MOA Arena manager confirms Aerosmith’s Manila concert


Rock this way, Aerosmith is finally coming over in May. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Aerosmith Facebook account

MANILA, Philippines—The bad boys from Boston, otherwise known as Aerosmith, will finally perform in Manila, on May 8 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena—concert promoter Pulp Live Productions announced Tuesday night, March 5, on its YouTube channel.

The news was confirmed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer by Arnel Gonzales, MOA Arena general manager, although the band’s official website,, has yet to add the Manila date to three coming shows in May: Brisbane (May 1), Melbourne (May 4), and Jakarta (May 11). Gonzales added that he’s dealing directly with Vernon Go of Pulp Productions.

Rumors that Aerosmith will play in the Philippines first surfaced in February 2011, which was later denied by the band’s drummer, Joey Kramer.

The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Ray Tabano and Kramer, and called the new group Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford.

Aerosmith has gone through a series of breakups and reunions; the breakups were caused mainly by the band members’ drug problems especially Tyler’s. Feuding had also erupted between Tyler and Perry, but they have patched up their differences lately and agreed that the band should keep on playing.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Aerosmith in 2001, has this to say about the band:

“Aerosmith was America’s feisty retort to hard-rocking British groups like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who, Cream, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Almost alone among American bands, Aerosmith matched those British legends in power, intensity, and notoriety.

Moreover, it has long since surpassed many of its influences in terms of longevity and popularity. In the words of vocalist Steven Tyler, “We weren’t too ambitious when we started out. We just wanted to be the biggest thing that ever walked the planet, the greatest rock band that ever was.

“We were America’s band,” Joe Perry proclaimed with no false modesty. “We were the garage band that made it really big – the ultimate party band.”

No less an authority than Jimmy Page has called them “the ideal rock and roll band.” Thirty years after forming, the “bad boys from Boston” remain a vital, ongoing force whose unshakable spirit and boundless energy virtually define rock and roll.

Surviving shifting tastes and trends in popular music, Aerosmith has solidly epitomized the bedrock virtues and raucous magic that comes from a simple yet combustible recipe of guitars, bass, drums, vocals and attitude.

“Aerosmith’s philosophy is best expressed by the flamboyant Tyler: “Kick ass and leave a footprint.”

The group has left indelible footprints on the rock and roll landscape with such milestone albums as “Toys in the Attic,” “Rocks” and “Pump” and classic songs like “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” and “Janie’s Got a Gun,” to name only a few.

“Aerosmith is built around the Jagger/Richards-style chemistry between singer Tyler and guitarist Perry, but group is a solid five-way proposition whose success would have been unthinkable without the solid musicianship of guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer.”

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  • marionics

    yan ang mas importanteng balita kaysa sa sabah hahaha

    • Sun Tzu

      Di naman, may sabah news diyan, mali lang na click mo kaya napadpad ka rito

      • marionics

        you misunderstand me. mas ok na balita itong aerosmith talaga kaysa sa sabah he he

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    Magkano kaya tickets?

  • Sun Tzu

    The Grandpas are coming… cool!

    • Michaelangelo

      They’re old but I’m sure they’d still look better than you. Ok now son, you can go back to listening to your One Direction mp3’s.. :-D

      • Sun Tzu

        I guess you are physically a very ugly person if you consider them looking good… lol

      • Michaelangelo

        Nowhere in my comment did I say they’re good looking. I just said even though they’re old, they WILL still look better than you, which to me is my comparison of their status – looks notwithstanding – compared to your lower than ant-like status, intellect (obviously), and yes, LOOKS. Now you can go back to listening to your One Direction and Psy mp3s boy :-D

        PS. Even if they did look ugly, they certainly f*cked a lot of girls back then and still now, so looks is definitely not an issue with them.

      • Sun Tzu

        am sure you got f*ck by them in the arse at some point in time that makes you idolize them a lot LOL

  • Michaelangelo

    So excited to see Aerosmith! Hope they bring AC/DC next!

  • marionics

    There was a time
    When I was so broken hearted
    Love wasn’t much of a friend of mine
    The tables have turned, yeah
    ‘Cause me and them ways have parted
    That kind of love was the killin’ kind
    Listen, all I want is someone I can’t resist
    I know all I need to know by the way that I got kissed
    I was cryin’ when I met you
    Now I’m tryin’ to forget you
    Love it sweet misery
    I was cryin’ just to get you
    Now I’m dyin’ ’cause I let you
    Do what you do down on me
    Now there’s not even breathin’ room
    Between pleasure and pain
    Yeah you cry when we’re makin’ love
    Must be one and the same
    It’s down on me
    Yeah I got to tell you one thing
    It’s been on my mind
    Girl, I gotta say
    We’re partners in crime
    You got that certain something
    What you give to me
    Takes my breath away
    Now the word out on the street
    Is the devil’s in your kiss
    If our love goes up in flames
    It’s a fire I can’t resist
    I was cryin’ when I met you
    Now I’m tryin’ to forget you
    Your love is sweet misery
    I was cryin’ just to get you
    Now I’m dyin’ ’cause I let you
    Do what you do to me
    ‘Cause what you got inside
    Ain’t where your love should stay
    Yeah, our love, sweet love, ain’t love
    ‘Til you give your heart away
    I was cryin’ when I met you
    Now I’m tryin’ to forget you
    Your love is sweet misery
    I was cryin’ just to get you
    Now I’m dyin’ just to let you
    Do what you do what you do down to me, baby, baby, baby
    I was cryin’ when I met you
    Now I’m tryin’ to forget you
    Your love is sweet misery
    I was cryin’ when I met you
    Now I’m dyin’ ’cause I let you
    Do what you do down to, down to, down to, down to
    I was cryin’ when I met you
    Now I’m tryin’ to forget you
    Your love is sweet
    I was cryin’ when I met you

  • lee1222

    “Amazing” – my favorite Aerosmith song. Amazing band indeed!

  • trish

    Why are the Manila ticket prices such a ripoff, compared to Jakarta and Australia?! Is it because it’s going to be held in MOA?
    Australia AUD199 -> US$204
    Jakarta IDR1,100,000 -> US$113
    Manila PHP20,000 -> US$491

    • Michaelangelo

      ^ This!!

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