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Aerosmith Nine Lives Live …….

Aerosmith/Jonny Lang….Aug 14th/1997/Minneapolis Mn/Target Center

So the Aero juggernaut landed in the State of Minnesota and along with myself and Tbone we had a special guest with us and that would be my wife Sue who was along for the ride(as well as she was 6 months pregnant with our first daughter Kylee!)

When me and Sue first met(1994) I don’t think it took her to long to figure out that i was a music junkie and in hindsight she listened to me babble on and on about bands,music in general and she would sit there and just  listen  and man in the year of 2015 I can’t believe sometimes she didn’t toss me out back in 94 as I would have tossed myself out! Ha!

Sue liked music but didn’t have much of it. She told me she was at the Black Crowes show here in Tbay back in 1993 a show I loved her not so much as she said the songs went on forever! Hahaha…sooooo true but I did not hold this againest her!

She did say she always wanted to see Aerosmith live as she was a fan of Steve Tyler so it was a no brainer that when tickets went on sale for the Nine Lives Tour we were in and Tbone as well. So there we are two dudes hanging in the U.S. Of A  with a pregnant woman! Haha!

Nine Lives…..Puss N Booty!

Jonny Lang was the opener and he played a real cool opening 45 minute slick set! His album and the title track Lie To Me were all over video and radio that summer. Also opening for Aerosmith in front of 10,000 plus fans every night can’t hurt either! Myself,T and Sue loved Lang. He had a real cool voice,played a real cool strat and had a good tight band to deliver the music! Plus I think at the time he was like 16 or 17 years old ……Yep you read that right …..

So there’s the big Aero Curtain draped over the stage and they had all this Nine Lives Literature and images over it and before to long you could hear a cranked up sitar and percussion and as it got louder you could hear the opening few bars of Nine Lives and Tyler doing his chesire cat screeching and Brad Whitford and Joe Perry laying down some feedback that echoed throughout the Target Center and before long theres  Joey Kramer,one of the great rock drummers ever smashing the shit out of his snare and along with Tom  Hamilton on bass crank the voltage up ….

BOOM…..curtain drops and there’s Aero 97 ….

Nine Lives is the opener(see video above) and its a ACDC like straight ahead rocker with Whitford playing the lead guitar on it and man and we’re off and running. Aero doesn’t ease off the gas as they launch straight into Love In A Elevator and of course the crowd sings the ‘oh oh yeahs ‘ at the end of each verse and Perry and Whitford lock and stock the solos together and man I dig the solo by Perry on this tune. He melds cool and guitar playing together like no one else……

Falling In Love (is hard on the knees) the first single from Nine Lives is the third track played and I always have and still do like this tune! The chorus is good as it ramps up and I like the snippets of horns used as well plus I love Tylerisms like when he sings “don’t give me no lip I got enough of my own!” Ha ….

Up next is for the pre MTV generation (myself and Tbone) and that’s Same Old Song And Dance! Great story about a wife’s aggravation, cocaine and lawyers what else do you need to make a great song and oh yeah Tom Hamilton lays down a superb bass riff at the end of the song while the rest of the guys just jam out the riff….great song back to 1974! That’s the great thing about Aero they know there’s the MTV crowd but they also know there’s the old school farts(hello once again to myself and Tbone) that devour this kind of stuff……Gold!

The current single at the time Hole In My Soul is played. It’s a ok Aeroballad. There are superior ones than this one(Dream On) and there are aweful ones that are real bad(that Armageddon sell out sap track! Blah) the one cool thing they did do to this tune was add a verse of Cheee Cake(from Aeros 1979 Night In The Ruts album) at the end of Hole In My Soul….ha now that was a cool move Steve-o!

Monkey On My Back along with tons of Perry slide guitar is dealt and were kinda into the MTV Aero portion of the show. One of my favs from the MTV era is Livin On The Edge! What a great well written track! Love that even though Aero was playing the game somewhat they released a 6 minute track and and stuck to there guns on it! The middle part of the song before Perrys solo when Tyler sings “Tell me what you think about your situation…” The riff that Perry and Whitford play man….it’s Awesome!

Pink is a mid tempo AeroRocker complete with Tyler and his trusty harmonica(kewl) Pinks a decent Aerotune but man with a catalogue as deep as Aeros there’s  better! But as I have said before I wouldn’t tell that to Tyler’s face but I would tell him Tbone said it!

RagDoll complete with Perry Playing his steel guitar gets the crowd pumping and the MTV Generations peeps are bobbing up and down and just yucking it up! I have to agree, for MTV Aero I diggity this tune ….” never leaving by the back door Maaaaaaaan!”

Taste Of India follows and i just love this tune and so does Aero as two huge inflatable  Cobras flank each side of the stage and they weave and bobble around! This track is awesome start to finish! It’s just a plain great Aero track! Splendid friends…just splendid!

