What can you say about four guys that range from Yonkers to Boston that
call themselves Aerosmith? They are considered the American version of the
Rolling Stones, and no insult to the Stones, but they can’t touch Tyler and
company. In simple words, they don’t need a big tongue on top of Madison
Square Garden like some other band and we all know who they are, or an HBO
special. Though I must admit, Aerosmith certainly deserves an HBO special.
I want to see Tyler and Perry on the Biography Channel. Aerosmith has been a
crucial touchstone in maintaining rock and roll as it was meant to be.
Tyler and Perry are the torchbearers of rock’s heart and soul. In times
like this, we need some heart and soul. The wait for a new Aerosmith album
has been too long for the fans. We want new music, not another greatest
hits cd. Somebody needs to take the choker chain off of the Toxic Twins and
let them make music the way that they used to. Let them be free so we all
can soar with them. We have to remember that they are people too. At this
point, I want to add something totally unrelated to the review. Steven
Tyler grew up in Yonkers, New York.
He is not originally from Boston. It takes a Yonkers boy to be such a class
act. Only a Yonkers boy would grow up to be one of rock’s gods that gets no
fucking respect as a person. Only a Yonkers boy would have the balls enough
to open for Sha Na Na. Steven’s famous quote, “Kick Ass and Leave a
Footprint,” lives forever at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You gotta love
Yonkers for giving us Steven Tyler. Could he be anything else but an Aries
New Yorker? We, at the MusicIncider, think not.
I got the chance to catch Steven Tyler and Aerosmith recently at
the HiFi Buys Amphitheater. They still have the energy and enthusiasm of
all their earlier work. They are true craftsmen of their art. Still, they
do not get the respect they deserve. Does anyone wonder why? Maybe it is
because they are not little kids lip-synching. Is it because they don’t try
to sell us beer, cigarettes, and credit cards? Is it because they don’t try
to get us to fall into the GAP? Though I must admit, Tyler’s “Got Milk?” ad
was cute, and the whole Dodge thing was a savvy business maneuver. Perry,
another business genius, is starting his own baby band label for the little
guys. Aerosmith is going to bring rock that matters to a whole generation
of new musicians. I will bet that none of them wear Nike’s. Still, they do
not get the title that they deserve. Aerosmith is America’s greatest rock
and roll band. They were our answer to those Brits that invaded America’s
music scene. Their fucking hard-rocking, ass-kicking songs changed music.
Other groups WANT to be like Aerosmith. They provided a model that others
should follow on how to make music, and this is an incredible ASS-KICKING
contribution. The contribution that they have made to the industry is of
historical significance. That significance has been largely unrecognized in
spite of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To this day,
we are reminded that the members of Aerosmith were horrible people. Fuck,
they made mistakes. This makes them human just like everybody else. Why
must the focus be so on the past and not the now? Where is the respect for
America’s greatest rock and roll band? Why do they not get the respect that
Maybe because they came out and admitted they needed help and they went
on a 4-year hiatus to get their shit together? Does anyone give them CREDIT
for being clean and sober in a rock and roll world? Does anybody point at
them as the role models that they truly are? They got their shit together.
Everybody saw that night. They could have easily sold out Turner Stadium,
or Phillips Arena. Hi Fi was so packed, and was not because of Must, or Kid
Rock. Let’s be honest. It was for Tyler, Perry, and THE BAND. The sound
crew was excellent, the lighting was perfect, and the crew handling the show
was flawless. There was a center stage for those sitting
on the lawn. Aerosmith gave the fans on the cold, wet lawn some love
rather than playing exclusively to the HiFi five hundred dollar box seats.
I love any band that jumps into the middle of thousands of cold screaming
Atlantans to sing about a Big Ten Inch-Record.
Aerosmith made one hell of an entrance. They waited behind a
dramatic white canopy, and as the canopy was let loose the Fans went CRAZY
when the band started the gig with TOUCH. Tyler is still one sexy guy. He
has a phenomenal sense of style to accompany those sensuous lips. It must
be the Aries in him. Tyler looked liked a beautiful big cat on the prowl in
his white outfit. His silver rimmed sunglasses are a new addition for the
best-dressed man in rock and roll. Of course, his scarves still framed the
microphone. His partner in crime for 30 years, the mighty Joe Perry,
dressed in smart rebel Virgo black complete with cowboy hat and matching
jacket. Someday someone from another band will master the guitar the way
Mr. Perry has, but we really do not think that will happen anytime soon.
Watching Perry play guitar is like watching him making love to a woman. It
was something like soft porn. Joe’s wife must be a very lucky woman!
Bassist Tom Hamilton looked like a proper Capricorn ready for a day at the
office with his pin striped dress jacket. Joey Kramer, the quarterback
drummer, looked comfortable and in control. Brad Whitford looked mystically
Picerean in his black leather pants and a simple white shirt and leather
blazer. Their flamboyance reminded me of the incredible New York Dolls.
