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
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
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
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.