Aerosmith / Slash Nikon At Jones Beach Theater 7/10/14

Aerosmith with Slash 7-10-2014

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[img src=]110Myles Kennedy
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[img src=]120Steven Tyler
[img src=]60Joe Perry
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[img src=]80Brad Whitford
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[img src=]40Joey Kramer
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Words By Bob Wilson

Aerosmith arrived at Jones Beach from having played 17 dates in Europe on their ‘Let Rock Rule Tour’. ‘The Bad Boys from Boston’ base their musical currency on 25 Gold records, and they were not deviating from the formula that has resurrected their success, and left them atop the music world since the return to their original lineup in 1984. Since the rock lifestyle nearly stripped the group of their fame while they were too intoxicated to notice, they clearly seem to have sobered up with no intention of losing the reigns a second time.

Steven Tyler appeared with a Freddie Mercury mustache, and more scarves than Elvis would likely give away on an entire tour. Tyler and Perry wore garb befitting pimp peacocks that favored glitter. The first notes of ‘Back in the Saddle’ brought the expectant crowd to their feet, and there they would remain. Tyler and Perry worked a pirate’s gangplank walkway that reached out well into the orchestra. Professor Tyler has mastered every trick he lectured novices about on American Idol, and all were broadcast on three hi definition screens looming above the stage. A multitude including his daughter Liv Tyler and other guests and audience members were offered a few seconds to sing along into his microphone, as he worked the crowd much to their delight.

Joe Perry held the musical wheel of the band, and drove them along showing no regard for a speed limit. Although Tyler still seems to regard microphone swinging safety loosely, he managed not to bop Perry on this visit to the beach. Seats were sold out in the capacity crowd, not that many were in use. The greatest hits set list continued with ‘Eat the Rich’ (with a nod to Zeppelin mixed in), ‘Love in an Elevator’, ‘Cryin’’, and ‘Livin’ on the Edge’. The crowd reared approval when Liv Tyler, the 37 year old daughter of Steven Tyler and Bebe Beull, sang into her father’s microphone. The momentary warble illuminated just how incredible it is that the band still pumps out product at such a high level of intensity.

The hits continued with ‘Kings and Queens’, ‘Toys in the Attic’, and ‘Rag Doll’. Each number dug the audience more deeply into the groove as they partied on. Joe Perry took over the lead vocals on ‘Freedom Fighter’, which was the most interesting song of the evening, displaying insight and some risk. This was the only deviation from the formula of tried and true hits, which no one was lodging any complaints over. Lyrics to the anti-war anthem were a temporary reminder of the reality that many had come to forget for a few hours in the magic of rock and roll. Perry seemed pensive as he sang the lyrics which were displayed on the screens above the stage, and harkened back somewhat to the protest of the era in which their first album was released during the Nixon presidency.

Perry and Tyler posed for many ‘Toxic Twins” scoreboard shots, as nothing from the MTV generation has gotten by Tyler’s keen sense of showmanship.  Joey Kramer (drums), Tom Hamilton (bass), and Brad Whitford (rhythm guitar) remained in the foreground somewhat visually. They supplied a musical foundation that helped to land the group in the Rock and roll Hall of Fame some thirteen years ago in 2001, and has apparently acquired no rust since.

The band played eighteen songs in all, culminating in encores of ‘Dream On’, and ‘Sweet Emotion’. For the first encore, a white piano was brought onto the walkway, with Tyler playing and singing. Joe Perry climbed atop the piano, mastering his instrument, and defying his age. By the time the last notes of ‘Sweet Emotion’ were completed, the crowd had did not have to rise for an ovation. The stunning compliment is that they never once sat down.

The evening opened with Slash and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators continuing their ‘World on Fire’ Tour. The album of the same name is set to be released on July 15. Slash delved into the Guns N’ Roses catalog four times, highlighted by ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Paradise City’. The tour continues with the bands setting up stage at their next show on July 16th, at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. The tour concludes on September 9, in Clarkston, Michigan.


Aerosmith (set list): Back in the Saddle, Eat the Rich, Love in an Elevator, Cryin’, Livin’ on the Edge, Kings and Queens, Toys in the Attic, Rag Doll, Freedom Fighter, Same Old Song and Dance, Rats in the Cellar, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, No More No More, Chip Away the Stone, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Walk This Way, (Encores): Dream On, Sweet Emotion


Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators (set list): Ghost, Night Train, Back from Cali, World on Fire, You Could be Mine, Anastasia, You’re A Lie, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Slither, By the Sword, Paradise City



One Response to “Aerosmith / Slash Nikon At Jones Beach Theater 7/10/14”

  1. Scott Noethiger says:

    Awesome pictures and a spot on review. I am a tad JADED….