Killing The Dragon tour dates

Dio's Killing The World tour started on May 31st in the USA where they toured about two months with Deep Purple and Scorpions. The tour then continued to Europe where Dio played first some dates with Deep Purple and then continued on their own, headlining tour.

There were plans for the Asian tour after the European dates were done, but those plans were cancelled. Unfortunately the same happened to the South American dates. After Portsmouth, UK, the band had a short break before they resumed touring in the North America in November-December. On this tour warming-up bands were the Swedish metal band HammerFall, as well as Kings X.

Killing The Dragon tour continued in the Summer 2003 in Europe, where Dio played at a couple of metal festivals again, as well as some gigs of their own!

After the European tour, Dio returned back to the US arenas together with Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Motorhead opened the shows, Dio was in the middle slot and Iron Maiden headlined. The tour ended in August.

Pass pictures for the tour

Tour poster pictures

Tour ad pictures

2002-2003 World Tour Dates:

Date Venue City and State Country Other bands Comments
31.05.2002 Alladdin Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Click here for ticket stub picture.
01.06.2002 Cricket Pavillion Phoenix, AZ USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL) Click here for ticket stub picture.
Click here for 2nd ticket stub picture.
02.06.2002 Journal Pavillion Albuquerque, NM USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
04.06.2002 Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre Tucson, AZ USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
05.06.2002 UTEP Don Haskins Center El Paso, TX USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
07.06.2002 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Selma, TX USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
08.06.2002 C.W. Mitchell Pavillion The Woodlands, TX USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
09.06.2002 Smirnoff Music Centre Dallas, TX USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
11.06.2002 Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville, IN USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
12.06.2002 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
13.06.2002 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
15.06.2002 Post Gazette Pavillion @Star Lake Burgettstown, PA USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
16.06.2002 Polaris Amphitheatre Columbus, OH USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Capacity 20000, 4262 people
18.06.2002 AmSouth Amphitheatre Antioch, TN USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
19.06.2002 HiFi Buys Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
21.06.2002 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
22.06.2002 Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, VA USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
23.06.2002 Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Amphitheatre Wantagh, NY USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL) Capacity 14029, 7695 people
25.06.2002 Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, MD USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Capacity 17389, 5189 people
26.06.2002 Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL) Click here for photos from the show by Genady Perchenko.
28.06.2002 Meadowbrook Farm Musical Arts Center Gilford, NH USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Click here for photos from the show by Genady Perchenko.
29.06.2002 Budweiser Summer Stage Big Flats, NY USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
30.06.2002 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Click here for gig poster picture.
04.07.2002 Agora du Vieux-Port Quebec City, PQ Canada Voivod 4000 people
05.07.2002 Medley Montreal, PQ Canada Voivod Sold out, 2000 people. Click here for ticket stub picture.
06.07.2002 Docks Toronto, ON Canada Scratching Post Click here for ticket stub picture. Click here for gig poster picture.
10.07.2002 Tower City Amphitheatre Cleveland, OH USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Ronnie's birthday show
12.07.2002 Tweeter Center Tinley Park, IL USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
13.07.2002 Moondance Jam Walker, MN USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
14.07.2002 Marcus Amphitheatre Milwaukee, WI USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
16.07.2002 Mark Of The Quad Cities Moline, IL USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
