Rock legends Aerosmith deliver on Global Warming Tour

Photo by David Block

I’ve been to hundreds, wait, change that to probably thousands of concerts since my mother took me to my first one some 28 years ago (Nov. 9, 1984 to be exact) when Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five came to the Houston Astrodome for the Victory Tour. OK, you get the point  — lots of shows. But as many as I’ve been to, I’ve never had the opportunity to see Aerosmith, until now.

The “Bad Boys of Boston” played the Toyota Center in Houston TX on Monday, July 30 as a part of the Global Warming Tour. To advance the show, I was given the opportunity to interview drummer Joey Kramer, which you can read HERE, so I was even more excited heading into the night.

After a 13-song set from openers Cheap Trick, which we will talk about momentarily, the Toyota Center lights went off, the crowd went nuts, and cue the chill bumps.

Opening with “Draw the Line,” a song they made famous in 1977, singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry worked their magic down the runway portion of the stage that lipped out into the crowd nearly halfway through the arena. As both played up to the crowd, the noise appreciation from a sold out arena spoke volumes of how much Aerosmith’s fans really love them.

The band then went straight into “Love in an Elevator,” which was actually their second No. 1 single on rock radio back in 1989 off the Pump record and the fans knew every single word, so Tyler enjoyed letting the crowd sing the parts “oh yeah” after each line in every verse.

The band also teased us with new songs “Oh Yeah” and “Legendary Child.” Those are two tracks off their forthcoming new studio record, Music From Another Dimension!

Like most bands, Aerosmith threw in several covers into their set with “The Peter Gunn Theme,” “Stop Messin’ Around” by Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles’ “Come Together,” which fellow rockers Bush included in their set when they opened for Nickelback back on June 2.

With a set list that dates back some 42 years, of course many hit songs were left out. Those missing from the performance were “Back in the Saddle,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Jaded,” “Pink” and the two monster ballads “Cryin’” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

I chatted with rock radio legend Eddie Trunk via Twitter about what songs he would have liked to have heard when he saw the show in California — “Sick as a Dog,” “Nobody’s Fault,” “Round and Round,” “Lick and a Promise,” “No Surprise” and “Kings and Queens.” But Trunk also added, “too many greats!”

No complaints here.

Cheap Trick opened the show, who I’ve seen umpteen times. Not that I am dissing by any means, I just didn’t think they were as impressive as I’ve seen them before in the past. Maybe I like them more in a casino setting.

Guitarist Rick Nielsen was probably the star of their set. In his vintage suit coat, cap and sneakers, Nielsen covered every part of the stage and frequently threw literally handfuls of guitar picks into the crowd. The brought Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford out for “Ain't That A Shame,” but I don’t think many people knew who he was, even though Nieslen mentioned his name several times.

All in all, Aerosmith lived up to the hype I’ve been hearing about for decades.

For more Aerosmith concert photos, click HERE.

Set List (Aerosmith)

Draw the Line
Love in an Elevator
Same Old Song and Dance
Livin' on the Edge
Oh Yeah
Last Child
Rag Doll
The Peter Gunn Theme (Henry Mancini cover)
Stop Messin' Around (Fleetwood Mac cover)
What It Takes
Legendary Child
Come Together (The Beatles cover)
Rats In The Cellar
Sweet Emotion
Walk This Way

Dream On
Train Kept A-Rollin'

Set List (Cheap Trick)

Hello There
Big Eyes
California Man (The Move cover)
On Top of the World
Ain't That A Shame
I Know What I Want
Stop This Game
Sick Man of Europe
The Flame
I Want You to Want Me
Dream Police