Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, two of the best and most enduring rock bands to emerge from the 1970s, gave impressive performances on their "Global Warming Tour" last night in a mostly full Nationwide Arena.
Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, two of the best and most enduring rock bands to emerge from the 1970s, gave impressive performances on their “Global Warming Tour” last night in a mostly full Nationwide Arena.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith were introduced by way of a cheesy, Twilight Zone-styled promo for their newly released album Music From Another Dimension! The group did two songs from Dimension, the indifferent Oh Yeah and the decent Lover A Lot. The recording seems to have rejuvenated this veteran rock group.
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry emerged from a smoky trap door on the catwalk to play Mama Kin. Tyler, 64, spent much of the show carrying his scarf-draped microphone stand with him, using it to play air guitar and falling down with it as he sang “going down” on Love in an Elevator. Perry, 62, made his own fashion statement by having a picture of his wife, Billie, on one of his guitars, and on the encores, he wore an Ohio State T-shirt. Better yet, Tyler sang like a man a third his age and Perry’s guitars screamed just as loudly.
What made this show particularly good was that Aerosmith played not only their new music, but also Movin’ Out, the first song Tyler and Perry wrote together, as well as Walkin’ the Dog, from their debut album.
Another fun aspect of the concert was that Tyler and Perry were in harmony, as in Tyler wrapping his arm around Perry as they sang, and giving each other props. Perry called Tyler “the demon of screamin’.”
The band members got their moment in the spotlight: Perry sang lead on Combination; Tyler sang the opening of What it Takes a cappella; bassist Tom Hamilton was featured on Sweet Emotion; drummer Joey Kramer had a long solo that had Tyler trying to elbow him out of the way; and rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford played a powerful introduction to Last Child.
Aerosmith played hits like Jaded, Livin’ on the Edge, Rag Doll and Walk This Way. They may have been at their best on Dream On, with Tyler and Perry doing their thing on top of a piano.
Cheap Trick opened with an hour of solid, melodic hard rock. Singer-rhythm guitarist Robin Zander wore a glittery jacket and a policeman’s hat, while lead guitarist Rick Nielsen, wore his baseball cap and brought out a five-necked guitar on Surrender. Providing a steady bottom beat was drummer Daxx Nielsen (Rick’s son) and bassist Tom Petersson.
With a minimum of frills, Cheap Trick ran through their best, including Hello There, On Top of the World, I Want You to Want Me and Dream Police. There was also a cool new rave-up called Sick Man of Europe. It all rocked, even the ballad The Flame, which was sung with conviction by Zander.
“It’s good to be up here with our good friends Aerosmith,” Nielsen said, and Whitford joined Cheap Trick on stage to play Ain’t That a Shame.