18.07.2002 Rock Fest at Chippewa Valley Cadott, WI USA Vic Ferrari, Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL) http://www.rock-fest.com/
19.07.2002 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Bonner Springs, KS USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Some sources list the venue as Sandstone Amphitheatre but that is apparently the old name for the venue.
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20.07.2002 UMB Bank Pavillion Maryland Heights, MO USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
22.07.2002 World Arena Colorado Springs, CO USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
23.07.2002 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
25.07.2002 E Center West Valley, UT USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
26.07.2002 Idaho Center Amphitheatre Nampa, ID USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
28.07.2002 Chronicle Pavillion @ Concord Concord, CA USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Click here for pass picture.
30.07.2002 Hilton Amphitheatre Reno, NV USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
31.07.2002 Konocti Harbor Resort Amphitheatre Kelseyville, CA USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
02.08.2002 Coors Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA USA Scorpions, Deep Purple (HL)
03.08.2002 G.H. Blockbuster Pavillion Devore, CA USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple Click here for ticket stub picture.
04.08.2002 The Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA USA Scorpions (HL), Deep Purple
27.08.2002 Amphitheatre Gelsenkirchen Germany The Planets, Deep Purple Click here for ticket stub picture.
Click here for gig poster picture.
28.08.2002 Tanzbrunnen Cologne Germany The Planets, Deep Purple Click here for gig poster picture.
Click here for 2nd gig poster picture.
30.08.2002 Ferropolis "Stadt aus Eisen" Grafenhainichen Germany The Planets, Deep Purple
31.08.2002 Brenzpark Heidenheim Germany The Planets, Deep Purple Click here for ticket stub picture.
Click here for 2nd ticket stub picture.
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01.09.2002 Stadthalle Zwickau Germany The Planets, Deep Purple Click here for gig poster picture.
03.09.2002 Volkswagen Halle Braunschweig Germany The Planets, Deep Purple Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions joined Dio on stage and did Rainbow In The Dark with them.
Click here for gig poster picture.
05.09.2002 Rockefeller Oslo Norway Mister Kite Sold out, 1400 people
06.09.2002 Hell Blues Festival Hell/Trondheim Norway Peer Gynt, Hughes Turner Project Sold out, 2000 people
07.09.2002 Chalmers Karhaus Gothenburg Sweden ? Mikkey Dee from Motorhead joined the band on stage on Neon Knights
08.09.2002 KB Hallen Malmo Sweden Mister Kite 700 people. Click here for gig poster picture.
09.09.2002 Pumpehuset Copenhagen Denmark ? Click here for ticket stub picture.
11.09.2002 Markthalle Hamburg Germany Soul Doctor Click here for gig poster picture.
12.09.2002 Columbia Fritz Berlin Germany Soul Doctor Click here for gig poster picture.
13.09.2002 Gasthaus 'Zur Linde' Affalter Germany Soul Doctor
14.09.2002 Festhalle Herxheim Germany Soul Doctor Click here for ticket stub picture.
15.09.2002 LKA Longhorn Stuttgart Germany Soul Doctor Click here for ticket stub picture.
18.09.2002 Planet Music Vienna Austria ? Click here for ticket stub picture. Click here for photos from the show by Genady Perchenko.
19.09.2002 Orpheum Graz Austria Local band? Sold out, about 400 people.
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20.09.2002 Alcatraz Milan Italy ? Click here for ticket stub picture.
21.09.2002 Konzertfabrik Z7 Pratteln Switzerland ? Capacity 1500
24.09.2002 Razzmatazz Barcelona Spain ?
25.09.2002 Republica Valencia Spain ?
26.09.2002 La Industrial Copera Granada Spain ?
27.09.2002 Macumba Madrid Spain ? Capacity 1200.
28.09.2002 Sala Gares Pamplona Spain ?
30.09.2002 Le Divan du Monde Paris France No warming-up band
01.10.2002 Hof Ter Lo Antwerpen Belgium Killer Sold out, 1000 people.
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02.10.2002 013 Popcentrum Tilburg The Netherlands Mystrez Sold out, 2200 people. Some sources incorrectly claim there were 1200 people.
04.10.2002 The Astoria London UK Oliver/Dawson Saxon Sold out, 1200 people.
Click here for pass picture (has wrong date for the show).
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05.10.2002 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton UK Oliver/Dawson Saxon Sold out. Click here for pass picture.
06.10.2002 Manchester Academy Manchester UK Oliver/Dawson Saxon Sold out, 2000 people
