I don’t dislike Aerosmith. I owned their greatest hits as a rite of passage, and thought their comeback in the late 80’s/early 90’s was inspired. My favorite song of theirs is “Lightning Strike.” Or is it called “When the Lightning Strikes?” Not sure, because I don’t love Aerosmith, and could barely be described as someone who likes them to a noticeable degree.
Steven Tyler, already a recovered drug addict when the band resurged, has been on a wild ride the past year. Working backwards, he is apparently back with the band now, after a long silence following his weird public appearance at a California Home Depot, where he sang over the intercom and sucked helium. This was shortly after he checked himself into rehab for addiction to painkillers. The impetus of that was probably his other impromptu public appearance at a liquor store, which is not as rock and roll as one would think.The reason I bring all this up on TLB is because now it appears that Aerosmith is kicking off a European tour with Mr. Tyler as intrepid frontman, and they really seem to think a lot of themselves. Tickets for the arena shows are £95.00, or about $157.00. I can’t imagine paying that much for a concert unless it was like U2 and Springsteen together or something. These ticket prices include the nosebleeds and the far back ground floor. It makes me wonder if they’re hard up for cash after this year of bizarreness, and I kinda wonder if it was a publicity stunt. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. There be dinosaurs here. Scary ones.