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 Posted: Wed Nov 21st, 2012 02:39 pm
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So me and my girly take the trip to the newly refurbished Garden to see two of my old favorites. The first time I saw Aerosmith was opening for Black Sabbath in 1975 in the very same building and the first time with CT was sandwiched between Rush and UFO at the late, lamented Palladium.

First of all I was horrified by the "new" Garden. They completely eliminated the legendary blue seats and the back of the building was filled with the de rigueur luxury boxes. It looks almost identical to the Nassau Coliseum and IMHO they cut the very soul out of the building. I say that this is Obama's fault.

The crowd was alot of 50 year old white guys and for some reason there were acres and acres of NYC metrosexuals walking around. I don't know what these people were thinking because none of them seemed to be enjoying the show at all. The place was no where near a sellout. I got two seats in section 106 in the 4th row the day of the show off Ticketmaster. Close enough to do a line with Joe Perry between songs if Joe still did such things.

I had saw this exact lineup back in August at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. This was probably my 15th Aerosmith show and 10th CT performance. Trick played great but the first 75% of their setlist had no surprises at all which was kinda disappointing. Opened with Hello There, went right into Big Eyes, and as always a roaring rendition of Roy Wood's California Man. Robin Zander defies all time and logic and he still has the pipes of a 21 year old. Rick Neilson is alot more subdued but the guy is on the wrong side of 60 so I guess it could be expected. Rick's son Dax is tremendous on the drums but Bun E. is missed as he added such a great visual element to the band. The big surprise of their set was that they did Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, and The End from Abbey Road and it was pitch perfect.

Aerosmith came on at 9:03 and opened with a searing hot version of Mama Kin, they then went right into Love in an Elevator which had the call and response with the crowd. The new stuff is not memorable. The 70's were well represented with Mama Kin, Last Child, Dream On, and Sweet Emotion. They also did the deep track off Rocks with Combination which I actually hated. Why the fuck would you pick the worst song off one of the greatest albums of all time??!!?? They also played No More No More and I completely marked out. I used the expression "marked out" because this is a pro wres message board after all. During the Hollywood Bowl show in August, Johnny Depp came out and jammed with them on Train Kept A Rollin (which the bastards didn't play and is my favorite Aero song, fuck you boys from Bostonia). The big surprise at the Garden was Aerosmith hauling up Sean Lennon to play Come Together. I thought it was fucking Johnny Depp as these motherfuckers all look alike to me. Sean got a nice reaction which was ummm...nice. I had actually seen him at the Garden before as during a 1982 Elton John show, after performing Empty Garden, he brought out Yoko and Sean to wave to the crowd and the place became unhinged.

So, all in all, both bands put in energetic but yet workman type performances. Tyler and Perry looked great and seemed to be getting along splendidly. Brad Whitford is still one of the great unsung guitarist in rock, and Joey Kramers drum solo should have been retired around 1977. Oh yeah, and beers are 10 fucking dollars at the "new" Garden. And no, a blowjob does not come with the beer.  



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 Posted: Wed Nov 21st, 2012 02:42 pm
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So we keep going to the same concerts but I don't know ahead of time you're going to be there.  We have to meet up one of these days.  I bought tickets 3 days before and got great seats in section 225 for only $50.  I'll read your review and add my 2 cents later.



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srossi wrote: So we keep going to the same concerts but I don't know ahead of time you're going to be there.  We have to meet up one of these days.  I bought tickets 3 days before and got great seats in section 225 for only $50.  I'll read your review and add my 2 cents later.
You know what, it was funny, I was thinking the same thing. It was a last minute decision. The old lady and I were sitting around and I just logged on to Ticketmaster to see if there was anything remotely good and these two great seats popped out so I snatched it up. One day Rossi, we'll get our logistics together lol.



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WongLee wrote: The old lady and I were sitting around and I just logged on to Ticketmaster to see if there was anything remotely good and these two great seats popped out so I snatched it up.
For all the bullshit that comes with living in an oversized city, be thankful you live somewhere that affords you the opportunity to randomly find bigger acts playing when you get bored or are looking for something to do.

A night like that, for me, would involve months of pre-planning, hotel bookings, and 8 hours of travel both to and from (in this case, Minneapolis or Winnipeg, and neither are even considered "big" cities, I don't think).

I just think it's pretty cool you can do that sort of thing is all.

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Like you, it was a last minute decision for me to go.  I had The Who tickets last week for months and I'm seeing Sebastian Bach on Saturday, so this show was the odd man out.  I'm not even sure why I had so little interest in it when the tickets first went on sale, but I just resigned myself to missing it.  Then late last week I had a meeting in the area of MSG and on a whim I checked to see what was available online.  There were still tons of great seats!  So I just walked by the box office and asked what he could do for me and I wound up with seats in 225 for $49.50 (no fee at all, I'm not sure why I didn't even get hit with the usual box office fee).  It was 8th row, right over where the edge of the walkway ended, and Tyler spent a lot of time there instead of on stage.  It was the best seats I've ever gotten at MSG when paying the lowest price.  Compare that to the time I spent $80 including fees to see Iron Maiden and wound up in the 400 level seats during a heat wave, so high up that the AC didn't reach us and it was like 100 degrees up there.

