When writing about long-surviving dinosaur rock acts, it's difficult to resist making fun of their wardrobe choices, so I won't even try. Collectively, Aerosmith wears enough silly rings and medallions to compete with the inventory of most small jewelers. Steven Tyler — who, on stage, acts exactly the way you would expect a man who has spent his entire adult life getting people revved up to act — elected to go all-white tonight, quickly ditching his ankle-length white coattails to show off his glittered, 64-year-old body.
Tyler's running mate Joe Perry went the Fu Manchu mustache route, accented at first by a jagged guitar, glittering with a deep shade of red that suggested its previous owner may well have been Satan himself. Probably the strangest part of the evening — which included performances of both new songs and old — was when they ran video on the jumbo screen of Perry toting his unplugged electric guitar around Bricktown, looking about as out-of-place as a human being can possibly look.
One thing worth noticing was the strategic placing of upward-facing fans across the stage. These specific locations seemed to be where Perry preferred to take his guitar solos, apparently so as to tussle his feathered hair playfully about while he noodled.
With the band's insane star power comes eccentricity and unexpected surprises, and this evening at the Chesapeake Energy Arena wasn't without either. Tyler's “American Idol” co-judge Randy Jackson joined the band to slap bass on The Beatles' classic “Come Together” (he was surprisingly good!). And who else joined them but famous-for-being-handsome host Ryan Seacrest?
One thing I noticed that's cause for alarm: During “Walk This Way,” a camera panned behind Tyler at one point, revealing teleprompters on stage, facing the band. I could determine, despite the quick cut across the stage, that the chorus of “Walk This Way” was scrolling down the screen. Seriously? Does Steven Tyler really need the words to his best-known song in front of him to perform it? It wasn't even the Run-DMC version!