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News as of June (26-)30, 2003
  • New Album DELAYED to January! (DMAAT)
      Edited By Jonathan Cohen. June 30, 2003, 4:00 PM ET
      New Aerosmith Album Bumped To January

      Aerosmith has finished cutting the tracks for its new blues album, which will be mixed over the summer and fall and will most likely be released in January by Columbia, guitarist Joe Perry tells "All the basics are done, we're probably three-quarters done with the overdubs. And there really aren't many to do, because we cut the album basically live," he says.

      Co-produced by the band and Jack Douglas, who helmed such Aerosmith classics as "Toys in the Attic" (1975) and "Rocks" (1976), the as-yet-untitled set will probably feature covers of Muddy Waters' "I'm Ready," Little Walter's "Temperature" and a couple of Mississippi Fred McDowell cuts, including "You Gotta Move."

      Born out of sessions held in the basement of Perry's Boston-area home and then recorded nearby at the band's recently built studio, the album will most likely include a couple of songs featuring Perry singing lead. In April, Perry told one such track could be the early Fleetwood Mac cut "Stop Messin' Round."

      The album will also include a few new Aerosmith originals. "There's one song that we wrote in Hawaii," he says. "It's got a real R&B feel to it; it kind of has the same feel as 'Crazy.'"

      Previously, Perry said the band was shooting for a September release date. Pushing the album back roughly six months ought to prove helpful, he says: "By having the record come out in January, it gives us a little more time, and if something else comes along, it will be real easy to cut it and throw it on there," he says.

      The decision certainly seems like a reaction to the warm response with which fans have greeted the band's forthcoming, co-headlining tour with Kiss. Perry says that most likely, the tour -- on which Aerosmith will close each show -- will last until Christmas, moving from amphitheaters into arenas.

      "We always figured we'd be on the road until Christmas," he admits. "And, apparently, in spite of what some of the other tours are doing, we're doing pretty well. There's certainly an offer for us to go indoors, and I think that we'll make that decision pretty soon."

      The opening show, to be held Aug. 2 in Hartford, Conn., will mark the first time the bands have shared a stage in nearly 30 years. "Certainly following them is not going to be easy," says the guitarist, who guested on Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album. "They're certainly headliners in their own right. It's just gonna make for more inspiration. I don't think there are too many people that I wouldn't follow, just because of my natural competitive instinct, and how much faith I have in my own band.

      "But that's the kind of thing that makes for a great show," Perry continues. "Any time you get to follow a band that, whether they've got great songs, or they put on a great show, ya know, there's something about them that gets the audience crazy. It always inspires us to go on and top it."


  • JB News From The Road Updated (DMAAT)
      06/26/03 Legendary piano player Johnnie Johnson came by the Boneyard

      Legendary piano player Johnnie Johnson came by the Boneyard the other day and tickled the ivories for the boys. Johnnie was instrumental in shaping the way we listen to music today. You may know he was the band leader in a trio with an unknown guitar player named "Chuck Berry." Johnson and Berry went on to form one of the most important bonds in the history of rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode, Maybelline and Roll Over Beethoven to name a few where all derived from JJ's piano playing. The 79 year old St. Louis native was asked to come by the studio in the early afternoon by Joe Perry. Johnnie accepted Joe's invite and the rest is history.

      By 6:00 PM he left the Boneyard to perform at the House of Blues in Cambridge, MA. The guys all seemed really pumped by the visit. Here they are laying down tracks for their "Blue's" influenced, Rock infused album and the father of rock and roll comes walking in the door. Incidentally Johnnie was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2001 (same as Aerosmith) by Keith Richards.

      The boys celebrated Joey's birthday on Tuesday, June 21. Joey was out of town on his actual birthday getting a street named after himself in his hometown of the Bronx along with boxing great, Jake LaMotta. Steven, Joe, Tom and Brad gave Joey a cake at the end of an all day photo shoot - Photographer, the "Queen of Cheam," Ross Halfin. Ross continues to shoot the guys for the upcoming tour book. He was on his best behavior this trip.

      The guys continue to meet with their staff on the progress of the stage and lighting set up. Everything should be tweaked and ready to go before the 1st show. Buckle yourself in. It should be a wild ride this summer and fall.

      38 Days until opening night.

      -John B.

      Johnny Johnson.jpg


  • Perry/Whitford Guitar World mag article
      Rock This Way
      by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith

      Ain’t Nuthin’ but the Blues
      Paying homage to our blues roots, part 1.

      JOE PERRY Blues is a style of music that has had a profound influence on each member of Aerosmith. Speaking for myself, the sound of blues music and the playing of the many great blues guitarists has provided me with a lifetime of inspiration. Making an all-blues album is something that we, as a band, have been wanting to do for a very long time; the time seems right, so we’re diving in.

      In starting a project like this, what it really comes down to is, what is blues? Is it a I-IV-V (one-four-five) chord progression played with a certain kind of beat? Is it an old guy sitting on a chair playing acoustic guitar? Is there any dictionary definition?

      Maintaining the vitality of blues is really about the reinterpretation of music that has gone on before, and finding new ways to express certain sounds and feelings. The Chicago blues style of the Fifties is a perfect example: it was a reinterpretation of the acoustic Delta blues that preceded it, as the songs and lyrical content of Delta blues were adapted to the urban Chicago setting. With the advent of electric instruments, guitar players plugged in so they could be heard over the din of a noisy club, and, as a natural progression, the music began to change as new sounds were discovered.

      To me, blues is really about evolution, and under that interpretation, one’s horizons broaden drastically in regard to what one can do within the realm of “blues.” Jeff Beck recorded an incredible version of “All Shook Up” on his 1969 album, Beck-Ola, which was a bold step in the evolutionary process. The song had been a hit for Elvis Presley in the late Fifties, but its roots go back to the blues style of an even earlier era. Jeff took inspiration from Elvis and created something entirely different and previously unheard. Is it still blues? I think it is, but if you played it for blues purists, they would probably be appalled.

      BRAD WHITFORD One of the best things about this project is that it simply feels great to play some “old-fashioned” blues, and pull stuff out of the weeds. This is right up my alley, musically speaking. We’re also working again with Jack Douglas [Douglas produced such Aerosmith classics as Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks and Draw the Line—GW Ed.], so we’ve come full circle. All that chemistry is still there.

      One of my earliest exposures to blues music was hearing the British guys, like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, bringing it back to Clapton really knocked me out; I sunk my teeth into his sound, his touch and especially his vibrato, which is one of the best ever.

      PERRY A major part of my infatuation with blues guitar involves the 1966 album Bluesbreakers: John Mayall and Eric Clapton. Eric’s guitar playing on this record has been discussed and written about endlessly; he took a late-Fifties Les Paul, plugged it into a Marshall combo and, drawing on the influences of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Freddie King and all of his other guitar heroes, created something that’s almost beyond belief.

      One of the highlights of this record is the instrumental track “Stepping Out,” which is an uptempo swinging blues in the key of G. Clapton’s solos, which are based mostly on the G minor pentatonic scale (G Bb C D F), are all brilliant.

      WHITFORD I actually heard Eric’s early Cream albums, like Fresh Cream and Disraeli Gears, before I heard the Bluesbreakers album. “Crossroads,” from Wheels of Fire, is amazing. I remember sitting in front of my stereo and just shaking my head in disbelief. I would sit there with my guitar, completely enthralled. He’s a pretty good teacher!

      PERRY Although I know we’ll be writing new material for this record, part of me wants to pay homage to some of the old classics by Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson, and create our own versions of a few songs. We’re going to try out a bunch of things; we’ll put all this stuff in the blender and see how it tastes when it comes out.

      The bottom line is, no matter what we do, half the people that hear it are going to be disappointed! But the other half will dig it, and that’s what’s fun about it. We’ll be back next month with more about our upcoming blues record.


  • DVD review in Classic Rock Magazine
      This month's Classic Rock Magazine comes with a free booklet detailing the 50 greatest music DVD's, and features Aerosmith's Making of Pump...


      The Making of Pump

      Label SMV
      Running Time 110 minutes
      Extras None
      Format Standard
      Sound Dolby digital stero

      An engrossing fly-on-the-wall documentary as Aerosmith complete their remarkable renaissance at the end of the '80's with the 'Pump' album. With the band having "come clean" in every sense earlier in the decade, they have nothing left to hide from each other - or, it would seem, their audience.

      The cameras are given free access and follow the group - sometimes Big Brother style - through songwritting sessions, rehearsals, recording sessions, listening and talking sessions and arguements over the title and cover. There are no special effects but no shortage of insight into one of the great rock'n'roll survivors.

      Pump It Up

      Even if your not an Aerosmith fan, The Making of Pump is a fascinating insight into the making of a modern commercial rock album - a collaboration not just between the group but involving their producer, manager and record company A&R guy, all of whom have a specific role to play.


  • Ross Halfin Two Pages of New Pics (DMAAT)

  • Liv in FHM magazine (DMAAT)
      Liv is number 61 on the top 100 sexiest women in 2003 according to FHM magazine. No pic, but there IS one in the actual magazine.

      61. Liv Tyler
      Top elf
      Last year: 63
      Despite her appearance in the upcoming Kevin Smith film Jersey Girl, Liv bears little resemblance to real-life Jersey girls. Bona fide rock royalty, the daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler holds herself with the poise and grace of a princess-which is appropriate, as she has fulfilled every Tolkien nerd's fantasy as the voluptuous elfin princess Arwen in the much-ballyhooed Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • 3 rounds of Aero/Kiss (DMAAT)
      Gene Simmons was on The Radio Chick Show this morning (Q104.3 in NYC). He said that after this leg of the tour, Aerosmith and Kiss will go to Australia and Japan, come back to the States for some indoor shows (Madison Square Garden) and then hit the stadiums next summer.

      He also said that --at considerable expense-- they have created a revolving stage so that there will be minimal set up time in between sets as Aerosmith will have all their gear on stage already (though he didn't quite put it that way, he basically said "so that the band who plays first can get off the stage quickly before the second band goes on").

  • SMALL mention of Tyler in the Boston Herald
      This was a small mention of Tyler at the Willie Nelson concert in the Inside Track, Thursday, June 26, 2003.

      Celebrity tracking,
      ...Steven Tyler jumping onstage with Willie Nelson for a blazing rendition of ``One Time Too Many'' at the South Shore Music Circus...


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  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1984 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at War Memorial Auditorium

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at Silver Stadium (Black Crowes open)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Roskilde Denmark at Orange Stage (Extreme opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Old Orchard Beach ME at Maine Entertainment Center (Johny Lang opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Frankfurt Germany at Festhalle (Black Crowes open); Adrian Perry plays guitar on Stop Messin'

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Burgettstown PA at Post Gazetter Pavillion at Star Lake (Fuel opens)

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

Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won (1972) (2003)
HELL YEAH! Best live album put out in ages!!
November - Live (1970-1971) (1994)
Sweden's first hard rock band! The Swedish answer to Cream and Led Zep!
A.C.T. - Imaginary Friends (2001)
Man, this music just makes me happy... =) This band was the great "discovery" for me at Sweden Rock Festival! The music just oozes with fun and happiness... Great melodies and quirky time changes... I can't think of many bands that sounds quite like this, who can go from heavy Dream Theater-like metal shredding to soft melodic pop singing in a second... I can't help but smile...=)

News as of June 29, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Dallas TX at Market Hall

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Toronto Ontario Canada at The Skydome

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Antioch TN at Starwood Amphitheater (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Stockholm Sweden at the Naval Museum Garden (Extreme opens)

News as of June 28, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1978 Aerosmith plays in Kansas City MO at Kemper Arena (Climax Blues Band opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Saratoga Springs NY at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Memphis TN at Pyramid Arena (Jackyl opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Brussels Belgium at Forest Hills (Black Crowes open)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at the Tweeter Center (Fuel opens)

News as of June 27, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in New Orleans LA at Municipal Auditorium

      1978 Aerosmith plays in St. Louis MO at Kiel Auditorium (Climax Blues Band opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Weedsports NY at Cayuga Fairgrounds

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Saratoga Springs NY at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Black Crowes open)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Kiel Germany at Ostseehalle (Extreme opens)

News as of June 26, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Steven and Joe sit in with the New York Dolls in New Orleans LA at Cords

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Yokohama Japan at Bunka Taiikukan

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods (Black Crowes open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Tinley Park IL at World Music Theatre (Jackyl opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in London UK at Wembley Stadium (with Black Crowes, 3 Colours Red, Stereophonics, and Lenny Kravitz)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at the Tweeter Center (Fuel opens)

News as of June 25, 2003
  • VH1 BTM
      VH1, Saturday 28

      18:00 Totally 90's
      19:00 Behind The Music Aerosmith
      21:00 Live Music

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays in New Orleans LA at the Superdome

      1976 Aerosmith plays in San Antonio TX at Joe Freeman Coliseum

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX at The Summit (Nazareth opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at Great Woods (Black Crowes open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Maryland Heights MO at Riverport Amphitheatre (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Dijon France at Parc des Expositions (Pride and Glory opens)

This day on the NPWIPP:
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The Beach Boys - 20 Golden Greats (1962-1969)
Yeah, yeah... but they put out some fine music, I really do think so... They weren't The Beatles, that's true, but Brian Wilson was brilliant, there's no way around that! Feel-good music for hot summer days, that gives you good vibrations... =) Beautiful singing! :)
Stevie Wonder - Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection (1965-1996)
Today's NPWIPP really raises some questions about my reputation as a "hard rocker," doesn't it? *lol* No worries, I'll try to make up for it with these next few lines... I'll be away from home over the weekend, so don't expect no news updates 'till monday at the earliest. I'll be flying down to Stockholm tomorrow, to see Iron Maiden in concert! Should be lotsa fun... =)

News as of June 24, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX at Sam Houston Coliseum

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX at The Summit (Nazareth opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Cologne Germany at Koln Arena (Black Crowes open)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Bristow VA at Nissan Pavilion (Fuel opens)

This day on the NPWIPP:
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Star One - Live On Earth (2003)

News as of June 23, 2003
  • Steven Joins Willie On Stage last night... (DMAAT)
      Boston Globe (Living Arts; Names section)
      By Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan, Globe Staff, 6/23/2003

      WILLIE KEPT A ROLLIN' ALL NIGHT LONG Appearing last night at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, the red-headed stranger had a special visitor. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler came onstage to sing a few numbers with Willie Nelson.


  • Short Article on Joey's Induction (DMAAT)
      New names on the Bronx Walk of Fame

      (06/22/03) THE BRONX - Famous Bronx residents were honored Sunday as their names were placed on the Bronx Walk of Fame. It was just part of the festivities that took place for the end of Bronx Week 2003.

      Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. and dozens of residents unveiled the new names added to the walk of fame. Honorees included Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, DJ Red Alert from Power 105.1, Yankees announcer Michael Kay and many more.

      The borough president says the Bronx Walk of Fame is the borough's way of honoring Bronx residents who are prominent in the community. Carrion says it is also a way to show youngsters what they can achieve in the future.

      After the event, everyone headed to Moshulu Parkway for the Bronx Week parade. Hundreds attended and took part in the festivities.


  • Regarding yesterday's "songwriting credits" post
      Dave wrote me regarding what was said regarding "Amazing" in that article I posted yesterday...

      "Actually, that was always listed. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well is at the end part of the song, right? Where Steven's like, "The light at the end of the tunnel may be you?" On the liner notes from GAG it says something like, "Special thanks for 'Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well'--it was the perfect touch!" So it's not like they "stole" this song and "just now" fessed up and gave credit. It's in the liner notes on the original GAG release."


      Dave's correct of course, shame on me for not reading the liner notes more carefully... :)

  • Rik Tinory
      News? Maybe not, but I got the following with my mail...


      Aerosmith is finnaly giving credit due to Rik Tinory, owner of Rik Tinory productions. Aerosmith spent over 18 months, eleven hours a day for the grammy hit "Pump" at the studio writing all of those hits, then returned another 12 months for "Get a Grip," another monster hit. Aeosmith has never topped these two hits without Tinory's safe haven sunk in the woods studio. Before Aerosmith arrived at the legenday studio in 1989 for Pump, the band was almost down and out, broke. Tyler and Tinory AKA T n' T, a secret code for them, are close friends. Tinory is very secretive and protective of the band and about what goes on in that studio in Cohasset, Mass. A true documentary is "The Making of Pump," all done at Rik Tinorys place and featured on MTV and VH1. Tinory's site which I found by accident contains more. Check out

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1988 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Bristol CT at Lake Compounce Amusement Park (Black Crowes open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Noblesville IN at Deer Creek Music Center (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Bielefeld Germany at Seidenstickerhalle (Extreme opens)


      Clive Newton adds:

      Another couple of dates are a possible one at Cape Cod in 1973 but not wholly happy if it is correct.

      Also Capitol Theater, Concord, NH in 1984. Apparently Aerosmith played two back to back concerts at Concord. As someone told me, folklore is that Aerosmith agreed to play the two concerts for the use of the venue for rehearsals (as the band were rather cash strapped at this period and no label).

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Ritual - Think Like A Mountain (2003)

News as of June 22, 2003
  • US Weekly
      US Weekly; Issue #436; June 23,2003 has a photo of Steven and Taj pg. 20 (it is a pic from MTV Icon - not a new one). It is a photo spread for 'Dad's Who Rock'

  • Changed songwriting credits for The Other Side etc...
      (AKA Stealin' when I should have been buyin'? ;)

      Well, it was news to me anyway... I hope I'm not the last to find out, so maybe of interest to some of the rest of you aswell...

      I was asked why the song credits to The Other Side on the Pump cd belong to Tyler/Vallance, while on the Little South of Sanity cd the credits included the trio of Holland/Dozier/Holland, Jr... I did a little search at Google and found the following at


      The fact that the two new songs on their latest Greatest Hits type of disc are crap, hasn't stopped the once mighty Aerosmith from again blatently stealing a new song from an old song! Anybody else recognize that the chorus of "Girls of Summer" is melodically identical to "Some Guys Have All The Luck," first made a hit by Robert Palmer? By my count that's now the fourth song in the past 10 years or so that Toxic Twins have ripped off....

      Here's my count:

      1. "The Other Side" - 'borrowed' enough from the Four Tops' "Standing in The Shadows of Love" that the songwriting team of Holland/Dozier/Holland is now included on the songwriting credits.

      2. The credits for "Amazing" now note that the song contains a portion of the song "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well" written by DeLange, Brooks, and Millinder.' The original is an old jazz tune from the '40's.

      3. The opening lyrics of "Living On The Edge" are nearly identical to an old Yardbirds song called "You're a Better Man than I"- and we all know that 'Smith were big Yardbirds fans and learned "Train Kept A Rollin' from a 'birds record. So far the songwriting credits haven't changed on this track - but theyprobably will on future pressings!

      And finally, if you see the name 'J. Fortgang' added to the credits on "Girls Of Summer"- don't say I didn't predict it!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Tulsa OK at the Tulsa Pavilion

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Concord NH at the Capitol Theater (first show of the Back in the Saddle tour)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Old Orchard Beach ME at the Seashore Performing Arts Center (Black Crowes open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Fort Wayne IN at Allen County Memorial College (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Nijmegan Netherlands at Goffert Stadium (Extreme opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Stuttgart Germany at Schleyerhalle (Black Crowes open)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Hershey PA at Hershey Park Pavilion (Fuel opens)

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The Third World - America The Beautiful (1971)
Simply great music!

News as of June 21, 2003
  • Happy Birthday Joey!!
      Mr Kramer turns 53 today! Happy Birthday, Joey!

  • The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album (DMAAT)
      (Hollywood Records Rocks Out with ``The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album''
      LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 20, 2003--

      West Coast Regionals and US Finals of US Air Guitar Championships to be held at the Roxy in Los Angeles on June 28

      Hollywood Records invites you to get yer ya-ya's out with "The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album," a two-disc set celebrating the most popular rock riffs of all time. A sonic monument to the guitar gods, "The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album" arrives in stores on June 24th.

      If you've ever "played" "Johnny B. Goode" while pretending your leg is a Gibson and hopping across an air-stage, this album is for you. With "The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album," you can windmill and shred like the pros to two dozen rock classics, including "Black Magic Woman" (Santana), "Ace Of Spades" (Motorhead) and of course, "Smoke on the Water" (Deep Purple).

      The album's all-star lineup of guitar gurus includes Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Vernon Reid and many more, including legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, who served as the project's musical director.

      As a special free bonus, "The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album" comes with the revolutionary virtual instrument software from MusicPlayground, enabling budding rockers to play along to "Girls, Girls, Girls," as performed by Motley Crue.

      "The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album" arrives amidst a full-fledged air guitar media frenzy, as Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Esquire, Stuff Magazine, the "CBS Early Show," CNN, Reuters, "The Howard Stern Show," MSNBC, Time Out NY, Fox News, NPR, Salon and Reader's Digest have all covered the recent East Coast Regional Air Guitar Championships in New York.

      On June 28th, the West Coast Regionals and US Finals will be held at the Roxy in Los Angeles. David "C-Diddy" Jung of Brooklyn, NY, winner of the East Coast Regional Championships, will go head-to-head with the West Coast Regional winner for the US Air Guitar crown. The overall champion will win a free trip to Finland to represent the U.S.A. in the 8th annual World Air Guitar Championships in Oulu, Finland on August 27.

      "C-Diddy" will also make his US air guitar debut performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on June 27, while the overall US winner will strut his or her stuff on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on July 17. Those with the distinction of being some of the worst air guitar performers ever will also get their time in the spotlight with an appearance on MTV's "The Tom Green Show" in July.

      The full track listing for "The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album" is as follows:

      DISC ONE
      Queen -- "Bohemian Rhapsody"
      Deep Purple -- "Smoke on the Water"
      Blur -- "Song 2"
      Run DMC featuring Aerosmith -- "Walk This Way"
      Rainbow -- "Since You've Been Gone"
      David Lee Roth (featuring Steve Vai) -- "Yankee Rose"
      The Surfaris -- "Wipe Out"
      Joe Walsh -- "Rocky Mountain Way"
      Chuck Berry -- "Johnny B. Goode"
      Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble -- "Look At Little Sister"
      Santana -- "Black Magic Woman"
      Free -- "All Right Now"

      DISC TWO
      Bachman-Turner Overdrive -- "Takin' Care of Business"
      Ratt -- "Round and Round"
      Living Colour -- "Cult of Personality"
      Billy Idol (featuring Steve Stevens) -- "Rebel Yell"
      Motorhead -- "Ace of Spades"
      Husker Du -- "Sorry Somehow"
      The Guess Who -- "American Woman"
      Queensryche -- "Jet City Woman"
      Boston -- "More Than A Feeling"
      Outlaws -- "Green Grass and High Tides"
      Status Quo -- "Down, Down"
      Foo Fighters and Brian May -- "Have A Cigar"

      For more information about the event or to enter, please visit


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1950 Joseph Michael Kramer is born in New York City

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Pine Bluff AR at the Convention Center

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Cincinnati OH at Riverbend Music Theatre (Jackyl opens)

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Tangerine Dream - Phaedra (1974)
Still on the turntable this morning...

News as of June 20, 2003
  • Aerosmith/Kiss tour could be extending into 2004!
      KISS/AEROSMITH Tour To Be Extended Into Next Year? - June 20, 2003

      The upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH co-headlining tour, currently scheduled to run between August 2 and October 18, could very well last into the middle of next year, according to KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. "Should the AEROSMITH/KISS tour go as smoothly as we're all hoping, this could go on indefinitely. I know [AEROSMITH lead guitarist] Joe [Perry] has talked about wanting to see this go as long as it can, and we're of the same mind. So if everything is going well, this could take us into the summer of 2004."

      KISS will release "The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV" on July 22 through Sanctuary Records. The album was recorded February 28, 2003 when the band played with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Telstar Dome in Melbourne, Australia. A DVD and pay-per-view broadcast of the show will come later this year.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1984 Aerosmith plays The Capitol Theater in Concord, NH

      1987 Aerosmith plays Texxas Jam in Dallas TX at the Cotton Bowl (with Boston, Poison, Whitesnake, and Tesla)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Osaka Japan at Castle Hall

      1994 Aerosmith plays in St. Petersburg Russia at the White Nights Festival (Extreme opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Zurich Switzerland at the Football Stadium (with Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, and Bryan Adams)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Wantaugh NY at Jones Beach Amphitheatre (Fuel opens)

This day on the NPWIPP:
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Tangerine Dream - Phaedra (1974)
Electronic music isn't always totally unlistenable...

News as of June 19, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Whitfield NH at Newell's Casino

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Jackson MS at Mississippi Coliseum (Slade opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Middletown NY at Orange County Fairgrounds (Black Crowes open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Mears MI at Val Du Lakes Amphitheater (Jackyl opens)

News as of June 18, 2003
  • Aero bits
      Quiny got the following 4 Aero mentions out of the 'Herald Sun' Hit section.

      *Kelly Rowland from Destinys Child "The first rock record I actually listened to was by Aerosmith. I love them to this day..."

      *An article on Seann William Scott (Stifler out of American Pie) mentions that he was in an Aerosmith video (he's the jock who carries off the chick in 'Hole In My Soul')

      *An article with Nicole and Natalie Appleton (All Saints) Talking about how they had no creative input in the band "Natalie and I had an idea of doing Aerosmith's 'Love in An Elevator' as a cover version. And before we knew it they'd gone into a studio and recorder it, just in case we ended up doing it".

      *An article with Natasha Quaresma, some new pop kid from Australia "Now I listen to Meatloaf, Sting, Cher, Evanscence, Lara Fabian and some Christina Aguilera. But my favourite band is Aerosmith. I sing nearly all there songs".

  • Aerosmith mention
      Excerpt from recent interview with Poison:

      Why was Native Tongue so blues orientated and veered off the sound of the typical Poison sound?
      Really simple. We had a different writer, Ritchie Kotzen. We write everything together. If you had KISS, for example, and had Joe Perry replace Ace, no matter what you do it's going to sound different. It's basically that simple. We had a guy come in that's very blues oriented and it influenced the sound of the record.


  • Lizard Love MP3
      There is "Lizard Love.mp3" (128 kbps) in my "Stuff" section at

      Tanpit from Poland.

  • Aerosmith? Wrong answer!
      Glenn reports:

      A quiz show here in the Philippines titled "Game Ka Na Ba?" (translates to "are you ready to play") asked the contestants the 1 million question. The question went like this "What popular and Grammy-winning rock band has a member who is a half-Filipina and half-American and whose first name is Kirk?" The contestants answered Aerosmith... but we all know that the answer is Metallica...

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Memphis TN at Mid-South Coliseum (Slade opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum (Black Crowes opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tel Aviv Israel at Hayarkan Park (Extreme opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Linz Austria at the Football Stadium (Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz open)


      Clive Newton adds:

      2001 they played Jones Beach (2nd show of 3) where they played Rattlesnake for the 1st time of the tour and repeated again at the 3rd JB show on 20th.

      June 18 was also the original detail release date of O Yeah Ultimate Hits which finally came out on July 3 2002 (USA).

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Faith No More - The Real Thing (1989)
Mike Patton, what a vocalist! He's definitely "The Real Thing"... :)

News as of June 17, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1988 Aerosmith plays in Nagoya Japan at Nagoya-shi Kokaido

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Bethlehem PA at Stabler Arena (Black Crowes open)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Los Angeles CA at Dodger Stadium for KIIS 102.7 Wango Tango

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Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom (1973)
Byron (R.I.P.) and Hensley, I missed you at SRF! Heep ain't the The Heep without them... Ken Hensley wrote some of the best hard rock songs of the '70's (and thus, of all time :) and his organ along with David Byron's amazing vocals just makes for a perfect sound for my ears... =) If the lyrics were mostly crap, who cares! "Stood on a ridge and shunned religion thinking the world was mine..."

News as of June 16, 2003
  • Joe in SF - Adrian graduates Stanford (DMAAT)
      Excerpt from the San Francisco Examiner...

      Proud and pleased as punch is Joe Perry. The Aerosmith guitarist took his son, Adrian, and a few of the lad's pals to dinner at the Fairmont on Saturday night, following Adrian's graduation from Stanford. ...


  • Netscape father poll
      Netscape is having a daily poll which asks: Who's your favorite rock 'n' roll father? Choices are Ozzy, P.Diddy, Steven, Eminem, and Michael Jackson. Right now Ozzy is in the lead with Steven in second place. To vote go to The poll should be right on the front page.

      ...and once you get inside to where the poll is, click on "famous fathers", on the right side of the Ozzy/Kelly picture, and you see dads with their daughters... one is Steven and Liv.

  • US magazine (DMAAT)
      In this week's US magazine there is a full page pic of that shot of Steven and Taj taken at last year's ICON.

  • Baby Please Don't Go lyrics
      As Chris posted 'em on his list, so I didn't have to go search for them... ;) Here are the lyrics for "Baby please don't go," one of the blues songs I guess Aerosmith has been working on. They played it at Zootopia and Tyler sang some of it on that radio the other week...

