Steve Morse of The Boston Globe reports that KISS had the gimmicky, arena-style pyrotechnics, but AEROSMITH had the true heat at this entertaining matchup of so-called rock superpowers Monday night (August 25) at the Tweeter Center.
"As KISS singer Paul Stanley told the sold-out crowd, 'We got two major superpowers — the Aerosmith Aeroforce and the Kiss Army.' But as we've all learned from modern military maneuvers, a good air force is hard to beat and that was the case last night.
"While KISS bassist Gene Simmons spewed fake blood during his band's opening set, AEROSMITH played with real guts during its megadecibel, mop-up operation. The Boston bad boys didn't play as long as many fans would have liked (90 minutes), but they still blew past the 11 p.m. curfew by 15 minutes.
" 'Tonight there is no curfew,' AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler announced to the crowd early on. 'All I want to hear you say is, 'All night long! All night long!' ' The crowd complied, though the band did finish earlier than this summer's neighborhood-peeving 11:30 p.m. show by PEARL JAM.
"AEROSMITH jumped out of the blocks with a torrid trio of tunes in 'Mama Kin' (with Tyler scampering down a specially built 60-foot ramp into the audience), the metallic 'Toys in the Attic', and 'Love in an Elevator', with guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford playing interweaving crescendos.
"The band slowed down for MTV hits 'Pink' and 'Jaded', but hit some new highs with a blues medley. 'The blues done Boston-style,' Perry said of the funkier adaptations of the classics 'Stop Messin' Round' and 'Baby Please Don't Go', with Tyler ripping into a harmonica solo that Jerry Portnoy would have admired. New stage neon was also unveiled, including a massively lit AEROSMITH 'Wings' logo, a 'Honkin' on Bobo' sign (the tentative title of next year's planned blues album) and, of course, a naked neon stripper or two." Read more.