07.10.2002 Barrowlands Glasgow UK Oliver/Dawson Saxon Sold out.
Click here for ticket stub picture.
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09.10.2002 Pyramid Centre Portsmouth UK Oliver/Dawson Saxon Sold out, Graham Oliver of Oliver/Dawson Saxon joined Dio on stage for Rainbow In The Dark.
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08.11.2002 Roseland Theater Portland, OR USA HammerFall, Kings X
09.11.2002 Showbox Seattle, WA USA HammerFall, Kings X
10.11.2002 Fat Tuesday's Concert Hall Spokane, WA USA HammerFall, Kings X
12.11.2002 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA USA HammerFall, Kings X Click here for ticket stub picture.
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14.11.2002 Universal Amphitheatre Universal City, CA USA HammerFall, Kings X
15.11.2002 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA USA HammerFall, Kings X
16.11.2002 House Of Blues Las Vegas, NV USA HammerFall, Kings X
17.11.2002 4th&B San Diego, CA USA HammerFall, Kings X
19.11.2002 Midnight Rodeo Albuquerque, NM USA HammerFall, Kings X
22.11.2002 Canyon Club Dallas, TX USA HammerFall, Kings X
23.11.2002 The Backroom Austin, TX USA HammerFall, Kings X
24.11.2002 House Of Blues New Orleans, LA USA HammerFall, Kings X Click here for gig poster picture.
25.11.2002 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA USA HammerFall, Kings X
27.11.2002 Pop's Sauget, IL USA HammerFall, Kings X Click here for gig ad picture.
29.11.2002 The Quest Club Minneapolis, MS USA HammerFall, Kings X
30.11.2002 The Rave/The Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI USA HammerFall, Kings X
01.12.2002 House Of Blues Chicago, IL USA HammerFall, Kings X
04.12.2002 Piere's Night Club Fort Wayne, IN USA HammerFall, Kings X Click here for ticket stub picture.
05.12.2002 Annie's Cincinnati, OH USA HammerFall, Kings X
06.12.2002 Odeon Concert Club Cleveland, OH USA HammerFall, Kings X
07.12.2002 Harpo's Detroit, MI USA HammerFall, Kings X
10.12.2002 Recher Theatre Towson, MD USA HammerFall, Kings X
11.12.2002 9:30 Club Washington, DC USA HammerFall, Kings X
13.12.2002 Roseland Ballroom New York City, NY USA HammerFall, Kings X Filmed for the "Evil Or Divine" DVD release. Click here for ticket stub picture.
14.12.2002 The Palladium Worcester, MA USA HammerFall, Kings X Click here for photos from the show by Genady Perchenko.
15.12.2002 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT USA HammerFall, Kings X Click here for photos from the show by Genady Perchenko.
26.06.2003 Abart Music Club Zurich Switzerland Capacity 500, 300 people in audience. Originally scheduled for Rohstofflager.
27.06.2003 Bang Your Head!!! Festival Balingen Germany Twisted Sister, Y&T, Thin Lizzy, Hammerfall, U.D.O., Sodom, Overkill, Hypocrisy, Dokken, TNT, Annihilator, Amon Amarth, Brainstorm, Masterplan, Axxis, Pink Cream 69, Rob Rock, Bitch, Angel Witch, Destructor, Hirax Capacity 12000. Two-day festival, Twisted Sister will headline the 2nd day. Click here for ticket stub picture. Click here for gig poster picture.
29.06.2003 Rock The Nations Festival, Masiak Istanbul Turkey Kreator, Opeth, Rotting Christ, Radical Noise, Antisilence, Almora Capacity 8000, sold out.
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30.06.2003 Ark Open Air Festival, Ark Nr. 6 Athens Greece ? Capacity 4000, sold out.
02.07.2003 Vega Copenhagen Denmark Stormbringer Capacity 1000.
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03.07.2003 Kulturbolaget Malmo Sweden No warm-up band Capacity 750, 300 people in audience.
04.07.2003 Vasterashallen Vasteras Sweden Capacity 750, sold out with possible 1250 people.
06.07.2003 Ruisrock Festival, Ruissalo Turku Finland Amorphis, Apocalyptica, Apulanta, Boomhauer, The Cardigans, CMX, Danko Jones, Don Huonot, Eläkeläiset, Egotrippi, The Flaming Sideburns, Hanoi Rocks, The Hellacopters, HIM, Ismo Alanko säätiö, Jean S, Kotiteollisuus, Kwan, Lemonator, Looptroop, Lordi, Maija Vilkkumaa, Manic Street Preachers, Matti Servo & Napander, Nylon Beat, Peer Günt, Popeda, The Rasmus, Scandinavian Music Group, The 69 Eyes, Sleepy Sleepers, Sonata Arctica, The Sounds, Stratovarius, Sweatmaster, Tehosekoitin, Timo Rautiainen & Trio niskalaukaus, Turbonegro, Yup, Zen Cafe, Zwan, Yö Two day festival, 25 000 people. Click here for pass picture. Click here for photos from the show by Tapio Keihanen.
08.07.2003 Restaurang Tradgarn Gothenburg Sweden Bigelf Capacity 750, sold out. Click here for ticket stub picture.
09.07.2003 Rockefeller Oslo Norway ? Capacity 1350.
