Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour

Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour
Tour by Aerosmith and ZZ Top
Start dateJune 10, 2009
End dateAugust 5, 2009
No. of shows42 (scheduled) + 3 (scheduled, post-tour); 15 (played) + 4 (played, post-tour)
Aerosmith tour chronology
Aerosmith World Tour 2007
Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour
Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour
ZZ Top tour chronology
European Tour 2009
Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour
Necessity Is a Mother Tour

The Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour, sometimes referred to as the A to Z Tour or Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Tour, was a concert tour headlined by American hard rock bands Aerosmith and ZZ Top. The tour, presented by Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, took place in the summer of 2009 until it had to be cancelled unexpectedly due to shoulder injuries sustained by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

For the first seven dates of the tour, Aerosmith played the entire Toys in the Attic album at every show, with the exception of the last track, "You See Me Crying". On June 26, 2009, while in Wantagh, New York's Jones Beach Theater, Aerosmith played "You See Me Crying", for the first time in the band's history; it was also the first time on the tour that every song on Toys in the Attic was played. Additionally, this tour marked the first time that the band performed "Round and Round" live.

Other notable highlights of the show included guitarist Joe Perry singing lead vocals on "Combination", a deep-cut from the Rocks album, and playing against the animated version of himself in the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith video game. The tour also featured a select one or two fans at each show playing a song from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith live on-stage before the concert.

ZZ Top was the co-headlining act for the tour, with 3 Doors Down opening the first two shows in Maryland Heights, Missouri and East Troy, Wisconsin, and Dropkick Murphys opening the Mansfield, Massachusetts show, as ZZ Top could not perform for the first three shows due to prior commitments. Several dates were canceled mid-tour after Steven Tyler injured his leg in Uncasville, Connecticut. Additionally, guitarist Brad Whitford and bassist Tom Hamilton had to sit out several of the dates due to injuries or surgeries; Whitford and Hamilton had substitutes perform in their places. Aerosmith cancelled the rest of the tour after Tyler fell off the stage in Sturgis, South Dakota, but the band played three more shows in October and November after Tyler recovered.



Additional personnel:

  • Russ Irwinkeyboards, backing vocals
  • Bobby Schneck – guitar (substituted for Brad Whitford, June 10 – June 28)
  • David Hull – bass (substituted for Tom Hamilton, July 15 – August 5)

ZZ Top[edit]

Tour dates[edit]


Date City Country Venue
June 10, 2009 Maryland Heights, Missouri United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (ZZ Top did not appear; 3 Doors Down was the opening act)
June 13, 2009 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre (ZZ Top did not appear; 3 Doors Down was the opening act)
June 16, 2009 Mansfield, Massachusetts Comcast Center (ZZ Top did not appear; Dropkick Murphys was the opening act)
June 21, 2009 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion
June 24, 2009 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Post-Gazette Pavilion
June 26, 2009 Wantagh, New York Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 28, 2009 Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun Arena
July 1, 2009 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center CANCELED
July 3, 2009 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium CANCELED
July 5, 2009 Virginia Beach, Virginia Verizon Wireless Amphitheater CANCELED
July 7, 2009 Raleigh, North Carolina The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek CANCELED
July 9, 2009 Charlotte, North Carolina Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre CANCELED
July 11, 2009 Tampa, Florida Ford Amphitheatre CANCELED
July 13, 2009 Sunrise, Florida BankAtlantic Center CANCELED
July 15, 2009 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 17, 2009 The Woodlands, Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 19, 2009 Dallas, Texas Center
July 25, 2009 Paradise, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 27, 2009 Phoenix, Arizona Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 30, 2009 Tulsa, Oklahoma BOK Center
August 1, 2009 Greenwood Village, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 5, 2009 Sturgis, South Dakota Buffalo Chip at Sturgis Bike Rally (ZZ Top did not appear; Saving Abel was the opening act; show CANCELED mid-way when Tyler falls off stage)
August 7, 2009 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Canad Inns Stadium CANCELED
August 9, 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field CANCELED
August 11, 2009 Edmonton, Alberta Commonwealth Stadium CANCELED
August 13, 2009 Calgary, Alberta McMahon Stadium CANCELED
August 15, 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place Stadium CANCELED
August 17, 2009 Auburn, Washington United States White River Amphitheatre CANCELED
August 19, 2009 Concord, California Sleep Train Pavilion (Bone Bash 10) CANCELED
August 21, 2009 Los Angeles Staples Center CANCELED
August 23, 2009 Irvine, California Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre CANCELED
August 28, 2009 Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre CANCELED
August 30, 2009 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center CANCELED
September 1, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri Sprint Center CANCELED
September 3, 2009 Toronto, Ontario Canada Air Canada Centre CANCELED
September 5, 2009 Ottawa, Ontario Scotiabank Place CANCELED
September 8, 2009 Saint Paul, Minnesota United States Xcel Energy Center CANCELED
September 10, 2009 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center CANCELED
September 12, 2009 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center CANCELED
September 14, 2009 New York City Madison Square Garden CANCELED
September 16, 2009 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills CANCELED
September 18, 2009 Camden, New Jersey Susquehanna Bank Center CANCELED
Post-tour shows
October 14, 2009 San Francisco, California United States Treasure Island (private show for Oracle)
October 18, 2009 Honolulu, Hawaii Blaisdell Center
October 20, 2009 Wailuku, Hawaii War Memorial Stadium (rescheduled from 2007 as part of a legal settlement)
November 1, 2009 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit (2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)


