Aerosmith bids an unsentimental farewell to Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center

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The veteran band played favorites from throughout their 50-year career to kick off their Peace Out tour on Saturday. Sep. 3, 2023, 10:13 a.m. ET Until the climactic explosion of confetti and streamers, it never really felt like Aerosmith was saying goodbye as the veteran rockers kicked off their Peace Out farewell tour at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

There was never a moment during the nearly two-hour show where it felt like the band was getting sentimental over this purported last time around — unless of course you count frontman Steven Tyler’s misty-eyed reminiscence about writing his first song with guitarist Joe Perry while getting high “laying on a waterbed with two chicks.”

So if anyone was wondering if approaching the end of their half-century run was maturing the Toxic Twins, there’s your answer. The evening was barely two songs in when Tyler, roaming the platforms of the sprawling, neon-lit stage, discovered the obvious phallic humor to be derived from a waist-high microphone mounted to a railing. At 75, “irrepressible” remains the best catchall to describe the singer. (Perry did follow that with a few sincere words about the late Jeff Beck, whose white Stratocaster he was playing.)

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