Janies Got A Gun one of the biggie singles from the Pump album of 1989 is played and it features Perry playing a great acoustic solo…….

Wooooo Whooooo now it’s time for some Rocks material and that would be Last Child and as added feature Aero brings out Jonny Lang to jam it with them! What a great track one of the best…dig the Aero shuffle driven by Kramer on his drums….

Joe Fuckin Perry as he’s introduced by Tyler launches into Falling Off the track that didn’t make most the domestic versions of Nine Lives just available to the Importers! Slick sneaky move Aerodudes!

More Tyler Harp is displayed on Big 10 Inch record and it becomes one of those long AeroJams that just  takes a life of its own! Lyrics and guitars make this a Aero classic which came from 75s Toys In The Attic!

Any of you diehards up for a 10 minute blast of Jammo supremacy of a song called Rats In The Cellar! Me and Tbone squealed with delight as we were transported in time like as if we were watching Aero on there 1976 Rocks Tour! That would have been something to have seen! I recall Tyler jiving the maracas, while the rest of the dudes just slammed there instruments hard! The MTV crowd in attendance were lost for this part of the show! Ha! Get educated in AeroRock Folks!

Dream On,one of the greatest  all time Aeroballads is played and Tyler even sings it how he sang it on the Aero debut from 1973 in a deeper voice! This is how it’s done folks! Kinda wished Tyler would have tossed me the “motherf*^ker comes back to you” like he did on the Live Bootleg release!

Cryin and the MTV’ers are happy in a snap crackle pop kinda way! Cryin I dig as Tyler blows that harp! Ha! He’s one talented cat man and one of the best frontmen ever!

Joe gets into the talk Box and Hamilton plays that opening bass riff and we all know what that is! It’s time for a little Sweet Emotion and we all know the tune! Man the end of it live is always washed in a ton of feedback from Mr Whitford and Mr Perry ..show is over kinda!

Ha I’m fooled Aero rips into Mama Kin! What a great all time classic! Kramer keeps the bus on the road with his groove! The dude is a monster on the drums! One of the Best! Aero blasts it straight to the finish line!

Ok…..now the show is over!……kinda!

Aero saunters back out and dives head first Into The Farm a track that myself and Tbone did not see coming to say the least! Ha! The Farm is a great track. It sounds kinda like  Aero Looney. I love the off beat musical stylings of the track and Tyler’s lyrics are zoned out as well(could be autobiographical!?) love the ending of this tune where it sounds like the band is coming unglued but you know they aren’t!

Dude Looks Like A Lady keeps the encore going and this as we all know resurrected Aeros career well helped i guess as the Run DMC/Aero collaboration of Walk This Way was that song that put Aerosmith back in the spotlight well……forever! The MTV fans rejoice ……

Speaking of Walk This Way its the wrap up of the show it’s the end folks! Joe Perry solos and solos with Brad Whitford while Joey Kramer smashes the shit out of his cowbell and bammo just like that the old diehards and the MTV crowd can agree on this song and we all fill out of The  Target  Center in the August air knowing we are all one! Hahahahaha……that was a sappy last sentence……

Aero delivered one high octane rock show! They have to keep the diehards happy with the old school stuff and the late 80s early 90s fans happy as well! That night Aero succeeded on both counts! Nine Lives is a great Aero record and the show they put on was a great one as well!

SONIC WAVES…..Aerosmith/Rock And A Hard Place

Let’s see 1982 and well me,Tbone,Muc and well that’s about it are the only ones that care about Aerosmith! Steve-o,Joey and Tom have replaced Brad Whitford and Joe Perry with two newbie guitarists in Rick Dufay and Joe Perry kinda lookalike Jimmy Crespo! For a band that is supposedly down for the count!(ha Y&T) The Aero express pulls out all the stops on this gem and hey who cares if back in 1982 that it took $1.5 million dollars to record these 10 tracks! Me and Tbone signed on and next to Live Bootleg and Draw The Line this was the third Aero album I owned and For Tyler Rock In A Hard Place I guess for him is the forgotten ex girlfriend that he doesn’t wanna Remember but for me……a different story……

Considering Aero was cooked by this point (I mean the Stonehengey type cover is kinda fruity to say the least )  this is a absolute scorcher….

Lets pool our cash and bail Steve out of the rock n roll Slammer cuz of….

JAILBAIT- Aero 1982 is off to the races right out of the gate. New guitar boys Rick Dufay and Jimmy Crespo set the grooves on fire here and the regular cast of characters Tyler/Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer set the tone and my young Rock ears can’t believe how quick  Aero is giving er!  The Aero Xpress must have loaded up on speed man as there’s no slowing this Xpress down! A bonafide classic!

