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News as of May 31, 2003
  • This Thing Of Ours Update (DMAAT)
      According to an inside source, Danny Provenzano's film, "This Thing of Ours" is now expected to hit theatres in the U.S. (limited release) on July 17th. Our very own Brad Whitford's brief appearance in the movie apparantly survived the final cut as did the rumored background Aero song for that particular scene. No word yet on whether or not a soundtrack CD will be released.

      Additional background information (from 2002) on this project can be found HERE.

  • MTV Icon No-Show Rumor! (DMAAT)
      This was found under the RUMOR MILL section of the Hits Magazine - Hits Daily Double site. Not saying it's news, not saying it's not. Only their hairdressers know for sure LOL! Here ya go...

      DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A NO-SHOW): Much chatter over Aerosmith’s last-minute cancellation of its scheduled appearance at the Metallica mtvICON taping. As MTV execs fume, insiders saying the no-show had to do with manager Trudy Green insisting the network foot the bill for a private jet for the band, which is currently recording a blues album. (5/30a)

  • More Ross Halfin photos (DMAAT)
      Pictures include recent photos of the boys in the studio with Jack Douglas! There are also photos of what appears to be a video shoot or something, the boys against a green background. Those pics weren't there yesterday. No page 14 OR 15 and now there are.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1997 Aerosmith plays in Birmingham UK at the National Exhibition Center

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

Yes - Fragile (1972)
Queensryche - Empire (1990)
Getting worked up for Sweden Rock Festival... :)

News as of May 30, 2003
  • The Showertime Blues (DMAAT)
      Even rockers sound best in the shower
      By Stephen Humphries | Staff writer of
      The Christian Science Monitor

      To hear what Steven Tyler sounds like when he sings in the shower, you'll have to get the next Aerosmith CD. The album, to be released in the fall, is a blues record - a first for the band - and was partly recorded in guitarist Joe Perry's shower (another first). "We drilled a hole in Joe's upstairs bathroom in his house, right down to the studio," explains Tyler. "We put a microphone up there, and I'm in the shower, singing. On one particular song, 'Bad Black Train,' that he sings, I'm up in the shower on harmonica.' "

      Don't worry about the plumbing bills at Perry's place, the band can easily afford them.

      In their 32-year career, Aerosmith has sold more than 70 million albums, thanks in great measure to pop instincts that gave them hits such as "Livin' on the Edge," "Walk This Way," and "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing," the No. 1 with a bullet written by gun-for-hire songwriter Dianne Warren. But Tyler, who was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by the Berklee College of Music this month, insists the band has always been rooted in the first indigenous music form of the United States.

      "Oddly enough, it's what we started out as, it's what we always have been, and it's almost like Aerosmith is that band in the closet," says the singer in a speaking voice that sounds uncannily similar to Al Pacino. "There have been people along the way who have faulted us for that," he says, and launches into an anecdote about how, in the '80s, a music industry honcho heard the guitar riff to "Love in an Elevator" and sniffly dismissed it: "Sounds like a bunch of blues riffs."

      Aerosmith would have recorded a blues album a lot earlier if it hadn't been for Eric Clapton. "Nine years ago, we told the label: 'We're doing a blues record.' We came this close," says Tyler. But when the band heard that Clapton had just recorded a blues album, "From the Cradle," the Boston-based band didn't want to be accused of following a trend.

      Several albums on, Aerosmith are spreading their iconic wings. "We're already doing some good stuff, you know," says Tyler before yelping out a few bars of "Baby, Please Don't Go," written by Big Joe Williams and popularized by Van Morrison. "Joe's just rocking" on that song, Tyler enthuses, slapping his knee.

      The band is also covering tunes such as "All Your Love" by Otis Rush, "Broke Down Engine" by Blind Willie McTell, "Eyesight for the Blind" by Sonny Boy Williamson, and at least one by band favorite Peter Green, the original Fleetwood Mac guitarist. They've also included several originals, including, yes, a ballad.

      But don't expect the album to sound too traditional. The band has roped in Jack Douglas, producer of earlier albums such as "Rocks" and "Toys in the Attic," to recapture their stripped-down, live-in-studio sound. Douglas proved to be a canny improviser. "When we did 'Sweet Emotion,' that maraca you hear at the beginning, it's a sugar packet," says Tyler.

      Tyler warns against placing limitations on what blues should sound like. "I love the tradition of it," he says, "but I hate the fence around it, because it really is soulful and everybody should be coming from the soul."


  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} Blues Album Tracklisting
      Some tidbits are slowly emerging about the Blues album and it's songs. As of RIGHT NOW, here are the songs that LOOK to be on the album. Of course this can change at a MOMENT's notice...

      Back Back Train - Mississippi Fred McDowell
      All Your Lovin' - Otis Rush
      Baby Please Don't Go- Big Joe Williams
      Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf
      Broke Down Engine - Blind Willie McTell
      You Shook Me- Willie Dixon
      Temperature - Little Walter
      I'm Ready - Willie Dixon
      Eyesight For The Blind- Sonny Boy Williamson
      Stop Messin' Around - Fleetwood Mac
      NEW BALLAD TRACK (1st single?)

      My thoughts...
      Very ecclectic mix. Tyler and Perry should do a FINE job on these songs, many of them featuring some killer solos and harp work. The other 3 guys will groove the shit out of these songs!

      As for the 3-4 new songs, let's wait and see. Most likely the 1st single from this album will be that new "ballad" track. After all, something from this album has to sell it to the masses! And to me, if a song like "What It Takes" gets people to buy the album and turn them on to the blues classics on it, thats GREAT! ;-)

      I think the new song, Lizard, serves 2 purposes. It garners Aerosmith some limelight this summer, and reminds people they are still kickin. A balls out rocker, followed by the blues album ballad seems like a solid 1-2 punch to me. I would HOPE that a song like "Baby Please Don't Go" would eventually get radio airplay. We shall see.

      Well, that's all for now. More as I see fit....hehehe


  • That 70's Rock


      May 30, 2003 -- NORAH Jones won eight Grammys and sold 6 million copies of her debut album, "Come Away With Me." But don't expect to see her performing live at the nation's biggest concert venues. That honor is reserved for a slew of '70s acts like Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles.

      While new artists like Jones, 24, dominate the airwaves and sell millions of albums, the old folks are cleaning up at the box office.

      Last summer, five of the top 10 grossing tours were artists that came of age in the '70s, including Billy Joel and Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Neil Diamond and the Eagles.

      Three others were acts that debuted in the '60s: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Cher.

      Creed and the Dave Matthews Band rounded out the top 10.

      "Not everyone likes hip-hop, just like not everyone likes heavy metal or whatever else," said Rick Nielsen, the ballcap-wearing lead guitarist for Cheap Trick, whose 30th anniversary is next year.

      "Why do you still listen to Beatles stuff? It's just good stuff. Jimi Hendrix sells more records now than when he was alive."

      Peter Frampton, whose 1976 concert album "Frampton Comes Alive" has sold more than 16 million copies, said fans of '70s rock still want to see their heroes live.

      "There's more of us at this age group," he said. "We are the baby boomers, and our audience has followed us all the way through. It's also because there was a lot of good music in the '70s. Those bands were good then, and they're still good now."

      Norah Jones' manager, Steve Macklam, agrees that '70s bands have a much easier time at the box office than newcomers.

      "Most of the newer acts haven't had a chance to develop a following," he said.

      "The business these days, with its desire to turn a profit as quickly as possible, doesn't allow for the development of a fan base."

      With classic rock bands, he said, "You have a mom and dad and sister and brother that bring the whole family. It's a safe ticket. You know what you're getting."

      Also, fans of '70s bands are now in their 40s and 50s, and can afford high-priced concert tickets, while newer acts have younger fans with less money to spend. That means promoters make more money with older bands, no matter what size the venue.

      "The older acts draw largely older audiences with disposable income that are willing to pay a premium price for the best seats," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, the concert industry trade publication.

      "We're talking about the baby boomer generation, which is the first generation to grow up on rock 'n' roll, and as they got older, they kept their musical tastes the same."

      Bongiovanni predicted the top tours this summer would include Fleetwood Mac, Springsteen, and the Aerosmith-Kiss and Elton John- Billy Joel double bills.

      Other '70s acts touring this summer include Boston, Steely Dan, Heart, Meat Loaf, James Taylor, Chicago, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

      Ringo Starr once observed "It Don't Come Easy." It won't come cheap, either.

      Tickets for the Eagles at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, capacity 13,800, top out at $200, and Fleetwood Mac is charging $150 for their concert there.

      The best tickets for Elton John's show at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, capacity 4,249, go for $250. And Kiss is offering a "platinum package" this summer that includes one ticket in the first five rows, some concert trinkets and a backstage photo with the band - for a staggering $1,000.

      Meanwhile, Jones is scheduled to play the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., which has 7,000 seats plus an open-admission lawn, instead of the 20,000-seat Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford.

      The top ticket for June 27 Jones' show is $47.50.

      - Associated Press

      pulled from the new york post

  • Berklee Video Streams Updated AGAIN! (DMAAT)

  • Howard Stern (DMAAT)
      Wenesday morning, Howard Stern was talking about the WN party and how he likes Steven so much and his voice and all. He played a portion of the song and said how Steven and Willie sounded so good together

  • New pics up at Ross Halfin's Site of Joe at HOB (DMAAT)
      As posted by Serenity on AF1 board. I often visit Ross's site as he usually has some pretty great shots. The HOB pics are are on this page:

      FYI, if you've never taken the time to look through his Aero pictures, I would suggest you do! He's got some really great shots! You can simply change the addy in your browser to aerosmith12.html, 11, 10, etc.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Clarkston MI at Pine Knob Music Theater

      1986 Aerosmith plays in East Troy WI at Alpine Valley Music Center

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

Whitesnake - Live…In The Heart Of The City (1980)
Hell Yeah! It actually seems like I'll be seeing Whitesnake live next weekend! =) I've got my ticket for Sweden Rock Festival booked, so you can betcha Mr RTW Webmaster is gonna be rockin' hard to a great bunch of legendary bands (has-beens? never! ;) down in Sölvesborg in about a week from now. Whitesnake, Yes, Queensryche, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep, Blind Guardian... We'll see how many band I'll watch, but those six are on the top of my list of "bands I have to see." Others that could be fun include Twisted Sister, Sepultura, Motörhead, Masterplan, Budgie, Demon, Kamelot, A.C.T, Pagan's Mind, Angra, Y&T... the list goes on and on... =) As for Whitesnake, I hope Mr. Coverdale will do "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" for us, that would be so awesome! =) David, I hope you're listening?! ;-)

News as of May 29, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays in Detroit MI at Cobo Hall

      1983 Aerosmith plays in San Bernardino CA at the US Festival (date may not be correct)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Warsaw Poland at Shra Stadium (Extreme opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Ghent Belgium at Flanders Expo Hall

This day on the NPWIPP:
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Nick Drake - Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake (1969-1972)
Believe the hype! Sad singer/songwriter folk par excellence!

News as of May 28, 2003
  • Info on The Blues Album compiled by Karts
      Here is most of the known info on it. The songs that they have covered in the studio are rumored to include:

      1. Back Back Train - Mississippi Fred McDowell
      2. Broke Down Engine - Blind Willie McTell
      3. Goin' Down South - RL Burnside
      4. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
      5. Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf
      6. Temperature - Little Walter
      7. I'm Ready - Willie Dixon
      8. All Your Lovin' - Otis Rush
      9. Stop Messin' Around - Fleetwood Mac
      10. I'm A King Bee - Muddy Waters
      11. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters

      Of course not all those songs will appear on the album but these are songs the band has either played live, mentioned or said will indeed be on the album.

      Joe may be doing an original song rather than Stop Messin' Around. Rumor has it the album will be recorded at the site of the Wherehouse. Jack & Jay are working with the band on the product. has talked a lot about it and described it as much hyped and Nugent has said it is going to be the future of R&B.

      The band has said 2/3rd covers and 1/3rd original but lets see how it ends up.

      I personally think what would be cool would be a 2 cd set with one side being covers and the other all original.


  • Rugrats Go Wild Commercial
      There's a commercial running now for the movie, featuring our Aerosmith song in the background. They even announce that the soundtrack features a new song from Aerosmith.

  • Article on Willie show (DMAAT)
      Singer's party could become USA tradition
      Jonathan Storm Philadelphia Inquirer

      With tonight's tribute to a musician fans consider an American icon, cable's USA Network is trying to establish a Memorial Day tradition like PBS' annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, which aired Sunday.

      Songwriter-singer Willie Nelson celebrates his 70th birthday in a two-hour concert with a few friends ranging from rock heroes ZZ Top to uptown jazz lady Diana Krall.

