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Aerosmith's Joey Kramer. (submitted)

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - They have been called the American version of the Rolling Stones before, but Aerosmith may be aging more gracefully than their British counterparts.

The Boston-based hard rockers Wednesday night shook the 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods for nearly two hours.

Showman lead singer Steven Tyler, 65, and standout guitarist Joe Perry, 62, certainly don't look or act their age as they continue to lead what many consider to be America's premier hard rock outfit.

The pricey concert featured for the first time for the venue a pit to fit in more fans near the stage as well as a walk-out into the audience stage that is more common in arenas and stadiums that the group usually frequents.

While Aerosmith came out with a new album late last year, "Music From Another Dimension," the show was packed with their popular numbers.

The opening tune, "Draw the Line" from 1978, and the second song of the show, "Love in an Elevator" - a No. 5 tune from 1989, were an early indication the set list was going to be deftly blended with the band's 1970s material and songs from their revival period of the 1980s and beyond.

"Oh Yeah" was one of the few new songs played.

Full of energy, Tyler never seemed to stop moving on stage, handling his microphone stand full of colorful scarfs like a baton.

Tyler, who had been a judge on "American Idol," is called the "Demon of Screamin'" because of his high screams and vocal range, and he displayed that on "Jaded."

After the 1993 power ballad "Cryin,'" for which Tyler played harmonica, rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford was in the spotlight for the cutting "Last Child" from 1976.

Following "Janie's Got a Gun," a Grammy winner and Top 5 song from 1989, Tyler laid down on the walk-out stage for 1993's "Livin' on the Edge."

After suffering from drug and alcohol problems and disharmony in the late '70s and early '80s, the group made one of the most surprising and successful comebacks in rock history in the late '80s and '90s. They were helped by the popularity of MTV.

Perry was on steel guitar for "Ragdoll" and sang Fleetwood Mac's bluesy "Stop Messin' Around."

Perry had two guitars strapped on himself for "No More No More," from the 1975 breakout third album, the blues heavy "Toys in the Attic" that spent about two years near the top of the charts.

Tyler and Perry sang together their well-known cover of The Beatles "Come Together" that was featured in the movie "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

"Dude Looks Like a Lady" led to Tyler strutting around on "Walk This Way," which rap outfit Run-D.M.C. redid and which helped Aerosmith on its return to the music scene. The title of the song comes from Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein."

The first song of the encore was the pioneering ballad "Dream On" in which Tyler played a white piano on the extended stage filled with smoke. Toward the end of the song from the debut 1973 album, Perry played his guitar on top of the piano.

The show ended with the fast-paced "Sweet Emotion" that opened with bassist Tom Hamilton, who a few years back suffered a bout with cancer.

Unfortunately, knockout drummer Joey Kramer also gets overshadowed by Tyler and Perry. Tyler early on had been a drummer.

The group, which has sold over 150 million albums, in recent years has had a reoccurrence of discord and Tyler relapsed for a time into addiction with painkillers, but those difficulties appear to be behind them again.

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