Sept. 4, 2002

Ageless Aerosmith, Pimptastic Kid Rock, and Run-DMC End Summer With A Bang

By Randy J. Klodz

The end of the outdoor concert season ended with a bang as the ageless rockers of Aerosmith let nothing get in the way of the rock on Sept. 14, at Alpine Valley Music Theatre. The “Just Push Play Tour” rolled in—just as the fall weather did—with rap pioneers Run-DMC and the pimp-rocking Kid Rock supporting.

Directly following the short set by Run-DMC, Kid Rock took the stage with his brand of Detroit hospitality backed by his crew, the Twisted Brown Trucker band—which includes Uncle Kracker—and a cage on each side of the stage, each housing tantalizing female dancers donning red, white and blue bikinis.

Kid Rock started his set with “Early Mornin’ Pimp” and “American Bad Ass” and enough pyro to light the stage for days, yet later took time to grab himself a guitar and quiet things down a bit with a low-key version of “Cowboy” and “Only God Knows Why,” both seeming like classic rock folk songs sung around the campfire.

Though Kid Rock’s stage show seems less chaotic without the miniscule Joe C. running around, even Miss Cleo could see that Kid Rock’s musical future will be a bright one. Kid Rock has put in a lot of work over the years, and just as he sings in “Only God Knows Why,” “You get what you put in/And people get what they deserve.”

The legendary Aerosmith—fronted by Steven Tyler, with guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer--had so much up their sleeves that it took two stages to contain them.

Aerosmith got the night started off in the pavilion with a smorgasbord of classic rock hits including “Toys in the Attic,” “Back in the Saddle,” and “Same Old Song and Dance,” and kept pouring them out.

Upon finishing “Ragdoll” Tyler asked the crowd “Y’all mind if we come join you guys?” and the band charged through the pavilion up to a small stage positioned at the front of the Alpine Valley lawn section.

From the lawn section, Aerosmith delivered “Movin’ Out,” “Dream On” and “Love in an Elevator.” Aerosmith promptly returned the stage to deliver “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing,” “Cryin’” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” among others. The night ended with a stirring rendition of “Walk This Way,” with Kid Rock and Run-D.M.C. joining the boys from Boston on stage.

Aerosmith is touring behind “O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits” that contains the new single “Girls of Summer.” The “Just Push Play Tour” ends on Nov. 14 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif.

Kid Rock Photo: Randy J. Klodz
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith Photo: Randy J. Klodz