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......Aerosmith is a live — and lively — animal. Even when the Boston quintet's albums have been sub-par, a testosterone-laden, hit-driven live show could re-align your spine—and your loyalties back to the band. Aerosmith – America's premier rock 'n' roll band known for leather and lips, "Sweet Emotion" and "Dream On" — knew which buttons to push to make its concert the biggest and baddest to hit Tuesday night at the Conord Pavilion.
.......Aerosmith not only made up for taking last summer off, but also proved once again it is a rock 'n' roll survivor, capable of keeping a 30- and 40-something fan base while attracting new, younger fans by writing music as relevant as ever.
.......The Bad Boys from Boston played an inspired, diverse set of 20 songs to a capacity crowd of more than 18,000. More: they did it with class, showmanship and ambition not shown by bands half their age. Opening with "Beyond Beautiful" from their latest record "Just Push Play," the band was top-heavy with new songs, save "Love in an Elevator" (the second song in their set). "Jaded" and "Just Push Play's" title track followed as frontman Steven Tyler prowled the hi-tech stage, dragging his trademark scarf-draped mikestand. Complete with three gigantic video screens.
......Surviving three solid decades of changing musical tastes, Aerosmith has adjusted to the times, although not always to the delight of devoted fans. Some die-hards from the '70s scoffed at the band's '80s offerings from "Permanent Vacation" and "Pump." And despite critical disfavor, Aerosmith's '90s catalogue was widely successful and perhaps their most accessible to pop tastes. They had to be respected for cultivating new fans, most younger than their own children.
.......After a bluesy harmonica intro by Tyler, Aerosmith paraded its history proudly during "Big Ten Inch Record." The video screens flashed album covers from the band's past—an overwhelming montage and dizzying display behind dueling guitar solos by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Still, incense burned on the top of the speaker stacks in the middle of it all, a reminder of their '70s roots.
......After a blistering rendition of "Mama Kin," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Dream On" and "Toys in the Attic." Tyler cooed and cajoled, and fans responded accordingly. With Aeromsith, "rock" can still be used as a verb, fans can brandish cigarette lighters in the air during power puff ballads without irony, and thousands will sing every word, from "Walk This Way" to an encore of "What It Takes."

By Randy Cohen

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Steven Tyler (Vocals)Tom Hamilton (Bass) Joe Perry (Guitar) Brad Whitford (Guitar) Joey Kramer (Drums)

  Set List CONCORD: Concord, CA 8/14/01
Beyond Beautiful Love In An Elevator Jaded Just Push Play Big Ten Inch Record Pink Mama Kin Dream On Sunshine Last Child Eat The Rich Draw The Line Seasons Of Wither Cryin' I Don't Want To Miss A Thing Mother Popcorn/Walk This Way Uncle Salty/Sweet Emotion (((ENCORE))) Livin' On The Edge What It Takes Train Kept A Rollin'