      Last year on Memorial Day weekend, USA had Nelson in Nashville with some big-name buddies in Stars & Guitars. Plans are afoot for another starfest somewhere next year.

      This year, the show is called Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin' and it was recorded live April 9 at New York's Beacon Theatre. The musical assistants included Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Wyclef Jean, Lyle Lovett, Toby Keith, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Ray Price, Shelby Lynne and Shania Twain.

      Among the hosts: Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Clinton.

      Those expecting to see Nelson at his Whiskey River best will be disappointed. Dressed formally (for him) in black, with pressed pants, he is tentative amid the star power.

      If you don't count the everybody-on-stage finale of On the Road Again, Nelson has his most fun singing with a very old friend, Ray Price.

      Nelson gets misty, and most viewers will, too, when Ray Charles sinks his teeth into Leon Russell's sweet classic A Song for You. Russell, in a cowboy hat, starts the song, passing it off to Nelson. Both of them hush when Charles takes over, performing the bulk of the song as a solo.

      An even more unlikely threesome - Krall, Nelson and Costello - divide Nelson's Crazy into thirds, and each part is masterful.

      The editing can be a little choppy, but Live and Kickin' is pretty good television. How can it not be when you've got Steven Tyler standing there, growling One Time Too Many next to the man the Aerosmith frontman calls "the elder statesman of cool and the ambassador of good will and high times"?


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays in Detroit MI at Cobo Hall

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Hartford CT at Colt Park

      1983 Aerosmith plays in East Troy WI at Alpine Valley Music Center

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Indianapolis IN at Market Square Arena (Joan Jett opens)

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

Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
Anekdoten - 3 short samples from their upcoming album "Gravity" (2003)
Samples from their new album (soon to be released) downloaded from The official Anekdoten page. Sounds good! Not too unlike the sound on Opeth's "Damnation," or a more bleak and sombre Porcupine Tree, if you prefer...
Anekdoten - Sad Rain (1999)
Anekdoten - From Within (1999)
More MP3s from The official Anekdoten page. These are full-lenght, from their last album, "From Within." It appears as if I'll have to hunt down all of their releases... Gawd, Mellotron rules!

News as of May 27, 2003
  • QFM 96.3 in Columbus, Ohio
      The local radio station QFM 96.3 had, this weekend, The Indy 500 Of Rock Songs and Sweet Emotion was number one!

  • The Willie Nelson program (DMAAT)
      It appears the Setlist for the program (from the USA Site) that I posted here was correct. It's been reported that Steven's part is in the last 15 minutes. He came on around 10:40 P.M. Eastern time, like 3rd or 4th from last... and then at the end they have like a little birthday cake thing... but Steven blows some harp... Haven't seen it myself (obviously), but from what I hear just about everyone who watched it thought it was great... :)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Cincinnati OH at Cincinnati Garden

      1986 Aerosmith plays in St. Louis MO at Kiel Auditorium

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Joan Jett opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Rotterdam Netherlands at Ahoy Stadium (Kula Shaker opens)

      2001 Steven sings the Star Spangled Banner at the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis IN

This day on the NPWIPP:
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Neil Young - Decade (1966-1976)

News as of May 26, 2003
  • Walk This Way in Godsmack set
      Godsmack threw some Walk This Way into their drum solo in the middle of their set the other day. Tommy started the solo with another on the bongos and in the middle Sully joined him on another drum set. They were playing in unison and then they went back and forth and at the end they played some Walk This Way with a little Zeppelin. First they played a couple of notes, then they went in to it for thirty seconds or so...

  • 'Trick Rick Jams w/ Aerosmith pics - Oct. 23, 2001 (DMAAT)
      At the official Cheap Trick website, there are 8 pictures of Rick with the boys. You can find them on the 2nd page of their photo gallery.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays in Lewiston ME at Central Maine Youth Center

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Baton Rouge LA at LSU Assembly Center

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Des Moines IA at Iowa State Fairgrounds (with Ted Nugent and Dokken)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Foxboro MA at Foxboro Stadium (WBCN River Rave)

This day on the NPWIPP:
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il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (1972)
One of the greatest albums ever made!

News as of May 25, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays in South Yarmouth MA at Cape Cod Coliseum (with REO Speedwagon)

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Largo MD at the Capital Center

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Budapest Hungary at MTK Stadium (Extreme opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Milan Italy at Forum Di Assao

News as of May 24, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} AeroFANatic Lizard Sample has obtained a 22 second "sample" of the new Aerosmith track, "Lizard", from the upcoming "Rugrats Go Wild" movie soundtrack. The soundtrack is due in stores on June 10th, so the wait won't be all that long before we hear the full song (most likely next week)

      Because believes in "spreading the Aero love", we are offering the sample to ANYONE who wants to hear it. Some out there are like me who HAVE to hear and know EVERYTHING 1st. Some like surprises, and want to wait till the soundtrack is released. To each their own...

      To ANYONE who wants to hear this clip, simply send an email to with the following 2 items.

      1. The Subject Line reading "Lizard Sample"
      2. If female, your exact measurments please (with pics if possible). ô¿ô
      All emails NOT reaching the above requirment will be ignored. Just kidding. Just seeing what I can get away with! LOL off those emails and I will send out Lizard Love at MIDNIGHT tonight and once again tommorow at NOON!

      "Ooooooooh...must be GIZARD LOVE"!


  • Further info on Lizard Love from Clive Newton (DMAAT)
      It seems the original song, Lizard Love from the Get A Grip sessions involved multi-talented Brummie (ie born in Birmingham, UK), Jeff Lynne of Move, ELO and Travelling Wilbuys fame. Early last year, Sony postponed the re-mastering of the ELO archives and apparently this was done in part as they uncovered a massive load of archive material in the vaults - like 4000 hours worth. I think they were going to look at using some of it in regard bonus tracks on re-mastered albums (sort of a common theme to include bonus material these days*. The head of archiving even mentioned about this Lizard Love Aerosmith track they had uncovered.

  • Lizard! (DMAAT)
      As you read above, Chris was friendly and e-mailed the .wav to everyone who showed interest in the "Lizard" sample he had obtained. Me being one of them, I'm now happy to say that from the sound of this sample, I quite like this "new" song. I think one can definitely hear that it's a Geffen era track.

      I also hear Karts uploaded the .wav format Chris sent him of the sample for folks to download directly. As most of you know, .wav files are pretty large even for short clips so Aeroluvr went ahead and compressed it to CD quality MP3 format and then uploaded the new formatted file to the Files section of DMAAT for members of the group to download. The new file is only 18% of the size of the original one so folks on dialup should be able to download it much quicker. You can either left click on it which should automatically download it and open the appropriate player for you OR you can right click and save target as on your own computer, then open the file later. The name of the file is liz.mp3 and again, it's in the FILES section of the group. Thanks again to Chris and Karts and MusicMatch software which allows users to convert the files LOL!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays in Providence RI at the Palace Theater

      1975 Aerosmith plays in Dayton OH at Hara Arena

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Mobile AL at Municipal Auditorium (Point Blank opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Cincinnati OH at Riverbend Music Center (Ted Nugent opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Columbus OH (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Graz Austria at Sfzentrum (Extreme opens)

      2001 The Screaming Demon race car is unveiled with driver Jeff Ward

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

Aerosmith - Lizard (1992/2003) (21 sec .wav clip)
Shadow Gallery - Legacy (2001)

News as of May 23, 2003
  • Interesting news in the latest from John B... (DMAAT)
      John B. Checks In From The Road 5-22-03

      New News from Beantown:

      Last Saturday night Gibson Guitars unveiled the new Joe Perry model Les Paul guitar at the House of Blues in Cambridge, MA. The guitar was made by the Gibson custom shop in Nashville. Billie Perry designed the cool tiger pattern seen on a classic Les Paul body. Gibson didn't want to just release the guitar without any fan fare so they decided to throw a party that would kick off the guitar's release with a bang. For everyone there I think they succeeded with flying colors. The first band signed to Joe's record label, "Roman Records," Porch Ghouls, were the main musical guests. They rocked the house and were joined by Joe for some old blues tunes starting with "Goin' Down South." Then, main Ghoul, Eldorado Del Rey, introduced the Demon of Screamin' - Steven Tyler - who came to the stage to play a killer rendition of Mannish Boy. The Ghouls closed the set with their signature song, "Bluff City Ruckus," with Joe wailing on lead. Brad, Tom and Joey were also in the house enjoying the evening's festivities. The guitar should be available to the public by the time the boys hit the road in August.

      Monday - the band went into a sound stage movie studio to shoot a short video for Nickelodeon for the new "Rugrats" movie. The guys were shot in front of a green screen. The video was for a song called "Lizard" and will be included on the soundtrack.

      Also - Aerosmith will be at this year's Z100 Zootopia radio show at Giants Stadium in NJ on Sunday, June 1st. It will be their first "official" show since December. The band will perform a short set and then head right back home to continue recording their next release.

      --John B.


  • Willie Event, from USA Network Site (DMAAT)
      Don't miss a very special 70th birthday celebration for country music legend and American icon Willie Nelson! Willie will be joined on stage by some of the biggest names in music for this once-in-a-lifetime concert event, including Ray Charles, Kenny Chesney, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp, Shelby Lynne, Ray Price, Leon Russell, Paul Simon, Shania Twain, Steven Tyler, and ZZ Top. Also featuring special appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Ethan Hawke, Ali McGraw, and Bill Clinton. Don't miss a second of the party, only on USA Network!

      Mon, May 26 9:00 PM
      Mon, May 26 11:00 PM
      Sat, May 31 2:00 AM

      *All times listed are US/Eastern. Please check your local listings.



      Setlist for the Program Per USA Site

      I Didn't Come Here And I Ain't Leavin' - Willie Nelson
      Nightlife - Eric Clapton & Willie Nelson
      Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Shania Twain
      Homeward Bound - Paul Simon & Willie Nelson
      Me & Bobby McGee - Sheryl Crow & Kris Kristofferson
      Beer For My Horses - Toby Keith & Willie Nelson
      Crazy - Diana Krall, Elvis Costello & Willie Nelson
      To All The Girls I've Loved Before - Wyclef Jean & Willie Nelson
      Wurlitzer Prize - Norah Jones & Willie Nelson
      San Antonio Girl - Lyle Lovett, Ray Price & Willie Nelson
      She Loves My Automobile - ZZ Top & Willie Nelson
      Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground - Shelby Lynne
      A Song For You - Ray Charles, Leon Russell & Willie Nelson
      I Couldn't Believe It Was True - John Mellencamp
      Run That By Me One More Time - Ray Price & Willie Nelson
      I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again - Toby Keith
      Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning - Kenny Chesney & Willie Nelson
      One Time Too Many - Steven Tyler & Willie Nelson
      Forever And For Always - Shania Twain & Willie Nelson
      On The Road Again - All



      Backstage Video and a Pic also from USA Site

      - Video of Willie discussing just-released song he recorded with Steven Tyler

      Note: When you get the box to pick your player, you "may" have a time trying to get to the actual part of the box to select the one you want…I did. It came up as a too small box that at first I could not scroll or move in to get there but just highlight some text and move around your mouse some and you'll eventually get it LOL!

      - A pic of Willie and Steven

      Other videos of Willie from backstage including a general impression of the night can be found at

  • Guns N' Roses' cover of Mama Kin
      Cole reports:

      Mama Kin orginally appeared on the Guns N' Roses EP "Live?!*@ Like a Suicide". It was a 4 song EP, with two covers (the other being Nice Boys, by Rose Tattoo). Then Guns released Appetite for Destruction in 1987. Then came their album "GN'R Lies," it was broken into two parts with the "Live?!*@ Like a Suicide" EP being the first four songs and the last four were acoustic numbers (featuring the infamous One in a Million)
      ANYWAY.....I read in a interview, sorry can't reference it or anything, but Axl said, about Live?!*@ Like a Suicide....."if you think those tracks are live, you're fuckin crazy!"


      Claudia confirms:

      It was a studio recording with added "noise". All the "live" tracks on Lies were done like that. Rumor has it the "noise" is from an AC/DC concert.

  • Joe on WZLX (DMAAT)
      A regular listener of ZLX reports that Joe was not on the other day. She never heard the original announcement though, so could have been the wrong date, or the wrong station??

  • TV Guide (DMAAT)
      In this week's TV Guide, date starts tomorrow, there's a story about Willie and a small pic of ST and him.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Birmingham AL at Jefferson Civic Coliseum

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Richfield OH at Richfield Coliseum (Ted Nugent opens)

      1995 The group Chicago releases their album Night and Day: Big Band featuring Joe Perry playing on Blues in the Night

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Vienna Austria at the Stadtalle

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Tinley Park IL at the World Music Amphitheater (Afghan Whigs open)

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

Gentle Giant - Edge Of Twilight (1970-1974)

News as of May 22, 2003
  • James Hetfield talks about Aerosmith
      In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Metallica's vocalist James Hetfield talks about sobriety and his love for Aerosmith. Excerpts below:

      Did you go to many summer festivals when you were younger?

