November 1, 2017
Arlington, TX USA
Review by Tim Taylor
Photos by Terry Walsh
Aerosmith is my Beatles. When I discovered their Rocks album at the impressionable age of 13 in 1976, everything changed. Aerosmith was heavy. They had big riffs, hooks galore and grooved like a freight train. Last night fellow JAM contributors Tim Taylor, Mike DiQuinzio and I had the good fortune to see our favorite band at a corporate convention gig at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. “Epic” could hardly describe the night.
The massive home to the Dallas Cowboys is anything but intimate, but that’s exactly what this show felt like. With the stage facing the side of the stadium, a small section of seats open and only 350 people allowed on the floor, the show felt much smaller than a typical arena show. Of course, our prized location alongside the catwalk added to the feel immensely.
The 90 minute show kicked off with “Love In An Elevator” and plowed through a hit heavy setlist “Jaded,” “Janie’s Got A Gun” and “Rag Doll”. Even with the hits, the band still pulled out a couple of surprises like “Walkin’ The Dog” and “Mama Kin” from the first album and their excellent cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Joe Perry took a turn on vocals for “Stop Messin’ Around” from the 2004 Honkin’ On Bobo album which always turns into an excellent jam.
The high points of the show were Steven Tyler holding his microphone stand at me during “Livin’ On The Edge” and mouthing, “I forgot the words!” at me. A concert moment I will never forget. “Mama Kin” turned into the show stopper with an extended jam with Joe Perry and Brad Whitford jamming side by side right above us. The grooving riffs were UN-real. It was almost comical looking at many in the crowd staring with blank faces at the greatness right in front of them.
I’m not sure how 90 minutes went by that fast, but they did. Finishing the set with a 1-2 punch of “Sweet Emotion” and “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” the band returned for the encores of “Dream On” and “Walk This Way.”