Sunday, September 5, 2010

Concert Review: Aerosmith Got Their “Freak On” At Mohegan Sun

The last year has been a soap opera of sorts for the members of the band Aerosmith. They went from headlining a tour with fellow rockers ZZ Top last year, to almost ceasing to exist as a band at all. Between guitarist Brad Whitford’s recover from surgery, Steven Tyler falling off the stage and breaking his wrist and Joe Perry claiming to be looking for a new lead singer, Aerosmith seemed to have hit rock bottom. Finally, the band members broke down the walls and began communicating with one another and they decided to do a summer tour. This tour concluded at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.

As 9pm approached, the curtain dropped to display a band that was hungry for the limelight that they’ve lived for throughout their entire career. Aerosmith performed as a group with something to prove to their legions of fans. Mixing classic Aerosmith songs like the opener “Same Old Song And Dance” and “No More, No More” with later hits “Pink” and “Livin’ On The Edge.” Steven Tyler began the evening disguised in a flashy purple robe accented by sunglasses and a top hat which were all stripped away by the evening’s fifth song “Love In An Elevator.” Brad Whitford, who was absent from most of last year’s tour, took center stage on the song he wrote back in 1976 “Last Child.” His guitar solo proved that he’s no back-up to fellow guitarist Joe Perry. The addition of Aerosmith’s first song “Movin’ Out,” written for the band’s debut album was a nice surprise for longtime fans. Drummer Joey Kramer’s hand-bashing solo received a giant applause from the audience. Joe Perry took over the lead vocals for the Boston blues based “Stop Messin’ Around.”

Aerosmith family members were in attendance on Saturday evening. Steven Tyler performed the 1998 #1 single “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”, which he dedicated to his baby sister. Brad Whitford’s son displayed his guitar skills during the Beatles’ cover “Come Together.” The band reached their pinnacle of cohesiveness on the 1975 classic “Sweet Emotion.” Tom Hamilton’s bass groove and Joe Perry’s Hendrix-style guitar solo made that song alone worth the price of admission.

The no-surprise encore of “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” did little to add to the evening’s emotional night, but the hugs between band mates convinced fans that there will be a next time and a next chapter in the history of Aerosmith.

The Boston ska band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones began the evening with a 50-minute set. They included songs off their new release “Pin Points And Gin Joints” along with some of their classics, “Someday I Suppose” and “The Impression That I Get.” Lead singer Dicky Barrett and Connecticut native Chris Rhodes worked the crowd and made some new fans.

Same Old Song And Dance
Eat The Rich
Train Kept A Rollin'
No More No More
Love In An Elevator
Falling In Love (Is So Hard On The Knees)
Livin' On The Edge
What It Takes
Last Child
Movin' Out
Rag Doll
Stop Messin' Around
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Come Together
Sweet Emotion
Draw The Line
Dream On
Walk This Way

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