      Probably the most memorable was the California World Music Festival. It was one of those two-day things. The first night was Ted Nugent and Van Halen -- no, Aerosmith. I must have been fifteen or sixteen. I remember following around my buddy, who was selling drugs. He tore up a part of his ticket -- it had a kind of rainbow edge -- and he cut it into bits and sold it as acid. I was like, "What are you doing, man?" He used the money to buy beer.

      What were the bands like?

      I was a huge Aerosmith fan. I could not believe I was seeing them so close. I worked my way up there as far as I could. There was something magical about seeing them as actual live people, not just pictures on an album. The real coolness of Joe Perry, especially. It's impossible for him to be uncool. And I remember I was blown away by the fact that Steven was calling the crowd "motherfuckers." I was like, "Whoa -- are you supposed to do that?"


  • Joe on WZLX
      Still haven't heard anything about it, so maybe he wasn't on...

  • Guns N' Roses cover of Mama Kin
      This isn't exactly Aerosmith news, but Aerosmith related. On the official Guns N' Roses " Lies" album (originally on Live Like A Suicide), the cover of Mama Kin was supposed to have been recorded live in concert. But on a GNR bootleg I recently uncovered called "Demos: No Refrain", I discovered 2 demo versions of Mama Kin and one of them was the exact same version as that found on "Lies" sans the audience noise. It seems that GNR made a true studio recording of Mama Kin, but decided to put in on a live album. Does anyone else out there have any information to support or discredit this assumption? Any information would be appreciated.

      -Mike (in Kansas City)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Sunapee NH at Mt. Sunapee State Park (with Gunnison Brook)

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Atlanta GA at The Omni

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Detroit MI at Joe Louis Arena (Armored Saint opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Albuquerque NM at Tingley Arena (White Lion opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Chatanooga TN at Memorial Auditorium (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Munich Germany at Olympiahalle (Extreme opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in East Troy WI at Alpine Valley Music Center

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

Traffic - The Collection (1967-1971)
Edge of Sanity - Crimson (1996)

News as of May 21, 2003
  • Gibson Site Article and Pics! (DMAAT)
      Monday May 19th, 2003
      Joe Perry and Gibson Custom launch new signature model at House of Blues in Boston

      Aerosmith's Joe Perry launched his new signature guitar Saturday (5/17) at the House of Blues in Cambridge, MA, with an exclusive VIP party highlighted by a jam session and the donation of guitars to area schools.

      Every element of the Gibson Joe Perry Signature reflects the personal taste of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, from the "Green Tiger" top finish to the "Boneyard" logo to the custom pickup wiring. The guitar was conceived by Perry's wife Billie while they were visiting Gibson's Custom Shop in Nashville. Billie conspired with Gibson to secretly build a guitar with a highly flamed "tiger stripe" maple top and a unique finish she called "green tiger." She presented it to Joe for Christmas 2002.

      Perry liked the guitar so much he immediately added it to his working collection - "The prototype is always two feet away from me down in the studio," he says. With a few additional modifications to make it a truly personal instrument, the guitar that started out as a gift became a Gibson Custom Shop model.

      "Joe Perry's guitar work has been a defining element of rock and roll music for the last three decades, and Joe's personal taste is reflected in every element of the Gibson Joe Perry guitar," said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. "Holding this instrument is like shaking hands with a rock legend."

      In addition to the distinctive top finish, the guitar sports Perry's "Boneyard" logo on the headstock, which is the name of his home recording studio and the brand of his new hot sauce. Perry's specifications also include a neck with a thicker profile than the standard Gibson neck and a pickup that is wired in reverse to add a distinctive "edge" to the tone of the guitar.

      Also during the signature guitar launch event, Perry donated guitars to various Boston local schools including Hopedale Jr-Sr High School, Cambridge Rindge Latin School, Somerville High School and Sunapee Elementary. The schools will be the recipients of new Gibson Custom Non Reverse Firebird guitars.

      Aerosmith is currently in the studio recording a new album to be released this fall. You can catch them on tour with musical monsters KISS beginning August 4th (UH S/B 2ND!).

      Watch for a full-length interview with Perry in the next issue of the Gibson/Baldwin Player e-zine.

      PICS FROM THE EVENT! Photo Credit: Michael Manning



  • Joe on Boston Radio this morning (DMAAT)
      Supposedly Joe Perry was gonna be on Boston's WZLX 100.7 this wednesday morning around 8:00am. If anyone local listened, please e-mail me a report!

  • Was Tyler ever on Miami Vice? (non-news)
      I got en e-mail this morning asking me if I knew if Steven was ever on Miami Vice, or if this was only a joke? I didn't know for sure, but figured some of You who are out there might know. If he was actually on it, I would love to know the exact scene. Please send me an e-mail if you know!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1988 Aerosmith plays in Pueblo CO at the State Fairgrounds (White Lion opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Nurburg Germany at Nurburgring

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Anekdoten - Vemod (1993)
Dark, Heavy and Progressive in the Red-era King Crimson vein!
...och jo, visst är det tämligen vemodigt också... good album! :)

News as of May 20, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} Rugrats Go Wild
      Here is the upcoming tracklisting for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon movie, "Rugrats Go Wild". Soundtrack to be IN stores June 10th...

      1. Lizard - Aerosmith (previously unreleased)
      2. Message In A Bottle - American Hi-Fi (previously unreleased)
      3. Island In The Sun - Weezer
      4. Atomic Dog - George Clinton
      5. True To Myself - Ziggy Marley
      6. Ready to Roll - Flashlight Brown
      7. Big Bad Cat - Bruce Willis/Chrissie Hynde (previously unreleased)
      8. Better Beware - Lisa Marie Presley
      9. Frustrated, Unnoticed - Damone
      10. Get Loose - D4
      11. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - The Clash
      12. She's On Fire - Train
      13. Holiday - Nobody's Angel (previously unreleased)

      A few things.
      1. Lizard, the song, is the Get A Grip outtake called "Lizard Love". Not sure if "Lizard" is now the title or if I had recieved a typo. This song was under consideration for the Jurassic Park movie, but shelved. Back in 1993, I was told this song had the sound of "cars being crunched up and dropped to the ground". Now, I am NOT sure iof this song has been re-worked or not, or what have ya. But It would be ODD to me that a heavy kick ass rockin song would be on a kids soundtrack. We'll have to wait and see.

      2. The song is the lead song on the album which leads me to belive this song will be the 1st "single" from this soundtrack. With that, expect a video to be shot and all. Maybe this partly explains the bands participation in Z-100's "Zootopia" concert.

      3. This soundtrack is from HOLLYWOOD RECORDS, which is a DISNEY label. So for those of you wondering the tie-in...there ya go.

      This soundtrack is out in 3 weeks, so this news will all be flooding out very soon. THIS definitly remains something VERY interesting to watch!!!!

      As always, has the scoop for ya. Accept no substitutions...


  • Rugrats Movie Soundtrack (DMAAT)
      Clive reports:

      The soundtrack for the "Rugrats Go Wild" movie (out June 13) is out in the shops in 3 weeks (June 10th). The Aerosmith tune starts the soundtrack CD (track 1) and is called "Lizard." I wonder if this has any connection to the GAG outtake from 92 called "Lizard Love."

      What tracks Aerosmith can't compromise to get on albums they tend to get out by other means, such as the soundtrack "scene" - since 1990 (and did between 88-94 use singles as well) and basically they release the original studio outtake except in the case of "What Kind of Love Are You On" was re-recorded when they did IDWTMAT. The first Jurassic Park movie soundtrack came out in the same timeframe as GAG (May 93).

      I expect they were looking for a Lizard/Dinosaur based song although it's not evident in whether Reptar is in this latest movie. From the various data on the movie, it looks kind of like the Rugrats do Swiss Family Robinson and then bump into the Thornberries. Maybe it has a sort of Lost World twist. The soundtrack itself is surprisingly got some major names on it in the rock world etc. I know the Rugrats trailer is using The Clash song (quite appropriate in their Hall of Fame year - R.I.P.Mr Strummer).

  • The original Lizard Love lyrics
      Lizard Love
      (Steven Tyler)

      I was walkin' down the street
      When someone called my name
      She had spiked heels on her feet
      And she was feelin' no pain

      Ohhh must be Lizard Love

      So I hid behind the newspaper
      Turned to page six
      She was in her birthday suit
      Behind a crucifix


      She was hangin' big booty
      She was puss n' boots way up to here
      She's a little bit of heaven, a 24-7
      A 10 every day of the year

      Now there must be some mistake
      I'm feelin' so high strung
      She said 'I make love like a snake
      I even got a forked tongue'

      At first I thought I was dreamin'
      That I'd wake up and she'd dissappear
      But when I opened up my eyes
      She was laughing and a screamin' swinging from the chandlier

      You know I never seem to give
      Or ever get enough
      And I just can't seem to live without
      That sweet bodacious stuff


      1992 Swag Song Music Inc.


      WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: As Chris pointed out, it does seem odd to find a "heavy kick ass rockin song" (with the sound of "cars being crunched up and dropped to the ground") on a kids soundtrack. Reading through the lyrics for "Lizard Love," to me, makes it seem even less likely that "Lizard" would really be the same track. We'll see... :)

  • Stuff Magazine
      The article was an update from last years' Ugly Rock Stars. Steven was listed as getting 28% uglier. Only Russell Crowe (from 30 Odd Foot of Grunts) had a higher percentage of ugliness at 37% uglier.

      Steven was also on the television version of the Stuff article... it was called the FUGLIEST men in Rock (or something like that) and Steven was apparently joined by Flea from RHCP, Slash and the guy from REM.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA on a boat in Boston Harbor at Rowe's Wharf (with Commonwealth Irregular Marching Band and The Oiltones)

      1976 Aerosmith plays in Mobile AL at Municipal Auditorium

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Hollywood FL at The Sportatorium (Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush open)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Saginaw MI at Wendler Arena (Ted Nugent opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Denver CO at McNichols Sports Arena (White Lion opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Prague, The Czech Reupblic at the Sports Hall

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Afghan Whigs open)

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Marillion - B´sides Themselves (1982-1987)
A compilation like this truly shows what a fine band Fish-era Marillion really was. This is a collection of non-album material, single b-sides, but most of this is actually so strong that I feel it could definitely have qualified for inclusion on either of their first four studio LPs. This CD starts off with the pre-debut LP epic "Grendel," a 17 min track that surely is one of the main reasons why Marillion early on got the reputation of sounding like early Genesis... I don't think they sound that alike, but credit must still be given to Marillion for carrying on their legacy into the '80's, when Genesis themselved had sold their souls and gone pop...

News as of May 19, 2003
  • Rugrats Movie Soundtrack? (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith Song to Appear on New Rugrats Movie Soundtrack

      5/16/03 - Could Phil and Lil Deville become the new Toxic Twins? Rumor has it the Rugrats will be rockin' with the boys on their new upcoming movie. Keep posted here for more info.


  • Boston Globe - Joe's Party (DMAAT)
      THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Taking a break from recording Aerosmith's latest - a blues record due out in September - guitarist Joe Perry threw a private party Saturday night at the House of Blues in Cambridge. The event, to introduce Gibson Guitar's new ''Joe Perry Signature'' ax, was packed with Perry's friends, family, and famous bandmates - Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton , and Joey Kramer all showed up. Perry, wearing a fedora and smoking a cigar, said he'll donate several of the custom-made guitars to local schools. Of Aerosmith's summer tour with those rock 'n' roll clowns, Kiss - the tour kicks off Aug. 2 in Hartford and stops at the Tweeter Center Aug. 25 and 27 - Tyler said it should fun: ''Hey, Hendrix toured with the Monkees and it didn't seem to hurt him.'' Technically, the bands are coheadlining, but Tyler said Aerosmith will be closing all of the shows. ''I look at it this way,'' he said. ''Good music is like good sex, it starts with a little foreplay ... a little kiss.'' Make that a lot of Kiss.


  • Da Boys at The Matrix: Reloaded sneak preview (DMAAT)
      The Aerosmith crew helped ``The Matrix: Reloaded'' make a load of dough at the box office. The Bad Boys From Boston saw the movie at a sneak preview in Braintree.


  • Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Back Back Train" (DMAAT)
      Aeroluvr did a search and found a couple of clips of the song the guys talked about that they were working on the night before in the Zoo100 interview MP3 (if you missed the post here the first time, listen here) - Back Back Train by Mississippi Fred McDowell (1966). The first is a Real Media clip, the second is Windows Media clip.

