American Airlines Center
January 27, 2006
Concert Review by Paul Ridenour
After all of the pictures, another review by Ed Brown
I bought two tickets to this concert for a friend. He ended up getting better seats and for free. I told him I would take the tickets back and either use them or sell them. I have never been a big fan of Aerosmith but I do love "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion." I never bought any of their LPs in the 1970s and only own a greatest hits CD, I have always liked Lenny Kravitz ever since his first hit "Believe." With all of the Aerosmith hits and Lenny Kravitz, I decided to go and figured it was going to be a concert that I did not want to miss. My wife did not want to go so I took Gary Malone.
Lenny started about 8 PM and he rocked the place. "Believe" has some religious lyrics but I would not consider it a Christian song. "Let Love Rule" did seem like a religious song with Lenny walking out into the audience while everyone just wanted to touch him. Almost seemed like he was Jesus Christ. He ended the concert with the words "In Jesus name, peace!"
Lenny had a 19 year-old from New Orleans [now living in Dallas] who played the trombone and he let "Trombone Shorty" play the trombone in what I would call a jazz odyssey.
Before Kravitz played "Always On The Run," he said it was Steven Tyler's favorite song.
The drummer was a black female but I could not see her. We were in section 328 which was on the side of the stage in the nosebleed section. I wonder if she was the same drummer for Hall and Oates.
Lenny ended at about 9 PM.
This concert would have been worth it just to see Lenny. A young married couple sitting next to me came to hear Kravitz and they left afterwards. "Walk This Way" was popular long before they were born. "Believe" was worth the entire night!
It's time to pull out the Kravitz CDs.
Where Are We Runnin?
Always On The Run
Let Love Rule
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Aerosmith came out about 09:35 PM. Started the show with the Beatles "Helter Skelter" which was just perfect. I was pumped! They rocked! Steven is 57 years-old, five and six years younger than Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney, respectively, looked young and full of energy. His hair was dyed brown with some blonde streaks and he ran all over the stage just like Mick Jagger. His voice was perfect.
When they played "Walk This Way," all of the females stood up and danced just like they did during the Rolling Stones song "Satisfaction."
The lighting was fantastic. Excellent use of reds, greens, yellows, purples, and blues.
When Aerosmith played "Sweet Emotion," I got up and danced. I would have loved for them to sing "Dream On" but if they only play one of the two, I'd rather hear "Sweet Emotion."
I must have gotten tired or zoned out a little towards the end because I didn't realize that Ted Nugent came on stage and played guitar during "Train Kept A Rollin'." I saw a guy playing guitar with a cowboy hat but did not realize it was him. I love Nugent because he is a conservative, pro-gun, hunter, and lives near Crawford, Texas [Bush Country].
During the encore, Tyler had the audience sing "Happy Birthday" to a kid on stage and then he sang these six words - "Deep in the heart of Texas."
I would have liked for them to play "Dude Looks Like A Lady," "Love In A Elevator," and my senior high girlfriend Cristy Hazelbaker's favorite - "Janie's Got A Gun."
The only issue I had with the concert is that I would have liked for Steven's voice to be turned up louder. The drums and bass at times overpowered the rest of the music.
The concert ended around 11:05 PM. I will see them again!
Walk This Way
Same Old Song and Dance
S.O.S. (Too Bad)
Livin' On The Edge
Shakin' My Cage
Stop Messin' Around
Seasons Of Wither
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Baby Please Don't Go
Train Kept A Rollin'
Back In The Saddle
Draw The Line
Concert Review by Ed Brown
The boys hit the stage about 9:30 and opened with "Helter Skelter," "Walk This Way," "Same Old Song and Dance," and an old classic "S.O.S.," which was great to hear. Aerosmith was not plugging a new CD this time, so there were no opportunities to go to the restroom. Joe Perry's "Shakin' My Cage" really rocked but he sings like Perry Como. Later, they broke out "Seasons of Wither," "Don't Want To Miss A Thing," and "Sweet Emotion," which like Paul, I thought was a little heavy on the bass but still rocked. Then, during "Train Kept A Rollin," none other than the Motor City Madman himself, the great Ted Nugent came out and finished the song. What a great moment!
The people around me kept waiting for the Aerosmith anthem "Dream On," but the encore they did was a Texas salute with "Back In The Saddle" and closed the show with another of my favorites, "Draw The Line." The stage was awash with color throughout which is something you miss if you are on the floor. They had two long ramps that went out into the crowd and at one point, a large drunk girl got through security and was dancing with Steven on the stage. I was hoping for a couple of their classics "No More No More" and "Kings And Queens." With or without "Dream On," it was a great show and I will go see them again given the opportunity. The crew at AAC had to tear down the stage to get ready for an early hockey game or the boys might have played longer.