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Rocksimus Maximus Tour
Tour by Aerosmith & KISS
Dates August 2, 2003 - December 20, 2003
Legs 2
Shows 59 Played, 1 Rescheduled, 1 Cancelled
Aerosmith chronology
Girls of Summer Tour
Rocksimus Maximus Tour
Honkin' on Bobo Tour
KISS chronology
Kiss Farewell Tour
World Domination Tour
Rock the Nation Tour

The Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour was a North American concert tour co-headlined by Aerosmith and KISS. The tour was referred to as the "World Domination Tour" by KISS and was called the Rocksimus Maximus Tour by Aerosmith. It is sometimes referred to informally as the "AeroKiss Tour", incorporating the names of both headlining bands. The tour occurred in the latter half of 2003 and took both bands to amphitheaters across the United States in late summer and early fall, and to arenas in late fall and early winter.

It was the first tour in KISS history with Tommy Thayer in the band, Peter Criss returned yet again replacing Eric Singer who filled in for Criss on the 2001 leg of Farewell Tour.


Ticket prices

On this tour KISS introduced the "Platinum" tickets package, with the most expensive packages costing USD $1,000.[1] This package included a seat in the first five rows, a meet-and-greet with KISS after their performance, and a photograph with the band. Although this price point caused outrage among some fans, Simmons, in a 2003 interview with Classic Rock magazine stated, "we're in our 30th year and still taking $2 million a night on the gate."

Additionally, due to the high price commanded by both bands, regular pavilion seats cost $125 or more. Seats on the lawn, while lower than $100, were still above average in price.

The tour earned more than US$64 million in 2003, which ranked #7 for the year.


Considered a co-headlining tour, each band played about 16 songs each with KISS playing first & Aerosmith closing the show. Up-and-coming hard rock band Saliva opened the concert, with a set running about 30 minutes.

KISS put on an over-the-top stage spectacle, complete with sophisticated pyrotechnics and their trademark outfits and makeup, including steep-heeled boots. All original members performed except Ace Frehley, who had been replaced by Tommy Thayer the previous year.

Aerosmith's show consisted of a mix of old and newer material, including a 3-song blues set during the middle of the show, debuting blues tracks to be featured on their then-upcoming album Honkin' on Bobo. The stage design also changed for this section of the show. Aerosmith also played several classic "deep cuts" from the 1970s that they hadn't played in years, including "Adam's Apple" and "Nobody's Fault", among others.

At a number of performances including Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas fans got a special treat when Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry joined Kiss onstage for the song "Strutter"; he even donned high heeled boots, borrowed from Paul Stanley for the song. This was the first time KISS had had someone outside the band play on stage with them, if not counting "Unplugged" and "Symphony" concerts which were special events and not part of any tour. Ted Nugent was added to the line up for the September 7 show in Detroit, MI.



KISS setlist

  1. "Detroit Rock City"
  2. "Deuce"
  3. "Shout It Out Loud"
  4. "Do You Love Me?"
  5. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"
  6. "Firehouse"
  7. "I Love It Loud"
  8. "I Want You"
  9. "God of Thunder"
  10. "100,000 Years"
  11. "Black Diamond"
  12. "Beth"
  13. "Love Gun"
  14. "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Other songs played include "Strutter," "Hotter than Hell", "King of the Night Time World," and "Lick it Up."

Aerosmith Setlist

  1. "Let the Music Do the Talking"
  2. "Walk This Way"
  3. "Love in an Elevator"
  4. "Jaded"
  5. "Rag Doll"
  6. "Cryin'"
  7. "What it Takes"
  8. "Temperature"
  9. "Never Loved A Girl"
  10. "Baby, Please Don't Go"
  11. "Dream On"
  12. "The Other Side"
  13. "Back in the Saddle"
  14. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
  15. "Sweet Emotion"

