorded and released as "Rockin' the Joint"
*13 January 2002 flagicon|United States Inglewood, CA Great Western Forum
*15 January 2002 flagicon|United States Fresno, CA Selland Arena
*17 January 2002 flagicon|United States San Diego, CA Sports Arena

5th Leg: Japan

*25 January, 2002 flagicon|Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan
*27 January, 2002 flagicon|Japan Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan
*29 January, 2002 flagicon|Japan Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan
*31 January, 2002 flagicon|Japan Nagoya Dome, Nagoya, Japan
*2 February, 2002 flagicon|Japan Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
*3 February, 2002 flagicon|Japan Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan

tage setup

The stage for the tour had a very modern look, resembling the moderness of the band's new album and its cover. Most striking was the silver and white colors, as well as two curving staircases which met at a platform at the top, where some of the most exciting moments of each concert took place, including the entrance of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at the beginning of the show, as well as Steven Tyler singing the eerie lyrics to the beginning of "Seasons of Wither"

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

Steven Tyler jokingly referred to this tour as the "Back On The Grass Tour" which was a reference to the auxiliary stage set up on the lawn at many outdoor venues, and at the same time a jab at those who had claimed Aerosmith was using drugs again. Tyler especially targeted former manager Tim Collins with these jokes, who had accused Aerosmith of relapsing into drug use before the band fired him in 1996. "Back On The Grass" was never an official name for the tour, just a joke Tyler repeated in several interviews.


The setlist was quite long, featuring as many as 25 songs at some shows. It varied show to show, as most Aerosmith setlists do, but it usually included about half a dozen songs from "Just Push Play" as well a fair balance between their 70s rock classics and their 80s and 90s pop-rock hits.


The tour came on the heels of the band's platinum album "Just Push Play". Aerosmith was at their peak popularity at this time, having played the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show, been inducted into the Rock 'n' 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, Steven 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 seemed to endlessly add arena dates through the fall and winter, even after their highly successful summer amphitheater tour.

The tour was ranked as the 8th highest grossing of 2001.
*Total Gross: $43,578,874.
*Total Attendance: 937,609. 56 shows. 15 sellouts.


In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the band canceled the three shows after that (Virginia Beach, Camden, NJ, and Columbia, MD), which all also happened to be on the Eastern Seaboard, where the attacks had occurred. These shows were later rescheduled.

Additionally, the band decided to cancel a 2nd show at Irvine, CA earlier in the tour, due to a scheduling conflict with the filming of the video for the single "Sunshine."

"United We Stand"

The band decided to play the benefit concert (for September 11 victims) at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on October 21, 2001, alongside Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and several other pop stars. The band had been uncertain about whether to play the show due to scheduling conflicts, and made the decision almost at the last minute. The band took the stage in the afternoon, playing about a 5-song set and then amazingly flew back to Indianapolis, IN for a concert that same night.

"Rockin' the Joint"

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


External links

* [http://www.aerosmith.com Aerosmith]
* [http://www.aeroforceone.com Aero Force One]

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