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Licks Tour 2002–2003
Tour by The Rolling Stones
Associated album Forty Licks
Start date 3 September 2002
End date 9 November 2003
Legs 5
No. of shows 117
Box office US $311 million ($413.73 in 2017 dollars)[1]
The Rolling Stones concert chronology

The Licks Tour was a worldwide concert tour undertaken by The Rolling Stones during 2002 and 2003, in support of their 40th anniversary compilation album Forty Licks. The tour grossed over $300 million, becoming the second highest grossing tour at that time, behind their own Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994–1995.[2]

The itinerary continued the Rolling Stones' practice of mixing theatre, arena, and stadium venues. With little new music to promote, set lists were dynamic and featured a total of 80 different songs.[3]

Planned dates in East Asia and the final date of the tour were cancelled in response to the SARS outbreak of 2002–2003. Additionally, because Toronto, Ontario, Canada was also affected, the Rolling Stones headlined the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert on 30 July 2003 to help the city recover from the effects of the epidemic. It was attended by an estimated 490,000 people.[4] Finally, on 7–9 November 2003, the band played its first ever concerts in Hong Kong, as part of the Harbour Fest celebration.[5] The tour was sponsored by E-Trade.[6]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Brown Sugar"
  2. "Tumbling Dice"
  3. "Don't Stop"
  4. "Hot Stuff"
  5. "Honky Tonk Women"
  6. "Midnight Rambler"
  7. "Route 66"
  8. "Brand New Car"
  9. "Little Queenie"
  10. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
  11. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  12. "Let It Bleed"
  13. "Paint It Black"
  14. "Street Fighting Man"
  15. "Gimme Shelter"
  16. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  17. "You Got Me Rocking"
  18. "Angie"
    • Encore 1
  19. "Miss You"
    • Encore 2
  20. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  21. "Start Me Up"
  22. "Sympathy For The Devil"

Tour happenings[edit]

In Chicago, U2 frontman Bono joined the Stones for "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)". But after the conclusion of the song, Bono left the stage without acknowledging the audience.[7] Dr. John also guested as well.

In January, American cable network HBO broadcast a concert from Madison Square Garden in New York.[8]

The Rolling Stones played "drastically different" shows depending upon the size of the venue.[9]

The production was designed by Mark Fisher, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, and Patrick Woodroffe.[10] The design included a 60-metre (200 ft) wide digital print created by Jeff Koons. During the song "Honky Tonk Women", an animated video was shown of a topless woman riding the famous Rolling Stones Tongue logo before being devoured.[11]

In Sydney, Leipzig, Hockenheim, Oberhausen and Toronto Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC played "Rock Me Baby" with the Rolling Stones. The Leipzig performance can be found on disc 2 of AC/DC's Plug Me In, while the Toronto performance was included in the Toronto Rocks DVD.


