BAD BOYS: Boston-born classic rockers Aerosmith bring their genre-defining brand of guitar rock to Vilnius’ Siemens Arena in May on the “Global Warming” tour.
VILNIUS - Fans of international hits and classic rock should mark May 21 in their calendars. This is when the American rock legends Aerosmith will be performing, for the first time, in Vilnius.
This will be the only concert in the region by one of the best-selling and most popular rock bands of all time. Aerosmith will not be performing in Latvia, Estonia or Belarus.
Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists.
The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with vocalist/harmonica player Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.
Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums “Pump” (1989), “Get a Grip” (1993), and “Nine Lives” (1997), and embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date. The band also became a pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and notable appearances in television, film, and video games.
Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock‘n’roll history. Additional albums followed in 2001 and 2004. The band toured throughout the 2000s, touring every year except 2008. After 44 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music. Their latest album, “Music from Another Dimension!” was released on Nov. 6, 2012.
Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 70.2 million albums in the United States alone. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most gold albums by an American group, the most total certifications by an American group, and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American group.
The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. As the band’s principal songwriters, Tyler and Perry received the ASCAP Founders Award and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
Let’s face it: these guys can ROCK!
“Having started their world concert tour in 2012, Aerosmith continues it this year in Europe, so we are very happy to have been able to arrange a date and invite them to perform in Lithuania. The legendary band’s hits were heard by tens of thousands of people last year; soon our audiences will also join those who have been taken over by the Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler’s vocals and charisma. You cannot confuse him with anyone else, but you must hear and see him,” said the director of SEVEN Live concert agency, Juras Vezelis.
Four years after the “bad boys of Boston” nearly broke up, Aerosmith are reuniting in Lithuania as part of the latest leg of their Global Warming world tour.
“The Global Warming Tour came to mind when we started sitting around thinking what we’ve done to America for the last forty years — and the world for that matter — is lighting a fire under their ass [so people can] dance around our flames for each and every album we put out,” Tyler told fuse.tv. “It’s just a very sexy, hot thing. So we figured ‘Global Warming,’ why not?”
As for the tour’s set list, bassist Tom Hamilton says fans can expect the usual parade of hard rock hits as well as fan favorites that tend to slay the crowd when played onstage.
“We definitely have our hits which we’re extremely grateful for, but we also have... crowd favorites. ‘Lord of the Thighs,’ ‘Train Kept A-Rollin,’ some of our more obscure songs, but the people who love them really love them,” said Hamilton. “And we like to watch them enjoy it.”
May 21 - Siemens Arena, Vilnius
Tickets can be purchased at: www.tiketa.lt