Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls World Tour

The Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls World Tour was a concert tour by horror punk supergroup the Murderdolls in support of their first studio album, of the same name, which was released in August 2002.

Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls World Tour
Concert by Murderdolls
Associated albumBeyond the Valley of the Murderdolls
Start dateJuly 30, 2002
End dateJanuary 17, 2004
No. of shows103

The band had formed in 2001 under the name of The Rejects, an old band that guitarist Joey Jordison had decided to reform after Jordison had finished touring with Slipknot in support of their album Iowa. Jordison and active Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen recruited Wednesday 13 of the band Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 to play bass, although he later switched to vocals. The trio recorded their debut album in the early months of 2002. Eric Griffin and Ben Graves joined the band in March after Jordison was pleased with a video of them jamming with Eisen. Before the band were scheduled to perform a small number of shows in the United States in July, Eisen announced that he was departing the band to return to Static-X. He was replaced by friend and former Dope bandmate Acey Slade. The band performed their first show together on July 30, 2002 in San Diego.

The band performed a select number of club shows in July through to August in the United States in promotion for their currently unreleased album at the time. The band then proceeded to Japan and performed at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka in front of thousands of people. The band then embarked on their first tour of Europe which consisted mainly of club shows. While touring in the United Kingdom, bass player Eric Griffin had to return home for undisclosed reasons. Alex Kane of AntiProduct, the band’s supporting act on this leg, filled in for Griffin for the remaining dates in the UK. The band performed two gigs in the United States before embarking on a second leg of Europe supporting Papa Roach, a band that Jordison had befriended whilst touring with Slipknot. The band performed a small number of dates in North America after returning from Europe. The band then embarked on a headlining tour of the UK, returned to Tokyo and performed one date in Jordison’s native Iowa.

