This second installment will be quite the challenge for me as one of my absolute favorite bands. I could fill a 13-song playlist based mostly around their debut album and 1976’s Rocks.
THE MAIN SET
- “No Surprize” (Night in the Ruts, 1979). While this is definitely not my favorite Aerosmith album, I do love this song, and I think it would be a great opener. It’s high energy and introduces the band.
- “S.O.S. (Too Bad)” (Get Your Wings, 1974). This is one of those that I’m not likely to hear live any other way, but I really dig it, so they’re going to play it for me.
- “Love in an Elevator” (Pump, 1989). We opened with two lesser-known songs, so let’s give up one of the big songs for the people that are not me who may be at the show.
- “Hangman Jury” (Permanent Vacation, 1987). Let’s keep the 1980s rebirth vibe going with the best song from this record.
- “F.I.N.E.” (Pump, 1989). One last ‘80s number to complete that section of the show and pick the energy back up.
- “Movin’ Out” (Aerosmith, 1973). Let’s go from the ‘80s all the way back to the beginning for one of my favorite Aerosmith songs from one of my favorite albums.
- “Taste of India” (Nine Lives, 1997). I think this is a very underrated record, so I have to get one song in from it. This is my pick over a couple of bigger hits.
- “Sweet Emotion” (Toys in the Attic, 1975). This was the last slot that I filled in the set, and I had a lot of trouble deciding. In the end, I went with a crowd pleaser.
- “Dream On” (Aerosmith, 1973). The difference between this one and the band’s other ballads is that I never get tired of hearing this one. It’s far and away a better song, and you can’t have a show without it.
- “Mama Kin” (Aerosmith, 1973). Another favorite track of mine, and a solid way to end the main set and get the energy back up.
- “Nobody’s Fault” (Rocks, 1976). This is my favorite Aerosmith song, and one of my favorite songs period. Of course it’s going to be in my encore.
- “Big 10-Inch Record” (Toys in the Attic, 1975). No Aerosmith show should ever end without this Bull Moose Jackson cover. It’s one of their most fun songs.
- “Walk This Way” (Toys in the Attic, 1975). In my personal opinion, this should always be the closer. When I think Aerosmith, I think “Walk This Way.”
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” I know it was their only No. 1 hit, but this song should die with fire.
“Train Kept A-Rollin’.” This is a staple, and I wanted to make it happen, but there were too many other songs I wanted to hear.
“Dude (Looks Like a Lady).” I don’t dislike this song, but think it’s overplayed.
“Janie’s Got a Gun.” I don’t care if I ever hear this song again in life.
“Same Old Song and Dance”
“Back in the Saddle”
“Kings and Queens”
“Monkey on My Back”