      - Back Back Train (Real Media)
      - Back Back Train (Windows Media)


  • Cool "rumor" - Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert (DMAAT)
      Wendy writes:
      I found this out last night after watching The Winston (Nascar race) on FX. There was a QVC shopping program that aired on FX immediately following the race where they were selling Nascar-related items. They had a couple of guests on the show and the last one was Ty Norris, who is the Executive Vice President of Motorsports at Dale Earnhardt Inc. and also spotter for Dale Earnhardt Jr. They were selling a color chrome version of the Tribute Concert car that Dale Jr. drove in the Talladega Busch race last month and Ty was talking about the concert coming up in June. He said that DEI would have a huge announcement this week concerning the 7th act that has been booked for the concert. Dan Hughes asked if he could "sneak it in" because it was late and "nobody's watching." Ty responded, "If you're not staying up and you're an Aerosmith fan, you should be checking us out." Dan said, "But we didn't tell them who it is," and Ty responded, "No, I just said if you're a fan of a band from Boston who's been around for three or four decades...." "rumor has it", Aerosmith is going to be performing at the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert in Daytona Beach (at Daytona International Speedway) on June 28th. Other acts performing will be Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Hootie & the Blowfish.

      Thanks for being a NASCAR/QVC fan Wendy!!!

      I will of course post the "official" announcement from proper media sources once it is truly confirmed.

  • Stuff Magazine (DMAAT)
      Stuff Magazine has Steven Tyler in it, though not a very kind mention. He was listed on the "Ugliest Celebrities" list... Not sure what issue, but it has Tyra Banks on the cover. . .

  • Reminder - Willie Nelson and Friends: Live & Kickin' (DMAAT)
      Just a reminder...the Willie Nelson special on USA network is coming up pretty soon. Here are the four airdates listed so far:

      Willie Nelson and Friends: Live & Kickin'
      05/26/03 09:00 pm ET
      05/26/03 11:00 pm ET
      06/01/03 02:00 am ET
      06/01/03 09:00 am ET

      From: RockOnTV - the ultimate guide to music on television

  • Picture of cool 1971(!) Aerosmith concert poster (DMAAT)
      An high school dance poster from '71 mentioning the "popular Boston group" Aerosmith can be seen at

  • The Guitar (DMAAT)

  • Videos from Berklee (DMAAT)
      For anyone who was having problems with the video of the commencement, go to AF1, member or not, and click on the Picture of the Week, or news, and it will give u a link that says something like "more info" or something, click that and it gives you a choice of to listen to his speech, watch and listen, or listen to the concert.. Just some help for any who was having trouble...

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Huntsville AL at the Von Braun Civic Center

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Kalamazoo MI at Wings Stadium (Ted Nugent opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Memphis TN at Mid-South Coliseum (Joan Jett opens)

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

The Savage Rose - Savage Rose 25 (1968-1993)
Annisette, what a voice!! =)

News as of May 18, 2003
  • Boston Herald (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith guitar god Joe Perry and his proteges, the Porch Ghouls, rocking the House of Blues at the Gibson Guitar party for the new Joe Perry Signature model


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays in Baltimore MD at the Civic Center

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Lakeland FL at the Civic Center (Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush open)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Kalamazoo MI at Wings Stadium

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Salt Lake City UT at the Salt Palace (White Lion opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Antioch TN at Starwood Amphitheater (Joan Jett opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Nuremburg Germany at Rock IM Park

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Dark Tranquillity - Projector (1999)

News as of May 17, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} Z100 Zootopia
      Per Chris of ^A^,

      Aerosmith WILL be at this event, to be held on June 1st at Giants Stadium in NJ.

      Guess this gig (and possibly a few others) will be used to shake the rust off, test out a new song possibly, and stay in the "minds" of the remind of the upcoming tour.

      Most likely will be only 3-5 songs, but still cool to hear.


  • Joe's Guitar Launch at HOB today (DMAAT)
      Joe Perry guitar launch
      (CNN) -- Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is unveiling his signature guitar at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday.

      Gibson Web site:

      The Gibson brand guitar, dubbed the Gibson Joe Perry Signature, was first inspired by Perry's wife Billie. She secretly conspired to build a prototype of the guitar with the people at Gibson, making sure it donned a "Green Tiger" top finish and a "Boneyard" logo on the custom pickup wiring.

      She gave the guitar to Perry for Christmas last year, much to his liking. "The prototype is always two feet away from me down in the studio," he said in a press release.

      "Joe Perry's guitar work has been a defining element of rock and roll music for the last three decades, and Joe's personal taste is reflected in every element of the Gibson Joe Perry guitar," said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. "Holding this instrument is like shaking hands with a rock legend."

      In addition to Saturday's guitar launch, Perry will be donating guitars to the Duxbury School System music programs. Representatives from the school will be at the House of Blues to accept the donation.


  • Interview / Win Front Row Tickets - AF1 - Zootopia (DMAAT)
      You can listen to the interview Steven and Joe did this morning using the link below and also enter a contest to win front row tickets to this event.

      CLICK HERE to hear the Joe Perry / Steven Tyler Z100 interview. (Aerosmith_On_The_Zoo.mp3)


      This just in - Aerosmith will play Giants Stadium on June 1 at one of the hottest parties of the summer! Are you missing out on the Aerosmith/KISS tour? Or you just can't get enough of the Bad Boys? Aerosmith rounds out the Z100 madness with Jewel, Ja Rule, Third Eye Blind, TLC, Mariah Carey and other artists at Zootopia 2003.

      Exclusively for AF1 members, we have a pair of FRONT ROW tickets to give away! If you and a friend can be in the New York / New Jersey area June 1st to represent for Aerosmith, email Just shoot us your name, address and phone number by midnight Sunday May 25.

      A winner will be chosen at random and notified by AF1 on Monday May 26. We'll post the winner's review from the front row online!

      More information about Zootopia.
      Tickets are still available!

  • US Magazine 5-12-03 picture (DMAAT)
      Click the picture below for a bigger version of this full page pic scanned from US Magazine 5-12-03. It's from Liv's wedding featuring her, hubby, Mia and Chelsea.

      scan from US Magazine 5-12-03

  • Winner for Joe Contest... (DMAAT)
      Posted by AF1 Tom on AF1 board today....(I'll post the "who" part when we get it)

      Here is some information that you might like to know.

      We have found a winner - and they have been notified. We are awaiting confirmation and will post the winner's name on the boards ASAP !!

      The question was:
      When have Aerosmith and KISS been on the same stage before, name the cities and years?

      And the answer is:
      Owings Mill, (Baltimore), Maryland at The Painter's Mill Music Fair March 24, 1974
      Detroit, Michigan. Michigan Palace April 7, 1974

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Miami FL at the Jai Lai Fronton

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Indianapolis IN at Market Square Arena

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Nurburg Germany at Nurburgring

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Salt Lake City UT at the Delta Center (Afghan Whigs open)

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Marillion - Real To Reel (1984)

News as of May 16, 2003
  • Steven/Joe on Z-100 re: Zootopia show (DMAAT)
      Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will appear on Friday, May 16 at 8:30 am on Z-100 in New York City. Why? Rumor has it they'll make a special announcement, having something to do with the much-hyped Zootopia show this summer. Maybe, just maybe, Aerosmith will be playing at the show? Z100’s Zootopia 2003 concert is on Sunday, June 1st at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford NJ! Don't forget to tune in to Z-100 tomorrow morning!
      If you don't live in New York City, don't worry...we'll post the Z-100 interview online right here.


  • Boston Area AF1 Members - Hang w/Joe Contest.... (DMAAT)
      Hang with Joe Perry

      Do you live in the Boston area? Can you get to Boston Saturday May 17th? How would you like to hang with Joe Perry for the evening? A lot of questions, huh? Gibson Custom shop is releasing Joe's new guitar at a secret Boston area location next Saturday and he wants you and a friend to be there for this private event. Join Joe and friends as they celebrate this occasion with an open bar, buffet, and music from Roman Records recording artist, Porch Ghouls.

      How do I get in on this? The first person to email the correct answer to this question and that can really, truly get to Beantown wins!

      Q. Aerosmith and Kiss have played together on the same stage twice before. Can you name the cities and year in which they played? Email us your answer!

  • Audio clip of Dream On from Friday Night (DMAAT)
      AF1 has put up an audio clip from the Dream On performance at

      They credit Berklee but I can't find the Dream On clip on the Berklee site. If/when I do I will post a direct link. But this isn't in the private area of AF1 so should be OK. is in .wma audio format.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Columbus OH at the Ohio Center

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

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Roxy Music - Roxy Music (1972)
OK, I'll willingly admit that I've never been able to stand Bryan Ferry... Voice, musical style and (I'll admit) especially look and image... However, I borrowed this, their debut, from a co-worker today, and I gotta say there's actually some pretty cool stuff on here... Being a huge fan of Van Der Graaf Generator I love chaotic saxophones in a rock context, and Eno's passion for experimentation made for some really weird-ass sounds all over, which really appeals to me. There was a time before Roxy Music was a crappy Ferry-dominated pop band, where they made fantastic cool music, the best track perhaps being "Re-make/Re-model"... It all went downhill after Eno left, I guess, but this ain't half bad, really!

News as of May 15, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Lowell MA at Rogers Hall School

      1975 Aerosmith plays 2 shows in Boston MA at the Boston Garden

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Atlanta GA at The Omni (Frank Morino and Mahogany Rush open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in New Orleans LA at New Orleans Superdome (Joan Jett opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Helsinki Finland at New Hall

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

News as of May 14, 2003
  • Steven's speech video (DMAAT)
      Did everyone watch Steven's Saturday speech video yet? As a reminder, be sure to select the correct speed for your connection to view it. There is one page that has the full transcript and the links to the video now...

      From the site re: Friday night's concert performance:
      The 2003 Commencement Concert was broadcast live on the Internet, and will be archived on the Berklee website for future viewing.

      And from: where you can also view his video from it says.....

      Following are videos of the addresses delivered at Berklee's 2003 Commencement. Tune in later this week for video of the Tribute Concert.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Jacksonville FL at the Jacksonville Coliseum

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Omaha ME at the Civic Center (Ted Nugent opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Calgary Canada at the Olympic Saddledome (White Lion opens)

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Pain of Salvation - Entropia (1997)

News as of May 13, 2003
  • Transcript of Steven's Commencement Speech! (DMAAT)
      Commencement 2003

      Steven Tyler's remarks to the Berklee College of Music graduating class of 2003, delivered at the Reggie Lewis Track Center, Boston, Massachusetts, May 10, 2003

      Honoree Steven Tyler delivers his commencement address.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, very much. Uh, huh! For those of you that were there last night, I wanna thank you all for letting me be the lead singer of the greatest, no, the second greatest rock band to come out of Boston. From that concert last night, to let me sing along with you all, it was a beautiful, beautiful thing. Yes, it was.

      You know, this is great. I can remember when I was four years old, I said to my mother, "Mommy, when I grow up I wanna be a musician." She said, "You can't do both." And I love this state. And then my mother sang to me:

      Kimo, kaimo, stair-a-stair. Ma-hi, ma-ho, ma-rumstick-a-pumpernickle, soup, bang, knit cap, parliament, cameo, I love you.

      Three years old. So, I interpreted that now to uh,

      This is not candy store rock and roll, corporation jelly roll, play the singles, it aint me, it's program insanity, you ASCAP or BMI, could ever make a mountain fly, (Breath) if Japanese can boil teas, then where the hell's my royalties?!

      You see how that works? So, now a Doctorate. This is a profound honor, because it comes from an institution that is dedicated to the pure art of music.

      Now, I've always believed in the power of music. I'm driven by it. I always knew it was my life. In fact, I used to drive by Berklee, passed out in the back of a van on my way home from a midnight set at Bunratty's, where we played for beer and the owner still tried to stiff us.

      A career in music is a road that's constantly under construction. Mine was paved with passion, ambition, and a series of extremely lucky mistakes.

      So, in all likelihood, our musical educations were very difficult, although we're very different. Though with some of you that may be debatable. The important stuff is the same. We share those qualities of passion and ambition. All of us in this room may be different shapes, sizes, colors, may have different interpretations of a G string, and come from different places.

      But it's the DNA that tags us as members of the same tribe. In other words, we're all here 'cause we're not all there. And that's a really good thing! Just think, I'm being honored in the same company as Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, David Bowie, not to mention the brilliant and talented Dianne Reeves. It's an embarrassment of riches.

