Aerosmith And Slash At Whiskey A Go Go
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By Nicole Pajer
It was a special day for Los Angeles as Aerosmith treated fans to an intimate club performance at the famed Whiskey A Go Go on the Sunset Strip, a venue the GRAMMY-winning rockers haven't performed at since Dec. 4, 1973. The show served as the official announcement of the band's upcoming Let Rock Rule tour with fellow GRAMMY winner Slash and his band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. The tour kicks off July 10 in Wantagh, N.Y.
When I arrived, I noticed drivers slowing their cars for a double-take at the band's name, which was proudly plastered upon the Whiskey marquee. Fans hoping to get in trailed around the side of the building as the diehard Aeroheads bragged about being in line since the wee hours of the morning. Doors opened at approximately 12:30 p.m. and the gig kicked off about 15 minutes later. Aerosmith enlisted the help of SoCal's classic rock station, KSWD-FM The Sound, to introduce the show. Seconds later, frontman Steven Tyler & Co. appeared, greeting fans with: "Ladies and genitals, welcome to the Whiskey!"
Tyler, clad in sunglasses and a floppy hat, jumped behind his mic stand, which was wrapped in his signature scarves. The band then took the audience through their classic era, performing nuggets such as "Draw The Line," "Same Old Song And Dance" and "Walk This Way." The six-song set also featured "Pink," which hails from their GRAMMY-nominated 1997 album Nine Lives.
The band performed minus rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, who was unable to make the show due to a prior engagement. But that didn't stop Tyler, guitarist Joe Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer from reclaiming their spot on the Whiskey stage as the band sounded as solid as ever. And for those who were missing the second guitar, a special guest bridged the gap halfway through the show. Before "Mama Kin," Tyler pointed to his "Ma' Kin" tattoo and told the crowd that the band would be bringing up a special guest for the duration of the show. That special guest was Slash himself, sporting his signature aviator shades and tall, black hat. The highlight for me was seeing Slash and Perry trade guitar licks while Tyler belted out vocals with the same tenacity as when the band first started. Slash even chimed in with vocals during the chorus of "Mama Kin."
The band brought the afternoon to a close with a high-energy rendition of "Train Kept A-Rollin'," from 1974's Get Your Wings. Before leaving the stage, Tyler announced that tickets for Aerosmith's summer tour go on sale April 12.
"Bring it baby," he chirped. "Rock and roll is forever!"
As I stood in the audience of the tiny L.A. club, it was almost as if I was back in time to the band's early days of packing Boston clubs and building their grassroots fan base. It was that magical.
To catch Aerosmith and Slash on tour this summer, click here for tour dates.
"Draw The Line"
"Same Old Song And Dance"
"Walk This Way"
"Train Kept A Rollin'"
(Nicole Pajer is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She has written for a variety of publications, including Billboard, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Hemispheres, The Red Bulletin, Emmy.com, the Honda Civic tour, Coachella CAMP, and more. Follow her on Twitter @NicolePajer.)