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Aerosmith, Steven Tyler bring their swagger to Tampa

Just when Aerosmith seemed dangerous again — Steven Tyler tumbling off stages! Steven Tyler heading back to rehab! Steven Tyler giving the Grim Reaper a piggyback ride! — we now hear this: Steven Tyler as an American Idol judge? Tyler is a funny dude, and he can be brutally entertaining. But I'm not feeling it, at least not as a rock fan — or an Idol fan, as a matter of fact.

When the Boston band is at its best, Aerosmith is all about innuendo, cocksure swagger and the switchblade riffs of Joe Perry. It's naughty, grindy, R-rated; you'll see all of that Saturday at their Tampa gig. Aerosmith is not about bantering with Ryan Seacrest, drinking politely from plastic Coke cups and using Clay Aiken as the benchmark of vocal excellence. Mind you, I don't mind American Idol; I actually kind of like it, despite being forced at gunpoint to cover it for four years. But Tyler as a judge will hurt both ways. He'll be sick of the show before they even get out of Hollywood week (see: DeGeneres, Ellen), and Aerosmith will ride out the rest of its mighty career with a defanged presence. You want a good Idol judge? Give Richard Marx a call. Trust me.

Aerosmith, with Blue Oyster Cult, performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $41-$206. (813) 740-2446.

Sean Daly, Times pop music critic

Aerosmith, Steven Tyler bring their swagger to Tampa 08/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 13, 2010 12:02am]
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