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Aerosmith rocks the Tacoma Dome with help from Lenny Kravitz
Aerosmith rocks the Tacoma Dome with help from Lenny Kravitz
by Lee Arthurs - SGN A&E Writer

Aerosmith w/ Lenny Kravitz

February 15 @ Tacoma Dome

Co-headliners Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz, four months into the current "Rockin' The Joint" tour, slammed into the Tacoma Dome on February 15 and succeeded in tearing the place apart with their brand of blues-soaked hard rock. I joined a packed house to witness these rock gods take aim at the rocker in all of us.

35 years strong, with no signs of wearing, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith is the ultimate classic rock band. Radio staples, and countless tours later, I had yet to see them in concert. Somehow I knew they weren't going anywhere.

The true testament of their staying power was highlighted in a video collage that started their set. Projected on stadium-sized screens, the career retrospective offered only a glimpse of what we were about to experience first-hand. As Aerosmith ran on stage, they exploded into the Beatles' "Helter Skelter." From there, the action didn't stop as 57-year-old Steven Tyler and 55-year-old Joe Perry made heavy use out of the four catwalks that extended the sides and into the main floor, driving through "Walk This Way", "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Cryin.'" Slowing down a bit with "SOS", they kicked back in with "Livin' on the Edge", with Tyler commanding the catwalk down center; his microphone stand in tow, wrapped in his signature scarves.

After handing over lead vocal duties to Perry for a couple of cuts from his solo Grammy-nominated career, the band was back in full force with "Sweet Emotion"; one of the many highlights of the evening. With a little comedic touch thrown in for good measure, Tyler presented a sign that read "Cheney Got a Gun", dedicating "Janie's Got A Gun" to the Vice President.

The classic "Dream On" proved why Tyler is doted as one of the best rock vocalists in history. He absolutely nailed the ridiculously high note that has made the song famous. Encoring with "Back In The Saddle" and "Draw the Line", Aerosmith left the crowd dizzied and fulfilled.

Lenny Kravitz got the night started with "Where Are We Running" - working the crowd by utilizing both side catwalks while a larger-than-life "LK" lit the back of the stage. He quickly unleashed into a fury of hits from "Lady", "Believe" and "American Woman" to "Fly Away".

During "Let Love Rule", Kravitz exited stage left and came running out onto the main floor where he shook hands and hugged fans. The highlight, however, was during the closer "Are You Gonna Go My Way". Kravitz got the crowd up and jumping, which literally felt like an earthquake.

Admittedly, I've seen Kravitz perform before so he became my pre-Aerosmith drinking hour. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy his performance, I did; but where Kravitz's set was typical, Aerosmith truly did rock the joint.

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