      I'm very honored, um, flipped out with the work that's been done here at Berklee. It's a refuge for everyone who thinks in rhyme, walks in rhythm, and dreams of melody. Everyone who draws a breath just to hit a note. Shakespeare called it the food of love. Thomas Carlyle called it the speech of angels, and John Lee Hooker called it a healer. So I suppose that makes this a well fed, heavenly place of healing. Long may you serve the cosmic spirit.

      I'd like to thank Berklee president Lee Berk, Gary Burton, and all the trustees. Thanks to my mother for reading me fairytales and singing me to sleep, and who wove music into the tapestry of my everything. Thanks to my family now who support me in every way I know. And thanks especially to my father, Victor Tallarico, for letting his magic flow over me as I sat beneath his Steinway piano while he played. And my thanks to you, the class of 2003.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1978 Aerosmith plays in Birmingham AL at Jefferson Civic Coliseum

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Jacksonville FL at Mississippi Coliseum (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Sacramento CA at Arco Arena (Afghan Whigs open)

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The Perishers - From Nothing To One (2002)

News as of May 12, 2003
  • US mag
      US magazine (w/ Kelly Clarkson on the cover) has a nice little story, along with pictures of Liv and hubby, and a nice one of Chelsea and Mia and some other guest. None of the father of the bride, however. The small story reads:

      Liv Tyler 25 and Royston Langdon,30 who wed in a candlelit ceremony in Barbados on March 25, celebrated at New York city's Pastis restaurant on April 25, the over $50,000 shindig, paid for by her father, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was attended by friends, including Kate Hudson and David Bowie, to cap off the night, Steven sang for the new Mr. and Mrs. "It was very emotional an eyewitness tells Us.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Charlotte NC at Charlotte Coliseum

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Cedar Rapids IA at Five Seasons Arena (Ted Nugent opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Edmonton Canada at Northlands Arena (White Lion opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Birmingham AL at the Jefferson County Coliseum (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Hamburg Germany at the Sporthalle

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The Savage Rose - Savage Rose 25 (1968-1993)

News as of May 11, 2003
  • Steven's mom on the degree.... (DMAAT)
      Steve Tyler honor resounds at Berklee
      As mother looks on, rocker gets degree
      By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 5/11/2003

      Sitting amid 600 cap-and-gown-clad graduates from the esteemed Berklee College of Music, Susan Tallarico gazed at her son yesterday, her eyes filling with tears.

      ''He made it,'' she sighed, shaking her head. ''Look at him with that scraggly hair. I mean, who would've thunk it?''

      Tallarico is not quite like other misty-eyed mothers snapping their cameras at sons and daughters on their final collegiate walk. Her son is the 55-year-old legendary rocker Steven Tyler, whose gypsy-scarved, hip-hugger look and howling falsetto have propelled Aerosmith to the heights of arena rock fame for three decades.

      Yesterday, the lead singer of the Boston-born hard rock band - along with two-time Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves - drew screams from the crowd as they accepted honorary doctorate degrees from the same college that unearthed stars like producer Quincy Jones and singers Melissa Etheridge and John Mayer.

      Wearing a grey, black, and red gown and a black velvet cap, Tyler mingled onstage with the Berklee College president, Lee Eliot Berk, and the 58-year-old school's board of trustees.

      And oddly enough, Tyler, the only robed man on stage wearing several silver hoop earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, appeared to be in his element.

      ''I remember when I was 4 years old, I told my mother I wanted to be a rock star when I grow up,'' Tyler said to the graduates. ''She said, `You can't do both.'''

      For Tallarico and her husband, Victor, to watch their son, who has struggled publicly with drug addiction and a career that nearly self-destructed, was to experience something they thought was out of reach.

      ''Breathless, that's what I am, breathless,'' Tyler's mother said. ''It was a hard way to earn his cap and gown, he fought a long and hard fight, but he did it.''

      Tallarico couldn't help but mention one of the toughest battles Tyler had to overcome: his highly publicized addiction to heroin, opium, cocaine, and other drugs during the turbulent late '70s and early '80s.

      Tyler said his mother was born in New York City to a family of musicians. For years, Tyler has credited his father, a Juilliard-trained high school music teacher, as his core inspiration. Reminiscing, Tyler yesterday thanked him, especially for allowing him to sit under the Steinway piano during his father's practice sessions.

      A drummer at an early age, and trouble-maker during his teens, Tyler was asked not to return to high school. So instead, he poured his angst and creativity into the gritty blues-driven hard rock that moves generations today.

      Moving to Boston in 1960, Tyler, taking his rightful place in front of a microphone, met the musicians now known as Aerosmith. And by 1973, the group found its groove.

      But with the fame came the hardships that punctuate the cliches surrounding fallen rockers like ''sex, drugs, and rock and roll.'' Hard-core drug use and in-fighting among band members resulted in the band's breakup and Tyler's near bankruptcy.

      But by 1983, after a drawn-out struggle kicking his addictions, Tyler and his bandmates reunited and the group reclaimed the throne as one of rock and roll's preeminent bands.

      It's something that makes not only mom but Tyler's dad nod his head in respect.

      ''I've always been very proud of him; I never expected this to happen,'' said Victor Tallarico of his son's college degree.

      And as the crowd burst with laughter, a bespectacled Tyler stood, doctorate in hand, twirling his pink '03 tassle and flirting with the audience with winks and his infamous mouthy grin.

      Calling his success ''a series of lucky mistakes,'' Tyler urged his fellow graduates to rock on.

      Just the night before, during Berklee's traditional commencement concert, Tyler dazzled students and professors by jamming with Berklee students and singing Aerosmith's 1973 breakthrough hit, ''Dream On,'' a ballad by which today's rock bands still measure their own power-ballad stylings.

      ''For those of you that were there last night, I want to thank you for letting me be the singer of the greatest ... um ... the second greatest rock band out of Boston,'' he quipped as his family cheered on.

      This story ran on page B3 of the Boston Globe on 5/11/2003.


  • Nine pics of Steven getting his Degree (DMAAT)
      Actually one is from the previous night - click on each smaller version on the left of the caption to see full sized ones:

      Captions read:

      Rock and Roll legend Steven Tyler, center, receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Provost Harry Chalmiers, left, and college President Lee Eliot Berk, during Berklee College of Music's 2003 commencement, Saturday, May 10, 2003, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

      Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler smiles during commencement at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Saturday, May 10, 2003. Over 600 students received diplomas at the ceremony along with Tyler, who received an honorary Doctor of Music degree. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) AP - May 10 2:58 PM

      Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, right, gestures as he is introduced during the Berklee College of Music's 2003 commencement as college President Lee Eliot Berk, left, looks on, Saturday, May 10, 2003, in Boston. Over 600 students received diplomas at the ceremony along with Tyler who received an honorary Doctor of Music degree. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

      Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler (R) gives Grammy winning jazz singer and fellow honorary degree recipient Dianne Reeves (L) a bouquet of flowers during the 2003 commencement ceremonies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, May 10, 2003. Both musicians received honorary Doctor of Music degrees and addressed the graduates during the ceremonies. REUTERS/Jim Bourg REUTERS

      Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler applauds his own parents in the crowd before receiving an honorary Doctor of Music Degree during the 2003 commencement ceremonies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, May 10, 2003. Tyler also addressed the graduates during the ceremonies. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

      Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler hugs an unidentified graduate after she received her degree during the 2003 commencement ceremonies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, May 10, 2003. Tyler received an honorary Doctor of Music degree and also addressed the graduates during the ceremonies. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

      Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is hooded with an honorary Doctor of Music degree by Provost Harry Chalmiers (L) and college President Lee Eliot Berk (R) during the 2003 commencement ceremonies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, May 10, 2003. Tyler also addressed the graduates during the ceremonies. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

      Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler adjusts his academic mortar board and tassle during the 2003 commencement ceremonies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, May 10, 2003. Tyler was given an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee during the ceremonies. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

  • Lots more pics... (DMAAT)
      On the Berklee sure to download the large versions but only for your OWN viewing as they are intended for accredited news stories about Steven/the event which is why the higher quality. Here's the index page and the disclaimer:

      USAGE NOTE: photographs of Steven Tyler are for accredited news use only, and only in connection with Steven Tyler's appearances at Berklee College of Music on May 9 and 10, 2003. They may not be archived for use in any subsequent story about Steven Tyler or Berklee College of Music. ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY FARNSWORTH BLALOCK PHOTOS

      Captions for pics of Tyler read:

      President Lee Eliot Berk with honorees Dianne Reeves and Steven Tyler, and producer Arif Mardin '61 H '85.

      Honoree Steven Tyler delivers his commencement address

      Honoree Steven Tyler, performs with students at the Friday night commencement concert.

      Honoree Steven Tyler, performs with students at the commencement concert.

      Commencement honoree Steven Tyler meets with students, following the commencement concert.

  • Steven on CNN (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith frontman gets honorary degree

      Saturday, May 10, 2003 Posted: 8:47 PM EDT (0047 GMT)

      Steven Tyler during the Berklee College of Music commencement BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Years ago, Steven Tyler and his bandmates would drive by the Berklee College of Music after playing a midnight set at a local bar for beer.

      On Saturday, the music school awarded the longtime Boston-area resident and Aerosmith frontman with an honorary doctorate degree in music.

      Tyler recalled telling his mother when he was 4 years old that he wanted to be a musician when he grew up. His mother told him he couldn't do both.

      "A career in music is a road that's constantly under construction," he told the 695 graduates. "Mine was paved with passion, ambition and a series of extremely lucky mistakes."

      He described music as "a refuge for everyone who thinks in rhyme, walks in rhyme and dreams of melody."

      Jazz vocalist and two-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves was also awarded an honorary music doctorate degree from Berklee.


  • Berklee's article (DMAAT)
      Jazz Vocalist Dianne Reeves and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Honored at Berklee College of Music's 2003 Commencement

      Students perform high-wattage concert tribute to Reeves and Tyler; both honorees give inspirational, surprise performances

      Pianist Rafael Alcala of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico awarded Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship

      BOSTON, May 10, 2003 - A record 695 graduates from some 50 countries received degrees today at Berklee College of Music's 2003 Commencement, held at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston. Honorary doctor of music degrees were presented during the ceremony to Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, and iconic, rock frontman Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

      Both honorees addressed the graduating class and more than 3,000 guests in attendance. A two-time Grammy winner, Dianne Reeves is regarded as one of the purest. most emotive voices in jazz. She noted the importance of taking chances in one's art, saying, "Last night I saw, I was so inspired by the performances of all of the students. And the edge is your friend. See, when you have your tools in order, you can go to that edge, and jump off, and just fly. Everybody was flyin' last night!"

      Reflecting on the communication that music affords people of entirely different backgrounds, Reeves said, "…they should call this school, instead of Berklee College of Music, "Berklee College of the language of the soul." This language that we speak is so special. I've had the opportunity to travel all over the world and sing to people who don't even speak English, but understand the exchange of the soul."

      Rock legend and a true, Boston hometown hero, Steven Tyler gave a sweet and introspective take on musicians being chosen by music, rather than the other way around. He told the graduates, " I can remember when I was four years old, I said to my mother, "Mommy, when I grow up I wanna be a musician." She said, "You can't do both."

      Tyler also spoke to what was common to every musician, saying, "We share those qualities of passion and ambition. All of us in this room may be different shapes, sizes, colors, may have different interpretations of a G string, and come from different places. But it's the DNA that tags us as members of the same tribe. In other words, we're all here 'cause we're not all there. And that's a really good thing!"

      In accepting their honorary doctor of music degrees from Berklee, Reeves and Tyler joined the ranks of such esteemed past recipients as Duke Ellington, David Bowie, Count Basie, B.B. King, Sting, James Taylor, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Quincy Jones, and Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan.

      The Commencement Concert

      The 2003 Commencement Concert took place the evening before graduation, on Friday, May 9, in the Berklee Performance Center. Many of the college's most accomplished students - many of them graduating seniors - presented this tribute to the honorees, performing selections from each of their extremely distinguished careers.

      Among the twenty songs performed were Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion," as well as Reeves' "Nine," and a song very much associated with her career, "Hello, Haven't I Seen You Before."

      Each of the honorees joined the student band onstage to perform - a Berklee Commencement tradition that has been carried forward by previous honorary doctorate recipients Duke Ellington, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, Chick Corea, and a host of other performing greats, over the last 30 years.

      Dianne Reeves was moved to go onstage and call for "a blues in G," inviting several of the student singers on stage. They took turns scatting and improvising lyrics in the moment, trading lines and clearly enjoying themselves.

      Later, Steven Tyler came to the stage to sing lead with the students in a sweeping, emotional version of Aerosmith's "Dream On," augmented by horns and a string section. Both honoree performances were met with thunderous, standing ovations from the capacity crowd.

