When Aerosmith released “Seasons of Wither” in 1974, the power ballad was distinguished by its elegantly chilling arpeggios and singer Steven Tyler's bittersweet evocation of a Massachusetts winter and the end of a love affair. But Aerosmith's own season of wither has been going on for decades now. The Boston group's last fully consistent album, Draw the Line, was released all the way back in 1977, and although they've occasionally cobbled together such plasticized and overwrought pop hits as “Love in an Elevator” and “Jaded” since then, very little of their recent output comes close to their late-'70s heyday. On the other hand, Aerosmith remains an awesome force onstage, with Joe Perry's florid flurries of lead guitar rampaging gloriously around Brad Whitford's formidably interlocking riffs. Former Guns N' Roses ax-man Slash's style is heavily influenced by Perry's solos, contrasting dazzling speed with stinging eloquence.
Wed., July 30, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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