LIGHTNING STRIKES- some crazy swirly keyboard sets the song afire and here comes some drums/guitars and Tyler and in that order! “Boys and there dukes are read to rumble!” Sez Steve-o and what a great song and vid and man I love this video as Aero is blasted off the rails and watching this as a 15 yr old! These are rock gods! Sez I. I bow at the trashed out temple of AeroRock!

BITCHES BREW-Strikes ends and the song segues into Tyler sounding a little (ahem)sinister and this is a great song as the chorus kicks into some demented sounding piano driving along the song and so far 3 tracks in and this new version is standing almost toe to toe with the old Aeroversion and that’s impressive! Another fantastic track. Don’t go fooling with the Bitches Brew! I still hear that demented piano sound going thru my head….fuckin love it! Crank the song above !

BOLIVIAN RAGAMUFFIN- Jimmy Crespo rocks out of the gate riffing on his strat and making just making us forget a little about Mr Perry well trying too anyways. His playing on here is awesome and it’s too bad that no one ever talks about Crespos infleuence(musical that is) on this album. He shreds and riffs and keeps Aerosmith true to form here!  Tyler also must be credited with his lyrics very crafty here!

CRY ME RIVER-side 1 ends with Tyler at the piano and overall a very good track! Tyler I guess is tired of the people around him! His ex band mates/his ex wife/ management everyone can go Cry Him A River! I think it’s safe to,say Steve wasn’t tossing any life preservers overboard to save anyone!

PRELUDE TO JOANIE- is Aero bizarre and man it’s a minute and half of zany Tyler speaking almost thru Joes left behind talk box(you heard it at the beginning of Sweet Emotion) as a 15 year this screwed me up but it’s Tyler chirping about what’s to come and that’s…..

JOANIES BUTTERFLY-ah ha this makes sense now! Wowzers Tyler should be teaching sex education ahhh than again maybe not! But this song is driven by Joey Kramers drums and features some real cool acoustic picking until the electric guitars kick in! Love the part of the tune where Steve sings…’Oh ,no,no,no,no,no,no,Took off in flight,No,no,no than came the light ‘ Stevey sounds almost I don’t ever say this but it sounds Jaggerish! Cool though maybe I just hear it, do you?

ROCK IN A HARD PLACE-classic Aero! Big sounding drums as Joey is laying waste to his cymbals and the guitars of Dufay and Crespo are cranked and hey how about Steve and some harmonica and now some Sax! As a hardcore fan this tune is a Aerodelight!

JIG IS UP-this song is also typical Aero a real cool groove and Tyler once again at his lyrical best. The song starts with the guitars and bass in synch and Joey Kramer once again leads the charge and this song is a real good rocker but a rocker in  like i noted earlier in a Aerogroove kinda way!

PUSH COMES TO SHOVE-think the late 1890s and some place in the Midwest named the Crazy Horse Saloon and some dude sitting at a piano and that dude would be Steve Tyler rumbling away on his keys and man this song is soooooo good! This is how I heard the song the first time I heard it and now gulp 33 years later…sheeeeeit I still hear it the same way! Awesome end! So unlike Aero kinda but so cool!

IN CONCLUSION-considering everyone in the world left this band for dead Ummm. Listen folks Jimmy Crespo steps up huge in Perrys place and delivers flashes of brilliance on his guitar. It’s  never too late to discover or rediscover this forgotten gem! Except for me,Tbone and a few others never forgot about this one but Steve/Joey and Tom for some reason never talk about this one…me,I can’t shut up about it!

3/4’s Filler….Aerosmith/Just Push Play

You know when Tbone suggested I do reviews on albums that I thought were misses well theres a pile of EM but I would have never thought about Aerosmith!  Well,  I mean for the majority of comments from my review earlier on with Smiths Done With Mirrors it was debatable where I loved that record but some of my fellow bloggers thought it was poop and fair enuff man we gotta debate once in a while and it’s good to not agree with everything that being said,ok I will stop yapping…..

So in 2001 after the hype of the Jaded single which I thought was good not great here comes Aerosmith with the tuity fruity album cover that so reminds me of another 3/4’s filler album that was firmly lodged in Tbones tape case( drum roll ) Autographs That’s The Stuff( Tbone should review Autograph) and man ugh! But you can’t judge a disc by its cover so let’s dig a little deep into this record and I will try and explain to you what I thought went wrong with Just Push Play!

Now Don’t get me wrong here there’s a few tracks here I like and well let’s see as I dig into Steve and Joe’s stash….

BEYOND BEAUTIFUL- this is into the early 2000’s a new sounding AeroForce 1 headed into unchartered air space and for a opening number it’s pretty good. The guitars are sounding good kinda Zeppish and Tyler of course sounds good and this song i really dig!