      The 2003 Commencement Concert was broadcast live on the Internet, and will be archived on the Berklee website for future viewing.

      The Billboard Endowed Scholarship

      During the commencement concert, student Rafael Alcala from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico was presented with one of Berklee's most prestigious awards, the Billboard Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship, presented annually to outstanding student performers, was established at Berklee in 1995 with a major gift from Billboard magazine. Alcala, a gifted jazz pianist in his third year at Berklee, will lead a student quartet representing the college at September's Monterey Jazz Festival.

      About Berklee College of Music

      Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing 70 plus countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Peoria IL at the Civic Center (Ted Nugent opens)

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Grand Funk Railroad - Capitol Collectors Series (1969-1974)
Area - Crac! (1975)
Paatos - Live at The Shrine, Kolingsborg, Stockholm, Sweden 2002-09-27

News as of May 10, 2003
  • Brad and Tom joined Joey at Zildjian event! (DMAAT)
      Cymbal company celebrates 380th birthday with a bang
      By Justin Pope, Associated Press, 5/9/2003 18:19

      NORWELL, Mass. (AP) When you've been making cymbals for drummers for 380 years, there's only one way to celebrate a birthday.

      With a bang.

      Dozens of percussionists classical, jazz and rock, shaggy-haired and clean-cut, famous and obscure gathered Friday to celebrate the birthday of Zildjian, the world's best-known maker of cymbals and a company whose roots in 1623 Constantinople give it a claim to be the world's longest-running family owned business.

      ''Every classical musician I know, (every) percussionist, their ambition is to come to Norwell to the Zildjian factory and find the cymbals they will use in their philharmonic or orchestra,'' said former John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones, one of the guests at Friday's ceremony.

      There were speeches from politicians and from the latest generation of Zildjians to lead the company, chief executive Craigie and her sister Debbie, the vice president of human resources.

      And as is wont to happen when drummers gather, there was plenty of noise, including a jam featuring Boston musician Johnny A. Also in the house were Aerosmith guitarists Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton, joining drummer Joey Kramer.

      Much of Zildjian's history is fuzzy, and the company isn't even exactly sure how many generations of Zildjians have held in their hands the top-secret family formula for treating alloys to make them emit a special ring.

      The company line is that it all began with their ancestor Avendis I, an alchemist in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey), who whose cymbal-making expertise caused the sultan to bestow on him the name ''Zildjian,'' which means ''cymbal maker.''

      Zildjian's reputation spread, and some European classical composers insisted their pieces be performed on Zildjian instruments. But it was essentially part-time work, and the tradition almost died out when the Armenian family moved to the United States in the early 20th century.

      ''It was my grandmother who spoke to my grandfather and said, this is too romantic a story, this is like a dynasty,'' Craigie Zildjian said in an interview Friday. ''She said you can't break the record here, it's been going on too long.''

      So, in 1929, Avendis Zildjian III opened the first U.S. factory in Quincy. He and his son also built a real business, working with music legends like Gene Krupa and Papa Jo Jones to develop new products like the ''Paper Thin Crash'' and ''HiHat'' cymbals.

      ''My father was the musical one,'' Debbie Zildjian said. ''He instantly related to all these artists and began experimenting with different shapes, different weights, different sizes.''

      After another boost during the Beatles craze, Zildjian now sells more than 500,000 cymbals a year and claims a 65-percent market share. The cymbals retail for anywhere from $100 to up to $750 for a custom 22-inch ride.

      For drummers, cymbals may be the most important part of a drum kit.

      ''I can play any drum set, but I can't play any cymbals,'' said Terry-Lynne Carrington, who has played with Herbie Hancock and travels with the Zildjian cymbals she has endorsed since she was 11. ''Cymbals define your sound.''

      The secret formula, meanwhile, is kept close to the chest. Only four people know it even the plant manager and vice president of manufacturing are in the dark.

      Keeping a family business going from generation to generation is no easy feat. Fewer than one in ten survive to a fourth generation, said Paul Karofsky, the executive director of Northeastern University's Center for Family Business, who has consulted for the family.

      The problem is usually a failure to communicate, manage effectively and resolve conflicts between the inherently different value systems of families and businesses, he said.

      There have been challenges. A dispute after Craigie's grandfather died in 1979 was resolved only after her father, Armand, who died last year, bought out his brother's shares.

      But Karofsky says the company is serious about running a family business effectively. Any young Zildjians who want to enter the business must work elsewhere first to gain experience. Nobody is guaranteed a job.

      ''They recognize how hard it is for family business to survive, they recognize the complexity, and they want to make sure they beat all the odds, and they do it beautifully,'' Karofsky said.


  • Berklee tribute (DMAAT)
      The "tribute" to Steven was included in the webcast last night. I guess some of the Aerosmith songs were done by the orchestra before the tribute, but I've seen no reports confirming this yet... The actual "tribute" was full of footage, etc. Some guys later did "Last Child" - Blue Grass style! While probably not to likes of most fans, Steven seemed to love it... He also did "Dream On" with the students. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" and "Jaded" was also covered, from what I hear. AF1 and Berklee will offer it for replay, by the way.

      Pic of Steven and Dianne Reeves from the concert

      Pic of Steven and Dianne Reeves from the concert

      Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves , left, and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler are seen after a tribute concert on their behalf by Berklee College of Music students, Friday, May 9, 2003, at Berklee College in Boston. Reeves and Tyler will be receiving honorary doctor of music degrees at the school's commencement Saturday, May 10. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

      Today at the commencement ceremonies, they receive their honorary doctor of music degrees....begins at 10am....

  • Fan Club Packages in the press..... (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith unveils special ticket packages for KISS outing
      by Jon Zahlaway
      liveDaily Staff Writer
      May 9, '03 3:07 p.m. PT

      Aerosmith fans willing to shell out some big bucks have a shot at primo seats and backstage access for the band's upcoming co-headlining tour with KISS.

      The Boston-based rockers are offering members of their fan club--Aero Force One--a choice of three premium ticketing packages, the most extravagant of which costs $595. That price will get the buyer early entry into the venue, backstage access to a pre-show VIP party where one can "experience first-hand the pre-show mayhem that typically only crew and artists experience," and a "guaranteed seat in the first five rows," according to a band announcement. The packages also "often include chances to meet the band and crew."

      KISS is offering its fans deluxe ticketing packages as well, prices for which max out at $1,000 and include a backstage photo with the group in full makeup.

      Aerosmith and KISS kick off their co-headlining run in early August, and will make stops in more than 30 cities. The tour itinerary appears below.

      Aerosmith's most recent studio release is 2001's "Just Push Play." The group is currently at work on a blues album. Bassist Tom Hamilton talked about the upcoming tour and the work-in-progress album in a recent message posted at the group's website.

      "We've been learning old blues songs," he said. "Some of the recordings we're schoolin' on are from the thirties and forties so it's hard to hear everything in a lot of detail but there's enough for us to eat up and try to spit back. At any rate we're putting our spin on them and making them ready to be on an Aerosmith record. We've also been working on originals and we have a few of them cookin' pretty good."

      As for his group's upcoming outing with KISS, Hamilton said that it's "[f]unny how things work out. We used to play with them in the seventies but both bands made it pretty big and we went our separate ways. Those guys have always been in a world of their own so it never occurred to us--until recently--that we would be a good match to tour together. The more we thought about it the more we realized it would be a blast to try it out."

      Hamilton went on to say that he and bandmates Steven Tyler and Joe Perry hit it off with KISS anchormen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during a recent national radio broadcast to announce the tour.

      "It was great talking [to Gene and Paul] about all this stuff because there aren't that many other bands that we can relate to about that time period. It was like meeting somebody that you shared an experience with and getting to compare notes for the first time."

      [Note: The following tour itinerary has been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of 09-May-2003. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist web sites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]

      Check for Aerosmith tickets:

      August 2003
      2 - Hartford, CT - Meadows Music Theatre
      4 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
      9 - Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion
      11 - Holmdel, NJ - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
      13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
      15 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Stadium
      17 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
      19 - Columbus, OH - Polaris Amphitheater
      21 - Burgettstown, PA - Post-Gazette Pavilion
      23 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Six Flags P.A.C.
      25, 27 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
      29 - Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
      31 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium

      September 2003
      3 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
      5 - Tinley Park, IL - Tweeter Center
      6 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
      12 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
      14 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
      17 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
      19 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
      20 - Raleigh, NC - Alltel Pavilion
      23 - Antioch, TN - AmSouth Amphitheatre
      25 - Bonner Springs, KS - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
      27 - Maryland Heights, MO - UMB Bank Pavilion
      30 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

      October 2003
      2 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Centre
      4 - Selma, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
      5 - The Woodlands, TX - C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
      8 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
      10 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
      12 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
      15 - Chula Vista, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
      18 - Devore, CA - Glen Helen Pavilion


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in New York City NY at Madison Square Garden (Black Sabbath opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Tallahassee FL at the Leon Civic Center (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at the Nihon Budokan Hall

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Manchester UK at the Nynex Arena (Shed Seven opens)

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Supertramp - Supertramp (1970)
While I don't find this record that strong composition wise, the sound is certainly quite lovely, akin to early Genesis. I'm not sure how great the Genesis influence was on Supertramp at this point, if at all... I mean, this apparently came out in 1970, and Genesis themselves also put out their first prog record, "Trespass," the same year. I suppose either this came out later in the year, or it's just a coincidence that the vocalist on here has a voice that sounds quite similiar to Peter Gabriel's at times...? Oh well, as I said, while this ain't exactly a compositional masterpiece, instrumentally it sounds very pleasing to my ears... :)

News as of May 9, 2003
  • BTM Prism Winner (DMAAT)
      Could be considered a bit odd, as none of the footage used in Aero's BTM about the really bad period in Aero's history was (new) from Steven for example. All of the footage shown about him addressing that period when the band was broken up and he was in the pit of his addiction was pieced together from old interviews as he refused to contribute new discussion on that period. Anyway, they received an award for it anyway...


      Posted on Fri, May. 09, 2003
      Prism Award to "Skins" for realistic depiction of alcohol abuse Associated Press

      LOS ANGELES - "Skins," the independent film about life on an Indian reservation, was honored for its accurate depiction of alcohol use and addiction at the seventh annual Prism Awards.

      The awards are presented by the Entertainment Industries Council Inc. in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health for works the groups believe do the best job of accurately portraying drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.

      "Skins," about two Sioux Indian brothers facing unemployment, violence and alcohol abuse, won the Prism award for best theatrical feature film.

      In a new theatrical performance category added this year, Val Kilmer was honored for his portrayal of a vengeful widower who becomes hooked on methamphetamine in "Salton Sea." Television performance awards went to Neve Campbell, Bernie Mac, John Spencer, Tim Matheson and Noah Wyle.

      The awards ceremony took place Thursday at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre and is scheduled to air on the FX Network in May.

      The following is a complete list of Prism winners:

      Theatrical Feature Film: "Skins"

      Performance in a Theatrical Film: Val Kilmer, "Salton Sea."

      Prism Film Festival Award: "Never Get Outta the Boat."

      TV Comedy Series Episode: "Yes, Dear: Jimmy Saves the Day," CBS.

      TV Comedy Series Multi-Episode Storyline: "The Bernie Mac Show: Sweet Home Chicago," FOX.

      Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Bernie Mac, "The Bernie Mac Show."

      TV Drama Series Episode: "Strong Medicine: Contraindications," Lifetime.

      Performance in a TV Drama Series: Tim Matheson and John Spencer, "The West Wing," NBC.

      TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline: "ER: Abby's Alcoholism," NBC.

      Performance in a TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline: Noah Wyle, "ER," NBC.

      TV Daytime Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline: "The Young and the Restless: Episode #7447 and 7450," CBS.

      TV Movie or Miniseries: "Wasted," MTV.

      Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries: Neve Campbell, "Last Call," Showtime.

      TV Children's Live Action of Animated Series Episode or Special: "Ozzy and Drix: Where There's Smoke," WB.

      TV Teen Non-Fiction Series Episode or Special: "Flipped: Smoking and Tobacco," MTV.

      TV Biographical Series Episode or Special: "VH1's Behind the Music: Aerosmith," VH1 and "The E! True Hollywood Story: Andy Dick," E!

      TV Documentary or Newsmagazine Series Episode or Special: "Sudden Impact: The Ripple Effects of Drunk Driving," NBC.

      TV Unscripted Non-Fiction Series Episode or Special: "Judge Hatchett: Carrie's Out of Rehab," Sony Pictures Television.

      TV Talk Show Series Episode: "The Ricki Lake Show: Ephedra: Miracle Supplement or Deadly Drug?" Sony Pictures Television.