They were beautiful enough to rock the house with the class and style that
they are known for.
Tyler loves himself and the camera. He should. His stage presence is
hot, connected to his music, and powerful. His performance is connected to
his soul, which makes him one of the greatest musicians of our time. This is
what makes a good Aries. He is one hell of a talent and it is a shame no
one sees it accept for his fans. Tyler did not drop a bead of sweat until
the end of the show, while we know others with less seasoning would be
sweating their balls off by the third song. When the second song started,
the audience put them BACK IN THE SADDLE with their SWEET EMOTION and crazy
love and devotion. These people went absolutely CRAZY. When I mean CRAZY, I
am talking about people close my age that brought their children to this
LORD OF THE THIGHS band. They let the children in on the secret of the
twenty first century, the definition of real rock and roll. These kids had
an experience they can never forget. The younger generation was embarrassed
as many moms rode many dads’ shoulders. Many moms threw their bras up on
stage. Poor kiddies, what an embarrassment! Aerosmith gave these kids the
proof that their parents were once their age, and more power to them for it!
What a great revenge for each parent-to get back at their kids for all the
hell they MUST have put them through! God bless you Aerosmith! You let
parents be kids for a night, and you let the kids be the parents. Those
kids were horrible babysitters!
Tyler and Aerosmith still have it in them to be the band they always
wanted to be. That band is a traditional rock and roll band with a touch of
the blues. That bluesy rock style surfaced as they effortlessly glided into
JADED. I DON’T WANNA MISS A THING proved that Tyler still has the pipes to
deliver the power ballad that Aerosmith developed the prototype for in the
seventies. JANIE’S GOT A GUN proved that Aerosmith is still a band with a
message. Children that suffer from abuse know what they are talking about.
This band uses music as a platform to let us know what they see when the
system does not give a shit.
Veterans of the HiFi Amphitheater will understand why a second
stage on the lawn is an incredible feat of engineering and security. For
those of you who do not know, it is medium venue. It has a medium amount of
seats, and the rest of the venue is the lawn. I give Aerosmith credit.
They had a second stage built for the fans on the grass. The second stage
set opened up with LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR, rode into KINGS AND QUEENS, and TOYS
IN THE ATTIC. Then, of course, there was my favorite and yours-the BIG TEN
INCH-Record. Atlanta went crazy pushing in to get a little bit closer in
the cold and pouring rain. You could feel the love and admiration for
Aerosmith from the crowd. Tyler and company rode the wave and pushed
There were no problems encountered by the band on the way back to the
main stage. That is love for a band that does not get credit for the hard
work they do as performers. They are excellent performers by their fans. I
wonder if the press does not look at them as performers, but as recovering
addicts. I overheard one security guard say to another guard- “a bunch of
burnouts, coming to see another bunch of burnouts.” It is a shame that a
band such as Aerosmith is judged for their past. I wonder if these
security people would say it about THE BIG RED TONGUE BAND. Atlanta loves
Aerosmith. We are a city that remembers those that bring rock into our
hearts. We don’t need twenty year olds to rock our socks off. Security at
HiFi should hang its head for that statement, the mistreatment of the
press, and for the pissy comments that several people overheard about Tyler
and company. Doesn’t anyone have any respect for the band that brings in
the money to cover their paychecks? Of course not.
As the night was ending, Tyler handed the microphone over to Joe Perry,
and as he said to the audience, we are going to show you what real rock and
roll is and how to play Gee tar. Joe showcased the band’s blues influences
with Boz Scaggs. The fans loved it. Joe sang and Steven did back up on
harmonica. When Joe was done with his number, the band said goodnight to
Atlanta, and thanked us for coming and asked us to get home safely. Before
they left, Tyler made sure each band member was introduced. In his loving
Aries way, he goes introduce to Joe on guitar. Several times he screamed
out JOE WHO and the Fans screamed back Perry, and the Joe did the same for
The fans wanted an encore and they would not leave until they got one.
Aerosmith gave us stirring renditions of DREAM ON and WALK THIS WAY.
PINK, a Tyler and Perry original, graced the stage one more time. Once
again, the band thanked us and left the stage. I would like to thank them.
They made a cold, crappy Atlanta night sparkle with heart and soul. They
took the crowd to a place where the music and the fans were one. This is a
rare accomplishment in a concert going experience.
It is a CRYING shame that bands like Aerosmith put on one hell of show
only to get no respect from the corporate world. They only get respect from
their fans. The one thing I must admit for bunch of horoscopes that wouldn’t
fly astrologically speaking, they make one hell of a rock and roll cocktail
who adore their fans. We are in a state of DREAMing ON until the next batch
of Tyler and Perry originals come out. Please, lets not have another
greatest hits compilation for a while. Steven and Joe, take us back to that
place where we were LIVING ON THE EDGE.