The clock was ticking away at half-past nine on a particularly humid Saturday night and still there was no sight of the band that over 10,000 people had turned up for. Aerosmith was scheduled to head the final night of the two day Singapore Social Concerts held at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, and a punctual start at 8P.M. was definitely not expected given most big artistes’ track records. But given the outdoor location and the humidity of the weather in the country, the wait was that much more unbearable. By then, the crowd was getting restless from standing like packed sardines (literally) and sweating buckets in the stuffy, humid night air.
Tick, tick, tick… five minutes… ten minutes… fifteen minutes…
Time seemed to crawl ever so slowly with each passing minute and drop of sweat when suddenly BOOMM! Blinding flashes lit up the stage as the spotlights came to live. Screens flashed, speakers gasped and booming sounds rushed forward towards the crowd and echoed out into the night.
The crowd went wild! Hands went up in the air accompanied by screaming voices; camera phones were whipped out and trained on the stage. A new burst of energy radiated through the crowd as the weariness and bitterness of waiting miraculously ceased, now a long forgotten thing of the past. There was no doubt at all – AEROSMITH HAD ARRIVED!
Frontman Steven Tyler wasted no time bursting into song straight away, quenching the thirst of fans who had gone hungry during the long wait. Donning a hat, scarf, big red sunglasses, jacket, tight pants and all, Steven hit all the right notes with the fans. He treated the eager crowd to his eccentric dress sense, insanely high notes and witty charm which was greatly lapped up by the sea of screaming people.
In between songs he teased his female fans with short banter and cheeky dances, even running his fingers through his hair and lifting up his shirt to reveal his lean naked torso. Only Tyler could have pulled off such a stunt at 65 and still come across as playfully charming and sexy. With any other artist it would have come across as crazy.
Guitarist Joe Perry was no second fiddle to Tyler that night, he blew everyone away with his mad mad guitar skills. The energy with which he played was so high it was thrilling to the core. The electrifying notes were enchanting and made you wish it went on forever.
There was a good mix of songs new and old, ranging from recent tracks like “Oh Yeah” to classics like “Love in an Elevator”, “Jaded” and “Cryin”, offering a selection that caters across their wide range of fans both young and old. The wild love struck sea of fans went crazy upon hearing the first lines of the famous hit “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” that was featured in the movie Armageddon, starring Tyler’s own daughter Liv Tyler. Without even the need to prompt, the crowd started singing along to the lyrics, even out-sounding Tyler himself. But even then they could not steal the thunder away from the charismatic rocker as he belted out the high notes and lost himself in the heart of the song.
Just when the energy was at its highest, Tyler announced that the concert had reached its end and he thanked the crowd before disappearing backstage with his band. The crowd were left staring at an empty stage in disbelief, there was no way that they were done with Aerosmith just yet! Shouts of encore rang through the crowd with some even calling out Aerosmith’s name. A number of people starting streaming towards the exit but for the hardcore fans there was no way they were moving from their spots. For those that stayed their diligence paid off big time.
Aerosmith rewarded them with two more thrilling performances that included the much loved “Dream On”, excitingly executed with a piano playing Steve Tyler and a guitar strumming Joe Perry standing atop the hood. Smoke blasts adorned the stage towards the finale and by the end most of Tyler and Perry’s clothes had come off, no doubt due to the sweltering humidty and heat – Tyler was even sporting a hand held fan during the concert.
Towards the end, Aerosmith had a special treat up their sleeves. They brought out Japanese beatboxer and youtube star Hikakin to perform some slick and nifty vocals that got the crowd refreshed and jamming along to the beat. And not only that, after Hikakin was done out came Marquese Scott to perform some really wild dubstep moves that sent the crowd into a wilder frenzy!
Alas, as the encore performance came to an end and Aerosmith left the stage for the second time, everyone knew that this time it was final, and that the Singapore Social concerts had officially come to a close. The spirit and energy that Steven Tyler and his band brought to the Gardens was really one of the best that Singapore has seen in a long long time, and it will no doubt not be forgotten anytime soon.
Just as Tyler fittingly addressed the crowd before trotting off the stage of his inaugural performance in Singapore, it certainly is not goodbye, it is “Hello new friends”. Please visit us again soon Aerosmith, I am sure that the whole of Singapore shares my sentiments;) ❤
Aerosmith, Gardens by the Bay, May 2013