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27 June 2007 @ 07:44 pm
God is also an Aerosmith fan.  
Steve Tyler is one thoroughly disreputable looking old man.

*pauses for Wikipedia*

Okay, at 59, he's not actually all that old, but good god damn every inch and mile of those fifty nine years is writ large upon that ugly mug of his. On the other hand, I don't get what it is about rock stars, but man, there just really is something about 'em. I wouldn't think myself particularly susceptible to the whole brain-short-circuitry thing, but nope, pretty much. It's good to be a rock star. :)

It didn't start out all that auspiciously, with being unable to get a cab to the venue for when the doors opened, and the threatening rain--which never did appear; in fact, it cleared up enough to make me think God is an Aerosmith fan, too--and then the guy who was walking ahead of us who suddenly lurched to the side of the path, spewing vomit as he went. However, despite getting there later than we wanted, we mooshed our way relatively close to the stage:

people behind us:

people in front of us:

Where we then stood without particular enthusiasm through the opening act, which was some guy named Chris...something. Ted'll remember, probably. He was good enough, actually, but I didn't know any of his music, so eh, not that interesting. People around us seemed to enjoy it,though.

Not Especially Interesting Opening Act:

However, after the Not Especiallly Interesting Opening Act, they put some old music videos on the big screens. The first song they played was The Who's "My Generation", which garnered a little interest, but the second was Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, and the entire crowd joined in. And then the roadies noticed the entire crowd had joined in, and somebody setting up the keyboard started mock-playing it, and the guy with the guitars started...well, air-guitaring, for lack of a better phrase, and there was resounding laughter and cheering and singing. I wish I'd remembered the new little digital camera had a video setting. I'd have recorded a couple minutes of it. :) It was seriously cool. :) Apparently what was needed to warm up that audience was just a little classic rock. :)

Honestly, everybody pretty much just went batshit when Aerosmith came on and stayed that way for the next ninety minutes. For all the miles on 'em, those guys can goddamned well rock the house. That was by far the most *rock* of the concerts we've gone to (I'll get back to you on Sunday as to how The Who measure up), even if they're all getting old. Actually, Joe Perry looks pretty mellow and baby-faced next to Steve Tyler, but the bass player and backup guitarist just plain look old. Age, however, does not prevent them from bringing the house down, and it sure didn't stop Tyler from leaping all over the stage for over an hour like a mad thing. Nor did it stop him from pausing in poses like this:

which really shouldn't manage to turn out sexy on a 60 year old guy, but damn. It's that rock star thing. I don't get it. Ted, cheerfully, said, "They're like brightly plumed birds. Guitars are plummage."

Anyway, they opened with "Love In An Elevator" and that turned out to be one of about, oh, four songs they did that I actually knew (Ted knew far more of them, but we all know I'm a pop culture philistine). I woulda liked to have heard "Dude Looks Like A Lady", because it's a funny song, and "Jainy's Got A Gun", because that's a very evocative song for me (it reminds me of working in the darkroom in high school. It actually brings back the smell of the chemicals to me. Really weird.), but they did do "Don't Want To Miss A Thing", which I had been hoping for and anticipating for, oh, two weeks, and have had it stuck in my head much of that time. So now I'm all dippy-happy at actually having seen Steve Tyler perform that song live.

Actually, not much to really comment on, I guess. It was a good show, and I have no idea how people sing like that day after day, year after year, without destroying their voices. So I'll leave you with that, and a bunch more pictures of thoroughly disreputable old men. :)

Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: love in an elevator
Kasey Mackenziekaitiana on June 27th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Awww, you just brought back my fantabulous 30th birthday last year...I have been DYING to see Aerosmith in concert before, you know, one of THEM dies or they break up...and even though he couldn't really afford to, my husband bought tickets for us when they were in St. Louis around the time of my birthday and took me. And yes, no matter that those guys are much older than me, they still ROCK THE HOUSE like nobody else does. And they were much better than OUR opening act, Motley Crue, who just seemed to be going through the motions, really.
ellyssianellyssian on June 27th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Steven's kind of always looked like that, though. =)

Had a friend named Matt who looked an awfully lot like him. Was really funny when Matt picked up Steven hitchhiking, and gave him a ride home from the hospital.

Even though they're almost thought of as a duo of Tyler & Perry, Brad Whitford is a phenomenal guitarst (the other guys are great, too, but Brad's playing really blew me away when I saw them live).

And, as for the guitars = brightly colored plumage thing, I have no idea of what that might be referring to. You'd certainly never catch me playing a brightly colored guitar.

Kes Yocumkesmun on June 28th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
That must be why the guy who played Josh Lyman on "The West Wing" goes by Bradley. I don't think he'd mind being confused with the guitarist, but you never know. Heh.
T. Revst_rev on June 27th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
What I don't get is how he can be related to Liv Tyler. They don't even appear to be from the same planet.
kit: concertsmizkit on June 28th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
*laughs out loud* I know. So strange. :)
dea_zinndea_zinn on June 27th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yep, I've seen Aerosmith pretty close to every year since 1984, and he's looked like that since I've been seeing him. His pure energy on stage is just amazing! Have to say, in the pics you have, his clothing is downright.....tame???? for Steven?
Glad you enjoyed the concert!
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Well, those pictures were taken after he'd shucked one long coat and his cowboy hat, and before he'd put another long coat on. :) And don't include Joe Perry ripping his shirt off and beating all the paint off his glass guitar with it... :)
Agent Ninety-Ninedtroi on April 22nd, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
At some point I'll quit dredging up your old posts with occasional comments, I promise. :) (If nothing else, I have to get to the beginning sometime... that'll foil me!)

Anyway, the opening act was, I thiiiink, Chris Cornell! And I'm rather stupidly pleased with myself for having recognised him from just a single random picture, as I'm almost as musically ignorant as you can get. I'm sure there are more likely contenders for the crown, but I'm at least honorable mention. But I'm pretty sure that's him! A friend of mine is an avid fan, and has shown me god-only-knows how many pictures of him at various stages. He used to be the lead guy for Soundgarden, and then Audioslave, and he's got a couple of solo albums. (Euphoria morning is really pretty.) (I had to wiki him to remember the band names... my Amazing Powers of Recognition and Memory go only so far, I guess.) And he makes a brief appearance in the movie Singles! :)

And now I've gone and left this comment for at least an hour and forgotten about it, and really, it's a pretty silly comment anyway. But I never recognise anyone musical! And... I did! So. :) Uh. Hello, sorry for the random meandering through old posts, but LOOK it's CHRIS CORNELL! :D
kit: concertsmizkit on April 22nd, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
I find it highly entertaining to have old posts dredged up, so I don't mind at all. :)

And yes, you're right, that was his name! I knew he used to front for some band, but I couldn't remember who. Too bad your friend wasn't at the concert for that part of it. He'd have enjoyed it more than I did. :)