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News as of August 31, 2003
  • Cleveland Interview Joe/Paul Stanley (DMAAT)
      John Soeder Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic

      Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry still can recall his first encounter with Kiss in the 1970s, even if the details are sketchy.

      "They opened for us outside D.C.," he said. "Their songs were real basic, real catchy. I think they just wore leather jackets, black jeans and face makeup. It might've been before their [first] record came out, before they had the means to get cooler outfits. But even then, they had pyro. The audience flipped out.

      "We were thinking, 'Holy [expletive]! What do we have to do now? Go out dressed in tutus?' "

      Likewise, Aerosmith made a strong initial impression on Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, although he remembers the particulars slightly differently.

      "Our paths crossed around 1974," Stanley said. "My recollection is it was in Detroit. I was blown away. They really delivered the goods, both musically and in terms of their vibe onstage.

      "I remember when their first al bum came out, my reaction was, 'Wow, these guys look British, a bit Stones-y.' I was really impressed."

      Now the members of this mutual admiration society have teamed up for a co- headlining tour. It stops Wednesday at Blossom Music Center.

      Perry and Stanley recently talked up the hard-rocking joint venture in separate phone inter views.

      "We have a lot of fans in common from the '70s," Perry said. "There's a lot of synergy."

      "This isn't a battle of the bands," Stanley said. "This is more like allied forces. We're both in it for the same thing. It's not to decimate each other. It's to go out and to be the best you can be."

      So far, so good. The tour, which kicked off Aug. 2 in Hartford, Conn., has been drawing capacity crowds.

      "I'm sure it will be one of the top-grossing tours of the year," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert industry magazine Pollstar.

      Back in the Aerosmith saddle with Perry are singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. They're all in their early to mid-50s.

      So are Kiss mainstays Stanley, singer-bassist Gene Simmons and drummer Peter Criss. They've parted ways with founding member Ace Frehley, who has been replaced by ex-Black N' Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer.

      "Ace has been ambivalent for years about being in the band," Stanley said. "Accurate or not, he believed the band had sidetracked his solo career.

      "We're in a better place for having Tommy. It looks like Kiss. And it sounds like Kiss at its best."

      Aerosmith and Kiss get equal time onstage, approximately 75 minutes apiece. But Aerosmith closes each concert, which has some Kiss fans upset.

      "It really wasn't an issue for us," Stanley said. "We go out and do what we do, regardless of when we do it."

      "It just worked out we would close the show, I think because of our more recent presence . . . uh, I don't even know why," Perry said. "Everybody was amenable to it. It worked out well for the production, too."

      Aerosmith has more Top 40 hits, ranging from "Walk This Way" to "Love in an Elevator" to "Jaded." The so-called "bad boys from Boston" also are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. But no American band can lay claim to more gold records than New York City's Kiss - two dozen at last count, signifying sales of 500,000 copies each.

      These days, any rivalry between the two groups is strictly friendly. "Everybody gets along great," Stanley said.

      Aerosmith and Kiss will be on the road together at least through December. There is talk of taking the tour to Europe, Australia and Japan in 2004.

      So much for the farewell tour Kiss mounted a few years ago.

      "Life is about having the option of changing your mind," Stanley said. "After the farewell tour, I was feeling a bit nostalgic, thinking about how great it was being onstage with the band.

      "Then someone came up to me at a car service center and said, 'I really loved the farewell tour. When are you doing the 30th anniversary tour?'

      "A light went off in my head. I realized you can always go home. If it was OK with the fans, there was no one else I had to consult."

      Concertgoers can look forward to hearing selections from Aerosmith's upcoming blues CD, scheduled for release early next year. The band has recorded updates of Muddy Waters' "I'm Ready," Little Walter's "High Temperature," Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and other bluesy chestnuts, along with "three or four" original songs to round out the album, Perry said.

      "Originally, people envisioned it as something we would knock off in a month, just to hold us over till the next real Aerosmith record," Perry said. "But it turned into more of an artistic statement. So we want to take a little more time to work on it.

      "I didn't want to sound like Jonny Lang or Robert Cray or Stevie Ray Vaughan. Those guys are great. But just to copy what somebody else did is a waste of time.

      "We had to figure out what kind of angle we were going to take. Some stuff sounds like Aerosmith rock songs. And some of it sounds like old blues songs."

      Stanley and Simmons both are working on solo projects. The latest Kiss album, "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV," features the accompaniment of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "Rock and Roll All Nite" and other classic Kiss anthems.

      "It's an unholy marriage of black tie and black leather," Stanley said. "It was so off the wall, we had to do it."


  • Listen To Steven Interview WMMR AND Phone Call to Listener/Winner (DMAAT)

  • Also on WMMR Site... (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith has been coming up with some pretty wacky titles of late. As you've no doubt heard, the now-defunct title they were throwing around for their forthcoming blues album was Honkin' On Bobo, and now they're referring to their tour with Kiss - which launched Saturday in Connecticut - Rocksimus Maximus. That's according to Rolling Stone, who recently interviewed Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Among the other revelations the 55-year-old rocker made in the interview is that he "didn't know what to think" when Kiss first broke onto the scene in '72. "It was kinda hard to see them through all the makeup, y'know? It was a comic book thing." Tyler added that the two bands were happy tour partners on their last outing a couple decades ago - until "one of their road crew pulled a knife on ours. Then we said 'Sayonara'." As for how long he plans to continue being a rock star, Tyler said "How long are you going to jerk off? Till it doesn't feel good anymore."


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Mendon MA at Lakeview Ballroom

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Oakland CA at The Coliseum (Black N'Blue opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Foxboro MA at Sullivan Stadium (Keel & Yngwie Malmsteen open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Pittsburgh PA at Civic Auditorium (Guns N'Roses open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Winterthur Switzerland at Winterthurer Musikfestwocken

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Foxboro MA at Sullivan Stadium

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Noblesville IN at Deer Creek Music Center

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Hershey PA at Hersheypark Stadium (Kiss and Saliva open)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

The Clash - London Calling (1979)
Trying to understand why this album (and The Clash in general) is so acclaimed, but I just don't get it... This isn't really good, is it? How can anyone think so..? Sure, there's a pretty big variety, which I guess could be considered cool, and a few catchy songs, but really...? This doesn't really sound that good. I guess, if one look at them as "punk band," they're better than most.. but as rock music in general, no. Strummer's vocals are mostly just annoying, too. I just don't get it... Definitely one of the most overrated bands ever!!

News as of August (27-)30, 2003
  • 20 questions with Marty Friedman
      Aerosmith were once again mentioned in Metal Sludge's 20 questions, this time with the Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman...

      What's your 3 best and 3 worst memories of Megadeth?
      1.Rock in Rio in front of 160,000.
      2. Countdown to Extinction goes double platinum and hits number two on Billboard
      3. Basically being one of the tightest bands on the planet and kicking ass every single night
      1.Having to cancel a tour of Japan including a sold out Budokan show.
      2.Megadeth/Aerosmith tour not being the biggest raging party tour of all time, but turning out to be nannies, baby strollers, families and AA counselors.
      3. Can't really think of any other bad stuff

      'course, the tour he mentions is the one where Dave Mustain said it's Aerosmiths farewell tour and we should be headlining so they got thrown off the tour. Well...

  • Another Thrash titan Aerosmith mention...
      This excerpt is taken from Scott Ian's diary at


      There's nothing going on in Allentown.

      The show was crazy.

      John found out that Kiss and Aerosmith are playing tomorrow in Pittsburgh. We've got the day off! I called Tommy Thayer and left a message.



      Kiss' tour manager Ted called me back and hooked us with tix and passes for the show!

      Our van driver was late so we missed half an hour of Kiss. We headed straight for the front of house and had a killer spot to watch from.

      Gene looked right at me during God Of Thunder!

      I still get excited watching them. Even though the role of Ace Frehley will be played by Tommy Thayer, and Peter has slowed down, and Gene and Paul (in my opinion) should've ended it after the 1996 reunion, it's still Kiss. I still turn into a 13 year old. It's in my blood. 20,000 people in Pittsburgh felt the same way.

      And to think that 20 years ago, both these bands were at a low point. Now they're bigger than ever. More power too them.

      We went backstage after they were done and talked to Paul for a while. He was still in full make-up and costume for a meet and greet. I jokingly asked him if they played Love Her All I Can and he said, "Oh, did you come in after that? We played it right after Room Service." Some day maybe they'll do a tour like Cheap Trick did and play their first three albums. We talked to Gene for a few minutes as well. Those guys always treat us great. Sometimes it's good to know your heroes.

      I hadn't seen Aerosmith since Rick Dufay and Jimmy Crespo were in the band. Tonight they opened with Mama Kin and went straight into Toys In The Attic. Love In An Elevator was next and they seemed poised to really take it to another level. Then the show bogged down in a string of power ballads and a three-song blues suite that didn't work in a big shed. I hope they do a small venue tour to support the upcoming blues record. That would rule. They did do Nobody's Fault which was great. The band played great. Tyler's vocals and overall physicality were impressive. Perry is one cool character. Whitford is the unsung hero and Kramer and Hamilton held it down like it was 1975. I wish Aerosmith would also do a Cheap Trick style tour playing only up to Draw The Line. And speaking of Cheap Trick, they should be opening this tour.

      I missed Saliva.

      All in all it was a fun evening. I'd go again.

  • Caught on TV...
      Scott Ayotte writes:

      I was watching the red sox game. Jerry Remy is having a Rem Dog concert sometime next week. Don Orselo went on to say, "If we do this next year, who do you think would be the act?". Remy went on to say, "Aerosmith possibly, Nice local band.".

      Also on the 20 things you didn't Know about the VMA's Aerosmith is mentioned quite a few time. They said Steven Tyler wanted a big mirror and somebody to follow him with the mirror.

  • Rolling Stone (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith, Kiss Still Kickin'
      The summer's biggest tour keeps rolling
      Rocking out

      "People that are out of their fucking minds and like to rock out outnumber all the rest," says Steven Tyler. He's speaking about this summer's Aerosmith-Kiss Rocksimus Maximus package tour, which is on track to be the season's biggest concert success and has extended its run with twenty-five additional shows. So far, the tour has sold out ninety percent of its shows, with ticket prices ranging from $45 to $125. More than 1 million will see the show by tour's end.

      "Because of the ticket prices, this will probably be the highest-grossing non-stadium tour of the year," says Bruce Kapp, senior vice president of SFX Touring Inc.

      "We give more bang for your buck," says Kiss' Gene Simmons. Both headliners, along with openers Saliva, play on a rotating "turntable" stage so that setup time between bands is less than thirty minutes. Kiss and Aerosmith play full sets crammed with hits and massive stage shows. "We do as much pyro as the fire marshal allows," says Simmons, who also flies to the top of a light rig during "God of Thunder."

      The concerts are definitely going better than the last time the bands played together, in the early Seventies. "The last gig we did with them, a guy from Kiss' road crew pulled a knife on us," says Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. "It was a little more acrimonious."

      Aerosmith, Kiss tour dates:

      8/27: Mansfield, MA, Tweeter Center
      8/29: Camden, NJ, Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
      8/31: Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
      9/3: Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
      9/6: East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
      9/7: Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
      9/12: West Palm Beach, FL, Sound Advice Amphitheater
      9/14: Atlanta, GA, HiFi Buys Amphitheater
      9/17: Virginia Beach, VA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
      9/19: Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
      9/20: Raleigh, NC, Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
      9/22: Antioch, TN, AmSouth Amphitheater
      9/24: Bonner Springs, KS, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
      9/26: Tinley Park, IL, Tweeter Center
      9/28: Maryland Heights, MO, UMB Bank Pavilion
      9/30: Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
      10/2: Dallas, TX, Smirnoff Music Center
      10/4: Selma, TX, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
      10/5: The Woodlands, TX C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
      10/8: Phoenix, Cricket Pavilion
      10/10: Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
      10/12: Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
      10/14: Marysville, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
      10/16: Chula Vista, CA, Coors Amphitheater
      10/18: Devore, CA, Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
      10/24-25: Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena

      (August 27, 2003)



  • Aero in MTV Top 22 Special (DMAAT)
      A look back at MTV's solid gold
      By Alan K. Stout, Knight Ridder, 8/28/2003
      What do U2, Korn, the Dave Matthews Band, Van Halen, and Radiohead have in common?

      Before you answer, throw Linkin Park, No Doubt, the Cure, and Nirvana into the mix.

      The answer? They've all been included in MTV2's "22 Greatest Bands," a two-hour musical countdown that will premiere at noon Monday on the music network. MTV2 viewers, who voted online from about 100 choices or cast write-in votes, picked the acts.

      Unlike other such countdown-type shows, the program was not designed to list the greatest bands of "all time." Such a list probably would have found such familiar contenders as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. But this poll's goal was to name the greatest bands that had their greatest string of commercial success during the MTV era, beginning circa 1981.

      "These type shows are really good when you can kind of look back, but not too far back, into our own past and see how things have progressed," says Alex Coletti, executive in charge of programming and production with MTV2. The program's host is VJ Riki Rachtman, who gained fame in the late 1980s and early '90s as host of MTV's "Headbangers Ball."

      The program also provides clips from the bands and comments from music journalists and national recording artists.

      "We wanted different opinions," Coletti says. "It's water-cooler stuff. You want people to talk the next day and say, 'Do you believe so-and-so was number this and this one was number that?' People love that, and having a well-rounded field of people commenting on it kind of gives it some context and some depth."

      Other acts on the list are Oasis, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Metallica, R.E.M., and Guns N' Roses.

      Pearl Jam, which cracked the Top 10, gets accolades from both journalists and musicians. Another band that made the list, Aerosmith, was formed a decade before MTV made its debut, yet the band still assimilated itself brilliantly into the MTV era.

      "A part of what makes a band is the chemistry, not only musically, but personality-wise, and video is where that really comes across," Coletti says. "And bands that get it really use that to their advantage."

      Three groups on the list -- R.E.M., U2, and Gun N' Roses -- are known for their music videos and are former recipients of MTV's "Video Vanguard Award," which honors artists for lifetime achievements in the medium.

      The show airs again Monday at 10 p.m., Wednesday at 10 a.m., next Friday at 8 p.m., next Saturday at noon and 5 p.m., and next Sunday at 11 p.m.


  • Cleveland Free Times Article (DMAAT)
      Kiss and Aerosmith are out to prove they're not too old to rock 'n' roll and never say goodbye
      by ED CONDRAN

      For these guys, farewell doesn't mean goodbye.

      7 p.m., Wednesday, September 3
      Blossom Music Center
      1145 W. Steels Corners Rd.
      Tickets: $50-$125

      It would be interesting if the members of the Eagles, Kiss or even the Righteous Brothers were asked to define the meaning of the word farewell. According to Webster's New World Dictionary, farewell means goodbye and it denotes something final.

      The aforementioned artists obviously aren't sincere about keeping their word. The Eagles' alleged swan song was in 1994. The Righteous Brothers reportedly were done in 1997 and Kiss claimed that it was hanging up its makeup mirror three years ago.

      Well, all three acts are on the road for summer tours. Singer-guitarist Paul Stanley claims Kiss was sincere about its farewell tour until a fan asked him, shortly after the tour's last leg, how Kiss would mark its 30th anniversary.

      "As soon as I heard that, a big smile crept across my face," Stanley says, calling from his Los Angeles home. "We couldn't quit then."

      Kiss, which will co-headline a tour with Aerosmith, will never die. The band, which markets everything from condoms to coffins, is as much a corporation as a rock band. Don't be surprised if Kiss exists after each of the band's original members utilize the Kiss coffins.

      When Stanley, 51, is asked if he ever thought of starting a Kiss franchise, in which he would hire young musicians wearing makeup to play the song's hits, he pauses for a moment.

      "That's a great idea," he says. "It's funny because people think we're this great marketing machine, but we're not. We're just great listeners. How do you think we came up with the ideas for the T-shirts and the belt buckles? It all came from the fans. I think there is something great about the philosophy of a Kiss show. If no one else is doing it, including us, I have my own ideas. There is no reason to let what we do die. It's great entertainment."

      Stanley, singer-bassist Gene Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Tommy Thayer, who replaced Ace Frehley a year and a half ago, are each in good enough shape to still put on a rigorous Kiss show.

      "Let's put it this way," Stanley says. "I can still take my shirt off and no one complains and tells me to put it back on. We get enough bras thrown up onstage that we could open up a bra store. We know how people feel about us. We can still deliver the goods."

      The members of Aerosmith are as long in tooth, if not tongue, as Kiss.

      "Kiss and Aerosmith will show the world that guys our age can rock," Stanley says. "A lot of people are looking at this tour as if it's a battle, like Mike Tyson against Evander Holyfield. The way I look at it, we're allied forces."

      Back in the saddle again and loving it.

      Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton agrees with Stanley.

      "We're very much on the same side," Hamilton says. "Both bands have been around the same amount of time. We have a lot in common. We both love to tour."

      That's especially the case for Aerosmith, which has been a staple on the road the last few years.

      "We get so much out of playing live," Hamilton says. "The only hard thing is selecting what we'll play since we have so much material."

      Hamilton notes that the band is digging deep into its canon during the tour. Don't be surprised to hear a seldom-heard nugget such as "Lord of the Thighs."

      "The hardcore fans really love the old song which weren't hits," Hamilton says. "It's fun for us to go back into the catalog."

      Unlike Kiss, Aerosmith has a fresh album hitting the bins early next year. The disc, Honkin' on Bobo, is full of blues covers from such artists as Sonny Boy Williamson and Blind Willie McTell.

      "It's something that we've wanted to make for years," Hamilton says. "It'll be interesting to see how well it does."

      If Aerosmith needs marketing advice, it should just ask its tour mates. Kiss knows how to push product. The band, which is always looking for a way to sell itself, released Alive IV: Symphony last month. It recorded the material with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia.

      "We were approached with the concept, and we thought it would make for a great challenge," Stanley says. "We felt as if we tried everything so why not do something we haven't done?"

      When Kiss hits the stage on the current tour, don't look for the orchestra. The members of the band will sport the familiar grease paint and full regalia. Expect the hits delivered in a reverential manner.

      "Our ultimate focus and responsibility has to be on the fans who pay good hard cash to experience their favorite songs," Stanley says. "They will hear the songs the way they were meant to be played. You won't hear 'Love Gun' as a reggae tune. It's too bad when a band is so bored with a song that they have to do something radical to it and in the process bore their fans with this new version. You know what you're getting with Kiss"

      Kiss/Aerosmith tickets certainly aren't cheap. However, Stanley stands by that old axiom "you get what you pay for."

      "You don't get a Rolls-Royce for the price of a Toyota," Stanley says. "You're getting a lot for your money with this tour. You get the experience of rock 'n' roll veterans. We know how to put on a show. Young guys in bands have watched me from the side of the stage and marveled. 'How does he do it?' I know how to do it. Experience matters."

      Stanley has a point. Such aging rockers as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney are clearly in a class that's light years ahead of such baby-faced acts as Blink 182, Good Charlotte and the All-American Rejects.

      "It's not surprising that [Springsteen, the Stones and McCartney] put on great shows at their age," Stanley says. "They know their craft. It's no slap at younger musicians. You really do get better with age. You have to take care of yourself though."

      Take care of yourself? That's not something for which Stanley, who appeared in the legendary documentary, Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years, is known.

      "If I was a mess day and night for all these years, fans would be surprised that I'm still able to do what I do," he says. "As far as all of the debauchery goes, I never wanted to live someone else's cartoonish vision of what being a rock star is all about. I never wanted to be that drugged-out caricature.

      "If you are that, you will become pathetic and penniless," he continues. "If my lifestyle, which is far from out of hand, doesn't give me validity in the eyes of critics, well, damn the critics. I know so many critics love watching some poor sap walk on the edge of a building and hoping that he'll jump. I'm not up there and I'm not going up there. The view I have from where I'm at is just fine."


  • Fears for ears excerpt (DMAAT)
      Aero related excerpt from article on concert sound and the affect on hearing. To read the entire article, use the link provided at the bottom....

      Even sound distribution

      Now, speakers are placed vertically, and computers are used to balance the sound in the halls, giving equal sound from the best seat in the house to the worst one, says Edwards, who's manager of Sound on Stage, which handles shows at such venues as Shoreline Amphitheatre and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

      "It gives the illusion of being loud, when it really isn't, not quantity, but quality," Edwards says.

      These sophisticated systems are expensive, a cost that's passed on in higher ticket prices, Edwards says. A big arena band, such as Aerosmith, uses 76 speaker enclosures, each costing about $9,500. Such systems are too pricey for nightclubs, which still use the more conventional systems with horizonal speakers.

      But loudness may be exactly what an audience wants.

      Excerpt From:

  • Military Families - Best Seats in the "House" for NFL Kickoff Concert (DMAAT)
      August 28, 2003
      NFL Pre-game Show Highlights Military
      by K.L. Vantran American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON -- Military men and women and their families will have front-row seats to a free concert to kick off the 2003 National Football League season here Sept. 4.

      The event, formally promoted as "NFL Kickoff Live 2003 From the National Mall Presented by Pepsi Vanilla," will salute America's service members and Department of Defense civilians. It will begin 6 p.m. Sept. 4 and feature musical performers Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears and Aerosmith. Aretha Franklin will be performing the national anthem.

      The location will be in roughly the same place as the annual Fourth of July concert near the U.S. Capitol.

      The rain-or-shine event is open to the public, but is designed to honor America's military forces, especially those who have participated in the global war on terrorism.

      Service members, who are encouraged to wear open-collar dress uniforms, may register at the U.S. Army Installation Management Agency Web site [] by clicking on the Operation Tribute to Freedom icon.

      Beginning 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4, service members in uniform with ID, can pick up wristbands at one of four Operation Tribute to Freedom tents set up on the mall. Wristbands, given on a first-come, first-serve basis, allow recipients access to the front sections of the concert area. Before entering the concert area, all guests will go through a security screening area.

      This is a great opportunity for soldiers, Sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their civilian counterparts to get out, relax and get some entertainment, said Army Col. Daniel Wolfe, executive officer, Operation Tribute to Freedom Task Force.

      "It's a really wonderful event," he added. "It's terrific for the NFL to recognize the troops and what better place to do that than on the mall in our nation's capital."

      There will be large video display screens throughout the concert area. Following the concert, the screens will broadcast the season opener between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets at FedEx Field, located in nearby suburbs.

      "We had a spectacular first-ever kickoff event last year in New York City to celebrate the resilient spirit of the city and America," NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said in an NFL news release. "We are looking forward to this season's opening game in the nation's capital, which presents a unique opportunity to salute the military and other public servants."

      Part of the concert event will be televised live before the game, from 8 to 9 p.m. EDT on ABC. The one-hour show will be shown after the game on the West Coast. It will also be broadcast on American Forces Radio and Television Service.

      Updates on the event will be posted on the IMA Web site. []


  • More on the WZLX Perry Interview (DMAAT)
      Hey guys - its me "Dark Angel". WZLX replayed that interview I posted about with Joe Perry on Wednesday 8/27. Between the concert, work, and a messed up computer, I haven't had much time on line since.

      Anyways, there were a couple of things Joe spoke about that I missed/forgot about and left out of my post.

      Joe spoke about the Food Network special. They joked about him having a typical "rock star" breakfast at 2:00 pm. But he said this would be aired in January or February. This was the thing I forgot to include.

      And the part that I missed: Joe said that the band is possibly doing the Super Bowl again! He did say that they would probably be doing something in the pre show and not the half time show this go round. Like many, this chic is hoping that whatever it is does not include any little pop stars!!!

      The band was supposed to be doing some press conference with The Patriots on Thursday - which is probably not related to the Super Bowl. Instead it must have had something to do with the charity work and such that Joe mentioned during that interview. But as I think Terry mentioned, that press conference was postponed. On a side note, I feel bad for all the folks that went to the show on Wednesday night and had to get on the highway. The concert traffic ended up meeting up with The Patriots game traffic just a couple of miles down the road. That must have sucked!

      Other than the other usual stuff that Joe has mentioned in many of his recent KISS and Aerosmith coming from 2 different ends of the spectrum to deliver the same thing, enjoying touring with KISS...I think I covered it all.

  • Top 100 guitarists in Rolling Stone
      Joe Perry is #48 on the top 100 guitarists list of all time in "Rolling Stone" magazine..

  • NFL Concert Kickoff Schedule (DMAAT)
      Aero gets the most time AND it is during the "broadcast period". So maybe we'll end up with 3 songs instead of the orignally rumored 2.

      Thursday, Sept. 4
      4 p.m. - Concert Gates Open for General Public
      5:30 p.m. - DJ Scribble and DJ Riz Perform Onstage
      6 p.m. - Crowd Welcome - Mayor of D.C., Joe Theismann and Joe Namath
      6:15 p.m. - Redskins Cheerleaders Performance
      6:25 p.m. - Good Charlotte
      7:20 p.m. - Mary J. Blige
      7:45 p.m. - Britney Spears
      8:15 p.m. - John Madden and Al Michaels from FedEx Field
      8:25 p.m. - Aerosmith
      8:55 p.m. - Aretha Franklin performs the National Anthem
      9:08 p.m. - New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins broadcast from FedEx Field


  • Steven in Cat Fancy (DMAAT)
      The October issue of Cat Fancy magazine has rock legends and the felines in their lives. There is a story about Steven Tyler saving his wife, daughter and cat from a fire in 1991. There are also stories about Rikki Rockett of Poison, Cory Wells from Three Dog Night, legendary bassist Billy Sheehan, Kate Pierson of the B-52's, Billy Morris of Warrant, Geoff Nichols from Black Sabbath and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

      We Just Love This Guy
      Steven Tyler - Aerosmith

      If there ever were an Unsung Hero, Cat Fancy has an unsung hero each month worth crooning about, it would be Aerosmith leader singer Steven Tyler. Why do we lift him up at Cat Fancy? Let us acquaint you with the little-known story, pulled from archives of The Patriot Ledger near Tyler's hometown of Marshfield, Mass.

      On Dec. 18, 1991, Tyler was working out with a personal trainer in the barn that housed a gym on the family's property. At about 9 a.m., he received a call from his wife, Teresa. There was a fire in the house, and she and their 3-year-old daughter, Chelsea, were trapped on the second floor. Teresa dropped an emergency chain ladder, but as she was 8 months pregnant she couldn't carry Chelsea as she climbed down the shaky device.

      Tyler, though, came running. He climbed up the ladder, scooped Chelsea and dropped the toddler into the arms of his personal trainer. The fire department soon arrived, but Tyler realized there was one more kid in the house -- his cat. Apparently taking firefighters off guard, Tyler ran into the house and safely retrieved his feline friend. The entire family -- including the cat --- was unharmed, but Tyler twisted his ankle in the incident, requiring him to hobble on crutches for a time.

      Steven Tyler couldn't be reached for comment on this cool story -- at press time. Aerosmith was recording a new album and preparing to go on tour with Kiss -- but we still wanted to tip our hats to this rockin' cat lover.
      -- Bridget C. Johnson.

      Was told by my friend, that this story is NOT on the web site yet, but the magazine IS on the shelves now.

  • More info on Aero in D.C.
      Here's more information about Aerosmith's performance on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on September 4th.

  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} Billboard BoxScore and News
      Aerosmith & KISS, Saliva at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge in Bristow, Va. on Aug. 9, 2003:

      With tickets ranging in prices from $45 - $127 and 21,088 of 22,454 attending, the show comes in 7th for the week ending Sept 7 grossing $1,510,372. {sold out}

      Aerosmith & KISS, Saliva at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. on Aug. 11, 2003:

      With tickets ranging in price from $47.50 - $137 and 16,902 of 16,944 attending, the show comes in 10th for the week of Sept 7 grossing $1,241,342 {sold out}

      Also, expect an announcment soon about a partnership between Aerosmith and the NFL.

  • TV guide
      Steven's in this weeks TV guide. Page 18. Starstyle. It's a picture from 1990.

  • Fenway Park
      The Red Sox were on TV & they were talking about the Springsteen show at Fenway & they had the Red Sox business manager on with them. He was asked whether or not more artists would appear at Fenway if the Springsteen concert was judged to be a success. One of the artists mentioned was Aerosmith, so there's a possibility they may play at Fenway Park


  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Mansfield, MA (2)
      From as reported by Tony:

      Mansfield, MA
      Tweeter Center

      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Adam's Apple
      Nobody's Fault
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Mama Kin

      Interesting Notes:
      - ADAM'S APPLE! Very nice and obscure track! First playing of this song since 1/17/98 in New Haven and MAYBE only the 3rd time played in 20+ years! VERY COOL! It sounded like they have been playing it for this past 25 years...VERY VERY KILLER SOUND!
      - During Dream On, Tyler sang the chorus into someones cell phone.
      - Mama Kin replaces Train at the close, and LTMDTT replaces Kin at the Top!
      - Tony once again is the man this evening. Even though he almost dislocated his finger going for Joe's shirt...he hooked it up again tonight!

  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Camden, NJ
      From as reported by Kristen:

      Camden, NJ
      Tweeter Center

      Mama Kin
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Toys In The Attic

      Interesting Notes:
      - Same songs, a little switching up of the spots. Toys is an interesting closer, and LTMDTT is interesting in that spot.
      - Steven used the trapeze to swing on, and Joe was on FIRE! (what else is new though? ;p)

  • Thundertrain Debate!
      I saw the THUNDERTRAIN'S show Saturday; great, swaggering, unapologetic '70s cock rock. I had a blast. (NOISE BOARD)

      Whoever the jackass was that thought it would be a good idea to transfer this bands' vinyl to CD should be strung up. Don't enourage this type of behavior. (WORMTOWN BOARD)

      Anyone see any of their reunion shows last week?
      I saw them at the Midway.
      They were corny as hell,but I enjoyed them a lot!
      They must've been something back in the day. (NOISE BOARD)

      Mach Bell in goofy bugeyed sunglasses and shiny pleather pants with the geriatric bunch of washed-up rockers that made up 2/3's of the band limped their way through some of the 'train-wreck's "hits." I was around at that time- don't remember those as "hits" or else I've blocked them out. It was like driving by a car accident- you don't want to but you just gotta look. (WORMTOWN BOARD)

      Their T.T.'s show was a blast. Mach's got a great sense of humor about it all too. I mean, the guy was wearing vinyl pants, bug-eye shades, and a plaid jacket that looked like it was ripped off of one of the Bosstones' grandmothers, and he was climbing around on the amps making quips like, "I'd tell you that this is a show you'll tell your grandchildren about, but I'm afraid that you'd go home and tell them TONIGHT!" Ha. (NOISE BOARD)

      I realised about 2 songs into the show why Joe Perry was so fucked up on heroin during the JP Project when Mach was singing with them... (WORMTOWN BOARD)

      Tough review for Thundertrain on the bulletin board (see under reviews). I didn't see them but have heard the album and I must say, its pretty good esp. in the context of when and where it was made. I have heard Mach sing recently as part of Bleu's celebrity choir thing, and I can testify that he's got an amazing voice, a ton of control and range and great tone, so I'm bummed I missed them. (NOISE BOARD)

      If you didnt check out Thundertrain at any of their shows this past week you missed out on a really fun time!! I saw 3 of their 6 shows and each one was better than the one before. The one last night in Holliston (singer Mach Bell's hometown) was a total blast!! If anyone should be doing "Cum on Feel The Noize" (which they did last night) it is Thundertrain. I always thought of Mach as the American Noddy Holder. Too bad it looks like this was a one shot deal 'cause they definitely can still ROCK!! I used to go see them back in the day and they were so totally over the top and outrageous every show was a spectacle. Mach still has the voice and the band played extremely well considering they had only two practices and hadnt played in 23 years!!!!!!!!!!!
      Anyone who is into the NY Dolls, early Aerosmith, should pick up a copy of their "Teenage Suicide" cd . You won't be disappointed. (NOISE BOARD)

      ...all I could think about while Thundertrain were playing was Spinal Tap.

      what the fuck can be said about thundertrain that hasn't been raked over the coals a thousand times? i first saw 'em in like, '77 --- the easy way out is to say they were aerosmith clones (the singer even went on to front the joe perry project years later) --- well, nothing's changed --- they even dragged out their shout-along number (something about rock, i guess), where they get even to chant "disco sucks!," except he had to update it a little, w/some spiel about "techno, whatever they call it now, it's all the same fuckin' shit! DISCO SUCKS! DISCO SUCKS!"
      what's weirder than seeing the sex pistols in 2003? seeing thundertrain in 2003.
      i highly recommend all such pointless, acid-flashback type excursions to get an even stranger perspective on things. (NOISE BOARD)

      I'm sorry to have missed history. And I didn't even know about the TTs show. Rats rats! (NOISE BOARD)

  • Patricia Schenck's days in AeroHistory
      Aug. 27 On this day in AeroHistory:

      1971 Aerosmith plays in Brownsville VT at The Savage Beast

      1976 Aerosmith plays in San Francisco CA at The Cow Palace (Rick Derringer and Spirit open)

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Reading UK at the Reading Festival (Queen and Graham Parker open)

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Saratoga Springs NY at the Performing Arts Center

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods (4 Non Blondes open)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Burgettstown PA at Star Lake Amphitheater (Collective Soul opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at the Tweeter Center (Kiss and Saliva open)


      Aug. 28 On this day in AeroHistory:

      1971 Aerosmith plays in Brownsville VT at The Savage Beast

      1975 Aerosmith plays in LArgo MD at the Capital Centre (Slade, REO Speedwagon open)

      1976 Aerosmith plays in San Francisco CA at The Cow Palace (Rick Derringer, Spirit open)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in San Bernardino, CA at Orange Amphitheater (Black N'Blue open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Newark OH at Buckeye Lake Music Center (Guns N'Roses open)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in COlumbus OH at Polaris Amphitheater (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Selma TX at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Wantagh NY at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach (Kid Rock/Run DMC open)


      Aug. 29 On this day in AeroHistory:

      1971 Aerosmith plays in Brownsville VT at The Savage Beast

      1975 Aerosmith plays in New York City NY for the Shaeffer Music

      Festival at Wollman Rink in Central Park (Ted Nugent opens)

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Honolulu HI at Blaisdell Center Arena (Rick Derringer opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Ottawa Ontario Canada at CNE Grandstand Stadium (4 Non-Blondes)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Wantaugh NY at Jones Beach Amphitheatre (Collective Soul opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Camden NJ at Tweeter Center at the Waterfront (Kiss and Saliva opens)


      Aug. 30 On this day in AeroHistory:

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Honolulu HI at Blaisdell Center Arena (Rick Derringer opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Wilkes-Barre PA at Pocono Downs (Guns N'Roses open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Bologne Italy at Arena Festa Dell'Unita

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Toronto Ontario Canada at CNE Grandstand Stadium (4 Non-Blondes open)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Wantaugh NY at Jones Beach Amphitheatre (Collective Soul opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Tinley Park IL at World Music Amphitheatre (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Woodlands TX at Woodlands Pavilion

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Wantagh NY at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach (Kid Rock/Run DMC open)

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Thin Lizzy - Fighting (1975)

News as of August 26, 2003
  • Joe Perry Interview on WZLX Boston (DMAAT)
      Posted by "Dark Angel" aka Lisa on AF1 message board (couple of typo edits by Aeroluvr):

      I was just driving home from work and caught ZLX interviewing Joe from his tour bus at the Tweeter Center (as I am sitting here in shock that I am not there tonight!!!). Anyway, it was about a solid 15 minute interview.

      First they commented on how awesome Joe's bus is. Joe said it was about 45 feet long and 11 feet high - "the biggest they come right now" he said. He has 2 plasma TV's in there, regular phones and the internet. He said every time he goes home, his audio/visual guys tweek the thing a little more. The DJ's joked that if or when The Patriots make it to the Super Bowl again, they were going to head down there with Joe on the bus

      Joe seemed to stutter a bit on his words throughout the whole interview (I'm thinking it's a bit of excitement/nerves for tonight). They spoke about the Blues album, which again he noted would be out probably in February. When they asked him if there were any original Aerosmith numbers on there, he pulled out a copy of the disc (so of course the DJ's joked throughout the rest of the interview about stealing it). He said there are just a few out there and that they have to be very careful with them. He noted that they were numbered and encypted and joked about someone leaving one behind in the car. They do not want them ending up the internet. But the disc they have right now has 5 original Aero tunes on it. All of his comments on the album were the same that we've heard. Blues that will rock like Aerosmith songs.

      He said they'd probably be touring through the holidays. He talked about possibly "taking this machine" over sees in the spring (with Kiss). He also talked about probably getting back on the road in "next fall with some summer dates" (I know - doesn't make sense, but that's what he said). He talked about Aerosmith always dreaming of doing some college dates and some club dates and hopefully being able to get some of that in while touring for the blues album.

      He had the usual comments about touring with Kiss that we've been hearing. He commented on not always thinking they give their best performance here at home because there is always such a party backstage that sometimes it's hard to focus, but he said they were able to get through that last year and were very pleased with their shows here last year. Says he was confident that they'd do the same tonight and Wednesday. He also commented on the set list - saying that it is shorter because they are co-headlining, but they feel they have been successful "uping the excitement level to make up for the shorter list". They wanted to pack it in and not waste any time and feel they are delivering.

      He commented on getting together and partnering with the Patriots and NFL on some upcoming projects. Not just the opening day show they we know about, but he noted some charity events and something about the 40th anniversary of Houston or space or something (I missed a few seconds there). But it sounded like there would be some announcements coming up regarding these events. The guys are going to be heading over to Gillette Stadium to hang out with The Pats either tomorrow or Friday - he said the Pats have a real intense practice schedule this week so they have to see which day will work better.

      I'm pretty sure that was about it. I suck at the little details sometimes, but tried real hard to get this down to share as soon as I could. But it was cool to hear Joe chatting with the guys. It really wasn't some formal press interview so Joe seemed pretty loose and open and excited for the show tonight.


  • Switched (DMAAT)
      On ABC family there is this show called, "Switched." It's where these two boy switched places for a week. One of them lived in Vermont, and him and his friends went into a little restaurant, they we're sitting around and Steven Tyler comes up behind the guy and mumbles something into ear.. took the boy awhile to realize it was Steven, he said "that was the guy from Aerosmith!" and all these girls were screaming and covering their mouths from excitement, then Steven walked away. He mentions again that he met the guy from Arosmith.

  • Review of first Boston Show - Boston Globe Today (DMAAT)
      Mentions a Fleet Center Show later in the year...remember this is the "anti-Aero" paper in Boston..compared to the Herald but.....

      Aerosmith's power leaves Kiss behind
      By Steve Morse, Globe Staff, 8/26/2003

      MANSFIELD -- Kiss had the gimmicky, arena-style pyrotechnics, but Aerosmith had the true heat at this entertaining matchup of so-called rock superpowers last night at the Tweeter Center.

      As Kiss singer Paul Stanley told the sold-out crowd, "We got two major superpowers -- the Aerosmith Aeroforce and the Kiss Army." But as we've all learned from modern military maneuvers, a good air force is hard to beat and that was the case last night.

      While Kiss bassist Gene Simmons spewed fake blood during his band's opening set, Aerosmith played with real guts during its megadecibel, mop-up operation. The Boston bad boys didn't play as long as many fans would have liked (90 minutes), but they still blew past the 11 p.m. curfew by 15 minutes.

      "Tonight there is no curfew," Aerosmith's Steven Tyler announced to the crowd early on. "All I want to hear you say is, `All night long! All night long!' " The crowd complied, though the band did finish earlier than this summer's neighborhood-peeving 11:30 p.m. show by Pearl Jam.

      Aerosmith jumped out of the blocks with a torrid trio of tunes in "Mama Kin" (with Tyler scampering down a specially built 60-foot ramp into the audience), the metallic "Toys in the Attic," and "Love in an Elevator," with guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford playing interweaving crescendos.

      The band slowed down for MTV hits "Pink" and "Jaded," but hit some new highs with a blues medley. "The blues done Boston-style," Perry said of the funkier adaptations of the classics "Stop Messin' Round" and "Baby Please Don't Go," with Tyler ripping into a harmonica solo that Jerry Portnoy would have admired. New stage neon was also unveiled, including a massively lit Aerosmith "Wings" logo, a "Honkin' on Bobo" sign (the tentative title of next year's planned blues album) and, of course, a naked neon stripper or two.

      With Joey Kramer pounding on a bass drum that had the words "Rocksimus Maximus" on it, and bassist Tom Hamilton further girding the rhythm section, Aerosmith flew home with such classics as "Same Old Song and Dance," "Walk This Way," and "Sweet Emotion." Kiss wound up the crowd up with a much more stock, show-bizzy set, proving that time has stood still for them during the last 20 years. It was effects-heavy (with Simmons's fake blood and his walk in the rafters), but anthems such as "Shout it Out Loud," "God of Thunder," and "Firehouse" (with red lights swirling like emergency beacons) connected with the faithful (Simmons also was presented with a birthday cake from buxom members of the Kiss Army).

      Perhaps responding to the challenge of touring with Aerosmith, Kiss played more crisply than usual and showcased new guitarist Tommy Thayer.

      Look for this same double bill to play the FleetCenter later this year.

      Oh yes, Saliva opened up early with a a promising set of radio-friendly rock keyed by the recent hit "Your Disease."


  • And here's the Boston Herald One.... (DMAAT)
      Bad ol' boys rock on: Aerosmith, Kiss deliver metal with classic style
      By Brett Milano
      Tuesday, August 26, 2003

      It was the most hyped double bill of the summer, and probably the highest priced one as well. But last night's Aerosmith/Kiss double bill delivered just what fans would hope for: loads of hits, loads of cheap thrills, and two ageless bands within spitting distance of peak form.

      The only real drawback was the abbreviated set times, with each band getting only a 75-minute set. Aerosmith wound up breaking curfew and playing their scheduled encore, ``Train Kept A-rollin' '' without leaving the stage first. But it might have been smarter to just start the show earlier instead of throwing the less than inspired band Saliva on stage as an opening act.

      Aerosmith played all of their rock and none of their schlock, mixing early standards with the best of their latter day hits (``Jaded,'' ``Cryin' '') but steering clear of their latest ballad hits. Their guest keyboard player didn't get in the way of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford's guitars, and a ramp allowed Perry and singer Steven Tyler to take a few runs into the audience.

      The easy highlight of Aerosmith's set was a three-song teaser for their upcoming blues album. An old Aretha Franklin hit, ``I Never Loved a Woman the Way I Love You'' made a perfect fit, thanks to Perry's sleazy slide guitar. And a pair of blues standards, ``Stop Messing Round'' (sung by Perry) and ``Baby Please Don't Go'' proved that they've always had the soul of a hell-raising bar band.

      Kiss sounded fine for a band that absolutely, positively played its farewell concert three years ago. Having changed their minds, they're back to their old tricks, complete with the usual explosions, levitating drums and strobe lights. New guitarist Tommy Thayer played like a clone of the departed Ace Frehley, even wearing the same makeup. And you have to love the social conscience that front man Paul Stanley displayed when he said, ``People, I know there's been some bad news in the world lately, but let's rock and roll all night and party every day.''

      Along with their rarely played ``100,000 Years,'' the only surprise in KISS' set, was a cake that was presented in honor of bassist Gene Simmons' 54th birthday. Simmons also proved once again that bass solos always sound better when the bass player is wiggling his tongue, spitting out blood and dangling 20 feet in the air.


  • {{ SET LIST: Mansfield, MA}}
      Mansfield, MA
      Tweeter Center

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Train Kept A Rollin'

      Interesting Notes:
      - Same set 5 of last 6 shows. Wed night WILL have changes...
      - Stop Messin' included 3 solos. One from Russ, one Joe, and one Brad.
      - Brad played a kick ass Les Paul goldtop on Fault..all leads. KILLER.
      - Band dressed in ALL black. For a reason?
      - Thanks to Tony (aka Motherpopcorn) for the quick hookup!

  • Buffalo Darien Lake Concert Review (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith rules; Kiss gives lip service
      News Contributing Reviewer
      Steve Tyler of Aerosmith sings onstage Saturday at Darien Lake.

      The Kiss Army was in full evidence at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening, as Kiss and Aerosmith shared a much-hyped double bill. Kiss makeup and costumes were the order of the day both onstage and in the audience, but it was fellow '70s hard rock legends Aerosmith who stole the show.

      Kiss astounded on their 1996 reunion tour, as anyone who caught the HSBC Arena show will surely attest, and Kiss members have always suggested they care about their fans more than any other band. It was troubling, then, to learn that the band had purchased the best seats in the house at Darien Lake, in order to sell them through its Web site as part of premium packages that cost as much as $1,000 each. This seems to contradict the "all for the fans" idea.

      Kiss offered a set identical to the one played on its last few tours. Essentially, it was a greatest hits package, with all the usual bells, whistles and explosions we'd expect from the band. Kiss ignored much of its back catalog, comprised of fine songs many Kiss fans would have likely rather heard. The band seemed to be going through the motions, with only one track, the unexpected "I Want You," offering any glimpse of nonhit, deep-cut material. Throughout the set, drummer Peter Criss dragged the beat and seemed to be having a rough go of it keeping time. His playing lacked punch and precision.

      New guitarist Tommy Thayer did an acceptable job recreating original guitarist Ace Frehley's most memorable licks, but he changed a few solos, most notably the lead break in "God of Thunder," which was disappointing.

      On a positive note, bassist Gene Simmons appears to have lost some weight. That's a good thing. There's nothing worse than an overweight demon-bat!

      The standard, hit-heavy set, combined with the extreme ticket prices for the best seats through the band's Web site, left this longtime Kiss fan disappointed. Conversely, Aerosmith delivered the goods from the get-go. The band is clearly the greatest American rock band to emerge from the '70s still performing with its original members.

      Opening with a burning "Mama Kin," the band wasted no time slamming into "Toys in the Attic," laying down a blues-based hard rock sound that set the tone for the rest of the night. Long ramps extending into the audience meant fans had a great view throughout, and a mid-show stripped-down set on a revolving stage was a real highlight. The band played a number of tunes from its forthcoming album of blues covers, "Honkin' on Bobo." Guitarist Joe Perry handled lead vocals on one, while vocalist Steven Tyler blew a smoking harp.

      The set's highlight was the deep-cut "Nobody's Fault," from the classic '70s album "Rocks." Band and audience both were visibly excited about this tune.

      Of course, a few MTV hits reared their heads, but we'll forgive the band. Strong versions of "Sweet Emotion" and "Train Kept A-Rollin' " closed the show on a high note. Bottom line: Even though the members of Aerosmith are in their 50s, they play like a hungry gang of 20 year-olds.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Brownsville VT at The Savage Beast

      1976 Steven Tyler is on the cover of the Rolling Stone

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Freson CA at Selland Arena (Rick Derringer and Spirit open)

      1977 Aerosmith plays in London UK at George Martin Air Studios

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Los Angeles CA at the Greek Theatre (Black N'Blue opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods (Guns N'Roses open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Utrecht Netherlands at Stadion Gaiganwaard

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods (4 Non-Blondes open)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Largo MD at US Air Arena (Collective Soul opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Bonner Springs KS at Sandstone Amphitheater (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Phoenix AZ at Cricket Pavilion

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Tweeter Center (Kid Rock/Run DMC open)

  • A message from the webmaster...
      Today I'll be moving to Umeå, as I'll start studying there tomorrow.. As of the present I have neither internet connection nor even a computer there. I've ordered one, but don't know when I'll get it. Bad planning on my part not getting one earlier... obviously I won't be able to update this page for now... We'll see if I'll come home here on Sunday, maybe, to do some work, but nothing's certain...

      Please refer from flooding my e-mail box. I feel the risk that the account will be filled up is fairly big anyway, due to all those damn virus and spam mails, when I'm unable to clear it regulary... :(

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Thunder - Behind Closed Doors (1995)
Best Classic Rock band to emerge in the '90's!?!!

News as of August 25, 2003
  • Liv in Playboy! (DMAAT)
      HAHA! GOTCHA! I'm mean aren't I?
      Actually not totally false - in October 2003 Edition of Playboy - there is a little snipit about Liv's wedding, and Bebe putting out an album, 3 pictures. Its towards the back - and subscribers to Playboy already have it. Look for it out on the newstands shortly.

  • Pic of Joe at Car Show (DMAAT)
      Added as part of JB news most recent update, here

  • Kiss your money good-bye (DMAAT)
      Kiss your money good-bye
      Wanna meet the band? It'll cost you, but fans say it's worth it
      Journal Sentinel pop music critic
      Last Updated: Aug. 23, 2003
      Aerosmith tickets for $650?!

      Meet the Band
      Jason White spent $2,000 on a pair of VIP packages for himself and wife Brandy to celebrate his 30th birthday with KISS at the band's recent show in his hometown of Indianapolis.

      KISS fan Gregg Aldana poses backstage in Bristow, Va., with members of the band. Aldana shelled out four figures for his VIP experience, and he says it was worth it.

      It's a bargain, my friend.

      In the emerging world of VIP concert tickets, four-digit price tags are not uncommon for packages that can include front row seats, a photo op with the band and even an autographed guitar. Like Internet pre-sales and dues-charging fan clubs, pricey concert packages are a new way for bands to make a buck off their die-hard fan bases.

      While some observers believe VIP packages are purely profit-motivated, other industry experts contend that, in this case, greed really is good - fans get unprecedented access and extra special souvenirs.

      "I don't think it's greed. I think there are some bands that may try it out of greed, but the true professionals are doing it for the fans," said John Kunz, executive director of Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, which will host two VIP package-selling bands, Aerosmith and KISS, on Sept. 6.

      "Now, instead of the bands deciding who gets to meet them, the fans decide if they want to meet the bands," Kunz added.

      And the fans are buying.

      Jason White spent $2,000 on a pair of VIP packages for himself and wife Brandy to celebrate his 30th birthday with KISS at the band's recent show in his hometown of Indianapolis.

      "The last couple shows, I paid close to that amount to scalpers. Why not get backstage and meet the band, too?" said White.

      The "Platinum Experience" package landed the Whites great seats, special T-shirts and laminates, professionally snapped photos posing with KISS and a half-hour of quality time chatting with the band, plus a load of KISS-themed loot.

      White said he has no problem forking over cash that would probably otherwise land in a scalper's pocket.

      "I'm a businessman, and they're businessmen, too," said White, a general manager at a collision repair service.

      "It makes wonderful sense for the bands and I don't blame them for taking advantage of a situation that others have been taking advantage of for years," White added.

      The members of KISS have been consummate self-marketers throughout their three-decade-plus career - what other band has marketed its own brand of coffins, credit cards and condoms? Selling backstage access seems like a natural for the face-painted foursome.

      Current co-headlining tour mates Aerosmith also have their own "Velvet Rope Backstage Pass."

      For $650 per person, the pass - which is available to Aero Force One fan club members who've paid their $35 annual membership - promises a seat in the first 10 rows and a pre-show party, sans band. According to the Web site, however, "though never guaranteed, these packages often include chances to meet band and crew."

      The Net highs, lows
      That chance to meet the band and crew can amount to high-fiving Steven Tyler as his chauffeured SUV drives by and eating roadie lunch leftovers, however, as Gregg Aldana, 27, learned when he purchased both the KISS Platinum Experience and Aerosmith Velvet Rope packages for the bands' Aug. 9 show at the Nissan Pavilion, outside Washington, D.C.

      Aldana posted a detailed accounting of the evening's highs and lows at his Web site ( In an e-mail interview, Aldana reported that despite a few disappointments, it was a worthwhile experience.

      "What did it for me was finally getting to take a professional picture with all four KISS members in makeup . . . in addition to great seats and interaction with the band, the picture is the ultimate souvenir with KISS Army bragging rights for life!" enthused Aldana.

      Aldana, a software engineer who lives in Alexandria, Va., has seen KISS more than 30 times in concert and met the band backstage informally in the early '90s, but was a VIP package newbie until his Aug. 9 double-header.

      Would he pay four figures for another VIP experience with his favorite band again?

      "In a heartbeat," Aldana replied.

      Base ticket prices for the Aerosmith / KISS bill at Alpine Valley are $128 for reserved pavilion seating, $48 for the lawn. Even those not-cheap "regular guy" seats are selling well for what Clear Channel's Kunz said will be the largest-scale production ever mounted at the outdoor East Troy venue.

      Base ticket prices for the Sept. 5 Marcus Amphitheater date on Alabama's farewell tour are more affordable at $10-$50. But the country legend's top-end VIP package sends fans home with one heck of a doggie bag.

      For a base price of $1,004.75, the Platinum Bama package includes a seat in the first two rows, backstage post-show pass and photo with the band plus a limited edition, autographed and numbered Epiphone electric guitar.

      Most venues on the current Alabama tour have been selling out of the 20 or so Platinum Bama packages. High-end packages for Aerosmith and KISS have all been sellouts.

      All three bands also have been doing brisk business with mid-level VIP deals in the $150-$300 range which typically include band merchandise and either a guaranteed seat in a premium section or "first shot" at seats through a special Internet pre-sale.

      Ticketing clout
      "Everybody is searching to find the top end of the business . . . Fans will do crazy things - and are willing to pay for it," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert industry tracker Pollstar.

      Bongiovanni believes VIP packages may be a growing trend. Bands are seeing profits in other areas fall as CD sales tumble and record labels continue their traditional chokehold on royalties.

      "The economy of the entertainment business has dictated that even the biggest artists make only a tiny percentage off recorded music," said Bongiovanni.

      "But in the concert business, the lion's share of that ticket price goes to the artists. They've realized that's where they have the most clout," Bongiovanni added.

      The current sluggish economy hasn't hurt the high-end VIP sales, either.

      "There's always going to be that select market, maybe only 10 or 20 people, willing to fork over that kind of money," Bongiovanni said.

      In fact, given the economy's current state, the popularity of VIP packages among fans is surprising even industry veterans.

      "When we heard that price, we were all taken aback," said Kunz about the Platinum Bama package.

      "But what would you do to meet your favorite band?" Kunz added. "I'm a huge Eddie Van Halen fan and if I wasn't in this business, if I could get a signed guitar and meet Eddie, I'd pay it."

      VIP packages are unlikely to become an industry-wide standard, however, because they won't work for every band, say experts.

      KISS, Aerosmith and Alabama all tend to draw fans who are 30 and older, have disposable income and are willing to pay for good seats - the same fan base that traditionally goes to ticket brokers and scalpers because they don't want to wait in line for tickets or sit in the rafters.

      "People want to pay for quality. The person going to that Alabama show is probably only going to one show this year," said Kunz.

      "If the band's not going to sell it for that price, the scalper will. At least you get a guitar," Kunz added.

      Rising bands and those that attract younger followings are likely to continue to use the traditional free "meet and greet" as a promotional tool. At the Milwaukee stop of the 2003 Vans Warped Tour earlier this month, for example, nearly all of the 70-plus bands performing set up their own booths to sign autographs and press the flesh with punk rock kids during the daylong event.

      The VIP package trend may mean the end of traditionally free face time, usually sponsored by a local radio station or fan club, for many established bands with older fan bases, however.

      Money-grubbing? Duh, say the fans who are still opening their wallets.

      "While I feel KISS is generally known as being greedy marketing geniuses that try to cash in on their fans at every chance, their VIP package is actually worth every penny," noted KISS Army lieutenant Aldana.

      At the same time, VIP packages are largely non-transferable, which means scalpers can't purchase them and then resell them for double the price.

      The only downside may be the unexpected dose of reality VIP ticket-holders can experience when they fulfill their dream of hanging with the guys who wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.

      "It was kind of a family atmosphere backstage," said KISS fan Jason White. "It sort of ruined the mystique of the wild rock and roll party."

      From the Aug. 24, 2003 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


  • Liv/Audrey/Givenchy (DMAAT)
      Very Irresistible Tyler
      (Filed: 21/08/2003)
      Actress Liv Tyler is re-enacting one of Audrey Hepburn's most famous roles - as the face of Givenchy. Jenni Baden Howard reports

      As a young girl, Liv Tyler used to sneak into a friend's bathroom and steal spritzes of her mother's perfume, Ysatis by Givenchy. An Eighties classic, it was the first fragrance that she bought. Twenty years later, the actress and rock princess (her father is Steve Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith) has been chosen as the face of Givenchy's latest scent.

      Dream come true: 'I have always been a big admirer of Audrey Hepburn' - Liv Tyler

      More than just a happy coincidence, Givenchy's casting decision is a canny one. Arriving on counters this week, Very Irresistible Givenchy launches with an advertising campaign inspired by the collaboration between the house's founder, Hubert de Givenchy, and his close friend, Audrey Hepburn. The designer credited his film star muse with introducing him to America, after Hepburn wore what she called his "divine gowns" in films such as Sabrina Fair and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

      The advertisements for Very Irresistible Givenchy are photographed by Mario Testino and feature Tyler wearing a selection of pieces from the autumn/winter 2003 haute couture collection. The black and white television commercial - which airs next month - was filmed in Paris.

      Although it includes a lot of Hepburn-style touches (Fifties chignons, shades and headscarves), Tyler remains very much herself. "It was of one of the most fun shoots of my life. We had a blast, and they captured it all on film," says the 26-year-old, whose film credits include Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and The Lord of The Rings trilogy.

      Tyler describes herself as "a bit of a beauty product whore - I'll try anything, but I always go back to my favourites". She lives in New York with her husband, Royston Langdon, the lead singer of the British band Spacehog. "I am a huge fan of the classic fashion houses and my favourite clothes and accessories are vintage, so going to Paris to work with Givenchy was a dream come true. To be approached was a privilege. Accepting was a no-brainer."

      Icon: Audrey Hepburn
      As well as representing Very Irresistible Givenchy, Tyler will be the face of its make-up range in 2004. "As someone whom people admire yet can relate to, Liv encapsulates the spirit of Givenchy," says David Titheridge, the British managing director of Parfums Givenchy. "Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy set a precedent of elegance, spontaneity and sensuality, and our association with Liv will help to ensure this mood lives on."

      Tyler says such comparisons are "overwhelming, beyond flattering". "I have always been a big admirer of Audrey Hepburn. She was truly inspiring, and always so herself," she says. "Her charm was that she was so real, and never afraid to speak for herself. And she used her power and time in such a positive way, by doing so much work for others."

      Although the new Givenchy fragrance pays homage to the Hubert de Givenchy/Hepburn legacy, it is not intended to replace L'Interdit, the enduringly popular fragrance that the designer created for Hepburn. Today, the rose-based "juice" (Givenchy and Hepburn both adored roses) remains almost the same, although it was made a little more sheer last year.

      Fittingly, Very Irresistible Givenchy is also full of roses (Peony, Fantasia, Passion, Emotion and Centifolia, among others). It is elegant, sexy and makes a statement, but in the most subtle way - something that came as a relief to Tyler. "My first impression was, 'Thank goodness, it smells good!'," she says. "I like discreet, subtle fragrances. I always wear just a hint - a little dab on my neck, wrists, belly button and ankles."

      Tyler applies the same, less-is-more rule to the rest of her beauty routine. "I love natural products. I like my skin to feel fresh and clean - it's impossible for me to go to bed without having washed my face. I cleanse my skin every morning and evening, use a moisturiser, and that's it. I also drink a lot of water."

      Her beauty essentials include lip balm and a bold lipstick that doubles as a creamy blush. Her favourite shade of lipstick is bright pink - the colour of the Very Irresistible Givenchy box and bottle (her husband recently gave her a bright pink bike, which she rides regularly to relax). Movie stars aside, Tyler's beauty role model is her yoga-loving, 70-year-old grandmother. "She's still in great shape. She takes care of her skin and body, and gives me lots of beauty tips."

      CAPTION: Dream come true: 'I have always been a big admirer of Audrey Hepburn' - Liv Tyler


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Brownsville VT at The Savage Beast

      1977 Aerosmith plays in London UK at George Martin Air Studios

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Los Angeles CA at the Greek Theatre (Black N'Blue opens)

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at Silver Stadium for Grand Slam 85

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Syracuse NY at the Fairgrounds

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Dortmund Germany at Westfallenhalle

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at the Tweeter Center (Kiss and Saliva open)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Rush - Caress of Steel (1975)

News as of August 24, 2003
  • Joe Perry Project video alert!
      For those who have VH1 Classic, today's Rock Fest is showing the video for "Black Velvet Pants," of the Joe Perry Project album "Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker." It comes on about 26 minutes into the show, after the Van Halen video "Blue Angels."

  • Heard on the radio...
      Aerosmith and Kiss are getting their joint concert itinerary back in shape after last week's blackout... Meanwhile, Aerosmith will support their home football team by attending a New England Patriots practice Tuesday; the group likely will announce an NFL partnership in the coming days. -

  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Darien Lake, NY
      Darien Lake, NY
      Darien Lake Six Flags P.A.C.

      Mama Kin
      Toys In THe Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Train Kept A Rollin'

      Interesting Notes:
      - Same setlist as previous 4 of 5 shows.
      - I think tonight's show broke the record for the consecutive nights that Nobody's Fault has been played. Great song, glad to see it get an extended look...
      - Thanks to Carolyn and Jennifer for the hookups. Extra special ladies deserve extra special lovin! Rock on ladies!

      Aerosmith is cooking up something EXTRA EXTRA special for their appearence on the National Football Leauge's Opening Night Bash....on Sept. 4th. Before the game vs the Jets and Redskins, Aerosmith will perform a couple of songs to celebrate opening night. They plan on dedicating a heart warming, tear jerking rendition of "Dream On" to the over 250,000 troops from Iraq. DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • Steven - Boston Globe (DMAAT)
      A sizzling summer for Aerosmith, Kiss
      By Steve Morse, Globe Staff, 8/22/2003

      The summer has seen some erratic box-office numbers for rock tours. Lollapalooza and Ozzfest have had their ups and downs. And so has Metallica's Summer Sanitarium Tour. But the home-run ball has been the Aerosmith/Kiss bill that has been packing them in everywhere.

      ''We went into this because Clear Channel [the promoters] said they did some homework on it and thought it would sell out -- and it's been great,'' says Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. ''The worst we did was 3,000 short of a sellout one night. So it's basically been selling out all the way through. And I look into the audience and see a lot of Kiss fans that I can convert. So I'm happy. Give me a chance and I'm there.''

      Aerosmith and Kiss, who will play a sold-out Tweeter Center on Monday and Wednesday, also once toured together in the '70s.

      ''I'm not sure it's a totally natural bill other than that we started in the '70s,'' says Tyler. ''As far as the show end of it goes, it is. But don't you think Aerosmith would be better linked up with AC/DC or someone from that genre? At the end of the day, though, you find out that a lot of Kiss fans are Aerosmith fans. They just want a good show and, believe me, they're getting it.''

      Aerosmith is headlining the tour, and one demand that Tyler made was to have a ramp built into the audience. He says it's better than having a separate B stage, which the band isn't using this tour (the last two Tweeter shows have featured a B stage on the lawn). ''It's 8 feet wide and 4 feet high and at least 60 feet long, so if you have [lousy] seats in the 100th row, I'm still in your face . . . It's long enough that when you take a walk, you almost got to pack a lunch.''

      Another feature is that the main stage is on a revolving platform that spins around halfway through the show to reveal new props (including $100,000 worth of neon lights) under which the band performs a set of blues songs. Aerosmith has been recording a blues album tentatively titled ''Honkin' on Bobo'' that will come out early next year.

      ''We do a couple of songs by Sonny Boy Williamson, and Dylan's `Broke Down Engine,' '' Tyler says of the blues set. ''And we're doing `Baby Please Don't Go,' which Van Morrison did with Them in 1966. And Muddy Waters also did it.

      ''When I was talking to [guitarist] Joe Perry about doing a blues album, I suggested two songs right off the bat. I told him I ain't doing it unless these songs are on it, and we made a pact. One of them was `Roadrunner.' My favorite version of that was by the Pretty Things. And I wanted `Baby Please Don't Go,' because that's what made me stand up and take notice back then.

      ''The truth of the matter is, we wanted to do a blues record nine or 10 years ago,'' Tyler says. ''And we had the corporates [the record label] loving the idea. We sat down and made a list of songs, then we found out that Eric Clapton had just done it and his album was being released a month after. So that kind of took the fire out of it. But the blues is the gist of what Aerosmith is all about. It started out acoustic and got electrified and Anglophiled . . . but it never really loses that recognizable center that makes it the blues. Like our song `Love in an Elevator' has a core of the blues. No matter how much Aerosmith tries to reinvent itself with `Cryin' and `Janie's Got a Gun,' we're still the same band.''

      The National Football League just recruited Aerosmith for a performance at the Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 4 to celebrate the start of the football season. Sharing the bill are Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, and Mary J. Blige. ''They also got 250,000 troops that just came back from Iraq and they're going to do a little thing with `Dream On' and play to the hearts of America,'' says Tyler. ''And maybe we'll stick `Sweet Emotion' in there and kick some butt.''

      And in case you didn't know, Tyler is a doctor these days, having received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music this spring. A Berklee ensemble also played a bunch of Aerosmith songs in his honor. ''They played nine or 10 Aerosmith songs beyond my wildest dreams,'' he says. ''I'd even release it as a CD. As you know, there have been a couple of albums with some bad Aerosmith versions, such as Yngwie Malmsteen doing `Mama Kin.' I mean, gag me with a spoon. Well, they're trying to do us justice, so maybe I shouldn't say that. But these Berklee kids really did the music well.''

      As for what other music Tyler has been enjoying lately, he quickly praises Audioslave. ''There are so many bands out there that wonder why they're irrelevant,'' he says. ''But what a great band Audioslave is. And my hero is their singer, Chris Cornell. When I hear their new single, I think, `God, there is hope.' ''


  • Harley 100th rumor (DMAAT)
      Rumors has it Aerosmith is playing at the Harley 100th in Milwaukee on the 30th. As of right now, Aerosmith is no where listed on the three-day event schedule of music artists nor mentioned on the site that I could find. There is also a special "after party" as mentioned on the 31st...will look a bit deeper for more on that one. Here's the link to the details on the Harley site:

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays their first show with Brad Whitford in Brownsville VT at The Savage Beast

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Malmo Sweden at Volk Park

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Clarkston MI at Pine Knob Music Theater (Adrenalin opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Ottawa Canada at Landsdowne Park (Collective Soul opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Maryland Heights MO at Riverport PAC (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Devore CA at Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Tweeter Center (Kid Rock/Run DMC open)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Ken Hensley - Eager To Please (1975)
Grand Funk Railroad - Grand Funk (1970)

News as of August 23, 2003
  • Aerosmith badmouths The Who!?!?
      As recently mentioned here, Joe and Tom were on that "I Love The 70's" show on VH1. In the 1978 episode a topic was "Who was better, Zeppelin or The Who?" They had various people talking about it, and Joe and Tom were on once again. Tom said something like "Zeppelin was more about sex and The Who were more about raw anger," or something to that effect. Then the topic came up of who was better, Jimmy Page or Pete Townshend? Tom said (regarding Pete and his style), and I quote, "Pete Townshend is just a very easily pissed off person and is very frustrated by the bullshit of life." Then Joe, who hadn't said a word during this whole time, all of a sudden says "he's also pissed off he can't play lead as well as some other guys, so he takes it out in other ways" LOL, it was just really unexpected, Perry ripping on Townshend..?!

  • Aero Dip Delight/Detroit Concert Refund/Reschedule Info (DMAAT)
      Rock Stars Bring Sweet Emotion To Local Ice Cream Shop
      Group's Concert Rescheduled Due To Blackout
      POSTED: 2:43 p.m. EDT August 22, 2003
      UPDATED: 3:03 p.m. EDT August 22, 2003

      WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Rock group Aerosmith delighted teenage fans during an unexpected visit to an ice cream shop.

      Band members riding motorcycles stopped Wednesday to ask directions and get custard ice cream at Mr. C's Custom Cone.

      Store owner Tom Dunleavy said he had no idea who they were until some of his female employees began to "go crazy."

      Lead singer Steven Tyler introduced himself and was "extremely nice to everyone in the place," Dunleavy told The Daily Oakland Press.

      As Tyler signed autographs, customers began taking his photograph and calling friends on their cell phones. It was not long before a crowd began to gather, so Dunleavy let the band eat inside the shop.

      "I was waiting on customers, and I said, `Oh, my God, it's Steven Tyler,"' said Laurie Sera, 17.

      She and co-worker Jill Dettloff, 17, were "freaking out," Sera said. They had their photos taken with the rocker.

      The band has been in the Detroit area since its concert was canceled by last week's blackout. The rescheduled Comerica Park concert with KISS and Ted Nugent is set for Sept. 7.

      Deadline Approaches

      Aerosmith, KISS, Ted Nugent and special guest Saliva made special arrangements to reschedule their canceled Aug. 15 show at Comerica Park to Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.

      Tickets for the Aug. 15 date will be honored for the rescheduled date. For those who can't make the reschedule date, refunds are available at the point of purchase or via mail for tickets purchased by phone or online.

      Refunds will be processed until Tuesday, Aug. 26.

      Those interested in a refund shoud send their tickets to:

      Attention: Customer Service Refunds
      Event: Aerosmith-Detroit
      4445 Corporation Lane
      Virginia Beach, VA 23462

      Tickets should be postmarked by Aug. 26. Ticketmaster recommends that customers send tickets via Priority Mail, but it is not required.

      Customers should also write "VOID" across the tickets before mailing them.


  • Harley 100th rumor
      Rumors has it Aerosmith is playing at the Harley 100th in Milwaukee on the 30th. Nothing official/confirmed though, so take it for what it is...

  • Download "One time to many"
      At you can download "One time to many" (with Steven Tyler) from Willie Nelson's album - Live And Kickin' (Downloads).

  • Visit to Rik Tinory productions
      A friend recently recorded at Rik Tinory productions in Cohasset, Mass. The studio is a virtual Aerosmith Museum with hundreds of incredible color pictures everywhere taken during the bands incredible stay for "Pump" and "Get A Grip," and where the legendary video, "The Making Of Pump" was made. Also, there were pictures of Aerosmith recording the segment of the "Simpsons" and on display was an ancient Mic that Elvis Presley used, and that Steven Tyler fell in love with and used for the hit "What It Takes." Also were highlighted the memorable MTV giveaway at the studio of 15 Harley Davidsons. And many gold records. I just read in the Patriot Ledger that Joe Perry recently built a similar studio he calls "Boneyard" in his Duxbury home with basically the same high end vintage gear that Rik Tinory Productions has. The studio is one of the oldest in the country, 45 years old. What a trip we had .

      Marlene Kendrick, Marthas Vineyard

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays in Providence RI

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Stockholm Sweden

      1985 Aerosmith plays in East Troy WI at Alpine Valley Music Center

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Berlin Germany at Walden Buhne

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Darien Center NY at Darien Lake Six Flags PAC (Kiss and Saliva open)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Änglagård - Epilog (1994)
Both their albums are now FINALLY back in print again, and now housed in beautiful digipak covers. If you have the slightest appreciation for the progressive music of the early '70's, you must get this one and "Hybris" (arguably even better!), they're just too good to be missed! It's hard to believe they were made by a Swedish act in the early '90's, as music that sounds this great usually tends to have been made in the UK between 1970 and 1975... :)

News as of August 22, 2003
  • Interview with Perry and Simmons in today's Boston Herald
      Janey's Got a Love Gun: Joe Perry and Gene Simmons on Aerosmith, Kiss and rock 'n' roll
      By Sarah Rodman
      Friday, August 22, 2003

      When Aerosmith and Kiss hit the Tweeter Center for two co-headlining shows Monday and Wednesday, expect every aspect of the performances to be big.

      If anyone knows big it's these two rock 'n' roll behemoths, who cut their collective teeth side by side in the early '70s.

      Big boots. Big riffs. Big hair. Big hooks. Big lips. Big tongue. Big hits. Big misses. Big appetites. Big 10-inch . . . record.

      The two bands will be sharing a big revolving stage that will minimize the downtime between acts and maximize set times. (Kiss plays first at all the shows, the only agreement Aerosmith would sign off on.)

      Both bands also have big news. Kiss is promoting its ``Kiss Symphony: Alive IV'' album, which was recorded with the very big, 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - all wearing the trademark greasepaint. Aerosmith has been hard at work on its forthcoming ``Honkin' On Bobo'' blues album, due out in February.For the first time ever, the band is previewing the new album by playing several tunes on this tour.

      We asked Kiss bassist Gene Simmons and Aerosmith guitar god Joe Perry, in separate interviews, a few questions serious and silly about the bands' longtime friendship and their current unholy alliance.

      When Simmons didn't get sidetracked - explaining why he can't bear to watch women play sports or espousing the biological imperative of a human male having multiple partners - the ``God of Thunder'' said he is thrilled to be touring with Aerosmith.

      ``We've known each other for 30 years,'' said Simmons, who turns 54 the day of the first Tweeter show. ``It's a mutual admiration society.''

      So, when Kiss manager Doc McGhee suggested the double-team tour, all parties were amenable.

      ``Aerosmith and Kiss have been kindred spirits in a very real way,'' Simmons said. ``We're both East Coast bands, we're cut from the same cloth of the spirit of rock 'n' roll. Which is to say that we do the same thing completely differently. Both bands play straight-ahead meat-and-potatoes rock 'n' roll. We prefer to make a complete spectacle out of ourselves.''

      ``They're like Todd McFarlane dolls come to life,'' marveled Perry about his tourmates. ``It's bigger than life. That's why kids get off on them; it's real live science fiction and it's big and loud and it's great.''

      Although both bands are stressing this tour as an alliance not a battle, do either of you feel a sense of friendly competition?

      Simmons: This is not Holyfield-Tyson; nobody's stepping into the ring to bite any body parts off and spit it out. Both bands admire each other, but make no mistake about it, my sense is when both bands get up onstage, any true champion will step up and do their best. It isn't a negativity, it's a pride in what you do. Any true champion is never in competition with anybody else but themselves.

      Perry: We're both out there to entertain the audience, but we both do it from such different directions, it's almost like you can't compare because it's apples and oranges. In the broad spectrum of rock 'n' roll we're both playing rock 'n' roll, but they're taking it in a very unique direction. With us we're like the garage band of America and always have been. So we come at it from different angles but we're both out there to keep the audience on their feet. As far as the blowing-them-off-the-stage kind of thing, I know there was more of that in the '70s, not just the few times that we played together, but there was that kind of feeling amongst all the bands, because that's where you won your fans. But at this end of the years, we've all made our mark, you know what Kiss has to offer, you know what Aerosmith has to offer, it's just up to us to do what we do the best.

      Who would win in a street fight between the two bands?

      Simmons: Well, physically we're bigger guys. Everybody in the band, except for (drummer) Peter (Criss), is 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. I'm 215 pounds.

      Perry: I have to say they're pretty big guys. Even in their street shoes they're all like 6 feet except for the drummer, I don't know. But you know, we can be pretty nasty too. It would be a tough one to call, I think.

      Who would win a spelling bee?

      Simmons: I believe I would. I used to teach sixth grade.

      Perry: I bet Gene. Gene's pretty deep, but (Aerosmith bassist) Tom (Hamilton) also has a vocabulary that is vast and deep.

      Is there an Aerosmith/Kiss song that gives you songwriter envy?

      Simmons: A lot of their songs. They're consummate songwriters and spend an enormous amount of time on their stuff. ``Janie's Got a Gun'' is one of my favorites. Not just the song and the lyrical content but also the production shines.

      Perry: Not songwriter envy, but they've really written a lot of cool rock anthems.

      Considering your highly, um, social pasts, any conquests in common?

      Simmons: Oh that's interesting. You know I don't think we've ever had that conversation.

      Perry: No. (Pause.) I don't know. Different guys had different ways of doing things. Everybody has their war stories.

      What's more impressive, Gene's tongue or Steven Tyler's lips?

      Simmons: I believe my tongue and only for one reason, because mine has a spin and dry cycle and can whip up a good froth. But on the other hand, there's no denying that if I was in jail I'd want Steven for my jailmate.

      Perry: I don't know. I think they're both about the same in terms of rarity, but they both put them to good use, that's all I can say.

      To what do you attribute Aerosmith's/Kiss' longevity?

      Simmons: The music.

      Perry: You can sing along with the songs. Even if you haven't heard a Kiss song, by the time the song is over you can sing along with it, and that's what a pure pop-rock song should be.

      You all get ribbed about your age. Do you think Kiss has an unfair advantage in masking their age with the make up?

      Simmons: I don't care. I'm turning 54 and I welcome all little boys on that stage and all the young bands are welcome to join Daddy so he can show you how the real boys do it.

      Perry: Yeah, that's part of what makes them look timeless, so obviously that's an advantage to them. But I'm proud of every gray hair. I've earned every one of them and I'm going to look a lot older before I'm done. But I'll tell you what, the painting in my attic looks a lot worse than I do.


  • More from Boston Herald - August 22
      Aerosmith and Kiss by the numbers
      Friday, August 22, 2003

      Dates on Rocksimus Maximus Tour (prefall extension): 35

      Potential earnings: $46 million

      Years together
      Aerosmith: 33
      Kiss: 31

      Number of members throughout the years
      Aerosmith: 7
      Kiss: 10

      Albums sold
      Aerosmith: 75 million (according to Columbia Records press release 2001)
      Kiss: 80 million (according to Sanctuary Records press release 2003)

      Aerosmith: 4
      Kiss: 0

      Year first album released
      Aerosmith: 1973
      Kiss: 1974

      Number of years after first album release before band became eligible for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction: 25

      Year inducted into Hall of Fame
      Aerosmith: 2001
      Kiss: Ummmm, not yet

      Median band member age
      Aerosmith: 52
      Kiss: 51 (new member Tommy Thayer, 42, drags down average)

      Number (approximately) of dollars made on last tour
      Aerosmith 2002: $40 million
      Kiss Farewell Tour 2000-01: $60 million

      Hours it takes to put on Kiss makeup: 2

      Number of women Gene Simmons claims to have had sex with: 4,600

      Number of children Gene Simmons admits to having: 2

      Respective film debacles of 1978
      Aerosmith: ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' (feature film)
      Kiss: ``Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park'' (TV movie)

      Number of merchandising tie-ins aside from garden-variety concert merch
      Aerosmith: one, Joe Perry's Hot Sauce
      Kiss: thousands, from Kiss Kondoms to Kiss Kaskets, write your own joke here.

      Number of members who've portrayed homicidal hermaphrodites on film
      Aerosmith: 0
      Kiss: 1 - Gene Simmons is Velvet Von Ragner in ``Never Too Young to Die.''

      Highest ticket price for Tweeter Center shows: $135

      Think you can't get tickets to this summer's last big shows? Think again. With one week left before Labor Day weekend, there is still time to see a big concert, including Aerosmith and Kiss. Here's what's available:

      Aimee Mann, South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset, 8 p.m. $30.
      Counting Crows/John Mayer, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, 7 p.m. $32-$48.50. (Also tomorrow at 7 p.m.)
      James Cotton, House of Blues/Blues Cruise, 8 p.m. 21-plus. $25-$35.

      Wynonna, South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset, 7:30 p.m. $35-$45.
      Tori Amos/Ben Folds, FleetBoston Pavilion, 7 p.m. $30-$45.

      Aerosmith and Kiss, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, 7 p.m., $49.50-$135. (Also Wednesday at 7 p.m.)

      Aretha Franklin, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 8 p.m. $45-$65.

      AUG. 31
      Bjork, Suffolk Downs, East Boston, 7 p.m. $45.

      Go to for Bjork tickets. For the rest, call 617-931-2000 or go to



  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Burgettstown, PA
      Burgettstown, PA
      Post Gazette Pavilion

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Train Kept A Rollin'

      Interesting Notes:
      - Pretty static setlist. Same for 3 of last 4 shows. I'm sure it'll be changed up REAL soon...with the Boston shows and all.
      - Thanks to DEE for the hookup...

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Denver CO at McNichols Arena (Rick Derringer and Starz open

      1984 Aerosmith plays in San Diego CA at Golden Hall

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Ottawa Ontario at Landsdowne

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Old Orchard Beach ME

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith cancels their show in Laguna Hills CA at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Tweeter Center (Kid Rock and Run DMC open)

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Wishbone Ash - Time Was: The Wishbone Ash Collection (1970-1981)

News as of August 21, 2003
  • Brad and his garage...
      Check out, it features some pictures from Mr. Whitford's garage in addition to this text...

      Aerosmith Guitarist Dreams On in his Lista-Equipped Home Garage

      Who Brad Whitford, guitarist for Aerosmith

      Where home garage/barn

      Purpose house and repair car collection

      Lista Products drawer storage cabinets with butcher block counter tops, workbench/desk for computer, overhead cabinets for larger bulkier items, mobile cabinet for tool access wherever it's needed

      Why Lista? "I knew about Lista from following auto racing. Lots of F-1 teams use Lista equipment. So when I outfitted my garage, I went with Lista. It's perfect. Lista stuff makes the room work phenominally."

      Why Work on Cars? "Working on my cars is therapy. I love to come back here after we've been on tour and retreat to my garage. I go from car to car – this one needs a new seal, this one needs gaskets on the trannie. It's a great release for me."

      Brad's Collection 1966 Chevy Impala SS, two 1967 Corvette Sting Rays (one coupe, one convertable), 1969 Camaro Z/28, 2001 Corvette Z06, 1972 Super Cheyenne pickup, 2002 Dodge Viper GTS, 1967 Shelby GT500, 1994 Porsche Turbo, 1973 Porsche 911, 1949 Chevy pickup, 1979 VW Super Beetle, and 1967 Chevelle SS396

      Upstairs in the Barn R&R loft with pool table, Brad's extensive collection of toy trucks and cars, media center and an area to practice guitar

      Brad Speaks "The quality of Lista's stuff is fantastic. It looks great, and gives me the storage space I need."

      Lista mobile workcenter: Rolls directly to the vehicle you're working on, with plenty of drawer storage for tools and parts, shelf storage (behind lockable door) for bulky items, and a durable butcher block worksurface on top.

      Lista drawers – our opening attraction: Subdividable drawer interiors mean that you'll find a well-organized array of tools and parts when you open a drawer, not an unholy mess! If you're a super neatnik, you can even label the individual compartments. Choose from metal dividers and partitions, or red plastic boxes.

      Lista overhead cabinets: Handy storage for larger items can be found above your cabinets and workbenches in overhead cabinets. Select from open shelves, hinged doors (shown above – also available with plexiglas windows), sliding doors (with or without plexiglas windows) or retractable doors.

  • I Love The 70s on VH1
      A couple of Aero moments in there. Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton made comments about SNL...and Sweet Emotion is played.

  • Tour Pics/video Clips Summary - (DMAAT)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Whitfield NH at Newell's Casino

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Munich Germany

      1978 Chip Away the Stone is recorded

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Toronto Canada at CNE Grandstand Stadium

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Jonny Lang)

      2002 "O Yeah" is certified Platinum

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Burgettstown PA at Post Gazette Pavillion at Star Lake (Kiss and Saliva open)

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

November - 6:e November (1972)

News as of August 20, 2003
  • First things first, a message from the webmaster!
      Apparently that fuckin' computer virus that's all the rage has now reached the people at, my main e-mail server. The server has clogged up with all those crap mails, and I can't send nor receive crap at this time. I hate when shit like this happens. Their site says they'll be working on solving the problem all night, but don't know when they'll be done.. Anyway... so you can't contact me through that address at the moment. If you've sent me anything through my address in the last 24 hours or so, please re-send it to the address below! I don't know if I'll ever receive the things that's been sent to it, or if it's lost in cyberspace forever.

      For now, if you're gonna send me something, send it to



  • JB News From The Road Update (DMAAT)
      Hangin' in Hartford and Motor City Mayhem!

      Well, here it is the start of another tour. This one is a little different from ones in past years. First off you have two headliners. Let me ask you something. Can you name 2 bigger bands to share the same stage together for a whole tour? Don't even say Journey and Styx! This is something else folks. These crew guys have their work cut out for them. The amount of equipment is mind boggling. Never mind the bombs, confetti cannons, guitars, greasepaint, fake blood, scarves and rope swings. This thing is brought to you by Barnum and Bailey's crazy Uncle Hue.

      The whole thing started for the boys in their studio in Boston in July. They literally went from laying down tracks for the new album to rehearsing for the tour. This process was long and involved. Joey made a list of songs. An "A" list and "B" list. This list got wittled down and added on to a bunch of times. And of course there was the great list of songs that came in from the fans. As you can tell by the first few shows how much it still changes night to night. It is very seldom you will see the same show twice. Much like a baseball managers juggles his line up from game to game. They also wanted to whet the fans beaks with some new music from the new album that will be released in Jan/Feb.

      After a few weeks of rehearsing such chestnuts as Nobody's Fault, Adam's Apple, Make It, Other Side and Lick and a Promise they put together a working set that is the frame work on what they are doing now.

      In Hartford the guys worked on the stage and again retooled the set list. This is a time to work out some of the kinks and get familiar with the stage. Also, it gives the guys time to air out their wardrobe cases from the "Oh Yeah Tour"! I think an old pair of Brad's pants walked home from Hartford. They also had video cameras and journalists following them around the whole time - which probably added a little more pressure for opening night.

      The tour then moved to NY, where KISS got to play to their hometown crowd much like Aerosmith will later this month. The two bands blew the roof off the place! People want to know how the two bands get along and so far everything is going great. I guess fans on both sides wanted to see some kind of rivalry and boxing matches in the backstage parking lot. I can see it now, the Battle of the Drummers! In this corner from Brooklyn, New York the Italian Stallion, Peter" The Catman" Criss! And in this corner hailing from the Bronx weighing in at 160 lbs. in the black and white spandex gym pants Joey "Krame Dog" Kramer. It just isn't gonna happen. These guys are working on making a great night of Rock and Roll and with youngsters Saliva kicking ass in the first slot it is just that. Just ask the 25,000 people who show up each night and the 40,000 people who were going to see it in Detroit.

      Ah Detroit! Everything was going so well. Steven and Gene were just finishing their creme brulee in the hotel restaurant when the power went out. Rumor has it you could probably trace the outage to Comerica Park with all the shit that was being plugged in their for the biggest rock extravaganza of the tour. Anyhoo! The guys had to cancel and reschedule the show to the first week in September. Ted Nugent is also on the bill which by you reading this should be SOLD OUT! As soon as the guys found out that the show wasn't going to happen everyone except Joe jumped on the band plane and headed back to Boston. On the ironic side that night Joey, Brad and Steven lost power at their homes for 4 hours.

      Joe hung out in a Detroit suburb. Ford was putting on a huge car show. We walked around in the pouring rain checking out classic cars and motorcycles. It was a car lovers dream and we kept saying to each other I can't believe Brad's not here! We took a bunch of pictures with Joe saying "This one's for Tom, this is for Brad and so on. The guys met back up in Indy and both band kicked major butt. I would have to say this might have been the best show so far.

      Well, that's all for now folks! Check in next week.

      --John B.


  • Tom Talks to Pittsburgh Live Tribune Review (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith keeps lights burning bright, revisits blues sound
      By Michael Machosky
      Wednesday, August 20, 2003

      Late summer, Detroit. That's "Detroit Rock City" to the 40,000 crazed rock fans coming to see your band. They're also here to see KISS, who's co-headlining, but opening for you. They're unloading the pyrotechnics now -- it's going to look like the fourth of July out there tonight. This is the kind of moment that rock legends/movies/dreams are made of.

      Then -- fizzle, pop, poof. The lights go out in Detroit.

      "I can't even think about it," says Tom Hamilton, Aerosmith's bassist, on the phone from the Motor City, about the massive power failure last week that canceled the band's Detroit show. "Every once in a while, something happens and you lose a gig. Feeling of all these people, and all the effort they made to get to the show -- just getting let down like that. ... If you talk about energy, and chi and spirit and all that, it's just huge ... carnage.

      "At least it didn't happen when everybody was sitting there in the stadium."

      Aerosmith, of course, has seen it all in the past 30 years -- including enough sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, as well as heartache, disappointment, and top-of-the-world success -- for a dozen "legendary" bands. At this point, even a massive disappointment like Detroit '03 won't keep these old-school Beantown rockers down for long. Barring further trauma to the electrical grid, the "Rocksimus Maximus" tour, featuring the mighty KISS and Aerosmith, will hit Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

      So what fuels Aerosmith? What keeps driving way past the time when most middle-aged rock bands have chosen to hang it up and enjoy the good life?

      "Probably oversensitivity to public approval," Hamilton says. "We want to stay in the game. We threw it out for a few years, and got a taste of how it was ... to allow the music to become secondary. We just keep going through phases where we want to make sure that we still count in some way. Obviously, also it's just fun."

      Longtime followers of the band might be surprised to learn that the MTV-courting power ballads and movie-soundtrack filler of recent years soon might be giving way to another of Aerosmith's famed reinventions. Aerosmith is going back to the blues.

      "We've recorded an album's worth of material, most of it blues covers," Hamilton says. "Not just blues, but also sort of mid-'60s soul and English blues-pop. There's a song by the band Them called 'Please Don't Go.' If you listen to it, you can hear how it's just a perfect song for Aerosmith. We've been playing it every night onstage. It's the kind of stuff we'd have played when we started."

      This is good news for anyone who likes the lean, hard, riff-heavy boogie of early classics like "Sweet Emotion."

      "We hear these recordings of bands that have perfected a groove and a feel and a jump and a swing and mixed it all together and made it really nasty," Hamilton says. "And to go in there and try to cop that, to grab that feel. ... Of course, once we record it, it becomes a hard rock song. That's something that happens by itself no matter how hard we try to get down and funky."

      In Hamilton's parlance, perhaps this is a way to repay the "energy, and chi and spirit" of the blues masters such as Otis Clay and Pinetop Perkins who recently recorded a tribute record of Aerosmith classics, "Sweet Emotion: Songs of Aerosmith," dressed down as deep blues.

      The new blues songs have tested well on tour so far. Hamilton hopes that once the record comes out -- set for late February -- the band can swing a small-scale blues tour to give the songs a real workout.

      Whether the new direction is received with rapturous acclaim, like the band's infamous, totally unexpected duet on "Walk This Way" with Run DMC, is up to the public. One thing is certain: The band will do whatever it feels it needs to do to survive, and stay vital.

      They even brought in outside professional songwriting teams in the past, when they though they needed a jolt of new energy, resulting in massive hits such as "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Angel," and "Rag Doll." Most bands would be too proud to even consider going outside the band for songwriting -- but Aerosmith is nothing if not pragmatic.

      "We don't want to have a stressful burnout thing, forcing ourselves to be the only ones who write," Hamilton says. "I think we have a lot to say musically, and even with using outside writers in the past, the musical statement has always been an Aerosmith one."


  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Columbus, OH
      Columbus, OH
      Germain Amphitheatre

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Train Kept A Rollin'

      Interesting Notes:
      - Same as Noblesville, cept Train in for Big Ten
      - Big thanks to Mike, Rick, and Ed for the hookups.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Hardwick VT at Cole's Pond

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Omaha NE at the Civic Auditorium (Rick Derringer and Starz open)

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Frankfurt Germany at the Lorelei Festival

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Phoenix AZ at Veterans Coliseum (Black N'Blue open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Toronto Ontario Canada at CNE Grandstand Stadium (Extreme opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in London UK at The Marquee Club (with Jimmy Page)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods (Collective Soul opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Laguna Hills CA at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Bristow VA at Nissan Pavilion (Kid Rock/Run DMC open)

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Thin Lizzy - Live And Dangerous (1978)
Today it's (would have been, that is - R.I.P.) Phil Lynnot's birthday! What better way to celebrate this than to listen the album that was arguable his band's absolute peak, an absolutely classic live album that still stands as one of the best ever recorded. Simply put, music doesn't get much better than this! If you don't have this yet, BUY, BUY, BUY, for God's (not to mention your!) sake!!
November - 2:a November (1971)

News as of August 19, 2003
  • AeroFANatic News 1st!
      AeroFANatic News 1st....

      - Aerosmith will NOT be at the MTV VMA's upcoming on Aug 28th, as has been speculated. So I guess we don't all have to watch now, eh? LOL

      - Aerosmith WILL be at the NFL gig in Washington LIVE on Sept 4th. I am not sure about if they are closing the show or not....but they WILL be doing MORE than one song so that is always a cool thing...

      - And lastly, Aerosmith will be making a cameo in the new David Spade flick "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star". Expect to see concert footage from the last Aerosmith trip to CA included in the film...

      A little housecleaning for all the AeroFANatic's out there....

  • Rolling Stone
      There is a picture of Steven in the new Rolling Stone, on pg. 76. Small picture. It's of him and Sam Phillips, a picture from 2000.

  • Detroit Gig Rescheduled for September 7th! (DMAAT)
      One helluva weekend huh? Friday 9/5 at Tinley Park, Chicago; Saturday 9/6 at Alpine Valley, WI, and now Sunday 9/7 for Detroit. At least they have a few days off after that LOL!

      Event is rescheduled to Sun Sep 7 @ 6pm. Tickets will be honored or refunds at place of purchase prior to event time.

      The above is from Ticketmaster directly. Various other sites (MTV, Billboard, SFX and Detroit radio stations) have all reported the same date..some say tentatively while others confirm the rescheduled date as a go. Likely the tentative part is only because it was noted that the official date would not be announced until tomorrow (Tuesday).


  • FIVE shows rescheduled!!! (DMAAT)
      I guess they figured out that getting those massive stage setups moved five (cause on 9/4 they have that NFL freebie concert thing and then the Cleveland show on 9/3) days in a row WOULD have been too much of a logistic and physical nightmare... LOL So...yeah Detroit is on the 7th as previously reported earlier, the Chicago show that was on 9/5 how now been pushed back to 9/26 (still two shows in a row that weekend 9/6 Alpine Valley and 9/7 Detroit). Due to the Chicago date being moved out, Nashville is now moved up a day from 9/23 to 9/22, Kansas City also up a day from 9/25 to 9/24 and St. Louis has been moved out a day from 9/27 to 9/28. Confused? All of this just to fit in that one stadium show but I think it will be worth it in the end....I wish I lived near Detroit and had tickets for that one myself! This is the actual "alert" posted on AF1 about the new dates:

      RESCHEDULED SHOWS: Detroit, Nashville, KC, Chicago & St. Louis
      Due to the great blackout of 2003, the show in Detroit has been officially rescheduled to Sept. 7th (hang on to your tickets!). ALSO rescheduled are NASHVILLE (was 9-23, now 9-22); KANSAS CITY (was 9-25, now 9-24); CHICAGO (was 9-5, now 9-26) and ST. LOUIS (was 9-27, now 9-28).

      For a complete review of all tour dates visit:


  • USA Today (DMAAT)
      There was a full-page spread on Aerosmith in USA Today, in the Life section. The actual issue had a bunch of additional photos with captions.

      Posted 8/17/2003 10:39 PM

      Aerosmith walks its own way
      By April Umminger, USA TODAY
      HARTFORD - Rock 'n' roll is irreverent, raucous, sleazy - anthems for teens slamming doors and boys stealing kisses. It is not family-friendly. That is, unless you're Aerosmith.

      picture: "I still want to be the baddest boy on the block," says Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

      By Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY

      When the bad-boy band from Boston kicked off their Rocksimus Maximus tour this month at Meadows Music Theatre here, parents followed their kids inside. It is ironic that lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, formerly known as the toxic twins of rock, are now bridging the generation gap. (Audio: A golden montage of Aerosmith hits)

      "I was surprised a couple of years ago when I saw parents and children in the audience," Tyler says, munching on peanut-butter-and-jelly crackers before final dress rehearsal. "But parents and kids both love rock 'n' roll."

      Domesticity extends to the other side of the curtain. The beautiful girl who waits for Tyler in his dressing room is his 14-year-old daughter, Chelsea.

      Perry flies solo today, but his tour bus is frequently full of family. He takes his wife and two sons on the road and hires a private tutor for his boys during the school year. Throwing family into the triad of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll isn't the first time Aerosmith has broken the rules of rock. Now in their 50s, the boys might have been another installment of "Where Are They Now?" if they hadn't teamed with rapsters Run-DMC on the genre-erasing cover of Walk This Way in 1986.

      Add a movie-star daughter, Liv Tyler, a series of classic MTV power ballads and a brasher-than-thou attitude, and Aerosmith can keep rocking their way.

      "People say rock 'n' roll keeps you young. I definitely think that it does," Perry says. "When we're out there and we're playing and I see people out there my age or older, it doesn't relate to me because I'm feeling like I'm 18."

      Playing like a kid, though, can be hard work.

      "You have to make sacrifices," bassist Tom Hamilton says.

      "You can't open a bag of potato chips whenever you want." "You can - you just can't eat it," Perry jokes as he indulges in a cigar.

      "There's so much time spent in the gym," drummer Joey Kramer groans.

      "Not to mention the fear factor," Tyler says. "The thought of walking out there, walking out fat, and having the fans in the front row go, 'Oh my God, he's getting old.' "

      Now Aerosmith is poised to give a new beat to the blues. Their latest album, which will be released early next year, is an interpretation of their favorite blues songs, plus a few tracks of their own.

      "I still want to be the baddest boy on the block," Tyler says. Though Aerosmith could use the Rocksimus Maximus tour to test their new sound on audiences, they played only three tracks from their upcoming release to fans on opening night.

      Mark Sanderson, a 35-year-old fan from Connecticut, says it was "a nice surprise" to see Aerosmith sing the blues. However, Erika Prodell, a 15-year-old in braces, prefers the old school Sweet Emotion and Dream On. "The band, they still have it," she says. "They'll always have it."


  • 12 great pics from USA Today! (DMAAT)
      A flash page at

      Use arrows to move from picture to picture. These were taken during rehearsals in Hartford right before the tour started and opening night. Be sure to read the captions too!

  • Fun Buzz (DMAAT)
      FUN BUZZ:

      Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler, on the Stanley Cup, which New Jersey Devil Jay Pandolfo brought by: "This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us."

      Excerpt from:

  • Oprah "Why I Love My Job" Repeats Today 8/19 (DMAAT)

  • Some New Pics at Photo Gallery on AF1 site (DMAAT)
      Just a note...if you click PAGE 2 at the bottom it will take you to the sign in page LOL. Pics look to be from 8/13 Cincinnati show.


  • BOSTON & COLUMBUS tickets at WILL CALL/more Vegas VR Available (DMAAT)
      Columbus & Boston Shows at Will-Call

      Your favorite AF1 staff member FatTom escaped from his desk and will meet you at the Columbus and Boston shows. AF1 will have its own window at will-call. Please go there to pick up your AF1 tickets from FatTom. And then kindly kick him back to his office!
      note: shipping costs will be credited to your credit card
      note: Boston's Top Tier Fan Paks will also be at will-call

      Vegas Velvet Rope Added
      AF1 has secured additional Velvet Rope seats for both Las Vegas shows.

      I found that last one interesting as they never did show "sold out" for the first group that I noticed LOL. $650 a pop. In fact NONE of the Vegas tiers appear to be sold's no wonder at THOSE prices.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Sunapee NH at Lake Sunapee Yacht Club (private dance)

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Munich Germany at Circus Krone

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Portland ME at Cumberland County Civic Center (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1989 Steven and Joe join Bon Jovi in Milton Keynes UK at Milton Keynes Bowl

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods (Collective Soul opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Columbus OH at Germain Amphitheater (Kiss and Saliva open)

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Trettioåriga Kriget - Trettioåriga Kriget (1974)
Trettioåriga Kriget - Krigssång (1975)

News as of August 18, 2003
  • {{ SET LIST}} Noblesville, IN
      Noblesville, IN
      Verizon Wireless Music Center

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Big Ten Inch Record

      Interesting Notes:
      - Russ Irwin played acoustic guitar on a few songs, Brad stayed with his electric.
      - After the stage rotated before What It Takes, it stayed that way the entire rest of the show. Very much of a stripped down, Vegas feel to it.
      - Closing with BIG TEN! Very very this a first EVER for a proper show? I would seem to think so..
      - Thanks so much to WPCRKNFLZY, aka AeroAndi...and a few others who I didnt get names from for reporting the set! It is MUCH MUCH appreciated!

  • Tori Amos with Steven and Gene Simmons (DMAAT)
      Kinda cute excerpt from an article of Tori Amos's Saturday gig...she apparantly sang a bit about her "adventures" during the blackout in Detroit involving Steven and Gene...

      Early in her set, the ivory-tickling chanteuse revealed that she had waited out the crisis in a Birmingham, Mich., hotel. She then detailed her adventure in song.

      Apparently Amos and her 3-year-old daughter, Natashya, shared a candlelit lobby with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and KISS' Gene Simmons, both of whom were also scheduled to rock Detroit the following evening.

      According to the brief, jaunty number, Amos' daughter liked Tyler because "he sings in nursery rhymes." But Tyler's avowed serial-womanizing co-headliner fared less well: "That man is scarier to the little girls than a blackout," sang Amos, smiling.


  • Joe Talks to Columbus Dispatch (DMAAT)
      Walking its own way
      Next album, Joe Perry says, will find AEROSMITH moving in new direction
      Sunday, August 17, 2003 Chris DeVille

      Taking the stage after the blood-spitting, fire-breathing spectacle of Kiss must be intimidating. Joe Perry, however, seems undaunted. The air clears, the smoke goes away, and Aerosmith velvet curtain goes down," Perry, lead guitarist for Aerosmith, said from a tour stop in Wantagh, N.Y. ‘‘It’s great to have a band playing before us that puts on as intense a show. We’ve followed a lot of bands over the years — obviously none like Kiss." The groups co-headlining the ‘‘Rocksimus Maximus" tour, which will stop Tuesday at Germain Amphitheater in southern Delaware County, have shared stages before.

      ‘‘In the early ’70s, when we were all just coming up, they opened for us a couple of times," Perry said. ‘‘The first time, . . . they were still just wearing leather jackets and putting on their own makeup. The next time, they had already moved their production up a whole level."

      Both bands rose to stardom by the end of the decade before losing momentum soon after.

      Aerosmith made its comeback in the late 1980s, reaching new heights. In the late ’90s, the original Kiss lineup reapplied its makeup for a sold-out tour.

      The latest jaunt, at least for Kiss, continues a seemingly never-ending farewell tour.

      And it provides a preview for Aerosmith, a Boston act that just finished its 14 th studio album: a yet-untitled collection of blues standards for release in February.

      "We’re . . . putting a few songs in there from the new record," Perry said. "I think the people will really like it."

      The band, he said, wanted to pay homage to artists who laid the foundation for its style.

      "All the music we listen to, all the pop contemporary music, is kind of based in the blues," he said. "But more importantly, we wanted to kind of press the reset button."

      In the studio, as it writes new material, Aerosmith often jams with old blues songs to stir its creativity.

      "This time we just kind of left that step out and recorded some of that stuff," he said. "It’s a bunch of songs that over the years we all said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to cover that one?’

      "The Stones have been doing it over the years. Their first two or three records were basically cover records. They’ve always thrown in some roots stuff. We just kind of never did, so now we’re catching up."

      Perry, 53, has had other recent commitments besides his "day and night" job with Aerosmith.

      He composed a part of the score — not reminiscent of Aerosmith, he said, but also not unfamiliar to him — for the upcoming film This Thing of Ours.

      "I work in the studio all the time and write music, do instrumentals, do all that stuff. Very little of it is showing up on Aerosmith records," he said. "If you’re a guitar player and you hear some of the stuff . . . on the soundtrack, you go: ‘That sounds like something he would do.’ It’s more atmospheric stuff. There’s a lot more you can do with a guitar to create atmosphere."

      He also taped a Food Network segment to help promote his Rock Your World Boneyard Brew hot sauce.

      In the 30 years since the release of its debut, Perry said, Aerosmith has become a pioneer in expanding the possibilities of a lifetime career in music.

      "There was no precedent for that. Every artist who was 10 years old was over and has been. Talk about the ‘Where are they now?’ pile. In that atmosphere, it wasn’t too hopeful of a career for longevity."

      His group, he said, doesn’t plan to disappear.

      "We were thinking of maybe doing that, of really pulling the plug in two years, but I kind of doubt it will happen. I don’t think that it’s in us to believe that we would ever play our last show together."

      Couple of pics with the story: 1 2


  • Indy Star Review Sunday's Show (DMAAT)
      Concert Review
      Can't-miss Kiss outdoes Aerosmith
      Where: Verizon Wireless Music Center
      By David Lindquist
      August 18, 2003

      In a highly anticipated clash of hard-rock titans, the big dumb fun of Kiss trumped the sustained relevance of Aerosmith on Sunday night at Verizon Wireless Music Center.

      The outcome may have surprised some in the audience of 22,110.

      After all, Aerosmith makes hit records decade after decade, while Kiss lost such ability or luck back in the 1980s.

      But let this tour teach the lesson that it's fruitless to headline a bill after the fully costumed and face-painted Kiss deploys its can't-miss visual tricks.

      Band leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley distill their performances to crowd-pleasing moments and nothing else. Believe that they wear 7-inch heels for a reason. By comparison, the members of Aerosmith looked like tiny mortals.

      If one moment lasts from three hours of music, it will be Simmons presiding over the always-epic "God of Thunder." As fake blood erupted from his mouth, he shifted his eyes to suggest the most horrible Hollywood monsters. Then he flew -- assisted by a harness -- to a deck above the lighting rig to sing the song.

      Meanwhile, we were left to wonder why Aerosmith awkwardly matched video images of lips and lipstick to the song "Toys in the Attic" and black-and-white camera work to "Love in an Elevator."

      Don't blame vocalist Steven Tyler for letting his team down. He exerted plenty of effort during the band's opening trilogy of "Mama Kin," "Toys" and "Elevator," an obvious blitz of aggression to counter the preceding extravaganza.

      And there's no comparing Tyler and Stanley, the Kiss vocalist who most resembles a screeching ninny in voice and actions.

      Tyler actually sings songs about life outside of rocking and rolling all night. "What It Takes," for instance, soared in its description of a three-dimensional breakup. With Kiss, you're lucky to get a cardboard cutout of the girl.

      But overall, this was a lopsided matchup between the four members of Kiss and Tyler on his own. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry faded into the background and the proverbial "other three" players -- guitarist Brad Whitford, bass player Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer --simply can't offer an ounce of rock-star juice at this stage.

      Aerosmith also implemented a rotating set that revealed fewer instruments and amplifiers on the other side. As a special effect, it delivered none of the intimacy or bravery the band gleaned from a satellite stage placed on the amphitheater's lawn in 2001 and 2002.

      In Kiss, even Ace Frehley's replacement seemed to be part of the party.

      The guitarist, Tommy Thayer, has forged a connection with Simmons, and they jammed in tandem at the end of "Let Me Go (Rock 'n' Roll)."

      It was one of the few times Kiss chose substance over style and succeeded.

      Stanley attempted some improvisational blues singing during "I Want You." Unfortunately, he aimed for Robert Plant and landed at Michael Bolton.

      The singer acknowledged Kiss' touring partners once, speaking in terms of fan clubs: Rah, rah, the Aeroforce and Kiss Army together in the trenches.

      Ironically, this banter gave way to "Love it Loud." In this context, it was easy to imagine Aerosmith -- masters of studio magic -- drawing inspiration from song, sweetening it and then rewriting it as latter-day hit "Rag Doll."


  • Fan review
      Got this from the Aero boards posted by Hoser:

      The Porch Ghouls...My goodness! They need to be on the main stage. They've got that stripped down blues set up that makes everything feel so good. Vintage guitars, a harp player like no other, a drummer that only uses a snare, bass drum and tamborine thingy, and the lead singer that plays a mean guitar with vocals that brings the blues of the early 1900's to a new era! I was able to talk to the frontman and he a very cool guy. He introduced me to one of the Japanese Aero fanclub members. I told them that when they go on the road, they need to stop in Indy.

      Saliva was great once again. The Indy crowd seemed to appreciate Saliva more and it almost felt like they were a co-headlining act, but then it had to end 30 mins later. I hope they come around Indy soon after the tour because I'd like to see a full set.

      I'm so happy that I got to see Kiss a second time because the first time was not impressive at all (that's why I never mentioned them in the first review). They rocked tonight! They had unbelievable energy and the fans loved them. I would say that the crowd, well the front sections anyway, favored the Kiss Army. There were many. I really liked the Ace replacement Tommy! He was always messing with fans, giving high fives and throwing picks to them. You could tell he was living out a dream and really enjoyed what he was doing.

      And the Bad Boys from Boston....What can I say? Steven was incredible once again. I have never heard him hit the notes over and over again like he did tonight. The boys seemed like they were just having fun tonight. Steven was changing lyrics left and right....usually replacing them with something that was sexual...can't blame him, the women were hot tonight! Joe was rocking during the blues set. He was all over the fret board....he claims that he's not a Guitar God, but I beg to differ! Tonight I really just don't think most of the crowd "got it"! Again, like other shows, they seemed puzzled by the blues set and Nobody's Fault, but naturally, The Boyz picked them back up with a little Dream On, Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion and Big Ten Inch. For the fans who did "get it", it was something they we've been asking them to do for years! The Japanese fan club was a couple row behind us. They were having a great time. I remember some of them from last year in Cincy! A few of them just can't get enough of Tom. They had "I love Tom" signs and screamed anytime he looked their direction.

      Overall I think the fans truly won tonight! Aerofans seemed to enjoy Kiss and the Kiss fans enjoyed Aerosmith. I didn't even see anyone leave early. I highly recommend that everyone for the rest of the tour to check out the Porch Ghouls. Tonight was thier first gig on the tour and will be playing from now on. I bought the CD after they performed and it is an awesome blues album.

      Now it time to re-live tonight in my dreams.....but it was so loud tonight that my ears are ringing twice as bad as usual and I may not be able to sleep


  • Most Recent Videos on (DMAAT)

  • AF1 has six new clips too.... (DMAAT)
      Though they haven't quite got it down right as to the streaming thing needing to be hi/low speed access like does so not sure everyone will be successful as there is only one stream per video clip and I think they are using some sort of launch program as well. Check them out anyway. They are mostly from the CURRENT tour:

  • Aaron/Curtis?
      Does anyone know anything about this? Doing a search at for "Aerosmith," this came up...

      4:30 PM
      Channel 64 ABCFAM
      Monday, 18
      30 min.
      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has a cameo.
      Category: Reality TV

  • 24 hours til THUNDERTRAIN
      and sleazy and that hasn't changed.
      Josh Wardrop interview with Mach Bell
      MetroWest Daily News Sunday Arts 8/17
      Mach Bell (Thundertrain, Ex-Joe Perry Project)
      The no holds barred frontman on the return of Thundertrain,
      his days with Joe Perry and starting fights with audience
      members when he gets bored...well, he used to!
      Thundertrain and I go way back.way, WAY back.
      Mach Bell and I come from the same hometown of
      Holliston, MA.and it's embarrassing but.
      The D-FILED Interview:
      THUNDERTRAIN: Mach Bell & the boys are back
      Thundertrain Kept A Rollin'
      Mach Bell's climbing aboard for another wild rock'n'roll ride...
      "THUNDERTRAIN... the
      heavy glam of Aerosmith and
      Mott The Hoople with the garage-
      production values of the first
      Clash album. . Crank
      up the live "I Gotta Rock" from
      September '76, to hear how
      Thundertrain were the G n' R of
      their town and day."

      THUNDERTOUR 2003
      Updated 8/18

      TUES AUG 19

      Lucky Dog Music Hall
      89 Green St.

      33 K STREET @10
      LEFT BEHIND@ 9
      Special Guest Emcee
      CARTER ALAN from WZLX 100.7

      $5 ADMISSION

      Mass Pike Exit 10 to
      Rt.290 E, Exit 13, Kelley Sq.
      hang a left and keep going.
      Keep the Hess Staion to
      your left as you go thru a big
      intersection straight onto Green St.

      WED AUG 20

      Jarrod's Place
      31 Bank St.
      508 -222-8878

      $10 AT THE DOOR / $8 ADVANCE

      THUNDERTRAIN @11:30
      33 K STREET@9:30

      THURS AUG 21

      Goodtime Emporium
      30 Sturtevant St. across from Home Depot

      DVD shoot by Woody Bavota for
      DA SKREWBALLZ ( w/ Danny Hargrove of the Joe Perry Project)

      Exit 29 off of Route 93 (Just North of Boston)
      Across from Home Depot in the Assembly Sq. Mall.
      Look for the giant satellite dishes on top of the club.

      FRI AUG 22

      The Midway Cafe
      3496 Washington St.


      *SAT AUG 23

      WMFO- FM Coffee and Smokes Show
      On- air appearance with Alex Piandes

      TT the Bears
      10 Brookline St. Central Sq.

      CHEETAH CHROME @ 11:55
      UNNATURAL AXE @ 10:55
      THUNDERTRAIN @ 9:55 PM
      RADAR EYES @ 9
      SUN AUG 24

      VFW Hall
      310 Woodland St.

      The chef at the VFW Hall has a reputation.
      Weenies & Dangerous looking wings
      will be provided at a (low) cash buffet.

      Full Cash Bar

      RACER @ 6:30
      Special Guest Emcee
      CARTER ALAN from WZLX 100.7

      Noche Sound Production

      Mass Pike or RT 9 to RT 126S. Holliston is about 5 miles south of Framingham.
      Rt 128 to RT 16W Holliston is about 15 miles west of Wellesley.

      RT.16 Westbound
      One mile after
      Entering Holliston
      Woodland St is on the left
      (across from High st.)

      Rt. 126 Southbound
      Follow 126 into Holliston
      At lights turn
      Left onto RT. 16
      Woodland St. is a half mile on the right

      COMING FROM RT 495
      Take Rt. 16 Eastbound

      Drive 5 miles through Holliston
      to Bertucci's traffic lights/
      Rt. 126 intersection
      Go straight through lights, staying on Rt. 16
      Woodland St. is less than a half mile on the right

      For one mile. VFW Hall will be on the left
      across from school.

  • Boston Herald (DMAAT)
      Not that interesting other than it mentioned a recording studio used by Aerosmith

      Blue Jay sings for Backstreets' Richardson
      Inside Track
      Monday, August 18, 2003

      Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson is throwing open the doors of his revamped Blue Jay Recording Studio in Carlisle with an opening bash Sept. 3. Richardson bought the studio with partner Marcus Siskind, a writer/producer, and sank a ton of dough into new equipment and other upgrades. Aerosmith, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and a slew of other big acts have recorded at the Blue Jay during its 25 years. Bring on the Backstreets!

  • Liv on infobeat
      Infobeat Entertainment Newsletter: Wednesday, August 13, 2003


      Who looks better in their "everyday" clothes?
      Liv Tyler 548
      Kate Winslet 927
      Total 1,475

      Those are the results so far - bah. :(

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays in Westboro MA at Westboro Speedway (Mad Angel and Duke & the Drivers open)

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Sunapee NH at Steven and Kathleen Bickford's

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Donnington UK at Castle Donnington (Whitesnake opens, Jimmy Page joins them for a few songs)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Cincinnati OH at Riverbend Amphitheater (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Las Vegas NV at MGM Grand Garden

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Camel - Mirage (1974)
Tori Amos - Under The Pink (1994)
Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour (1976)

News as of August 17, 2003
  • Perry talks to The Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne (DMAAT)
      Posted on Sun, Aug. 17, 2003
      Dream still on
      By Steve Penhollow The Journal Gazette

      Aerosmith's Joe Perry remains in awe of group's success

      When he wrote the lyrics "Hope I die before I get old," 18-year-old Pete Townshend was undoubtedly referring to a time of life that seemed chronologically absurd from his vantage point - like 40.

      Now that Mick Jagger is celebrating his 60th birthday and Pete Townshend is celebrating not being sent to prison for 60 years in the wake of the most recent international porn sweep, it is time to consider whether there was any truth at all to The Who's first real hit, "My Generation."

      At almost 53, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says getting old has done nothing but improve his band and getting even older will not dilute it.

      "I don't think anyone is going to go off and play jazz at this point," he says.

      And why should they?

      Aerosmith, performing today with Kiss at Verizon Wireless Music Center, has done a better job of continually winning over new and newer audiences than any of its still performing peers.

      Even the Rolling Stones does not have the teen-age fan base Aerosmith enjoys these days.

      It is a blessing of the mixed variety.

      "We were fortunate enough to put the band back together when we were still young enough to fall into that MTV thing," Perry says, "even though we came from two generations before.

      "But I think it's crazy the way Aerosmith can almost automatically get a song played on the radio, where even the Stones can't. I don't know how programmers determine what to play these days, but I'm not sure it involves listening to the singles. They dismiss many older bands out of hand."

      Aerosmith is not often taken very seriously by rock critics, but the band manages to walk several delicate tightropes with aplomb.

      It is one of the few hard rock bands that can perform with Britney Spears and 'N Sync at the Super Bowl and not have fans storm the band members' estates with pitchforks and torches.

      Not that Aerosmith didn't hear some grumbling.

      "I think that's being a little shortsighted. Playing on the same bill with an act is not the same thing as changing yourself to sound more like that act. Nothing rubbed off. It's all pop music. I think watching us all share a stage should make an Aerosmith fan proud. It means we're still out there and still able to command that sort of platform.

      "There are people who don't like what Eminem did with 'Dream On.' But to me, it means the music lives on in another form."

      Aerosmith's commercial vitality may not be the most improbable thing about it.

      Aerosmith has experienced the same excesses, abuses and ego clashes that have helped eliminate and decimate countless rivals and followers over the years.

      But what did not kill Aerosmith made it stronger - a Nietzschean adage that almost never proves true in rock music.

      Even today, Perry says, the tenor of relations is far from monasterial.

      "It's never calm. There's always friction, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little. We did self-destruct there for a bit. There was no band. I could tell you, 'Yes, we did stay together that whole time,' but that would be putting blinders on.

      "We made every mistake we could make, and when we lost the band, we realized what an amazing thing it is to have."

      A few years back, while Aerosmith was recording the troubled "Nine Lives" album, the band members went so far as to subject themselves to group therapy.

      "When you're running a business, especially a business that is also a creative enterprise, it helps to air things out. It's hard to be creative when you are seething inside, wondering why they think this thing about you or that thing about you. There are two sides to every story.

      "You see a lot of bands that aren't making music because they haven't resolved their differences, none of which are that big a deal."

      Perry recalls meeting Steven Tyler at a Sunapee, N.H., ice-cream parlor three decades ago, and his first impression has never needed revision.

      "I was pretty 'on' with what I estimated about him. I thought he was a pretty volatile kind of guy, but he had a voice that made you forgive him for just about anything."

      Even when the band members are bickering, they have their eyes on a bigger prize.

      "We're still trying to be the best band on the planet. Aerosmith has become an institution. We believe it's bigger than the five of us."

      That sort of statement could sound pat or disingenuous, but Bostonian Perry has managed to retain a proletarian lack of pretense.

      Perry almost sounds annoyed when he's asked to discuss the unmistakable influence of his playing on successive generations of guitarists.

      "Yeah, that's nice. But it's kind of like someone saying, 'I like the color blue because I heard that you like the color blue.' I'd rather hear them say they're having a good time and they believe they're doing the right thing with their lives."

      Perry doesn't want to be classified as a "guitar god."

      "I have never been much of a technique guitar player. I think the great players are the ones who believe the song's the thing. I have always focused on playing the right part for the song.

      "(Rage Against the Machine's) Tom Morello is technically a great player. But he plays with a mind to setting up a great platform for the singer and the song and that's really where it counts for me. That's why I like Jimmy Page, because he does both."

      When he talks about the thrill of performing with Kiss, Perry sounds like a genuine fan.

      "It's fun to walk through the hall and see them walking toward you. They're bigger than life.

      "With heels on, Gene (Simmons) is a good three feet taller than me. He's like a (Todd) McFarlane statuette come to life."

      The Kiss/Aerosmith combo is more extravaganza than stunt, Perry says. In a world where concert attendance is more investment than impulse buy, the entertainment value of this team-up more than justifies the outlay.

      " We're always wanting to put something together that's a great show for fans. They love it or they wouldn't be coming. Look at the concert ticket sales for all other bands that are out there. Our attendance speaks for itself."

      Perry says Aerosmith has grown accustomed to its gargantuan fame and good fortune, but it will never be blase about it.

      "Believe me, no day goes by when we're not totally thankful. We never take anything for granted. I read an interview with Gene the other day and he said, 'It's not a birthright to be in Kiss. It's a privilege. And we work for that privilege every day.'

      "I think that's true of any band. You're not just born into it. Nothing's owed to you. You've got to work for it. That's kind of how I feel about Aerosmith."


  • Let's Get Loud Video!!!

  • Lovers Rock: 18 Essential Rock Ballads (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith is included with "Crazy" on the new MCA/Universal compilation CD titled "Lovers Rock: 18 Essential Rock Ballads." The CD also includes Eric Clapton, Toto and Nazareth, among others..

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Mendon MA at Lakeview B allroom

      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Charleston WV at the Civic Center

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Columbia MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Calgary Canada at Olympic Saddledome

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum (Collective Soul opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Hershey PA at Hershey Park Stadium (Kid Rock/Run DMC open)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Noblesville IN at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Kiss and Saliva open)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Savage Grace - Savage Grace (1970)

News as of August 16, 2003
  • Detroit off
      Clive Newton wrote (yesterday):

      According to Kiss Online, the Detroit show tonight is off. It's not surprising given Detroit's power problems are taking longer to resolve and seem won't be sorted until the end of the weekend. I wondered if they might reschedule it for Saturday (tomorrow - given I was in a similar situation in 1997 in regard a football match in Madrid) but this is not so cut and dry and the resolution is out of their hands (so easier to say it OFF full stop than keep everyone second guessing).

  • Tuesday Announcement Re: Detroit Show (DMAAT)
      Seems according to the wires - just updated just recently, they do expect a possible rescheduling of this show to be announced on Tuesday so stay tuned.....

      Dream Cruise Will Go On, Aerosmith Concert Postponed
      POSTED: 12:20 p.m. EDT August 15, 2003
      UPDATED: 3:09 p.m. EDT August 15, 2003

      Metro Detroiters with weekend plans are scrambling to find out if some major concerts and events will go on as planned.

      Officials and law enforcement are meeting today to determine the future of many events.

      The Woodward Dream Cruise will go on as planned. Officials say it is not a ticketed event, so it will not be stopped. General Motors officials said all of their festivities have been canceled.

      Caron Hall, executive director of the Woodward Dream Cruise committee, said the cruise will "go on as scheduled, but in a limited capacity."

      Today's two kick off events will go on as planned. The Ferndale ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. at East Nine Mile Road and Woodward. The Berkley Cruisefest begins at 6:30 p.m. with a classic car parade at 12 Mile and Woodward. Smart buses will not run as planned.

      The concert Friday with Aerosmith and Kiss at Comerica Park has been postponed. Olympia Entertainment said the City of Detroit would not allow the concert to go on because of the state of emergency in Michigan. Olympia advises people to hold on to their tickets. They are expected to release a new date for the show Tuesday.

      Here's a rundown:

      Comerica Park/Aerosmith/Kiss, Friday, Aug. 15: Postponed. Hold on to tickets.
      New date expected to be released Tuesday.
      Tori Amos, Meadowbrook Music Festival, Friday, Aug. 15: Postponed until Monday. Tickets will be honored.
      Kelly Clarkson, DTE Energy, Friday, Aug. 15: Concert postponed. No rescheduled date.
      Woodward Dream Cruise, Saturday, Aug. 16: Event will go on. Woodward will close Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., one hour earlier than originally planned. The official Woodward Dream Cruise Day is Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Mark Chestnutt, Rockin' Roadhouse, DTE Energy, Saturday, Aug. 16: Postponed until Sept. 18.
      Scintas, Freedom Hill, Friday, Aug. 15: Officials have postponed the date.
      Hold on to tickets.
      Lee Ann Rimes, DTE Energy, Sunday, Aug. 17: Going on as scheduled.
      Michigan State Fair canceled Friday.
      25th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival will go on as scheduled: Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Please stay tuned to Local 4 and for updates to this information.


  • Tyler sighting
      It was posted on the AF1 message boards that Steven was at a county fair tonight in his hometown of Marshfield, MA, so he at least must have decided to spend a couple of days at home before the Sunday show in Indy. Don't know if the rest of the boys headed back to Boston or not, but obivously Steven did.

  • Aerosmith and WSOP
      Eric wrote:

      I don't know how many of you watch the World Series of Poker, but last week on ESPN I caught the fisrt hour at the final table and the fist guy eliminated was named David Singer. He was wearing an Aerosmith had with the Joe Perry "wings" on front, and "Just Push Play" embroidered on the back.

      He was also wearing a black long sleeve shirt with an eye ball on the left sleeve similar to the one Steven often has drawn on his arm.

      Usually players advertise for casinos, and web sites. So it was kinda interesting to see our boys represented there. They also did short bios about different players through the week, but I didn't see one for him. Its possible I missed it.

      Anyway, I know its not breaking news or anything, but I thought I'd just throw it out there for ya.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith records The Midnight Special TV Show in New York City NY

      1981 Whitford/St. Holmes makes their debut in Boston MA at The Paradise Club

      1988 Aerosmith plays in East rutherford NJ at Giants Stadium (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Edmonton Canada at Northlands Arena (Jackyl opens)

      1996 Draw the Line is certified double Platinum; Gems is certified Gold, and Pandora's Box is certified Platinum

      1997 Aerosmith plays in East Troy WI at the Alpine Valley Music Center (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Chula Vista CA at Coors Amphitheater

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Devin Townsend - Infinity (1999)
Stonehenge - "Newcomer"

News as of August 15, 2003
  • Joey Kramer in October Modern Drummer (DMAAT)
      There's another feature on Joey in the October issue of Modern Drummer. This time they go album by album/producer by producer and talk about the emphasis or de-emphasis on the percussion aspect of each. He also correlates what was happening with the band members emotionally, addiction-related, etc. and how that affected the conception and creation of each.

  • Exclusive clips and pics from the 8/13 show

  • Will there be a show tonight? (DMAAT)
      Reading the latest press on the American/Canadian electric saga, (from and Detroit still being severely effected and not expecting power to be restored fully until the end of the weekend, I honestly can't see it going ahead today. I expect they are monitoring the situation closely and since the venue doesn't seem to be in use tomorrow, it's possible they may postpone it for a day.

      Whilst they could get all the power needs for the venue by bringing in generators etc, I would expect the police etc wouldn't be happy for 30,000 fans to go to a concert without the normal things in place from a health and safety perspective (ie logistics of getting to the venues, road lighting, traffic lights etc). I think any mass people events will be in jeopardy.

  • Detroit Show Concert Preview (DMAAT)
      Though so far it looks grim for Comerica Stadium based on the latest wire reports, I sure hope THIS particular show is a go...Aero, KISS, TED unnamed special guest (Kid Rock a guess?)'s a pre-show article in today's Detroit News:

      Concert Preview
      A rockin' time at the Park
      Aerosmith, KISS and Ted Nugent break out new tunes and old favorites
      By Alan Sculley / Special to The Detroit News

      Aerosmith and KISS with Ted Nugent and an unnamed special guest

      6 p.m. Friday, Comerica Park Detroit
      Tickets are $65, $150
      (800) 452-3132

      The concert industry is already predicting the Aerosmith/ KISS/Ted Nugent tour will be a blockbuster for the late summer/early fall season.

      While the artists have performed at outdoor amphitheaters to date, their Detroit show is being supersized to allow them to entertain more fans than at any other venue.

      Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says Friday's show at Comerica Park will dwarf the setting Aerosmith and KISS shared when they last performed on the same bill, back in the mid-'70s. Then, both bands were still establishing themselves on the rock landscape.

      Aerosmith's breakthrough came several months after the 1975 release of its third album, "Toys in the Attic," which featured the hit "Sweet Emotion." That same year, KISS blasted to the forefront of rock music with the release of a concert version of "Rock And Roll All Night" from the "Kiss Alive" album.

      Perry remembered just how desperate the bands were to outshine each other on stage during those early days.

      "I think there was a time back in the day when you were only as good as your live show," he says. "You can put out records, but the thing is, it was really about playing live, how you got the audience off and ... are you going to get upstaged, and who's louder and getting all the lights. It was a lot more cutthroat."

      These days, Aerosmith, KISS and Motor City rocker Nugent are so well- established they don't have to worry about winning over fans. Still, Perry expects a little professional pride to filter into the festivities as the bands share concert stages during the tour.

      "I think at this point, each band knows pretty much what they're capable of," Perry says. "But I think there's always that twinge of the unknown that we're both counting on.

      "In the end, the audience is going to get a great show. And I think certainly the competition will be a lot friendlier, but it will still be there."

      That's not to say that Perry worries the fully costumed KISS and its special effects-filled concert will upstage Aerosmith, which will close the show. Neither does he worry about Nugent and his full- throttle assault of R&B-tinged hard rock.

      "I've never been afraid of following anybody. That's just my own natural arrogance. I don't know if it's justified or not," Perry says with a chuckle. "I think if I had to be afraid of following somebody, I'm in the wrong business.

      "To go out there and blast away at 120 (decibels), you've got to have a certain amount of confidence," he says.

      Nugent is confident as well. In a separate interview, Nugent says his live show remains as potent as ever -- that's no small statement from an artist whose intensity on stage has long been the stuff of rock legend.

      "My music is so invigorating and so vitalitizing -- that's a new word that you may use, I just made that up, vitalitizing. I just crave every throbbing moment of it," Nugent says. "It really is fun beyond description. I don't even know if your average mortal understands the dynamic of fun that we understand."

      Nugent is touring behind his 2002 studio CD, "Craveman," and a new DVD, "Full Bluntal Nugity," which captures a 2002 show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston and footage from Nugent's 1978 appearance at the California Jam music festival.

      KISS, meanwhile, has a new live CD to promote. "KISS Symphony: Alive IV" finds the group joining forces with Australia's Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in performing versions of KISS hits.

      The tour will also give Aerosmith fans a taste of the blues CD the band plans to release in January, Perry says. "We're going to probably play one or two songs from it, and we're going to change the set a lot from night to night," he promises.

      However, the guitarist didn't reveal many secrets about the blues album's sound; in part, he said, because the songs weren't mixed and because they hadn't chosen the dozen tunes that will comprise the CD. But he did offer some hints.

      "In some cases, it's not much different than some of our early recordings of our originals," he says. "In other cases, it's a stone cold Little Walter song. And it was a lot of fun doing it just from that point of view, because we left everything at the door, any preconceptions of what it should sound like. "I think that was hardest thing, getting everybody kind of to walk through that door."


  • The Cincinnati Enquirer Review (DMAAT)
      Here's the 'teaser':

      "Concert Review: Aerosmith/Kiss
      Maybe it was Kiss who brought out the best in Aerosmith at Riverbend Wednesday night. Or maybe Aerosmith just didn't have enough time to do "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

      Here's the article:

      Aerosmith/Kiss show long on old, hard rock

      Concert review

      By Chris Varias
      The Cincinnati Enquirer

      Maybe it was Kiss who brought out the best in Aerosmith at Riverbend Wednesday night. Or maybe Aerosmith just didn't have enough time to do "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

      Whatever the case, Aerosmith put on its finest Cincinnati performance in several years. The band kept newer schmaltzy material to a minimum. The set was streamlined, played on a bare-bones stage that was the perfect tonic after Kiss' bombastic act.

      The only problem was the length of the sets relative to the ticket price. Anyone who paid over $130 for a pavilion seat should have been a fan of both bands, because each one only played for 75 minutes. This double-headliner tour could improve if opening band Saliva dropped off and Kiss and Aerosmith each did closer to two hours.

      However, neither band wasted its limited time. The head of Joey Kramer's bass drum read: "Rocksimus Maximus," and, for the most part, Aerosmith's show was just that. The band opened with a strong three-song block of "Mama Kin," "Toys in the Attic" and "Love in an Elevator."

      Lead singer Steven Tyler grabbed the spotlight from the start. He placed Brad Whitford in a headlock as the guitarist played his solo in "Mama Kin" and worked the runway - which extended from the stage 20 rows into the crowd - during "Toys."

      Guitarist Joe Perry said Aerosmith will release its next album in January, and the band previewed three songs. It's apparently a collection of blues and R&B covers, judging by the snappy little versions of "Baby Please Don't Go," "Stop Messin' Around" and "I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Loved You)." Tyler changed "man" to "girl" in the latter song.

      The back end of the set was loaded with 1970s greatness, from the lesser-know "Nobody's Fault" (best song of the night) to "Dream On," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion" and "Train Kept a Rollin'."

      Kiss did a farewell tour a couple years ago, but of course that didn't prevent this latest reunion. Ace Frehley kept his word and stayed away, so Kiss painted up guitarist Tommy Thayer and carried on.

      The band sounded good, as bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley traded lead-vocal duties on several of their '70s hard-rock classics. Drummer Peter Criss contributed two memorable moments, "Black Diamond" and a version of "Beth" sung to recorded piano and strings.

  • AF1 Alert (DMAAT)
      Columbus Show - August 19

      Your favorite AF1 staff member FatTom escaped from his desk and will meet you in Columbus! For the Aerosmith/KISS show at the Polaris Amphitheatre on Tuesday, August 19, AF1 will have its own window at will-call. Please go there to pick up your AF1 tickets from FatTom. And then kindly kick him back to his office in Boston!

      2 New tour dates have been scheduled for October 24 & 25, 2003 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena. AF1 is offering a weekend travel package (show and meet and greet on saturday). AF1 will also offer a Velvet Rope for Friday's show.

      Keep checking back for more ticket opportunities as AF1 is still working with the promoter to secure more Velvet Rope tickets (for both shows).


  • Thumbnails at (DMAAT)
      Just a quick FYI, the webmaster from has finally decided to use thumbnail images to index the Aero concert pics he hosts on his site beginning with the 8/13 Cincinnati ones from Jarred Rogers. He also plans to go back and reformat past shows.

  • Merchandise Detail and Fan Review of Cincy Show (DMAAT)
      Posted by Laura W. on Lynn's AeroExperience list:

      I'll just hit the highlights although I do have extensive notes from the show (if anyone is interested)! Wednesday's night show in Cincy was great....the band seemed tight and interacted alot with each other. Steven and Joe did high-5's with fans when they were crusin the catwalk. Tom went out the catwalk during the blues bit I think. I saved a roll of film for when Joe came to fan's left side of venue but he never did. Brad stayed pretty much in the same spot for the entire show. Steven did his usual banter with the crowd between songs but not as much as past tours....It seemed there was time to switch guitars and then right into the next song....but alot of excitement crammed into 75 minutes. (The revolving drum riser (& guitar rack) that 'changed' after "Jaded" was cool also.)

      Security wasn't that tight. There was the aforementioned "ticket fiasco" and some VR were separated from their group and had seats behind me!! (The VR people were in the "corners" where the 2 stages intersected, about 3 rows deep.) I was in Section 100, row J (10th) seats 115/116 which was about center of the row. There were about 12 seats to the aisle and about 12 more to the center where the catwalk was. So I got decent pictures from the stage and catwalk. Security was checking purses, briefly, and my husband had a 35m camera and roll of film in his back pocket. They were selling disposable cameras at the T-shirt stands....even though the ticket states no cameras, recording,etc... There were 3 booths together. One with KISS stuff, one with Aerosmith (and Saliva) and another that carried both groups' stuff. The EMI people said they opened at 6 PM and had sold out most sizes except 1X or 2X t-shirts. (those were $45.00) I found a booth that took plastic, bought the last white Aeorsmith t-shirt they had (a medium for $35.00). Has band's pics and orange flames with blue trim on the front and the back has the cities listed in a circle. There was a black one that had the cities listed on the back with Rockus Maxiumus (in red) on the Front and a navy one that had the cities on the back also (can't remember what the front had). The tour book impressed me the seemed a better quality, glossy paper that was heavier. For $30.00 which I think is a $5.00 increase from last year's. I looked through to see if it had new pictures and descriptions and it did, but it had started to rain and I didn't want to get it wet. Stopped on the way out to get it but the crowd was about 60 people deep. They had this collage skirt for $ the zippered hooded sweatshirt but it was $75.00. Had several women's capped sleeved tees and 3 tanks. I loved the pink and white tye-dye one but I kept myself on a budget this show (translation: husband with me!!). The women's shirts were all OSFA and 100% cotton...which makes me nervous for that kind a money. And cameras, license plate holder, cups, necklaces with strobes, plastic keychains, etc.

      So much for "hitting the highlights"....the set list was great although I did miss "Dude". I was hoping to hear "Let the Music..." as I hadn't heard that in a show, yet. Nobody's Fault rocked the best and showed who the fans were!! Steven was having fun messing with Brad throughout the show. Joe wore a cut-up t-shirt that was a change of pace from his button-down shirts (or no shirt!) Couldn't see Russ much from my angle but Steven introduced him during "Stop Messin". All the guys had on jeans which was nice after the spandex in the first show....spent most of that time checking out the merchandise stands. 'Nuff said..... Laura

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Cleveland OH at the Public Auditorium

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Hamburg Germany at Audimax

      1989 Love in an Elevator is released

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Dublin Ireland at The Point Depot Theatre

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Scranton PA at Montage Mountain Amphitheatre (Jackyl opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Burgettstown PA at Post Gazette Pavillion at Star Lake

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Detroit MI at Comerica Park (Kiss, Ted Nugent open)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Thunder - Behind Closed Doors (1995)
The songwriting may not be quite as strongs (still very good, mind you, it's just that the songs doesn't stick out as much, it feels like one has already heard this from them before) as on their first two album (I'd go as far as saying that the debut, "Backstreet Symphony," is one of the very most enjoyable post-70's "classic rock" albums), but their wonderful sound is still intact. As is Daniel Bowes' great voice! For those who hasn't heard this band (I pity you!), the most common (and accurate) description would be that he sound like a mix between Paul Rodgers (best vocalist ever?!) and David Coverdale. Everyone into classic (hard) rock owe themselves to check out Thunder! :)

News as of August 14, 2003
  • Wow...Mall Freebie Concert for NFL expected to be quite LARGE.... (DMAAT)
      Party On The Mall Could Impact Commuters
      NFL Plans 4 Days Of Festivities
      WASHINGTON -- Four days of festivities on the Mall will lead up to the NFL season opener between the Redskins and the New York Jets.

      City officials hope the festival with football clinics, autograph sessions, and a concert will present Washington as a worthy host for a future Super Bowl.

      The National Park Service says the NFL has applied for, but not yet received, a permit to use the Mall for the events.

      It would take place between 7th and 14th Streets and could involve road closures in the area.

      Metro said it would extend its hours and service on Sept. 4 when the party reaches a crescendo for the official season opener. The rail will run cars as if it is rush hour from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. but will only charge rush hour rates during the regular rush hour. Metrorail will run until 2 a.m.

      The festivities on the Mall include performances by Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith and Britney Spears.

      D.C. officials said as many as 300,000 people could attend the Sept. 4 concert on the Mall. The league is setting up Jumbotron screens for the concert and may use them to show the game so that everyone doesn't leave the Mall at the same time.

      The event will honor the military, and 25,000 troops and their families will be invited.

      The event is free to the public, but tickets are required. Timed-entry tickets will be available on the Mall beginning Sept. 1

      According to The Washington Post the league expects to pay just under $10 million dollars for the Washington events.

      The Washington area is one of four finalists to host the 2008 Super Bowl. The selection will be made this fall.


  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Cincinatti, OH
      Cincinatti, OH
      Riverbend Music Center

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Train Kept A Rollin'

      Interesting Notes:
      -Same setlist as Holmdel; once again no encore.
      -Very energetic and played to the crowd.
      -Thanks to Danebowles, Justin, and Jarrod for the hookups.

      All of these setlist reports are catalouged at for your viewing pleasure. If you check out the "Message Boards", you will see all the set lists for this "Rocksimus Maximus Tour 2003".

  • Rich? Get tickets to the Vegas shows...3 tier levels and a travel package (DMAAT)
      There was a one day delay for show tickets as only the travel package went on sale the first night but don't worry...still plenty of everything available for at least one if not both of the Vegas dates..and Travel Package...perhaps the $ signs below will help explain why LOL

      The Aerosmith Velvet Rope Backstage Pass (typically first 10 rows)
      Minimum Quantity: 1 Price: $650.00
      This is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime Aerosmith experience. Get into the venue early, jump past security and head backstage, experience first-hand the pre-show mayhem that typically only crew and artists experience. Then hit an exclusive VIP party to prime you for your guaranteed seat in the first 10 rows. It gets better! Though never guaranteed, these packages often include chances to meet the band and crew.

      Aerosmith/Kiss Ticket: Top Tier
      Minimum Quantity: 1 Price: $215.00
      Get in on one of the toughest tickets of the summer, a double-bill of Aerosmith and Kiss. Your membership in Aero Force One gets you the first shot at seats from the top tier of the venue(Seating varies by venue. Due to stage thrusts/ramps and the increased demand created by the double-billing of Aerosmith and Kiss, seats will be further back in the venue than previous tours and/or in side-sections)

      Aerosmith/Kiss Second Ticket Tier
      Minimum Quantity: 1 Price: $115.00
      Get in on one of the toughest tickets of the summer, a double-bill of Aerosmith and Kiss. Your membership in Aero Force One gets you the first shot at seats from the venue's second ticket price tier. (Second Tier ticket locations vary slightly by venue,but are typically located in between the venue's Top priced tickets and Lawn seating).

      Aerosmith/Kiss Third Ticket Tier
      Minimum Quantity: 1 Price: $72.00
      Get in on one of the toughest tickets of the summer, a double-bill of Aerosmith and Kiss. Your membership in Aero Force One get you first shot at seats from the 3rd ticket-price tier in the venue.

      Aerosmith Las Vegas Travel Package
      Minimum Quantity: 1 Price: $1,795.00
      This is the ULTIMATE once-in-a-lifetime Aerosmith experience!

      Talk about not making it clear (ie: misleading)..but from what I can gather from various conversations on the message board, this TP is indeed ONLY for ONE show (Sat) so if you want to catch BOTH Vegas shows you must pay for tickets to Friday night's show separately and be sure you get there in time LOL). I'm hoping that is WRONG and that both are included for THAT price and I will report it here if/when I find the situation confirmed one way or the other. It says DOUBLE BILL but could be KISS/AERO. And it says "the show" singular throughout the wording. Gotta love AF1...not! Enjoy....if you're on LOL...

      Hit the road with 50 other W-I-L-D Aerosmith Fans. Plan to party, plan to meet the band, plan to be part of the Backstage Experience, plan to see the show from AWESOME seats. This package includes superb hotel accommodations (including Friday Oct. 24th arrival / Sunday Oct. 26th departure), breakfast each day, parties and ground transportation to and from planned activities.
      Transportation between your home city and Las Vegas is not included. All travel package participants are initially charged the double-occupancy rate. If you would prefer single-occupancy, a one-time $100 up-charge will be added to your bill.
      Your Aerosmith Travel Package Pass includes:
      Hotel accommodations; including breakfast each morning A V.I.P. party
      Ground transportation between your hotel and the venue
      Commemorative Merchandise AND AN INCREDIBLE SEAT!
      And finally… a Meet-and-greet with the band!
      COST PER PERSON for this travel package is:
      $ 1895.00 : for single occupancy - OR-
      $ 1795.00 : PER PERSON for double occupancy
      Spots are limited to 50 persons!
      This travel package will be available for purchase on Tuesday August 12 at 10:00PM ET (7:00PM Pacific) from the AF1 tour page. Tickets for Friday Night's show (Oct. 24th) can be purchased separately on the AF1 tour page.

      From: and

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith play in Dover MA at Concert on the Green (with Belch & Sacrifice, Michael Weiss, and the Zotos Brothers)

      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Pittsburgh PA at Pittsburgh Civic Arena

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Norfolk VA at The Scope (With Rick Derringer & Starz)

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Stuttgart Germany at H.M.Schleyer-Halle

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Winnipeg Alberta Canada (with Dio)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Vancouver Canada at Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum (with Jackyl)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Minneapolis MN at the Target Center (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Concord CA at Chronicle Pavilion

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Soundgarden - Down On The Upside (1996)

News as of August 13, 2003
  • I love the 70's
      Currently running on VH1 are "I love the 70's" commercials, but it starts August 20th and apparently Aerosmith does the commenting or something... probably just like the Top 200 Pop Icons where it's just Joe and Tom, I imagine.

  • Nissan Review by... (DMAAT)
      ..same writer that did the Tom Hamilton interview for the Times-Dispatch....

      Aerosmith blows KISS off stage
      Aug 11, 2003
      MUSIC REVIEW AEROSMITH AND KISS AT: Nissan Pavilion on Saturday
      NEXT UP: 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Virginia Beach Amphitheater

      MANASSAS It could be called the battle of the AARP rockers. But that would imply a fair contest. Putting KISS and Aerosmith on the same bill can't help but foster competition, but it's akin to comparing Britney Spears with Norah Jones. One is a windup toy covered in glitter and paint; the other can read music.

      So if a winner has to be declared, then allow the record to state that Aerosmith, quite simply, wiped KISS - and its fake blood - off the stage floor.

      Since Aerosmith is - rightfully - closing each night of this week-old tour, KISS uncharacteristically takes the stage before it's dark enough for Gene Simmons' crazed eyes to glow. At Saturday's sold-out Nissan Pavilion stop (that's about 25,000 people forking over $50 to $130), Simmons and singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Tommy Thayer (in the role of Ace Frehley) trudged through the motions with the same insincerity as 2000's "Farewell" tour.

      Yes, the band created the art of the concert spectacle, but things have changed since 1975, and KISS has barely altered a fragment of its loud, tired show. That infamous lighted KISS sign hung over a tremendous stage bulging with two video screens and staircase-stacked amplifiers that breathed smoke during "Firehouse."

      A shirtless Stanley pulled out the lame banter ("We could nev-ah, ev-ah be here tonight without you people") when not shrieking to find the right note. His opening line of "I Want You" warbled so painfully off key, even HE realized it and asked the audience to sing the rest.

      For his signature tune, "God of Thunder," Simmons, with that silly knot of hair on his head, spewed candy-apple blood like a samurai who slipped with his sword. Forget about understanding any of the song's three or four words; Simmons' bass rumbling obliterated every other instrument.

      The band's 80-minute set also suffered from a few technical glitches. Several times, the snap-crackle-popping flashpots didn't go off on cue, and when Criss shambled onstage for a karaoke version of "Beth," his microphone refused to cooperate. Considering the ragged state of his voice, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. By the last verse of the song, Criss chucked the thing across the stage, probably wishing he were shooting pool with Frehley somewhere.

      The lone bright spot of the set was Frehley's replacement, Thayer, a former KISS roadie and guitarist for metal band Black'N' Blue. The whippet-thin ax-slinger ripped out blistering licks on "100,000 Years" and jammed with the spotlight-commanding Stanley for the closing "Rock And Roll All Nite."

      "We're not gonna forget tonight for a long time," Stanley crowed while preening for the crowd, leaving out the obvious next line, "Until we get to the next show."

      Aerosmith, meanwhile, didn't need pyro and spinning sparklers to compensate for a lack of musicianship, which the band hinted at with the opening double punch of "Let The Music Do the Talkin'" and "Mama Kin."

      Its stage a bare slate, with amplifiers haphazardly stacked and a couple of industrial-strength fans, Aerosmith delivered its fan appreciation the old-fashioned way: with a lot of sweat and even more solid songs.

      Tyler, his hair a matted Johnny-Depp-in"Pirates" nest, was a howling wolf during a bluesy run on "Pink." The guy is a bundle of legs and skanky sexiness, with the type of boundless energy that gym instructors would trade a bicep for. As stage buddy Joe Perry slunk through the growling guitar tones of "Jaded," Tyler joined him at the end of a ramp that jutted about 20 rows into the crowd, flailing with his scarf-wrapped microphone stand and exercising his limber vocal cords.

      With a no-brainer blues album, "Honkin' on Bobo," due early next year, Aerosmith took the opportunity to unveil a few cuts, impressing mostly with its frantic cover of "Baby, Please Don't Go," which found Tyler hunched over his mic like a wasted Hobbit. But the familiar returned soon with the haunting "Dream On," on which Tyler nailed every nuanced yelp. If KISS' "Rock And Roll All Nite" is rock's anthem, then "Dream" is its prayer.

      And for Aerosmith, it's a prayer long ago answered.


  • Fabulous Fan Review of Aero VR/KISS Platinum and Both Shows!
      Written by Gregg Aldana and originally posted, along with his photos, at his site, I think this was a very well written and very imformative review of it all! Check it out!

      What can I say . . . Saturday night's show at Nissan Pavilion was probably one of the best rock and roll shows I have ever been to in my life. My two favorite bands of all time, Kiss and Aerosmith, all in one night and on one stage!! I have to be honest it was a dream come true for this rock and roll fan. I had been waiting for this classic lineup for many years and it lived up to all of my expectations and then some. I thought I would share with everyone my review of the days events.

      First of all I was able to see the concert and event from both a Kiss fan's and Aerosmith fan's perspective. I was lucky enough to secure BOTH Aerosmith's Velvet Rope Experience Tickets/Passes as well as Kiss' Platinum Experience Passes.

      The day started off early, we got to the venue around 3:30 - hoping to get in by 4:00 pm. Kim (from Aeroforceone) showed up at the front gate around 4:40 and gave out all of our Velvet Rope passes (very nice laminates!!) and lead the whole group of us (about 50 people) around the back of Nissan Pavilion to the VIP entrance. Everyone waiting in line at the front gates looked very envious of us!! Noah (another Velvet Rope tour guide) as well as a few venue security guards led us all to the backstage area where they had a little tent setup for us. It was really cool being in the venue so early and seeing the entire place empty - kind of like the calm before the storm. They had sodas, beers and some snacks for us and made everyone sign a waiver who hadn't yet. The tour started off very cool, they introduced us to the guy who designs and decorates all the backstage dressing rooms and hospitality areas for the band. Told us Steven has a whole "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme going on now in his dressing room. He then led us into the band's hospitality suite, where they eat and chills out. There were all kinds of tapestries on the walls, incense burning, couches and refrigerators stocked with all of their favorite goodies (saw some PB& J sandwiches in there!). Also saw the laptop in there that the band uses to get on the net and check out the Aeroforceone boards. Next we were lead past Kiss's and Aerosmith's personal dressing rooms on our way outside to the Bus/Loading area. We were not allowed on the loading dock because there was too much pyro on there for Kiss' set!!! We saw Joe Perry's tour bus out there - very nice!! When parked it expanded on both sides. Then we were led to the stage area where Kiss' roadies where doing the sound check - again amazing seeing the whole place completely empty was cool. While in front of the stage - Noah took a bunch of pictures of all of us posing with Steven's mic stand.

      Next we were taken back to the tent for some more beer and food (hot dogs and chicken - left over from the road crew lunch!!) Kim then told us - we should head back out to the VIP Parking Gate entrance so that we could catch Steven when he drove in. We went out there at like 5:30 and waited. . . .and waited . . .and waited . . and waited. It was hot and everyone was getting very cranky. An hour goes by and still no Steven. We could have been chilling all this time in the tent with a few cold ones. There was no place to sit - it was really getting everyone annoyed and agitated. At one point the guys from Salivia, saw us at just standing there and felt bad and came over and signed some autographs for us - they were very cool. Thanks guys.

      Finally at about 6:15, we get word that they are stuck in traffic and they are getting a police escort to drive them through!! So finally at about 7:00 pm we see Steve's Suburban pull up and the driver slows it down and he drives by and gives everyone a high five! I asked him to autograph a copy of Toys in the Attic I put in front of him, but he said he couldn't (very disappointing). While the drive by was very cool and he was extremely friendly and nice, I think it is really lame that he didn't even get out of the car and say hello to everyone. I understand that this is not promised and he was running late, but I think for the price everyone paid for the Velvet Rope, he should put aside 20 min to come and socialize with the VRs and take some pictures, etc. That's just my opinion. We also saw Joe and Tom's limos pulling up behind him and they all got out and waived to us!! Again while this was very cool, I think it was a real slap in the face to the Aeroforceone fans, who shelled out 5+ times face value of the ticket to not come over and at least sign a few autographs and shake some hands??

      After meeting and "high-fiving" Steve, they tried to bring all of us in the side entrance of the Pavilion, but the security guards would not let ANY of us in!! There was uncomfortable stand off for about 10 mins between Noah and Kim and the security guards. They were getting pissed off and so were all of us!! This was extremely annoying. It was hot and we just finished standing outside for over an hour and a half to high-five Steve and now this bs!! Finally we had to walk all the way around to the back of the place and again go in through the VIP parking entrance.

      After that ordeal we just hung out in the tent for about an hour and a half eating, drinking and they raffled off a bunch of prizes: t-shirts, drum heads, drum sticks, cookie cutters, posters, cds, etc. They also gave EVERYONE an Aeroforce backpack with a ton of stuff in there - a t-shirt, license plate ring, Christmas cards from the fan club and a drink cooler with the Aeromsith logo. I was lucky enough to have Noah run me back to will call to pick up my Kiss Passes during this time before the show and still had enough time to chill out with everyone in the tent. We wound up missing Saliva, but everyone seemed more content hanging backstage till right before Kiss went on. At about 7:45 everyone got up and thanked Noah and Kim. In all honesty - they were excellent hosts and made the whole VR experience awesome and completely enjoyable. All of the people we met on the Aerosmith Velvet Rope Tour were great!!! My only suggestion for future VRs - talk Steven into taking 20 mins to meet with everyone - wouldn't require much effort or time on his part and would make the whole event a million times better. Any other VRs know when they will post the pictures they took?

      We made our way to our seats at about 7:50 and we were blown away by our seats from the Velvet Rope - 2nd ROW on Paul Stanley's side of the stage (this put things in perspective and realized why we paid for the VR in the first place!!!) Amazing seats - it was like a private concert!!! I have to agree with many other reviewers, that seeing Kiss play while it is still light out is very weird!! But they opened with a huge bang and blew the crowd away. I have seen Kiss close to 30 times previously. This was hands down one of their best performances ever. Fireworks, pyro and those classic tunes just roared. I am sorry Ace, but Tommy played amazing!!! Kiss descended down from the ceiling on the platform as they did during the "farewell tour" and I think the Aerosmith fans were speechless from the first 3 songs. Kiss came to shock your senses and I think many had never seen a band this explosive before. I ran into so many Aerosmith fans that were like this is my first Kiss concert. Kiss had the place going absolutely nuts. I didn't see single person not on their feet throughout their entire set. Kiss really knows how to entertain the crowd and that night was no exception. On top of Kiss's second to none pyro and eye popping stage show, they still interact with the audience like no other band I have seen to this day. From Paul's on stage banter with the crowd to Gene and Tommy's constant eye contact and pointing to fans, Kiss makes every effort to get the audience involved and let's us know that we are all a part of the show. At one point Paul Stanley even started talking about how amazing it was to have the Kiss Army and Aeroforceone fans united - the place went absolutely crazy after this!!! Another really cool thing was Tommy came to the edge of the stage in between two of the songs and handed a pick to a security guard to give to a fan in a wheel chair in the front row!! These guys are the best. That made this kid's night!! After Kiss finished blowing the place apart and leaving the crowd speechless and begging for more, all I kept hearing other Aerosmithe fans saying was: "Wow! How the hell is Aerosmith going to follow that? Why would they let KISS open??"

      All in all - the Kiss set list was the standard one. No surprises or treats - just the standards. But Kiss sounded great - much tighter than they have been in previous tours. Tommy is unbelievable - fantastic. Other than Peter's mic incident during Beth - the show was flawless and a real treat for every rock and roll fan in the place!!

      Now was the moment we had waited for! Our chance to actually meet Kiss!! I met Gene and Paul during the Revenge tour ten years ago and once met Peter at a Kiss convention in the early 90s as well, but those were quick and rushed encounters. This is what I had been waiting for my whole life, the chance to meet Kiss in full makeup backstage. After reading the horror stories about the Platinum Experience from the first night of the tour, I was skeptical, but came prepared. They lined us all up right after the Kiss set right by the backstage entrance. They took attendance and collected everyone's waiver. (We received 3 custom KISS guitar picks when we picked up our Passes at will-call earlier!!). Next they led us down to the tent where ironically we had the Aerosmith Velvet Rope Experience earlier that day! Jeff, the guy in charge of the Platinum Exp., was extremely nice to everyone. I was really taken back and pleasantly surprised. He asked everyone if they enjoyed the show and sincerely made an effort to treat us all like special VIPs. Next we all sat down and Ted (Kiss' Road Manager) came in and explained to us how the session would work. Again he was extremely nice and treated us like VIPs!! He explained Kiss was to come in and they were going to have each person (one at a time) take 2 professionally shot pictures with the band and that the band would then mingle with us all for a little while. He also informed us that during the meet and greet, we could ask Kiss anything we want, get them to autograph any items we brought and take as many additional pictures that we wanted. He only requested that we do not monopolize any band member for too long. I could not believe my ears - this was in sharp contrast to the earlier reports of fans being prevented for doing any of this stuff during the meet and greet. The staff treated us like VIPs - 100% all the way! Thank you so much. They informed us that our professional pictures of Kiss would be posted to a special web site within 48 hours and we would be able to download highres versions of each shot. While some fans wanted hard copies , I am glad we get the original highres files - we can print as many high quality copies and as big as we want!!!

      Kiss finally came in and the crowd (of about 10-15 people) started going nuts cheering them on!!! They lined us up to take pictures. The band was really cool - when each person came over to take their picture, the band shook our hands and asked how we liked the show - very cool - made us feel very important and very special. Gene yelled at the photographer to wait before taking each picture and let them know when she was going to snap it, because he wanted to make sure everyone was posing at the right moment - thanks Gene!! The pictures took about 5-10 mins - not long at all and then Doc McGhee also had a few friends and personal guests that took pictures with Kiss as well (ate into a little of our Meet and Greet time, but it was okay!)

      Finally came time to mingle. The guys were awesome. They spent a lot of time talking with all of us, answering our questions and asking us questions too!! I got the Vinyl version of the Alive IV album signed by all four guys. My brother got Love Gun signed by everyone. I gave Gene a bootleg DVD copy of the 1974 Long Beach Show that I got at one of the recent Kiss conventions. He got a kick out of that. He was like "Who made this??" And then he said, "Oh the Kissvision guys - I know them." Paul was cool but seemed a little out of it. Peter was in great spirits. He really chatted with us quite a bit. Tommy was great - you could tell he was a little nervous about the fan's reactions - but I reassured him that the majority of fans are glad he's here. He is playing amazingly and is part of this great tradition carrying on our favorite band!! We were chatting how he's come a long way since managing the Kiss Convention Tour. The whole meet and greet lasted like 20 mins and we actually missed the first two songs of Aerosmith's set, but no one seemed to care, we were having fun just hanging with Kiss. 25 min was just enough time - no one felt rushed and I even had a chance to step back and take in the whole experience of hanging out with KISS!!! I wound up taking some more solo pictures with Peter and Gene and then my brother got a nice solo shot with Paul. I know a lot of people complained about the outrageous price of the platinum package, but it was worth every penny. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Kiss were just the nicest and greatest guys ever. As we were leaving we were all handed a Tour Program autographed by each member of the band!! Unreal - these guys really know how to do a backstage experience and then some. Thanks guys for a night I will not soon forget.

      After missing the first two songs - we arrived in our seats and Aerosmith was rocking. Steve was running around the place going nuts. Tons of energy - I know everyone doesn't think he looks well, but he sure didn't show any signs of it!! Aerosmith sounds amazing and the set list was perfect - just the right

      amount of oldies and new songs. Even the blues set was amazing. They just sounded great - very tight. I wish they had played Let the Music Do the Talking - such a great opener. Joe was rocking - had some cool guitars he used and played right over us a few times. Aerosmith is just a fun energetic band to watch and everyone was dancing. As far as sound goes, I think I would agree that Aerosmtih are probably better musicians than Kiss. Hands down. But I have to be honest - Kiss's stage show and stage presence blew away Aerosmith. I really think they should consider going on before Kiss. I just think Kiss' show is too bombastic and over the top to be followed by straight forward rock and roll. I saw way too many people sitting down during Aerosmith. A lot of people looked tired from standing and pumping their fists for Kiss. During a Kiss show, you can't sit down - you would just look stupid. But during Aerosmith's show more than a lot fans were sitting - very weird. I just think after Kiss' overwhelming stage show and such intense, direct interaction and communication with the crowd - fans were a little disappointed not seeing the same from Aerosmith. I mean Steven Tyler might be one of the most animated lead singers in all of rock and roll, but he didn't talk to the crowd much at all. But I don't want to take anything a way from Aerosmith's show - they were absolutely fantastic! And I would see them again in a heartbeat. Their set was great and they sounded amazing. As far as the length of the shows, maybe I am getting older, but I thought they were the perfect amount of time. 1 hour and 15 mins - is more than enough for me. I think much longer that people start to get bored and go visit the bathroom. I just thought each set was perfect amount of time. Below is a link to some pictures I took at the concert and backstage (will be posting more Aerosmith Velvet Rope and Kiss Platinum Pics soon):

      Can't wait to get the pictures back from Aerosmith's Velvet Rope and the pro shots with KISS.

      All in all - I thought both backstage packages worth it. Just like the bands themselves, each one offered something completely different. Kiss's was more expensive, but you got a whole let more. But I guess a good way to look at the Aerosmith Velvet Rope Experience is that you are paying for a second row ticket, which could easily sell for the price they are charging form a ticket broker on the street. And the backstage tour/party they throw is an added bonus for buying it form them as a opposed to a scalper which would get you just a seat.

      Regardless this night was one of the most exciting nights of my life. I felt as though at was 15 again. I don't know how I am going to top this experience. Maybe by being in the New York Yankees locker room after they win Game 7 of the World Series???

      Any of the Velvet Ropers or Platinum Experience people out there have any thoughts?

      Great meeting everyone - can't wait to see you all at MCI Center in Dec!!!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum (Rick Derringer opens)

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Biltzen Belgium at the Biltzen Festival

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Clarkston MI at Pine Knob Music Center (Guns N'Roses open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Seattle WA at Center Coliseum (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Saugerties NY on Stage North (Woodstock)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Holmdel NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center (Kid Rock opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Cincinnati OH at Riverbend Amphitheater (Kiss, Saliva open)

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Tori Amos - Boys For Pele (1996)

News as of August 12, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Holmdel, NJ
      From as reported by Nick

      Holmdel, NJ
      PNC Bank Arts Center

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Train Kept A Rollin'

      Interesting Notes:
      - No encore. All songs played continuously.
      - Train gets 1st play this tour, takes Dude's spot.
      - Looks like the spot after Fault will be a rotating spot for songs.
      - Apparently the audience was also teased with Rats in the Cellar!
      - A very special thanks to my brother from a different mother, Nick, over at for reporting tonight's set list.

  • First Arena Dates (DMAAT)
      (8/11/03, 12 p.m. ET) -- The first two arena dates for Kiss and Aerosmith have been announced. The bands will bring their coheadlining tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on October 24 and 25, less than a week after they finish their outdoor run in Devore, California, on October 18. The indoor dates are expected to go until about the end of the year, with further touring in 2004 a good possibility.

      Public ticket sales for these two shows haven't been set yet, but Aerosmith's Aero Force One fan club has a presale scheduled for its members on Tuesday (August 12) at 10 p.m. ET. For more information, go to

      Kiss is also expected to offer presale tickets to its fans, as they've done for every show announced so far, but that information wasn't available at press time.

      Aerosmith and Kiss started their coheadlining tour, with opening act Saliva, on August 2 in Hartford, Connecticut. Their next show is Monday (August 11) at the P.N.C. Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

      (From Launch.Com)

  • 102 Tour Pictures So Far (DMAAT)

  • Kelly Clarkson (DMAAT)
      In the new Kelly Clarkson video she is wearing an Aerosmith T-shirt when she is in her jeep driving, which is most of the video.

      Apparently, she has said that she was a big fan and loves Steven Tyler, in an interview when asked who her favorite singers were- at the beginning when idol started..

  • Blender magazine (DMAAT)
      Very small item in this month's Blender magazine about the boys. There are 2 pages with all albums listed, covers, etc.

  • As expected.. (re: yesterday's "Not sure if this...")
      Posted by Adam on this site's message board:

      I went to the Nissan show and, while I have seen the band do better, the show was by no means bad. I only noticed Steven mess up the words that one time during Sweet Emotion. Other than that, he was right were the rest of the guys. It was early in the tour, so I expected to see a few kinks. Steven purposely told Tom to get back out on the runway stage...everyone was cheering and laughing when he did it. No one looked stoned or drunk. And, Steven announced that the curfew was closing in and they had one more song to do, which was Dude. At the end of Dude, confetti was everywhere; people wanted to see more but I think everyone realized that was the end of the show. The only thing that was bad was the parking lot. But who cares, seeing Aerosmith makes up for it.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Edmonton Alberta Canada (Dio opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Clarkston MI at Pine Knob Music Center (Guns N'Roses open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Portland OR at Memorial Coliseum (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Cuyahoga Falls OH at Blossom Music Center (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Marysville CA at Sacramento Valley Amphitheater

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ARK - Burn The Sun (2001)
Jorn Lande, what a singer! One second he sounds like David Coverdale, the next he's a dead-on Robert Plant, and before you know it he sounds.. like Björk! I'm not kidding you, just check out the track "Absolute Zero"! Oh, and music's excellent too! =)

News as of August 11, 2003
  • Nissan Pavilion review and picture in The Washington Post
      Kiss and Aerosmith: All Your Favorite Oldies

      By David Segal
      Washington Post Staff Writer
      Monday, August 11, 2003; Page C01

      Next time a band announces a "farewell tour," get it in writing. Otherwise, don't bother with the goodbyes. Kiss vowed three years ago to pack up the face paint and the codpiece, but guess who opened a double bill with Aerosmith at Nissan Pavilion on Saturday night?

      "Awesome, awesome, awesome!" shouted Kiss rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley halfway through the hour-plus set.

      Everyone is entitled to a change of heart, of course, and if these cartoon rockers can drag their Kabuki-goth act around the world for a few more years, more dollars to them. Maybe the band owes a refund to fans who thought they were buying a final peek last time around. But Kiss is the most impressive moneymaking machine in rock history, and you don't earn that title through generosity. You earn it by vacuuming up the greatest number of greenbacks while demonstrating the least amount of musical talent.

      That's Kiss. It's safe to bet that 1,000 bands scattered around the nightclubs and bars of this country outplayed them Saturday night.

      Drummer Peter Criss hit the toms with an inexplicable delicacy, like he was afraid they'd hit him back, and his lumbering tempos slowed each song like ankle weights.

      Stanley is exceptional only at the art of pretending to smash a guitar, while the Devil's own drill sergeant, Gene Simmons, is too busy wiping stage blood from his tongue to concentrate on his bass. Only Tommy Thayer -- who replaced original guitarist Ace Frehley, who is sitting out this tour, setting up yet another triumphant reunion -- could work in a group without mascara and latex bodysuits.

      Through a set list heavy on oldies, including "Black Diamond" and "Love Gun," the band was hoisted on risers, obscured in smoke and steeped in bathos. For his solo, Simmons burbled blood and thumped his bass, then was lifted 100 feet straight up in the air, courtesy of a pair of sturdy wires that delivered him to a platform high above the audience. From there he scowled more applause from fans and sang until he was lowered back to the stage, no doubt to the great relief of the band's insurance agent.

      The only snafu came during the first encore, when Criss's microphone blinked on and off, wrecking the anniversary-night spirit of "Beth," the band's bestselling ballad. Criss tried a second microphone, which didn't work either and which he ultimately tossed across the stage with an exasperated shrug.

      The crowd bucked up Criss with some cheers and seemed won over by all the elements of this production. They bought everything -- including piles of T-shirts -- except Stanley's brief and critical mention of a certain country looking in vain for weapons of mass destruction. This was greeted with a smattering of boos. Most of his patter was considerably lighter -- and, in one instance, threatening.

      "I tell you, we're not going to forget this night for a very long time," Stanley shouted early in the night. "Maybe we're going to have to come back and see you again some time. Is that okay?" Well, we don't really have a choice, do we? Only the Marines could stand between Kiss and the road these days, and even if the boys in green fired a few warning rounds during a concert, the crowd would think it's part of the show. What Kiss lacks in musicianship, it can still overwhelm with flash pots, fireworks and we-love-you gusto.

      Or nearly so. Kiss's shock-and-awe tactics seemed like grade school high jinks once Aerosmith arrived. Boston's most durable export since the baked bean, Aerosmith has everything arena rock demands: a hammy lead singer (Steven Tyler), a guitar hero (Joe Perry) and a list of hits that reach back a generation. The band raced through more than a dozen of its finest, from "Mama Kin," which was recorded on its 1973 debut, to "Jaded," from 2001's "Just Push Play."

      Tyler, dressed in what quickly was a sweat-soaked white shirt, pouted and twirled and, during Perry's solo on "Walk This Way," swung above the crowd upside down on a trapeze. It's hard to imagine why, but Tyler's voice is either as strong as ever or stronger than it was in the '70s. He didn't shy from a note, not even the glass-buster toward the end of "Dream On," which he attacked while cradling the microphone stand in the middle of the stage.

      The pop ballads that have put the ka-ching in Aerosmith's more recent albums -- like the hyperbolic "Cryin' " -- were worked over with the same passion.

      Tyler's tendency to clown it up was offset by the all-business Perry, who takes his job as seriously as a meat inspector. In the middle of the show, he stepped to the microphone to introduce a few blues classics to be included on the group's next album, due in January. With the stage stripped bare but for a couple of vintage amps, the band did a convincing impersonation of a garage rock act paying tribute to its elders, with versions of "Stop Messing Around" and "Baby Please Don't Go."

      If this multi-platinum thing doesn't work out, Aerosmith would make an amazing bar band. Given the act that opened for them, that's saying something.

      Joe Perry, left, Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford energize the crowd Saturday night at Nissan Pavilion. Kiss brought plenty of flash, but the Boston band brought the fire. (Tracy A. Woodward -- The Washington Post)

      Joe Perry, left, Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford energize the crowd Saturday night at Nissan Pavilion. Kiss brought plenty of flash, but the Boston band brought the fire. (Tracy A. Woodward -- The Washington Post)


  • Not sure if this should be taken seriously...
      Julie posted this, her not very positive, impression of the Nissan Pavilion concert on this site's message board:

      I hate to say it but after seeing him perform at Nissan Pavilion over the weekend, I think he's drinking more than a "few beers!" First of all I LOVE Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, but they let me down so much at this concert. (I've seen them 4 times in past 3 years and they are always awesome) Steven LOOKED high and kept forgetting the words to a lot of songs. When they played Sweet Emotion Tom Hamilton was out at the end of the runway stage by himself (they were kind of showcasing him on the intro). When Steven came in on the first lyric he was singing the 3rd CHORUS!!! Tom got so pissed off that he walked off the runway stage back onto the main stage. Steven ran over, put his arm around his neck and said in his ear, "GET BACK OUT THERE MOTHER F-ER!!!!" And that's a quote! It was horrible. This came over loud and clear on Steven's mic! AND they had a video camera right in their faces as well.

  • 8 Days Until Thundertrain
      I'm just looking to see if THUNDERTRAIN
      can still rock - which from the looks of
      rehearsals is definitely going to happen.
      Mach Bell quoted in this week's
      Cellars By Starlight
      -Brett Milano BOSTON PHOENIX

      "Thundertrain... a powerhouse of
      considerable skill and taste...Teenage Suicide
      never bores. It's rock and roll of a sort I fear we'll
      never see again in any recognizable form.
      Sheer hedonism, mixed with an irresistable
      4/4 beat and the kind of guitar work one dreams
      of hearing on popular releases..."
      - Jesse Fisk Cravens NORTHEAST PERFORMER

      "THUNDERTRAIN... the
      heavy glam of Aerosmith and
      Mott The Hoople with the garage-
      production values of the first
      Clash album. . Crank
      up the live "I Gotta Rock" from
      September '76, to hear how
      Thundertrain were the G n' R of
      their town and day."

      Details & Directions

      TUES AUG 19

      Lucky Dog Music Hall
      89 Green St.

      33K STREET

      Mass Pike Exit 10 to
      Rt.290 E, Exit 13, Kelley Sq.
      hang a left and keep going.
      Keep the Hess Staion to
      your left as you go thru a big
      intersection straight onto Green St.

      WED AUG 20

      Jarrod's Place
      31 Bank St.
      508 -222-8878

      THUNDERTRAIN @11:30
      tba @ 10:30
      33 K STREET@9:30
      $10 Admission 18+

      THURS AUG 21

      Goodtime Emporium
      30 Sturtevant St. across from Home Depot

      THUNDERTRAIN @ 11:00
      DVD shoot by Woody Bavota for
      DA SCREWBALLZ @ 9 w/ Danny Hargrove of The Joe Perry Project

      FRI AUG 22

      The Midway Cafe
      3496 Washington St.

      Boston Groupie News Presents

      *SAT AUG 23
      WMFO- FM Coffee and Smokes Show
      On- air appearance with Alex Piandes

      TT the Bears
      10 Brookline St. Central Sq.

      UNNATURAL AXE @ 11
      RADAR EYES @ 9
      SUN AUG 24

      Grand Finale & Weenie Roast
      VFW Hall (look for the flags)
      310 Woodland St.

      $10 ADMISSION Doors Open @ 4PM
      Special Non-ageist Event!
      Children are welcome .
      Hell, everybody is
      invited to buy a ticket and
      come on in!

      The chef at the VFW Hall has a reputation.
      WEENIES & dangerous looking wings. Yum!
      Get 'em at the (low) cash buffet.
      Full Cash Bar

      RACER @ 6:30
      Noche Sound Production

      The Chef at the VFW asks that all guests PLEASE
      PARK your rides ACROSS THE STREET
      in the nicely paved public school parking lot.

      Mass Pike or RT 9 to RT 126S. Holliston is about 5 miles south of Framingham.
      Rt 128 to RT 16W Holliston is about 15 miles west of Wellesley.

      RT.16 Westbound
      One mile after
      Entering Holliston
      Woodland St is on the left
      (across from High st.)

      Rt. 126 Southbound
      Follow 126 into Holliston
      At lights turn
      Left onto RT. 16
      Woodland St. is a half mile on the right

      COMING FROM RT 495
      Take Rt. 16 Eastbound

      Drive 5 miles through Holliston
      to Bertucci's traffic lights/
      Rt. 126 intersection
      Go straight through lights, staying on Rt. 16
      Woodland St. is less than a half mile on the right

      For one mile. VFW Hall will be on the left
      across from school. White building with LOTS OF FLAGS.
      HEAR IT - BUY IT


  • (DMAAT)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Cincinnati OH at Cincinnati Gardens

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Hartford CT at the Civic Center

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Calgary Alberta Canada (Dio opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Montreal Canada at The Forum

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Clarkston MI at Pine Knob Music Center (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1990 Aerosmith records MTV Unplugged in New York City at the Ed Sullivan Studios

      1994 Aerosmith plays in New Haven CT at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Jackyl opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Holmdel NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center (Kiss, Saliva opens)


      Toonses adds:

      1990 Aerosmith tape their MTV Unplugged at The Ed Sullivan Theater - NYC. The Set List they played: Hangman Jury, Monkey on My Back, Love Me Two Times, Seasons of Wither, Big 10 Inch Record, One Way Street, Smokestack Lightning, Dream On, Milk Cow Blues, Toys in the Attic, Walkin' the Dog, Train Kept A-Rolllin', Home Sweet Home (traditional composition) The songs that were aired were: Toys In The Attic, Hang Man Jury, Big 10 Inch, Dream On, Walkin' The Dog, and Train Kept A Rollin'. An excerpt from the MTV Unplugged book....."Despite the family entertainment angle, the boys were still boys. Aerosmith has never been a band to shy away from extreme, sometime slightly juvenile, sexual innuendo. But the painting of a topless woman on Joey Kramer's drum kit was a bit much for our television censors. We needed a solution and we needed it fast. Finally, in a flash of genius that was born of complete panic, we bought a set of pasties and attached them to the bass drum. Every time Joey hit his kit, the pasties would twirl. The band, of course, was more than a little pleased."

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Spock's Beard - The Beard Is Out There-Live (1998)

News as of August 10, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: {Bristow, VA}
      From as reported by Lindadarlin...

      Bristow, VA
      Nissan Pavilion

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      What It Takes
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      No More No More
      Nobody's Fault
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Dude Looks Like A Lady

      Intetresting Notes:
      - 1st playings of NO MORE NO MORE and STOP MESSIN this tour! Very retro setlists. ME LIKEY! And IDWTMAT looks like it has indeed been rested!
      - Very special thanks to Lindadarlin for the hookup!

      Couple more interesting notes from "aerogsockol" on aerosmithfans mailing list:

      Steven even said on the mic "Curfew is gonna kick us in the ass".

      I also noticed that when Steven introduced Joe there was no Joe Fuckin Perry, just Joe Perry, and overall there was not anywhere near as much language as in their normal concerts

  • Tyler tattoo in International Tattoo Art Magazine
      Picture of the Aerosmith tattoos in October 2003 International Tattoo Art Magazine, page 89.

  • 33 Greatest Bar Songs (DMAAT)
      VH1 had this show on last night that did a countdwon on the top greatest 33 bar songs... can't seem to find the list at VH1, but Aerosmith did come in at number 22 with Dude (Looks Like A Lady).

      As they played the songs, they talk to people in bars...I think they were all drunk. If you catch the show, you will know what I mean.

      The next few airings are Sat 9, 12:00 am, Monday 11, 2:00 am, and Tuesday 12, 2:00 am.

      Hmm wonder why those


  • Boneyard Brew recipies from the Ashley Foods website
      Here's some more Aerosmith recipies from the Ashley Foods website:

      Welcome To The Boneyard: Recipes Made With Joe Perry Boneyard Brew Sauce

      The Hot Dish contest was a dead heat. When it came down to it, Joe Perry couldn't pick just one spicy recipe. Try these two taste bud tantalizers at home. And make sure you have plenty of water on hand...!

      Aero Force One Contest Winner

      2 Tbs Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce
      1/3 Cup lemon juice
      1 Cup Olive oil
      6 Portabella Mushrooms
      3/4 Cup shredded Provolone cheese
      2 1/2 Tbs heavy cream
      2 Roma Tomatoes chopped
      1/2 tbsp Fresh Parsley

      Marinate mushrooms in Boneyard Brew, lemon juice, and olive oil for 10-12 hours. Drain marinade and pat mushrooms dry with paper towels. Place mushrooms top side down on a baking sheet.

      Bake at 425 degrees for 6-8 minutes turning half way through cooking. Sprinkle cheese on the mushrooms and bake 1 1/2-2 minutes longer. Heat a serving dish and place mushrooms inside. Lightly pour heated cream over mushrooms, sprinkle with a mixture of parsley and tomatoes. Lightly salt and pepper the mushrooms.

      Broil on low until lightly browned. Enjoy!

      Note: All submissions cannot be returned and become the property of Aero Force One.


      Aero Force One Contest Winner
      1/2 lbs. hot Italian-style sausage
      1 1/2 Cup boiling water
      2 Tbs. olive oil
      1 Cup sliced onion
      1/2 Cup each sliced green and red bell peppers
      1/4 Cup habanero peppers, diced finely
      3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
      2 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth
      2 chicken breasts ( approx. 1/2 lb of meat), boneless, skinned, and cubed
      1/3 Cup all-purpose flour
      1/2 Tsp each freshly ground pepper and salt1/4 t. cayenne pepper
      3/4 Cup Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce
      1/2 Lbs orange roughy, cubed
      1/2 Lbs cooked shelled medium shrimp
      1/2 Cup frozen okra, thawed (optional)
      4 Cup hot cooked white-ricePreparation:

      1. Poke sausages with a fork. In a saucepan, bring small amount of water to a boil and poach the sausages for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Drain. Slice sausages into 1/2 in. round slices and set aside.

      2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add to the hot oil the garlic, red & green peppers, habanero peppers, and the onion. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, adding a small amount of chicken broth to help prevent sticking and over browning.

      3. Take the sliced sausages and cubed chicken and add it to the large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 to 10 minutes or until browned. Once again, add a little chicken broth to prevent sticking.

      4. Stir in the Joe Perry Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce. To make it easy on yourself, place the flour and 1/2 c. chicken broth in a lidded jar, cover tightly, and shake. This makes it much easier to blend without lumps. Stir into saucepan, keeping the stove at high heat, stirring constantly for about 5 to 7 minutes until browned and thickened.

      5. Now add remaining chicken broth, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Continue cooking over high heat, whisking occasionally for about 5 minutes.

      6. Lastly, add fish and cook for 5 minutes. Then add in the shrimp, putting aside 4 shrimps for garnishes. Add in the okra now with the shrimp. Cook just long enough to heat seafood and okra or else the seafood will be rubbery and the okra will over thicken the gumbo and give it an off flavoring.

      7. To serve, place 1 cup of hot cooked rice in soup bowl, spoon gumbo over the rice, and top with one of the reserved shrimp.

      Serves 4 people.

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      Use this sauce as a glaze for ribs, chicken, or pork for your next barbecue. Garnish with fresh whole Backberries and mint sprigs. This stuff is sweet-hot, sticky, and positively addicting.

      1 ¼ Cup rinsed blackberries
      ¼ Cup EACH catsup, honey, brown sugar, and minced fresh ginger.
      1 Tsp pepper
      ½ Tsp salt (optional)
      2 Tsp or more (to taste) Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot

      Combine all ingredients except hot sauce in a food processor or blender. Whirl until berries are pureed. Add 2 or more teaspoons hot sauce to taste. Pour into a 1-quart glass measure. Cover loosely with microwave-safe plastic wrap, leaving vents for steam. Cook in a microwave oven at full power (100%), stirring occasionally, until berry mixture is reduced to 1 1/3 cups, about 8 minutes.

      I've used it many times and ALWAYS get rave reviews. As always, fresh blackberries are the best, but thawed frozen can be used, too.

      Linda DuPon


      8 lbs. large shrimp
      3 tablespoons lemon juice
      ½ lb. Butter (real butter, not margarine)
      1 Tbs chopped parsley
      1-Cup extra virgin olive oil
      2 Tsp paprika
      8 ounces chili sauce
      2 Tsp oregano
      3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
      3 Tbs Liquid smoke
      2 lemons, sliced Tony Chacere's seasoning (to taste)
      4 cloves chopped garlic
      2 Loafs French bread
      2 Tsp of Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce

      Wash the shrimp and peel them. Make sure they are deveined. Spread them out in a shallow pan. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Make sure you don't scorch the butter. Add the rest of the ingredients. Let this cool slightly and pour it over the shrimp. Put this in the refrigerator and chill for several hours, stir it about every 30 minutes. Put the pan back on the stove and gently stir the shrimp until it is done. They will look pinkish.

      Slice the French bread lengthwise and slightly toast in the oven.

      Don't over toast the bread. It needs to be rather soft in the center in order to sop the sauce. This is very important. The bread neutralizes the intense heat that will be in your mouth at that point. I'm serious. Most Bar-B-Que shrimp recipes don't have the peels removed till afterwards. This is way too messy to eat, so this is why I use peeled shrimp and cook them on the stove instead of the oven. If you don't like HOT food, do not cook this!



      2 Tbs Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew hot sauce
      4 Tbs roasted garlic honey barbeque sauce

      Basic Ingredient
      3 Chicken breasts, skinless and uncooked, cut into 1/2 in. cubes
      2 Tbs peanut oi
      2 cloves minced garlic
      1 large green pepper, cut into 1/2in. cubes
      4 green onions, chopped
      1 Cup peanuts, unsalted

      1 Tbs roasted garlic honey barbeque sauce
      1/2 Tsp Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew hot sauce (or to taste)
      1/2 Tsp garlic flavored oil
      1/2 Tsp water

      Prepare marinade in a medium size bowl. Add cubed chicken and let marinate for about 20 minutes. Heat the peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken and stir frequently. Cook until golden. Remove chicken and set aside. Put minced garlic into heated wok and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add a few more drops of peanut oil to the wok. Then add green pepper, onions and peanuts. Mix together. Return chicken to wok along with the combined sauce ingredients. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, stirring continuously.

      Serve over steamed rice.

      It took me a few days experimenting with different ingredients to come up with this. It is truly delicious. I amazed myself! It has that Boneyard Brew kick, with lots of flavor! You can make it as hot as you like, just increase the amount of hot sauce.


      6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

      Juice from 4 fresh limes
      1 clove minced garlic
      1 Tsp cumin
      Liberal dashes of Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Hot Sauce (to taste)

      Marinate chicken breasts for several hours in Marinade. Place chicken breats on preheated grill. Baste with the marinade each time the chicken is turned. Cook until done. Serve with blackbeans and rice.



      1 lb. (+/-) ground turkey
      1 red sweet pepper
      ¼ Tsp white pepper
      1 green bell pepper
      ½ Tsp cayenne pepper (fresh)
      1 yellow and/or orange pepper
      ¼ Tsp. paprika 3
      scallions chopped (incl. chives)
      ¼ Tsp. garlic powder
      1 whole talian onion diced
      ¼ Tsp white pepper
      16 oz. (+/-) dark red kidney beans
      3 Tbs. Joe Perry's Hot Sauce
      16 oz. (+/-) pink pinto beans
      15 oz. (+/-) tomato sause
      Oyster crackers (optional) 8 oz. (+/-)
      Italian stewed/diced tomatoes
      Fresh Italian Bread
      ¼ Cup water Asagio cheese (shredded; optional)
      1/8 Tsp salt
      1/8 Tsp black pepper

      Chop, mix and simmer ALL ingredients over Medium heat for 20 minutes in a large deep skillet with a lid, then reduce heat to Low for another 10-15 minutes keeping covered and NOT allowing steam to escape. Cook until vegetables are tender but not mushy.

      Allow to cool for 5 minutes prior to serving.

      Optional: Serve with Oyster crackers or Italian Bread (fresh). Top with shredded Asagio cheese to taste.


      4-6 Filets 1"-1 1/2" thick (Tuna Mahi or Shark)
      1 Habanero Pepper***
      3/4 Cup Teriyaki sauce
      1/4 Cup Joe Perrys' Boneyard Brew Hot sauce
      2-3 Tbs Hoisin sauce
      1 bunch Spring Onions1 large
      1 Vidalia Onion

      **CAUTION-VERY HOT**Cut Habanero pepper into1/4" squares , cut Vidalia onion into thin slicesalong with Spring Onions, Mix Teriyaki, Hot, & Hoisin sauces together alongwith 1/2 of the sliced onions.

      Insert Habanero's into filets (3-4 per/filet) if you want it hotter insert 6-8 (CAUTION VERY HOT ).

      Marinade filets 1-2 hours, Cook on Hot grill TUNA best if served medium rare like a good steak, after cooking spoon a little of sauce over fish and sprinkle onion mix over top.

      Best if served with fried rice and sliced cabbage or broccoli as well as a NICE COLD BEER OR SAKI



      2 cans beans (your choice), well drained
      1 oz raisins
      1/2 Cup small apple chunks
      3/4 Cup Mad Dog BBQ sauce
      1/ Cup brown sugar
      1/2 small chopped onion [optional]
      2 Tbs Joe Perry's Rock Your World hot sauce (add more if you like to live dangerously)

      Mix together all of the above ingredients well and pour into a baking dish. Dice up 2 slices of raw bacon and place on top of the bean mixture.

      Note: For extra crunch, sprinkle 1 cup of finely crushed cornflakes over the bacon.

      Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour.


      1 1/2 to 2 Lbs of sea scallops (adjustable amount)
      2 Tbs curry powder
      1 Tbs veg oil
      1/2 Cup of heavy cream
      3 Tbs lime juice
      1/2 Cup chopped cilantro

      A. Core tomatoes and cut in half horizontally; gently squeeze to remove most of the seeds. Chop into 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.

      B. Sprinkle scallops with 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Spread curry powder on a plate and dredge scallops with it.

      C. Cook the scallops in hot vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over med-hi heat until well browned, or about 2 min each side. Add tomatoes and cream and cook until just heated. This is where you can add Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce, to your own personal taste. Then stir in the lime juice, cilantro and remaining salt and pepper.

      Makes about 4 servings.



      6 Medium tomatoes
      3 Tbs butter
      3 Tbs Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hotsauce
      1 1/2 Tbs flour
      2 Cloves of garlic
      1 Cup of light cream
      Salt to taste
      1 Lbs. cooked Rigatoni

      Remove tomato skins. Puree in blender. Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in saucepan. Add garlic cloves and Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hotsauce and saute over medium heat. Add tomatoes and simmer 15 minutes.

      Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in separate saucepan. Add flour and cook until golden stirring with a wisk constantly. Heat (do not boil) cream. Add hot cream to flour mixture stirring on low until thickened. Combine cream and tomatoe mixtures. Salt to taste. Spoon over pasta and serve.

      Cooked chicken or shrimp can be added.

      Yield: 4 to 6 servings.


      1 medium onion chopped
      2 Tbs butter or margarine
      3 Tbs flour
      3 to 4 Cups chicken broth
      1/4 Cup Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce (or to taste)
      2 lbs. chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cooked and cubed
      2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 1 can (141/2 ounces) tomatoes, cut up,undrained
      1 bell pepper, diced (optional)
      1 can 4 ounces whole- kernel corn, drained (optional)
      1 1/2 Cups half and half
      8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

      Coarsely crushed tortilla chips Shredded cheddar cheese Sliced avocado, chopped cilantro and/or lime wedges, optional garnishes In a pan, saute the onion in the butter until soft, then remove.

      Add the flour to the butter and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, taking care not to let the flour brown.Stir in the broth, Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce,chicken, tomatoes, bell pepper, and corn and simmer for 30 minutes.

      Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, add the half and half and the cheese and heat until the cheese melts and the soup is thickened.

      To serve, place crushed tortilla chips into each bowl. Ladle soup over tortilla chips. Sprinkle with cheese. If desired, top with avocado, cilantro and/or lime wedges.



      1 large onion
      48 oz. Ketchup
      8 oz. Worcestershire sauce
      24 oz. Water 1 oz. white vinegar
      1 Cup Joe Perry Rock Your World Hot Sauce
      3 oz. beef stockVegetable Oil for sautéing onions

      Dice and sauté onion in oil until translucent.

      Put onions in a large pot and add all ingredients

      Simmer for about 30 minutes.

      And now ya got Joe Perry"s Howling Bar-B-Q Sauce!


      2 packages of Ramen noodles (not the sauce, just the noodles..)
      1 Cup of peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
      1/2 Cup of JP's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce
      1/2 Cup of Raisins
      1/4 Cup of Light Brown Sugar

      Boil noodles to desired texture

      In seperate pan:slowly melt the peanut butter and brown sugar until completely melted together.Add remaining ingredients, stir, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously to avoid sticking.add the noodles and serve.



      2 Pounds of Ground Turkey
      1 Cup of Crumbled Saltine Crackers
      2 Eggs
      1 8 ounce Can of Tomato Sauce
      2 Tbs of Dijon Mustard
      4 Tbs of Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce
      1/2 Tsp of Salt
      1/4 Tsp of Pepper

      Combine all ingredients together in a Bowl, until well mixed.In a 13 X 9 inch Baking Dish, shape mixture into a Loaf.

      Put in oven set at 350.Bake Uncovered for 50 Minutes, then remove from oven, and Brush 1 Tablespoon Of Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew over the entire Meat Loaf.

      Return to the oven for 10 more minutes, while you Mash your Potatoes! After you remove from the Meat Loaf from the oven, Let stand for 10 Minutes.Slice and Serve with your Favorite Aerosmith Tune!


      12 flour tortillas
      12 ounces of Mexican Blend cheeses, (shredded)
      1 16 ounce can of Chili & Lime refried beans (or plain if you can't find it) 6 to 8 Tablespoons of Boneyard Brew,(hot)

      Heat tortillas, 2 at a time, in non-stick skillet when warm, spread a thin layer, (about 3 Tablespoons or so), of the refried beans on one tortilla top with cheese drizzle or dollop Boneyard Brew over cheesetop with other tortilla heat till cheese melts turning once serve hot, or keep warm in an oven while you make the rest.



      2 Tbs of Worcestershire Sauce
      2 Tbs of Butter
      2 Tbs Honey
      1/4 Cup of Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce
      1/2 Cup of Catsup
      2 Tbs of Lemon Juice
      1/2 Tsp of Salt
      1/8 Tsp of Pepper
      1 NICE size London Broil, OR 2 Nice Size New York Strip Steaks
      1 Gallon Size ZIP LOCK Bag.

      Mix Worcestershire Sauce, Butter, Honey, Boneyard Brew, Catsup, Lemon Juice, Salt and Pepper into a Microwaveable Bowl.

      Microwave on High, 100% for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times during cooking.Let Sauce Cool thoroughly. Using a Meat Tenderizer or a Fork, Thoroughly poke at the Steak. After both sides have been poked with holes, put Steak/Steaks into the Zip Lock Bag.

      Add the entire contents of Sauce to the Bag. Shake well so that the Steak is covered in Sauce.

      Refrigerate for 24 hours.Grilling on the Barbecue is recommended.New York Strip Steaks 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick, 8 minutes on 1 side, 7 minutes on the other side for MEDIUM RARE.London Broil 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick, 13 Minutes on 1 side, and 12 minutes on the other for MEDIUM RARE.


      Put on your CD of Nine Lives

      1 Tbs olive oil
      1 small onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic, minced
      1/4 to 1/2 Tsp ground cumin
      1/2 Tsp ground New Mexico chili (or more if you like heat)
      1 pound of ground buffalo meat
      2-3 Tbs of Boneyard Brew
      A pinch salt

      Heat a pan, when it's hot add the oil, and heat until hot. Add the cumin and chili, and let cook 1 minute.

      Add the onion, stir to coat and let cook till browned.

      Add the salt, garlic and buffalo meat, and cook until the meat is cooked well and browned.

      Add the Boneyard Brew, stir well.

      Serve with fry bread, (recipe follows), or gordita style tortillas or over rice. Fry bread (from the Pueblo Indian cookbook)
      3 cups flour
      1 1/3 Cups warm water
      1 1/4 Tsp baking powder
      1/2 Tsp saltmix the dry ingredients,

      Add warm water, and kneed till soft, but not sticky. Stretch and pat dough until thin. Tear off one piece at a time, poke a hole in the middle and cook one at a time in a deep pan of hot sezzling cooking oil.

      Brown on both sides.Drain on tea towel. Serve hot with the above recipe or just top with honey as a treat.



      1 12 oz box of pasta
      2 ounces of shredded cheese (I recommend a Mexican fiesta blend)
      1 16 oz can of red or black beans
      1/2 way drained
      2 Cups of frozen white corn
      3/4 Cup of prepared red chili sauce
      3 Tbs of Boneyard Brewin

      In a large saucepan, cook pasta using package's directions, till al dente, and drain well.

      Add beans and left over liquid, heat for about 2 minutes.
      Add corn, red chili sauce and Boneyard Brew.

      Heat well, then stir in cheese, a bit at a time, let it heat till cheese is melted. (optional... add chopped sun dried tomato with the beans)


      2 Tbs of Butter
      1/2 Cup of Honey
      1/2 Cup Catsup
      2 Tbs Lemon Juice
      6 Tbs of JOE PERRY's Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce ( If you like Them really Spicy use 1/4 Cup of Hot Sauce )
      1/2 Tsp Salt
      1/8 Tsp Pepper
      2 Pounds of Chicken Wings

      Mix Butter, Honey, Catsup, Lemon Juice, Hot Sauce, Salt, and Pepper in a Microwaveable Bowl.

      Microwave on High, 100% for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times during cooking.Set Sauce aside.

      Arrange your Chicken Wings in a Rectangular Baking Dish, 12 X 8 inches, OR 10 inch Square Casserole.

      Bake the wings for 30 minutes, turning and rearranging the wings at least once.Spread 3/4 of the Sauce onto the Wings, and bake an 15 additional minutes. Then take the remaining 1/4 of the sauce and reapply to the wings, and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until Sauce is HOT and Wings are Glazed.

      ENJOY your Sweet and Spicy AERO WINGS!



      2 1/2 pounds meaty chicken pieces cooking oil to cover frying pan or electric skillet Coating for chicken:
      2 Cups flour
      1 Tsp salt
      1 Tsp pepper
      2Ttsp all season salt
      1/2 Tsp poultry seasoning
      1 Tsp chili powder
      1 Tsp garlic powder
      1 Tsp onion salt
      1 can beer (reserve the rest for drinking while you're cooking)
      2-3 Tbs Joe Perry's Rock Your World hot sauce

      Mix the dry coating ingredients together. Pour in the beer and mix well.Heat up the cooking oil in the frying pan or electric skillet

      Dip the chicken pieces into the batter.Place battered pieces into the pan, leaving some space in-between all pieces.

      Cook on one side, browning well.Turn over and cook other side, continuing to brown the chicken.

      Cook approximately 15-20 minutes until well cooked. Start the process over with remaining battered pieces.

      For extra zip, use more Joe's hot sauce for dipping.


      2 - 2 Lbs Racks Pork Baby Back Ribs
      4- Garlic Cloves
      2 Tbs Brown sugar
      Pinch of dry Tyme or 2 Sprigs of Fresh Tyme
      Salt & Pepper

      Water to almost cover ribs

      Combine all ingredients in roasting pan. Cover with plastic wrap and foil. Bake at 400' for 2 to 3 hours till rib bones easily pull from meat. Chill for 30 mins.While ribs are cooking boil; 8 to 10 Medium Red Potato's till fork tender and cool instantly.

      In medium size mixing bowl combine:

      1 1/2 Cups Sour cream
      1/2 Cup Heavy cream
      1 Medium red onion diced fine and caramelized with
      1 1/2 Tsp Fresh minced garlic
      1 1/2 Cups Shredded yellow cheddar

      Salt & PepperButter & flour a 9" pie tin. Cover bottom with Sour cream mixture, Slice potato's medium consistency and layer over cream and keep alternating till pan is full, placing a layer of cheddar about 1/2 way up and topping with remaining cheddar.

      Bake 20 to 30 minutes (potato's soft & cheese gold let rest 10 minutes before cutting to set up)

      Also while ribs are cooking bring to boil:

      3 Quarts water
      1 Quart Milk
      1/2 Lbs Butter
      3/4 Cup Sugar
      Salt & Pepper

      Once boiling turn to medium simmer and add:

      4 Ear's fresh corn on the cob (unpeeled but washed good) Simmer till tender & cool completely in cooler.

      Now you need:

      1/2 Lb Soft butter
      1 Tsp Roasted garlic paste

      Bake whole garlic cloves in aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil @ 300' till golden brown, 30 min

      2 Tsp Slivered green onion
      1/4 Tsp Chopped Cilantro
      Juice of 1/4 Lime1/4 Cup

      Blend in food processor 1 min. Remove silk from cooled corn cob's leaving husk in tact but peeling back gently to expose corn. Generously spread processed butter on corn & recover with husk to look as if still raw & place back in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

      Now for the BBQ sauce you will need:

      1 1/2 Cups Mad Dog BBQ sauce
      3/4 Cup Joe Perry's Rock Your World Sauce
      1/2 Cup Jack Daniels
      2 Tbs Fine diced shallots
      2 Tbs Fresh minced garlic

      Combine all of the above ingredients and mix well

      Yellow pepper & Vinaigrette Drizzle
      3 Medium yellow pepper's, roasted, peeled & seeded
      1/3 to 1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
      1 1/2 Tbs Dijon Mustard
      1 Egg

      Salt & Pepper combine all above ingredients in food processor & blend 1 minute then slowly drizzle 1 to 1 1/2 cups Olive oil in till medium to heavy consistency is reached & place in squeeze bottle.

      Assembly time. All prep is done. Take ribs & corn from refrigerator & remove potatoes from oven to rest.

      Place ribs on preheated open grate grill set to medium with arch sided up & corn on cob on opposite side of grill turning both every few minutes & brushing ribs with BBQ sauce & corn with left over butter.

      When hot place 3/4 rack on plate, cut potato's in 8th's, using pie server place 1 wedge on plate (point out), 1 pc of corn cob with husk attached but peeled back & wrapped (spiral) around base, finish ribs with yellow pepper sauce drizzled diagonally across ribs & fresh diced chives.



      (what better to warm you on a cold winter's day)

      2 1/2 pounds of lean ground chuck
      3 large cans of pinto beans
      3 small cans of black beans
      2 small cans of diced tomatoes
      1 whole white onion diced
      3 large cloves of fresh garlic
      1/2 can tomato juice
      1/2 Cup of Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew
      Sauté one white onion diced in your large chili pot. Brown ground beef with your onions until beef is cooked completely through. I season the ground beef with Lawyer's season salt and the chopped fresh garlic. Pour 1/2 canof tomato juice into meat and onion mixture. Add other ingredients of canned tomatoes, 3 large cans of pinto beans, 3 small cans of black beans,and 1/2 cup of Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew. Simmer on med/low heat in the potwith the lid on for about 2 hours.This chili is great served with a dollop of sour cream and freshly diced onions on top. I also serve Italian bread drizzled with olive oil and chopped garlic.


      1 Cup of Raw Rice
      2 Cups water
      1 Tsp salt
      ¼ Cup unsalted butter
      1 garlic clove diced/or ½ tsp diced canned garlic
      2 eggs
      1 sweet onion, chopped fine
      5 Tbs Boneyard hot sauce
      2 ½ Tbs Worcestershire
      2 pounds peeled and deveined cooked shrimp

      Have available 1 cup of milk, salt and pepper to taste

      Cook rice in water with salt. Make sure rice is soft, stir butter into the rice. Saute onion and garlic until clear. Combine all ingredients (including the shrimp). Add milk until the mixture becomes a thick custard consistency. Pour mixture into a casserole dish which is buttered. I bake this in a convection oven at 350 degrees until brown on top.

      This will take approximately 30 minutes. You can add crushed, buttered Ritz crackers for the last 10 minutes of cooking if you wish. I substitute margarine on days when the diet hits!!!! You also can adjust the recipe to not include onion or garlic if you prefer, and substitute Ketchup for some of the hot sauce to change the level of Heat!!!!!



      2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
      1Tbs slivered or chopped garlic
      1 can of chopped plum tomatoes (28 oz Can)
      1/2 Tsp red pepper flakes
      1 Tsp black pepper, freshly ground
      2 Lbs med shrimp, peeled and deveined
      1 Cup of chopped mint leaves (optional)

      Cooked Pasta or Crusty Italian Bread

      A. You cook the garlic in olive oil in large skillet over med heat until it just begins to brown or about 3 min. Add Tomatoes. Increase heat to med high and bring mixture to a boil. Then reduce heat to med and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 min.

      B. Stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Add Joe Perry's Boneyard Brew Hot sauce, to suit your own personal taste. Add shrimp and cook until they are pink or about 4 or 5 min. This is when you can stir in the mint. Serve over pasta or with bread. Or both.

      Makes about 4 servings.


      1/3 Cup sugar
      1/4 Cup non iodized salt
      2 Cups soy sauce
      1 Cup water
      1 Tsp onion powder
      1 Tsp garlic powder
      1/2-1 Tbs Joe Perry's Rock Your World Hot Sauce (more or lessdepending on your desire)
      1 Cup dry white wine

      Add salmon chunks and marinate 8 hours or more, keeping refrigerated. Fill your smoker flavor pan with Alder ( for smokers and bar-b-ques) or your favorite variety, you can mix with apple and cherry wood. Use 2-3 panfuls as needed. Place largest and thickest salmon chunks on the rack. Leave in smoker until drying is complete usually about 10 hours. You may use this brine recipe for other fish as well.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Niagara NY at the Convention Center

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Hartford CT at the Civic Center

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Portland ME at the Cumberland County Civic Center (The Stompers open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Salt Lake City UT at the Delta Center

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Holmdel NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center (Jonny Lang opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in George WA at The Gorge Amphitheater


      Toonses adds:

      1909 Leo Fender, inventor of the electric guitar, is born

      2001 Aerosmith won 'Choice Rock Track' at the Teen Choice Award for their song 'Jaded'

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia (2002)

News as of August 9, 2003
  • Joe on the radio
      Carol wrote:

      I was in my hotdog stand and sorta busy and I was hearing bits and pieces of different Aerosmith songs but couldn't stop to see why. Well after about 10 minutes, I turned it up and Joe was talking. I thought it was maybe from before but he said it was a quarter to 4 and it WAS! Mostly about the new album, the tour and he was given a 13 question quiz. Can't remember all but 1 was....How many women have you had sex with? 10. 100, 500, 1000?
      He said under 500
      It was pretty funny.
      Our 92.9 WBUF I believe is a NY station because Howard Stern is on it.
      Just FYI!!!!!!

  • Tom Hamilton Interview - Times-Dispatch (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith's music can still do some talking
      'We're back in a guitar era, definitely'

      WHO: Aerosmith and KISS WHEN: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Nissan Pavilion in Manassas; 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Virginia Beach Amphitheater TICKETS: $45-$125 at Nissan; $45-$115 at Virginia Beach INFO: (804) 262-8100 or

      Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton was certain the band had worn out its welcome. Known as perennial road hogs, the Boston-based gang covered thousands of miles of stages the past two years and initially decided this summer would be dedicated to finishing its pet project, the blues disc "Honkin' on Bobo."

      Then came a proposition from promoters: touring with fellow '70s-era rock behemoths KISS.

      "It was pretty much the audience asking for it," Hamilton said last week from Hartford, Conn., a couple of days before the tour's launch. "Maybe it's a resurgence with teens' interest in music going way back. Maybe because of the file-sharing thing, you've got kids exploring old music. But we're back in a guitar era, definitely."

      Though Hamilton agrees that Aerosmith's sturdy blues-based rock is meatier than the explosions and blood drippings at the center of a KISS show, his band isn't exactly one to huddle in the corner and stare at the stage floor during a concert. Not with the dazzling showmanship of Steven Tyler at the forefront.

      "Both bands were into a lot of the same things as kids. The explosion of British rock, The Who, Led Zeppelin. All that stuff coming over was so revolu- tionary. We come from the era of the post-hippies, when the light show became a really big part of seeing a band," Hamilton said, adding that while he is a KISS fan, "From a musical standpoint, I'd rather put on a Led Zep album, and I'm sure they'd say the same thing."

      In a none-too-subtle move, Aerosmith, which closes each night of the tour ("We wouldn't have done it otherwise," Hamilton said), began last week's Hartford concert with "Let the Music Do the Talking," from 1985's "Done With Mirrors" album.

      The bands are sharing many production elements of the show, including a revolving stage that allows Aerosmith's side to be set up while KISS is performing, resulting in little downtime between acts.

      While tickets are selling steadily, most shows aren't sold out. But that hasn't prevented promoters from already announcing an extension of the tour into arenas this fall. And possible good news for a city such as Richmond - Aerosmith loves to play smaller markets.

      "We're kinda in a major-market mode right now, but when we play small towns, we love the feeling that you get," Hamilton said. Indeed, when "Honkin'" bows in late February, Aerosmith hopes to support the album with a tour of colleges.

      While a couple of "Honkin'" tracks make appearances in the group's shows, fans can rest easy that Aerosmith is willing to bow to the whims of its audience. Hamilton says there are usually spots in the set where certain songs are rotated, but he and the band are aware that their primary job is to entertain ticket buyers.

      "There's a group of songs we know we have to play because we know people are making a big effort financially to come see us," he said. Though Aerosmith's stage show won't be overindulged to KISS capacity, a new type of moving light that projects video images will be instituted for the first time in a live show.

      "We're going for psychedelic hyperbole. We just hope the lights don't ruin our eyes!" Hamilton said.

      One thing Aerosmith followers are already clamoring for is the talked-about "extras" that will accompany the "Honkin'" disc. While the usual spate of features and making-of material will land on the CD, the band is eager to utilize a new, multiformat disc that can be played in a CD or DVD player.

      "We've got so much footage," Hamilton said. "Every day, all day in the studio, there were cameras everywhere. There's a lot of great stuff, but in between those great moments are people sitting around eating a cookie, so a lot of editing needs to be done."

      Although Hamilton still lives just outside Boston, the rest of the band resides in the South Shore. For this tour, as with most in the past, a private jet will zip him, Tyler, guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer around at least through Oct. 18 (fall arena dates are expected to be announced soon).

      It's a lifestyle that might be wearying, but for Hamilton it doesn't prompt too many complaints.

      "When people ask me why we're still touring, I'm like, are you kidding? We fly in a private jet and stay in hotels we never dreamed we could even stand in the lobby of," he said. "I feel it's my duty to follow through on these opportunities."


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in New York City at Woolman Rink Central Park

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Springfield MA at the Civic Center (Rick Derringer and Starz open)

      1978 Aerosmith plays under the pseudonym Dr. J. Jones and the Interns in Boston MA at The Paradise Club

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Weedsport NY at the Cayuga Fairgrounds (Guns N'Roses open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Boise ID at Boise State University Pavilion

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Hartford CT at Meadows Music Theater (Jonny Lang opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Bristow VA at Nissan Pavilion (Kiss and Saliva open)

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Black Sabbath - Headless Cross (1989)

News as of August 8, 2003
  • MTV Latin America Top 20 Live

  • Wantagh NY 8/4 Review from (DMAAT)
      August 06, 2003
      Aerosmith, Kiss / Aug. 4, 2003 / Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)

      Yes, they haven't made a great album in decades. Yes, their show basically hasn't changed in eons. Yes, Paul Stanley's comments are often corny. And, yes, they seem a million times more interested in money than the music these days.

      But when the members of Kiss take the stage in full makeup and costume, when they bring the full-on fire-filled, monster-truck-riff-laden, blood-spewing spectacle, it's hard to deny that what you're seeing is indeed what it is often dubbed -- the greatest show on Earth.

      And despite taking the stage at this breezy state park before nightfall (unheard of for Kiss), despite this being the second stop on the tour (a time when kinks are still being worked out), Stanley, Gene Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and new guitarist Tommy Thayer pretty much conquered Jones Beach, firing off hit after hit after hit, from "Detroit Rock City" to "Deuce" to "Shout It Out Loud" to "Strutter" to "I Love It Loud."

      With Kiss, the music isn't as much the point as is the fun, the experience, the stunts. And, while the music was mostly up to par (new guitarist Thayer -- a longtime Kiss staffer, one-time tour manager and ex-guitarist in '80s metal act Black 'N Blue -- was especially impressive throughout), the stunts were flawless. Albeit brief, Simmons' fire-breathing and blood spewing antics were as thrilling as ever, and his now-just-as-well-known ascent to the top of the stage (via a pair of cables) was absolutely perfect between his bass solo and the start of his signature tune, "God of Thunder."

      Seeing Kiss in the daylight, during which it will begin its set for at least a chunk of the tour, could have hurt the band tremendously. Yet, all four members were so energized at the start of the set, the time of day was a non-factor. That said, the entire spectacle fared much better once the sun went down, and the classic Kiss video clips (a truly nice addition) on the screens above Criss and to the sides of the stages could be seen better.

      While Kiss fans are certainly pleased to see Criss behind the skins -- especially after a brief departure from the group a few years back -- the drummer was rarely the spark that he should have been. On only a few occasions, including the band's riveting take on "Black Diamond," did he match his bandmates' energy. Favoring a rather disconnected, rarely passionate, jazz-rooted style of playing, Criss just seemed to lack the spirit of the other three.

      On this, the first of two nights at Jones Beach (the band also plays Aug. 6), fans certainly got a full, 15-song set (it's hard to say if they got their money's worth, seeing as some tickets topped $200). In reality, Kiss' set could have fared better had it been pared back by a song or two. Even still, it rarely lost momentum.

      In terms of song selection, nearly every classic and fan fave (including "Do You Love Me?," "I Want You," "Beth," and "Love Gun") was delivered. It would have been nice to hear "Lick It Up," but it's one of several from the band's non-makeup era that has been understandably lost in this co-headlining situation.

      Despite Thayer being spot-on, original guitarist Ace Frehley -- who opted out of the tour to pursue a solo career, among other things -- was missed. More than his playing, Frehley's presence is missed the most, making the show somewhat lopsided without stunts like setting his guitar on fire. That's not to mention his lead vocal on "Shock Me," which was not played. But his absence was most obvious during the solo in "Rock'n'Roll All Night," the set's climax.

      Most Kiss fans are at a loss to explain why the band is opening up for Aerosmith. Sure, the latter is without a doubt more relevant, and certainly more talented musically. Yet, however irrelevant their music is today, Kiss delivers what is hands-down one of the most exciting live experiences rock fans have ever seen.

      And so Aerosmith obviously had much to overcome in following Kiss, and the band clearly approached doing so as some sort of battle royale.

      Blaring out of the gate, the enduring rock titan began with a ragged version of its early classic "Let the Music Do the Talkin'," clearly a shot at Kiss' gimmick-heavy routine. Oddly enough, it employed some rather cheesy video effects during the very next track, another raucous early number, "Mama Kin."

      While clearly determined, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry seemed a bit cold at first. But, by the end of the fourth cut, "Rag Doll," the band owned Jones Beach and, frankly, was quickly erasing Kiss' memory. Perry was spot on, Tyler as manic as ever and the rest of the band solid as a rock.

      However unintentionally, the band left Kiss' set feeling tired and played-out. While Kiss' show is essentially full of the same songs, crowd-participation dialogue ("We love you, people," etc.) and stunts, Aerosmith's felt clever and new, thanks to a mid-show set change and a foray into its blues-influenced album, slated for release early next year.

      But the band had a couple weapons to its credit that Kiss didn't. This tour employs a revolving stage to cut down on the time between sets. While it didn't really seem to save that much time in between bands, Aerosmith made wise use out of the swivel stage during its performance.

      When the band first took the stage, it was backed by several stacks of amps, and Kramer was behind a fairly beefy drum set. Four or five songs in, Tyler slyly drifted to stage left and began an a capella intro to the act's great, country-leaning "What it Takes" as the stage rotated to reveal a tiny drum set not even resting on a riser, and just a couple of amps.

      A half-dozen or more vintage-looking neon lights advertised the band, faux girly bars, BBQ spots and cocktail lounges to wonderfully set the mood for the blues tunes, which included an Aretha Franklin cover and the now fairly traditional "Baby, Please Don't Go," popularized by Van Morrison's Them.

      As on Aerosmith's last tour, a catwalk extended to the halfway point of the floor section, stretching some 20 rows deep. It helped the band connect with the sold-out crowd better than Kiss, and it was where Tyler and Perry spent a good chunk of the set. Right off the bat, Perry darted out to deliver the slide-guitar solo on "Let the Music Do the Talking," which helped the band get off to a high-adrenaline start.

      And it was also here that bassist Tom Hamilton, with the wind from the water blowing steadily against him, began the unmistakable intro to "Sweet Emotion," another highlight.

      On the more obscure "Nobody's Fault," from 1976's "Rocks," the automatic concert staple "Walk This Way," '90s power-ballad "Cryin'" and a fiery take on the recent "Pink," the band more than proved that it belongs in the headlining spot on this so-called co-headlining tour.

      Here is Kiss' set list:

      "Detroit Rock City"
      "Shout It Out Loud"
      "Do You Love Me?"
      "Let Me Go Rock'n'Roll"
      "I Love It Loud"
      "I Want You"
      (bass solo)
      "God of Thunder"
      "100,000 Years"
      "Black Diamond"
      "Love Gun"
      "Rock'n'Roll All Night"

      Here is Aerosmith's set list:

      "Let the Music Do the Talkin'"
      "Mama Kin"
      "Love in an Elevator"
      "Rag Doll"
      "Nobody's Fault"
      "What It Takes"
      "I Never Loved"
      "Baby Please Don't Go"
      "Dream On"
      "Back in the Saddle"
      "Walk This Way"
      "Sweet Emotion"
      "Dude Looks Like a Lady"

      Wes Orshoski, N.Y.


  • Story from Tony: Dippin' Into the Aero Past.... (DMAAT)
      Good evening everyone... I thought I would share a nice experience I had tonight with all of you. My wife and I spent the evening at the Mohegan Sun Casino, here in Uncasville, CT... Where the hell is Uncasville you ask? Well, don't ask, all you need to know is that it's in southeastern CT...

      Earlier in the day, we had been informed by a mutual friend that a singer by the name of Jimmy Hopper was performing at the casino tonight. Our friend raved about this guy, and said that we should go, because we'd simply love it. Oh, and we were also told that a member of his band was formally in Aerosmith... What...?

      Hell, my ears perked up pretty fast... We ALL know by now that Doof is out on the Left Coast, and was recently tearing it up at McRed's, so it couldn't be him. It HAD to be Jimmy Crespo... Sure enough it was... So we hopped into the car, and headed out to the Casino for a night of music...(with Rock In A Hard Place jamming on the stereo)...

      Tickets only cost $15.00, and we were promised a 90 minute show... What we got was beyond description. We were absolutely blown away by this performance. Not just by Crespo, but by the "entire" band. I'll admit, we were drawn to the show, simply to see Jimmy again, and we walked away so completely satisfied by what we saw...and heard.

      Jimmy looks great, and his chops are incredible. It was great to hear him play again. Jimmy played a cream colored Strat with gold hardware for the entire set... The set consisted of such an eclectic mix of tunes... Some of these songs will surprise the hell out of you... They covered everything from rock to opera, including Gordon Lightfoot, Billy Joel, Jethro Tull, and they even did a complete version of "Welcome Back My Friends" from ELP. The band also covered Phantom of the Opera, and West Side Story. I know this must sound strange, but it all worked... Believe me when I tell you it was fantastic...

      The band is rounded out by top notch professionals... Brian Hicks on keyboards, Jamie Borden on drums, David Ragsdale on violin (worked with Kansas and Queensryche), and Jimmy Hopper on vocals (this guy can sing)...

      After the show, Jimmy (and the entire band) were very accessible. Jimmy took several pictures with me and signed a few 8x12 photographs I snapped years ago. When I pulled the photos out, he didn't even hesitate when he said, "Hey, man.. 1982....I still own that jacket...", and "I just gave it to my daughter..."

      Crespo is a sweetheart of a guy...and I enjoyed speaking to him. One of the two pictures that he signed, appears right here on Terry's list when you first log on.

      If you ever have an opportunity to see this band play, please do. You can catch them here in CT until Sunday August 10th. After that they move onto Atlantic City and will be appearing at the Borgata Hotel August 13th - 24th and then it's back home for their "indefinite" engagement at the Bellagio in Las Vegas...

      If you have the chance, just do it.... It's a great time, and you won't be disappointed...

      Tony - MPC1

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Harrisburg PA at Farm Show Arena

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Syracuse NY at War Memorial Auditorium (Jackyl opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Mountain View CA at Shoreline Amphitheater

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Melissa Etheridge - Yes I Am (1993)
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (1976)

News as of August 7, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: {Wantaugh, NY 2}
      The second show of two at Jones Beach, and as expected there were again changes in the set.

      Wantaugh, NY
      Tommy Hillfiger Theatre @ Jones Beach

      Mama Kin
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      Blues Pink
      Nobody's Fault
      What It Takes
      Shame Shame Shame
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Last Child
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Dude Looks Like A Lady

      Interesting Notes:
      - Mama Kin replaces Let The Music as the tour opener. INTERESTING! Wonder when the last time was they opened with this? Clive?
      - Once again, no IDWTMAT. Jaded comes back in on JB show #2 however. Sign of things to come?
      - Toys is a kick ass #2 track. I love it in that position.
      - Last Child gets in the set, ALONG with Nobody's Fault! Is our boy Brad finally speaking up? LOL
      - 6 of 16 songs written after 1986. Old school tonight.


      Clive Newton:

      Of the top of my head I think we are talking the Rocks Tour when Mama Kin opened last - probably the last Japanese date of the first Japanese tour of 1977

      Note with concert stats I general compare it back to proper concerts tour than one off gigs or short promo gigs etc. Otherwise the last time it (and I saw this) used as an opener was Bablylon Club, Munich , march 24, 2001

  • More on the freebie mall/TV broadcast - NFL Kickoff (DMAAT)
      Seems it won't be Aerosmith closing out the "show" but rather Aretha Franklin.

      Where: The National Mall
      Between the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument
      Washington, DC
      When: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4
      Price: Free

      Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Aerosmith perform a free concert on the Mall, between Seventh and 10th streets NW.

      Expect to hear songs from Britney Spears's forthcoming album at this megastar show, which concludes with Aretha Franklin singing the national anthem. Broadcast live from 8 to 9 p.m. on ABC, the concert leads up to the first regular season NFL game, when the Washington Redskins play the New York Jets at FedEx Field.

      Free tickets to the concert will be distributed beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 on the Mall, near 10th Street and Madison Drive NW. Security officers will admit a limited number of ticketholders into the fenced concert area between Seventh and 10th streets NW. National Park Police and private security officers will monitor the crowd.

      The concert is part of the 2003 NFL Kickoff Football Festival -- Sept. 1 to 3 on the Mall -- offering free interactive football games, children's activities and autographs by NFL players.


  • Date (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith has announced a new tour date for October 25, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV. AF1 will announce an presales date as soon as possible. note: due to a pending public on-sales date of August 16th, we recommend checking the site each day for an announcement or tour alert of the AF1 presales date.


  • More concert pics...
      The people over at wanted to let you know that also they have photos from opening night.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Whitman MA at Whitman Junior HS

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Middletown NY at Orange County Fairgrounds (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Sacramento CA at California Exposition Amphitheatre

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The Jelly Jam - The Jelly Jam (2002)
I have had a hard time deciding whether this album is actually good, or just mostly uninteresting. I don't know, it does sound good when I'm listening to it, but there's really very little that impresses me... I've sold it now and shall send it away tomorrow, just one final listen, and suddenly it sounds much better to my ears than ever before.. hrrm... :( well, I guess I'll be able to live without it... The title track, a slow (well, it speeds up as the song progresses) spaced out psychedelic jam, which differs alot from the prog/pop/rock of the rest of the album, is the best tune on here, by the way... I'm listening to it now. Actually, this is Excellent.. Oh well...

News as of August 6, 2003
  • Boston Globe Aug 6,2003
      Going once, going twice . . .

      By Globe Staff, 8/6/2003

      This week's Possible Dreams auction benefiting Martha's Vineyard Community Services raised $503,700, the most in the event's 25-year history. Of course, the hot item was a private concert given by Carly Simon (below), during which the singer will, for the first time, reveal the unnamed narcissist who inspired her 1972 hit ''You're So Vain.'' (NBC executive Dick Ebersol and his wife, Susan St. James, won with a bid of $50,000.) Asked yesterday to explain the success of this year's event, Art Buchwald, the evening's MC and celebrity auctioneer, said ''cocaine.'' Here's a partial list of the donated items and the winning bids:

      Cocktails, dinner, and special screening in Washington, D.C., for 20 people with Motion Picture Association of America prez Jack Valenti. ($15,000)

      Watch Mary Steenburgen tape an episode of her new TV show, followed by dinner with Mary and her husband, Ted Danson. ($11,000)

      Cocktails on Dogfish Bar Beach with author Richard North Patterson. ($3,500)

      Visit illustrator and playwright Jules Feiffer's studio and receive an original drawing. ($12,000)

      Be interviewed about your family history by Buchwald, who will then write your biography. ($22,000)

      The Panama hat worn by Buchwald. ($4,000)

      Cocktails at the Edgartown home of Oscar winner Patricia Neal followed by dinner at Lola's Restaurant. ($5,500)

      Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and his wife, Christina, provide two tickets and two pregame field passes to the Eagles game against the New York Giants. ($7,000)

      Dinner for four at Le Cirque in New York with newsman Mike Wallace and his wife, Mary. ($21,000)

      A book with the autographs of, among others, actors Michael J. Fox and Ethan Hawke, newsman Walter Cronkite, director Spike Lee, first daughter Chelsea Clinton, and Michael Jordan. ($4,000)

      Lunch (prepared by Daphne Lewis) with William Styron and his family on their porch overlooking Vineyard Haven Harbor. ($4,500)

      Personalized answering machine message by Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton. ($1,000)

  • 16 Photos on Wantagh, NY 8/4/03 (DMAAT)

  • Shame, Shame, Shame? (DMAAT)

      The Smiley Lewis song "Shame, Shame, Shame (On You Miss Roxy)" from the 1956 movie "Baby Doll" is swinging r&b with some jazz influences.

      Overton Amos Lemons, 5 July 1913, DeQuincy, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 October 1966. While failing to gain the commercial plaudits his work deserved, this New Orleans-based artist was responsible for some of that city's finest music. He made his recording debut, as Smiling Lewis, in 1947, but his strongest work appeared during the 50s. "The Bells Are Ringing" (1952) took him into the US R&B chart, and his biggest hit came three years later with "I Hear You Knocking". This seminal slice of Crescent City blues featured pianist Huey "Piano" Smith and bandleader Dave Bartholomew, and was revived successfully in 1970 by Dave Edmunds. Smiley's career was dogged by ill luck. His original version of "Blue Monday" was a hit in the hands of Fats Domino, while Elvis Presley took another song, "One Night", and by altering its risqué lyric, secured a massive pop hit in the process. A further powerful Lewis performance, "Shame, Shame, Shame", has subsequently become an R&B standard and it was even covered by the Merseybeats on their EP On Stage in 1964. This underrated artist continued recording into the 60s, but died of cancer in 1966.

      Also covered by....
      (Rockbottam) James and the Detonators
      Roomful of Blues


      AEROLUVR (in repons to what is posted on Chris' site

      Chris...just curious. Initially your correction to the setlist said the song instead of Temperature was "Shame On You (Ms Roxy)" which is actually called Shame, Shame, Shame (On You Miss Roxy) and was an original by Smiley Lewis and in the 1956 movie "Baby Doll" - swinging r&b with some jazz influences. I was a bit surprised but could still see them doing it.

      As someone pointed out, on your message board (but no where else) I see you've changed the title again and now it's just Shame, Shame, Shame and your notes are say it is the one originally recorded by Jimmy Reed (in 1963) which has been covered by some other artists. I was just wondering if you've been able to confirm it is for sure the one by Jimmy Reed as opposed to the one by Smiley Lewis which DOES include "On You Miss Roxy" in the title. Looks as though th ey are two different tunes. So as that show that your/the final answer LOL?

      Yeah I know...funny....Reed's material is on ROXY label which only adds to the confusion. I could see them doing either one..just wanted to clarify if we know for sure which song it reallly was as it's likely one worked up during the album sessions. Here's a clip of the one by Jimmy Reed:

      And the lyrics (maybe someone who was there can confirm via the two LOL)

      Words & Music by Jimmy Reed

      (Lyrics in the brackets on the last verse & chorus are sung simultaneously by the backing vocals and are from 'Can I get A Witness' written by Lamont, Dozier, Holland.)

      Well I tried to tell you baby
      Running makes no sense
      Now you got me baby
      Up against this fence.

      And Ain't that a shame, shame shame
      Shame, shame the way you do
      Well it's a shame, shame shame
      Oh it's a shame on you.

      Well now you walk out in the evening
      Don't even say you're gone
      6 o'clock in the morning
      You come walking home.

      And ain't that a shame, shame, shame
      Shame, shame the way you do.
      Oh it's a shame, shame, shame
      Hey it's a shame on you.

      Well I be sittin' there waitin'
      (Listen everybody)
      Cryin' for you to come home.
      (Especially you girls)
      When I wake up baby
      (Is it right to be left alone)
      I'm sittin' here all alone
      (While the one you love is never home?)

      And ain't that a shame, shame, shame
      (I love too hard, my friends sometimes say)
      Shame, shame the way you do.
      (But I believe, I believe that a woman should be loved that way)

      Well it's a shame, shame, shame
      (But it hurts me so inside to see her treat me so unkind)
      Oh it's shame on you.
      (Somebody, somewhere tell her it's unfair)



      Over the years, I think the words in brackets (on you Miss Roxy) were added maybe by someone else covering it (or just people's expansion of the title from the lyrics). The official title as on the original Smiley Lewis single was Shame, Shame, Shame which is how it was copyrighted publishing wise. It was written by Reuben Fisher and Kenyon Hopkins in case anyone wonders.



      Really? Which one? Guess the "official" info I found via song catalogs may not be accurate then as the publishing for the Smiley Lewis one says it was written by him words and lyrics and the title included (On You Miss Roxy) on the first album it was on and for the movie in '56.

      There is no mention of any other writers in the credits for Smiley's OR Jimmy's song..."official" sites claim they are two different songs with different lyrics and that each was written (song and lyrics) by them directly. I know there is yet ANOTHER Shame, Shame, Shame that was even more heavily covered and I thought THAT was the one writting by Reuben Fisher and Kenyon Hopkins.

      Hee hee...the fun part about the blues...simplicity of the chords, the content and the subject matter is part of what makes it so cool IMO. In one interview Joe mentioned they were working up a song they thought was written by one person but further digging proved that it went even further back than they thought. Guess that's the bummer about not having permanent documentation via something like the internet as we do today. The lyrics sure looked to be two different songs though..Smiley vs Jimmy and neither of those seem to match up with the more popular one covered by so many.

      The press for each version, genre description and people who have covered them sure seem to be totally different as well. To complicate matters, one of Smiley's many greatest hits compilations was entitiled Shame Shame Shame and Reed's is on Roxy label LOL! I found three different "originals" in the publishing catalogs online - Reed, Lewis and the guys you mentioned as the original authors. Well it will will likely be so different done by Aero that in any event, they should get an "original" credit themselves LMAO! Thanks for the additonal info Clive!



      I noted a few websites about the Smiley Lewis and the tune and even a picture of the single as a 45 with just Shame, Shame, Shame on the vinyl label (with its writers Fisher/Hopkins). I decided to check out the publishing databases about and whilst Smiley is credited with recording the song, its was composed by the said writers. I don't think Smiley Lewis was a major songwriter. His most well known tune he recorded was I Hear You Knocking (done later by Dave Edmunds) I think there is a lot of disinformation on the web with music facts and seen albums by artists (even Smiley lewis) where they credit them writing all the tracks on this album - even I Hear You Knocking which is in fact a Bartholomew/King song.

  • Wantagh Review (DMAAT)
      Kiss Do The Usual Bloody Bits, Aerosmith Get Bluesy, Windblown At Tour Stop
      08.05.2003 6:30 PM EDT

      WANTAGH, New York - Program note: At this evening's performance of "Kiss," the role of Ace Frehley will be played by Tommy Thayer.

      This is significant because Thayer, a former member of '80s band Black 'N' Blue and the Kiss tribute band Cold Gin, isn't onstage to showcase his personality. He's here to be Frehley's understudy, complete with the rocker's trademark "Space Ace" makeup, as Frehley opted not to tour this time in order to work on a solo album.

      Like Thayer, the remaining members of Kiss - vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons and drummer Peter Criss - play roles and act from a script. In that regard, a Kiss show isn't that different from "Les Miserables," an Italian opera or Japanese Kabuki theater.

      At the Jones Beach Theater on Monday night (click to see photos), there are the opening stage explosions, the screen shots revealing the band's storied history, the dramatic musical build with golden oldies like "Strutter" and "Shout It Out Loud," the scene where Simmons spits blood and then rises in the air, bat wings spread, and the climactic conclusion, which provides more bang for your buck than "Terminator 3."

      Then there's the banter of Stanley, who spouts rehearsed lines like, "When you come see us, every seat is the front row 'cuz we can see you and we can feel you!" Though his words border on cliché, his sentiment seems heartfelt and his timing is precise. At the conclusion of "Love Gun," a bouquet of roses lands onstage and Stanley places a stem between his teeth just as streams of sparks blast into the sky.

      Kiss are easy to love because they're as visually captivating and cerebral as professional wrestling. Their music is rudimentary and catchy and their chant-along choruses are as memorable as TV jingles. Stanley still commands a crowd like a televangelist, and sings with passion and force, sending his voice up and down the register during "I Want You," sounding like Christina Aguilera singing the "The Star-Spangled Banner."

      Of course, many Kiss songs rely mostly on theatrics. During "Firehouse," red spinning lights illuminate the crowd and Simmons blows a ball of fire, and for the set closer, "Black Diamond," Criss' kit rises high into the air. But when the "KISS" light bulb sign is glowing and pyro is exploding, it doesn't matter that the band is playing only three chords or singing the same words over and over. How can you argue with 50-foot jets of flame?

      The band's set includes the hits "Detroit Rock City," the off-key, Criss-fronted "Beth," and the band's calling card, "Rock and Roll All Nite," as well as lesser known fare including "I Love It Loud" and "100,000 Years."

      At one point, Stanley shouts, "This feels so good, I think we're gonna come back and do it again Wednesday night. But the question of the night is, 'Do You Love Me?' " The roar of the crowd says it all.

      Like Kiss, Aerosmith are a theatrical bunch. Just to make sure he still looks like a star, the stage is scattered with powerful electric fans that give frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry that rockin' windblown look wherever they roam.

      But while Kiss rely on bells and whistles to anchor their show, Aerosmith's frills merely embellish a presentation that would stand alone with no lights or effects. The band's gritty, no-nonsense rock songs and lovesick power ballads are uplifting and reassuring.

      Aerosmith get the party started on a slow boil with "Let the Music Do the Talking," from 1985's Done With Mirrors, before turning up the gas with three hits in a row, "Mama Kin," "Love in an Elevator" and "Rag Doll." Tyler and Perry navigate the length of the stage and make frequent trips up a runway that extends halfway through the floor crowd.

      With all the charisma and energy of the pair, it's easy to forget there are three other members in Aerosmith. But rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford and bassist Tom Hamilton seem content playing at opposite sides of the stage, only grabbing the spotlight when Tyler or Perry pose next to them. And drummer Joey Kramer certainly lacks the flash of Peter Criss, yet he provides the heartbeats that propel the band's songs.

      Even after 33 years with Aerosmith, Tyler sounds hungry and lustful. His cigarette rasp soars over the group's ragged rhythms, and though he can't always hit the super-high parts (most noticeable when he drops an octave on "Back in the Saddle"), he still has a fierce banshee wail that recalls the glass-breaking moments of old Memorex commercials.

      In the middle of the set, the band performs three songs from its upcoming blues album, due early next year. First comes a cover of the Fisher/Hopkins-penned song "Shame, Shame, Shame," which they grace with a throbbing rock vibe. Then Aerosmith tone it down for a cover of Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" before tearing up the house again with Muddy Waters' "Baby Please Don't Go." During all three, Tyler belts it out like a Memphis farm boy, and the band provides aching accompaniment that belies its Boston roots.

      Of course, the audience is here for the hits, and Aerosmith don't disappoint. They play just one song from Nine Lives, "Pink," and nothing from their last album, Just Push Play. Instead, Aerosmith offer the crowd heavy doses of '70s songs and comeback hits from the late '80s.

      There's no doubt Aerosmith are serious about rocking, but they also have a sense of humor. During "Walk This Way" Tyler saunters down the runway in a frilly red women's hat. And in the middle of "Sweet Emotion," Perry performs a Spinal Tap-like solo on theramin and a video depicts shots of "Jackass"-influenced idiots holding instruments while crashing down hills and falling off skate ramps.

      At the end of the show clouds of confetti blow through the theater, making it difficult to see Tyler gyrate, preen and croon to "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)." When the house lights go on, hundreds of crowd members are still pulling multicolored bits of paper out of their hair. The band's performance may stick with them even longer.

      For more sights and stories from concerts around the country, check out MTV News Tour Reports.

      -Jon Wiederhorn


  • Monday Night Show Review - NY Daily News (DMAAT)
      At beach, that '70s showdown

      Kiss frontman Gene Simmons' tongue was in good working order, but the band seemed stuck in time.

      Kiss and Aerosmith have plenty in common, so pairing these legends on stage makes sense. Both are products of the early-'70s bluster-andboogie hard-rock scene. They've both had enormous influence on rock's louder side, have legions of devoted fans and are sitting on piles of money to prove it.

      But when the "Rocksimus Maximus" tour hit Jones Beach Monday night, it seemed strange that Kiss was up first.

      When it comes to garish spectacle, how can you top a Kiss set? There's kabuki makeup, fire-breathing, shogun warrior outfits, fake blood...and Gene Simmons' boaconstrictor tongue.

      Add gleefully boneheaded anthems such as "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud" and "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" - with former road manager Tommy Thayer gamely subbing on guitar for the absent Ace Frehley - and you've got a formula anyone would have a tough time matching.

      But match it Aerosmith did, after a break between sets of nearly an hour. Steering away from power ballads, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and crew chose early gems like "Nobody's Fault," "Mama Kin" and "Back in the Saddle," along with rip-roaring selections from their upcoming album of blues covers, "Honkin' on Bobo," in a 16-song set.

      Kiss may be a joy to watch and hear, but in the end it is a nostalgia act. Aerosmith, meanwhile, is a living, breathing, swinging rock-'n'-roll band. Which explains the billing order.

      Originally published on August 6, 2003


  • And one from the NY Post (DMAAT)
      August 6, 2003 -- SEEING KISS and Aerosmith together at Jones Beach was like witnessing Peter Pan in a death match with Father Time.

      KISS, the band that won't grow up, was in the makeup they've worn since the beginning, while Aerosmith wore their wrinkles like battle scars.

      All the KISS hits were there, punctuated by ear-popping explosions and wagging tongues - yet with middle-age paunch stress-testing their latex 'n' leather outfits and their Kabuki makeup hardly disguising the lines on their faces, their physical appearance was disturbing.

      As superficial as it may seem, in a rock performance, looks counts.

      But Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler have kept trim, despite their freeze-dried complexions, and had energy to spare.

      They had sparks of spontaneity even in their highly choreographed set, while KISS's performance seemed more rote than rock.

      Explosions flashed everywhere during "Rock and Roll All Nite," but the band's general lack of enthusiasm made it less than believable - though the fans were fired up to a fist-pumping frenzy.

      Aerosmith also engaged the fans, especially during "Pink," "Dream On" and the encore, "Dude Looks Like a Lady," but for them, the energy flowed both ways. The band seemed as thrilled to be playing as the fans were to be listening.

      If you heard the show on the radio, you might even debate whether Aerosmith edged out KISS from the top slot on the bill. But seeing them live only raised questions about how to age gracefully, if at all, in rock 'n' roll.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory (+great concert review :)
      1978 Aerosmith plays in East Rutherford NJ at Meadowlands Stadium (with Ted Nugent, Journey, and Frank Marino)**see the great review from Jon below**

      1983 Aerosmith plays in San Diego CA at the Sports Arena (Dio opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Mountain View CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tinley Park IL at World Music Theatre (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in New York City at Madison Square Garden (Jonny Lang opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Wantagh NY at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater (with Kiss and Saliva)


      TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY: August 6, 1978
      Aerosmith plays Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands, Secaucas (East Rutherford), NJ
      In 1978, I was 16 and this was my first concert. A better line up could not be asked for. Aerosmith was the headliner, touring on the 'Draw the Line' album. Unknown to me at the time, was that they were also recording a bunch of shows that would appear on 'Live Bootleg!'. The Giants Stadium show was the last show before the work on the live album began. None of the songs played that afternoon appear on the album, but several pictures from the gatefold of 'Live Bootleg!' were taken that day.

      Sharing the date with Aerosmith were Ted Nugent (riding high on the strength of 'Double Live Gonzo' in spite of the dim view of 'Weekend Warriors'; Journey [a new band :) with a couple of guys from Santana]; and Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush.

      We arrived at the stadium late, dropped off my friend Mark's mom. Mark had screwed up getting the tickets, but I was saved by my mom who knew how much I wanted to go. When Mark bummed me out by saying that the show was sold out, my mom got the tickets from the Ticketron (was there really a time before TicketMaster?!?) where she worked. Mark ended up teaching me a lot about people....

      My brother Scott, Mark, and anther friend Don made our way across the giant huge parking lot. Along the way I purchased a bootleg tour shirt for five bucks. The double sided red t-shirt featured the 'Draw the Line' cover on the front and an eagle flying past the sun on the back -- emblazoned with 'Aerosmith In Concert'. As I took off my Led Zeppelin tour shirt and hung it from belt, I learned something important about bootleg tour shirts: check the size! The medium t-shirt was more than a little tight on my 6'5" 220 pound frame! Undaunted, I ripped off the sleeves and forced the shirt onto my frame.

      The music was already loud in the parking lot and really got us feeling good! We shared a further concert enhancer on our route and eventually made it across the parking lot desert. We entered the stadium and made our way to the upper tier. Somewhere along the way, the music volume decreased greatly. We arrived at our seats: half way up the upper deck, stage right, first section back from the stage; to learn that we had missed Frank Marino. Oh well.

      Sometime later Journey came on. This was their first tour; they didn't have that singer with the big nose, and they had a keyboard player that could play! They performed a 30 minute (or so) set, that really rocked. As they played, the August sun became more and more obscured by clouds.

      After a break filled with additional concert enhancers, Ted Nugent screamed onto the stage. The motor city madman came out with 'Just What the Doctor Ordered' and played a killer set. 'Free For All', 'Dog Eat Dog', 'Wang Dang Sweet Poontang' (monologue changed for New Jersey) sent the crowd into a frenzy. During his set, the sun completely petered out and the skies opened up. I started heading for drier environs inside the stadium but stopped to call back to Don who was still just rocking in his seat. "Aren't you going inside?" I asked. "Fuck no!" he replied, "I came here for music. I don't care if I get wet!"

      That made sense to me then and still does to this day. I sat back down.

      Nugent never missed a beat. He kept going nuts, running around the stage and screaming and playing like a banshee. His set concluded with a blistering version of 'Motor City Madhouse'. At the end of the song, he struck one final note which went on and on and on. Truly on and on. He removed his guitar and strap and placed the guitar in a guitar holder. The note played on. He walked to the edge of the stage and began screaming (no mic, just screaming). The note played on. He began whipping and beating the stage with his guitar strap. The note played on. Finally a couple of his roadies came out, placed a robe on Ted, and escorted him back stage.

      The note played on.

      A couple minutes of cheering on this note brought "Sweaty Teddy" back to the stage. He grabbed the guitar, started playing the first couple of cords for 'Gonzo' and, uncharacteristically, stepped back from the front of the stage. Suddenly, the front of the stage exploded! The place went nuts. And so did Ted and his band. But 'Gonzo', to my recollection anyhow, was the last song of his set.

      Wow! What could top that? ...hee hee... As if I didn't know!

      Rain swept in and out as the road crews broke down Nugent's stage and setup for Aerosmith. Stage hands went up the huge speaker stacks and replaced several blown speakers. As I recall, billing for the concert boasted the largest sound system and the largest state-of-the-art live action screen. This last was a real joke (though pretty cool for its time). The big black and white (though it seemed more yellow than white) screen had a really low resolution. To give it its due, it was a stage to pass through to the current high resolution screens that are at every concert and sporting venue these days.

      But the sun had packed it in before Aerosmith hit the stage. The four of us snuck into the mezzanine level directly below our own. If memory serves, we were only able to find three seats together. I think one of us sat in a different row as we waited for the boys to come out. After an interminible wait, the canned music suddenly died down. The place went wild.

      Suddenly Aerosmith was on stage! Some canned music/noises played in the background. Then they were playing. I'm cheering, but suddenly realize that I don't the song! At the time, I didn't have the 'Get Your Wings' album, so I was wondering if the tune was from there. Still the song is familiar and it *is* rocking! Right as Tyler starts singing the chorus, I recognize the tune: Helter Skelter!!! Prior to the concert, we'd been discussing whether the boys would play 'Come Together'. My opinion was, "No way! That's just a one off from a horrid movie!" Well, I don't know if the movie was horrid or not, because I hadn't (and still haven't) seen it. But here was Aerosmith opening with a Beatles' song!

      Well, they tore through 'Helter Skelter' and proceeded on to a devastating version of 'Rats In the Cellar'. They didn't let up any as they slammed into 'I Wanna Know Why'. It was incredible. They played the following songs:

      Helter Skelter
      Rats In the Cellar
      I Wanna Know Why
      Big Ten Inch Record
      Sight For Sore Eyes
      Walk This Way
      Walkin' the Dog
      Chip Away the Stone
      Seasons of Wither
      Lick and a Promise
      Sweet Emotion
      Lord of the Thighs
      Get the Lead Out
      Get It Up
      Draw the Line
      Same Old Song and Dance
      Toys In the Attic
      Milk Cow Blues (encore)
      Train Kept A'Rollin' (encore)

      And no, I don't remember these from 25 years ago -- though it's incredible the number that I actually *did* remember. But I finally found an audience source of this show a couple of months ago (thanks Pat!). It's pretty poor quality, but it filled in a couple gaps in my memory!

      Highlights? Other than watching the best rock and roll band ever at the initial peak of their career, there are several memories that survive to this day. Steven masturbating his mic stand during 'Big Ten Inch' and 'Get It Up'. Joe Perry playing his guitar over his head/behind his neck during the end of 'Get the Lead Out', then throwing it into his amplifiers to get the final smashing cord at the end of the song. He repeated this tossing stunt at the end of 'Milk Cow Blues' too. Joey Kramer was simply incredible! His drum fills and mini-solos pounded through the stadium! I was completely awestruck. Joey's intro to 'Lick and a Promise', the build up during 'Milk Cow Blues', the bridge between 'Get the Lead Out' and 'Get It Up'. I can practically feel his pounding drum work going through me now!

      I remember being surprised to find out that Brad Whitford had red hair. These were the days before MTV, but afterwards, I checked out the inner sleeve of the 'Rocks' album. For those of you that don't remember vinyl, the inner sleeve of 'Rocks' had a band picture on one side, and a collage of tiny pictures on the flip side. Sure enough, Brad's hair was red in those pictures, though not as vibrant (possibly) as the stage lights made it out to be. I was also surprised at the amount of lead guitar work from Brad. Prior to that show, I had thought that JFP did all of it.

      I remember Steven grabbing some maracas as the thunder of bass filled the stadium; Tom was delivering the energy. Combining with Joe's tortured guitars, 'Sweet Emotion' was probably the high point of the show for me (as if being there wasn't enough!). Given the wierd sounds on the album, I didn't think that 'Sweet Emotion' was a song that could be performed live! Oh to be 16 and naive again!!! :) The intro sounded like it was lifted right off the album. A little faster, definitely! I recall a particularly nasty lyric change during the song too. Steven changed (ever so slightly) the lyrics on several songs that afternoon. I remember raunchy lyrics changed for 'Sight For Sore Eyes' and 'Milk Cow Blues'. I wish I had a better recording of this show to check the accuracy of my memory. Hey Joe, Brad, open up the vaults! If you ask me too, I'll keep the show off of my trade list! ;)

      What else can I say, but the boys ROCKED! From beginning to end, the band's energy level was simply intense. The audience really responded to the band. At the end of one of the songs ('Sight For Sore Eyes' or 'Walk This Way' maybe) I remember Joe giving the finger to the audience. Perhaps someone had thrown something at him I don't know, but one bird left the stage and about 50 birds flew back at the stage! Yup, no doubting that this was New Jersey/New York of the late 1970s!

      When the show was over, I was completely drained. My shirt was wet from sweat and rain and who knows what else. My ears were ringing, my voice was hoarse and my long hair was plastered to my head. We tramped across the parking lot and I can't remember if the rain had stopped or was still coming down. Somehow, we found our way to Mark's mother's car and got home.

      On 'A Little South of Sanity', Steven asks, "Where the fuck [was I] in 1978?" Well, let me answer ya, I was right out there in the blue army, screaming back atcha! Twenty five years ago, today.


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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Mountain - Flowers of Evil (1971)

News as of August 5, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: {Wantaugh, NY}
      Wantaugh, NY
      Tommy Hillfiger Theatre @ Jones Beach

      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Mama Kin
      Love In An Elevator (slight Helter Skelter in middle)
      Rag Doll
      Blues Pink
      Nobody's Fault
      What It Takes
      Shame On You (Ms Roxy)
      I Never Loved A Woman Like I Love You
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Back In The Saddle
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion
      Dude Looks Like A Lady

      Interesting Notes:
      - New blues number played! "Shame On You (Ms Roxy)." This is NOT the Shame On You Aerosmith song. It's an old blues tune. NOT sure who did it or where its from..
      - NO JADED OR I DONT WANT TO MISS A THING. Interesting. I think its an abbreviation, however. 2 shows in NY could be the reason. They may pull em out show #2...
      - Steven lit a cigar and kept it during What It Takes..
      - No Trapeze after Saddle.
      - Thanks to Aeroholic for the set and lowdown...

  • The Rolling Stone interview with Steven (DMAAT)
      Tyler Dreams On

      Aerosmith's main man on Janis, coke and two willing girls in Michigan

      "We're all a bunch of carnies."

      Early next year, Aerosmith will release Honkin' on Bobo, which, in addition to being a sexual reference, is an album of covers of classics by bluesmen such as Blind Willie McTell and Sonny Boy Williamson. "We wanted to do a blues album five years ago," says Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, 55. "Then Clapton did it, and it blew our novel concept right out of the tree." Aerosmith will preview a couple of these tunes on Rocksimus Maximus, their thirty-six-date co- headlining summer tour with Kiss. "With Pakistan and North Korea, the world's going to hell in a handbasket," Tyler says from his home outside Boston. "But Kiss and Aerosmith are gonna prove that two superpowers can make it together."

      Growing up, what were you listening to on the radio?

      In 1956, I got a little radio and ran the wire up to the top of the apple tree in New Hampshire. On those crisp New England nights, I picked up stations in Florida and WOWO from Fort Wayne, Indiana -- stations that were just playing country & western -- and a station in New Orleans, which played the Everly Brothers and a bunch of weird stuff.

      Who are your favorite white blues singers?

      I'd have to say Johnny Winter. Pound for pound, he kicks major ass. Then there's Stevie Ray Vaughan and Janis Joplin. I saw her -- I think it was at the White Plains [New York] civic center. I came out of the concert and listened to people talking in the parking lot. It was such a spiritual rock & roll come-together-type thing. I remember thinking, "That's it, man. That's what I want to do." Y'know, we actually toured with the Beach Boys back then.

      And the Byrds, right? What odd pairings.

      What about Kiss and Aerosmith? What about Jimi Hendrix and the Monkees? We're all a bunch of carnies, man. But tickets are selling like crazy, whereas Lollapalooza isn't. It's like foreplay: You start with a Kiss and end with Aerosmith.

      What was your first impression of Kiss when they broke onto the scene in 1972?

      I didn't know what to think. It was kinda hard to see them through all the makeup, y'know? It was a comic-book thing. Then we toured with them. We must have played two or three shows before one of their road crew pulled a knife on ours. Then we said sayonara. But back then, it was all about who could blow who offstage.

      So you blew them off?

      You always like to think you did.

      Have Aerosmith ever been blown off?

      Yeah, before I was married, by two girls: Missy and Charla from Michigan.

      Looking out into an audience, what's the most amazing thing you've seen?

      Someone waving a wooden leg. The girl with three tits, or two girls making out. Six-year-olds, sixty-year-olds. People watching Joe Perry with their jaw open. On the last tour, we went out with a long ramp so I could run way out into the crowd. I like to get out there amongst the sweat and the babies being born and people getting fucked up. All the good stuff.

      Why does cocaine seem to fuel great records?

      Drugs get you out of your own way and help you get to another side of yourself. You just don't want to get caught up doing them all the time, because then you lose the original force of creativity. I wrote a lot of great songs high, and I wrote better ones sober.

      What, in your opinion, does rock & roll smell like?

      Stale beer, cigarettes, pot and cheap perfume.

      Was it an easy decision to license Aerosmith songs for commercial use?

      Of course. What am I going to do, tell you that I'm Bob Dylan and that my songs are so credible that they can never sell a Buick? A song is a song. Once they come out of your body, they get to live the life they want to. It's not selling out.

      What's your favorite young band?

      I've had my head under the covers for a long time, but I'm big on the White Stripes. And I'm big on Radiohead. They're great live.

      Dylan has been in the news for cribbing lyrics from a Japanese novel. Every great songwriter pinches a line here or there, right?

      You betcha. Amateurs borrow, pros steal. As John Lennon said, and I believe he got it from the Indian Sanskrit readings the Upanishads, there's not a word that's never been said and not a sound that's never been heard. I mean, I stole "The light at the end of the tunnel may be you" [in "Amazing"]. Some guy wrote that in a book, and I stole it.

      You're fifty-five. How old is too old to be a rock star?

      How long are you going to jerk off? Till it doesn't feel good anymore.

