Aerosmith Maui Concert Expected to Draw Thousands

October 20, 2009, 1:00 AM HST · Updated October 21, 8:35 AM
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Aerosmith is expected to draw a crowd of thousands tonight in Wailuku.  The rock group made its first stop on Oahu on October 18th for a concert at the Blaisdell; Tonight (Tuesday, October 20, 2009) they play at Maui’s War Memorial Stadium.  (The Maui concert begins at 7 pm; gates open at 4 pm.; and the parking lot is open at 2 p.m.)

Photo courtesy Aerosmith by Ross Halfin.

Photo courtesy Aerosmith by Ross Halfin.

The concert honors a court settlement reached in April over a class-action suit filed after Aerosmith canceled their first Maui concert two years ago.  Thousands who participated in the class action suit recieved a free ticket under the deal.

After inking the deal, lead vocalist Steven Tyler spoke with local promoter Tom Moffatt, extending a big Mahalo to the fans for making his dream of paling in Hawaii come true. At the end of the conversation, Tyler simply requested fresh poi in his dressing room.

A county press release says the concert is expected to draw an audience of 10,000 people.  The public is advised that amplified music, increased lighting and heavy traffic will impact the surrounding area. Traffic flow will follow a similar pattern used during the recent county fair, with all street parking along Kanaloa Avenue between Kaahumanu Avenue and Mikohu Loop/Park Drive prohibited to establish the outer lane as the entrance to the stadium parking lot. U-turns and left turns will be prohibited from Kanaloa Avenue onto Halia Nakoa, Mikohu Loop and Park Drive. Cones and signage will be placed along both sides of Kanaloa Avenue.  Parking at the War Memorial Complex will be limited to the front row of stalls fronting the gym and Sakamoto Pool.

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All locations in the War Memorial/Keopuolani Complex have been reserved by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for the event, including all ball fields, the gym and all parking. Regular park users have been notified, and signs have been posted at the various Parks facilities.

Aerosmith has sold over 150 million albums and won countless awards including four Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, and six Billboard Awards.  The group features Steven Tyler on lead vocals, keyboards, piano, harmonica, percussion; Joe Perry, on lead and rhythm guitars and background vocals; Brad Whitford, on rhythm and lead guitars; Tom Hamilton, on bass, rhythm guitar and background vocals; and Joey Kramer, on drums, percussion and background vocals. Over the years chart topping hits like: “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Rag Doll,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On,” What it Takes,” “Angel,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” “Livin’ on the Edge,” “Back in the Saddle,” “Crazy,” “Amazing,” “Cryin’,” and “Jaded” have cemented Aerosmith into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Known for their clean rock and dirty blues, they have become rock legends for a new generation of fans since the 2008 release of the video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Edition.   The video game, which follows the career of Aerosmith by featuring significant songs that represent the band through various periods of their history spanning from their show at Mendon Nipmus Regional High School in 1970 to their Super Bowl XXXV halftime show in 2001. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith sold more than half a million copies in its first week and has grossed more than $25 Million. The success of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is significant in bridging the gap between generations and teaching kids about music. “We’ve put a lot

of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band’s history.” stated Joe Perry.

Ticket prices are $125 and $85 for reserved seating and $65 for General Admission/Bleacher Seating (plus applicable fees).

“It has taken careful planning to work out the details and exact timing for the Aerosmith’s Maui concert,” said Art Vento, the MACC’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “They are ready to make this show happen…and in a very big way”

The Maui concert is presented by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and is a Shep Gordon and Tom Moffatt Production.

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