KISS pre-tour shows

Date City Venue Attendance
February 28, 2003 Australia Melbourne, Australia Telstra Dome 35,000 Kiss Symphony
March 11, 2003 Japan Tokyo, Japan Budokan 12,000
March 12, 2003 Japan Tokyo, Japan Budokan 12,000
March 13, 2003 Japan Tokyo, Japan Budokan 12,000
March 15, 2003 Japan Yokohama, Japan Yokohama Arena 16,000
March 16, 2003 United States Las Vegas, NV Palms Casino Resort 2,000
May 17, 2003 United States Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Stadium 50,000

Aerosmith/KISS tour dates

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Date City Venue Attendance
August 2, 2003 United States Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theatre 18,000
August 4, 2003 United States Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheater 15,000
August 6, 2003 United States Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheater 15,000
August 9, 2003 United States Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion 21,000
August 11, 2003 United States Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 16,000
August 13, 2003 United States Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center 17,000
August 15, 2003 United States Detroit, MI Comerica Park POSTPONED
August 17, 2003 United States Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center 21,000
August 19, 2003 United States Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheater 18,000
August 21, 2003 United States Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion 20,000
August 23, 2003 United States Darien, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 19,000
August 25, 2003 United States Boston, MA Tweeter Center 19,000
August 27, 2003 United States Boston, MA Tweeter Center 19,000
August 29, 2003 United States Camden, NJ Tweeter Waterfront Center 21,000
August 31, 2003 United States Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium 28,000
September 3, 2003 United States Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 18,000
September 6, 2003 United States East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theater 19,000
September 7, 2003 United States Detroit, MI Comerica Park RESCHEDULED From 8/15/03 41,000
September 12, 2003 United States West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheater 18,000
September 14, 2003 United States Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre 13,000
September 17, 2003 United States Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheater CANCELLED
September 19, 2003 United States Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 16,000
September 20, 2003 United States Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek 18,000
September 22, 2003 United States Nashville, TN Starwood Amphitheater 15,000
September 24, 2003 United States Kansas City, KS Sandstone Amphitheater 16,000
September 26, 2003 United States Chicago, IL Tweeter Center 17,000
September 28, 2003 United States St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 16,000
September 30, 2003 United States Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheater 16,000
October 2, 2003 United States Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre 17,000
October 4, 2003 United States San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 15,000
October 5, 2003 United States Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 15,000
October 8, 2003 United States Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion 14,000
October 10, 2003 United States Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater 14,000
October 12, 2003 United States Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre 15,000
October 14, 2003 United States Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Pavilion 13,000
October 16, 2003 United States San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre 14,000
October 18, 2003 United States Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion 20,000
October 20, 2003 United States Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion 14,000
October 22, 2003 United States Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center 12,000
October 24, 2003 United States Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 13,000
October 25, 2003 United States Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 10,000

2nd "indoor" leg

Date City Venue Attendance
November 6, 2003 United States Omaha, NE Qwest Events Center 14,000
November 8, 2003 United States Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center 11,000
November 10, 2003 United States Minneapolis, MN Target Center 14,000
November 12, 2003 United States Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena 8,000
November 14, 2003 United States Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard 6,000
November 16, 2003 United States New York, NY Madison Square Garden 15,000
November 18, 2003 United States Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center 5,000
November 20, 2003 United States Washington, DC Verizon Center 12,000
November 22, 2003 United States Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum 12,000
November 24, 2003 United States Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena 8,000
November 26, 2003 United States Boston, MA FleetCenter 12,000
November 28, 2003 United States Albany, NY Pepsi Arena 10,000
November 30, 2003 United States Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 11,000
December 3, 2003 United States Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum 13,000
December 5, 2003 United States Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena 9,000
December 8, 2003 United States Louisville, KY Freedom Hall 11,000
December 10, 2003 United States Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena 12,000
December 12, 2003 United States Moline, IL MARK of the Quad Cities 7,000
December 14, 2003 United States Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center 15,000
December 18, 2003 United States Los Angeles, CA The Forum 13,000
December 20, 2003 United States Fresno, CA Save Mart Center 13,000



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