Rolling Stones

Additional musicians

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Opening Act Start Time
North America
16 August 2002[nb 1] Toronto Canada Palais Royale None 10:40 PM
3 September 2002 Boston United States FleetCenter The Pretenders 7:00 PM (Late at 7:15 PM)
5 September 2002 Foxboro Gillette Stadium The Pretenders 7:00 PM (Late at 7:05 PM)
8 September 2002 Boston Orpheum Theatre Buddy Guy 7:00 PM (On Time)
10 September 2002 Chicago United Center The Pretenders 7:30 PM (Late at 7:40 PM)
13 September 2002 Comiskey Park The Pretenders
16 September 2002 Aragon Ballroom Dr. John 8:00 PM
18 September 2002 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium The Pretenders
20 September 2002 First Union Center The Pretenders
22 September 2002 Upper Darby Tower Theater Soulive
26 September 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden The Pretenders 8:00 PM (On Time)
28 September 2002 East Rutherford Giants Stadium The Pretenders
30 September 2002 New York City Roseland Ballroom Jonny Lang 8:00 PM (On Time)
4 October 2002 Landover FedExField The Strokes
5 October 2002 Hartford Hartford Civic Center The Strokes
12 October 2002 Detroit Ford Field No Doubt
14 October 2002 Cleveland Gund Arena Elvis Costello
16 October 2002 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre The White Stripes
18 October 2002 Rogers Centre No Doubt
20 October 2002 Columbus United States Nationwide Arena The White Stripes
22 October 2002 Sunrise Office Depot Center Shaggy
23 October 2002 Miami American Airlines Arena Shaggy
26 October 2002 Atlanta Turner Field No Doubt
31 October 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center Sheryl Crow
2 November 2002 Anaheim Edison International Field Sheryl Crow
4 November 2002 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre Solomon Burke 8:00 PM (On Time)
6 November 2002 Tacoma Tacoma Dome Sheryl Crow 7:30 pm (started 7:45)
8 November 2002 San Francisco Pacific Bell Park Sheryl Crow
9 November 2002 Sheryl Crow
12 November 2002 Oakland Oakland Arena Sheryl Crow
14 November 2002 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena Sheryl Crow
16 November 2002 Las Vegas The Joint
(Private show hosted by David Bonderman – no public admission)
John Mellencamp
23 November 2002 San Antonio SBC Center Lifehouse
25 November 2002 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center Lifehouse
29 November 2002 Las Vegas The Joint Solomon Burke
30 November 2002 MGM Grand Garden Arena Lifehouse
8 January 2003 Montreal Canada Bell Centre Les Respectables
10 January 2003 Pittsburgh United States Mellon Arena Ryan Adams
12 January 2003 Boston FleetCenter Ryan Adams
16 January 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden Ryan Adams
18 January 2003 Ryan Adams (The Stones broadcast live on HBO Tonight)
21 January 2003 Chicago United Center Ryan Adams
22 January 2003 Ryan Adams
25 January 2003 Houston Reliant Stadium Ryan Adams
28 January 2003 Oklahoma City Ford Center Ryan Adams
30 January 2003 Phoenix America West Arena Jonny Lang
1 February 2003 Denver Pepsi Center Jonny Lang
4 February 2003 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose Susan Tedeschi
6 February 2003 Los Angeles Staples Center Susan Tedeschi
8 February 2003 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena Susan Tedeschi
18 February 2003 Sydney Australia Enmore Theatre Jet 8:00 PM (On Time)
20 February 2003 SuperDome Jet
22 February 2003 Jet
25 February 2003 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena Jet
27 February 2003 Jet
1 March 2003 Jet
4 March 2003 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
5 March 2003
10 March 2003 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
12 March 2003 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
15 March 2003 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
16 March 2003
20 March 2003 Osaka Osaka Dome
21 March 2003
24 March 2003 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
26 March 2003
4 April 2003 Bangalore India Palace Grounds
7 April 2003 Mumbai Brabourne Stadium
4 June 2003 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
6 June 2003 Olympiastadion
8 June 2003 Circus Krone Bau
10 June 2003 Milan Italy Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
13 June 2003 Oberhausen Germany O-Vision Zukunftspark
15 June 2003 Berlin Olympiastadion
18 June 2003 Vienna Austria Ernst Happel Stadion
20 June 2003 Leipzig Germany Festwiese AC/DC
22 June 2003 Hockenheim Hockenheimring
25 June 2003 Bilbao Spain Estadio San Mames
27 June 2003 Madrid Estadio Vicente Calderón
29 June 2003 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
5 July 2003 Marseille France Stade Vélodrome
7 July 2003 Paris Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy
9 July 2003 Stade de France
11 July 2003 L’Olympia
13 July 2003 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
16 July 2003 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium
18 July 2003 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium The Hives
20 July 2003 Stockholm Globe Arena
22 July 2003 Cirkus
24 July 2003 Hamburg Germany AOL-Arena
27 July 2003 Prague Czech Republic Letná
North America
30 July 2003 Toronto Canada SARSstock Concert
Downsview Park
8 August 2003 Hanover Germany EXPO-Gelaende Messe Ost
11 August 2003 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadion
13 August 2003
15 August 2003 Ahoy Rotterdam
16 August 2003 Utrecht Muziekcentrum Vredenburg
19 August 2003 Amsterdam Amsterdam ArenA
24 August 2003 London England Twickenham Stadium
27 August 2003 Astoria
29 August 2003 Wembley Arena
1 September 2003 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
3 September 2003
5 September 2003 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
7 September 2003 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
9 September 2003 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
11 September 2003
13 September 2003 London England Wembley Arena
15 September 2003
20 September 2003 Twickenham Stadium
22 September 2003 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA
25 September 2003 Benidorm Spain Estadio Municipal Foietes
27 September 2003 Coimbra Portugal Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
29 September 2003 Zaragoza Spain Feria de Muestras
2 October 2003 Zürich Switzerland Letzigrund Stadion
7 November 2003 Admiralty Hong Kong Tamar Festival Site
9 November 2003

See also[edit]


  1. ^ On 16 August 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Rolling Stones performed a surprise gig (in front of 1,000 lucky fans) with an unusual setlist: "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)", "Sad Sad Sad", "If You Can't Rock Me", "Stray Cat Blues", "Hot Stuff", "Don't Stop", "Honky Tonk Women", "Torn and Frayed", "Wild Horses", "Happy", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Heart Of Stone", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", encore: "Brown Sugar".[12]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Stones tour licks up $300m". BBC News. Retrieved 22 November 2014
  3. ^ " tour statistics". Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  4. ^ Bret Adams. "Toronto Rocks". AllMusic. 
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS – Entertainment – Stones HK Sars show row resolved". 
  6. ^ "Hard-core Thursday has a soft spot". philly-archives. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2007. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  12. ^ "The Rolling Stones – Palais Royale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Friday Aug. 16, 2002". 2002. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 


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