Happy Saturday, ya'll!
Shocker and spoiler alert: Aerosmith live was awesome. I saw them Tuesday night at Riverbend in Cincinnati.
I didn't get "Nobody's Fault,""Draw the Line" or "Last Child" (which is criminal) but they did give me "Big 10 Inch Record," which was just rare enough to confuse the soccer moms at the show. [Full setlist] There was no big banner drop at the beginning, no pyro, but definitely a wind machine and massive video screen. I've always preferred bands that just get on stage and play hard versus a lot of extra theatrical nonsense. After all, I paid for rock, so that's what I want! Of course, there was the obligatory wasted four minutes on "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" which every soccer mom (and dad) drunkenly sang along to, but I sort of glared during it, and that was my right. I was relieved to hear tunes like "Rats In The Cellar" and "No More, No More" to reinforce my love for the band. Other highlights for me included "Kings and Queens" (I swear, more confused looks!) and of course, "Dream On." During "Dream On," Joe Perry climbed on top of Steven Tyler's white grand piano, which was cool. Also, Joe wore a sequined jacket, which I thought would look good on me. My favorite Brad Whitford, always criminally underrated, did not get enough time in the spotlight. Maybe he likes it that way. Tom Hamilton finally looks well and Joey Kramer alternated between smiles and grunts while slamming the drums. It's the most physical job during a live show after all. Miraculously, I wasn't surrounded by morons. By and large, the folks around me seemed to be pretty big fans and were definitely excited to be at the show. But not once did I get beer splashed on me or burned by a wayward cigarette. It was nice not ducking and weaving and worrying about my hair catching fire! Also, the show was crazy packed and it was super hot - I was thankful I had a pavilion seat for the shade during the earlier part of the night.
Slash opened and that was great too! I'm always amazed at how good Myles Kennedy sounds live and you really can't argue with classic Guns n' Roses hits played live in the summer. True to my word, I didn't buy any overpriced merchandise, but I did get some expensive concessions. It was just too hot to go without beverages. Darn you, LiveNation!
It's finally Aerosmith day! Can you tell I'm excited? I'm seeing the band, plus opener Slash, at Riverbend in Cincinnati. I've got pavilion seats because the lawn sucks at Riverbend. I'd have better pavilion seats but I refuse to be forced into a VIP or premium package to get closer to the stage. I've come to hate large concert venues that are owned or managed by LiveNation, thus forcing the consumer into overpriced seats or crap they don't need. Seriously, I'd never buy a VIP package for Aerosmith - or any band - anyway because that's a colossal waste of cash, and I don't need a photo or handshake with the band and "free" T-shirt thank-you-very-much. What I do want is a nice place in the venue where I can most likely see the stage. So whatever.
I'll go to the show tonight, and enjoy my seat in the back of the pavilion, happy that I wasn't hoodwinked into an overpriced ticket. I'll also be bypassing the merchandise booth, another colossal waste of cash. Let's be honest here, folks. If you're reading this site, you've probably got a literal cache of concert shirts, right? I know I have way too many, all overpriced at time of purchase, so I surely don't need any more. The stuff you own ends up owning you and my closet does not need one more band shirt!
I'll go, rock out with my husband to my favorite band of all time and come home with cash in my pocket. I refuse to give LiveNation any more of my money than absolutely necessary to get in to see the gig.
Oh, and if by a miracle I do get "Nobody's Fault" live, you'll probably hear me screaming all the way at your place!