Steven Tyler has jumped the shark so many times – I mean, really, Burger King commercials? – that it’s sometimes difficult to remember that he is indeed still one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most charismatic frontmen.
On Friday night at the Times Union Center, Tyler and guitarslinger Joe Perry exploded into the opening “Draw the Line” at the far end of the runway, smack dab in the middle of the crowd. It’s a bit of staging that most bands throw in toward the middle or end of their set in an effort to establish a sense of intimacy in a big arena-rock show. But Aerosmithstarted the show there and then just kept on ratcheting it up notch after notch as the show continued for nearly two hours.
“Oh, yeah. I sure do remember that first album. It was an album by the Pretty Things. It was their first or second album.
But I also went through my sister’s albums. There was ‘Hold That Tiger’ by Fabian and stuff like that. I mean, come on. It was all that stuff that sisters would listen to. I wanted to hear the doo-wop, the making-out-for-hours, sucking-face songs. ‘House of the Rising Sun’ by the Animals… the greatest song I ever heard.
And the first single that I bought was ‘The Battle of New Orleans’ by Johnny Horton. ‘In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip…’ And the B-side was a song called ‘All For the Love of a Girl.’
“And the Everly Brothers – oh, I was strung out on them for six years.”
“I listened to a lot of my brother’s records, and he was huge into the Kingsmen, so I thought they were pretty cool, too.
But one of the very first records that I bought is kind of funny. I forget how old I was, but it was a Mamas & the Papas album, the one where they’re in the bathtub.
I think it was a mail-order record.”
Guitarist Brad Whitford and his bandmates in Aerosmith storm into the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday (June 29) with their Global Warming Tour. Cheap Trick opens the show at 7:30pm. Tix are $63, $99.50 & $149.50.
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