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Aerosmith: Starwood Amphitheatre, Tennessee

Holly Gleason, Rock's Backpages, October 2002

"EVERY DAY, I LOOK in the mirror/ All these lines in my face gettin' clearer/ The past is gone..." It is a benediction, an acceptance, a truth projected forward rather than backwards. It is the opening of Aerosmith's meandering ‘Dream On,’ a song that's most likely about regret and reconciling how it was with what it might have been -- and scratching up enough hope to continue.

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