posted on Nov, 2 2012 @ 08:52 AM
After watching Aerosmith perform in NYC, I feel compelled to write this for Steven Tyler, and for his performance. I realize that many people talk
about hard work. They drone on for days about sacrifice, and earning what you have. As I watched an aging rock star, squeeze everything he could
muster from his aging vocal cords, I saw it. I saw hard work. I saw sacrifice. I saw heart. I saw what embodies the American dream. I saw a
thoroughly unprepared man go out there, and put his reputation on the line. I saw someone leading by example.
When his voice was breaking between songs, as he struggled to give commentary, I knew he was giving it his all. When the band was warming up, and
jokingly interrupting the NBC news cast, I knew they came with true rock and roll spirit.
From a strict musical perspective, his vocals were lacking. The band more than made up for it. Throwing together the band, and coming out on such
short notice was nothing short of amazing.
You will not see those things often in this day and age. Certainly not from our lack luster performers that struggle more than an aging Steven
Tyler. They struggle out of laziness. Not from 42 years of giving 100%, as Steven Tyler and Aerosmith have done.
I am very glad that despite the lacking vocals, that Aerosmith headlined. They set the tone, and he set the bar for the acts to follow.
I think this should be taken as a challenge, to the blowhards at large. Stop talking about it, and start living it. Stop rolling your sleeves up as
a fashion statement, stop scripting your body language, and just start doing it for real.