Aerosmith rock Comm. Ave. with memorable show

A review of Aerosmith at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue on November 5, 2012

, Editor-in-Chief

Just hours before the release of the fifteenth studio album, Aerosmith rocked their old stompin’ grounds with a surprise show on Monday. Billed as a pre-Election Day party, the “Bad Boys of Boston” returned to where it all began – 1325 Commonwealth Avenue – and rocked a free lunchtime set for their hometown fans.

In a tight 60-minute set, Aerosmith delivered a set of classics before an estimated crowd of 30,000 fans that filled the shutdown street, stood on rooftops and hung out from windows. “When we were here, we never got up this early,” quipped frontman Steven Tyler as he gazed upon the crowd.

The show began with a trio of songs from their 1973 self-titled debut album, which the band had worked on while living in the Comm. Ave. apartment. The band’s classic take on Rufus Thomas’ “Walkin’ the Dog” kicked things off to the delight of old fans. Reminiscing about the band’s beginnings in the city, they then unearthed “Movin’ Out” before fan favorite “Mama Kin”.

Of course, Aerosmith was there to build buzz for their new album, Music from Another Dimension! They gave fans a taste of the new material with a pair of newbies in “Lover Alot” and “Oh Yeah”, but remained true to the nostalgia and filled the rest of the set with songs exclusive to the 70’s. Led by Tyler, the band worked the crowd into a frenzy with classics “Back in the Saddle”, “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way”. The set came to a rocking close with “Train Kept A-Rollin'”, a song they jokingly dedicated to the Green Line, whose tracks stood between the stage and the crowd.

As confetti rained on the crowd, Tyler declared, “This is where it all started, and there is no finish line for this band.” Indeed the show was quite the spectacle. It was quick but enjoyable set that proved they still have the chops to deliver the blues-tinged rock that made them a Boston institution.

The show capped off a busy day that brought the city to a standstill. Fans and curious on-lookers took photos as Aerosmith returned to their old apartment via a duck boat parade from the TD Garden. Once they arrived, the band was honored during a short ceremony that designated the spot as a historic landmark.The band hit the stage (a flatbread truck), after an introduction and presentation of game balls by Patriots owners Jonathan and Robert Kraft and team captains Tom Brady and Jerod Mayo. After the show and back at the Garden, each of the band members cemented their hands and signatures in spots that will be placed in front of the 1325 Commonwealth Avenue.

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