The band’s final tour follows original drummer Joey Kramer’s furlough and Steven Tyler’s treatment for substance abuse
Aerosmith fell silent with a bang.
The rock band launched theirs Peace Out farewell tour in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. The group performs throughout the show Steven Tyler, Joe PerryTom Hamilton and Brad Whitford brought a lot of energy and fan service to the arena, played a long hit series and looked back on a career spanning more than 50 decades.
Just before the show, which marked the Grammy winners’ 40th concert in Philadelphia, retrospective footage of their stories from interviews with them played on a large screen that descended over the triangular stage RunDMC, slash And Mark Wahlberg to performances Wayne’s world And The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
Tyler, 75, who wore a long jacket with silver sequins, a sleeveless shirt, a black-brimmed hat and black and red pants with eyes printed on his bum, made a dynamic entrance, strutting with the microphone stand in hand across the stage.
His stamina never faltered, and he played more than 16 songs in a row, including “Sweet Emotion,” “Livin’ on the Edge,” “Cryin’,” and “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” before hitting “Toys ended in the Attic, where giant balloons descended from the ceiling.
While the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers performed their hits, they also took a moment to share anecdotes from their storied past.
Perry, 72, spoke about the importance of one of the guitars he played on tour. He said it used to belong to the deceased family jeff beckwho played guitar for the English band The Yardbirds and died in January at the age of 78. He told the crowd that Beck’s wife, Sandra Beck, said to him, “Why don’t you use one of his guitars?” It will keep Jeff’s memory alive.”
Tyler also spoke about how the group wrote their iconic song “Walk This Way.” Sitting with Perry on stools at the edge of the stage, he said the guitarist dozed off at the time – he pantomimed that they were smoking marijuana – and began playing something, although he was dazed. “He starts playing a few licks and I start singing along — and the rest is history,” Tyler said.
Returning to the stage for an encore, Tyler, donning a silk shirt and donning a Hawaiian lei, mentioned that Wildfires on Maui and sang “Dream On” from a white baby grand piano at the edge of the stage. They then sang their final song, “Walk This Way,” while confetti exploded at the Wells Fargo Center.
“It’s nice to be back in Philly,” the frontman exclaimed before exiting the stage.
The rock legends’ final performance lasts until early 2024 and is expected to visit 40 North American cities. The show also features The Black Crowes as special guests.
The tour comes as original drummer Joey Kramer has given up performing with the group.
Kramer, 73, announced for the first time that he would take one “temporary leave of absence” in March 2022 and had decided to sit out with the band Residence “Deuces Are Wild” in Las Vegas. Shortly after the announcement, his wife of 13 years, Linda, said died in June 2022 at the age of 55.
Aerosmith shared a statement about his absence when the farewell shows were first announced. A press release said, “While Joey Kramer remains a popular founding member of Aerosmith, he has regrettably decided to put the currently scheduled tour dates on hold to fully focus on his family and health.” Joey’s distinctive and legendary We will sorely miss the presence behind the drums.”
Drummer John Douglas has replaced the original Aerosmith member for now.
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Peace Out also follows Tyler’s latest Substance Abuse Treatment. After revealing that the “Sweet Emotion” singer relapsed after foot surgerythe band eight shows canceled of her Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas stay in May 2022.
“As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years,” the band said in a statement at the time. “Following foot surgery to prepare for the stage and requiring pain management during the process, he recently relapsed and volunteered on a treatment program to focus on his health and recovery.”
Finally the band resumed the Vegas shows at the Dolby Live Theater at Park MGM from September to November 2022.
Relax yourself marks Aerosmith’s longest show series and first official tour since the Aero-Vederci Baby! Tours 2017 and 2018.
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