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The Route of All Evil Tour
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Tour by Aerosmith
Supporting album Devil's Got a New Disguise - The Very Best of Aerosmith
Dates September 5, 2006 - December 17, 2006
Legs 2
Shows 40 (Aerosmith/Mötley Crüe)
5 (Aerosmith only)
5 (Mötley Crüe only)
Aerosmith tour chronology
Rockin' the Joint Tour
(2005-06)
Route of All Evil Tour
(2006)
World Tour 2007
(2007)

The Route of All Evil Tour was a North American concert tour co-headlined by American hard rock band Aerosmith and heavy metal/glam metal band Mötley Crüe that took the bands to 40 amphitheaters and arenas from September to December 2006. The tour was put on as a hard rock spectacle that was designed to prep both bands, and tide their fans over, for new album releases, as well as in support of recent compilations by both bands. After November 24th, a 2nd leg of about 10 arena dates were added, half of which were co-headlining shows and half of which featured Aerosmith only. Additionally, Mötley Crüe performed several solo shows at smaller venues during the course of the tour during days off.

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Tour dates

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1st leg

Aerosmith and Mötley Crüe co-headlined the first leg of the tour, which took the bands to 34 major North American amphitheaters. Mötley Crüe also performed a couple of solo shows on off-days. Lennon Murphy performed prior to Mötley Crüe's set for several of the shows, often on a side stage.

2nd leg

Concerns

Some concerns were made before the start of the tour.

  • This was the first tour since Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler had throat surgery, so some concerns were made about him being able to sustain his voice.
  • The tour was held pretty late in the season for some outdoor venues. For example, the band played Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit in October, areas which are known for getting quite cold at night this time of year.
  • Ticket prices were $150 for the best seats, and since both bands had toured constantly for the past few years, concern was made that they had over-saturated the market too much and with high ticket prices, sales might be lower than expected.

Success

While most shows were not completely sold out, most shows were still well-attended and able to garner figures of about $1,000,000 each. Additionally, most reviews for shows on the tour (by both the fans and the press) have generally been very positive, with the greatest levels of acclaim and praise given to Aerosmith.

Despite the tour only being 40 shows, it was still able to place #18 on the list of the highest-grossing tours of 2006. The tour earned around $36 million.

Stage Setup

Mötley Crüe's stage setup featured a spectacular pyrotechnics display, as well as a variety of evil-looking monuments. Vivid strobe lighting and motorcycles were also a part of the show. Exotic female acrobats were also predominant throughout the show.

Aerosmith's stage setup featured a 70 foot long catwalk, bright lighting, a sit-down acoustic performance featuring fake snowfall, a large video screen, and a curtain that came down when the band hit the stage.

Highlights

  • Aerosmith performed a cover of the song "Dirty Water" at both shows they played in their hometown of Boston, to pay homage to their city. Aerosmith's version of the song stayed true to The Standells' original recording. The Mansfield crowd reacted to the song with tremendous energy and excitement.
  • Tom Hamilton, who had been out of the lineup for most of the tour due to his recovery from throat cancer, returned briefly to play "Sweet Emotion" at the first Boston show. He returned to the fold December 1st, 2006 in Detroit.
  • The winner of Rock Star Supernova, Lukas Rossi, was spotted at many shows, often on the side of the stage watching the bands perform.
  • Aerosmith performed their new single "Devil's Got a New Disguise" in concert for the first time at the Clarkston, Michigan show on October 11, 2006.
  • Aerosmith's performance of "Back in the Saddle" at their show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada was filmed for use in NASCAR events in 2007.
  • In Vancouver, British Columbia, Mötley Crüe's last date with Aerosmith, they brought Nikki Sixx on stage to perform a very special version of "Helter Skelter".

Setlist

Mötley Crüe setlist

1. Dr. Feelgood
2. Shout at the Devil '97
3. Wild Side
4. Looks That Kill
5. Live Wire
6. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
7. Home Sweet Home
8. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
9. Louder than Hell
10. Sick Love Song
11. Primal Scream
12. Girls, Girls, Girls
13. Mick Mars guitar solo
14. Kickstart My Heart

The first few shows included "Too Fast for Love," in the number 10 spot which was then rotated with "Helter Skelter" before being dropped altogether cutting the set to 13 songs plus Mick Mars' guitar solo before "Kickstart My Heart."

Aerosmith setlist

The setlist throughout the tour ranged anywhere from 12 to 17 songs, with most shows amounting to around 13; however, many of the east and west coast shows received 14 or 15 songs. The set featured an overwhelming majority of classics from their 1970s period, as well as several bluesy numbers, in which they typically did extended jams. The only songs played at every show have been: "Cryin'", "Stop Messin' Around", "Seasons of Wither" (with "Hangman Jury" as an intro occasionally), "Sweet Emotion", "Draw the Line" and "Walk This Way". Other songs played included "Toys in the Attic", "Eat the Rich", "Love in an Elevator", "Jaded", "Mama Kin", "S.O.S. (Too Bad)", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Walkin' the Dog", "Big Ten Inch Record", "Baby, Please Don't Go", "What It Takes", "Rag Doll", "Dream On", "Back in the Saddle", "Last Child", "No More No More", "Lord of the Thighs", "Pink", "Rattlesnake Shake, "Train Kept A-Rollin'", "Dirty Water", "One Way Street", "Livin' on the Edge", "Devil's Got a New Disguise", and rare performances of "Kings and Queens" and "Chip Away the Stone" .

The Set Lists for every show from the tour is documented in the Setlist section of AeroForceOne.com.[2]

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References


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