Aerosmith and Slash
Date: August 28, 2014
Venue: Phillips Arena
Location: Atlanta, GA
Aerosmith brought their Let Rock Rule tour into Atlanta with Slash opening the show. Aerosmith has always delivered when it comes to live performances (except for the July, 2009 Atlanta train wreck), but myself being a 70’s era purist, sometimes the set lists can leave a little to be desired.
Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators kicked things off, ripping through a fast paced 60 minute set. Slash played a great mix of GNR, Velvet Revolver, and his more recent solo material, including the title track to his upcoming album, World On Fire. With more touring expected for the new album, if you have a chance to catch Slash, don’t miss him. Myles Kennedy’s singing is worth it alone.
Aerosmith opened with Train Kept A Rollin, which is usually a set closer for them, but it kicked things into high gear, and worked great as an opener. Now as I mentioned earlier, I’m a bigger fan of 70’s era Aerosmith than I am later years. So they could play nothing past Night In the Ruts, and I would be ecstatic. But, they are not just playing for me, and in all honesty they did a great job this time of having a balanced set list. Am I the biggest fan of Jaded, Livin’ On The Edge and I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing? Nope, but when they throw Kings & Queens, Toys In The Attic, and No More No More in the set, it’s hard to complain. Some bands out there give us no deep tracks at all, to appease a mainstream audience, that just stumbled in, and only owns the band’s greatest hits album.
My one complaint though, was Joe Perry’s vocal spotlight. He has been singing the same song, “Cant Stop Messin'” for at least 20 years. It’s time for Joe to pick another tune. Maybe “Bright Light Fright”.
Steven Tyler, at 66 years young, continues to be one of rock’s best frontmen. He was non-stop energy for the near 2 hour set and his voice sounded absolutely amazing. Some people have given him crap about having to rest 3 days between shows, but if that’s what it takes (pun intended) for him to put on that kind of performance, then he is doing it right. Maybe some other vocalists out there should take this approach.
So, was it my favorite Aerosmith show? No. Did they put on a great show, with a little something for fans old and new? Yes indeed. 40 plus years into their career, the band is showing no signs of wear.
Photo by: Chuck Holloway of Access Atlanta