Review: TYLER Struggles, But PERRY Lifts AEROSMITH At Tour Kickoff

Eric R. Danton of The Hartford Courant is reporting that "Steven Tyler of AEROSMITH was once among the more charismatic frontmen in rock 'n' roll, but he couldn't touch guitarist Joe Perry Saturday night (Aug. 2).

"The band opened its summer tour with KISS at the ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre, and Perry powered AEROSMITH's set with his outstanding playing on songs culled mostly from the band's extensive catalog.

"AEROSMITH wasted no time in engaging the crowd — 'Walk This Way' was the second song of the band's set, and Perry's guitar tone was thick and meaty. He was even better on the next tune, 'Love in an Elevator', blasting out lead lines like an unstoppable guitar machine.

"Tyler, alas, wasn't at his best. Call it opening night jitters, perhaps, but he had trouble with the words to more than a few songs — 'Rag Doll', most noticeably — and the teleprompters placed strategically around the stage didn't seem to help." Read more.

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