No question: Aerosmith still has the goods, shows it at BankAtlantic

Categories:  Aerosmith

Palm Beach Post, FL
August 10, 2010

After Aerosmith canceled the last leg of their 2009 tour (including a date in South Florida) and Joe Perry mentioned finding a replacement for front man Steven Tyler earlier this year, it was unclear when and if the “bad boys from Boston” would ever take the stage in our area again.

Last night, that question was answered in a big way as Tyler, Perry, and the rest of Aerosmith took the stage at the BankAtlantic Center to prove that after nearly 40 years of making music together they still know how to go out and bring the house down.

As fans filtered into the arena, it was clear that no one seemed worried about Steven Tyler’s health, his status in the band, or his new gig judging a certain TV show. People were there for one reason and one reason only: to see the greatest American rock band of all time. Nothing else seemed to matter.

As the quintet exploded through their set, the chemistry between bandmates was undeniable. And when it came time for Steven to take a back seat while each of the guys took their turn in the spotlight, he seemed happy to do so; egging on the crowd as drummer Joey Kramer blistered through a mind-blowing solo, backing up Joe Perry on harmonica as he tore up a Guitar Hero-like duel with his animated self and as he slinked through the Jimi Hendrix tune “Red House”, and playfully referring to bassist Tom Hamilton as “Mr. Sweet Emotion”. And when it came time for the demonstrative vocalist to do his thing, he definitely did his thing. Each time he would sashay to the end of the stage, every person in the building seemed to inch forward just to get a little closer.

The nearly two-hour set was made up of tracks spanning their career including: “Love In An Elevator”, “Sweet Emotion”, “Last Child”, “Pink”, “Livin’ On The Edge”, “Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”, “Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, and the Beatles hit “Come Together”.

Before Aerosmith took the stage, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos got the party started. The 45-minute set was made up of tunes from all facets of his career and lots of plugs for his successful Cabo Wabo tequila brand, including shots for some lucky fans.

Hagar made it clear that his job was to warm the crowd up and it was a job well done. He even took the time to poke a little fun at local musician and Land Shark founder Jimmy Buffett when he was handed a bottle of the lager instead of his own Cabo brand.

Last night, South Florida fans were lucky enough to witness two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees on the same stage. From the party that Sammy Hagar and the Wabos threw to get things going to the last signature scream from Steven Tyler, concert goers witnessed something spectacular. With that amount of talent and history on one stage, South Floridians did not need to turn on a TV to find an American idol.