I've just been wiped out recently. I mean, downright tired. Instead of working on other projects, I ended up watching Aerosmith's Woodstock '94 performance.
Man, I remember watching that gigantic music festival from my little bedroom T.V. Woodstock '94 was held in August to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Woodstock. I remember everything about Aerosmith's fantastic performance that night: it was pouring down rain, but that didn't stop my boys from blowing the younger bands out of the water (yes, pun intended). I was so mad at my parents...I wanted to go to Woodstock '94 bad. I think I literally twitched as I watched the thousands of other people in attendance have an awesome time. I was about 15 during the festival, so I obviously couldn't go alone.
Man, it seemed like everyone knew about Woodstock '94. That was in the days where MTV still played music...and still promoted at least some bands. Pepsi was a gigantic sponsor...I'm sure they ponied up the cash to have the festival broadcast on MTV.
All I know is that I spent the entire festival in my bedroom, staring at my television, and damning my youth. Maybe that's why I'm rabid about concerts now? I don't worry about the money anymore, I'll be damned if I miss a life-changing experience over something as petty as cash (hey, another pun!).
Anyway, Aerosmith performed a lengthy set during Woodstock '94. Here's the song list:
Eat the Rich
Toys in the Attic
Joe Perry Solo
Draw the Line/F.I.N.E. extended jam
Monkey On My Back
Shut Up and Dance
Stop Messin' Around
Walk On Down
Janie's Got A Gun
Love In An Elevator
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
'Livin On the Edge
Walk This Way
Of course, I was familiar with every Aerosmith song. I couldn't help wondering then (as I do now) if the young people in the crowd recognize the older songs and their immense importance on American rock music and cultural landscape. After all, 98% of glam bands I write about here are largely influenced by Aerosmith -- just as new bands are today. They ain't America's greatest rock n' roll band for nothing.