Aerosmith is making a huge splash.

The rock group began playing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday as part of their farewell tour for Peace Out. The quartet, which included Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, and Steven Tyler, played a lengthy list of classics and offered reflections on their career spanning more than 50 years, all while bringing great energy and fan service to the venue.

A big screen that descended over the triangle stage showed old footage of the Grammy winners’ career, including appearances on Wayne’s World, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and interviews with Run DMC, Slash, and Mark Wahlberg. This marked the Grammy winners’ 40th performance in Philadelphia.

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Tyler, 75, put on a theatrical performance, walking across the stage with the mic stand in hand. He was dressed in a long, silver-sequined jacket, sleeveless shirt, black-brimmed hat, black and red slacks, and eyeballs emblazoned on his behind.

His stamina never wavered as he sang up to 16 songs nonstop, such as “Sweet Emotion,” “Livin’ on the Edge,” “Cryin’,” and “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” He concluded with “Toys in the Attic,” a performance in which enormous balloons descended from the roof.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers spared a moment to share recollections from their legendary past in between tearing through their hits.

The 72-year-old Perry talked about the importance of a guitar he was using while on tour. According to him, it was once owned by the late Jeff Beck, an English guitarist for The Yardbirds who passed away in January at the age of 78. He informed the audience that Sandra Beck, Beck’s wife, had asked him, “Why don’t you take one of his guitars?” It will preserve Jeff’s legacy.

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Tyler revealed more about the writing process behind the group’s well-known song, “Walk This Way.” He claimed that the guitarist had started playing something while he was in a fog earlier in the day while they were pantomiming that they were using marijuana while he and Perry were seated on stools at the edge of the stage. Tyler remarked, “He starts playing a few licks, and I start singing along—and the rest is history.”

Returning to the stage for an encore, Tyler sang “Dream On” from a white baby grand piano on the edge of the platform while mentioning the Maui wildfires and changing into a silky shirt and Hawaiian lei. They then tore through “Walk This Way” for their farewell song, sending confetti flying across the Wells Fargo Center.

The frontman exclaimed, “It’s good to be back in Philly,” as he left the stage.

The last tour of the rock icons is scheduled to visit 40 locations in North America by early 2024. The Black Crowes are special guests on the show as well.

The band’s original drummer Joey Kramer has moved away from playing, and this tour coincides with his departure.

In March 2022, Kramer, then 73, made the initial announcement that he was taking a “temporary leave of absence” and that he had chosen to forgo the band’s Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency. His thirteen-year wife Linda passed away in June 2022 at the age of 55, not long after the news.

When Aerosmith originally revealed the final gigs, they released a statement about his absence. Joey Kramer, a cherished founding member of Aerosmith, has regretfully decided to skip the band’s current tour dates in order to give his family and health his whole attention, according to a press release. We shall sadly miss Joey’s iconic and recognizable presence behind the drum kit.

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For the time being, the original member of Aerosmith has been replaced by drummer John Douglas.

Additionally, Tyler’s current drug misuse therapy is followed by Peace Out. Eight performances of the band’s May 2022 Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency were canceled after it was revealed that the singer of “Sweet Emotion” had relapsed following foot surgery.

The band said in a statement at the time, “As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years.” “He has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to focus on his health and recovery after foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process.”

Eventually, the band played again in Vegas, this time from September to November 2022, in the Dolby Live Theater at Park MGM.
Since the 2017 and 2018 Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour, Peace Out is Aerosmith’s first formal tour and run of gigs.


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