On this date in history, 5/28/1990, Aerosmith and Joan Jett took the stage at Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN.
Aerosmith was touring in support of the Pump album and they were at the absolute peak of their powers at that time.
Joan Jett began the show with a solid set of her punk-inspired high energy rock attack. She looked and sounded fantastic, convincing the crowd with no trouble at all that she does indeed love rock ‘n’ roll!
I was thrilled that she played my favorite song of hers, “Bad Reputation.” Her backing band, The Blackhearts, did their jobs well and left the spotlight to the pint sized dynamo.
After Jett’s well received set, the bad boys from Boston came out and captivated the crowd with an amazing display of American hard rock. By the time of Pump, Aerosmith had developed a truly rich catalog of songs to choose from.
The newer MTV hits blended well with the more raw and sleazy classics from their drugged out heyday in the ’70’s.
As always, Steven Tyler was the consummate front man, demonstrating that amazing energy, charisma, and that unmistakable voice.
Tyler and Joe Perry were born to portray the lead singer/lead guitar player roles, leaning in to harmonize on the same microphone, looking every bit the rock stars that they are.
Equally important, but content to stay out of the spotlight, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer set up that bedrock rhythm that anchors so many Aerosmith anthems.
I had always heard that during their earlier years the band was pretty erratic. Depending on what chemicals they were ingesting, you might see either the best show of your life, or the worst.
By the time I finally got to see them, Aerosmith had figured out consistency, and that is why I kept going back to see them over and over.
Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic
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