As for the refurbished Garden, I liked the escalator area, it looked like a dump before, but they really made some major changes that makes it look like a new building.  I batrely recognized it and that was just sad.  It's MSG, they need to respect the look of the original design.  They even tore up the floor outside that had all the names like the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Vince McMahon's included). 

Anyway, it was my 2nd time seeing CT and they were awesome as always.  One disappointment is that at other stops on this tour, Tyler has come out early to sing "I Want You to Want Me" with them, and this time he didn't and we got stuck with the keyboardist from Aerosmith playing something with them instead.  Slight downgrade.  But they kicked ass and did The Beatles medley instead of The Flame, which was a major set list improvement from the other shows!  Zander must be Dorian Gray, and Rick Nielson is the painting (literary nerd reference).

As far as Aersomith goes, I liked and didn't like the set list at the same time.  Lots of '70s stuff, but weird choices.  Completely agree with Combination sucking, they've done it the whole tour and I have no idea why.  I mean if ever there was an opportunity to get "Janie's Got A Gun" or even something like "Eat The Rich" in there, that was it.  Or how about "Rats in the Cellar" or "Back in the Saddle" if they wanted to stick with that album.  They also played 5 minutes shy of 2 hours so they could've added one of those songs anyway.  "Walkin' The Dog" was great, but agreed that "Train Kept A Rollin'" would've been better, and they always play that so it was an odd omission.  Only 2 new songs, neither great, but it is what it is.  The instrumental "Boogie Man" was entirely unnecessary, even as a vehicle for a Perry solo.  Whitford's solo blew Perry's away.  Tyler and Kramer's drum duet was awesome, I knew Tyler could drum a little but I had no idea.  By the way, I found out that was Kramer's son adding additional pecussion all night next to him.  "Dream On" was just spectacular, the highlight of the show, and should've closed instead of the very overrated "Sweet Emotion". 

Definitely gald I decided to go and worth the price. 




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Good reviews, and I think it's cool that you guys both went and might even meet up sometime.

If I saw Aerosmith, I'd like to hear them play Sick As a Dog, Lightning Strikes and No More No More in addition to the usual staples.



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Fucj Aerosmith. The Bastichs haven't put out anything worthwhile since they sold out in '86



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Hymie Itsu wrote: Fucj Aerosmith.
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I would rather watch paint dry then see a combo bill of Aerosmith & Cheap Trick. Aerosmith hasn't had a good song since the friggin Pump CD and Cheap Trick even longer then that.



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Was never an Aerosmith fan but I got some free tickets for a concert they did at an outdoor ampitheater about 6 years ago. Cheaptrick opened for them. Was late so didn't sea trick but I gotta say it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. They had tons of energy, and I came to appreciate them.

So they came out here once again, with Cheaptrick Once again arrived late and missed them. And again Aerosmith put on a great live show.

I've attended three concerts where Cheaptrick has opened, and missed them three times. They also opened for Ted Nugent, which I ran into Mark from WA of WCMB & KM fame. He passed away a month later.

Over the last 6 months I've attended a ton of concerts. I opened a nightclub across the street from Key Arena in Seattle. The GM will often hook me up with a guess pass so I check out an hour or so. So in last few months I've seen Madonna, Carrie Underwood, Rush, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Chili Peppers, and LMFAO among others.



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Was never an Aerosmith fan but I got some free tickets for a concert they did at an outdoor ampitheater about 6 years ago. Cheaptrick opened for them. Was late so didn't sea trick but I gotta say it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. They had tons of energy, and I came to appreciate them.

So they came out here once again, with Cheaptrick Once again arrived late and missed them. And again Aerosmith put on a great live show.

I've attended three concerts where Cheaptrick has opened, and missed them three times. They also opened for Ted Nugent, which I ran into Mark from WA of WCMB & KM fame. He passed away a month later.

Over the last 6 months I've attended a ton of concerts. I opened a nightclub across the street from Key Arena in Seattle. The GM will often hook me up with a guess pass so I check out an hour or so. So in last few months I've seen Madonna, Carrie Underwood, Rush, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Chili Peppers, and LMFAO among others.



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Matt Farmer wrote: Over the last 6 months I've attended a ton of concerts. I opened a nightclub across the street from Key Arena in Seattle. The GM will often hook me up with a guess pass so I check out an hour or so. So in last few months I've seen Madonna, Carrie Underwood, Rush, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Chili Peppers, and LMFAO among others.
That's awesome. With ticket prices what they are these days a hookup like that is worth its weight in gold.



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Saturday night I caught an hour of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. It's not something I would paid to go see, but I would recommend. Really it was a great show, just some talented musicians.



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