With "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" going into theaters tonight, I did a media teleconference last week with Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton (hey, they were the ones doing it, what can I say), so for this week's #ThrowbackThursday classic news clip, we have some vintage 'Smith reviews.
The most interesting thing about these are the writers. Yes, Mark Madden wrote music reviews for the Post-Gazette in the '80s while he was also working as a sports editor and before he went on to be the shock jock of Pittsburgh sports radio. And so did Pittsburgh's greatest wit, Barry Paris, who went on to become a film critic and esteemed biographer.
Madden knows his hair bands and doesn't pull punches, now or then, as we see in his appraisal (from 1987) of Dokken and Joey Kramer's solo.
Paris was not long for the loud, rough-and-tumble world of concert-reviewing, as we could glean from his closing graph of this 1982 review (the previous graph is about Aerosmith bailing out fans arrested at their shows, which they actually did):