JUST PUSH PLAY- Fuckin A…..hahaha….actually Steve nails out a pretty cool loudspeaker vibe about SUMTHIN to do,with smoking all the Gangja! I guess old habits are hard to,let go eh Steve? Seriously this is like hippy hop pity Aerosmith and I’m good with it I mean Ya gotta change with the times right? So give the boys there due, they were trying and well that’s what I say so Just Push Play!( sorry that was pathetic)! Bottom line this is a cratchy post 2000 Aerotune!

SUNSHINE- now when me and Tbone caught the Just Push Play tour that year(review a comin tomorrow) Aero was plugging this song and they played it live. It’s ok but when I think of later day Aero singles there are way better songs as singles  out there! (Livin On The Edge,Love In A Elevator,Eat The Rich for instance) ummm ok Angel was sap,Sunshine is better than Angel but uggggh.

JADED- yeah this was ok..somewhat catchy chrous but it’s Radio Aero 98.5 on your dial! Naaa not really for me….

DROP DEAD GORGEOUS- played this live on tour that me and Tbone seen…can’t even recall how it goes…

LIGHT INSIDE-Tom Hamiltons bass grumbles along on this song and the verses are excellent as is the guitar solos but the chorus is weak just kinda goofy and isn’t it usually the chorus that has the hook? I dunno but close call but man geez….

Well this is gonna be short and sweet …that’s it folks I can’t even go there with the other tracks as I haven’t listened to them in years and nor do I really want to……

IN CONCLUSION-   you quickly realize that Aerosmith still has to play the game and I really think that  the  Aerosap Armaggeddon soundtrack song(I refuse to type it) messed with there psychey and they needed to chase after another one of these deals(hit) to stay current and it’s like Steve and Joe were doing drugs in the musical sense of outside influences were messing with there stash!(songwriting style) Say what Ya want about Nine Lives(fuckin love that record) but it was more true to there sound but man where into the early 2,000s and Aerosmith go all Disney on our asses with that Armageddon soundtrack tune ( yeah I’m ragging!)and leave us the true hard core fan base going……WTF!

SONIC WAVES….Aerosmith/Night In Ruts

1979 and Aerosmith have hit the skids! The skids as in Joe Perry left during the recording of Night In The Ruts(Right In The Nuts) but he’s featured on the cover I guess so the record company could still sell Aero product. So finishing out the guitars Steve and the boys brought in Richie Supa(he the writer of T-bones all-time fav Aero tune Chip Away At The Stone) and by the time Aero has to make vids Jimmy Crespo is hired to play the guitar role of Joe Perry!

Got all that!?

For all intent purposes this album considering by what I read about it, Mess would be an understatement and a credit in them getting this out period. But considering they were all jacked on whatever vices they were using, they still nailed out some Gems!

Let My Writing Do The Babbling…..

NO SURPRISE- holy shit!! Are Ya kidding me?! Aero comes out guns a blazing, and this track is in my all-time top 10 Aero tunes! Tyler’s lyrics tell us the tale of Aero playing Max’s Kansas City Bar in NYC and that Clive Davis will make em stars! The guitars as in Joe Perry slips and slides all over his neck of his guitar on this! This song is a keeper folk, and Yep Perry did split, but he cowrote 5 Tracks on here and recorded EM and then was gone for good til 1984! But man considering how Messed up the Aero Xpress was this is a classic! Watch the video as it has Joe’s replacement Jimmy mimicking Joes Guitar rock god posing! Damn, I just love this tune!

NO CHIQUITA-wow this song drips with cool Aeroslop! The drums and guitars kick into gear and here comes some lazy ass sax that drives the song along and man I just love loosey-goosey Aero as opposed to Aero music being played by soccer moms spinning that Armageddon Song Sap in their minivans! Not Cool! But yeah Steve is off the rails here, and man it only tracks two! This song never gets talked about in the Aero catalog or for that matter this record! Well, friends at Arena Rock were here to bring Ya the classics!

REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) – is a cover from the 1960s as done by the Shangri Las! The Smith boys sleaze it out Aero style even with backing female singers doing the dooooo waaaahs in the background! Give Aerosmith credit they played this tune live in 1980, and it’s the second video I posted! Watch it, and you can see Tyler/Crespo/Whitford/Kramer and Hamilton rock it thru with Steve using his mic stand as a crutch more than anything! Great stuff that YouTube provides me with!

CHEESECAKE- another one of the Tyler/Perry combos coming at Ya and this one is total Aerosmith style boogie-woogie flu included(ha) this song shuffles with slimy Grimey Aerosleaze! It’s the way I like my Aero served thank you very much!

THREE MILE SMILE-this song reeks of Aero as well, and it’s the fourth Aero composition on here between Tyler/Perry and the song starts out with a really cool Aero groove. Just all-around great song! This one rocks and if you come across it …Crank it!

REEFER HEADED WOMAN-gentlemen readers of Arena Rock we all know women that have this title attached to Em right?! Hahaha…liars! Of course, you do and wouldn’t ya just know that Aerosmith does a song on an album titled Reefer, and it’s not even there own composition! This song is a little different from a groove! But Aerosmith make it there own!