      Baby please don't go
      Baby please don't go
      Baby please don't go down to New Orleans
      You know I love you so
      Baby please don't go

      When the man done gone
      When the man done gone
      When the man done gone down the county farm
      He got the shackles on
      Baby please don't go
      Don't leave me

      I'll be a dog
      I'll be a dog
      I'll be a dog kiss your way down here
      When you walk along
      Baby please don't go

      Why must you leave me
      Lying on my back
      Going across the other side of the track
      Found yourself a new man I know
      So baby please don't go
      Baby please don't go

      Oh please, please don't leave me
      I don't want to be left alone baby
      Oh don't go, don't go, don't go


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Windsor VT at Windsor High School

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Evansville IN at Roberts Municipal Stadium (Rush opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Peoria IL at the Civic Center (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Istanbul Turkey at Inonu Stadium (Extreme opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Munich Germany at Olympichalle (Black Crowes opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Wantaugh NY at Jones Beach Amphitheatre (Fuel opens)


      Clive Newton:

      Munich 1999 was the live debut of Rattlesnake in Europe (and ironic would then be played again in Europe in 2001 at the Babylon Munich club gig). Generally only gets the odd few plays a tour and Rattlesnake would feature in the next couple of Jones Beach shows from the 2001 detailed here.

      Definitely something about June 16 and maybe them thinking about their roots. Rattlesnake Shake is a fairly rare number these days.

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Spock's Beard - Snow (2002)
I listened through "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" last night, and listening to this now it's not hard to see why "Snow" now and then has been compared to that monumental 1974 Genesis album. Both are massive prog rock concept albums, and double albums at that. That's more than enough to make that comparison right there. Maybe it's just me, but I find the moods of these platters not that dissimiliar either. Also, both albums are not rarely heralded as masterpieces, but in reality (in my opinion, anyway) the albums that preceded them ("Selling England By The Pound" and "V" respectively) are much better, possibly even the peak for each band. In hindsight, it's also quite funny to see how it turned out for each band after these albums came out. The singer and undeniable main man for both bands (Peter Gabriel/Neal Morse) decide to leave their groups, leaving the drummers(!) to take over the role as front men and creative leaders. Maybe that was the intention of Morse too? To follow in the footsteps of Genesis? It will be interesting to see in which direction Nick D'Virgilio will take the Beard, if he has the bad taste to keep following Genesis from here, I guess there'll be two more album of reasonable quality, before the band goes pop...? ;)
Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff (1975)
Hammill is God! =)

News as of June 15, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Nashville TN at Municipal Auditorium (Starz opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Cedar Rapids IA at Five Seasons Center (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Madrid Spain at Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad; this date was rescheduled from 6/14 due to a football match

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The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead (1970)
Just beautiful! :)

News as of June 14, 2003
  • Joey Kramer Named to the Bronx Walk of Fame
      (6/13/03, 5 p.m. ET) -- Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has been named as one of the new inductees into the Bronx Walk Of Fame. Aerosmith is known as a Boston band, but Kramer was born and raised in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs that make up New York City, while frontman Steven Tyler comes from Yonkers, just north of the Bronx.

      Kramer and the rest of this year's honorees--including hip-hop artist DJ Red Alert, sportscaster Michael Kay, former middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta, and others--will be officially inducted into the Bronx Walk Of Fame on June 22.

      Kramer released this statement: "I've received my share of honors, but this one hits home because it's about home. Rumor has it that as a drummer I keep good time. The fact is that as a person I keep great company. Besides my brothers in Aerosmith, it's unbelievably cool to join the likes of [Secretary Of State] Colin Powell, [2001: A Space Odyssey director] Stanley Kubrick, [the TV voice of the Yankees] Michael Kay, [talk-show host] Regis Philbin, and [former NBA star] Nate "Tiny" Archibald on the Bronx Walk Of Fame."

      Past inductees into the Bronx Walk Of Fame include former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley; actor Burt Young, who played Paulie in the Rocky movies; hip-hop icon KRS-One; salsa star Johnny Pacheco; and Ragtime author E.L. Doctorow.


  • Bronx Walk of Fame (DMAAT)
      Here's a bit more on it:

      Bronx Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony
      11a.m. Bronx-born celebrities will be inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame when street plaques bearing their names are unveiled in front of the Bronx County Building. Directions: Take the 4 or D Train to 161st Street. Walk 1-2 blocks to the Grand Concourse. For more on the BWOF visit

      It is part of Bronx Week 2003 (June 15th - June 22nd). You can make a day of it as also on that final day there is:
      The Bronx Day Parade Contact Info (718)590-BRONX
      12 noon Catch the spirit of the Bronx when thousands of marchers, bands and floats show off their community pride as they march down beautiful Mosholu Parkway. Bronx-born and Bronx-bred celebrities inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame will be joined by other locals that have won national accolades, like the Monroe Mustangs Basketball team, winners of the Division III Championship, the Morris High School Basketball team and more. Take the IRT #4 train to Mosholu Parkway and walk 1 block east. Or take the D train to Bedford Park then walk north on the Grand Concourse to Van Cortlandt Avenue East (about three blocks), make a right and walk 1 block to Mosholu Parkway. For more information, call (718)590-BRONX.


      The Bronx Food, Art & Music Festival Contact Info (718)590-BRONX 12 noon-6 p.m. You’re invited to a treat for the senses! Taste dishes from the borough’s most popular restaurants where sample sizes are so affordable you can try several. Also along the Parkway, Bronx Council on the Arts co-hosts the Bronx Arts & Crafts Festival, showcasing the works of the winners of a juried competition. It’s all set to live music, ranging from Gospel to doo-wop and salsa. Spread a blanket and enjoy! Take the IRT #4 train to Mosholu Parkway and walk 1 block east. Or take the D train to Bedford Park then walk north on the Grand Concourse to Van Cortlandt Avenue East (about three blocks), make a right and walk 1 block to Mosholu Parkway. For more information, call (718)590-BRONX.


  • Joe's short interview on WGKR (WPB, FL) (DMAAT)
      Posted by "UCMeCrying" on AF1 message board:

      Joe did a very short interview on WGKR (in West Palm Beach, FL) tonight. I was driving and just took notes. Here is the jist of what was said.

      DJ: Joe how ya doing?
      JP: I'm envious of your weather. I love Florida. We are having crappy, crappy New England weather, just crappy, man.

      DJ: What made you all decide to tour with Kiss?
      JP: Well, we've been talking about touring with some groups for 3 or 4 years. Been throwing around names like Kiss, AC/DC and others. We really wanted to top last years tour of Aerosmith and Kid Rock.

      DJ: Why'd it take so long to finalize some of the dates?
      JP: Because of the technical nightmare of our 2 shows. We both have full stage setups and we've been trying to get the downtime between sets to a half an hour. That's hard to do with some of the outside venues.

      DJ: So is this pairing the best ever?
      JP: I'd call it an "Amazing Spectacle"

      Then the DJ starts hocking the Velvet Rope for $595.00.

      Then Joe says: The GATER ROCKS!

      Like I said this is not verbatim, but it's the highlights according to my notes. I wasn't even going to post it here except for the fact that he mentioned they had toyed with the idea of touring with AC/DC. Wouldn't THAT have been GREAT!


  • Rugrats Movie/Video (DMAAT)
      Those on AF1 who went and saw the movie posted that Lizard Love does not appear until the very end while the credits are running. The good part about that...more of the song is played.

      Also, here is a blurb from AF1 site as to the airings of LL video on Nickelodeon:

      Aerosmith's new video "Lizard Love" created for the Rugrats Go Wild movie is airing weekdays between 4:30PM-7:30PM ET (3:30PM - 6:30PM CT) on Nickelodeon's U-PICK LIVE. This is your best way to get your Sponge Bob and Aerosmith fix all at the same time.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1994 Aerosmith plays in Bucharest Romania at the National Stadium (Extreme opens)

      2001 Aerosmith is paid a million dollars to play a private concert for Sapphire Technologies in Orlando FL at the Orlando Convention Center

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Beth Orton - live at Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden 2002-09-22

News as of June 13, 2003
  • Mark & Brian Transcript - June 12, 2003
      Brian: Hey Steve!

      Steven: Yo, yo, yo!

      Brian: Yo baby!

      Mark: Yo, yo

      Brian: What's going on?

      Steven: Good morning ya'll

      Brian: Good morning!

      Steven: How much coffee have you had already, cause I haven't had mine yet.

      Mark: Yeah, it's been awhile.

      Brian: Now, when you guys are within a 400 mile radius, I will always go see Aerosmith, but I have never, ever seen KISS...

      Steven: Coast to coast, border to border, take my advise and lock up your daughters.


      Mark: Man, I got to tell you when I first heard about this matching, Aerosmith and KISS, it was most unique. Where did this idea come from? Steven: Well, I was out walking my raccoon when powers on high came, a voice came from a burning bush, and whatever you want to make of that, you can take it yourself.

      Brian: Hmmm, yes, yes...

      Steven: Ah, it was, you know, a decision by Clear Channel. (We) were looking at what's going on this summer, and they just threw it out there and we knew it would be a major freak show, Rockimus Maximus, and so we jumped on it. It started out as a month long thing because we're right in the middle of a blues album, and it turned into this, so, ah...

      Brian: You're in the middle of a blues album right now?

      Steven: Right now (Singing) Baby please don't go down to New Orleans, you know I love you so, baby please don't go...

      Mark & Brian: NICE, nice!

      Steven: Ya gotta do it, you know, get back to the roots thing...

      Mark: Yeah - and that's without coffee!

      Steven laughs

      Mark: Listen man, we loved having you on the program a while back, it was so great to finally get to meet you.

      Brian: We should tell everybody though, after we got off the air with Steve, he went to the sales department, all those cubicles, and I think one of the sales persons said "Can I please have your autograph?" And he goes "Yeah, sure man," and then everyone else started lining up. He did not leave until everything was signed, every picture was taken.

      Steven: It turned into body parts - remember that.

      Brian: It did, it did turn into body parts...

      Steven: There's a little incentive there...


      Brian: Whatever made you as gracious as you are, whatever made you as cool as you are, man I'm glad that happened.

      Steven: Lead me not into temptation, I can find the way myself.

      Mark: Now you've also, you guys have a song in the Nickelodeon film "Rugrats Go Wild"?

      Steven: Yeah, "Lizard Love." I mean, it was something that was on the back burner forever, and we rewrote it for this record, it didn't quite fit, we got a phone call, and we said 'Let's do it" and so uh, I think you saw it in the commercials.

      Brian: Right.

      Steven: It's fun.

      Brian: All right, listen man, we are down to four pairs left of Aerosmith and KISS at the Hyundai Pavilion, and we know you drive a Hyundai (laughter) so this means a lot to you. Hottest ticket we got in our whole junk drawer man, everyone wants these.

      Steven: Beautiful.

      Mark: Hey Steven, talk for a second about that moment that you had with Willie Nelson.

      Steven: Oh man, it was so sweet. I'm looking around in this room, you know there's always a green room right before you walk out on stage, and I'm in a room that's like six by five foot with Bill Clinton, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Shanai Twain, Paul Simon, it was just a freak show, but it was so much more than that. There was so much rich musical history in that room all at once, and of course Willie, who's a very, very sweet man...I had met him about 14 years ago in his place in Texas, a golf course, and I got to talking to him. I said "I'd love to sing something with you," and I had this song called "One Time Too Many" and he loved it, we went in and cut it. It was actually on a single B-side of "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)." So, we did it again that night and it was just a beautiful thing.

      Brian: I love to hear that...

      Steven: It's a beautiful thing.

      (Plug by Mark for the upcoming show and sales.)

      Mark: Steven, as always, great talking with you man, and whenever you've got some time and feel like it, come in here and sit in our chair.

      Steven: I would love to, Mark and Brian, I love you guys man.

      Mark/Brian: You too man. Thanks Steven.

      Steven: Okay...

      Mark: See you soon.

  • Clips up on KLOS of Steven Call In Interview (DMAAT)
      There are three clips up on KLOS of the interview... haven't played them yet so not sure if it's the entire thing (probably not) but if you want to hear Steven's pre-coffee voice go to Scroll down and you'll see the three clip links posted.

  • Lizard Love video for download
      For anyone who can't view the Lizard Love video online, Kuba has put up an avi (divx) file "Lizard Love" in his downloads...

  • Billboard on Zootopia
      Here is what Billboard say about Aerosmith's performance at Zootopia, quite nice!

      Aerosmith, the evening's elder statesmen, put on a clinic for the younger bands during its set. Lead singer Steven Tyler owned the stadium with his cocky swagger and throaty vocals, as the band performed classics like "Walk This Way" and "Dream On" -- the latter of which Eminem sampled for his current single "Sing for the Moment." It was clearly the night's best performance

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1993 Aerosmith plays in Minneapolis MN at Target Center (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Barcelona Spain at Palau St. Jordi

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Wasa Express - Wasa Express (1977)

News as of June 12, 2003
  • Steven Called Into KLOS This Morning (DMAAT)
      Lynn reports:

      Steven just called into the Mark & Brian show on KLOS (Los Angeles) to promote the (high priced) Devore show.

      It was a very brief call. Mark asked who's idea the Aero/KISS tour was and Steven replied:

      "It was a decision by Clear Channel. We were looking at what's going on this summer, and they just threw it out there, and we knew that it would be a major freak show - Rockimus Maximus, and so we jumped on it. It started out as a month long thing because we're right in the middle of a blues album, and it turned into this...."

      Then he sang a tidbit of "Baby Please Don't Go" - sounded good.:)

      Regarding "Lizard Love"

      "It was something that was on the backburner forever, and we rewrote it for this record, it didn't quite fit, we got a phone call, and we said 'Let's do it.' I think you saw it on the commercials. It's fun."

      (Not sure what record he meant when he said "This record" but it sounds like they might have been working on it for the blues album since he said "It didn't quite fit.")

      He spoke about how "sweet" it was to do the Willie Nelson special.

      And that was about it. Steven sounded great.:)


      Posted by Perrylicious on AF1 message board re: same call in interview:

      Here's my take on it:

      I am so disappointed in Mark and Brian, they asked such lame questions, then seemed to rush Steven off the phone. Well, not exactly rushed, but they didn't try to keep him longer. Anyway, I guess Steven sent them a video camera, and he had one on his side, so the interview is being videoed for use later in promoting either the tour or the blues album. NOTE: The following is paraphrased, as closely as I could remember

      M&B: Let's talk about your upcoming tour with KISS, what do you think about it?

      ST: "Coast to coast, border to border, take my advice and lock up your daughters" It's gonna be crazy.

      M&B: Where did the idea come from to tour with KISS?

      ST: Well, I was walking my raccoon one night and it just hit me..... no actually it was a Clear Channel decision, they thought it would be a good idea. It's going to be a major freak show, you know... Roximus Maximus. He said something about doing this right in the middle of recording their blues album.

      M&B: You're recording a blues album?

