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  AEROSMITH
The Meadows, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore


James Stewart

james stewart


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It's practically unthinkable to believe that America's greatest rock n' roll band, with a whopping 40-year history has never visited the country of Singapore. A country so well equipped, wealthy, systematic, even futuristic could have, should have, entertained this band a few times in their glittering four decade career?

Needless to say, The Meadows at Gardens by the Bay, saw people queuing from 4:30pm on a very hot 32-degree afternoon to witness this extra special event. Sat down on the concreted path of the stunning Gardens by the Bay, waiting eagerly for the gates to open, buttocks poached on the sizzling ground, the anticipation in the air was almost too much to handle. Singapore's locals, themselves garnering a reputation for flowering a new musical generation of late, bantered as to which song they thought Aerosmith would open with... 'Toys In The Attic', 'Love In An Elevator', 'Jaded' (really)?

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Two nights previously, Aerosmith had performed at the Singapore Social Awards, at the world famous Marina Bay Sands hotel. This 24 hour awards event was all about the new world of social media, a nod of the hat to those who embrace it and to all it has achieved in the past year. In recognition of its everyday usage and the talent that has emerged from this new form of connectivity, the awards were streamed live on YouTube for the world to watch as it all unfurled before their eyes.

The Gardens by the Bay is without doubt the most breathtaking, almost surreal environment you could ever hope to watch an outdoor concert of this magnitude. After the polished ‘warm-up' performance at the awards bash, this was surely to be a special and historical event. Lingering behind tonight's main focal point, the giant black-box looking stage, towered the impressive Marina Bay Sands hotel. To the left of the stage the financial buildings of the affluent Boat Quay shone it's bright neon lights relentlessly down over the city, and over to the right, the Singapore Flyer, the city's smaller version of the London Eye.

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For what appeared to be an eternity waiting for the Bad Boys from Boston to make their explosive entrance, there was certainly plenty to look at while sipping on £5 half-pint beers. Oh yeah, for those of you who don't know – Singapore is ferociously expensive!

Support band Euphoria Audio, from Wakefield, England, took to the stage at 8:15pm, disconcertingly late, but they did a fine job of holding the crowd's attention. The voice of frontman, Matt Shirty, resonated through the air and altogether hit home with some soft poppy soft rock, which got the 12,000 strong crowd oiled up for the main act.

At 9:35pm, the lights go out, the central giant screen presents a short but punchy chronological diary of the headliner's extensive career. Singapore is trembling with excitement when the spotlight powers down onto the end of the catwalk through the smoke to reveal Steven Tyler and lead guitarist, Joe Perry, glad in glittering jackets and all the hippie chic you could ever hope for from the Toxic Twins of Boston.

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Tyler's unmistakable dirty rasp shrieks "1,2,3,4..." as we are blasted into the thumping intro of 'Love In An Elevator'. Tyler spins and twirls donning thick red-rimmed sunglasses and over-sized hat with signature scarf-clad microphone stand, while the mysterious looking Perry rocks on the Gibson looking like he was born with that fine instrument in his hand.

Due to a lung infection during the Australia leg of the tour, bassist Tom Hamilton returned to the States and was replaced by David Hull, a long time friend and stand-in for the band. Guitarist Brad Whitford, decked out in his modern cowboy look of late, held the fort with his incredibly tight and technical style of playing and Joey Kramer, one of the rock's most recognised drum players, pounded solidly and kept the Aerosmith machine on the rails for the entire set.

Over the next hour and 45 minutes, Aerosmith deliver hit after hit. Only one song from their latest studio album, 'Music From Another Dimension', was on offering tonight, 'Oh Yeah'. But this was no ordinary gig. Singapore had been waiting forty long years for this moment and its residents demanded to hear the classics, the rock n' roll groundbreakers they grew up on.

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So cue the classics – 'Draw The Line', 'Jaded', 'Cryin'', 'Janie's Got A Gun', 'Livin' On The Edge', 'Rag Doll', 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing', 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)'. Musically the band is tight, flawless execution at all times, all the while having tremendous fun in the mix. Tyler's vocals are better than ever which becomes particular apparent during ‘What It Takes' where the windows of Marina Bay Sands are surely shattered at his highest vocal pitch of the night. The crowd are thoroughly appreciative of the delivery as he is rewarded with a thunderous applause and roar of approval for his efforts.

Sadly, for the more hardcore fans in the crowd, those with the singed buttocks, a shock is in store. The 5-hour wait stood at the barrier in front of stage is a misjudged and pointless exercise. Tyler and Perry spend the majority of the show performing at the very end of the runway interacting with the crowd, resulting in a near two hour show for those at the front staring at the back of their heroes heads. The crowd were quite clearly miffed as they resorted to watching the majority of the concert on the gigantic screens.

And so we come to the climactic rendition of 'Walk This Way', joined onstage by Japanese beat boxer, Hikakin and YouTube personality and dubstep street dancer, Marquese Scott who were in town for the awards ceremony. The crowd are whipped into a frenzy as the lights finally go down and the band walks off into the shadows of backstage.

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We are left with very little time to scream for an encore as Aerosmith roadies are seen wheeling out a white grand piano down the runway, creating a rippling wave of celebratory approval from the crowd. Most people knew what was coming.

Tyler emerges, head and finger pointing up to the sky and focusing on the awe-inspiring full-moon. Tyler takes a seat at the end of the runway and cheekily informs the crowd: "Somebody told me that if you yell 'Marina Bay Sands' loud enough everybody gets a free room tonight!" As the screams multiply they are quickly drowned out by the ethereal sounds of Tyler's piano, as 1973s hit 'Dream On' is unveiled. Aerosmith's first real big hit, played for the first time in Singapore after forty years of patient restraint. No doubt a proud moment for Tyler, who penned the timeless classic at the tender age of 17.

To end the evening, the final song in the encore is 'Sweet Emotion'. Normally the signature bass line delivered by Tom Hamilton, tonight is executed by his stand-in David Hull. The rest of the band appear relaxed and jovial on stage as Joe Perry takes his time in whipping out his talkbox to create the electronic vocal sounds for the legendary intro. Tyler shakes the maracas tirelessly as he candidly teases Perry to hurry up. The song soon gets the crowd pumped up once more, with fast jets of smoke firing from the stage and catwalk into the humid Singapore air, immersing the band and engulfing the crowd who are responding with deafening and seemingly deserved applause.

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This magical Saturday night comes to a close on a high and Singapore is grateful for a first-class show from the band that have been dubbed America's greatest rock n' roll band. Tyler exclaims: "I shouldn't say goodnight, I should hello my new friends!" before leaving the stage, shirtless with bounding energy. And Singapore clearly appreciated his heartfelt words as they were promised a return visit from Boston's finest in the very near future.

Fifty-seven minutes of the concert can be viewed right here...



Setlist:

Love in an Elevator
Draw the Line
Oh Yeah
Jaded
Cryin'
Last Child
Janie's Got a Gun
Livin' on the Edge
Rag Doll
Stop Messin' Around (Fleetwood Mac cover)
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
No More No More
What It Takes
Come Together (The Beatles cover)
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Walk This Way

Encore:
Dream On
Sweet Emotion


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The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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