Video: Slash Performs with Aerosmith, Steven Tyler Mumbles His Way Through “Welcome to the Jungle”

  • Axl Rosenberg
Photo via Getty Images
Photo via Getty Images

Slash has long-cited Aerosmith as one of his favorite bands of all time, so I’m sure he’s earnestly delighted to be touring with them this summer, and I’m sure he was earnestly delighted to be asked to play “Mama Kin” (which Guns N’ Roses covered on GN’R Lies) and The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A-Rollin’”  (which he’s played with them before) with them at the press event announcing the tour yesterday. And he certainly appeared to be earnestly delighted when Joe Perry started an impromptu jam of “Welcome to the Jungle” after the conclusion of “Mama Kin.”

Sadly, I can’t make out Slash’s face when Steven Tyler changes the lyrics to “Jungle” from this…

Welcome to the jungle
We’ve got fun ‘n’ games
We got everything you want
Honey, we know the names

…to this:

Welcome to the jungle
But you wanna go back with me

But I hope Slash was earnestly not disappointed. I mean, you can’t blame Tyler for changing the lyrics so that he could better relate to them. Steven Tyler talking about living on the streets of Los Angeles? Not believable. Steven Tyler babbling something incoherent yet distinctly sexual? Now THAT’S the Aerosmith singer we all know and love!

Here are the upcoming Aerosmith/Slash tour dates, courtesy of Billboard:

July 10 — Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
July 13 — Kitchener, ON (McLennan Park)
July 16 — Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
July 19 — Cadott, WI (Rock Fest)
July 22 — Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 25 — Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
July 30 — Inglewood, CA (The Forum)
August 2 — Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
August 8 — Stateline, NV (Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys)
August 13 — Concord, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion)
August 16 — George, WA (The Gorge Amphitheatre)
August 19 — Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
August 22 — Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
August 25 — The Woodlands, TX (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
August 28 — Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena)
August 31 — Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
September 3 — Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
September 6 — Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
September 9 — Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
September 12 — Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park)

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