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Aerosmith perform hit songs non-stop, after making fans wait more than 2 hours

When veteran American hard rock band Aerosmith finally hit the stage on Saturday night at Gardens by the Bay, they wasted no time in bringing out their hits.
The Straits Times - May 27, 2013
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Aerosmith perform hit songs non-stop, after making fans wait more than 2 hours

When veteran American hard rock band Aerosmith finally hit the stage on Saturday night at Gardens by the Bay, they wasted no time in bringing out their hits.

After all, they had already made 10,500 fans wait more than two hours on a windless night on the second and final night of the Singapore Social Concerts.

They kicked off the 100-minute set at 9.40pm without a word of introduction and launched into the 1989 hit Love In An Elevator.

Singer Steven Tyler, true to reputation, was dressed flamboyantly in glittery outfits, an oversized floppy hat and red fly-eye glasses.

He and guitarist Joe Perry used the runway to full effect, walking up and down it with the swagger of musicians used to adoration of fans for decades.

Like in their good old rock videos on MTV in the 1980s , the duo, dubbed the Toxic Twins, pulled classic hair rock moves with the assistance of strategically placed electric fans on the stage floor.

The band went on to perform hit after hit from their 43-year history, including Walk This Way, I Don't Want To Miss A Thing and Dream On.

Tyler, 65, told the crowd: "I want you all to sing so loud that you break the windows at Marina Bay Sands."

Perry tore through bluesy solos on his axe, while Tyler waved his signature scarf-drapd microphone, into which he hit the high notes in his distinctive raspy voice.

Their searing set brought the curtain down on the two-night Singapore Social Concerts, the music events held in conjunction with the inaugural Social Star Awards on Thursday at Marina Bay Sands. The awards celebrated the most popular names in the social media world.

Aerosmith ended their main set with a riotous performance of Walk This Way. But instead of having rap group Run DMC collaborate with them like in the popular recorded version of the 1980s, they brought on YouTube stars: Japanese beatboxer Hikakin and rubber-bodied hip-hop dancer Marquese Scott.

For the band's encore, they did two songs that took them back to their early days. Tyler tinkled the keys on a white baby grand piano for Dream On. Then jets of white smoke shot up to engulf him and Perry during the last song of the night, Sweet Emotion.

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