      ST: Yeah, you know, BLUES ........then breaks into singing the first verse of "Baby Please Don't Go"

      M&B: You've just released a tune for the Rugrats new movie "Rugrats gone Wild"?

      ST: Yeah, it's called Lizard Love, an older tune that didn't quite work so we re-wrote it for the record.

      M&B: Tell us about your reaction to your recent thing with Willie Nelson.

      ST: Yeah, it was soooo sweet. I was in the green room with all these cel ebrities (names them), and this rich musical history is in the room all at once. Willie and I had met before and did a song together called "One Time Too Many", actually it was released on a single "B" side of Dude Looks Like A Lady"

      Then those idiots started in with the "well it's been good talking to you, we only have four sets of tickets left to give away, it's the hottest ticket we have, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Why is it that DJ's think we want to hear them talk more than the people they interview?


  • Lizard Love Video Online (DMAAT) Nickelodeon site. The file is a .rm file (Real Player).


  • Zootopia Review - Contest Winner (DMAAT)
      06/05/03 Zootopia Experience by Jill Masters....

      The excitement to see Aerosmith built each hour of the five hour drive to get to the concert at Giant's Stadium. My friend, Renae, who is also an AF1 member, rushed to get into the mass crowd at the entry gate. We went to our seats and the long evening began. A lot of the music was a little bit of a struggle to listen to for me. However, I knew the best was to come on later that night. I watched each time the stage set changed hoping to catch a glimpse of Joey's drum set and Steven's microphone. Finally after what seemed to be an eternity, I spotted Joey's drums spinning around for the next set! A dj from Z100 and the "Big Pussy" from the Soprano's came out and introduced the Boys! Renae and I instantly went into our insane Aerosmith mode! It didn't take but a second to forget about what we had to endure to get to this point. The shakin' of Steven's moroccos made my eyes mist with excitement to finally see the greatest band in the world. Let me just say that Sweet Emotion never sounded so sweet. The Boys sounded and looked great. They played Sweet Emotion, Jaded, Dream On, and a song from the new blues album, which was awesome, and they ended the set with Walk this Way. During WTW, cannons of confetti were unleashed, blowing confetti so heavily throughout the whole stadium you couldn't see but a few feet in front of you. It was great! Aerosmith really showed this crowd how to rock! We are in for a real Aerosmith experience when the tour starts. Thanks to AF1 for having this contest that gave me the opportunity to see the Boys way before I thought I would this summer! This experience will hopefully help curb my appetite for Aerosmith until the tour begins. - Jill Masters

      (CLICK HERE) TO CATCH SOME AWESOME PIC's FROM THE SHOW (same link as already posted on DMAAT - Z100 gallery)


  • Aerosmith on Radio One!
      On the Chris Moyles show on radio one yesterday a sketch called tedious link, which ends in a rare song being played, ended yesterday with "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)! Today they mentioned it and said "the excellent Dude Looks Like A Lady by Aerosmith!" - just thought I'd mention it cos Aerosmith aren't played on radio one and the show gets 6 million listeners so I thought it was cool!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays for a private party in Bristol RI

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Pittsburgh PA at Three Rivers Stadium (ZZ Top and Point Blank open)

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Hartford CT at Stage West (Mystery Club Tour)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Fargo ND at the Fargo Dome (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Lisbon Portugal at the Bull Ring (Extreme opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Holmdel NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center (Fuel opens)

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Savage Rose - 25 (1968-1993)

News as of June 11, 2003
  • Mia's wedding plans
      NEWS - Papa Roach's Dave Buckner To Marry Mia Tyler

      (6/10/03, 6 p.m. ET) -- Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner will marry Mia Tyler, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, reports The drummer announced the news to the Aussie publication and said that the two haven't set a date yet, but will decide on one after he's done recording the band's new album.

      Papa Roach is working on the band's follow-up to Lovehatetragedy, which will be its third major label release. The band hopes to have the new album done by November or early December and have the single out by September or October. The band's major label debut, 2000's Infest, spawned the hit song "Last Resort."


  • VH1 Countdown (DMAAT)
      VH1 is doing a countdown of the 100 greatest songs in the last 25 years and Aerosmith has one song at #45......I Don't Want To Miss a Thing. They are also in the top 10 with Run DMC for Walk This Way

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Hartford CT at Stage West (Mystery Club Tour)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Paris France at the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy (3 Colours Red opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays Pink and a medley of IDWTMAT that ran into Train in London UK at TFI Riverside Studios

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Nick Drake - Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake (1969-1972)
Goddamn! This is just SO beautiful...

News as of June (5-)10, 2003
  • Karts's image map of the upcoming tour

  • Gibson Site Interview w/Joe (DMAAT)
      It seems that Gibson did an interview with Joe back before the HOB event on 5/17 but didn't put it up on their site until just this week. Some new pics too...


      Take one Green Tiger, a dash of Boneyard Brew…

      Joe Perry's recipe for a signature guitar

      by Walter Carter

      With Joe Perry's busy schedule - working on a new Aerosmith CD and planning for Aerosmith's co-headlining tour this summer with KISS, not to mention promoting his Rock Your World Boneyard Brew hot sauce and his role as co-owner of a restaurant in the South Beach area of Boston - it's a wonder he found the time to design a new Gibson Custom Shop signature guitar.

      Actually, he didn't have to find the time to design the new guitar - at least not in the initial stages. As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist explained in an interview a few days before the launch party for the Gibson Joe Perry Signature (5/17), his wife Billie was the one who, unbeknownst to Joe, took care of the original design.

      "We were down on one of our trips through Nashville and went through the guitar factory," Perry recalled. "My family travels with me on the road. We were going through the Custom Shop, and I noticed Billie was missing. I'm always suspicious when she takes off. She had gone off with the head painter. She had an idea for a way to stain the tops, and they conjured up these tops."

      The special top combined AAA tiger-stripe maple with a greenish stain to create the Green Tiger finish. Billie had Gibson Custom build the guitar in secret, and she presented it to Joe as a Christmas present.

      Perry wasn't completely surprised that Billie would buy him a guitar. Over the course of their 17 years of marriage, she has bought around a third of the guitars in his collection. "She's bought me everything from the funkiest Supro to the finest old Martin," he said, "so she knows my taste in guitars, and obviously she had seen the Blackburst (an earlier Gibson Joe Perry model), so she knew about AAA tops."

      The Green Tiger guitar was special, right from the start. "She handed me this guitar and it was beautiful," Perry said. He immediately added it to his arsenal of instruments in the Boneyard, his basement studio. And with a few more personalized modifications, it became the new Joe Perry Signature from Gibson Custom.

      The production model is a continuation of an earlier Gibson Joe Perry model, introduced by Gibson Custom in 1996 and then offered as a regular production model from 1997-2000. The original had a Blackburst AA tiger-stripe top, a mid-boost tone control and a '59 Les Paul neck profile with rolled fingerboard edges. The new model has the Green Tiger AAA top, an optional Bigsby vibrato, a reverse-wired neck pickup, a fatter neck and the Boneyard logo on the headstock. "Boneyard" is not only the nickname for Perry's studio, it's also his new brand of hot sauce.

      The optional Bigsby vibrato contributes a unique tonal element that offsets the traditionally accepted drawback of a vibrato tailpiece. "I love that kind of sound you get from that little bit of movement," Perry said. "Obviously there's a big difference between a Strat's moving bridge and a Bigsby, but I love the Bigsby sound. The mass - it makes up for having that kind of bridge. It's got a ton of sustain. Having all that weight at the end adds sustain instead of takes away from it."

      The custom wiring gives the new model the classic tone that Perry has always looked for in a guitar. "We wanted to do something that was distinctive," he explained, "and one of those things was to switch the coil magnets to get a little more of that coil-cutter tone when you put it in the middle position. I gravitate toward Les Pauls that have that sound, and once I learned that trick it's amazing how many of them sound that way.

      "Every Les Paul is a little different," he added. "Some of them sound a lot different -- especially when you get to older ones. They have a more distinct tone as opposed to an amp sound. I think that's where Les Paul was going with it anyway. I'm surprised it didn't come with that feature right from the start. If you listen to some of the tones he uses and some of the features he puts on his guitar, that's where he was going."

      Perry has been a tone aficionado since the 1960s, when he decided to move up from his Guild Starfire IV (a semi-hollowbody designed along the same lines as a Gibson ES-335). "My guitar teacher, this kid that I took three or four lessons from, said, 'I think this would be the guitar for you,' and showed me a picture of the Strat, and I said, 'No, that's okay.' I stuck with Guild. Then I saw Jeff Beck playing a Les Paul at the Tea Party (a Boston rock club), and that's when I made the decision. I was gravitating toward Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jeff Beck - the sound that we all love."

      Perry traded his Guild in for a Gibson Les Paul Jr. "The Starfire squealed so much, " he recalled. "The Les Paul did better at that." Next came a Les Paul goldtop, which he scraped the finish off of. "Other people were doing it," he said. "It was just to customize it a little, to see what was underneath. It had a pretty good top."

      Thirty-something years later, Perry can play any guitar he chooses. He owns several of the old Guild Starfires now, including a 12-string. He has Fender Strats and Strat-type guitars, along with a Gretsch White Falcon. And a full array of Gibsons ES and Les Paul models, old and new, including a B.B. King Lucille model customized with his wife's portrait. "I've been really impressed with the f-hole style guitars I've been getting from you guys," he said. "I have a 1960 cherry stereo ES-335 with Bigsby. My wife got it for me for my birthday, a few years ago I was bringing that on the road with me. Then I got the blond one that I got new. I couldn't really tell the difference in a live situation. So I've just been bringing the new ones on the road."

      On the road, Perry plays through Gibson Goldtone amps, along with some Marshalls. "It's the same rig as last year, and I'm glad to say Rick Nielsen is extremely happy with his," he said, referring to Cheap Trick's lead guitarist. "He saw me playing them, and he's going to get a wall of them, black-and-white checkered. They really come alive with a humbucker, I used a few other amps on the last album, but that was the main amp. The thing I liked best about it was everything you plugged into it sounded like the guitar."

      Perry uses his wide ranging collection of guitars and amps to keep his interest level up. "I need to change the sound for my own ear," he explained. "Just by tweaking it a little bit here and there, just by changing the fuzz tones, you keep it fresh sounding." With all those choices available, these days he finds himself reaching for the Green Tiger. "The prototype for the guitar that we're selling is always two feet away from me down in the studio."

      The studio is Perry's basement recording studio, the Boneyard, which got its name from its former use as his gym. When he was working out, his kids would say "Daddy's down in the Boneyard," and the name stuck, even after he replaced the gym equipment with the studio gear. Over the past few months, Aerosmith has been working on a new album in the Boneyard.

      "We're working on a kind of blues roots album," he said. "We're doing a lot of blues covers. We'll have some originals on there, but it's mostly some of the old blues tunes that knocked me off of my feet. With some of them, the influences of the English bands will be obvious; some won't. It's a record we've been looking forward to making for a long time.

      "It's the first time we've had the whole band in a room making a record for five years. The last couple of records were more hodge-podge, made in pieces. There are a lot of open mikes in the room. We're having fun making it. We've bee n working almost two months every day."

      The new album should be done by September. In the meantime Aerosmith is planning a summer tour co-headlining with KISS. "It's just gonna be a circus," Perry said. "We've always wanted to have fire-breathers and jugglers for an opening act, and now we've got the best in the business.

      "It's a co-headline thing," he added. "We've known these guys since 1975. It's funny, you go back and there aren't that many bands from back then that can still claim the stage."

      Perry has recently been rocking in a different way, with his Rock Your World Boneyard Brew hot sauce. After years of pouring out three different hot sauces on his plate and mixing them until he found the right taste, he has released his own brand. "Considering that I haven't been on Emeril or QVC, it's doing quite well," he said. "Because it's got my name on it it means something. I use it. I'm always calling them up for another case. Like the guitar, I believe in it."

      Perry also believes in and "uses" the Mount Blue restaurant he co-owns in Norwell, in the South Shore area of Boston. "We eat there two or three times a week," he said. "I'm proud to say we have some of the best pizza within 50 miles."

      With his busy schedule, Perry has still found the time to plan for the future of Aerosmith. "We have a song coming out in the Rug Rats this summer," he said. "By doing that, there's a whole new batch of kids who are gonna care about Aerosmith."



  • Tom at Party with Elton John and Donald Trump Among Others... (DMAAT)
      Elton helps Kraft anniversary bash
      by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
      Tuesday, June 10, 2003

      New England Patriots poohbahs Bob and Myra Kraft celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in high style with a Gillette Stadium soiree for 700 starring pop star Elton John.

      ``It was a fun night,'' said the Krafts' son, Jonathan, ``not your typical Boston evening.''

      We should say not!

      Guests like Donald Trump; his model daughter, Ivanka; Gov. Mitt Romney; NFL Prez Paul Taglibue and a handful of owners; QB/QT Tom Brady and his teammates; Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart; financial powerbrokers Abby Johnson and Bob Reynolds of Fidelity, Sandy Weil of Citigroup and William Mack of Apollo Real Estate Advisers; and Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith huddled under a tent on the 50-yard line where they scarfed Dom Perignon, Beluga caviar and filet mignon.

      The Pats owner noted he and his wife celebrated their 30th anniversary in Israel at an Elton John concert they produced. And it was deja vu all over again as the British pop star covered a host of hits including ``Your Song,'' `Rocket Man,' and ``Benny and the Jets'' during his 1-hour, 40-minute set.

      ``Elton's a good friend and he made a few jokes about how my dad is always popping up at his concerts. He called him his favorite groupie,'' Jonathan said. ``At the end of his show, he noted that my parents' wedding song was `Moon River' from `Breakfast at Tiffany's' and so for the first time ever, Elton did a cover of `Moon River.' ''

      While Elton sang, parts of the Audrey Hepburn flick flickered on the Jumbotrons, a display that ended with the Krafts' wedding picture.

      We hear Brady, who is single these days, spent a good long time chatting up Ivanka Trump. And as a special surprise for their parents, Jonathan, Dan and Josh Kraft announced they had endowed the Robert and Myra Kraft Scholarship Fund that will provide a college or training scholarship for one Boston high school senior each year.

      The scholarship recipient will be chosen by the directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs - a favorite charity of the Kraft family - and will go to a student who demostrates a commitment to community service.

      ``My parents' legacy is all about giving back to the community,'' Jonathan said. ``And they believe people should be rewarded and encouraged to give back.''

      Although no one would speculate what the anniversary bash cost, we can tell you Elton John gets about $1.5 million to perform at private functions. And a jet to ferry him there.

      But we'e sure he gave the Krafts a discount!

      The last private party to rival this pigskin shindig was the $5 million 60th birthday bash EF founder Bertil Hult threw for himself in Boston in 2001. He flew in Elton, Stevie Wonder and magician David Copperfield to entertain 550 of his nearest and dearest.


