hmv.com reviews... Aerosmith @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our final day at Download Festival ends with legendary stadium rockers Aerosmith, did they give the festival the send-off it deserved?
Aerosmith. Legendary stadium rockers, 150 million career albums sales, currently touring Europe with a full on Greatest Hits set. (You can preview their most recent Greatest Hits by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page).
Download Festival, headlining the Main Stage, closing the whole show.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Pretty damn big, the whole day's bill on the Main Stage had been skewed towards classic rock, so this was every inch Aerosmith's crowd, who lapped it up, every last note of it.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was hitsville. Wall to wall big singles. 20 songs in all, the set began with a storming 'Train Kept A Rollin' and then it just kept on coming. During the course of the 105 minutes, the band fired out 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)', 'Love In An Elevator', an incendiary 'Livin' On The Edge' and a firebrand 'Jaded'. They slowed things down too, turning the field into a sea of aloft mobile phones during 'Don't Want To Miss A Thing' and even found time to fire out a cheeky cover of The Beatles' classic 'Come Together'. They aired just one song from 2012's Music From Another Dimension, which saw guitarist Joe Perry take leads vocals on a track titled 'Freedom Fighter'.
The set ended with a triple volley of 'Dream On', 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Mama Kin'. Download Festival 2014 was done and dusted.
Any good between song banter?
Not lots, Steven Tyler thanked the crowd and amped them up in equal measure. He also revealed what his favourite Aerosmith song of all time is, it's 'No More No More', in case you were curious. They also ended the set by saluting the crowd in an oddly intimate farewell down the front of the stage.
Did they put on much of a show?
They played beneath an absolutely huge screen, which at one time featured a nice shot of the Union Jack and a short video of Joe Perry busking in London in an England football shirt. Mostly it was just a VT of what was happening onstage though. No fire this time, but the set did end with one almighty shower of confetti.
They also defied the curfew, firing one more track into their encore, with 'Mama Kin'.
What was the highlight of the set?
There was a lot of highs, but 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)' was just so much fun, it stole the show, just...
Where can I catch them next?
They're actually back in London later this month to headline Calling Festival, so if you like the look of the set list, get on it.