BONE TO BONE(CONEY ISLAND WHITEFISH BOY)- is the last Tyler/Perry song until one of my other favs ( a lot of people disagree with me here)Done With Mirrors is released 6 years later! This one sounds like it’s a quick dash to the finish line like someone has to get out of the studio to go meet someone for something to help propel the evening’s studio time! Don’t know for sure..just saying!

THINK ABOUT IT- is a Yardbirds cover tune and Aero rocks this one out and once again make it sound there own, and that’s impressive to be that loaded and pull it off! Steve chirps ‘Take a while think about it!” Alrighty, Steve will do…..

MIA-Tyler writes a song named after his daughter and continues the tradition of putting a ballad on the end of the album! This is a good Aero ballad, not a great one but I wouldn’t tell Steve that! Haha…

IN CONCLUSION-Aerosmith is in shambles. Perry chips in with 5 tunes and bids adieu and Jimmy Crespo fills in and does an admirable job for Aerosmith. As I’m currently  reading Perrys autobiography Rocks  I got back into listening to these Perry fuelled albums and considering in his book he says there was ton of personal/band/ management issues going down at the time Aero digs deep and survives a total collapse and I tell Ya here’s a band in turmoil with I guess you could say that with 3 cover tunes out of 9 tracks toss on to say one more cover song by someone and your into Van Halen Diver Down territory but nope close call….for me though No Surprise and the other 4 Tyler/Perry compositions and a couple of pretty good cover versions saves this album..

 

SONIC WAVES….Aerosmith/Draw The Line

I think it was early 1981 when my dad handed me a copy of Aerosmiths Draw The Line album. Now as it turns out my dad’s friend Ken(rip) gave it to my dad to pass onto me as Ken did not dig Aerosmith maybe it was too heavy or not what he expected but he knew me being 13 I would dig it……Ken you were right and thanks for the Aero introduction!

I was used to cover drawn albums I mean Kiss were the leaders in that and here comes Aerosmith with a cool band drawing on the cover and they call it Draw The Line cool play on words fellas! Haha..as a 13-year-old I thought Aero was into art class but a little later on realized Aero was into the seedier side of art class.

Let’s check on Joe,Steve,Joey,Tom and Brad and see how they shaped some musical landscapes for a one young Deker!

DRAW THE LINE- what an intro to Aerosmith with this tune. Holy Crap here comes Joe navigating some serious slide guitar and his side kick Steve belting out the cowboy song! Heads I win Tails You lose sez Tyler! Yep you win Steve man he basically throws up a tonsil in that crazy part of the song you all know it,the part that goes sumthin like Checkmate don’t be late,take another pull,that’s right impossible ….hahaha what a rip of an opening song!

I WANNA KNOW WHY- man this is a great song, some cool keyboards rock this song along just fine. Thank you very much. Man this is my first Aero album and so far so good! If the stories are true that they were totally blasted thru this well keep blasting or as the kids say nowadays ….Blazing!

CRITICAL MASS-the whole band shifts a tempo down from the first two numbers and they still rock it with Tyler telling his story about the seedier side of living kinda like spaced out actually yeah man Tyler’s trippin into who knows where but he makes tripping seem real cool….tell me how ya recover from the time in space as it takes you away. That’s what Stevey sez….honestly….

GET IT UP-Tyler/Perry kick it out with some cool slide guitar once again. Like Steve shoots into town in a police car and your daddy said he took it a little too far! Cool tune. Off the walls Aero….

BRIGHT LIGHT FRIGHT- Joe takes the lead vocal on this one and it’s a steamer of a track. Throw in some cool sax and some cool leads and yeah man this is Joe doin solo time so Steve can ramp it up into the next track!

KINGS AND QUEENS- wow this is epic Aerosmith. Steve talks about the Kings And Queens and guillotine taking lives denied! Basically Steve is singing about greed in 1877 or perhaps 1977 with all there handlers around. That’s my spin on it and for a band as they say being outta of it. They pull one out of the fire here that’s for sure.

THE HAND THAT FEEDS-Doctor,Doctor,Doctor Steve shouts ..is someone calling a code on Aeros behalf? I have to say though I think by this point they were starting to lose a bit of creative gas but then the endless lifestyle of craziness may be catching up. Still they some what pull this one out. Tom and Joey set the rhythm pace.

SIGHT FOR SORE EYES- I prefer the live version on Live Bootleg. This version is kinda a  slow tempo compared to the very amped up live deal. Still it’s neat to hear it In It’s original state.

MILK COW BLUES- this is a cover tune jammer that ends the album and I really think Aero ran out of steam by this point so a cover tune was needed to push the album to the 35 minute mark. I’m sure the record company was freaking on them for lack of material but I really don’t think the Smith boys cared too much by this point!

