Feature: Aerosmith & Slash Really “Let Rock Rule”
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:25:41
The media continually bombards us with this claim that “Rock is dead”. It’s impossible to get a record with guitar spun on radio. Everyone at the top is either a pop star, DJ, or a rapper. However, it’s hard to believe that when Aerosmith and Slash are roaming around the country packing arenas and amphitheaters and lighting up fans with robust sets of new music and classics. Watching the Let Rock Rule tour at The Forum in Los Angeles, one thing was clear—rock is far from dead. In fact, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Slash, Myles Kennedy and the rest of the Conspirators are pumping blood right into its heart and keeping it alive.
Aerosmith sounds as kinetic and hyper-charged as they did back in the seventies, but that nineties sense of bombast and melody remains pervasive live. At the same time, the metallic mastery of 2012’s underrated Music from Another Dimension! is a prevalent force as well. Perry and Whitford remain flawless during the likes of “Back in the Saddle”, “Eat The Rich”, and the thrash-y “Toys in the Attic”. Each solo simply sears and riffs groove with the weight of a planet. Tyler delivered “Monkey on My Back” and “Walk This Way” with immortal swagger that performers of all ilk should be copiously taking notes on. His voice never falters, and he crisscrosses the stage with animalistic charisma and primal ferocity.
Speaking of pop culture though, Dave Grohl headbanged in the audience and sang the words out loud. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp donned an axe for a cameo during “Big Ten Inch Record” as Amber Heard intently watched from the side of the stage. Tyler smiled, “Lord knows I love that man”. The audience loved Aerosmith just as much, if not more—and rightfully so.
That same love remained relayed to Slash as well. He shredded “Anastasia” and “World On Fire” with unmatched precision and power. He also brought “Nightrain” and “You Could Be Mine” to life with hard rock edge that’s inimitable. At the same time, Kennedy stands out as the perfect foil to him. Kennedy’s overpowering range practically shook the forum during “Back From Cali”, while he hit the high notes on the new single “World on Fire” with a heavenly hold on each moment. There’s something very special about this duo, and they need to be regarded amongst rock’s greatest—perfectly deserving to sit next to Tyler and Perry at the pantheon’s table.
So, is rock dead? No, it’s living and ruling just fine on this tour...
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