Yesterday night, Aug. 30, Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration (http://110.harley-davidson.com/en_US/events/milwaukee2013) got crazy with two chart-topping rock bands headlining the Marcus Amphitheater. Announcing the legendary Cheap Trick and Aerosmith was Willie G. Davidson and the Davidson family, who added that they considered all of the Harley-Davidson bikers present a part of their family. Cheap Trick played for an hour starting at 7:30 p.m. to open for Aerosmith, who played from 8:45-10:45 p.m.
The stage was simply a wall of speakers with the band and overhead screens showing only Aerosmith performing. While some performers use music video clips or slideshows, Aerosmith is one of the legendary bands that is so entertaining on their own that anything else would only distract from the spectacle that is one of their live performances. The band played plenty of 70's hits, but also included their newer songs such as "Jaded" and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing". They also included their Fleetwood Mac "What It Takes" cover from their 2004 album Honkin' on a Bobo and "Oh Yeah" from their latest album, Music From Another Dimension! (2012).
Two musical highlights of the evening were undoubtedly "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" and "Dream On". After asking fans if they wanted to hear an old or new song, rock icon Steven Tyler dedicated "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" to the women in the audience. At the first note, everyone in the nearly sold-out arena went insane, swaying and singing along to the 1998 hit.
Aerosmith's performance of "Dream On" was a spectacle involving a grand piano, fog, lights, and Tyler's unparalleled voice. Both Steven Tyler and Joe Perry climbed a small set of stairs to perform on top of a white grand piano, with the climax of the performance being streams of fog, wind, and lights bursting up around the piano as Tyler let out his trademark screams. Seeing only this iconic rock song performed live is well worth the cost of admission.
But the "Demon of Screamin'" wasn't through raising hell with his voice alone. Steven Tyler proved to be an incredibly giving, energetic, age-defying frontman as he rolled, danced, and spun across the stage without missing a beat. He shook hands, gave high fives (and bracelets off his wrists), hugged fans during songs, and even gave a fan a massive Native American headdress he wore at the start of the concert. He splashed fans with water, took close-up videos with their phones, wiped off sweat with their bandanas, and sported someone's pink feather boa as a tail during a few of the songs. And though many fans present were young enough to be Tyler's daughters, they still went crazy whenever he danced suggestively or took off his shirt. Steven Tyler is, without a doubt, just as much of a rock star (if not more) now as he was in the 70's, and Aerosmith can still rock a crowd 40+ years after they began.
For more information about Aerosmith, visit http://www.aerosmith.com/. For more information on The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration, visit http://110.harley-davidson.com/en_US/events/milwaukee2013.
Let The Music Do The Talking
Love In An Elevator
Same Old Song And Dance
Toys in the Attic
Stop Messin' Around
Livin' on the Edge
What It Takes
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
No More No More
Walk This Way