  • Steven and Joey - Victory Program Reflections Event (DMAAT)
      A blurb about their attendance followed by a few detailed articles about the event from their web site and pictures too.....

      Aerosmith gets with the Programs
      Herald staff
      Friday, June 6, 2003
      Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, above, and his sticksman, Joey Kramer, added the glitz and glam to last night's Victory Programs party at the Boston Park Plaza. The band's a big supporter of the programs that run treatment facilities for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Sounds like a Victory for all!



      Thursday · June 5, 2003 · 6 pm
      at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

      At this year's celebration, Victory Programs will honor Ron Ansin for his contributions to the organization. Randy Price of WHDH-TV will emcee the event, joined by Reflections' chairs, April and Joey Kramer, special guests of honor, including critically acclaimed author Michael S. Palmer, author Francine Ward, and a host of Victory Programs friends and family.

      Featuring a fine art auction presented by Tom Fiske (preview). A silent auction and raffle coordinated by Cynthia Freedman, and a live auction hosted by Joey Kramer, of Aerosmith.

      "We call this event 'Reflections' because it is a time for the organization to reflect on its progress and success," said April Kramer, the event's chairperson, "But more importantly, 'Reflections' speaks to the goal of Victory Programs, which is to help its clients look into the mirror and like what they see - to learn to love their own reflection after surmounting drug and alcohol addiction."

      Reflections has raised more than $1,000,000 over the last four years to support basic operating costs of the organization. Last year the Paige Farley Hackel Free Care Fund was launched to provide free treatment to men, women and families who are uninsured, homeless or low-income.

      Throughout its 28 year history, Victory Programs has been restoring the lives of Massachusetts residents who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, many of whom have psychiatric or medical problems including HIV and AIDS. Victory Programs remains committed to the successful reintegration of individuals, regardless of race or sexual orientation, into their communities through its treatment facilities. Housing, holistic healthcare, employment and community affiliations, combined with a caring program staff have made Victory Programs an enduring and successful model, serving 1,200 individuals and families annually.

      Sponsored by:
      Aerosmith - AOL/Time Warner Book Group - Bear Stearns - Boylston Restaurant Group - Boston Magazine - Citizens Bank - Clair International - PKA Entertainment LLC - Rudolph Friedmann LLP - Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation - Kathleen & Eric Rothenberg - Wainwright Bank & Trust - Elyse and Harvey Wilk.

      Tickets are $150 per person which includes dinner and dessert. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

      Picture of Co-Chairs April and Joey Kramer



      Picture of Joey doing the auction

      Autographed by the members of Aerosmith and the late Al Hirschfeld, this limited edition lithograph is one of a kind.
      value: priceless
      donors: Aerosmith, Margo Feiden Galleries, Kathleen & Eric Rothenberg

      You and a guest will join New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer for dinner at Armani Café to talk writing, and have a character named after you in his next novel! Please note: no guarantees whether your character will be major or minor, good or evil, killer or victim; but you will be there.
      value: priceless
      donors: Armani Café and Michael Palmer

      To be announced!
      value: priceless
      donors: April and Joey Kramer



      Excerpt from the RAFFLE page:
      1 :AEROSMITH
      Two tickets to the August 25, 2003 Aerosmith concert at the Tweeter Center.
      donor: Aerosmith


      From the FINE ART page: aprilkramerxx.jpg


  • Fan's Take on Victory Program Reflections Event (DMAAT)
      Posted by "lapsteelblues" aka Mike on the AeroBuds message board:

      I was invited to the Reflections dinner by Tricia and Neill Byrnes. DTL sponsors a table each year,and they happened to have an extra ticket, so...

      April and Joey Kramer are Co-Chair's - they have a silent auction out in the lobby, and towards the end of the evening Joey gets up behind the podium and raffles off a few things, himself..

      This was my first time attending an event of this nature, and of course I was in awe of the fact that I was in the same room with Steven AND Joey.

      Terry, you probably already know about this event, and it was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. I met Jack, and he really seems like a very nice guy. I introduced myself and congratulated him on working with the Boys again. I asked him how things were coming along in the studio, and he said they were all having a lot of fun with the project.

      I pressed him a little for a tentative "title", he hesitated for a second and said that he really couldn't say anything...(I didn't actually think he would..)

      Also, Terry, if you should talk to Jack anytime soon, I introduced myself to him as Mike, I was the tall guy with the goatee - 'said I was a BIG fan...and I kept coaxing him to take a picture with Steven (Finally succeeded, outside)...he really seems like a friendly and personable kind of guy..

      Enough of my rambling. I'm sorry I can't elaborate more on the dinner and the speakers and whatnot, but I got really lost in Boston (I H A T E driving in the city) and arrived an hour-and-a-half late, and they were really in the middle of things...Otherwise, the evening was SO well worth the while..Mike

      From: AeroBuds message board

  • Steven on MTV2 (DMAAT)
      Steven was one of the rock stars featured in MTV2's show called Stuff's Fugliest Rock Stars.

  • Lizard Love video premiered Friday (DMAAT)
      Posted on the AF1 Board:

      Aerosmith's video for the Rugrats movie "Lizard Love" premieres approximately 5:45PM ET tonight (Friday June 6) on Nickelodeon's U-Pick Live. Sorry for the short notice, we just found out ourselves.



      Jean: First, it doesn't come on until 5:55. Second, it can't be the whole thing....can it? It lasted exactly 1 minute and 10 seconds! Then cuts to a Sponge Bob cartoon.

      Lynn: Cute video..very short, but then Nick doesn't show videos, and, yes, the song has had a "kid friendly" edit - the lyrics were different. I'm wondering which version of the song is going to be on the soundtrack, and if it's the kid friendly version, if we're ever going to get the original. It would be a shame not to, it's a good song.

      Summary posted on AF1 message board by "Hoser":

      The beginning starts with Steven crawling on a branch and then turning into a cartoon lizard and then it goes to Joe with the Boneyard Guitar. Other than Steven turning into a lizard at the beginning, the boys are in the flesh while everything else is cartoony. It's kind of a cool little video for a Rugrats thing. You can hear a lot of Joe and a lot of Joey in the song....which is awesome! Hope you all get to see it if you haven't already.

      Courtney: On Nick, they do a thing called "the nick video pick" and this week Aerosmith is one of the nominees... you have to be a member to vote... but it's only a couple of questions and then you're in! I'm votin right now

  • Toys in the Attic "Preview" SACD DVD (DMAAT)
      Excerpt from an article primarily about a release of Dylan's....

      Finally, we were treated to "Sweet Emotion" from Aerosmith's upcoming Multichannel SACD of "Toys In The Attic". According to Cigarran, the band recently signed off on the project so the Multichannel SACD should be available in the Fall. Of interest in this demo track was the very clear and detailed playback of the drum and percussion sounds and cadences. A very good use of the SACD format's features.


  • Mia Tyler to be wed! (DMAAT)
      Papa Roach Drummer to Wed Mia Tyler
      Last Update: 6/6/2003 11:16:45 AM

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler's model daughter Mia is following her sister Liv down the aisle to wedded bliss.

      The plus-size catwalk star, 24, is busy planning her wedding to Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner after he proposed to her on Monday.

      According to People magazine, the couple plan to get tattoos on their ring fingers in lieu of wedding bands. It will be the first marriage for both.

      Mia's sister Liv wed another rocker, Britain's Royston Langdon, in a secret ceremony in April.

      Copyright World Entertainment News Network 2003

  • MTV Movie Awards
      This isn't really news, but when Kirsten Dunst won for best kiss for Spiderman and she was walking up to the stage they played Aerosmith's "Spiderman Theme." Again nothing really interesting but it was cool to hear it played.

  • Brad gives commencement address Berkshire Hills Music Academy (DMAAT)
      Seems Brad is one of this school's co-founders. A very small and unique private on.....

      South Hadley music school has first graduation
      By KEVIN ROYKO, Staff Writer
      Thursday, June 5, 2003 -- SOUTH HADLEY - It was a proud moment for the Berkshire Hills Music Academy community Saturday when members of the inaugural class received certificates at the school's first-ever commencement.

      "It was very exciting and very satisfying to graduate our first class. It was wonderful for the graduates who had achieved so much. We celebrated as an entire community," said Sharon Libera, director of public affairs at the school, whose son John Libera was one of the 13 graduates.

      The private postsecondary school, which opened in 2001, provides a two-year, music-based curriculum to musically gifted young adults with learning or developmental disabilities.

      Approximately 200 people gathered for the event at the academy, which is housed at 48 Woodbridge St. in the mansion built in 1906 by industrialist Joseph Allen Skinner.

      After the graduates were led by the traditional bagpipe band and the national anthem had been sung, school officials took time to thank some of the people who helped nurture the institution through its infancy.

      Three recipients were presented with Visionary Awards for the significant role they played in the school's development, according to Libera.

      They were: the Lenhoff family, who are credited with originating the idea of the academy; Nancy Goldberg, whose Belvoir Terrace performing arts summer camp in Lenox served as the prototype for the academy; and Sally Reis, professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut, who pioneered extending the pedagogy of enrichment education to students with learning disabilities, according to Libera.

      Students and guests alike were then treated to a commencement address delivered by one of the school's founders, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, who along with his wife, Karen, funded the construction of one of the school's music practice rooms.

      As a matter of historical significance, Margaret Skinner Armistead, granddaughter of Joseph Allen Skinner and benefactor of the academy, was in attendance with her two sons, William and Clay.

      According to Libera, eight of the graduates will return to the school this fall to continue their education in the academy's Music in Careers advanced study program.

      Within that program students have the choice of either receiving more intensive training and preparation for performance careers or focusing on developing musical programs aimed at day-care or elder facilities for the purposes of education and therapy, according to Libera.

      "We see our students as making a contribution through their music. We've taught them teamwork and problem-solving here through the curriculum. Some will use music in their primary career and some may not, but they are prepared. We're just very, very proud of them all," said Libera.

      Members of the graduating class are Victoria E. Ackley, Aaron T. Antolewicz, Sujeet S. Desai, Margaret A. Hosseini, Brian P. Johnson, Ashley G. Kohlun, Christian H. Lawson, Jeffrey M. Leibold, John J. Libera III, Kelley S. Martin, Tyler K. Poole, Timothy E. Scott and Lisa M. Walsh.


  • Joey on WZLX this morning.... (DMAAT)
      Joey was on WZLX this morning. (NOTE: this is NOT _this_ morning - as in the 10th - but an older post) Here is a summary as posted by Seaside Dreamer on the AF1 message board (edited a bit by Aeroluvr LOL):

      Joey sounded very happy! They are really having fun doing this album he said. It's the 5 of them in a room playing together! He said it's old traditional blues from the 30's and 40's that they are putting their spin on. He said it's turning out very interesting, and that it's really taking them back to their roots! They are aiming for release in September! I am sooooo excited for this album...I think it's going to be the balls!
      He also talked about a charity thing he and his wife are doing for The Victory Programs. No details on it though!

      Earlier in the week WZLX mentioned a charity auction Tom was going to be at. It's at Shreive Crump & Loew at the Chestnut Hill Mall. One of the things being auctioned off was being a roadie for the boys for a day! HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE?????


  • DTL Tribute Band / R.I. Fire Benefit Investigation.... (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith's most well known tribute band is in the news today but not good on...

      Battle continues for fire survivor
      By Paula Woodhull
      Wednesday, June 4, 2003

      Concert for nightclub victims hits a snare

      Three months after the horrific fire that claimed the lives of 100 people at a Rhode Island nightclub, survivor Jamie Conway still has nightmares.

      "I'm in my house, and it's burning down," and there's no way to extinguish the fire, said Conway, who suffered burns on his hands and face.

      The Pembroke musician, a keyboardist and pianist, was trapped for three or four minutes inside the overcrowded nightclub when the fire broke out on Feb. 20 during a Great White concert at The Station.

      At first, nightclub patrons thought the pyrotechnics display that ignited the ceiling insulation could be contained with a fire extinguisher. In a matter of minutes, flames engulfed the entire room and eventually the building.

      Conway was pushed by the crowd to an exit door, and escaped. While Conway is quick to acknowledge that he is lucky to be alive, he said the fire and its aftermath has turned his life upside down.

      Most recently, Conway and a South Shore band were the focus of a Fox TV news investigation into a benefit event held in early March at Jaime's Grille and Pub in Marshfield, three weeks after the fire. The event was to assist Conway and other victims.

      The concert, attended by hundreds, was held March 8 featuring the local group Draw The Line, an Aerosmith tribute band as the headliners, sharing top billing with the band Tryptonite.

      Some of Conway's musician friends and Draw the Line wanted to do something to help out fire victims after the tragedy.

      But Conway says he has not seen any of the money that was raised that night, even though $10 wristbands were sold at the door, and "the place was packed." T-shirts and raffles were also sold.

      Draw the Line band manager Tricia Byrnes, of Hingham, was in charge of collecting the cover charge at the door that night. Byrnes said about $6,000 was collected and that more than $5,000 of the funds are being kept in an account with Cambridge Trust bank, under the name "The Friends of Jamie Conway."

      Byrnes said Conway has received about $200 from the funds that were raised at the concert event on March 8 and that the intention was for the money to benefit not just Conway but other Massachusetts victims of the nightclub fire.

      Byrnes said she plans to turn the money over to a foundation that's specifically been established to assist the fire victims and earmark the money for those who come from Massachusetts.

      The money that was raised "is sitting in the bank," said Byrnes. "We have to be very careful to make sure it's going to the right people."

      One hundred died in the blaze and another 200 were injured. Two Pembroke residents, Shawn Sweet and Laura Gillett, died in the fire. It was the third worst fire in the nation's history.

      Conway attended The Station nightclub with a friend, Kris Somers, for a night out and to hear the heavy metal band, Great White. Conway and his friend managed to escape The Station as it burned, but in the weeks and months after the fire, Conway has found that the tragedy has affected nearly every moment of his day to day life.

      Conway said he remembers "everything that happened" the night of the fire but "I choose not to think about it because it's very, very sad."

      Immediately after the fire, Conway was treated in the emergency room of a nearby Rhode Island hospital. A few days later he was admitted to South Shore Hospital due to respiratory difficulties. Without health insurance, Conway has accumulated about $15,000 in medical bills.

      Conway did receive about $4,000 from another benefit concert held at the Odyssey in Weymouth just after the fire to assist victims, which helped out with some of his expenses. He plans to bring a lawsuit against The Station nightclub to recover lost wages and to pay for medical costs.

      Meanwhile, the lingering effects of the tragedy continue to be felt. In May, a Rhode Island state fire commission began yet another investigation into the fire. The panel heard testimony from those who were inside the club and from relatives of victims. The commission is looking into whether state fire codes need to be changed to require automatic sprinklers in places of public assembly.

      But survivors and the families of victims are finding that the process of seeking any kind of justice is slow and frustrating. A grand jury is continuing to investigate the fire for evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

      A man whose son died in the nightclub fire is receiving about $1,000 from the club owners' insurance. Club owners Jeff and Michael Derderian had a $1 million insurance policy on The Station.

      The band Great White has gone on tour since the fire, but there are doubts about whether the group will ever again have a following or a future.

      "I don't see how they can," said Byrnes.

      Brynes said Draw the Line played The Station every six to eight weeks on a fairly regular basis before the fire.

      "We had friends who died in that fire," she said. "It was just so shocking."

      The state Attorney General's office has said it has no plans to investigate Draw the Line or the event at Jaime's.

      "This whole thing is just crazy," Bynres said of the criticism and scrutiny the band has felt because of the benefit event.


  • JB News From the Road - NEW - Zootopia (DMAAT)
      06/04/03 New York radio station Z-100's Zootopia Ball concert

      Sunday night - The Bad Boys from Boston took part in the New York radio station Z-100's Zootopia Ball concert. The guys have been busy in the studio but since it was a day off they hopped on the plane and made their way to the Giant's Stadium in New Jersey to play 5 songs in front of a rabid, tri-state audience.

      The stage was really cool. It went out into the crowd and made a big "Z." Steven used the Z to a T( sorry - couldn't resist). On the side of the stage was a swimming pool right off to Joe's left. It was freezing out so no one bothered to jump in. The guys didn't miss a beat. They cruised through Sweet Emotion, Jaded, Dream On. Next up came a taste of the new album. The band torched through a rockin' rendition of "Baby Please Don't Go." It seemed to go over great and the kids loved it. Then Walk This Way which, of course, went over like a storm. Back to the plane and back in Beantown in no time.

      Missing from the plane ride home - Tom Hamilton.

      Tom stayed in New York City to appear on CBS's Morning Show Live the next morning to donate one of his Parker Basses - a one-of-a-kind prototype - to benefit VH1's Save the Music campaign. The bass was signed by all five members of the band and should take in a pretty penny for the Save the Music Program which continues to keep music education classes alive in public schools! Look for Tom's Parker bass on EBay.

      Speaking of the ride home. British rock Photographer Ross Halfin was on the plane to go over some shots for the upcoming tour book. This guy is a royal pain in the ass. All he does is talk about himself and how tight he is with Jimmy Page. He just shot Eminem and he is shooting Ozzy this week, blah, blah blah! I got to hand it to him though, he's a star of VH1's Behind the Music and he takes great pictures.

      Joe was on local Boston radio station WZLX on Monday. We should have that up right here really soon for all to hear.

      See you on the road!

      -John B.


  • AF1 Detailed Email (DMAAT)
      Including an onsale date for Sacramento now - Friday June 13th at 10:30PM ET (7:30PM Pacific). Times are staggered on most days so hopefully that will help with site traffic issues. And for "our" L.A. show, it goes on sale last - only one at 10:30pm ET so hopefully not many people will still be on LOL. And San Diego goes on sale the next case of any crisis issues with Devore (think positive thoughts LOL). Here's the email in case you haven't received it yet. It's a direct cut/paste so if there are any errors...(dates wrong, etc.) got to check with AF1. I didn't add the links where it says click here...cause if you're in AF1, you already know where LOL. And this comment sucks IMO: 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. Read on....

      GET IN on AEROSMITH / KISS ticket sales BEFORE they go ON-SALE to the general public with Aero Force One member PRESALES!
      one HOT tour / one HOT ticket!

      Don't get stuck on the lawn! Check out this Schedule for ONLINE PRESALES including Velvet Rope backstage tours and the Virginia Beach Travel Package. Mark your calendar now as shows have been selling-out fast.

      MONDAY JUNE 9th at 7:30PM ET
      Sept 17 - Virginia Beach (Travel Package Only)
      Sept 19 - Charlotte, NC

      TUESDAY JUNE 10th at 7:30PM ET
      Sept 20 - Raleigh, NC
      at 8:30PM ET (7:30PM Central)
      Sept 23 - Nashville, TN
      at 10:30PM ET (7:30PM Pacific)
      Oct 12 - Seattle, WA

      WEDNESDAY JUNE 11th at 7:30PM ET
      Sept 12 - West Palm, FL
      Sept 14 - Atlanta, GA
      at 8:30PM ET (7:30PM Central)
      Sept 25 - Kansas City, KS
      at 10:30PM ET (7:30PM Pacific)
      Oct 10 - San Francisco, CA (Shoreline Amp.)

      THURSDAY JUNE 12th at 8:30PM ET (7:30PM Central)
      Oct 2 - Dallas, TX
      at 9:30PM ET (7:30PM Mountain)
      Sept 30 - Denver, CO
      Oct 8 - Phoenix, AZ
      at 10:30PM ET (7:30PM Pacific)
      Oct 18 - San Bernardino, CA

      FRIDAY JUNE 13th at 7:30PM ET
      Sept 17 - Virginia Beach, VA
      at 10:30PM ET (7:30PM Pacific)
      Oct 14 - NEW TOUR DATE! Sacramento (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
      Oct 16 - San Diego, CA

      (CLICK HERE) To see a complete tour schedule or check availability of Travel Packages, Velvet Rope Backstage Experiences and ticket packages. NOTE: Scheduled presales events are subject to change. Notices of a change to a presales date will be posted on the Aero Force One homepage and the tour schedule page.


      The Aerosmith Velvet Rope Backstage Pass (first 5 rows)
      Price: $595.00 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 5 rows. It gets better! Though never guaranteed, these packages often include chances to meet the band and crew.
      (CLICK HERE) For more information on Velvet Rope.

      Aerosmith / Kiss Ticket: Top Tier (typically first 35 rows)
      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 first 35 rows 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
      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 venues Top priced tickets and Lawn seating).

      Aerosmith Travel Package (Sept. 15-18th): Virginia Beach, VA
      Virginia is for Lovers (of Aerosmith)! 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 Velvet Rope Backstage Experience, plan to see the show from AWESOME seats. This package includes superb hotel accommodations (including Monday Sept. 15th arrival / Thursday Sept. 18th departure), breakfast each day, parties and ground transportation to and from planned activities. Transportation between your home city and Virginia Beach is not included.
      (CLICK HERE) for more information on Travel Packages.

  • San Francisco (Shoreline) and Sacramento onsales DELAYED (DMAAT)
      As posted by AF1 Mike on AF1 message board tonight:

      THIS JUST IN! The public onsale dates for the Sacramento and San Francisco (Shoreline) shows have been delayed until July 19th and July 20th (respectively) by the promoter.

      The Aero Force One presales for these shows have also been delayed until a new presales date can be determined and announced (expect early July).


  • DEVORE Venue Prices (DMAAT)
      Thanks to a friend of mine for the heads up at the venue's corporate site....

      I also posted this on AF1 asking..."So does this mean Tier 1 fan club tickets (BEFORE AF1 charges and shipping) will be $150 and Tier 2 will be $135?? Cause those are the first two Tiers listed at the venue. That means a Devore ticket Tier 1 will likely be about the same we paid at Hollywod Bowl last year - almost $180?!?"

      October 18, 2003 - 7:00PM

      On Sale June 14, 2003 - 10:00AM
      $ 150.00 Reserved 1
      $ 135.00 Reserved 2
      $ 85.00 Reserved 3
      $ 65.00 Reserved 4
      $ 45.00 Lawn

      Regularly priced tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets including Tower Records / Robinsons•May / Ritmo Latino / Wherehouse Music / Tu Musica locations. Charge by Phone: (213) 480-3232 • (714) 740-2000 • (805) 583-8700 • (619) 220-TIXS. Also available at A Clear Channel Entertainment Event.

      The loudest show of the year can be summed up in just two words: Aerosmith, KISS. Enough said. Aerosmith not only wrote the book on blues-rock with classics like Sweet Emotion and Love In An Elevator, the Boston quintet also laid the foundation for rap rock through their collaboration with Run DMC on Walk This Way. After over twenty-five years in the game, they have collected dozens of platinum trophies, taken home scores of awards and continue to make hits. KISS, celebrating their thirtieth anniversary, is hotter than ever. Masters of stadium rock spectacle, they have defined the hard rock concert experience and packed houses the world over. Their records have become the soundtrack for teenage rebellion. Who doesn't want to Rock and Roll all Night and Party Every Day? Expect the costumes, explosive theatrics and, of course, the make-up.
      Parking Gates Open: Pacific Time
      Concert Gates Open: 5:30PM Pacific Time


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1993 Aerosmith plays in Billings MT at Metra Park (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Zaragoza Spain at the BUll Ring (Extreme opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Stockholm Sweden at Globen (Black Crowes open)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Holmdel NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center (Fuel opens)

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

Yes - self-made compilation CD-R for the trip to SRF (1971-1977)
Songs I figured they were likely to play (and they did!) and some personal favorites. We never did spin the disc in the car, as none of the others in the car could stand them. Oh well, I listen to it now instead and it's fuckin' awesome! :) Not as awesome as YES were LIVE though!!=) Damn, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven there for a while. It was THAT good! I was just so totally into it, I probably looked like a fool as I totally let lose and moved to the music, but whatever! Up front where I stood, most people just stood still and absorbed the music, but then again, most of them were old men, like 50+. Not many people my age, but so what! YES were AWESOME!=)

News as of June 9, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays in Memphis TN at Mid-South Coliseum; Steven spends the night in jail for swearing onstage

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Rapid City SD at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Madrid Spain at Moscardo Sports Palace (Extreme opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Madrid Spain at Estudio Cadena 40 Principale Studios

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Zurich Switzerland at Hallenstadion

News as of June 8, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays in Minneapolis MN at Metro Sports Arena

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Saratoga Springs NY at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Fuel opens)

News as of June 7, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Lowell MA at Mr. C's Rock Palace (Mystery Club Tour)

      1993 Aerosmith plays an unannounced show in Sioux Falls SD at the Pump Room

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Toulouse France at Palais des Sports (Extreme opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Lyon France at Halle Tony Garnier

News as of June 6, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1992 Steven and Joe play with Guns N"Roses in Paris France at Hippodrome de Vincennes

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Omaha NE at Omaha Civic Auditorium (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Paris France at Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy (Extreme opens)

      2001 Aerosmith opens the Just Push Play tour in Hartford CT at Meadows Music Centre (Fuel opens)

News as of June 5, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1997 Aerosmith plays in London UK at Wembley Arena (Shed Seven opens)

News as of June 4, 2003
  • Joe Perry on WZLX (DMAAT)
      Posted by Toonses88 on AF1 board (who only caught the last part of it):

      Caught the tail end of Joe Perry on WZLX here in Boston. He was talking about the new album and how they 'hope to have it done before the tour starts'. This would mean having the album completed in the next '6-8 weeks'.

      The DJ's asked about the tour and if this was going to be a full out tour. Joe responded with, "Depends on how diseased the rest of the world is."

      He added that they 'would like to got to Europe' and 'get into Canada'.

      The other bit I caught was Joe mentioning that people think they know what is going to be on the album, but they will be surprised.

      She also posted:

      I e-mailed the radio station about the interview. For some odd reason their request line is down. Any way, I asked the program director if they were planning on putting the interview on their web page (they alreay have some interviews there, but that page has not been updated since April). I'll let ya's know if he writes back.


  • New AF1 On Sale Dates! (All but 2 TX Dates Listed!) (DMAAT)
      WEST PALM, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre 09/12/03 6/11/03 7:30 PM ET

      ATLANTA, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre 09/14/03 6/11/03 7:30 PM ET

      VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Verizon Wireless 09/17/03 6/9/03 7:30 PM ET (Travel Package Only)

      CHARLOTTE, NC Charlotte Verizon 09/19/03 6/09/03 7:30 PM ET

      RALEIGH, NC ALLTEL Pavilion 09/20/03 6/10/03 7:30 PM ET

      NASHVILLE, TN AmSouth Amphitheatre 09/23/03 6/10/03 8:30 PM ET (7:30 PM Central)

      KANSAS CITY, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 09/25/03 6/11/03 8:30 PM ET (7:30 PM Central)

      DENVER, CO Fiddler's Green 09/30/03 6/12/03 9:30 PM ET (7:30 PM Mountain)

      DALLAS, TX Smirnoff Music Centre 10/02/03 6/12/03 8:30 PM ET (7:30 PM Central)

      SAN ANTONIO, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 10/04/03 NOT POSTED YET

      HOUSTON, TX Woodlands Pavilion 10/05/03 NOT POSTED YET

      PHOENIX, AZ Cricket Pavilion 10/08/03 6/12/03 9:30 PM ET ( 7:30 PM Mountain)

      SAN FRANCISCO, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/10/03 6/11/03 10:30PM ET (7:30 PM Pacific)

      SEATTLE, WA White River Amphitheatre 10/12/03 6/10/03 10:30 PM ET (7:30 PM Pacific)

      SAN DIEGO, CA Coors Amphitheatre 10/15/03 6/13/03 10:30 PM ET ( 7:30 PM Pacific)

      SAN BERNARDINO, CA Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen 10/18/03 6/12/03 10:30 PM ET (7:30 PM Pacific)

      Re: the Virgina Beach date with the travel package only listed as onsale 6/9/03 7:30 PM ET - per AF1 Tom the regular seats will be on sale for this show Friday June 13th at 730 pm. The Sacramento on sale date is also not posted yet.

      Be sure to check the tour page directly as they may change things between now and the sale dates.

  • Travel Package Info - Virginia Beach (DMAAT)
      For AF1 members with the big bucks LOL....

      Be part of an AF1 Travel Package to Virginia Beach!
      Plan to party and attend one of more of these exclusive opportunities to MEET THE BAND!

      Make your Reservations Now while positions Last!

      Va Va Voom! Be there when Aerosmith Rocks VA Beach on Wednesday, Sept.17, 2003!
      Get Ready for some Blues and Blue Skies…

      This travel package includes:

      o Priority Tickets to the show
      o INCLUDES Velvet Rope Bacstage Tour
      o Ground transportation to and from the venue
      o VIP Party on Tuesday night
      o Meet and Greet with the band prior to the concert
      o Superb hotel accommodations including Monday September 15th arrival
      (check-in 3:00 pm) and Thursday, September 18th departure (check out is 12 noon)
      o Breakfast each morning

      Please note: Transportation to and from Virginia Beach from your hometown is NOT included in the package.

      COST: PER PERSON cost of this travel package is:
      $1395.00 : for single occupancy - OR-
      $1295.00 : PER PERSON for double occupancy

      Spots are limited to 50 persons!


