I remember liking Aerosmith’s videos back in the day especially the song Cryin’. It was the epitome of ultimate coolness when Alicia Silverstone jumps from a bridge. It lasted only 5 seconds but the news back then reported it did cost a whopping 10K USD. Before Silverstone became “Clueless” she was first and foremost “The Aerosmith Chick”…As if!!! The director of the music video decided she would be perfect for the role after seeing her in a movie called, The Crush. She was subsequently cast in two more videos, “Amazing” and “Crazy” with Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv Tyler a decade before her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Just a few days ago while watching 80’s special of Nat Geo I happened to catch young Steven Tyler and rappers Run-D.M.C. collaborating for a song originally released in 1977 by Aerosmith entitled ‘Walk This Way’ to create a new musical sub-genre of rap rock. Apparently this correlation paved the way for hip hop to become main stream as it was one of the best songs of 1986.
As per wiki, the young Steven Tyler wanted to be a park ranger but changed his mind and formed his first band at age 16. The drummer, Joey Kramer was responsible for coming up with the name. It was a word he said he wrote on his notebooks in high school, after thinking of it in relation to Harry Nilsson’s album Aerial Ballet. Despite the word has no meaning and somewhat mysterious background the rest of the band liked it enough to name themselves after it.
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing soundtrack to the film Armageddon was Aerosmith first number 1 hit after less than 3 decades as a band. “Get a Grip” is my favourite album from this band where you can find the songs: Livin on the Edge, cryin, crazy, and amazing – These are the song that defined my mid 90’s and enough reason for me coughed up 150 bucks to watch their concert last May 25, 2013 at The Meadow in Gardens by the Bay.
The show commenced as the front man, Steve Tyler strutted across the extended stage similar to a catwalk in a flashy black coat, tight graphic tee and pants accompanied by a pair of eighties-inspired red hot sunglasses, the 65-year-old rock star still command stage presence and extreme coolness with the lead guitarist, Joe Perry on his side in a shiny black coat, both hitting the guitar and vocal chords like there’s no tomorrow…
The Set list – (They are still amazing even without singing Amazing but would have completed my night though…)
Love in an Elevator
Draw the Line
Jaded great to hear again…”and I’m the one that jaded you”
Cryin’ yay! woot, woot!
Janie’s Got a Gun I like this!
Livin’ on the Edge “there’s somethin’ wrong with the world today…”
Stop Messin’ around (Fleetwood Mac cover)
I Don’t Want to Miss Thing …goose bumps… duet with Mr. Tyler
No More No More
What It Takes
Come Together (The Beatles cover) awesome rendition!
Dude (Looks like a Lady) yeah!
Walk This Way – of course!
Encore: Dream On, and Sweet Emotion