Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler revs up the crowd during last night's concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A spaceship from the 1970s called Aerosmith berthed in
Dunedin last night.
More than 20,000 people descended on Forsyth Barr Stadium to
herald the arrival of America's biggest rock and roll band.
On their New Zealand debut, the Rock and Roll Hall of famers
delivered a 90-minute silver-spangled lighting spectacular
driven by veteran masters of rock.
The stage was a hybrid of a spaceship and a guitar, which
lead vocalists Steven Tyler and Joe Perry explored to its
Tyler even threw his jacket into the crowd during Living
on the Edge.
Aerosmith has sold more than 150 million albums since it
formed in 1971.
Australian band Wolfmother set the stage with its penultimate
performance before it disbands after its final gig in its
Melbourne hometown on Sunday.
''We're so very happy to be here in such a beautiful stadium
and with such a beautiful sound,'' guitarist Andrew Stockdale
The stage, which extended 20m into the crowd, looked like a
hybrid of a spaceship and a guitar.
After opening with Love In An Elevator, Toys in the
Attic and Jaded Aerosmith dived into its legacy of
However, not everyone enjoyed the experience.
Concert-goer Rebecca Hill, of Dunedin, said she and her
husband left after less than 90 minutes.
She said she was ''shocked'' to see people openly smoking
both marijuana and cigarettes. They had arrived just before
Police closed the bars about 9.30pm because people were ''so
drunk'', she said.
''There's pushing, there's shoving, there's marijuana. I've
just walked out.
''I'm gutted that I've paid 300 bucks for two tickets.''
On the Stadium's Facebook page, comments suggest a mixed
experience for fans.
''Stunning concert! Really enjoyed it. Aerosmith were
awesome. sound was fantastic where we were. Keep them coming
well done!!!!'' wrote Liz Evans.
However, Andrew Jennings found the sound disappointing:
''Walked out on concert as sound was crap. $200 a ticket
wasted! Thought you had sorted the sound!''
Several concertgoers also expressed their anger at the bars
being closed before the concert ended.
Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken, contacted last night before the
concert finished, said he had heard of no major issues, and
police had not asked for backup at any stage.
Police had only arrested one person, a 51-year-old
Christchurch man, who was taken into custody. He was likely
to receive a pre-charge warning for ''drunk and disorderly''
The Dunedin concert was part of the third leg of Aerosmith's
''Global Warming Tour'' to promote the band's 15th studio
album, Music From Another Dimension!, which was
released in November.
The six-hour rock'n'roll marathon also featured Diva
Demolition, Head Like A Hole, Dead Daisies and Wolfmother.