In 2003, the band headed to Australia to take part in the annual Big Day Out festival. Bands amongst the line-up included the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Jane’s Addiction and others. The band was initially set to support the Deftones for two side shows whilst in Australia, but these shows were cancelled. The band supported Jane’s Addiction for an intimate show in Sydney. The band returned to the United States to perform two shows in California before returning to Japan for the third time. The band then again returned to Europe for the festival season and supported Iron Maiden for a number of arena shows before co-headlining a tour of England with Stone Sour, a band containing two of Jordison’s fellow members of Slipknot. The Murderdolls performed their final two shows with their then current line-up in January 2004. The band went on an indefinite hiatus after Jordison returned to Slipknot. The band would subsequently not perform again until 2010 when the newly reformed line-up began touring for the Women & Children Last World Tour.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America, Leg #1
July 30, 2002 San Diego, California United States Epicenter
July 31, 2002 San Francisco, California Slim’s
August 1, 2002 Los Angeles, California Whisky a Go Go
August 3, 2002 Phoenix, Arizona Bash on Ash
August 5, 2002 Denver, Colorado Bluebird Theatre
August 7, 2002 Indianapolis, Indiana The Emerson Theater
August 8, 2002 Detroit, Michigan The Shelter
August 9, 2002 Chicago, Illinois Metro Chicago
August 10, 2002 Des Moines, Iowa Hairy Mary’s
Asia, Leg #1
August 17, 2002 Tokyo Japan Summer Sonic Festival
August 18, 2002 Osaka
Europe, Leg #1
August 30, 2002 Munich Germany Metropolis
August 31, 2002 Bochum Matrix-Bochum
September 1, 2002 Cologne Prime Club
September 3, 2002 Frankfurt Batschkapp
September 4, 2002 Hamburg Schlachfhof
September 5, 2002 Berlin SO36
September 7, 2002 Amsterdam Netherlands Melkweg
September 9, 2002 Glasgow Scotland The Garage (G2)
September 10, 2002 Manchester England M.D.H
September 11, 2002 Birmingham Little Academy
September 12, 2002 Bristol The Wool Hall
September 13, 2002 London The Garage
North America, Leg #2
October 1, 2002 New York City, New York United States Don Hills
October 2, 2002 Newark, New Jersey Connections
Europe, Leg #2 [1]
October 6, 2002 Helsinki Finland Vanha
October 8, 2002 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
October 9, 2002 Copenhagen Denmark Vega Concert Hall
October 11, 2002 Essen Germany Grugahalle
October 12, 2002 Tilburg Netherlands 013
October 15, 2002 Lisbon Portugal Coliseu dos Recreios
October 16, 2002 Madrid Spain Macumba
October 17, 2002 Barcelona Razzmatazz
October 19, 2002 Milan Italy Rolling Stone
October 20, 2002 Zurich Switzerland Eulachalle Winterthur
October 21, 2002 Paris France Élysée Montmartre
October 22, 2002 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
October 24, 2002 Stuttgart Germany Sporthalle Böblingen
October 25, 2002 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
October 26, 2002 Leipzig Haus Auensee
October 27, 2002 Berlin Berlin Arena
October 29, 2002 Hamburg Grosse Freiheit 36
October 30, 2002 Munich Zenith Munich
November 2, 2002 Glasgow Scotland SECC Hall
November 3, 2002 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
November 4, 2002 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
November 6, 2002 Birmingham England O2 Academy Birmingham
November 7, 2002 London Brixton Academy
North America, Leg #3
November 15, 2002 Worcester, Massachusetts United States The Palladium
November 16, 2002 Birch Hill, New Jersey Old Birch
November 17, 2002 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Theater of the Living Arts
November 19, 2002 Hartford, Connecticut Webster Theater
November 22, 2002 Toronto, Ontario Canada The Opera House
Europe, Leg #3
December 6, 2002 Sheffield England The Leadmill
December 7, 2002 London Mean Fiddler
December 8, 2002 Norwich The Waterfront
December 9, 2002 Nottingham Rock City
December 10, 2002 Liverpool Liverpool University
December 11, 2002 Newcastle Newcastle University
December 12, 2002 Edinburgh Scotland Liquid Rooms
Asia, Leg #2
December 15, 2002 Tokyo Japan Makuhari Messe
North America, Leg #4
December 31, 2002 Clive, Iowa United States 7 Flags Event Center
January 17, 2003 Auckland New Zealand Big Day Out
January 19, 2003 Gold Coast Australia
January 25, 2003 Sydney
January 26, 2003 Enmore Theatre [2]
January 27, 2003 Melbourne Big Day Out
January 31, 2003 Adelaide
February 2, 2003 Perth
United States, Leg #5
May 19, 2003 Los Angeles, California United States The Troubadour
May 20, 2003 Anaheim, California Chain Reaction
Asia, Leg #3
May 25, 2003 Tokyo Japan Shibuya-AX
May 26, 2003 Nagoya Club Quattro
May 27, 2003 Osaka Club Quattro
Europe, Leg #4
May 31, 2003 Donington England Download Festival
June 2, 2003 London Madame Jojo's
June 3, 2003 Metal Hammer Awards
June 4, 2003 Portsmouth The Wedgewood Rooms
June 6, 2003 Nürburgring Germany Rock am Ring
June 7, 2003 Nuremberg Rock im Park
June 8, 2003 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle [3]
June 11, 2003 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi [3]
June 12, 2003 Madrid Palacio Vistalegre [3]
June 13, 2003 San Sebastián Velodromo de Anoeta [3]
June 15, 2003 Imola Italy Heineken Jammin' Festival
June 17, 2003 Zagreb Croatia Dom Sportova [3]
June 19, 2003 Zlin Czech Republic Zimní stadion Luďka Čajky [3]
June 20, 2003 Berlin Germany Knaack
June 21, 2003 Bergum Netherlands Festivalterrein Zomerweg
June 23, 2003 Fribourg Switzerland The Forum [3]
June 25, 2003 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy [3]
June 27, 2003 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
June 28, 2003 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium [3]
June 30, 2003 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena [3]
July 4, 2003 Zaandam Netherlands De Kade
July 5, 2003 Graspop Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
July 7, 2003 Cardiff Wales Cardiff University [4]
July 8, 2003 Nottingham England Rock City [4]
July 9, 2003 Birmingham Carling Academy [4]
July 11, 2003 Manchester Manchester Apollo [4]
July 12, 2003 London Brixton Academy [4]
North America, Leg #5
January 15, 2004 Los Angeles, California United States The Key Club
January 17, 2004 Corona, California The Showcase Theater

Cancelled dates

Date City Country Venue R
January 23, 2003 Sydney Australia The Roundhouse 1
January 30, 2003 Melbourne The Palace
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