The skies over Donington Park cleared allowing Aerosmith to play a dry festival closing show at Download this evening (June 13).
Playing their first UK show since 2007’s Hard Rock Calling in London‘s Hyde Park, Aerosmith opened up their main stage set with their 1989 single ‘Love In An Elevator’.
Wearing a black hat, sunglasses and a calf-length sequinned coat, frontman Steven Tyler sang much of the song from the walkway which jutted out into the middle of the crowd, using his trademark scarf-decorated microphone stand.
After the second song, ‘Back In The Saddle’, Tyler yelled to the audience: “Britain! Did you miss us?” with the crowd responding with eager cheers.
Tyler‘s vocal acrobatics on the likes of ‘What It Takes’ also drew an enthusiastic audience reaction, as did the loud belch that Tyler finished ‘Eat The Rich’ with, asking for a spotlight on him before unleashing the rumbling burp.
Joe Perry – who played a double necked guitar on ‘Living On The Edge’ – sang lead vocals on the band’s cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Stop Messin’ Around’, after thanking the crowd for “sticking around after three days of great rock and roll” and announcing “we’re gonna play a little blues for you”.
In skin tight gold snakeskin print trousers and matching waistcoat, Tyler played harmonica on the song, and also played a solo on the instrument during an emotive ‘Cryin”.
After the band’s rendition of ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’, Tyler mentioned that the song was their first ever Number One, but that he thought the following song ‘Sweet Emotion’ should have been their first.
Perry then played theremin as well as guitar towards the end of the 1975 classic rock single.
After the final song, ‘Toys In The Attic’, Tyler introduced the band to the audience, before Perry returned the favour and called Tyler “the best lead singer on the planet”. To celebrate this honour, Tyler took off his top.
‘Love in an Elevator’
‘Back in the Saddle’
‘Eat The Rich’
‘Living On The Edge’
‘What It Takes’
‘Train Kept A-Rollin’
‘Lord of the Thighs’
‘Stop Messin’ Around’
‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing’
‘Baby, Please Don’t Go’
‘Draw the Line’
‘Walk This Way’
‘Toys in the Attic’
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