Before Steven Tyler fell short of offering any sage advice as a judge on “American Idol” (too bad), he spent decades stealing the spotlight as the inimitable singer and showman of Aerosmith — a band that is easily among my Top 3 all-time favorites.
Tyler also ranks as my all-time favorite singer. Amazing voice. Electric energy. Stylistic swagger. Lord of the Thighs.
When Aerosmith rolled through Houston on the “Get a Grip” tour in 1995, I was sent to review the concert for the Galveston Daily News. While arranging press credentials with the band’s publicist, I was offered a photo pass and quickly jumped all over it knowing it would allow me access to the edge of the stage for some up-close razzle dazzle. Never mind that I was barely capable of aiming a disposable point-and-shoot.
Oblivious to the finer points of photography, I asked GDN staff photographer Kevin Bartram if he would risk loaning me one of his Cadillac cameras and please kindly set it to Idiot Mode. As you can see from this photo, Kevin’s neutral settings combined with my frantic snapping (and a lot of dumb luck) resulted in a fairly decent shot of Mr. Monkey Mouth.
And no, that is not my hand high-fiving Tyler. After all, I am a professional who wouldn’t dream of stooping to such a lack of control while on official assignment (yeah, right!). Nonetheless, my over-eager counterpart got my idol to walk our way, which allowed me to pop this photo.
And if I do say so myself, “Nice shot, Idiot!”