Donington / ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington’ review by Mike Faires

How do you review a “movie” of a concert? A movie without a storyline? A onetime event of something that already happened?

To watch two superstars on stage like that, both of them better than the other and just as good as 1 another, is indescribable! I can only say; if you don’t get Aerosmith… You just dont get it.

In the early years Steven wrote about the lack of respect they so often seemed to get, or not get from people in the business, so did Joe in his book. It even came out in the song “No Surprise”. “With all our style, We was goin on trial” Well this movie, like many of the concerts they’ve done over the years was a Statement: “WE WON THAT CASE!” But different from a concert, I’m not sure how, maybe because it wasn’t live, but more of a testament, documentation. They simply are what “IT’S” all about. They have a stage presence that is second to none. As soon as they walk out , it’s almost as if you’re in the presence of royalty, even on the screen, and at the same time the guys don’t want you to feel like that. You can feel the emotion, even in a theater, you are them they are you!

11010298_10153148350362220_2111751517893707645_nSteven Takes the stage as if it’s a parade, and he is the Grand Marshall, and in essence he is… Steven is enjoying his own presence as much as the crowd does, and we all love him for it, all the more. But then Joe comes out with a coolness that is only Joe Perry’s to own. The man is awe-inspiring! It’s immeasurable to any one else in the stadium, let alone the world of Rock n Roll. Part of that coolness is just natural, other parts of it, unlike Steven is the humility that comes with it. Joe knows full well who and what he is, but still seems to be someone you know intimately. There’s a depth to his playing that gives you a peek into the depth of his character, his personality. “there’s a lot going on there” When he plays, it’s more than a “riff”, more than a melody, it’s energy in sound, it’s emotion in vibration. Joe plays with more than just skill and knowledge, he plays with feel, his music is alive, and that’s what you witness. His licks have lives of their own… Yeah, he plays them, but he also lets them breath, he lets them grow, and if you truly let it, it bleeds into you…. That is Joe Perry!

The show was a coronation of sorts. The biggest concert in England, bands from all over the world, young and old, all types of Genres, audiences of all ages… People came from all over Europe to see their favorite musicians, but left being, as my wife put it “Professionally Rocked”.

Those of us that have followed this band for 20, 30, 40 years sometimes wonder how they aren’t bored yet of “The same Old Song and Dance”. But then the songs come alive, they’re never the same, They always seem to “Aerosmith” it up. They play crowd, and let the crowd play them. They feed off the energy they give. They honor the crowds with favorites and hits, but make as if they’re brand new. And when they gave England an Aerosmith of Come Together with scenes of London in the background, the crowd knew they had received a gift from the best band they will ever see their lifetimes. “

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A friend of mine Jennifer put it so well,” It rocked! I’m telling you, if I could name any band that has not only aged gracefully over many years and very extreme circumstances AND kept their music tight and vocals more beautifully toned than any song bird imaginable, it’s Aerosmith and Aerosmith only. the emotions they show while they play….they just touch my very soul with every song.” I couldn’t agree more!

Aerosmith Rocks Donington setlist :

  1. Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
  2. Eat the Rich
  3. Love in an Elevator
  4. Cryin’
  5. Jaded
  6. Livin’ on the Edge
  7. Last Child
  8. Freedom Fighter (Lead Vocals by Joe Perry)
  9. Same Old Song and Dance
  10. Janie’s Got a Gun
  11. Toys in the Attic
  12. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
  13. No More No More
  14. Come Together (The Beatles cover)
  15. Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
  16. Walk This Way
  17. Encore:
  18. Dream On (with snippet of “Home Tonight”)
  19. Sweet Emotion
  20. Mama Kin

By Mike Faires