      Music Recording: Kenny Chesney, "The Good Stuff," and Ivan Neville, "Ode to 5 a.m."

      Comic Book Issue or Multi-Issue Storyline: "Cat Woman #1, 6-9."

      Community Service Effort: AnimAction TEAM Awards.


  • Minor Perry mention in this Nugent article (DMAAT)
      Nugent enjoys second career as a best-selling author
      Rocker to play at Germain Amphitheatre next week
      Thursday, May 8, 2003

      ThisWeek Staff Writer
      "Get ready to rock, doc."

      Guitar-playin', book-writin', moose-shootin', Second Amendment- supportin' Ted Nugent is coming to Germain Amphitheatre (formerly Polaris) as a special guest of headlining ZZ Top at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Kenny Wayne Shepherd also will perform as a special guest.

      As he makes his away across the country with his band, he'll also be hitting bookstores here and there to promote Kill It & Grill It, a Nugent cookbook.

      "The Nuge," as he calls himself, recently released "Full Bluntal Nugity," a DVD that includes 12 songs from a live concert in Detroit.

      His latest CD, "Craveman" (Spitfire Records, 2002), is his first since "Spirit of the Wild" seven years ago.

      "God, is it good," he said. "I am not white. Write that down -- he is not white."

      Nugent said he doesn't keep track of sales so much although he thought it was about 100,000 so far.

      "I just kind of go mindlessly forward with the musical jihad that compels me every day," he said.

      He said at this point in his career, he does it all for fun.

      "It is more fun now than ever because I'm married and I can focus on the music," he said. "The dynamic of virtuosity that I'm surrounded with is so compelling, is so fulfilling for me on a musical level that it has a life of its own. And I really do get giddy beyond high every time I get to play with this caliber of musicianship that I'm surrounded with."

      He said he's still impressed, though, with the success he's having.

      "I love when we crush the status-quo assumptions of the industry standards," he said. "To defy gravity is one of my favorite tricks."

      These days, Nugent, 54, is equally known for his stance on gun rights.

      He even has a son named Rocco Winchester Nugent, who, along with his other son, Toby, hunts with his dad frequently.

      "In fact, Rocco's such a good shot, we're changing his name to Lee Harvey Nugent," he joked.

      Nugent's best-selling book, Kill It & Grill It, was published last year by Regnery Publishing Inc. His wife, Shemane, was the co-author.

      "Yeah, well that's a great book," he said. "It's got, I think, more recipes for quality of life than it does for quality of barbecues."

      Kill It & Grill It includes hunting anecdotes and wild-game recipes by Ted and "Queen of the Forest" Shemane, as well as directions for cleaning and preserving wild game.

      The book is written with a style that "nugentizes" the English language.

      His last book, God, Guns, & Rock 'n' Roll , also was a best-seller.

      This summer or fall, Nugent plans to reissue his 1990s book, Blood Trails: The Truth About Bow Hunting. And in 2004, he plans to release Blood Brothers, which he describes as an overview of what mankind needs to get back to.

      He also is the editor/publisher of his Adventure Outdoors magazine.

      Of course, Nugent is an avid hunter although he didn't get his first kill -- a doe -- until he was 20.

      "This last season, I hunted every morning, every afternoon from Sept. 10 to Feb. 18," he said.

      Right before a shoot, he says a prayer as a means of focusing on his "archery ballet," adding that he doesn't shoot on sight but on instinct.

      "I do it on all of my shooting, whether I'm just practicing, plinking or a serious big moose in front of me," he said. "It's a three-step maneuver, which is spot, form, release."

      The long-haired, 6-foot, 2-inch, 180-pound Motor City Madman said there are other rockers who share his political views, pointing to Sammy Hagar, Edward Van Halen, Kid Rock, Metallica's James Hetfield and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, to name a few. HELL YEAH!

      Not long ago, a radio station in Michigan ran a poll that suggested Nugent could defeat sitting Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2006 if he were to challenge her.

      So will he try?

      "It's not off the table; it's a possibility -- remote but, nonetheless, possible," he said.

      Nugent said he's never been into drugs and alcohol; he's even a DARE spokesman and runs a program called Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids.

      He said Ohio's plan to cut funding to DARE is a mistake.

      "That's a shame. I've seen these dedicated men and women of law enforcement, the DARE program, literally save kids' lives," he said. "It's not been a perfect program, but it's been the best there is. It's a shame they're abandoning it because I believe it's been very important."

      A few years ago, Nugent received the James Fenimore Cooper Award "for weaving in a dynamic and diverse overview of the human experience as it pertains to nature."

      More recently, he was re-elected to a third term on the National Rifle Association, but he isn't looking to replace Charlton Heston as president.

      He commented on the status of Ohio's concealed-carry law.

      "Any obstacles for individuals of proper reputation -- in other words, nonfelons -- to ever need any kind of permit for the right to keep and bear arms is an indication of a cultural deprivation at the hands of an apathetic sheeplike society that embarrasses me, angers me," he said. "To think that some man can tell this man if, where or when I may be able to defend myself is absolutely repugnant to me. ... I find that spiritually, intellectually and constitutionally offensive. And I'm fighting with all my might to rectify that."

      For more information about Nugent, visit his Web site at

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Bloomington MN at the Met Center (Ted Nugent opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Savannah GA at the Civic Center (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

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The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card (1980)
Not really bad, but nothing particulary exciting either. Sounds a bit like Camel of the same period (late '70's/80's) at times. Well, it's perhaps the other way around... I've read Camel started to sound like Alan Parsons Project, but having heard Camel first...

News as of May 8, 2003
  • More On Joey's Event Friday (DMAAT)
      Looks like some of his bandmates will be joining him for this event. Since Steven has his concert tribute later that same night at Berklee....hmmmm......

      MAY 07,2003 11:00 PACIFIC 14:00 EASTERN
      (BW)(MA-ZILDJIAN) ADVISORY/The Avedis Zildjian Company Celebrates 380th Anniversary; Company Honored as the Oldest Continually-Owned Family Business in the U.S. --(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Avedis Zildjian Company Celebrates 380th Anniversary -0-

      WHAT: The 380th anniversary celebration of the Zildjian Cymbal Company

      WHERE: 22 Longwater Drive in Norwell, Massachusetts

      WHEN: Friday, May 9th at 3:30 p.m.

      Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer (and other members of the superstar group), Lenny Kravitz's drummer Cindy Blackman, Grammy award winning jazz drummer Terry-Lynne Carrington (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter) and drumming legend Elvin Jones (Jazz Machine, John Coltrane, etc.) are just some of the music luminaries that will be on-hand to join in the celebration.

      The U.S.S. Constitution Color Guard will open and close the ceremony by posting/retiring colors as the crew of the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy salutes the oldest family business in the United States.

      Craigie Zildjian, the first female CEO in the history of the company, will receive a designation from Dun and Bradstreet officially declaring the Zildjian Cymbal Company as the "oldest continually-owned family business in the United States."

      Congressman Bill Delahunt will lead local and state politico's including Governor Romney or Lt. Governor Healy (a proclamation declaring it Zildjian Day in Mass. will be presented).

      President Bush is sending remarks to be read at the event courtesy of his Chief of Staff Andy Card.

      Due to Zildjian's heavy involvement with music in education, principally through the Berklee School of Music, the Boston Arts Academy (the performing arts high school Berklee supports) chorus and percussion ensemble will be performing. Rounding out the formal musical salute will be singing Massachusetts State Trooper Dan Clarke.

      The on-site after party which follows the one-hour ceremony will feature national recording artist Johnny A., and we may even see some of the attending superstar drummers engaging in a monster jam!

      **Note to Producers: B-Roll of the factory operations (i.e. cymbals being made, tested, shipped, etc.) can be provided upon request. Mult box is available.


  • Nervous Church to begin filming... (DMAAT)
      Movie based loosely on Liv Tyler's discovery of her father being Steven


      Nervous Church set for big screen
      6.40AM BST, 22 Jun 2002

      Singer Charlotte Church has admitted that she is "really nervous" about her forthcoming film role.

      The 16-year-old - who has just finished her GCSEs - starts filming the British comedy, The Family Business, in London next week.

      Set in Wales, the film tells the story of a young girl called Olivia who finds out that her father was a once famous rock star. It is loosely based on the life story of US actress Liv Tyler who discovered her father was Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler.

      Charlotte was speaking as she toured the children's ward of the University Hospital of Wales in her hometown of Cardiff.

      She was there in her capacity as patron of the Noah's Ark Appeal, which is raising money to build the first dedicated children's hospital in Wales.

      She said: "I am delighted to be here today for the Noah's Ark Appeal. I am so pleased my exams are over and I do not to have to do any more maths.

      "I am off to London now to start filming. There is no rest for the wicked."

      "This is my first film role. I have only done a bit of acting before so I am really nervous but excited at the same time.

      "I play a really clever girl called Olivia. I will be singing in the role but it will be very different from my normal stuff."

      In April, Charlotte and Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones joined former cricketer Ian Botham on his walk around Wales to raise money for the Noah's Ark Appeal.


  • Ticket info from AF1...
      NEW Aerosmith tix avail. for select cities

      Are you ready for more Aerosmith?
      AF1 has secured additional Velvet Rope, Top Tier and Tier Two seats for members in several venues like Wantagh/Jones Beach (Aug 4 show), Hartford, Chicago, Buffalo, St. Louis, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Did someone say R-O-A-D-T-R-I-P!
      CLICK HERE to view a complete tour schedule and listing of available tickets.

      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. Available cities: Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Hershey and St. Louis.

      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 some of the best seats in the house. Available cities: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, East Troy, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Jones Beach.

      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 some of the best seats from the venue's second ticket price tier. The locations of tier 2 tickets vary by venue, but are the best available to AF1 from the venues 2nd ticket price tier. Often, fan club seating in this tier will begin around the midpoint of reserved seating.Available cities: Cincinnati, Columbus, Buffalo, Hartford, Hershey, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington DC and Jones

      Beach. HUGE SALE! in the AEROSMITH store. Check out seasonal close-outs. Some items up to 50% off.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Aerosmith plays in Pontiac MI at Silverdome Metropolitan Stadium

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at Winnipeg Arena (White Lion opens)

      1997 Aerosmith starts the Nine Lives tour in Newcastle UK at Newcastle Arena (Shed Seven opens)

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

The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire (1972)

News as of May 7, 2003
  • Collector's eZine
      from Collector's eZine
      May 2, 2003

      = = =


      A cardboard cut-out of German diva Marlene Dietrich that appeared on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band beat all expectations on Wednesday as Beatlemania hit a London saleroom.

      An avid Italian collector of Beatles memorabilia paid 86,250 pounds ($137,700) for the autographed life-sized photographic figure of Dietrich in an ivory satin dress -- more than four times the top pre-sale estimate.

      "It was fantastic. In the end it came down to three telephone bidders," a spokesman for auction house Christie's said.

      It was the high point of the sale of pop memorabilia, which was dominated by mementoes of the Fab Four. Also on sale were items from Aerosmith and The Who, and even Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's bikini.

      A lock of Reggae king Bob Marley's hair with a 1980 tour postcard went to a U.S. collector for 2,585 pounds, more than double its pre-sale estimate, while Michael Jackson's pillowcase went for just 446 pounds -- at the low end of expectations.

      Geri Halliwell's bikini fetched just above its pre-sale figure at 705 pounds.

  • Icon (DMAAT)
      No Aerosmith appearance at all.

      As soon as they invited Slash, he knew he had a schedule conflict - Kentucky Derby - so he asked if he could do a tape and they said only if it was done PRIOR to the taping....hmmm...wondering if that was the same situation w/Aero...still no mention....wouldn't it be a drag if indeed they DID go to the trouble to do a tape and it was left out?

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1990 Aerosmith plays in Atlanta GA at The Omni (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at the Nihon Budokan Hall

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Hollywood CA at the Hollywood Bowl (Johnny Lang opens) -- David Woodford joined in on sax for "Walkin' The Dog." Steven introduced that song by saying "It was 20 years ago...", and then Joe had to correct him onstage and say it was 25 years ago...LOL.

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

Steve Hackett - Voyage of the Acolyte (1975)
Sounds (not surprisingly) like Hackett-era Genesis. Nice! :)
Big Brother And The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills (1968)
Janis!! :)

News as of May 6, 2003
  • Joey and Brad check out the Enzo (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith boys gear up for event; silent stars make the scenes
      By Carol Beggy, Globe Staff, 5/6/2003

      DRIVE THIS WAY Aerosmith's Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford will be on hand later this week when Cafe Louis and Ferrari and Maserati of New England host the regional unveiling of Ferrari's newest model, the Enzo. The invited guests (What? You didn't receive your invite?) will enjoy an Italian-themed lunch by Cafe Louis chef David Reynoso and then tour a display of more than 40 new and vintage Ferraris, including the rare Ferrari 340MM (fewer than 50 were ever made, we're told) and a Ferrari 212 Barchetta, which has an estimated value of more than $5 million (bet they don't park that on Newbury Street.) Joining the Aerosmith boys will be a guest list packed with loyal Ferrari owners and loyal Louis Boston customers. (We imagine that's the only models they come in: loyal.)


