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......Aerosmith is a live
and lively animal. Even when the Boston quintet's albums have
been sub-par, a testosterone-laden, hit-driven live show could re-align your
spineand your loyalties back to the band. Aerosmith America's
premier rock 'n' roll band known for leather and lips, "Sweet
Emotion" and "Dream On" knew which buttons to push to
make its concert the biggest and baddest to hit Tuesday night at the Conord
.......Aerosmith not only
made up for taking last summer off, but also proved once again it is a rock 'n'
roll survivor, capable of keeping a 30- and 40-something fan base while
attracting new, younger fans by writing music as relevant as ever.
.......The Bad Boys from
Boston played an inspired, diverse set of 20 songs to a capacity crowd of more
than 18,000. More: they did it with class, showmanship and ambition not shown
by bands half their age. Opening with "Beyond Beautiful" from their
latest record "Just Push Play," the band was top-heavy with new
songs, save "Love in an Elevator" (the second song in their set).
"Jaded" and "Just Push Play's" title track followed as
frontman Steven Tyler prowled the hi-tech stage, dragging his trademark
scarf-draped mikestand. Complete with three gigantic video screens.
solid decades of changing musical tastes, Aerosmith has adjusted to the times,
although not always to the delight of devoted fans. Some die-hards from the
'70s scoffed at the band's '80s offerings from "Permanent Vacation"
and "Pump." And despite critical disfavor, Aerosmith's '90s catalogue
was widely successful and perhaps their most accessible to pop tastes. They had
to be respected for cultivating new fans, most younger than their own children.
.......After a bluesy
harmonica intro by Tyler, Aerosmith paraded its history proudly during
"Big Ten Inch Record." The video screens flashed album covers from
the band's pastan overwhelming montage and dizzying display behind
dueling guitar solos by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Still, incense burned on
the top of the speaker stacks in the middle of it all, a reminder of their '70s
......After a blistering rendition of "Mama Kin,"
"Same Old Song and Dance," "Dream On" and "Toys in the
Attic." Tyler cooed and cajoled, and fans responded accordingly. With
Aeromsith, "rock" can still be used as a verb, fans can brandish
cigarette lighters in the air during power puff ballads without irony, and
thousands will sing every word, from "Walk This Way" to an encore of
"What It Takes."
By Randy Cohen
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|| Members of the Band Are: !
Steven Tyler (Vocals)Tom Hamilton (Bass) Joe Perry
(Guitar) Brad Whitford (Guitar) Joey Kramer (Drums)
List CONCORD: Concord, CA 8/14/01
Beyond Beautiful Love In An Elevator Jaded Just Push
Play Big Ten Inch Record Pink Mama Kin Dream On Sunshine Last Child Eat The
Rich Draw The Line Seasons Of Wither Cryin' I Don't Want To Miss A Thing Mother
Popcorn/Walk This Way Uncle Salty/Sweet Emotion (((ENCORE))) Livin' On The Edge
What It Takes Train Kept A Rollin'