IN CONCLUSION- Draw The Line is a good not great Aero album. I would say out of the 9 songs I would say 6 would stand up to any of their previous material to 1977. But hey for me this was a good starting point into my internship at Aeroforce 1!

 

 

Aeroforce 1 Ready For Takeoff!

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What a great shot of Steve-o!

This is by request from Rugg and Darr…..

Aerosmith/Skid Row/March 24 1990/Winnipeg Arena

I was fortunate enough to catch Aero at the Skydome in Toronto three months earlier so when me and Tbone went to check out the Tragically Hip at our local University in early Feb 1990 there was add posted to the wall announcing a party bus tour to the Peg for the Aerosmith Pump tour!  After babbling like a idiot to TBone over the last couple of months in regards to the T.O show, once we seen the add it was a no brainer. So myself,TBone and T’s younger brothers Darr & Rugg were also on board the AeroExpress to the Peg!

So come show time and well here’s Skid Row again! This is my third time Seeing Skid Row in the span of under two years all on there debut album. They definitely had a good booking agent back than! Basically the crowd of 14,000 lapped em up! I mean they came out jacked and didn’t ease off the gas for there 40 minute set! They played basically the debut and from what  I remember basically stuck to it.

Now for the headliners…..

Aerosmith came out on there stage which for the Pump tour was them playing on a rooftop with each city there playing marked with the letters at the back of the stage. So at the back Winnipeg was spelt.

The boys came out to jacked up audio of a helicopter landing and before you know it Aero launches into Hearts Done Time and I still remember on top of the stage they had this little clubhouse right above Joey Kramers drums and boom the door kicks open and here comes Steve Tyler and the place went crazy.  1990 And Aero is on fire! From there it was into Same Old Song And Dance (already dipping into the back catalogue ) and a triple punch of Pump tracks F.I.N.E,Don’t Get Mad,Get Even and What it Takes.

Aerosmith in the early part of the show is playing for the late kids who come to the party in other words the ones who got on board during the MTV years. You know what I don’t mind cause Pump is a solid rock record one of there best so who am I to argue.

Brad Whitford plays a little blues and Permanent Vacation is played.( great song should be played more) and now the current single Janie’s Got A Gun is knocked out with some cool guitaring courtesy of Joe Perry during the solo as he rocks the acoustic!

Mama Kin is rocked and Tyler even sings it like I how I heard it on the Debut from 1973. The dude can sing man..still can…but back to the show and here comes Angel the big ballad from Permanent Vacation. Never really dug it for a Aero ballad as there are better Aero ballads out there. But like I said Aero is playing for the MTV generation.

So after Angel,Steve and Joe are out siting In front of the stage and they begin which I think is one very underrated Aero tracks Hangman Jury. This song reeks delta blues and man it goes over well so cool. Love the beginning of Voodoo Medicine Man and man Tyler is laying down some kinda Voodoo in the Peg!

So the spotlight turns to Joe Perry as the demon of screamin(Tyler) takes a breather  and Joe plays Hendrix’s Red House and man what a great version. Perry is cool…I’m not and well I’m ok with that!

Before you take a breath here comes Rag Doll and the place goes bonkers and man here it is one of my all time favs Draw The Line with a wee bit of jam with Jailhouse Rock in the middle before Tyler goes off the rails vocally.

Now a Aeroballad is played  which is a golden gem and that’s Dream On! What a great track! Love In A Elevator is rocked and the place is rocked by all the Aero guys! It’s evident that Aero knows what the crowd wants and that’s Aero MTV style. Dude Looks Like A Lady keeps the Aerohits going and the crowd just loves it and so do me and the brothers Erickson!

Sweet Emotion is cranked especially with the Perry feedback and Aero splits. What a band man. What a show. What a production! But wait here comes the one two punch of..

Train Kept A Rollin and Walk This Way….and Aero ends the night and our night is ended by  one of the biggest bands that had a second crack at success and made the most of it.

 

Sonic Waves….Aerosmith/Live Bootleg

 

Well how about a shout out to my all time fav live album- Live Bootleg from Aerosmith.

By the time I got around to getting Live Bootleg(summer of 1981) Joe Perry/Brad Whitford were gone and there was no press around for Aerosmith. I was hooked at the time on Joe Perry’s solo album I’ve Got The RockNRolls Again so shortly after I purchased Live Bootleg and what’s in these grooves of this double album was classics track after track! Also for reading pleasure I can say for the Sonic Wave history books that Live Bootleg is also Tbones fav live album also as we have had many a dicussions of its importance to our listening habits over the years. This album is the real deal!

Loved the packaging on Live Bootleg,pics,Gatefold sleeve,notes and places and dates of  where the songs were recorded,Aero bootlegging themselves!

So Steve,Joe,Brad,Tom & Joey thanks for kicking out the jams on this beauty of a live beast!

