Aerosmith And Slash Touring Together This Summer
"You know what? We're still f**king together, we still have the passion, and we still fight and we still make up and it's still alive. It's still rock & roll." – Steven Tyler, April 8, 2014
On July 10, Aerosmith kicks off the North American leg of their “Let Rock Rule World Tour 2014.” On opening night they’ll be in Wantagh, New York for a show at the Jones Beach Theatre. Their trek of the United States and Canada ends Sept. 12 with a performance at Open Hearth Park in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Highlights of their outing include Tinley Park on July 25, The Gorge Amphitheatre on Aug. 16, and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Aug. 25.
“The Bad Boys from Boston” rock their hometown on July 16. Well, it’s not actually Bean Town. Technically, Aerosmith will be in Mansfield at the Xfinity Center.
Aerosmith in Europe
Before melting the faces off of North American rock fans, Aerosmith will gallivant around Europe for a month and a half. Their tour of the Old World begins May 14 in Istanbul, Turkey and concludes July 2 in Kiev, Ukraine. Yes, they’re going to play the tranquil and peaceful nation of Ukraine. Maybe “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” can bring a little sanity to that part of the world.
Other countries on their itinerary include Bulgaria, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Aerosmith is not hitting the road all by their lonesome. They’ll be joined by legendary axe man Slash. Officially, the marquee will read: “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.”
Slash and Aerosmith are huge fans of one another. Mr. Saul Hudson cites America’s top selling band, as well as their classic album Rocks, as major influences.
“Aerosmith is one of my all-time favorite bands, and one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands of all time. It’s an honor for me to go out and tour with them and keep the rock ‘n roll banner flying high.” – Slash
This won’t be the first time Aerosmith and Slash have figuratively shared a tour bus. In 1988, Slash’s old band, Guns N’ Roses opened for Aerosmith during an arena tour of North America.
Music From Another Dimension!
Aerosmith doesn’t have a new album to promote. Instead, they’ll be doubling down on their last release, 2012’s Music from Another Dimension! It’s their first studio offering in nearly a dozen years. Even though it peaked at number five the album didn’t sell as well as Aerosmith had wished.
According to the band, the underperformance wasn’t the material’s fault. Joe Perry thinks it’s one of the best albums Aerosmith has “made in years and years.” They blame sluggish sales on their record company.
Music From Another Dimension! was Aerosmith’s last album for Columbia Records. Weeks before it hit store shelves the head of the label quit. The turmoil at the top basically eliminated all promotion for the album, and to make matters worse, they didn’t really tour to support it.
"How refreshing after 10 years to get f**ked by your label again. God I missed that." – Steven Tyler
During their upcoming jaunt around the globe look for the band to play a bunch of tracks from Music From Another Dimension! As for the rest of their set list, it will depend on the city and the venue.
Whisky A Go Go
To celebrate the announcement of their pending tour, Aerosmith played an intimate gig at Los Angeles’ Whisky a Go Go. The famous California venue was the site of Aerosmith’s very first performance on the West Coast (as well as their first gig west of the Mississippi). Aerosmith played the Whisky way back in December of 1973.
"Ladies and genitals! Welcome to the Whiskey! You love this band almost as much as I do?" – asked Steven Tyler of the Whisky a Go Go crowd that contained lucky fans, members of the media, and special guests.
After being introduced by a local deejay, Aerosmith rocked “Draw The Line,” “Same Old Song and Dance,” “Pink,” and “Walk This Way.” Then Slash came out on stage and together they performed “Mama Kin” and “Train Kept a Rollin’.”
As everyone exited the stage, Mr. Tyler exclaimed: “Rock and roll is forever!”
No Big Deal
It wasn’t too long ago that Aerosmith was on the verge of an implosion. They were either going to call it quits or replace Steven Tyler. Now in 2014, especially at the press conference that announced their world tour, the band seems to have put all their differences behind them.
I mention their recent turmoil as preface to the following revelation. Guitarist Brad Whitford did not attend the press conference that announced the tour nor did he perform with the band at the Whisky. He was unable to attend due to a previous engagement (according to Joe Perry’s Twitter account he was jamming with the Hendrix Experience).
Don’t worry. Whitford is still in Aerosmith and he will be with them when they go out on tour. Don’t read anything into his absence. He’s was unable to attend the big event due to a previous engagement and that’s it. I wanted to let you know so when you see images or video of Aerosmith and Slash at the Whisky a Go Go, and you don’t see Brad, you won’t panic.
Now, here’s how you promote a tour. Joe Perry and famous street artist Risk spray painted “Aerosmith Let Rock Rule 4-8-14” on buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Joey Krammer apparently did the same thing with street artist Chunk in downtown Austin. The graffiti teams continued to tag bare walls for several nights.
While a great marketing campaign it was also very illegal. In a TMZ story about the vandalism, police told the alphabet site that had they caught Perry in the act he would have been arrested.
TMZ did catch Perry red-handed (red as in the color of spray paint). The site snapped photos of Perry and Risk tagging a wall outside of a production studio in downtown Los Angeles. The wall was supposed to be used for a photo shoot the very next day but it had to be postponed because of the pro-Aerosmith doodles. Fortunately for Perry and Risk, the owner of the defaced building is an Aerosmith fan and did not press charges.
TMZ asked Perry to respond to his vandalism and the guitarist said he’ll “let the music do the talking.” That folks is how a real rock star deals with the press. You don’t grovel. You don’t obfuscate. You don’t wax philosophical about the artistic process. You just shrug it off.
I’m not condoning what Perry did nor do I condone not taking responsibility for your actions… unless you’re a rock star. If you’re Joe Perry—if you’re the lead guitarist for America’s greatest rock band—it’s perfectly acceptable to “let the music do the talking.”
Basically, when you’re a rocker you shouldn’t apologize for being bad. You’re supposed to be bad!
Aerosmith and Slash
This summer there are a lot of great rock bands selling concert tickets—KISS, Def Leppard, Motely Crüe, and Queen—but none of them are like Aerosmith and Slash. Aerosmith is one of the last great rock bands capable of selling out stadiums and whose sound has vestiges in the blues. Meanwhile, Slash is one of the last, true rock and roll guitar gods.
There’s going to be a lot of great live rock music played this summer. There will probably be shows with more thrills, more pyrotechnics, and more makeup than Aerosmith and Slash. Yet, it’s doubtful any show will surpass “Let Rock Rule” in quality and importance.
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