August 3, 2010
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Tim Taylor
Aerosmith - Aerosmith, Blue October - Aerosmith's "Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock" Tour
Aerosmith's "Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock" Tour
In the early months of 2010, the future of Aerosmith was looking bleak and uncertain. Most media outlets were declaring that the band was finished, which was why fans all over the world were shocked when tour dates were released for South America and Europe, followed shortly by a slew of dates in the States. Everyone monitored reports of the first few shows, wondering if the recently reconciled band members could coexist, and if the newly sober Steven Tyler could stay healthy for more than just a handful of performances. Aerosmith rolled into Texas about two and a half months into the Cocked, Locked, and Ready to Rock Tour without any injuries or cancelled shows, and with a renewed energy that was created from the adversity they faced just a few months prior. As soon as they hit the stage, it was clear that the band's magic and intensity were still very much alive.
The audience was covered in sweat and gasping for air as the combination of the blistering Texas heat and opening song "Train Kept A Rollin'" sent us into a frenzy. Guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford played perfectly off of each other as the band led us through a mix of songs from every era, including "Mama Kin", "What It Takes", and the crowd pleasing "Last Child", which extended into Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing A Simple Song". Drummer Joey Kramer showed off his skills during his short drum solo, which launched into the classic "Lord Of The Thighs" from 1974's Get Your Wings, an old-school gem that the diehard fans long for. Steven Tyler hit every note, interacted playfully with all of his bandmates, and ran around tirelessly until the final notes of "Toys In The Attic" ended the evening, proving to all of the skeptics that Aerosmith are far from finished. Who knows what will happen next in this ongoing soap opera, but for right now, these rock n roll legends are clicking on all cylinders.
Houston's Blue October opened, showcasing their emotionally charged hard rock style and unique personality. Vocalist Justin Furstenfeld forces you to feel every word he sings, while Ryan Delahoussaye plays beautifully eerie violin, mandolin, and keyboard notes that take each song to another level. A song like "Should Be Loved" had people dancing, while the haunting "The End" scared the hell out of the unsuspecting crowd, most of which were hearing this band for the first time. It was great to see a Texas band with such a bright future get a big stage to attempt to create a larger fan base. These guys work hard, and deserve every accolade they get!