Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Concert Review: Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar & The Wabos, August 17, 2010 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON

On Tuesday night, we ventured down to the ACC in Toronto to see some rock-n-roll journeymen in action.  After quaffing a few pints at one of my favorite watering holes (C'est What? On Front St.), we headed off to the show.  Sammy Hagar & The Wabos opening in support of Aerosmith. 

Hagar, now 62 years of age, showed no signs of slowing down when he took the stage to open the show.  He cranked out some of his solo tunes, some Van Halen classics, and even a Montrose medley - all the while indulging in his trademark libations (margaritas) as he commanded the stage.  At one point, he even offered bar service to the front row in the form of tequila shots, administered by his personal on-stage waitresses!

Aerosmith took the stage promptly at 9:06PM and it was certainly an interesting performance.  Half way into the second song, "Love in an Elevator", Steven Tyler appeared to fall off the stage.  I later learned that he was bumped off the stage by guitarist Joe Perry.  After that, the tension seemed to grow between Tyler and Perry.  Despite the setback, the show went on and they certainly rocked the house - but there was definitely an awkward vibe in the air.  Personally, the highlights were "Livin' on the Edge", "Dream On" and the Beatles cover "Come Together".  Overall, this was a very enjoyable night.

Rating: B

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