by Best Classic Bands Staff
Aerosmith returned to the stage on Sunday (September 4, 2022) after Steven Tyler’s treatment at a rehab facility this spring for an undisclosed addiction. The gig marked the band’s first time performing since February 15, 2020, a remarkable two-and-a-half-year span. Their 2022 comeback was originally scheduled to take place in Europe but was canceled due to the pandemic. Their first date in the United States was scheduled for June 17 but was delayed when Tyler entered a treatment program in May. Their 19-song set in Bangor, Maine served as a warm-up gig for their Sept. 8 performance at Fenway Park in Boston, which will be followed by a series of shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas.
The band performed many of their favorite classic rock songs. (Watch several below.) The first song, at the Maine Saving Amphitheater, was, appropriately, “Back in the Saddle.”
“Please welcome to the stage… from Boston, Mass… Aerosmith…! »
The 2022 shows mark the delayed celebration of Aerosmith‘s 50th anniversary of their formation.
look they perform one of their classic covers
Aerosmith’s Vegas residency, Deuces Are Wild, opened in April 2019. Dolby Live is described as “one of the world’s most technologically advanced performance venues and preeminent venues to enjoy live performances. live music in Dolby Atmos”.
In a June 2021 interview, the band’s Brad Whitford said he doubted the band would perform again. “I have my doubts that Aerosmith is really coming back at this point because age becomes a real factor,” he said, as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net.
look they run a favorite
Whitford is the youngest member of the group; he turned 70 in February. Steven Tyler turned 74 on March 26. Joe Perry turned 72 on September 10. Joey Kramer turned 71 in June. Tom Hamilton turned 70 last December. John Douglas replaces on drums Joey Kramer, whose wife died earlier this year.
look the full reminder of the evening, albeit from a distance
Aerosmith, Bangor, Maine, September 4, 2022 Setlist
Back in the saddle
Same old song and dance
Remember (walking in the sand)
stop messing around
Seasons of Wither
Living on the edge
The other side
I do not wanna Miss a Thing
love in an elevator
Dude (looks like a lady)
Take this way
Big ten inch record
Aerosmith 2022 Concerts in Las Vegas (Tickets are available here and here)
14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29 Sept.
October 2, 5
November 19, 23, 26, 29
December 2, 5, 8, 11
Related: Lists for hundreds of classic rock tours
Aerosmith, Tyler (vocals), Perry (lead guitar), Whitford (guitar), Hamilton (bass), and Kramer (drums) have sold over 150 million albums worldwide in their five decades since their formation.
They have received numerous awards, including four GRAMMY®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards.