Aerosmith closed MTV’s 2018 Video Music Awards ceremony last night (Aug. 20) with a two-song set featuring rapper Post Malone. The performance began with Malone delivering his track “Rockstar” before a stage extension descended from the ceiling. “Ladies and gentlemen, fucking Aerosmith!” Malone said, before grabbing his guitar and joining Steven Tyler’s outfit for “Dream On” and “Toys in the Attic.”
In a show that appears to be receiving mixed reviews across the web, the close-out did seem to suffer from a level of misdirection. The performers themselves can be seen with doubtful or at least thoughtful expressions at times, and Tyler appears to physically direct Joe Perry and Malone on occasions.