11.07.2003 Bospop Festival Weert Netherlands ZZ Top, Motorhead, Bonnie Raitt, Subway To Sally, Danko Jones, Voederbietels, Tacker, Simple Minds, INXS, Anouk, HIM, Ilse de Lange, Blof, The Alarm, Intwine, Slow Poke Rodrigo, Action in DC, Saxon, Vega4, Daniel Lohues & The Louisiana Blues Club, Spanner, Sleazy Dreams Capacity 12000.
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12.07.2003 Metal Mania Festival, Auditorio Municipal Villarrobledo Spain Iron Maiden, Saxon, Baron Rojo, Hammerfall, Primal Fear, Stray, Blind Guardian, Nightwish, Sepultura, Kreator, Apocalyptica, Overkill, Rebellion, Motorhead, Stratovarius, Masterplan, Immortal, Exodus, Dark Tranquility Three day festival, Dio opened for Iron Maiden on Saturday. Click here for gig poster picture. Click here for another gig poster picture.
21.07.2003 Centrum Centre Worcester, MA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 11800.
22.07.2003 Meadows Music Theater Hartford, CT USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 24212.
23.07.2003 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Camden, NJ USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 25000.
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25.07.2003 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 17500.
26.07.2003 Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre Wantagh, NY USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 14029.
29.07.2003 Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, MD USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 16500 or 17389 depending on the source.
30.07.2003 Madison Square Garden New York, NY USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 13100 or 20000 depending on the source, sold out.
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01.08.2003 Colisee de Quebec Quebec City, PQ Canada Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 11500.
02.08.2003 Bell Centre Montreal, PQ Canada Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 12000, almost sold out.
03.08.2003 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, ON Canada Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 8635.
05.08.2003 Blossom Music Centre Cleveland, OH USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 19100.
06.08.2003 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 15204.
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08.08.2003 Post Gazette Pavillion Pittsburgh, PA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 23116, 6000-7000 people in audience.
09.08.2003 Germain Amphitheater Columbus, OH USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 20000.
10.08.2003 Tweeter Center Tinley Park, IL USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 28590.
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13.08.2003 Smirnoff Music Centre Dallas, TX USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 11800.
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15.08.2003 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater San Antonio, TX USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 19450.
16.08.2003 Woodlands Pavillion Houston, TX USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 15011.
18.08.2003 U.T.E.P./Don Haskins Center El Paso, TX USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 6800.
20.08.2003 Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Englewood, CO USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 11225.
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21.08.2003 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM USA Motorhead Capacity 1000. Some sources claim this was at Journal Pavillion with Iron Maiden, but apparently Dio and Motorhead had their own show instead.
22.08.2003 Cricket Pavillion Phoenix, AZ USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 7160.
24.08.2003 Verison Wireless Amphitheater Irvine, CA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 16300.
25.08.2003 Long Beach Arena Long Beach, CA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 11540.
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26.08.2003 San Diego Sports Arena San Diego, CA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 10500.
28.08.2003 Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View, CA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 22000.
Click here for ticket stub picture. Click here for aftershow pass picture.
29.08.2003 Chronicle Pavillion Concord, CA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 12500.
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30.08.2003 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Marysville, CA USA Iron Maiden, Motorhead Capacity 18500.
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