Palm Coast, FL – Rockin’ the night away, from the lobby you’d think Aerosmith had taken over the stage at the Flagler Auditorium on Saturday night.
But upon closer inspection, the subtle differences were there. And while it wasn’t Steven Tyler belting out the hits that have made the Boston-based rockers a global name, Bobby Mann, lead singer for the tribute band “Last Child” pulled out all the stops to deliver an Aerosmith experience for audiences on the final show of their 2021 U.S. tour.
With the amps cranked up, it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who loved it, they really loved it.
James Fiske and wife Laura nabbed tickets for the show, enjoying the opportunity to hear some of their favorite classic rock songs.
“Last Child – Aerosmith Experience had the Auditorium rocking last night,” said James Fiske on Sunday after the show.
“Bobby Mann did an excellent job with Aerosmith’s classic, “Dream On”. Michael Gallello and Pete Testa were great on guitars along with Mick James on bass. Tommy John absolutely killed it on drums. Great drummer!” he said.
Hailing from the north it was an opportunity for band members to get in a visit with family in Florida while closing out their tour according to Amelia Fulmer, director of the Flagler Auditorium.
“They’re very excited because a lot of their parents live in Florida so they were excited to come down here and get their parents to come here to their show,” she said.
2021-22 Season Launches with a Bang!
After a season of community shows that kept Flagler audiences entertained, patrons of the arts are ready to head back the venue for the world class entertainment the Dennis Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center is known for.
The “Last Child – Aerosmith Experience” is the second show of season which launched with “Let’s Hang On!” on November 19th.
“It’s like all the other shows that we have here, they bring up great memories in your mind. They take you to a place before,” said Fulmer.
“It’s just like when you hear ‘late December 1963, oh what a night’, we had 850 people here for ‘Let’s Hang On!’. We had a wonderful evening. It was a great show, went off without a hitch, people were singing along. Well, now we’ve moved up maybe 10 years into the Aerosmith era,” she said.
Next up for the Flagler Auditorium is Oscar and Grammy Award winning vocalist Darlene Love, on December 11th at 7 p.m.
“We’re really excited about Darlene Love. It’s an incredible show,” said Fulmer, who says the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is traveling with an entourage including a full band, backup singers and soloists for her holiday performance.
Love opened Sea World Orlando’s Christmas Celebration ‘Sounds of the Season Performance Series’ holiday events in November as the attraction lit the Christmas trees throughout the park.
“She’s only doing two shows in Florida in December. She’s stopping here and at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. She was on David Letterman for 29 years straight singing ‘Christmas, Baby Please Come Home’. She’s like the Queen of Christmas and we have her coming to Palm Coast.”