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in North Sutton NH at Kearsarge Regional HS

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Oklahoma City OK at Myriad Convention Center (Jackyl opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Donnington UK at Castle Donnington (Extreme opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in London UK at Wembley Arena (Shed Seven opens)

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

Yes - The Yes Album (1971)
It feels almost unreal that I'm actually going to be seeing these legendary prog rock gods live, and in only four days! That's just TOO cool! =) We'll be driving down tomorrow, so don't expect any News Page updates 'till I get back sometime early next week... Sweden Rock Festival, here I come! =)

News as of June 3, 2003
  • Tom's Bass/Save The Music from CBS (DMAAT)
      Pulling Strings To 'Save Music'
      NEW YORK, June 2, 2003
      Aerosmith bass player Tom Hamilton with guitar he is donating to 'Save The Music.' (CBS/The Early Show)

      link to picture
      Aerosmith bass player Tom Hamilton with guitar he is donating to 'Save The Music.' (CBS/The Early Show)

      (CBS) Starting June 9, The Early Show will again join forces with cable network VH1 for "Save The Music" week, a nationwide instrument drive to keep music education programs in schools that can no longer afford them.

      Legendary Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton visited The Early Show June 2, to help kick off "Save the Music's" celebrity instrument auction. He is donating his guitar, a prototype Parker Bass, of which only two exist.

      Hamilton says, "I got interested in them because they're right outside of Boston, and so, 'You make a bass?' They said, 'We're just about to. We'll give you a prototype to use on the road.' So I used this for the last six or seven months of our last tour. Used it every night for about half the show."

      The guitar is signed by the entire band and will be auctioned off, along with other celebrity instruments, on e-Bay. Hamilton does not know what the starting bid will be, but notes his guitar is "very rare. There's only one that's signed by everybody in the band. So pump it up there." Proceeds will go to "Save the Music."

      What You Can Do

      If you want to help keep music in your local schools, here's what you can do:

      Donate an instrument - If you live in New York City, bring your instrument to The Early Show Plaza at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, but there also are drop-off locations all around the country.

      Bid, Buy or Donate - Go to eBay where celebrities have donated various items. All proceeds go to the Save the Music Foundation.

      Drop a Line to your Senator or Congress Member - Urge them not to cut music programs in your community.

      VH1 "Save The Music" purchases new musical instruments to restore music education programs that have been cut because of budget reductions in the past or to save programs at risk of elimination due to lack of instruments.

      The Foundation also conducts awareness campaigns, musical instrument drives and fundraising events. Each year, an auction is held on eBay for "Save the Music." This year's will begin on Monday, June 9.

      During the week of June 9, The Early Show will profile a student who has benefited from the VH1 "Save The Music" campaign. The week will end with a special celebrity concert performance. Last year's performances included Boyz II Men, Vanessa Carlton and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige.

      Hamilton says "Save The Music" is something he identifies with.

      "I remember when I was starting out and wanting to learn about the technical side of music and how to play an instrument, I kind of had to guess and do it on my own. We didn't really have -- I came from a school that couldn't afford a good music program.

      "So when I hear about kids in schools that have really good music programs, I feel this envy and excitement, because there's a lot of kids who have a lot of musical talent that may never otherwise come out in the forefront unless they have a chance to really explore it," Hamilton says.

      Music education programs have eroded in many cities and communities across the country over the past 30 years. VH1 is dedicated to turning back this trend to ensure all children have access to a quality education that includes music.

      As for Hamilton, he has been with Aeromsith for about 32 years. Currently the band is working on a new blues album.

      "We're big fans of the blues," Hamilton says. "We always wanted to do a project like this. We're going back in time and picking blues classics from the '30s, '40s, '60s. This is a fun thing for us."

      But the album will not be pure blues. "On every song there is a hard rock twist. No matter how hard we try, we just can't help it," Hamilton says with laughter.

      Aerosmith is also touring with KISS this August. Though their styles are different, Hamilton points out that both bands come from similar backgrounds. "As a matter of fact, when both bands were infants back in the 70s, we performed shows together in the Detroit area," he says.


  • Bret Michaels mentions Tyler in VH1 interview
      VH1 did an interview with Poison vocalist Bret Michaels. He mentions Aerosmith twice, the excerpts below...

      VH1: What's the wildest memory you have of that time?

      Michaels: Playing Texas Stadium during the Flesh and Blood years. I always remember walking to the stage and there was Paul Stanley from KISS on one side and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith on the other side. Lisa Marie Presley was there. I'll never forget looking around and thinking, "This is surreal, here they are giving me advice." Robert Plant was giving me advice. Even last year, hanging out with Korn and Puddle of Mudd, Lit, Kid Rock... these guys come out because it's a big rock 'n' roll show.

      VH1: What do you think is the most common misperception about you?

      Michaels: That I'm just out of my mind, a complete party animal. People find it hard to believe that I can turn around and write a song like "Every Rose" or "Something to Believe In." [Look at other people] who've survived in this business: Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant. I know they can party, but they also have their sh*t together.


  • Rugrats Go Wild Release Hollywood Records (DMAAT)
      Hollywood Records Unleashes ``Rugrats Go Wild''
      BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 2, 2003--

      Star-Studded Album Highlights New Music from Aerosmith, a Brand-New Police Cover by American Hi-Fi and a Duet Featuring Bruce Willis and Chrissie Hynde

      The Rugrats, America's most beloved babies, and The Wild Thornberrys, television's favorite nature documentarian family, rock out to new music from Aerosmith and American Hi-Fi on "Rugrats Go Wild," the companion album to the upcoming Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies animated film. The highly anticipated Hollywood Records soundtrack arrives in stores on June 10th, while the film hits theaters nationwide on June 13th.

      "Rugrats Go Wild" is the third "Rugrats" soundtrack, following "Rugrats" and "Rugrats in Paris," which have sold over two million units collectively. Like its predecessors, "Rugrats Go Wild" is chock-full of guitar-driven pop songs and feel-good sing-alongs, including "Lizard Love," a brand-new song from legendary rockers Aerosmith. The eye-popping video, a combination of live action and animation, features the band, the Rugrats and The Wild Thornberries.

      "Rugrats Go Wild" hits the ground running with American Hi-Fi's hyper-caffeinated cover of the 1979 Police hit "Message In A Bottle," and proceeds to raise a ruckus with Grammy winners Train ("She's On Fire"), Canadian pop-punkers Flashlight Brown ("Ready To Roll"), funk god George Clinton ("Atomic Dog"), recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Clash ("Should I Stay or Should I Go") plus a collection of fun tunes from the film's cast of characters.

      Among the album's many highlights is "Big Bad Cat" sung by Golden Globe-winning actor Bruce Willis (who voices "Rugrats" family dog Spike) and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde (as Siri the leopard). The song, co-written by the film's executive producer Eryk Casemiro and scriptwriter Kate Boutilier and composed by Alex G. Valentine, is inspired by Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley in 1964's classic "Viva Las Vegas." Willis also contributes a raucous interpretation of the Iggy Pop classic, "Lust For Life."

      Of the duet, the film's music supervisor George Acogny says, "Bruce and Chrissie play it up to the hilt, and while he's not a singer by profession and she is, they come off as a great singing duo."

      For Hynde, the chance to delight children around the world in an environmentally conscious movie was an altogether worthwhile endeavor. "Not only did I get a chance to participate in a project that enhances kids' awareness about the rainforest and the flora and fauna in it, but I also got to sing a duet with Bruce Willis," says Hynde. "Now if that isn't a grand combo, I don't know what is!"

      "Chrissie has a great voice, really sultry, which fits her character perfectly," says Willis. "I guess my voice fits my character too, since I pretty much sing like a dog."

      Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present a Klasky Csupo Production "Rugrats Go Wild." The Rugrats make their biggest growth spurt yet in their third feature film, an exciting animated adventure that brings together the colorful characters from Nickelodeon's multiple Emmy-winning TV series "Rugrats" and the Emmy-nominated "The Wild Thornberrys."

      Directed by Norton Virgien and John Eng, "Rugrats Go Wild" is produced by Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo and written by Kate Boutilier. The executive producers are Albie Hecht, Julia Pistor, Eryk Casemiro and Hal Waite, and the co-producers are Tracy Kramer, Terry Thoren and Patrick Stapleton. The music supervisor is George Acogny and the music is by Mark Mothersbaugh.

      SOURCE: Hollywood Records


  • Zootopia pictures (DMAAT)
      Looks like virtually have all of the full sized pics from wire image - 100 pictures total of the guys! So check it out! They have their own gallery which begins on this page

      ...and there is one of Steven backstage

  • Zootopia Reviews (DMAAT)
      Zootopia Rocks Giant Stadium
      By Glenn Gamboa Staff Writer

      This year's edition of radio station Z100's Zootopia was remarkably high-powered -- including the final performance of TLC, the best-selling female group of all time, a rare public performance by Mariah Carey, the best-selling female singer of all time, and a set from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith, who left the studio specifically for the show.

      So who had the crowd of mostly teens and tweens going crazy? "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken, as well as last year's winner Kelly Clarkson. After running through their respective singles, Studdard and Aiken closed the 51/2-hour extravaganza with a rousing version of "God Bless the U.S.A." complete with patriotic fireworks.

      As Simon Cowell would say, they were all right, nothing special -- especially when singing over cheesier-than-usual backing tracks rather than with an actual band.

      The crowd, however, didn't care. When Studdard walked down the Z-shaped stage to get closer to the crowd as he sang The Carpenters' "Superstar," he faced a sea of flashes from cameras that had remained essentially unused until then.

      The response to only two songs rivaled the welcome that Studdard and Aiken received for their mere arrival. The first was "I Know What You Want" from Carey, who received the first Z100 Achievement in New York Music Award, and surprise guests Busta Rhymes and Flipmode Squad, who have helped usher the diva back to the upper reaches of the charts. Carey was in fine voice during her 20-minute set that included "Heartbreaker" and her new single, a remake of the Def Leppard power ballad "Bringing on the Heartbreak." She also seemed at ease on stage, putting to rest rumors that her recently downsized tour was due to an inability to perform.

      The other huge ovation came after TLC's T-Boz and Chilli finished a moving version of "Waterfalls," as a tribute to the group's rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash last year. The group's half-hour set, which they say will be their last, started off shaky, with the recent hit "Girl Talk" and "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," where it didn't seem like T-Boz and Chilli were singing, only lip-synching and dancing when video of Left Eye rapping ran on the big screens. Once they got to "Baby Baby Baby" and "Creep," though, T-Boz began to sing and the dance moves got fiercer. "Waterfalls" became a huge sing-along, as the crowd shouted along with Left Eye's rap.

      Aside from the special sets, the rest of Zootopia was the usual mish-mash of pop, rock and R&B, with the usual mixed results. Simple Plan was surprisingly fun with a set of solid punk-pop, especially the timeless single "Addicted," as was Bowling for Soup, who even added a medley of hits from "Jenny from the Block" to "Complicated" done in the punk-pop style.

      Ashanti also did well with her new single "Rock Wit U" and her hit "Foolish," which was essentially an a capella audience sing-along. J.C. Chasez provided the best spectacle, with dancers, a drum corps, a flag corps and an entire marching band backing him up on his underrated hit "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)."

      Sometimes, though, the over-the-top singing that "American Idol" tends to reward creeped in, especially in the usually charming Daniel Bedingfield's set. What took the cake, though, was Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins amazingly tuneless singing during "Blinded" and "Graduate." Maybe Clay could replace him and they could get another hit.



      Mariah, TLC Highlight 'Zootopia'
      Monday, June 2, 2003; 12:16 PM
      By Ken Schlager & Chuck Taylor

      EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Billboard) - New York top-40 powerhouse WHTZ (Z100) celebrated its 20th birthday Sunday night at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., but it was Mariah Carey who was the belle of the ball.

      Z100's annual Zootopia summer concert stretched almost six hours into a chilly New Jersey night. The show featured 17 scheduled performances, surprise guests, and a special presentation to Carey of the first "Z100 Achievement in New York Music Award."

      Before the big stadium crowd, Carey professed her delight at being "the first person to win this award." Her acceptance was followed immediately by a performance by Kelly Clarkson, who blurred the distinction between budding star and adoring fan. The "American Idol" winner gushed repeatedly about Carey, her obvious stylistic inspiration. "That's my first time to be in the same area with her," Clarkson told the crowd.

      Carey later returned to perform, bringing out surprise guests Busta Rhymes and the Flipmode Squad for the finale of her brief set.

      Most acts performed only two or three numbers. The longest set list belonged to TLC. Surviving members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas delivered an emotional performance of their biggest hits in what was billed as their farewell as a group. The set also was a tribute to group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died last year in an automobile accident.

      Aerosmith drew the evening's biggest response with a powerful, swaggering four-song set. Other performers included Ginuwine, JC Chasez, Bowling For Soup, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Wayne Wonder, Daniel Bedingfield, Jewel, Third Eye Blind, Ashanti, Ja Rule, and new "American Idol" winner and runner-up Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.

      The latter pair was warmly greeted. Singing live to recorded tracks, Aiken delivered his pop-gospel rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Studdard crooned through "Superstar" and his upcoming single "Flying Without Wings." But by the time the two got together for the anthemic "God Bless the U.S.A.," the crowd had thinned out substantially.



      Rather than post anymore full Zootopia are a couple more excerpts re: Aerosmith and the source links for them where the full articles are.


      The brightest stars of Sunday's variety show were easily Boston bad boys Aerosmith and New York cutie Mariah Carey.

      Aerosmith played the longest set of the night with six songs - all choice hits, including "Sweet Emotion," "Dream On" and closing with "Walk This Way."



      While the era of TLC was ending, Aerosmith's seemed like it would never end. Steven Tyler showed the energy of a teenager, running up and down the stage with his mic still in the stand, singing such hits as "Walk This Way."


  • Other Aerosmith songs at Kenny Chesney concerts
      Jeremy Klein reports:

      I read on your news page today that someone went to a Kenny Chesney concert, and as Kenny went off stage the band played Sweet Emotion. Well, I saw a Kenny Chesney concert a few years back, and his band played What It Takes as Kenny exited.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays in Indianapolis IN at Market Square Arena

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

Various Artists - Stockholm Records International 2003 Sampler
Promo sampler that came with the latest issue of Sweden Rock Magazine. Not much in my taste really. The first track, "Bodom Beach Terror" supplied by Children Of Bodom is good enough, and the songs by Sonata Arctica and Nightwish are listenable too. What's up with that, all Finnish Power Metal bands on "Stockholm" records!? Best track on here is probably "Couldn't Have Said It Better" from Metaloaf's new album, but it's not among his best either... Sorry, Stockholm Records, this sampler didn't make me want to buy any of your new releases by these bands...
The Cult - Sonic Temple (1989)
Lauren, I'll mail you later...