      (July 29, 2003)

  • See Aerosmith For Free..... (DMAAT)
      Looks as though they are confirmed for the free mall show now? The good news is that an hour of it will be aired - the last hour of three - hopefully it will be the Aero portion.

      NFL planning all-star salute on Mall before Sept. 4 opener
      By Eric Fisher

      Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears will headline the "NFL Kickoff Live" event scheduled for the Mall on Sept. 4 before the Washington Redskins' opener against the New York Jets, the NFL announced yesterday.

      The NFL also is developing a salute to the U.S. military, particularly those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will include more than 20,000 troops and their families.

      The free pregame concert, the second such event to mark the beginning of the NFL season, is another part of the league's ongoing efforts to turn each major date on its calendar into a national event that resonates beyond football and into popular culture. Pre- and in-game entertainment for the Super Bowl and Thanksgiving Day games also have received additional league emphasis in recent years.

      Each of the aforementioned acts is a veteran of NFL events. Other performers likely will be added before the event.

      The concert will be from 6 to 9 p.m., timing that almost certainly will preclude Redskins ticket holders from attending. ABC will air one hour of the concert (8-9 p.m.), most of it live. In a slight departure from previous shows, the NFL is co-producing the TV broadcast and selling the advertising time.

      Also helping fund the event is a sponsorship from Pepsi Vanilla. Pepsico became a major NFL corporate sponsor last year.


  • Aerosmith in "horror" flick, "The Shaft."
      FeArHaVoC writes:

      I ordered this "horror" flick off PPV today called "The Shaft." It was about this elevator in NYC which has a mind of it's own and kills people. LOL, really lame, I know. Anyway, during the movie they kept playing Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator" and at the end of the movie they play the whole song during the credits.

      The song was the best thing about the movie unfortunately.

  • Rick Nielsen comments on the tour...
      Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen is excited to see Aerosmith and Kiss touring together this summer. Nielsen, of course, is a contemporary of theirs and has played many times on the same bill with both bands. He told us that he hopes rock fans from the '70s will be bringing their children to give them a taste of the music from that era: "It's not just the guys who grew up with Aerosmith, or Kiss, or whatever, you know? A lot of those guys are grown up, and they've got kids. There's nothing like Kiss, and there's not another band that's like Aerosmith. People like to go see that -- see what everybody was talking about."

      Aerosmith and Kiss have shows booked until mid-October, with more dates likely to be added through the fall and into the winter. There's also talk that they'll stay out until next summer, with some international dates a possibility.

      Kiss is promoting their new album, The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV.

      Aerosmith has recorded all the music for their upcoming blues-based album, which has a working title of Honkin' On Bobo, and they'll likely play some of the songs on the tour. The album should come out in January.

      Cheap Trick is promoting a new album of its own, called Special One. They played the halftime show of the NFL's American Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo, on Saturday (August 2nd). They're now on a break until their next show, which is August 23rd at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska.

  • + Aero - KISS Hartford Review (DMAAT)
      Things that make ya go hmmm......

      NEWS - Aerosmith Tops Kiss In Opening-Night Battle 08/04/2003

      (8/4/03, 10 a.m. ET) -- Aerosmith and Kiss launched their coheadlining tour on Saturday (August 2) at the Meadows Music Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Befitting their status as heavyweight champions, both bands came to win, but Aerosmith was declared the victor at the end of the night.

      Following a quick opening set by Saliva that was received fairly, if not enthusiastically, Kiss came out to their traditional "You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best" introduction and played a hit-filled 14-song set including "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud," "I Love It Loud," "God Of Thunder," and "Rock And Roll All Nite."

      However, the concert did not go off flawlessly. At the start of the show, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Tommy Thayer descended to the stage on a riser as lights and pyro started firing, but a problem with the curtain diminished the effect of their entrance. There were other glitches, including a bad sound mix that had Simmons' bass much louder than on past tours while Thayer's lead playing was sometimes buried, and Simmons messing up the lyrics in the second verse of "Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll."

      Even with that, the band tried their best to deliver the usual Kiss spectacle. Stanley, Simmons, and Thayer were all over the stage throughout their set, which was filled with enough lighting and pyrotechnic effects to truly demonstrate the meaning of "shock and awe." Special notice is due Thayer, who has replaced Ace Frehley in the band, for not only looking the part, but playing Frehley's solos virtually note for note, much to the crowd's delight.

      Kiss trimmed their set back due to time constraints, which meant Simmons didn't breathe fire, and there were no extended guitar or drum solos. Simmons, did, however, spit blood before "flying" to the top of the lighting rig for "God Of Thunder," and Peter Criss drum kit did rise off the stage during "Black Diamond." Simmons and Thayer also rode lifts off the stage while Stanley broke a guitar at the end of the set-closing "Rock And Roll All Nite," which also saw the drum set rise again.

      There were a few surprises in the Kiss set. One was the video history they played during the song "Do You Love Me" that charted the band from their earliest days through the release of their solo albums in 1978. It featured a lot of pictures and footage of Frehley, which might have been understandably edited out considering his decision not to work with the group again. Frehley's status wasn't discussed from the stage, and Thayer wasn't introduced. Another was their failure to use a ramp which ran about 20 rows into the audience from the center of the stage. Finally, the decision to go without the traditional confetti for "Rock And Roll All Nite" had a lot of people scratching their heads.

      The fans seemed to enjoy the show, but there was a feeling that they had seen a great fighter on an off night--still able to execute the moves, but not as crisply as usual, and susceptible to a knockout.

      Before the tour began, Simmons told LAUNCH he was so confident in how well it would do, he even promoted it as a weight-control assistant. "The Kiss/Aerosmith tour, which is gonna be the tour of the year--this is a tour that's gonna kick anybody's butt," Simmons said. "This tour is gonna drop five pounds off any fat girl within a thousand yards of that stage."

      Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry didn't go that far, but he told LAUNCH the tour would provide some serious entertainment. "Well, I'd say that it's gonna be as close to a circus as you can get," Perry said. "It's gonna be a lot of fun."

      After a short intermission to change the stage, Aerosmith's road crew opened the curtain as the band kicked into a rousing version of "Let The Music Do The Talking," delivering a not-so-subtle message. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry spent a good amount of time out at the far end of the audience ramp, where they and bassist Tom Hamilton would return throughout their show.

      Playing on a fairly minimalist stage in contrast to Kiss, Aerosmith was tighter and more focused on the music. In keeping with that idea, Tyler didn't spend a lot of time talking to the crowd between Aerosmith's 16 songs, as Stanley had done throughout Kiss's set.

      Aerosmith's set included hits such as "Walk This Way," "Love In An Elevator," "Dream On," and "Sweet Emotion." Without taking a break, they also had the road crew spin their stage amps around to create the effect of a bandstand in a small club, at which time Tyler said, "Blues album time. We're gonna break off a little piece. Joe, you ready?" They then played three blues songs--Little Walter's "Temperature," Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," which was renamed "I Never Loved Another Girl Like The Way I Loved You" on the setlist, and the blues standard "Baby Please Don't Go."

      The new staging also revealed some neon-style signs, including one that said "Honkin' On Bobo," which is the working title of the blues album Aerosmith will release in January.

      Perhaps not surprisingly, a lot of people decided to use the blues portion of the show to make their runs to the bathrooms and concession areas.

      Oddly, there was no formal encore for Aerosmith. Following "Back In The Saddle," Perry looked at his watch and asked the crowd, "You wanna hear one more?" After some hearty cheers, he asked, "How about two?", and the audience roared. Perry then said, "I think we got time," and Aerosmith played their last two songs--"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" and "Sweet Emotion."

      In contrast to the little mistakes that Kiss suffered through, Aerosmith's set appeared flawless, including a much better sound mix that allowed each member of the band to be heard clearly.

      While their set was about the music, Aerosmith did do something straight out of the Kiss handbook. Aerosmith set off a blizzard of confetti during two different songs--"Back In The Saddle" and "Sweet Emotion."

      Only the most partisan of fans would say that Aerosmith scored a clean knockout--after all, even on a bad night, Kiss puts on a better show than most bands ever dream of doing. However, the general feeling in the venue was that Aerosmith won the first night's battle on points.

      Kiss and Aerosmith will go for a rematch on Monday (August 4) at the Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York. The tour is currently scheduled to run until October 18, but they're expected to add shows that will keep them on the road until later in the year. Discussions are also underway to extend things until next year, which could include some overseas concerts.

      The Kiss setlist: "Detroit Rock City," "Deuce," "Shout It Out Loud," "King Of The Night Time World," "Do You Love Me," "Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll," "Firehouse," "I Love It Loud," "I Want You," "God Of Thunder," "100,000 Years," and "Black Diamond," with the encore of "Beth" and "Rock And Roll All Nite."

      The Aerosmith setlist: "Let The Music Do The Talking," "Walk This Way," "Love In An Elevator," "Jaded," "Rag Doll," "Cryin'," "What It Takes," "Temperature," "I Never Loved Another Girl Like The Way I Loved You," "Baby Please Don't Go," "Dream On," "The Other Side," "Back In The Saddle," "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," and "Sweet Emotion."



      Just a few things to point out after reading this review...

      Gene did in fact perform his fire breathing routine. He walked in from the left side of the stage, as usual, he did his thing, and then proceeded to take the torch (dagger) and impaled a black box that was slid onto the front of the stage by a roadie from the camera pit...

      Secondly, the exact time between bands was 50 minutes, and I would hardly consider that a short intermission.

      Other than that, I would point out that KISS consistently garnered better crowd reaction from their set than did Aerosmith.

      The points regarding the sound system, and performances were accurate. Aerosmith is by far the more musical band, with each member taking pride in the sound, guitar & bass tones, vocals, etc.

      I really enjoyed the video montage of KISS during Do You Love Me... Great archival video footage, and photos...

      Tony - MPC1

  • Boston Magazine (DMAAT)
      There are pictures of Tom & Terry, Steven and some lady, and Joey and April at the Victory Gardens.

  • Set times (DMAAT)
      Just a little something you might be interested in... Below is the link to a picture of the set times for Saturday's show. Per what's been reported on the radio, Saliva and Kiss were both on and off stage on time but the switch between Kiss and Aero took about a half an hour longer than expected. This did NOT shorten the Aerosmith set though, they still played their full amount of time... the show didn't end until 11:30pm Saturday night. Both bands played 80 minutes....

  • Russ Irwin (DMAAT)
      I'm happy to report that Russ is back on tour with Aerosmith. Russ has been a fine addition to the Aerosmith entourage, the past few tours.

      There's not a minute during the set that this guy's not making some contribution. He's not only providing some very good keyboard work, he adds percussion, and even played some guitar on opening night.

      He remains off to the back left of the stage, and never really takes any spotlight away from Aerosmith, but he is certainly deserving of some.

      One of his major contributions during the show is his "ghosted" vocals with Steven. Steven doesn't usually have any trouble hitting the high notes, and his mic definitely gets turned up during some of his signature pieces in the songs, but Russ is often ghosting Stevens vocals to add the depth and punch needed in the live setting.

      Of course, Russ also provides the chorus, and / or double tracked vocal parts that Steven handles on the studio recordings.

      For anyone attending these shows, take a minute to watch Russ during the set... He's really very good...

      Tony - MPC1

  • Joey at (DMAAT)
      Trying to find that article from Modern Drummer online, Granny found their site to offline or something, but while looking around stumbled across Drummerworld.....WAY COOL stuff (pictures, interview, etc) of Joey.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith is signed by Clive Davis to Columbia Records

      1972 Aerosmith plays in New York City NY at Max's Kansas City

      1978 "Come Together" debuts on the Billboard Top 100

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Costa Mesa CA at Pacific Coast Amphitheater (Dio opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum (Orion the Hunter opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Milwaukee WI at Marcus Amphitheatre (Jackyl opens)


      Toonses adds:

      Mount Blue was opened to the public on July 13 1997.

      However, August 5, 1997 Tyler and Perry held the grand opening.

      this is a link to pics I scanned from the Boston Globe for Aerosmith.MU

      From the Boston Globe on Aug 10,1997

      A rockin' restaurant opening

      It was a celebrity-laden opening Tuesday night for Norwell's newest restaurant, Mount Blue, with members of the band Aerosmith, who have a business interest in the restaurant, drawing a good deal of attention for their local enterprise. The event also served as a fund-raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Donations were solicited for the organization, which tries to fulfill wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Route 123 restaurant was the Alewife Tavern for many years and more recently the Shipyard Tavern.

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

The Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues (1967-1972)

News as of August 4, 2003
  • Modern Drummer (DMAAT)
      In the July 2003 issue of Modern Drummer, there's a short article about Joey and couple of good pics!

      It's very general and probably won't tell you anything you don't already know. It's about the development of the Loops and Samples DVD and how he decided whether or not he wanted to be so forthcoming with all he's learned so that a novice could buy that and just learn all his tricks without the difficulty of trial and error. It explains what the loops and samples are and how to use it, etc. His article was part of many articles with various drummers from all genres of music.

  • 23 more photos from Hartford show.... (DMAAT)

  • Official Site Updates, Changes, etc. Studio Pics! (DMAAT)
      Just a heads up both and implemented new site looks yesterday so you might want to check them both out. Looks like most of the content is the same on both but I did find a few new pics of the guys in the studio...



      Also up is a "Stanley Cup Pic," this one

      There are also 3 video clips from 2002 tour on the new site. I can't remember if they were there before or not so thought I should post the URL to that page as well (choose lo for dialup, high for cable/DSL)

      1. Steven swings over the crowd on a rope while Brad's plays a smokin' solo.
      2. Joe plays his guitar with, er, his shirt.
      3. Tom and the band jam around Joey


  • Right In The Nuts re-opening
      Danny is pleased to announce you the opening of the new version of his Aerosmith site, Right In The Nuts.

      Since 1996, Right In The Nuts tries to provide the most complete list of Aerosmith bootlegs and Tour dates since the band's debut.

      Today, the 3rd version of the site has been completely redesigned but also rewritten in PHP. With its new powerful search engines linked to daily-updated bootlegs and tourdates databases, it aims at being the reference web site about Aerosmith live facts.

      Here is the new url :

  • John Hershey, old friend of the band, looking to contact them...
      MOREOVER, Danny just had a very interesting e-mail from a certain John Lyden, that you'll find below. By visiting his site's tourdates list, John found out a '72 gig date and just remembered that he was actually playing in the two bands that day along with Aerosmith !! He also got hooked up with Joe Perry in these days, but I let you read the whole story by yourself, it's astonishing. In fact he wanted Danny to help him contacting the band again, and he thought that maybe this news page would be a great tribune for John...

      If someone who has contact with the band happens to read this, I'm sure John would be very grateful if you could let the band know about this. I guess Danny can let you know how to contact John...? :)

      For the rest of us, this is still a very interesting read, including info about an early Aerosmith cartoon etc...


      Hello there,
      Your database shows an Aerosmith gig on May 20, 1972 at Rowe's Wharf, Boston Harbor. There were two other groups there, the Oiltones and the Commonwealth Irregular Marching Band. I remember that night, I was lead singer with the Oiltones and played sax in the Commonwealth Irregulars. That's not a big deal. But there's more.

      In September of 1970 I met Joe Perry when we both worked at the same janitor's job in Brookline Mass for a short time. He had just gotten into town. Steve was not in Boston yet but the band was beginning to form up. Joe and I had fun at work and it turned out we lived a block away from each other. He invited me to their place at 1325 Commonwealth Ave to hear the band. I played sax and he wanted us to jam, but that never happened.

      What did happen was over the next year or so things went downhill for me. Eventually I spent alot of time at their apartment after I wound up homeless on the streets. They were OK with this for a long while, really good about it, so I had a chance to get to know the whole group at home. Brad had just replaced Ray Tabano.

      During that period I was experimenting with cartooning. Aerosmith was basically a flesh-and-blood cartoon strip at the time, and they gave me permission to use their craziness as a model. It became a story-length cartoon odyssey called "Hairysmiff". I still have the 1971 pencil-drawn originals in a San Francisco storage space. Occasionally someone from that era will pull out an old photocopy and we still crack-up at how realistic they were. All I ever got done was the rough copies but Joe liked them better in rough, so I never did a refined finish copy.

      My point is I think these cartoons would be a very valuable addition to the Aerosmith Memorabilia Museum or Collection, wherever that is. They capture the band at home in its infancy, "Present at the Creation" so to speak; and they are hilarious.

      Once Aerosmith went big-time in 1972 I never saw them again. I have looked on the internet to try and find a way to email them with this story, but the many different addresses I have seen are all old or shut down.

      So that's why I'm writing to you. It appears you have followed them about as closely as anyone over the years, and understand the significance of their early history. Maybe you have a way to link me up with Joe or Brad or Tom or Steve or Joey to get this info to them. I think they will remember the cartoons even though they have probably forgotten me.

      If you think this is historically important, as I do, and can reach any Aerosmith member directly, please pass on this message and my email address. I'm attaching a recent (2001) photo of myself so they can verify it is really me. Of course my appearance is changed from thirty years ago, but they also might remember my then-name, John Hershey.

      Sorry for the long message but I want to present it in its entirety. Thanks for your time. If you could reply to let me know you received this email I would appreciate it greatly.

      John Lyden

  • Thundertrain On Tour

      Hot off a rave write up in Rolling Stone, Thundertrain will roll into the Boston area to play six cities in six nights starting in Worcester on Tuesday August 19.

      Thundertrain will tour behind their latest album TEENAGE SUICIDE. The original record was released in 1977. Now with added tracks and an adventure packed booklet the album has been reissued on Gulcher Records. Riding a wave of renewed international interest Thundertrain is reuniting for the first time since their 1980 breakup.

      Thundertrain, currently in rehearsal, is tuning up a power packed set that will include their first single, I'M SO EXCITED (1975), I GOTTA ROCK (from LIVE AT THE RAT 1977), the entire TEENAGE SUICIDE album and nuggets from some of Thundertrain's early influences: Slade, Johnny Winter & The Yardbirds.

      THUNDERTOUR 2003
      TUES AUG 19
      Opening Night Party

      33 K STREET
      WED AUG 20

      33 K STREET
      THURS AUG 21

      ( w/ Danny Hargrove
      of Joe Perry Project)

      This show will be filmed
      by Escape TV
      FRI AUG 22

      Boston Groupie News Night

      SAT AUG 23

      (Lead guitarist of DEAD BOYS &
      SUN AUG 24
      VFW HALL
      310 Woodland St.
      Grand Finale & Weenie Roast
      Starts at 4pm w/

      Tickets are only $10 at the door.


      TEENAGE SUICIDE never bores. It's rock and roll of a sort I fear we' ll never see again in any recognizable form. Sheer hedonism, mixed with an irresistable 4/4 beat and the kind of guitar work one dreams of hearing on popular releases in place of the wire-thin, distortion- laden dreck that serves as "expression" these days. Granted, it may never rise above the beer-chicks mentality lyrically, but, when you've got a voice like Mach Bell's, who cares what you're saying? He was, and probably still is, a singer of remarkable presence and, dare I say it, soul. No Bryan Ferry or Al Green to be sure, but definitely a talent who has been woefully overlooked, just like his band. Here's to you, Bell and Co., the "Bad Boys from New York City,", the Harley Davidson of Rock and Roll. (Gulcher Records)
      - Jesse Fisk Cravens


      Crank up the live I GOTTA ROCK from September '76, to hear how THUNDERTRAIN were the G n' R of their town and day. ...bang your head now to this raw parent of Appetite For Destruction.
      - David Fricke


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Providenc RI at Palace Theater

      1978 Aerosmith plays in East Troy WI at Alpine Valley Music Center (AC/DC opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum (Orion the Hunter opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Inglewood CA at Great Western Forum (Ry Cooder joins them onstage)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Scranton PA at Montage Mt. Amphitheater (Jonny Lang opens)

      2003 Aerosmith plays in Wantagh NY at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater (with Kiss)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Uli Jon Roth / Electric Sun - Fire Wind (1981)
He ain't much of a singer, but he sure can play guitar! ;-)

News as of August 3, 2003
  • Supposed outtake from the new album...
      Found in WIN MX was a file called "Aerosmith - 2003 Studio Sample"... It's an MP3 of 26 seconds of a guitar solo (sounds like it's from a ballad), which to my ears definitely sounds like it could be Joe Perry's... Personally, I doubt it's the real thing (don't see the band letting it leak, and if someone did get access to the material, why put up only 26 seconds?) but who knows...

  • Hartford Pics Yahoo (DMAAT)

  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} opening night SET LIST
      Hartford, CT
      The Meadows

      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Walk This Way
      Love In An Elevator
      Rag Doll
      What It Takes
      ---{mini stage}---
      Ain't Loved A Girl Like I Love You (?)
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Nobody's Fault
      The Other Side
      Back In The Saddle
      I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
      Sweet Emotion

      Interesting Notes:
      - 1 hour and 20 min set.
      - There is a "rotating mini stage" that rotates from the back to the front of the stage. This was used for the blues tracks in the middle of the set. VERY nice change of pace and tempo.
      - Honkin' On Bobo was portrayed on the big screens, as well as a "Jackass" style video for some parts. Guess this title is official?
      - Thanks very much to Jeanne and Tony, who reported like champs this evening. I wasn't able to field the call, but their descriptions on my voice mail were top notch! Kudos to them!


      As you may know, on the last few tours I have been posting the setlists for all shows here at RTW, in the "Live In Concert" section. This tour, I do not intend to do so (nor will I be putting up concert reviews as I've done it the past). Too much work. Instead I suggest you visit Chris' site, over at, who will be reporting about this (He has also been the "spider in the web" when it came to collecting the setlists in the last few years, kudos to him!)

      I do, however, find it interesting to see what they are playing (Nobody's Fault and those three blues tracks in a collected set, how cool isn't that!!), and realise that it can probably be seen as "news worthy," so perhaps I'll post some of Chris' reports on this page... At least report when they add a new song or something else that is deifferent from previous shows... we'll see...

  • .. and check out Clive Newton's site too!! (DMAAT)
      If you want to see what Kiss are playing, it's logged on Clive's website.

      You'll note a hyperlink on the Kiss-Aerosmith (35) that will take you off to a sort of Kiss section for the tour. Like with what he has down for a few tours, he will have a stats breakdown for their material as well like with Aerosmith at:

      Now, this I find really interesting! All the work he puts into this kind of stuff... Clive, we love you, man!

  • Hartford Courant Review (DMAAT)

      Tyler Struggles, But Perry Lifts Aerosmith; Kiss Gives Its All
      August 3, 2003
      By ERIC R. DANTON, Courant Rock Critic

      Steven Tyler of Aerosmith was once among the more charismatic frontmen in rock 'n' roll, but he couldn't touch guitarist Joe Perry Saturday night.

      The band opened its summer tour with Kiss at the Meadows Music Centre, and Perry powered Aerosmith's set with his outstanding playing on songs culled mostly from the band's extensive catalog.

      Aerosmith wasted no time in engaging the crowd - "Walk This Way" was the second song of the band's set, and Perry's guitar tone was thick and meaty. He was even better on the next tune, "Love in an Elevator," blasting out lead lines like an unstoppable guitar machine.

      Tyler, alas, wasn't at his best. Call it opening night jitters, perhaps, but he had trouble with the words to more than a few songs - "Rag Doll," most noticeably - and the teleprompters placed strategically around the stage didn't seem to help.

      Still, the singer was more energetic and attentive to the crowd than when the band played Hartford last September.

      This year's set was much better, featuring a slew of tunes from "Pump," "Permanent Vacation" and older albums, with only a few newer, less powerful songs thrown in. Aerosmith also offered a preview of songs from a blues album the band is working on. Best among them was a turbo-boogie cover of "Please Don't Go."

      The band ended what turned out to be the regular set with "Back in the Saddle," but didn't leave the stage before performing a quasi-encore that included "Sweet Emotion."

      Kiss played an 80-minute set of the melodic, often suggestive hard rock songs the band is known for. Dressed in their outlandish costumes, with faces fully painted, the band indulged in pyrotechnics, loud guitars, levitating drum risers and all of the over-the-top trappings of a rock band serious about giving fans their money's worth.

      The band's songs are constructed simply, as if to allow plenty of time for the musicians to point at the crowd or reach triumphantly toward the sky between each note.

      Bassist Gene Simmons drooled fake blood all over himself at the start of "God of Thunder" before flying up to a platform on top of the light rig. The band also played "I Love It Loud," and singer-guitarist Paul Stanley pranced and strutted around the stage when he wasn't at the microphone.

      Kiss started its encore with drummer Peter Criss singing "Beth," before the whole band ending with the party classic "Rock and Roll All Nite."


  • Hartford, CT 8/02 Pictures
      That's right folks, the concert just ended and there are already pictures on! Thanks goes out to Yahoo News for these pictures, they are great! Head to, click on Concert Pictures then Aero/Kiss tour!

      He also added a second set of shots, taken by roxxguitars. YOU DO NOT want to miss these pictures, they are like PRO SHOT! Pics-Aero/Kiss Tour-Hartford, CT.


      Looking back, I can say that this will probably be valid for most shows. is definitely THE place to keep your eyes on for concert pictures...

  • Great Hartford Fan Review - Tony aka MP1 (DMAAT)
      Hartford Fan Review by Tony aka Motherpopcorn1 on AF1 Message Board:

      Just got back from the show... As far as opening nights go, it was a good start....

      Good show, yes. Very good show, maybe. Great show...not by their standards.

      The show opened with the boys perched behind their burgandy curtain, with gold wings logo... As the curtain dropped, the band broke into Let the Music Do the Talkin'. Nice surprise actually.... Steven was decked out in a white overcoat, black t-shirt, and pin striped white pants. Sunglasses were the only other accessory...

      Perry was there with his black fedora, leather jacket and black pants. Brad was sporting a yellow t-shirt, Tom in a white t-shirt, and Joey in a black sleeveless t-shirt adorned with skulls....

      LTMDTT was followed by Walk This Way...somewhat of another surprise considering that was the final encore from the most recent tour. Next we received Love In an Elevator, Jaded, and Cryin'.

      At this point, the house lights dimmed, and you could see the entire stage turning like a huge platter.... What appeared next was a very sparse stage... Joey's drum set was on the floor, as opposed to a riser, and the band stood fairly tight...

      There were no stage amps behind the band. In fact, approximately 20 feet behind Joey was simply a long white curtain (7 ft tall) that stretched side to side across the back of the stage.

      At this point, the band breaks into What It Takes (consistent with the rehearsal order, following Cryin'). The video that accompanied the music appeared to be a window, with voyueristic images. There were also neon-style signs that were flashed behind the band... with the words..."Get Your Wings" and "Honkin On Bo BO" (wrapped around a saxophone)....etc...

      Next up was the first of three blues numbers...Temperature, I'll Never Love A Girl The Way I Love You (guessed at the title), and Baby Please Don't Go... The last of the three was by far the best...

      The circular stage rotated for the last time, and the boys were once again in front of their full contingent of stage amps and monnitors.

      Next up is Dream On... which is followed by the long anticipated playing of Nobody's Fault... I have to admit, I absolutely LOVE this song, and it was played magnificently... The only disappointment was the crowd response...

      No matter how many of us post that we want to hear some "old classics", whenever I see them play one, the crowd acts as if the warm up act is still playing... The same thing happened at Jones Beach last year when the played Milk Cow Blues.... I'll never understand this.... Brad handled all the lead work, and the song was performed brilliantly...

      Next up was The Other Side.... I hadn't heard this one in some time, and I enjoyed it... Another funny video accompanied the song (band member faces, with colorform style changes that morphed them into different characters... David Bowie, Elotn John, The Simpsons, etc...).

      I didn't expect them to play Back In The Saddle, but they did... Air canons were fired at this point, and they delivered the most confetti, and silver / gold wings I have ever seen at a concert.... It was much was floating through the air....

      Prior to the close of the song, Steven grabbed a trapeese like bar on a cable, and briefly swung out over the crowd.... Technically, this concluded the set... However, the band never left the stage.... The two final songs were IDWTMAT, and Sweet Emotion...

      Like I said at the top, all in all, it was a good start to the tour, but it was by no means vintage Aerosmith..... The pace was a little off, and the set list was somewhat abbreviated due to the 1 hour and 20 running time...

      I was very disappointed with the time between bands, while the crew got the stage ready.... KISS left the stage at 9:20 PM, and Aerosmith didn't come out until 10:10 PM. Aerosmith's set ended promptly at 11:30 PM....

      For those of you who want to know, Saliva only played for 20 minutes, and KISS came out at 8:00 sharp...

      That's all folks.... It was a good show, and I'm certainly looking forward to your reviews from the next set of shows at Jones Beach....

      Tony - MPC1



      A bit more from Tony via the AF1 message board - same thread...edited only to remove personal comments made to other members....

      This is really hard to admit...but I left this show feeling let down. Something's missing.... How many ballads have to be played in the set....? ...they're still beating to death the same old ballads they've played ad nauseum for the past few tours....

      LTMDTT was a nice opener, and Nobody's Fault literally gave me goose bumps....but let's face it... This ain't exactly the "dippin' into the past"...that I was hoping for... I wanted a few more gems....

      Another point... I'm really excited about the blues record, but I'm a little concerned about how these songs transalted with the crowd tonight... I got the impression the crowd could take 'em or leave em....

      Let's see how the other reports come in... These are just my opinions...and this was NOT a bad show by any stretch of the imagination... It just wasn't up to Aerosmith standards that I've seen in the past.... This is a lot of dough for an hour and twenty minutes....

      I have tickets to two more shows, but I may do a "wait and see" on the rest of this first leg.... Hopefully things change a little a long the way....

      Tony - MPC1


      Some further comments, from a review by Dawn:

      - They did 16 songs no encore
      - After Sweet Emotion Steven just said "I hope you liked opening night" and off they went - no Joey throwing out sticks, no bow, just went off...
      - A cat walk!
      - Steven grab onto this like swing and swung his cute ass self over the crowed in like the first 4 rows
      - Steven's got the hair extension thing going


      One more fan review:

      Last night was by far the most disappointing Aeroexperience I have ever had. I didnt know I was going until the day of the show so I was totally psyched, 12th row seats they were pretty good. Let me just start by saying Kiss totally sucks. I was willing to give them a chance and they were a total embarassment. Not only is their music empty and shallow their presence on stage is ignorant, corny and very distasteful. They shouldnt be allowed to perform in the same state as Aerosmith never mind the same venue. Aerosmith was running at least a 1/2 behind if not more. I was super happy to see a curtain, something I have missed dearly. They opened with Let the music do the talking I was soooo happy its a great song especially live. I had been talking to a couple of new aerofriends sitting beside me who had been to almost as many shows as I, this was number 45 for me. We were discussing the possibilities of the set list seeing that the band was on their own basically to pick and choose. After the opening song I was drooling for more and then it started. They jumped in with Walk this Way, Love in an Elevator ( I swore if I heard that song one more time Id die), and then Jaded. Talk about a total disappointment. The only other pleasant surprise of the night was Nobody's Fault. The three new songs were very good. I really liked one a bit more than the other two but they were all songs that I am looking forward to hearing again. I think we're all in for a great new album (cd) come release day. They were very bluesy and Steven sounded sooo good singing them. By the way, his voice sounds better than ever. They jumped from one song to the next like they were in a race. Steven never changed any part of his outfit, no drum or guitar solo and the thing that totally blew my mind was NO ENCORE?? They have never blown off an encore. Not only that, Steven like never addressed the crowd or seemed into the show at all. I have never left an Aerosmith show feeling so out of touch with the boys. That was the first time I had been to that venue and the last. The crowd was by far the lamest group of fans I had ever seen. Maybe I am spoiled being able to see them in Boston all the time but I wanted to yell into the mike and ask them all what their problem was. They were not into it at all, cheering very briefly in between songs and then like total silence. I felt like I was in the twilight zone. Do yourselves a favor and blow off Kiss, it will put a damper on your night. After a night to think about the whole situation I have come to the conclusion that Steven Tyler probably didnt have a clue as to the overall retardism of Kiss' performance and when he got to see them in action he realized they had made a major (possibly career altering) bad decision to tour with these inadequate freaks known as Kiss and that is why the show was such a disaster. I am not even sure I can bring myself to see them again this tour. I'll have to think about it and check out some of the future set lists. They did have a runway down the middle of the middle section so if you can get seats in that general area you will be happy campers. Sorry to any Kiss fans reading this cause I know I would be extremely upset if anyone bashed on Aerosmith like this but I am only stating the obvious.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Mendon MA at Lakeview Ballroom

      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Syracuse NY at War Memorial Auditorium

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Ventura CA at the County Fairgrounds (Dio opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Las Vegas NV at Thomas & Mack Arena, UNLV Campus

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Richfield OH at Richfield Coliseum (Jackyl opens)

This day on the NPWIPP:
(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

The Band - Music From Big Pink (1968)
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992)

News as of August 2, 2003
  • Videos!!!
      Gonzaloc writes:

      Hi, I'v noticed that there are lot more videos up in, the videos from Japan, of the special show they did before the concert for the Aeroforceone members, there are 2 large videos of that! 22 and 29 minutes long! and some more stuff. Some days ago I was alble to access some audio files of an inteview with the guy, it was at, but now I can't access them.

      You may also wanna visit this URL, as you will be albe to download all the videos ever up in the page:

      Now, with the new web coming I´m sure they'll put up some more video, pics and songs, just have to wait!

  • Rolling Stone - Issue 929 - Reuben Studdard on the Cover
      There is a Q&A with Steven in the new issue of Rolling Stone, along with a picture of him. It's issue #929 August 21, 2003 with Ruben Studdard (American Idol winner) on the cover.

      On page 30 there's "The Music Q&A", a full page interview with Steven Tyler. The headline reads: "Aerosmith's main man shares his memories of Janis, cocaine, thievery and two willing girls from Michigan".

      It's a really great interview--the man is a fascinating talker.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Waterbury CT at Palace Theater

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Sacramento CA at California Exposition Amphitheater (Dio opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Indianapolis IN at Market Square Arena (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Bristow VA at Nissan Pavilion (Jonny Lang opens)

      2003 Aerosmith opens their tour in Hartford CT with Kiss

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Jonny Lang - Lie To Me (1997)

News as of August 1, 2003
  • Great setlist news, per radio interview with Tom!
      On Thursday at about 12:30 there was a phone interview with Tom on 106.9 WCCC The Rock out of Hartford. They talked about the tour and the albumand all the usual stuff but one thing I though you might be interestred in was when the dj asked if they would be playing more old stuff since they're not suporting a new album. Tom replied that some of the stuff they'd been rehearsing included "Nobody's Fault," "No More, No More," "Adam's Apple," and "Lick and a Promise."

  • News from Japan
      Yoshihide wrote me to report about a short video clip in which Joe promotes the Porch Ghouls live in Japan. In the clip, Joe is shown riding a motorbike. Check it out at!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1973 Aerosmith opens for ShaNaNa in East Boston MA at Suffolk Downs Race Track

      1974 Aerosmith opens for Uriah Heep in Boston MA at Boston Music Hall

      1978 Aerosmith plays in rapid City SD at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (AC/DC opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Cincinnati OH at Riverbend Music Center (Guns N'Roses opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in San Diego CA at the Sports Arena; Shut Up and Dance is recorded for Wayne's World II

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Stowe VT at Stowe Mountain Performing Arts Center (Jackyl opens)

      1996 Manager Tim Collins is fired

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Iced Earth - "The Reckoning" (2003)
Just downloaded this mp3 excerpt of a song from the next Iced Earth album, "The Glorious Burden." In a word: Wow! With Halford back in Judas Priest, Tim "Ripper" Owens was obviously left without a band. This was something Iced Earth-leader Jon Schaffer apparently took advantage of, being in need of a vocalist as Matt Barlow recently left his band. I'm not gonna say "Ripper" is a better vocalist for the band (Barlow was/is awesome, after all), but with the classic Iced Earth sound still intact and Ripper's Halford-like vocals on top of it (before I downloaded the track, I had only read it was "Priest's singer" on it. I took for granted it would be Owens, but listening to it I was actually wondering if it actually wasn't Halford himself!), it just sounds fantastic! If the rest of the album is as good as this, I think Schaffer will put out one of his better albums this year! Have been listening to this sample over and over, probably over 10 times by now. Great classic metal, the way it should sound! =)

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