December 4, 1973. That was the last time that Aerosmith graced the stage of the Whisky a Go Go… until today.
To kick off their summer tour announcement, the Bad Boys of Boston took the stage at the famed Los Angeles venue for a six-song set. The intimate club show, open to a small amount of dedicated fans, as well as select media, was part of the official announcement of the band’s upcoming “Let Rock Rule” tour, which is set to kick off on July 10 at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. It was announced today that Aerosmith will be bringing Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) along with them on the road this summer.
Following an intro by 100.3 FM’s “Uncle Joe” Laughter, the band, sans rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford — who was unable to attend due to a previous commitment — took the Whisky stage to the antics of “Get Low” by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz. As Joe Perry revved up his guitar, Steven Tyler, clad in snakeskin jeans, a floppy black hat, and shades, turned his back to the crowd and jokingly danced along. “Ladies and genitals! Welcome to the Whiskey!” he chirped. “You love this band almost as much as I do?”
Audience members were then transported back to the golden era of rock and roll as Aerosmith tore through classics such as “Draw The Line,” “Same Old Song and Dance,” and “Walk This Way.” Though they were down a guitarist, the band sounded tighter than ever and for the final two songs, Tyler enlisted the help of SLASH to hop on stage and shred alongside Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. “We’re going to bring up a friend of ours who is going to be playing on this tour. The one and only Slash!” he exclaimed as the crowd cheered wildly. Tyler then licked his finger, swirled it over his “Ma Kin” arm tattoo, and belted out the opening verse to “Mama Kin.”
As the show came to an end, Perry experienced a spot of nostalgia, telling the crowd: “The first time we played here was December 3, 1973. It was the first time formally here but also the first time in California. The first time west of the Mississippi was right here! That was then and this is now. And look what happened,” he said as he pointed to Slash before shouting “Let’s rock!”
The band rounded out their set with an energetic rendition of “Train Kept a Rollin,” which saw Perry and Slash trading the lead and the Tyler/Perry/Slash trio huddling around a microphone to belt out the chorus in unison. Following the set, the band announced that tickets for their new tour will be going on sale on April 12.
“Bring it baby. Bring it! Rock and roll is forever! Come on!” belted Tyler as he and his Aerosmith bandmates exited the stage.
Draw The Line
Same Old Song And Dance
Walk This Way
Train Kept a Rollin’
“Let Rock Rule” Tour With Aerosmith and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators:
July 10 — Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
July 13 — Kitchener, ON (McLennan Park)
July 16 — Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
July 19 — Cadott, WI (Rock Fest)
July 22 — Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 25 — Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
July 30 — Inglewood, CA (The Forum)
August 2 — Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
August 8 — Stateline, NV (Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys)
August 13 — Concord, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion)
August 16 — George, WA (The Gorge Amphitheatre)
August 19 — Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
August 22 — Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
August 25 — The Woodlands, TX (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
August 28 — Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena)
August 31 — Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
September 3 — Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
September 6 — Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
September 9 — Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
September 12 — Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park)