Aerosmith said goodbye to the UK on Sunday night (11th June 2017), with a showstopping slot at Download Festival. The legendary Boston rockers closed the final night of the long running UK festival, which took place from 9th - 11th June, a Donington Park in Leicestershire.
Billed as 'Aero-Vederci Baby!', the band's 2017 run is being billed as a farewell tour, although various members have been quoted as saying this might not necessarily mean the end of the Aerosmith.
Taking to the stage in an explosion of energy, with the flanking screens simply bearing the Aerosmith logo, a fitting 'Let The Music Do The Talking' kicked off proceedings at the end of the three-day event. With the pleasant addition of uncustomary good weather all weekend, the Download crowd were in the mood to party as, as singer Steven Tyler and fellow Toxic Twin Joe Perry led the band through a hits-filled set.
As a rampant 'Young Lust' proceeded mega-ballad 'Cryin', it was clear that Aerosmith's fifth appearance at the Midlands' site would be worthy of following their 1990, 1994, 2010 and 2014 appearances.
Running through a hits-filled set, the band - completed by bassist Tom Hamiltion, guitarist Brad Whitfield and drummer Joey Kramer, delighted the crowd with later day classics such as 'Livin' On The Edge', and 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing', as well as more vintage material like 'Mama Kin' and 'Sweet Emotion'.
Speaking ahead of encore 'Dream On' and surveying the sizeable festival crowd, Tyler said; "This is a dream come true, you know, and I thank you kindly for that."
Earlier in the day festival goers had been treated to sets by fast rising potential headliners Alter Bridge, Download's hilarious honorary house band Steel Panther, and Australian party rockers Airbourne on the main stage. Elsewhere, Slayer kept the thrashers happy with their Zippo Encore Stage headline set, with progressive metallers Opeth, classic rockers The Dead Daisies, and Industrialists Ministry bringing up the rear.
Now in it's fourteenth year, Download 2017 featured sets by over a hundred acts, including Friday and Saturday night headliners System Of A Down and Biffy Clyro, as well the British debut of protest cross-genre act Prophets of Rage, and appearances by Sum 41, Rob Zombie and Good Charlotte and a host of others during its three days.
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