Let’s all hope aboard the Aero Express circa 78….

BACK IN THE SADDLE- I’MMMMMMM BAAAAAAAAAACK….a song everyone has heard a million times over but this one I love over the studio version. Aero is out of the starters box with a bang and man listen to the looseness of the guitars between Perry/Whitford. Basically it’s Aero 1978 smashing an thrashing about in your local saloon and the boys not knowing when to stop!

SWEET EMOTION- Joe yaps into his talk box and Steve takes over and man this song just rocks ,I mean Aero is putting down the gauntlet here. Second song in and it’s a take no prisoners approach here.

LORD OF THE THIGHS- smash,crash and as soon as Sweet Emotion ends Joey drives the Aero drums right into Lord Of The Thighs and for the next 7 plus minutes were gonna go on a Aero ride of  some good guitar jams some excellent Tylerisms like whack a,whacka, whacka ,whacka ahhhhh shit and than some fine drug induced(I’m sure) Maracca playing…….does it get any better than this???

TOYS IN THE ATTIC- yep it does get better…were into the Attic and this song is played at break neck  speed. Aero punches the gas to the floor or perhaps it’s there boot on your throat  and they ain’t letting u up!  Man this is a wicked crazy good version and I love how it ends, like yeah that’s it song over!

LAST CHILD- this song has some real cool Tyler lyics as so many do but he’s on fire here with this track. Whitford lays done some serious law on the guitar here and you can hear through the notes he’s  saying “hey the other guy might have the talk box but I got the guitar chops” hahaha…..

COME TOGETHER- this is a slop  assed so cool  cover of the Beatles song from that real crap film Aero did with Peter Frampton! Man these guys are gone on this. But you know what? Who cares….it’s Aero it’s meant to be played this way and for me as a young fella hearing this for the first time….I say Right on! But just say no to drugs! Except for Aerosmith,they make drug use seem cool!

WALK THIS WAY-out of the drug induced cool coma of Come Together comes the big hit of Aeros(up to that point) Walk This Way!  Joey sets the  tone and man he’s driving the bus at break neck speed . Holy Hell this live version compared to the studio version is on hyper drive. Perry nails the talk box and Tyler gets down on the muffin and well it’s Time to Walk This Way…she told ya too…….crazy good version,best live version I ever have heard!

SICK AS A DOG-just when you think you have heard cool before it’s wiped away with Sick As A Dog.  This is song reeks of cool man oh man I wore the grooves on this one out. It builds slow and than man Tyler has got to talk to you! Man he’s rocking the song big time. Seriously just close your eyes have a substance of choice(your deal)  and you can time machine yourself back and Aeros playing Sick As A Dog in front of you!

DREAM ON-ok I may have lied this may have been Aeros biggest hit up too that point (1978) and well what a monster track. I mean Aero knew back than knew how to do a ballad and they always put the ballads on the end of the record well on the earlier albums that was. Still this live version is a standout performance considering how loupe de loupe they were and a ton of street cred must be given to Tyler when he drops “MotherF*#ker comes back to you” sneakley! Atta boy Steve-o!

CHIP AWAY THE STONE- was I think a leftover that was lying around and the boys decided to put this out as the single for Live Bootleg. Cool track and if urban legend is concerned I think this may be Tbones fav song off of Live Bootleg or one of his fav Aero tunes of all time!

SIGHT FOR SORE EYES-is from the Draw The Line album and Aero is chugging along and by the end of it you can almost feel Tyler teetering on the edge of the stage singing the lines Sight For ,Sight For…..they almost TRAINWRECK this song but nope at the last minute they pull It back on course and Aero has saved the day(well the song that is)

MAMA KIN- when you think of trademark tunes of a band this Kin would be it! This is a total sleazed out 8 ball of a corker! Don’t believe me check it out!

SOS- man Aero just keeps on giving on surprises as they don’t play by the rules and put on those little hidden gems of songs and in this case it’s SOS from the Get Your Wings album. Great live version.

I AINT GOT YOU- ha Aeros says hey we got bootlegs of our shows so here’s one from 1973 from a place called Paul’s Mall! Listen to Tyler’s voice on this one as well the next he said he never felt comfortable with this style of singing so he changed it up to how we here him now. Cool little snapper of a tune!

MOTHER POPCORN- Aero hasn’t quite left Paul’s Mall and they crank into some Popcorn and throw down some sax courtesy of a Mr David Woodworth according to Steve and than he loses his shit vocally  at the 3/4 mark of the tune! Great raw sounding tune this one and I Ain’t Got You provide. We get to hear early Aero and my friends there is nothing wrong with that!

TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN/STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT- so let me give a little lesson hear on hidden Gems! See when I bought this back in 1981 one of my fav Aero Tunes was Draw The Line and I still remember the little wee minor of a letdown that song was not listed on the credits. So by the time I made it through all four sides of Live Bootleg and Mother Popcorn ends well you go from 20 people at Paul’s Mall back into the arena with 20,000 and what!!! it’s……

DRAW THE LINE- wow this totally blindsided me what a f’n A spectacular surprise. My fav song as the hidden track not listed anywhere but thank you for including it fellas! This is a firecracker of a song!

Now back to…

TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN- the boys are heading toward the finish line and man when it comes to Aerosmith the Train does indeed keep Rollin. The party ain’t stopping with Perry playing Strangers In The Night to close off the night festivities..

IN CONCLUSION- as far as live recordings go this one for me is the King of the live Heap so to speak! For all the bands that get raked over the coals for doctoring up live releases Live Bootleg I think has no doctoring whatsoever as Aero was probably to medicated to worry about fixin  uppin anything let alone a live album and for that…..

THANK YOUUUUUUU!

SONIC WAVES….Aerosmith/Done With Mirrors

1985…so me and TBone are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Aero album Done With Mirrors. This is big news in Tbay (well for me and him) as when we first got into Aerosmith Perry /Whitford were gone and were blessed though in the meantime with a very good Aero record in Rock In A Hard Place, it wasn’t the original fella’s!

So when word hit the street that in 85 there was gonna be a new studio opus we were pumped! So when Done With Mirrors hit the deck in November maybe just maybe Aerosmith would save the day for all of us hard rockers cause now the big empire VH was hidden away in the foothills of LA,  Rothless, and hey who was gonna carry the hard rock battalion now?

Well sure enough Aerosmith would right? Well, kinda, sorta not in those years from 85-87 until Aerosmith shot to the top with Permanent Vacation but were getting ahead here. Done With Mirrors came out floundered around up and down the charts and sank quicker than TBone doing a tequila shot!

What the hell happened? Aero enlisted Ted Templeman to produce and we all know who he had produced (VH)so we were kinda shocked to learn that the album did not do well and they canceled there Duluth appearance as well(1986)not due to tickets but due to someone being sick?? (take your pick) Who knows what the deal was but for me and TBone, this album cooked liked a batch of Tyler’s Bitches Brew mixed with a dose of Perry’s I’ve Got The Rock n Rolls Again…and you know what we loved this record. It was raw, sloppy, and the songs were downright slimy!

Let’s check on the Aeroboys as there headed down a One Way Street into oncoming traffic…

LET THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING-Bam out of the gate. Ol Joe and his slide guitar are at work here and Aero is playing quicker than a jet taking off of a runway! As any fan knows this is a remake version from Perry’s solo album 5 yrs earlier (1980) but Steve-o changed the lyrics for this version. This album opener is off to a rocking start!

MY FIST YOUR FACE- Perry/Whitford kick it off and Kramer drums it into the wall with some ass-kicking beats. Lyrically and vocally Tyler is at the top of his game here and we’re only on track two! The only guy that can make the line “Whacha pissing in the wind for” sound mega cool! Actually, all the lyrics on this track are some of my fave Tylerisms ever!

SHAME ON YOU- slows the pace down to that sleazy, sloppy jam that we all love from Aerosmith! Aerosmith 1985 is beyond stoned! But beyond stoned here is a real good thing for these guys! Glad they did not sober up on this release!

THE REASON A DOG- ends side one and wow holy shit how time has flown. 4 songs in and 4 classics hatched! Once again Tyler at his lyrical best! Man, he could craft lyrics! Kinda neat how during the middle of the song it builds with a bit of Aero-snyth thrown in but not overdone!

SHELA-starts off with Kramer on the hi-hats and he’s joined by the Aeros and they cook this number, catchy verse catchy chorus. Catchy everything. Just love the rawness of this. No polish!

GYPSY BOOTS- this one is a corker of a rocker. This is the boys not fooling around. Tyler is sharing the mic with Perry and Perry’s trying to keep up! The guitars are blazing along with the drums. This is Aero going 120 mph in a 40 mph zone….these guys cannot drive 55 if their lives depended on it. They manage to keep it on the rails though….

SHE’S ON FIRE-reminds me of a head-on collision between Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. Check out the acoustic slide guitar action and Kramers drums just kick it along.  Great tempo, great song!  Aerosmith makes being doped up in the recording studio seems, Ummm cool!

THE HOP-is The end of the album jam. Like they threw it together in 5 minutes but Aero putting a song together in 5 minutes some bands can’t put together a cool anything ever! Plus Steve-o says it best at the end ” cause you’ll be kicking ass tonight with the boys in Aerosmith” yes Steve you were talking to me and TBone!

IN CONCLUSION-this is 36 minutes of classic Aerorock in my book! Man, we played this over and over. Laughed at everything being backward in the credits. If your going to get cleaned up in rehab at least check-in after one more bender! Aerosmith made that promise with Done With Mirrors!