Aerosmith & Rival Sons, Royal Arena, Copenhagen

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It’s amazing: Legends Of Rock’n’Roll still in great shape, despite sound issues

Touted as their farewell-tour, Aerosmith is now touring the World with their AERO-VEDERCI BABY tour, and this night in Copenhagen, Denmark, started flat, but ended up in an epic show. It didn’t go without its hickups though:

With 16000 ticket on sale at a hefty premium, the Boston rock’n’roll train managed to sell between 10000-12000, thereby not filling Copenhagen’s massive new music arena completely.

Rival Sons
The Californian quartet has been touted by many as “the Led Zeppelin” of our time. While I definitely don’t agree with that, they do however play some solid classic rock, with many elements from their British peers, and I can definitely hear where the inspiration comes from. This night in Copenhagen, about 5000 people witnessed the Sons as they entered the massive T-shaped stage. While they handle their instruments with absolutely awesomeness, they unfortunately suffered from being hidden away in the bottom of the stage, far away from the audience. This caused them to fail to connect truly with the crowd, and very much fail their support-role. Great songs nonetheless, and they definitely tried their best.

It didn’t help much either, that the sound this evening was boomy and undefined, very much contributing to the shoulder-shrugging impression I got. The song choice didn’t seem to complement the support/warm-up role, as many of the songs were of the more quiet kind, only really picking up the pace in the end.

A shame, really, as Rival Sons deserves better.

3,5/5 for the music
1,5/5 for the performance impression (because of the stage layout)

After a very long break, the lights went down, and it was time for Aerosmith. The massive projection screen behind the stage, showed video clips and pictures from the band’s impressive 45+ years of career, and it made you think about the concept of this being, possibly, the last chance to see these legends of rock live. Album covers, live photos, drawings, all makes up the slideshow, as the musicians sneaks on-stage.

Steven Tyler, dressed in his usual flamboyant outfit, came up in the middle of the T-stage, greeted the audience, and they all kicked into “Let The Music Do The Talking”, immediately pulling the crowd up on their feet. Then there was “Young Lust”, “Cryin’”, “Livin’ on the Edge”, and the hits just poured out from here on.

It didn’t go without its issues though: The sound suffered from microphone dropouts, and was kind of boomy and undefined. Definitely not as tight and warm as when Metallica roamed these halls in February. The intensity and presence of the band, and the way that they connected so intimately with the audience, was enough to make me forget about the bad sound, but with those ticket prices, it could’ve been a lot better.

Tyler and Perry started early on coming out to the end of the T-runway to play, and this really made a difference compared to the support act, as a stage this size and shape needs to be used like this, otherwise the performers will disappear. The massive projection screen behind the stage showed closeups and stage action, as camera crew did an excellent job at running around on stage, treating us with very close closeups of the musicians.

Aerosmith was also very good at using those cameras to connect with the whole arena, and gave the whole thing a more intimate “they’re playing for me” feeling.
Joey Kramer looked a bit tired behind his drumkit, which was never reflected in his playing, while wide angle GoPro’s captured his every move from up-close.

Brad Whitford was probably the most static, staying pretty much in the same spot, until the end of “Walk This Way”. Like with Kramer, this didn’t reflect into his playing either.
At some point, Tyler asked the crowd to borrow a hat, and a flat leather hat made its way onto stage.

After classics like “Love In An Elevator”, “Janie’s Got a Gun” and “Mama Kin”, Joe Perry played one of his own rarely played blues songs, with Perry himself on vocals. Then “Hangman Jury” came up, Tom Hamilton came up to the end of the long runway, and started “Sweet Emotions” while Tyler joined him as the intro progressed.

This was followed by “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”, “Rag Doll”, The Beatles’ “Come Together” and the immortal “Dude Looks Like A Lady”.

After a short break, the crew rolled a white piano onto the middle of the runway, and Tyler silently walked up and sat by it. Tyler talked about the world we live in these days, how it had changed, and suggested that we’d all keep loving each other. He then dedicated “Dream On” to the victims of the Manchester bombing.

After this very beautiful gesture, “Mother Popcorn” flowed into “Walk This Way”

Aerosmith may have been playing since 1970, but they haven’t slowed down one bit.

Let The Music Do The Talking
Young Lust
Livin’ On The Edge
Love In An Elevator
Janie’s Got A Gun
Stop Messin’ Around
Oh Well
Mama Kin
Hangman Jury
Seasons Of Wither
Sweet Emotion
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Rag Doll
Come Together
Dude Looks Like A Lady
Dream On (dedicated to the Manchester bomb victims)
Mother Popcorn
Walk This Way

We rate:
4.5 rating

Based in Denmark, Jakob shoots portraits, conceptual photography, bands and rock concerts. Having played lead guitar in several bands, he combines his love for music, with his passion for photography.

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