Jaded brings the sound of Aerosmith to life in Royal Palm Beach
Jaded guitarist/vocalists John Aubrey.
Photo by Kira Photography via Jaded.
Few American rock bands are as celebrated since the 1970s as Aerosmith, the Boston-launched quintet of lead vocalist Steven Tyler, guitarist/vocalist Joe Perry, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer.
The Fort Lauderdale tribute act Jaded will celebrate the Aerosmith legacy in style Feb. 3 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park.
Lead singer Tommy Braga, guitarist/vocalists John Aubrey and Pete Lauria, bassist/vocalist Chad Mason, drummer/vocalist Tom Gress, and keyboardist/vocalist Todd Siff will link material from Aerosmith's 1973 self-titled debut album with its Las Vegas residency shows 50 years later.
Those 50 years have seen nearly that many hit songs by Aerosmith, and Jaded has them all covered, including “Dream On,” “Same Old Song and Dance,” “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Last Child,” “Come Together,” “Livin’ on the Edge,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Rag Doll,” “Love in an Elevator,” “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “Angel,” “What It Takes,” “Crazy” and “Cryin’.”
Braga’s wide vocal range and stage mannerisms recall the vintage Tyler work from the 1970s, and the addition of Siff — one of six singers in the band for layered vocal as well as textured keyboard harmonies — allows Jaded to re-create Aerosmith’s more production-enhanced material from the late 1980s on.
“Great show,” fan Bud Fleischer said after a Jaded performance. “Loved both sets. So fun. Beautiful vibe from both the band and the audience.”
Aerosmith became known for its banner recorded work through its early years but also its occasionally sloppy live shows. For the most part, the veteran group has flipped that script since, offering up memorable concerts while its recorded output, and the influence of the entire rock recording industry, waned.
Jaded does an admirable job of blending the long-lasting Boston band’s scintillating 1970s rock gems with the lush power ballads that Tyler, who’s also a keyboardist, started favoring in the 1990s.
But what makes a quality tribute act is an accurate representation of an artist’s deep, nonhit tracks, of which Aerosmith has a scroll, including “Mama Kin,” “Train Kept a Rollin’,” “S.O.S.,” “Lord of the Thighs,” “Toys in the Attic,” “Big Ten Inch Record,” “No More No More,” “Back in the Saddle,” “Rats in the Cellar,” “Draw the Line,” “Kings and Queens,” “Three Mile Smile,” “Chip Away at the Stone” and “Hangman Jury.”
Aubrey and Lauria re-create the twin guitar attack of Perry and Whitford; Mason, the welcoming bass bottom of Hamilton; and Gress, the funk-infused attack of Kramer, who played in a band with future Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell before either of their famous acts formed.
“My city had the pleasure of hosting Jaded, an Aerosmith tribute band, here at our monthly Music Under the Stars event,” says Nick Lazazzara, recreation supervisor for the city of Pompano Beach. “I have had much positive feedback from our patrons, and also being an Aerosmith fan and musician myself, I can honestly say they captured the feel as well as the music from this legendary group.”
It was Lauria who came up with the Jaded tribute concept in 2015 after discovering how accurately Braga mimicked Tyler in their Fort Lauderdale-based band Mainstreet. See and hear for yourself as Jaded salutes Aerosmith, the best-selling American hard rock band of all time and 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
See Jaded at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. For further information, call 561-790-5140, or visit jadedaerosmithtribute.com.