News as of June 2, 2003
  • Another Live Performance?
      Bill B writes:

      I think you printed a note from someone a week or so ago who caught a mention on TV after the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Charlotte, hinting that Aerosmith might be a surprise guest at the upcoming tribute concert for the late driver Dale Earnhardt on June 28. At Dover, Delaware yesterday (Sat. 5/31) I spoke with current driver Kenny Wallace, who is a good friend of the band, primarily Brad Whitford, who we all know is a huge gearhead. In fact Kenny drove a black and silver car adorned with the Aero wings logo a few years ago in Phoenix.

      Anyway, I asked him if he was planning on catching the upcoming tour with KISS, and he said "Of course! How can you pass up something like that?" He said he had just spoken with Brad last week, so I asked him about the boys possibly playing the tribute concert. He said everyone wants to do it, the only holdback is Steven. He told me they even got Sheryl Crow (who is also playing the show) to call Steven and beg him to do it. So there's still hope, but we'll see. By the way, the concert will be televised in July on FOX:

      FOX to air Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert on July 10: FOX will present a DALE EARNHARDT TRIBUTE CONCERT, an all-star fundraising event, on Thursday, July 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The special will feature six headliners -- Grammy Award-winning artists Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Sheryl Crow, double-platinum artist Kenny Chesney, the goo goo dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, and special guest Delbert McClinton. Hosted by Teresa Earnhardt and featuring NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip, the two-hour star studded special will feature music and memories of the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion from the day-long festival held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, June 28. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, which Teresa Earnhardt established to carry on Dale's name and good works through the charitable causes he championed during his lifetime. - FOXSports

  • Tom on CBS (DMAAT)
      Tom Hamilton was on CBS' "The Early Show" this morning at about 8:30am. He was talking with the anchor about "Save the Music" and donated a red bass guitar signed by all the members of Aerosmith. The instrument will be auctioned off and the money raised will be given to "Save the Music." Tom said, "Music is a luxury, but it's so much more than that."


      It was a short piece, less than five minutes. 2 min 25 secs, to be exact! LOL I don't know the name of the woman who did the interview, but she asked him how he got involved with the program and the details of the guitar. He did not know what amount ebay is opening the bid at. They did not talk about anything else really, but it was a good interview.


      This was posted today on the AF1 message board by FR Mike yesterday:

      Watch Tom Save the Music at 8:30AM ET! on the CBS Early Show - Mon. June 2nd

      You may have seen Tom Hamilton's prototype of the Parker bass guitar when Aerosmith hit your town on the last tour. Yeah, it's that red funky shaped bass guitar. Tom will be donating the bass to VH1 Save The Music, and it will be auctioned off on Ebay to raise money for this worthy cause. Tom and his band mates have autographed the bass so the lucky winner of the auction will own a piece of Aerosmith history that they can show off to their friends and families. How cool is that?

      VH1 Save The Music is a nonprofit organization with two primary missions: to restore music education programs in America's public schools, and to raise awareness of the positive impact music participation has on students. For more information on VH1 Save the Music:

      Be sure to tune in 8:30AMET on Monday June 2nd to the CBS Early Show to watch Tom Hamilton when he donates his bass guitar to VH1 Save The Music.


  • Tom was at the KISS 108 show... (DMAAT)
      A WET KISS CONCERT For a KISS Concert, it was a relatively quiet affair at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield on Saturday. Despite the rain, a packed house of screaming fans, scores of Dav El limos hauling musical acts to and fro, and lines of people waiting to get autographs from the stars of KISS 108's annual megaconcert, there were none of the problems that can arise at such a huge event: no missed jets, divas throwing hissy fits, or acts forgetting the average attendee is in her midteens. Oh, there was a near-miss diva fit when return act Michelle Branch (What a year she's had, huh?) ran out of the media tent upon seeing newcomer Amanda Perez doing her interviews. Branch later returned, explaining that she didn't want to step on Perez's time. There's a thin line between hissy fit and altruism in the music biz. ... Singer Vanessa Carlton, galpal of Third Eye Blind's frontman Stephen Jenkins, didn't perform this year but was hanging out backstage. Also spotted backstage was Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, a KISS Concert regular, with his family, and Celtics nice guy Walter McCarty, who sang two songs and stuck around the backstage cafeteria to sign autographs. We're told that the mother of TLC member Tionne ''T-Boz'' Watkins was taken to the hospital (and released in time for the performance) after a car cut off the tour bus en route to the Tweeter Center. T-Boz and Rozonda ''Chilli'' Thomas performed a tribute set (one of the last two that the remaining members of TLC will do) in memory of Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes. Their performance was taken in from the wings by headlining act Ja Rule, who was dancing to the TLC act while swigging Cristal champagne.


  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} Zootopia SET LIST 06.01.03
      Aerosmith ROCKED Z-100's "Zootopia" concert in Giants Stadium, NJ tonight. They didn't close out the event however. Those chores went to Gay Aiken and Reuben Sandwich from American Idol fame. Oh well....we know who the REAL idols were tonight...

      Zootopia SET LIST
      East Rutherford, NJ

      Sweet Emotion
      Dream On
      Baby Please Don't Go (Steven said "We are doing a new album, we gotta give you a little taste..just a little taste")
      Walk This Way

      Interesting Notes:
      - "Baby Please Don't Go" is a tune from Big Joe Williams, popularized by Van Morrison and "Them"
      - Steven ALMOST tripped up and fell after Dream On, but recovered gracefully as always ;-)
      - Glitter closed out the set.

      Almost fell over the wires!

      Aweosme show though. Blues shit sounded INCREDIBLE. We are in for a MAJOR treat when this blues album is released!

      Of COURSE you can get ALL the latest, only at No BS. No Gimmicks. Only straight forward rock and roll....and some boobs! ;-) See ya there!


  • Zootopia pictures (DMAAT)
      I was hoping Z100 would have some full sized pics up by now and/or Yahoo News but so far...the only photos of them at Zootopia that I have seen are on (put in Aerosmith in the search bar). There are a BUNCH but as most already know, you can only view the preview size without being a member. But they are pretty good sized previews so check it out. Should be lots more out there by tomorrow.

      Click on Zootopia 2003
      Pictures from Sunday


      60 GREAT pictures from Last Nights Zootopia concert has been added to Thanks to and Wireimage for them. I am hoping to be receiving some fan shots of the band from last night.

  • A Tease. Well, at the time... (DMAAT)
      As posted by Nanci on AF1 message board yesterday....

      I have been listening to Z100 all night. Aerosmith just took the stage a few minutes ago. They let us hear about 10 seconds worth (a little tease) and Rich Davis said he never saw 60,000 people on there feet totally rockin with our boys. Wish I was there. Sounded like SWEET EMOTION in the backround. Just a little more and we'll get our taste when they come to town. I can't wait!!!


  • Guitar World
      For all you guitar players out there that are Aerosmith fans, check out page 90 in the July issue of Guitar World. There's a little thing off to the left of the Led Zeppelin article with Brad promoting Terry C. McInturff guitars.

  • Latest Aero / Zep Connection (DMAAT)
      As most of you are already aware, Aerosmith and the mighty Zeppelin have had more than a few connections along the way (guest appearances at shows, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction, Stephen Davis' Walk This Way & Hammer of the Gods, Steven's narration of the Zeppelin televised special, etc).

      The latest connection comes in the way of the newly released Led Zeppelin, (3) CD live set, How The West Was One. The shows were originally recorded thirty one years ago this month (June 25th and 27th 1972, at the LA Forum and Long Beach Arena).

      The Aerosmith connection lies at the hands of Kevin Shirley who engineered and mixed the set in London. As you'll recall, Kevin Shirley produced Nine Lives.

      If you haven't heard the Zep set yet, you won't be disappointed when you do. It's outstanding. In fact, it's the best live Zep material to be released, by far.

      I realize this isn't bona fide Aero news, but I thought I would share it with those of you that might be interested.


      Clive Newton follow-up:

      There are loads of Zep connections apart from the obvious where they have played a number of Zep tunes live (or parts of) like Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, Communication Breakdown, Immigrant Song etc.

      Various Aero members went to see the grave of John Bonham on their European GAG tour as Joey is very influenced by him. They were supposed to appear at the Knebworth line-up in 79 where the infamous Zep headlining show happen but it failed to happen for one reason or another (Aerosmith's loss in regard the European market which they didn't finally make in roads into until 1987 when celebrating their 17th year as a band).

      Aerosmith have been joined on stage several times by Page (1990 Marquee, 1990 Donington, 1994, Argentina) plus solo appearances with Tyler/Perry in 1999 with Page, and Perry in Worcester in 1999 with Page/Crowes (plus Tyler/Perry on Zeps HoF in 95). Page has been observed in the crowd watching Aerosmith crowds like in 1997 in London.

      In 1995, when Page/Plant were on tour, they were spotted in Mama Kins with several member of Aerosmith. They were even slated to be on the Zep tribute album in the mid-90s but their contribution didn't happen or failed to appear on the album. Without bands like Led Zeppelin and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, I don't think we would be talking about Aerosmith now.

  • Comedy Central Presents...
      Derek writes:

      I was just watching the show Comedy Central Presents where they have a bunch of stand-up comedians and the dude was talking about Superbowl half-time shows. He was mainly talking about the Aerosmith/N'Sync/Britney Spears "tragedy." He said "Aerosmith and N'Sync are 2 bands that should not even be in the same state. And then Britney Spears comes on. Now I have Aerosmith, N'Sync, and Britney Spears...a trifactor (sp?) from Hell!" So I'm not really sure whether or not he was making fun of our boys but he did mention them.

  • KISS book rumor?
      Antti from Finland writes:

      I have read that KISS will do a book about their career. Joe Perry will tell things in that book.

      He got this news on Finland canal 4. It said that KISS will do book on KISS' career. Joe Perry and other rock stars will tell things about KISS and KISS career.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1993 Aerosmith opens the Get A Grip tour in Topeka KS at Landon Arena (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Glasgow Scotland at Se+CC

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Mansfield MA at the Tweeter Center for the 108 KISS Concert 2; Brad is absent and Marti Fredrickson sits in; they play Jaded, Fly Away From Here, Pink and Walk This Way

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

Christian Kjellvander w/ Lazy Grace Frontier & Ebreliuskvartetten -
- live at Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden 2003-02-25
Relic - CD-R with 8 demo tracks

News as of June 1, 2003
  • The "Vibe" of the New Album (DMAAT)
      As the owner of, I've often discovered that the occasional brief personal impressions that come from those who know the band personally and work with them can often times be more fun to read than many of the more filtered and canned "media interviews" with the official press. Even without revealing too much "news", some people just have a knack of giving readers a unique glimpse into the "feel" of what it's like to be around the band that "official news reports" cannot.

      Such is the case it seems whenever I read comments and/or an interviews done by Jack Douglas who is producing the upcoming blues CD. A recent post by Aeroluvr on DMAAT reminded me of this point once again.

      Seems she and Jack corresponded via email again over this past holiday weekend. It does seem that Jack at least tries to throw her (us) a biscuit or two of commentary since he can't really throw the bones out there yet LOL.

      No, this is not "news" (nor is it to be reported as such) but rather just a couple of Jack's personal thoughts he chose to share with her about the process he and the band are going through right now.

      It seems Aeroluvr had teased him a bit saying that fans were starting to doubt the "getting back to our roots" theme once again due to the Zootopia gig, Rugrat movie association and upcoming video for Nickelodeon.

      In response to that he told her, "We have gotten so far back to our roots we are underground. This thing is really amazing, funky and fun. You can hear the band laughing on some of the tracks. Some of Steven's live vocals are really the shit. Can't imagine overdubbing on some of the tracks -- they sound complete live".

      That does bring back a bit of hope doesn't it? This next few comments he made, Aeroluvr went on to offer her own thoughts on them as well.

      "When a VP from Sony came up to hear it he FLIPPED (in a good way)."

      Initially, Aeroluvr and many of us right along with her thought...oh that really a "good thing" LOL? But as she posted, SONY has reorganized and changed quite a bit over the past few months so it's not necessarily the same "SONY" or personnel that were involved in the more recent Aerosmith projects so perhaps there is still hope?!? Just review the Q&A Jack did with her over a year ago HERE to see how much things have changed since then!

      Aeroluvr went on to say, "I guess we're all a bit "Jaded" when it comes to SONY and Aerosmith these days. But she feels/hopes this project is not the status quo at all. There are a few that said Jack would NEVER produce for the band again. Look how wrong they were! There are also a few who said the guys would never write together again - not what we're hearing. There were even those who felt that if it weren't for pro-tools and outside hit writers, Aerosmith wouldn't even be able to put out another album. And how about the recording it "live in the studio"? There were some who thought that was so passe (like Joey doing drum solos LOL) that it would be a huge step BACK for Aerosmith to do so. Funny how "some" of those same people (industry folks and fans alike) have now jumped on the band wagon behind this project isn't it? Here's another excerpt:

      "Aerosmith's manager heard some last week and was shocked by the band's "vibe".

      In light of this management's history with the band, Aeroluvr said she was sure their manager was shocked by the "vibe" (side note - wouldn't we all have loved to be there LOL). That "vibe" in the band all working together again, having some real fun and actually making music together again - probably all of this at least in some ways DOES surprise this management. We have to remember that they did not come on board until most of that "vibe" was merely dust in the wind...distant memories.

      Jack's last couple of comments tried to share a tiny bit of that "vibe" with us as well:

      "Lots of smiles plus Jay Messina's Zen is making for the real deal mojo. I think this will all be heard on the CD"

      So one thing is for sure...this is not the same ol' same ol' Aerosmith project of recent past. How it comes out remains to be seen but at least the formula is changed around a bit this time. Here's hoping Jack decides to throw us (via Aeroluvr) a few more biscuits (and maybe even a bone or two) since we're all pretty damn hungry for this CD!

  • Kenny Chesney concert
      Andrew Miller reports:

      The Kenny Chesney concert Friday May 30 at Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio, ended with Kenny walking off the stage with the band staying out playing all of Sweet Emotion, no lyrics. It actually sounded great with no country twist.

  • For those who hasn't seen them yet...

  • Patricia Schenck's this month in AeroHistory
      1973 Dream On/Somebody single is released

      1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie soundtrack is released featuring Come Together

      1981 I've Got the Rocks and Rolls Again released (Joe Perry Project)

      1987 Classics Live II released

      1990 Rag Doll/Simoriah single released

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      2001 Aerosmith plays in Uniondale NY at Nassau Coliseum (Z100 Zootopia)

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

Kula Shaker - Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts (1999)
Queensryche - The Warning (1984)

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