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Nine Lives Tour
Tour by Aerosmith
Supporting album Nine Lives and A Little South of Sanity
Dates May 8, 1997 - July 17, 1999
Legs 11
Shows  ??? (scheduled); 204 (played); 43 (cancelled); 36 (rearranged)
Aerosmith tour chronology
Get a Grip Tour
Nine Lives Tour
Roar of the Dragon Tour

The Nine Lives Tour was a tour headlined by Aerosmith which ran for over 2 years and saw the band playing shows in North America, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal. The tour was put on in support of their 1997 release Nine Lives and ran from May 1997 to July 1999. The tour included a range of opening bands, some of which opened the show for entire legs of the tour. Some legs of the tour would see a band open the first half of the shows whilst another band opened the second half of the shows. A small number of band only appeared at a select few dates on the tour whilst others only performed once.

Opening acts on this tour included Shed Seven, Kula Shaker, 3 Colours Red, Jonny Lang, Marry Me Jane, Talk Show, Days of the New, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Spacehog, Monster Magnet, Fuel, Fighting Gravity, Seven Mary Three, Candlebox, The Afghan Whigs, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams, Stereophonics, Skunk Anansie, Ministry and Guano Apes.

The tour was a great success, however a large number of dates were cancelled due to both Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer suffering serious injuries on separate occasions during the tour.


Tour dates



1st leg: European Tour (Indoor)

2nd leg:North American Tour (1)

3rd leg: North American Tour (2)

4th leg: North American Tour (3)

5th Leg: Japanese Leg

6th Leg: North American Tour (4)

USA dates in May/June 1998 and the European Tour 1998 were cancelled after Steven Tyler suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury after dropping the microphone stand on his knee during "Mama Kin" at Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska (April 29, 1998). A proposed South American tour in September 1998 also fell victim to Tyler's knee injury. The cancelled dates were made up when the tour restarted later in the year.

Aerosmith performed a short set for the film premiere of the space action thriller, Armageddon, which featured Tyler's daughter, Liv Tyler. It was to an audience of invited guests only including various film celebrities

Cancelled European Dates 1998:

7th Leg: North American Tour (5)

A new American leg of was arranged to coincide with the release of "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing". The August 1998 dates were then put back when Joey Kramer suffered second degree burns as a result of a freak gas station fire while sitting in his Ferrari F355 Spyder convertible on July 16, 1998 (see back of the "A Little South of Sanity" CD insert for photo).

8th Leg: North American Tour (6)

9th Leg: North American Tour (7)

10th Leg: North American Tour (8)

11th Leg: European Tour (Outdoor)

Stage setup

The Persian music that signified the start of each concert (whilst the curtains were in place and the band was taking their positions) was "The Feeling Begins" by Peter Gabriel. It can be found on his "Passion" album as well as on the soundtrack to "The Last Temptation of Christ".


A standard show on the Nine Lives Tour consisted of 24 tracks, 2 and a half hour stage time. The minimum number of songs played at a show on this tour was 12, and the maximum number of songs played at a show on this tour was 28 songs, played at select shows.

"Cryin'", "Dream On", "Love in an Elevator", "Pink", "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way" were the only songs which were played at every single show on the Nine Lives Tour. The title track from the new record, "Nine Lives", was the opening song at most shows.


From late October 1998 onward, the tour was also called "The Little South of Sanity Tour" given the release of the Geffen live album of the same name.


A total of 43 shows on the Nine Lives Tour were cancelled and a further 36 shows were rescheduled. The majority of the shows were cancelled/rescheduled due to injuries (Steven Tyler suffered cruciate ligament injury after dropping the microphone stand on his knee, and Joey Kramer suffered second degree burns. A select few shows were cancelled/rearranged due to 'scheduling conflict' or the flu.

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