Aerosmith has a massive catalog of material to select from with a few very different eras of material that represents their total sound. Their recent setlists make some intriguing changes to the main formula, though at the end of the day, it is through and through, a classic Aerosmith set.
One of the more well known aspects of Aerosmith is their two main worlds- the one of blues-based rock and roll of the 70’s and the one of pop hard rock that catapulted them into a major resurgence in the 90’s.
The band opens with a throwback song, “Back in the Saddle” from arguably their greatest release from that early era, 1976’s Rocks. The band manages to bring out “Rag Doll” from the late 80’s release, Permanent Vacation, that followed soon after and was possibly the first of their big comeback.
As far as classic albums go, the big one is Toys in the Attic. It is represented with four tracks in total, including “Toys in the Attic” and “Walk This Way.” This is the classic bluesy version, and not the rap version that came out in the 90’s. The band sometimes performs “Rats in the Cellar.”
The next major album, as far as representation goes, is Get a Grip from 1993. This marks the full embrace of their stylistic shift into pop and hard rock. The band performs the power ballad “Cryin” as well as heavy headbanger, “Eat the Rich.” After being dropped for a few years, the band brings back “Livin on the Edge.”
The band performs almost nothing from that commercially dark era of the late 70’s and early 80’s (remember Night in the Ruts- neither do we). But they do bring out a rendition of “Kings and Queens” from 1985’s Done With Mirrors; an odd choice that throws fans off.
The two closing songs have been the same for quite awhile now. Aerosmith showstopper “Dream On” opens up the encore, though on this tour it is reworked a bit to include small snippets of other tracks, particularly the ballad “Home Tonight.” The band closes the evening out with ‘Sweet Emotion” from Toys in the Attic- a powerful goodnight gift.
Back in the Saddle
Eat the Rich
Love in an Elevator
Livin’ on the Edge
Monkey on My Back
Kings and Queens
Toys in the Attic
Big Ten Inch Record
Lord of the Thighs
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
No More No More
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Walk This Way
Any newer songs?
The band delayed their 2012 release, Music from Another Dimension!, for nearly five years. Their last studio release of original material was 2001’s Just Push Play, which was not a favorite with fans and is almost totally forgotten on this tour. The band brings out “Freedom Fighter” for most shows, but otherwise omits this album from the set.
How long is an Aerosmith concert?
Aerosmith performs for about 90 minutes.
Who is opening the show?
Famous Guns N Roses guitar player, Slash, is opening the show. He has a full backing band on this tour, including Myles Kennedy. Kennedy is famous for being the rhythm guitarist and frontman for hard rock collective, Alter Bridge.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Aerosmith’s tour?
You can find presale tickets for just about the entire show through the American Express Entertainment platform. You do need an American Express card to make the purchase as well as an account with TicketMaster to obtain the actual tickets.
Fortunately, Aerosmith never disappoints. You can always get access to a generous assortment of presales with excellent availability through the band’s official membership and fan club, Aero Force One. A membership is $39.99 a year, but it is notoriously well-versed. Contests, 10% off all merchandise, VIP packages, and free goodies make it a worthwhile purchase.
“Closing in on its 45th year, Aerosmith is indeed rock’s train that kept a-rollin’, to lift a line from one of the band’s early concert staples. Its members have been immortalized as Boston’s bad boys who, well into their advanced years, still look and sound better than most of us ever will.” – James Reed of the Boston Globe
“Aerosmith always managed to reinvent itself for the masses without losing its inherent musicality. Power ballads notwithstanding, especially the cringe-inducing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” the Boston-formed band stayed true to its creative forces. That’s why 42 years after its inception, Aerosmith still sells out arenas.” – Mario Tarradell of the Dallas News
“While Aerosmith came out with a new album late last year, “Music From Another Dimension,” the show was packed with their popular numbers. The opening tune, “Draw the Line” from 1978, and the second song of the show, “Love in an Elevator” – a No. 5 tune from 1989, were an early indication the set list was going to be deftly blended with the band’s 1970s material and songs from their revival period of the 1980s and beyond.” – Stephen Peterson of The Sun Chronicle