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.
Cheap Trick rolled into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center over the Fourth of July weekend for one of those nostalgic retro-rock package tours that seem to be the lifeblood of the summer amphitheater.
But it wasn’t all classic-rock re-hash. They actually played some new songs. From their new album, “The Latest.” Who says you can’t teach an old band new tricks?
But the slickest trick that Rick Neilsen and his mates have up their collective sleeve is that you can purchase the new album in a variety of formats – a compact disc, a vinyl album or – an 8-track cartridge.
That’s right – an 8-track.
Of course, being the collectors’ item that it is, the 8-track version of the album will set you back $30, as opposed to the vinyl ($20) or the CD ($12.99).
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