Taylor Swift‘s 1989 tour has already witnessed a steady stream of all-star guests joining the singer onstage, and Friday night’s concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena was no exception as Swift was joined by Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler to perform the band’s 1998 smash “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Tyler and Swift traded verses on the rousing, pyrotechnic-filled rendition, which closed out with the two singers dancing together onstage.
“I don’t know what else to say but when you’ve sold over 150 million albums with your band, when you have become an absolute rock n’ roll icon,” Swift told the crowd before introducing Tyler. “The person that’s about to come out on stage has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with his band Aerosmith. Steven Tyler’s here, Nashville.”
The genesis of Tyler’s surprise appearance Friday dates back to a tweet Swift sent in June 2012, when she told her followers, “I feel like I’d be more understood if people knew ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ by Aerosmith is how most of my emotions sound in my head.” Tyler later referenced that three-year-old tweet after the performance, responding “Well ma darlin’… you sure were overstood tonight! A++… Epic show,” Blabbermouth reports.
Tyler wasn’t the only surprise guest at Swift’s first of two Nashville gigs: She was also joined by Kelsea Ballerini at one point to cover that singer’s “Love Me Like You Mean It,” and Alison Krauss, fiddle in hand, later appeared to perform “When You Say Nothing At All” with Swift.