Rockin' the Joint
spirit of '70s classic and '80s hard rock were alive and well at the
Oakland Arena Wednesday night as fans of rock icons Aerosmith and
Lenny Kravitz dusted off their black concert shirts and let their
hair down. Some women in the audience even broke out the classic
groupie garb, or at least I hope this isn't in their regular
It was a
simplistic stage for Kravitz, despite his always rocking eight-piece
band, compared to his church revival-like setup at the Bill Graham
Civic last spring where fans went completely crazy for him. Many
concert goers were still straggling in as he took the stage in
fringe and denim around 7:45.
The set list was
like a best of album, tailor-made for any Kravitz fans. It included
"Dig In," "Believe," "Can't Get You Off My Mind," and "Always on the
The crowd in
Oakland was euphoric when the Bad Boys from Boston hit the stage
playing The Beatles' "Helter Skelter." Guitar God Joe Perry rocked
an the arena as Tyler, in a see-through shirt and jeans that looked
almost painted on, worked the crowd from the 2 L shaped catwalks
that extended three-quarters of the way into the crowd.
At 57, Tyler still
appears the ever energetic frontman, running and jumping around
stage. Although he's no longer performing his patented front
handsprings on stage, he continues to personify what Rock is all
about. Unlike 90% of today’s one hit wonder, bubble gum rock, self
proclaimed Rock Stars half his age.
clapped and cheered for some of their new tunes, the oldies were the
ones that received the deafening response. "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk
This Way” keep the crowd pumped and brought everyone on their feet.
With illness plaguing the West Coast
leg of the tour and the rescheduling of Denver, Oakland and
Sacramento, Kravitz fans found themselves disappointed to hear that
Cheap Trick will be one the second leg but for the true Aerosmith
fanatic it’s worth the wait.
Submitted by: Paul Fischer