The tour was originally supposed to coincide with the release of Aerosmith's new album, which the band had hoped to complete before the tour. However, a variety of setbacks including surgery to repair guitarist Joe Perry's knee and lead singer Steven Tyler suffering pneumonia prevented the album from being completed before the tour. Guitarist Brad Whitford, while recovering from surgery, missed the first seven dates of the tour, but returned in mid-July. At the band's June 28 concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Tyler injured his leg, which required seven shows originally scheduled for early July to be postponed to a later date. When Aerosmith resumed their tour on July 15 in Atlanta, Brad Whitford re-joined the fold after recovering from surgery, however bassist Tom Hamilton had to temporarily depart the tour in order to recover from non-invasive surgery. David Hull filled in for Hamilton until he recovered.

At the band's August 5 concert in Sturgis, South Dakota, Tyler fell off the catwalk midway through the concert while dancing to entertain fans during a break in the show due to sound system failure. He suffered head, neck, and shoulder injuries and had to be flown to a hospital in Rapid City. The rest of the Sturgis show was canceled and, after Tyler consulted his doctors, the band decided they had to cancel the rest of the tour altogether to allow him a full recovery.[2]

In October, when Tyler recovered, two shows were played in Hawaii, one in Maui and one in Honolulu. The show in Maui was played as part of a legal settlement after the band was sued for cancelling a performance there in 2007. The band also played at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates in November.

Relations between Tyler and Perry soured in wake of Tyler falling off the stage in Sturgis and reached a fever pitch in late November when a heavily publicized feud erupted in which Tyler was supposedly going to leave the band and be replaced by another singer. Tensions cooled after Tyler returned from rehab, where he was seeking treatment for an addiction to painkillers, and the band announced a world tour to take place in 2010, entitled the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour.


ZZ Top Set list[edit]

Aerosmith performed songs[edit]

Below is a list of songs played on the tour:[3]

Album Song Times
Aerosmith (1973) "Dream On" 11
"Mama Kin" 2
"Walkin' the Dog" 7
Get Your Wings (1974) "Train Kept A-Rollin'" 13
"Lord of the Thighs" 1
"Same Old Song and Dance" 4
Toys in the Attic (1975) "Toys in the Attic" 7
"Uncle Salty" 7
"Adam's Apple" 7
"Walk This Way" 13
"Big Ten Inch Record" 7
"Sweet Emotion" 11
"No More No More" 7
"Round and Round" 7
"You See Me Crying" 1
Rocks (1976) "Combination" 13
"Last Child" 6
"Back in the Saddle" 2
Draw the Line (1977) "Draw the Line" 8
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack (1978) "Come Together" 6
Permanent Vacation (1987) "Rag Doll" 7
Pump (1989) "Love in an Elevator" 13
"Monkey on My Back" 1
"Janie's Got a Gun" 4
Get a Grip (1993) "Eat the Rich" 6
"Livin' on the Edge" 11
"Cryin'" 12
Nine Lives (1997) "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" 6
"Pink" 8
Armageddon: The Album (1998) "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" 2
Just Push Play (2001) "Jaded" 4
Honkin' on Bobo (2004) "Stop Messin' Around" 4
Non-Album Song/Cover "Dirty Water" 1
Pandora's Box (1994) "Rattlesnake Shake" 2

A typical setlist would look like this.

  • 1. "Train Kept A Rollin'"
  • 2. "Cryin'"
  • 3. "Love In An Elevator"
  • 4. "Jaded"
  • 5. "Dream On"
  • 6. "Combination"
  • 7. "Toys In The Attic"
  • 8. "Uncle Salty"
  • 9. "Adam's Apple"
  • 10. "Walk This Way"
  • 11. "Big Ten Inch Record"
  • 12. "Sweet Emotion"
  • 13. "No More No More"
  • 14. "Round And Round"
  • 15. "Livin' On The Edge"


  • 1. "Dirty Water"
  • 2. "Come Together"