Aerosmith performs first post-pandemic concert: setlist, videos

Aerosmith performed their first post-pandemic concert last night (September 4) in Bangor, Maine.

“This is our first fucking gig in two and a half years,” guitarist Joe Perry said at one point. “All we’ve been doing is lying on our backs watching Netflix.” The band’s last live performance took place on February 15, 2020 in Las Vegas as part of the band’s Deuces Are Wild residency, about a month before the pandemic effectively shut down live touring.

You can see the full setlist and fan-shot videos from last night’s 19-song show below.

Aerosmith were scheduled to go on a European tour this summer, but they were forced to cancel due to continued concerns about COVID-19. Then, in March 2022, the band announced that they would be resuming their stay in Las Vegas in celebration of their 50th anniversary, although it was also announced the drummer Joey Kramer would not perform at Aerosmith’s concerts in 2022 as he took a “temporary leave of absence.”

The band’s longtime drum technician John Douglas filled in for Kramer at the Bangor show that started with Rocks classic “Back in the Saddle” and balanced big hits with unexpected gems like “Full Circle” and “Hangman Jury”.

Watch Aerosmith perform “Back in the Saddle”

Aerosmith’s 2022 run was scheduled to begin in June and run until December, but it was announced in May that the first set of shows would be cancelled as Steven Tyler came to rehab. The singer made no mention of his recovery during last night’s show, using his limited amount of stage clapping to introduce his bandmates and acknowledge various couples kissing in the audience.

Aerosmith will play another concert in September. 8 in Boston before relaunching their Las Vegas residency on Sept. 14. A full list of show dates can be found on the band’s website website.

Watch Aerosmith perform ‘Dream On’, ‘Walk This Way’ and ‘Big Ten Inch Record’

Aerosmith, 9/4/22, Maine Savings Amphitheater, Bangor, Maine
1. “Back in the Saddle”
2. “Same Old Song and Dance”
3. “Rag Doll”
4. “Mama Kin”
5. “Remember (to walk in the sand)”
6. “Stop Messin’ Around”
7. “Toddel Jury”
8. “Seasons of Wither”
9. “Livin on the Edge”
10. “Full Circle”
11. “Goats”
12. “The Other Side”
13. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
14. “Love in an Elevator”
15. “Sweet Feelings”
16. “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”
17. “Dream On”
18. “Walk This Way”
19. “Big Ten Inch Record”

Live report by Jeremy Stover.

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