Aerosmith Triumphs at Jazz Fest 2018: Watch

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler during their performance at Jazz Fest on May 5, 2018

In our exclusive interview with Joe Perry published on Jan. 5, the Aerosmith co-founder talked about when the band’s 50th anniversary tour would commence. “We may do a festival here and there, but it will start in earnest the end of 2018,” he said.

When the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced its 2018 lineup last Jan. 23, there was one name in particular that took music fans by surprise: Aerosmith. There they were among such mainstays as Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy.

Thus far, Perry’s words “a festival here and there” have translated to just the one Jazz Fest appearance. Meanwhile, he did a handful of dates as Joe Perry and Friends in April to support his recent solo effort, Sweetzerland Manifesto, and on May 17 he and his Hollywood Vampires bandmates begin a tour with four North American shows followed by a six week tour of Europe and the U.K.

For his part, Tyler is touring behind his 2016 solo album, the county-flavored We’re All Somebody From Somewhere. The Nashville band Loving Mary, led by Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederiksen, will serve as Tyler’s backup band. He has a single date later this month, followed by many more in June, July and August in the U.S., Europe and the U.K.

The band’s last concert tour ended abruptly last September when Steven Tyler took ill. But on Saturday night (May 5), it was all about the bad boys from Boston who delivered a 17-song set in the Crescent City. (See the setlist below.)

Watch the opening number, “Toys in the Attic”

Here’s “Last Child” from a different angle

Watch “Sweet Emotion”

For the first song of their encore, Aerosmith delivered a favorite

Watch them perform James Brown’s “Mother Popcorn” as part of their encore

Aerosmith, May 5, 2018, Jazz Fest, New Orleans, LA Setlist

Steven Tyler at Jazz Fest, May 5, 2018

Toys in the Attic
Same Old Song and Dance
Love in an Elevator
Livin’ on the Edge
Last Child
Rag Doll
Stop Messin’ Around
Janie’s Got a Gun
Oh Well
Adam’s Apple
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Sweet Emotion
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)

Dream On
Mother Popcorn
Walk This Way

While the individual members do their thing this summer, Saturday night’s performance whetted fans appetites for that 50th anniversary tour.

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