The third night of Download 2014 is being brought to a close with one of those legendary bands that put Donington on the map back in the day, and the second of the weekend’s repeat headliners in Aerosmith.
I’ll admit to not being the worlds biggest Aerosmith fan, but I do love the classics, and Aerosmith have a few of them tucked up their sleeves. I mean dropping ‘Cryin’, ‘Love in an elevator’, ‘Jaded’ and ‘Living on the edge’ within your first five songs is a pure master stroke from a band that is one of the very best to ever do it.
Energy seems to be the theme of the evening and for men of their advanced years, they have more energy than most bands half their age, which is astonishing. The toxic twins themselves put in a killer performance between the pair of them, and Steven Tyler seems well up for it, and the band displays more oomph than they did last time they were here in 2010.
The fact they manage to chuck ‘Janie’s Got a Gun’ and ‘Dude looks like a lady’ more than makes up for them playing ‘I don’t wanna miss a thing,’ which despite everyone’s bitching actually manages to get a decent sing a long from the crowd.
Aerosmith are without a doubt a legendary band. Whilst they may pale in comparison back catalogue-wise to some of their peers, they still know how to blow the roof off a venue like no one else can, and for that reason alone they are well worth watching tonight. Proving that even this far into a legendary career they can still hang with the biggest and brightest around and still teach them a thing a two.
Photo credit: Andrew Whitton