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Aerosmith: Liven’ it up at Rogers Arena

Review published in the Vancouver Sun on September 16, 2010.


Let’s do it for the kids.

That’s what Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry must’ve agreed to backstage Thursday night before exploding in Technicolor at Rogers Arena.

Thousands of eyes stared up at the legendary Boston blues rockers in anticipation, awaiting the final show of the Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock tour. Fans looked cool and tough, encased in leather jackets and faded jeans, but beneath this second skin of theirs they were squirming.

They knew very well the concert might be Aerosmith’s last as a classic five-piece lineup consisting of Tyler, Perry, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer.

Opener Joan Jett did a great job of setting everyone’s nerves free beforehand, encouraging the butterflies to run amok like hoodlums instead of shaking mousily in the corner. She warmed up the stage—and the audience’s vocal chords—with Bad Reputation and Cherry Bomb.

Jett sounded perfect from the start. Fists were pumping immediately. And each of those fists was also gripping a giant, sloshing beer.

“Hello Vancouver! It’s wonderful to be here with you,” she growled.


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