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Aerosmith Concert – Tampa 12/2012

Steven Tyler - Image by Mj Wilson Photography

God knows, I love my boys from Aerosmith. The concert tonight was great, but there were some odd things going on during the show…

First weird thing was I noticed that I was one of the youngest people in the floor seats! WTF?! Kevin said it looked like Aerosmith’s older relatives had all come to the show! We literally had one older woman, come up to our row, and start head-banging her head with the music. (Aerosmith is really not a “head-banging” type of band.) This lady even had strands of blue colored hair extensions, pinned into her hair. I did shoot some video of her, thrashing about, but it was too dark to really see what was happening

Steven Tyler - Image by Mj Wilson PhotographySecondly, all sorts of people were stealing seats. Our entire row ended up changing seat occupants at least three times, because people kept sitting there, who didn’t have tickets, including the guy who walked into the row, with us, telling me not to ask about seat numbers, because he was sitting with us! (I promptly told Security about it and got him kicked out.) If you watch my video and it looks like I have lost control of the camera, all it really means is that we had to move out of the way, once again, for someone needing to exit the row, for something.

Third weird thing was the set list. Of course I know Aerosmith’s music back from their first album but they were pulling out some random older songs that no one had a clue what they were. It was almost like a concert reminiscing about their old albums. I didn’t even know one song that they did, it was that old. Of course, I like the older stuff, but certain people come to hear the more mainstream songs they’ve done such as “Angel” or “Cryin‘” or “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing“, because those are the only songs they know. Of course, Aerosmith had to do “Dream On“, which is the one song I can’t stand by them.

Steven Tyler - Image by Mj Wilson PhotographyMaybe since I just saw Aerosmith in Atlanta, in July, it was too soon to see them again? I kept comparing the shows and the Atlanta one seemed much more energetic and the song list seemed so much better. At the Atlanta show, Steven was all over the catwalk, going back and forth to each side, and interacting with people. At the Tampa show, he pretty much stayed at the end of the catwalk.

Here are a few of the Concert shots I took with my phone and I already uploaded a video of Dude (Looks Like a Lady) to YouTube and have the link to it below this blog post. Since I shot the video with my phone again, it has bad audio, but Steven looked so good in the song following Dude, I just had to upload it anyway!

A few hours before the concert, I made Kevin go buy a little video camera that should hopefully have taken better video (with better audio) and stills. I haven’t had time to download that stuff yet though.

Aerosmith Global Warming Tour - Tampa, FL - December 11, 2012There was one classic moment tonight, that had nothing to do with the band. While the stage was getting turned around after Cheap Trick’s show, there were videographers shooting random crowd shots that were displayed live on the overhead screens. It was funny to see people stuffing food in their mouths, who had no idea they were being taped. Then people started noticing themselves and waving to the cameras or dancing for the cameras. Of course, there were the obligatory shots of the silicone enhanced ladies and then, in one “old school” moment, one normal looking girl, pulled her shirt up over her head and exposed her boobs! I’ve never actually seen that happen at a concert, although I’ve certainly heard about it happening. I think people were a little shocked at first, but most people laughed and she definitely got cheered by the crowd. The live video feed of the crowd shots stopped right after that which probably made the parents who had young children there, very happy!

 

Steven Tyler still Rocks My World

Aerosmith Photo from Atlanta 2012 Concert by Mj Wilson Photography

Steven Tyler photo from The Global Warming Tour by Mj Wilson PhotographyGod knows I talk about Steven Tyler a lot on my blog and with good reason. I have one thing to say and I’m not ashamed to say it: Steven Tyler is still the hottest Rock Singer in the world! This man is 64 years old and his ass still looks good in tight, tight pants and he drives women of all ages to scream with abandon when he hits the stage.

I lucked out (and so did Kevin) when my friend, Danielle Simms, agreed to be my date for the Aerosmith concert in Atlanta. Even though she managed to be 25 minutes late for this monumental occasion, she arrived in style, in her ruffled mini nightgown, that drove fellow male concert-goers crazy! (Seriously, some guy handed her his business card and pantomimed picking up a phone and mouthing the words “Call Me” to her!) I think this same guy tried to “direct” me on what to shoot, whenever I put my phone down for a minute!

Cheap Trick was the opening act for Aerosmith and even though they are from my hometown of Chicago (kind of), in all these years of concert going, I never had the chance to see them play live. The band was tight, and sounded great. Robin Zander had some weird hair thing going on under his hat though (like sheets of hair extensions had just been attached below his center part) and bass player Tom Petersson looked like someone had just woken him up from a nap. Rick Nielsen made up for all that with his wild throwing of hundreds of guitar picks at a time, into the audience.

Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith - Atlanta 2012 Concert - by Mj Wilson PhotographyI wish Cheap Trick had played my favorite songs like She’s Tight or He’s a Whore, but they didn’t. They did play Stop This Game, Surrender (of course) and their beautiful ballad, The Flame, which is another one of my favorite songs.

I missed the first 15 minutes of Cheap Trick’s set, waiting for Danielle, and unfortunately their set ended quickly, but then the quickest stage turnaround I’ve ever seen happened, and before we knew it the lights dimmed and the Aerosmith show started!

I had obsessed about buying these concert tickets because I wanted the absolute best seats I could get without spending thousands on them. I have seen Aerosmith shows over and over again, starting in the nosebleed seats and then moving down to the floor. I have learned over the years, that while the seats off to the side have great views, you really miss the entire vibe of the concert, if you are not in the thick of it, in the floor seats. If you have floor seats, you are on your feet dancing and singing for the entire concert!

