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Concert Review: Aerosmith Bring ‘The Global Warming’ Tour Home to Boston

July 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Concert Reviews, Daily Music News

Aerosmith
The Global Warming Tour
July 17, 2012
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Ilya Mirman

On a hot Tuesday afternoon in Boston, Aerosmith brought the house down with an energetic and entertaining set that electrified four generations of fans with songs from every decade since Aerosmith’s formation.  The Bad Boys of Boston played hits old and new, the audio/video production were outstanding, and for an evening it seemed like there was no bad seat in The Garden.

From the moment the the ‘toxic twins’ duo of Perry and Tyler appeared in a fog at the end of the catwalk jutting out into the crowd, to the ‘Dream On’  and ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’ encore, the concert was a grand, continuous spectacle.  Frontman Steven Tyler was his inimitable self – jumping around the stage, effortlessly spanning his full vocal range – crooning, howling, at times wistful, at times bawdy, always the rock idol.  Joe Perry played what seems like every Aerosmith riff, and the Kramer/Whitford/Hamilton rhythm section dutifully laid down the foundation, all the while exchanging glances and smiles with the audience.

There was so much happening, it was almost hard to follow all the action.  At one end of the stage, we’d have Tyler serenading a lucky fan; at another, Perry would be swaying and wailing away on guitar – both huge magnets for fans and photographers alike.  And as a special treat for diehard Aerosmith fans, Joe Perry singing lead on ‘Combination’, a rarely played song from the Rocks album.

News from the past couple of years featured some of the drama going on between Tyler and the rest of the band, though there was zero evidence of this at the show.  The band was tight, exhibiting great chemistry from start to finish.  For easily half the show, Tyler and Perry were inseparable; there was genuine smiles and laughter among and between every band member, and some entertaining antics as well (e.g., Tyler – as an ex-drummer himself – helping Joey Kramer out during the drum solo).

It is interesting to note that the band has an upcoming album Music From Another Dimension – years in the making (and produced with Jack Douglas, who helmed production of Aerosmith’s early albums).  Well, we got a preview of the album, in the form of a single – ‘Legendary Child’.  And I’m happy to report that to an Aerosmith fan, it sounds killer!

If you haven’t seen the boys on tour – catch them while you still can!  And give ‘Legendary Child’ a listen…You might fall in love with Aerosmith again. Check out all the remaining dates here.

Set List:

1.       Draw the Line
2.       Love in an Elevator
3.       Back in the Saddle
4.       Livin’ on the Edge
5.       Cryin’
6.       Jaded
7.       Oh Yeah
8.       Last Child
9.       Drum Solo
10.   Rag Doll
11.   Peter Gunn Theme
12.   Boogie Man
13.   Combination
14.   What It Takes
15.   Legendary Child
16.   No More No More
17.   Sweet Emotion
18.   Walk This Way
19.   Dream On
20.   Train Kept A-Rollin’

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4 Responses to “Concert Review: Aerosmith Bring ‘The Global Warming’ Tour Home to Boston”
  1. Aerosmith Fan says:

    Excellent review! Made me feel like I was there!! That photo is awesome!

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