Three years ago, I sat in the 27th row for an Aerosmith concert and it wasn’t close enough. This time I bought 11th row seats for one reason…I had noticed from the concert venue layouts that most of the shows had a center catwalk coming out from the stage. I knew from previous Aerosmith concerts, that they would start the concert, on the end of that catwalk, and then spend a good amount of the concert time on it. I felt bad for the people who had spent thousands of dollars for 1st through 6th row seats, because my hunch was right…My 11th row seats turned into 3rd row seats when Steven Tyler and Joe Perry rose up through the floor, at the end of that catwalk, and started the show.

Oh be still my heart!

Joe Perry of Aerosmith - Atlanta 2012 Concert - Image by Mj Wilson PhotographyAerosmith launched into Draw the Line and the energy never stopped. While the concert was happening I noticed something was different but I couldn’t put my finger on it. After a few days I figured it out…Steven Tyler has always had a frantic energy when he performs. From way back in the day, when he used to do front flips, to running from one side of the stage to the other, to spinning in circles with the mike stand and all of his scarves. This time the difference was that his “frantic” energy was gone and it had been replaced by a practiced, assured, sexual prowl. Those are the best words I can think of to describe how Steven Tyler commands a stage and the audience that he drives into a frenzy with his moves.

As an Aerosmith fan, I want to watch and absorb and enjoy every second of their concert.

As a photographer, (and as a lover of Steven Tyler) I can’t help but try to capture photos or videos of all this action. How can I not shoot when I am only a few feet away from my favorite obsession?!

Joe Perry of Aerosmith - Atlanta 2012 Concert - by Mj Wilson PhotographyI do not have an iPhone. I have a POS LG Smart Phone that I should have gotten rid of after I found out it didn’t shoot so well at the INXS concert last year. I was deleting photos and videos on the fly (to free up space), but kept a few of them that looked “promising”. Well…let’s just say that what looked good on my cell phone screen, doesn’t look so good on any other screen.

So I apologize in advance for the photos and video I have posted here. I should have had better equipment (or a better phone) but I didn’t.

I am including some video footage from the concert at the end of this post with a disclaimer attached to it — THE AUDIO IS VERY LOUD AND TERRIBLE!

The video moments I captured were priceless, so I had to include them. I have Steven and Joe Perry rising up through the stage to start the concert. I have two separate shots of Danielle in between me and the stage, and best of all, I have Steven Tyler singing Livin’ on the Edge, right in front of us, less than 15 feet away! We were blinded by the spotlights on him but he moved a bit to the left and moaned and groaned into the microphone for a few seconds, much to the delight of all the screaming women around me.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith - Atlanta 2012 Concert - by Mj Wilson PhotographyI must point out that the video feature on my phone does NOT zoom in. Video shoots in one setting only and everything usually looks really far away, even though I am much closer than it seems. (Almost like the video camera has a wide angle lens on it.) When you watch this video I have posted, and see how close Steven is to us, during Livin’ on the Edge, remember that he is even closer than it looks.

Next time (and there will be a next time) I will go to the Aerosmith Concert with a much better camera (or phone.)

Aerosmith Concert Ticket - The Global Warming Tour - Atlanta, GA - July 26, 2012

If you haven’t bought tickets to Aerosmith’s Global Warming Tour, you have missed out on one of the best concerts of the year.

Watch my Video Highlights from the Aerosmith Concert in Atlanta, GA on July 26, 2012. WARNING: Audio is very loud and terrible.

Click Here – To read my story about how I met Steven Tyler (a long time ago!)

Atlanta Bound: 11th Row Seats for Aerosmith & Cheap Trick

Aerosmith - The Global Warming Tour

It has taken me four months to get my tickets for the Aerosmith/Cheap Trick concert! I first blogged about their Global Warming Tour at the end of March.

I had planned to attend the New Jersey Show (so I could also go to New York), then thought I would go to Boston, then Chicago…all the while, Atlanta being the closest place to me.

I finally ran out of time, trying to make up my mind, so today I finalized my plans.

I have 11th Row Floor seats for Aerosmith’s Atlanta show, this coming Thursday (7/26). Kevin would rather stick a hot poker in his eye, than go to this concert with me, so invitations have gone out!

Three people have already declined, so if you are in Atlanta this coming Thursday, and you want to see Aerosmith & Cheap Trick, get in touch with me to share in the adventure!

Hope I get some great photos and/or great stories for upcoming blog posts!

Aerosmith: The Global Warming Tour

Aerosmith - The Global Warming Tour

A thought came to mind on Sunday, that it would be so great to see Aerosmith in concert again, since it’s been about two years since I last saw them in Ft. Lauderdale.

Mere hours after I had that thought, I got the email announcing their Global Warming Tour for this Summer.

Just in time! Presale tickets go on sale tomorrow (actually today already.)

Unfortunately they won’t be playing anywhere near Tampa so I will just have to make the pilgrimage to Boston or New Jersey for one (or both) of their concerts there.

Even after all these years, Aerosmith puts on an awesome show. If you’ve never been to an Aerosmith concert, there is no better time than the present!

Aerosmith: Sweet Emotion

When I first saw this version of Sweet Emotion I was kind of annoyed by it, but then I just had to laugh! Because what could possibly be better, than listening to an Aerosmith song while you’re having phone sex?!

Plus, Steven Tyler looks really hot in this video to boot!

This video is very different from the 1975 version below, but each are great in their own way.

Aerosmith: Sweet Emotion (1975)

These next two videos are priceless!

This version is a promo video for Sweet Emotion which was shot back in 1975.

Steven Tyler is so young, sweet and cute in this video and Joe Perry actually looks like one of my old boyfriends in this video! ha ha