  • More on Joey's schedule this week.... (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith sticksman Joey Kramer will headline Zildjian's 380th birthday bash (article on it below) Friday and then cruise into Cafe Louis the next day for a Ferrari fete.



      ( BW)(MA-AVEDIS-ZILDJIAN) Avedis Zildjian Cymbal and Drumstick Company Celebrates 380th Anniversary, Honored as Oldest Continually-Owned Family Business in the U.S. Entertainment Editors/Business Editors
      NORWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2003--

      Zildjian Employees Celebrate Milestone During May 9th Event

      Steve Gadd, drummer for Eric Clapton and Paul Simon, and Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, are just two of hundreds of professional percussionists that depend on the Norwell, Massachusetts-based Avedis Zildjian Company for the high-quality instruments that help them make music to our ears.

      This year the Zildjian family will celebrate 380 years of helping artists make music and they're doing it in perfect pitch. To commemorate this landmark birthday, Zildjian is hosting an anniversary celebration at its Norwell headquarters that will feature musical performances by Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dan Clark and both the Boston Arts Academy Chorus and Jazz Ensemble. Political figures including Governor Mitt Romney, congressional delegates and several representatives from the Town of Norwell have also been invited to celebrate the milestone.

      Honoring the loyalty and pride of all Zildjian employees is at the heart of the event, and during a special presentation, Dun & Bradstreet will formally name Zildjian as the oldest continually-owned family business in the United States. Avedis Zildjian III brought the company to the U.S. in 1929 and his grandchildren now carry on the tradition. CEO Craigie Zildjian, the first female in the fourteen generation history of the family to head the company, and Debbie Zildjian, vice president of human resources, know this honor extends far past the Zildjian bloodline to include each and every Zildjian employee in the 380 years of the company's existence.

      "Zildjian's legendary passion for creating quality cymbals began as a personal dream by Avedis I in 1623. Over the course of business, our family's pride and dedication for creating superior instruments naturally extended to every Zildjian employee," says Debbie Zildjian, vice president of human resources, Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company. "There's something inside Zildjian employees that makes us feel proud each time we see a musician using a Zildjian crafted instrument to express themselves."

      The family knows that without the skill, dedication and enthusiasm, demonstrated daily by the employees, Zildjian would not be as successful as it is today. The company's state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Norwell is the birthplace of hundreds of thousands of cymbals--precision crafted with the latest technology before being tested and honed for quality by more than 100 Massachusetts residents. As the worldwide market leader, Zildjian cymbals are sold to musicians of all disciplines around the globe. Zildjian's cymbals inspire drummers of all skill levels to artistically express themselves through jazz, rock, pop, alternative and classical genres.

      A staple in the percussion industry, Zildjian also makes it a priority to invest time and resources into the future of music by developing awareness of and education within the music industry. Through events such as the day-long drumming clinics called "Zildjian Days" to the American Drummers Achievement Awards, which honor lifetime achievement for drumming success and raise funds for educational scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, Zildjian is an invaluable resource for musicians, and music lovers, around the world.

      Debbie Zildjian plans on using the opportunity to have a company photo taken - rightly honoring all the employees as part of the Zildjian legacy.

      About the Avedis Zildjian Company

      The Avedis Zildjian Company is the world's leading cymbal and drumstick manufacturer and the oldest continually-owned family business in America. Zildjian has been leading the percussion industry for almost four centuries, and created the modern cymbal as well as the instrument's common names. With a long-standing history of working closely with established artists and aspiring musicians alike, Zildjian maintains a commitment to education and continuing developments in the field of sound & music. For more information on Zildjian and the company's 380th anniversary celebration, visit the Web site at


  • Webcast from Berklee (DMAAT)
      The night before the commencement at Berklee, this coming Friday night, the special student concert in honor of Steven and Dianne Reeves (the students will perform music of both artists) will be broadcast over the internet beginning 15 minutes prior to the show start time of 7:30pm ET.

      The bummer part is that it sounds like their speeches (Reeves and Steven) will be given when they receive their honorary degrees during the actual commencement ceremony on Saturday which begins at 10:00am at Roxbury Community College 1350 Tremont Street in Boston and is not being broadcast on the internet. But since the Friday night concert IS for THEM, I'm pretty sure they should be shown on the broadcast....knowing Steven...maybe he'll jump up and join the concert too!

      So check back at the following URL as to how to listen/watch the show (it doesn't really say) Friday night:

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Toledo OH at the Sports Arena (Ted Nugent opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at the Mayo Civic Center Arena (White Lion opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Atlanta GA at The Omni (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Nagoya Japan at Rainbow Hall (David Minehan from The Neighborhoods fills in for Brad)


      Clive Newton:

      Just a correct and update on the Dave Minehan and him filling in for Brad on the Japanese GAG tour.

      I think it was an interview or maybe in the Walk This Way book that cast doubt on which concerts Minehan filled in at as read about the band once playing as a four piece (the only time I believe with maybe exception of the early days) on the Japanese tour. Talking with Mark (Blair) who interview local Minehan, Nagoya was his first full gig where he filled in for Whitford. The Fukuora date on the 4th I understand Minehan played part of the show and the Hiroshima date on the 3rd they played as a 4 piece (since Brad had to depart at such short notice).

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

The Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues (1967-1972)

News as of May 5, 2003
  • Tyler and Perry didn't show up at Metallica tribute... (DMAAT)
      Metallica Unveil New Song, Bassist at MTV Tribute
      Sun May 4, 2003 04:10 PM ET
      By Dean Goodman

      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Proving that no one does Metallica better than Metallica, acts such as Sum 41, Limp Bizkit, Korn and Avril Lavigne gamely covered songs by the hard rock group at MTV's annual tribute concert on Saturday while fans impatiently awaited a set by the honorees themselves.

      Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran through a fast and furious medley of songs, including "Creeping Death" and "Sanitarium," before unveiling the speed-metal song "Frantic" from their upcoming album, "St. Anger."

      Still a little rusty from a long layoff, Metallica performed "Frantic" twice after deciding that the first version was not to their liking. The medley also got off to a false start.

      The performance capped a taping that lasted almost three hours in a soundstage at Universal Studios. MTV will air its third annual "mtvICON" event on Tuesday at 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Fans in the audience included Kelly Osbourne, "American Idol" singer Ryan Starr, model Rachel Hunter and record producer Rick Rubin.

      The tribute kicked off with a Sum 41 medley that included "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "Enter Sandman." The four members of Metallica then appeared on stage and walked through the excited crowd to their front-row seats on the bleachers at the end of the cavernous venue.

      The band's two-decade career was documented between performances on two giant video screens. The film wasted no time probing Metallica's troubled past, beginning with an examination of bassist Jason Newsted's exit and singer James Hetfield's rehab stint. On the other hand, the respective departure and death of original members Dave Mustaine and Cliff Burton were barely acknowledged.

      Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok of Staind performed a brief version of "Nothing Else Matters" on acoustic guitar, later returning to repeat the song for technical reasons.

      Lavigne, barely moving from her mike stand, sang "Fuel" with her considerably more energetic band. Drummer Lars Ulrich visibly enjoyed the version; Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett seemed less enthused.

      Rapper Snoop Dogg thrilled fans with a karaoke version of "Sad But True," while Korn earned a standing ovation from Metallica with their severely truncated take on "One."

      Limp Bizkit, one-time targets of hatred from Ulrich who previously described the band as the Motley Crue of the '90s, played a rap metal version of "Sanitarium."

      Presenters included Rob Zombie, Lisa Marie Presley, Travis Barker from Blink 182, actress Shannon Elizabeth, comedian Jim Breuer and Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Michelle Branch introduced four U.S. Marines just back from the Iraqi war, who got a loud cheers. On the other hand, anti-war activist Sean Penn received scattered boos when he introduced Metallica.

      Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, leaders of last year's honorees Aerosmith, were scheduled to appear but did not turn up. Other no- shows included guitarist Slash and actress Lara Flynn Boyle.


  • ... but... (DMAAT)
      ...rumor has it a tape was submitted to MTV for the show...

  • Icon in Europe (DMAAT)
      MTV Icon, with Aerosmith and Metallica will also air on MTV europe next weekend:

      MTV, Saturday 10
      12:30 MTV Icons Weekend Music Mix
      13:00 MTV Icon Metallica
      15:00 So 90's

      MTV, Sunday 11
      19:00 Dance Floor Chart
      20:00 MTV Icon Aerosmith
      22:00 MTV Icon Metallica

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1990 Aerosmith plays in Knoxville TN at Boling Assembly Center Arena (Joan Jett opens)

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

Area - Crac! (1975)
I was at the record fair in Umeå yesterday, and (as usual) burnt more money than I probably should have... Fortunately, I worked for one of the sellers and was given a nice amount of money as thanks for the help... if one subtracts those money from the sum, my economy didn't get quite as screwed as it would have felt like otherwise... Anyway, I'm quite pleased with my findings (though I've got yet to listen to the great majority of them), and this one is definitely a keeper... Italian '70's prog/fusion... Cool stuff! =)

News as of May 4, 2003
  • MTV Icon (DMAAT) still says Steven and Joe are "in" for a testimonial, but all of the other names listed there were part of the taping... There has been no mention of Steven and Joe in reviews from the taping, nor do they appear in any pics from the taping. perhaps a tape is being worked up or they might add a live satallite thing to the airing...who knows.


      Icon Rehearsals
      May 3, 2003
      Thanks to: Metallica.Com and Blabbermouth.Net

      Check out for pics of the guys rehearsing for today's mtvICON taping!

      Blabbermouth also filed this report:

      "A bunch of photos of METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT and SUM 41 rehearsing Friday (May 2) on Universal Studios Stage 12 in Universal City, California for tonight's MTV "mtvICON" special dedicated to METALLICA have been posted online. Check out pictures from Film Magic, Getty Images, and Wire Image..."mtvICON"'s METALLICA special will feature spoken tributes from members of AEROSMITH, STAIND, LINKIN PARK and BLINK-182, as well as from Lisa Marie Presley, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sean Penn and Jim Breuer. Due to a "schedule conflict", former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, one of the originally announced speakers at "mtvICON", will NOT be appearing on the show and will instead be making his way to the Kentucky Derby for an appearance there. KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SUM 41 and AVRIL LAVIGNE will perform musical tributes to METALLICA at the event, which is scheduled to be taped tonight (May 3) and broadcast by the music network on Tuesday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). MICHELLE BRANCH, ROB ZOMBIE and members of PUDDLE OF MUDD are also expected to attend."


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at the War Memorial Coliseum (Ted Nugent opens)

      1994 Fukuoka Japan at Kokusai Koryo Center (David Minehan from The Neighborhoods fills in for Brad)

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Genesis - A Trick of the Tail (1976)

News as of May 3, 2003
  • New Pics, the guys working on songs for new album! (DMAAT)

  • TV Appearances (DMAAT)
      From RockOnTV as of 05/03/03 Edited and Completely Reformatted by Aeroluvr - all information subject to change

      05/06/03 09:00 pm ET
      05/07/03 06:00 pm ET
      05/09/03 02:00 pm ET
      05/10/03 05:30 pm ET
      05/11/03 01:30 pm ET
      MtvICON Metallica
      Aerosmith, Korn, Avril Lavigne, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Metallica, Lisa Marie Presley, Staind, Sum 41

      05/10/03 04:00 pm ET
      MtvICON Metallica
      Aerosmith, Korn, Avril Lavigne, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Metallica, Lisa Marie Presley, Staind, Sum 41

      05/26/03 09:00 pm ET
      05/26/03 11:00 pm ET
      06/01/03 02:00 am ET
      06/01/03 09:00 am ET
      Willie Nelson and Friends: Live & Kickin' Aerosmith, Ray Charles, Kenny Chesney, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett, Shelby Lynne, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Paul Simon, Shania Twain, ZZ Top

      05/03/03 01:00 pm ET
      05/04/03 01:00 am ET
      05/04/03 11:00 pm ET
      05/06/03 04:30 pm ET
      05/07/03 02:30 am ET
      MtvICON Aerosmith
      Aerosmith, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Method Man, Nas, Papa Roach, Pink, Shakira, Train, The X-ecutioners

      05/02/03 11:00 am ET
      05/09/03 01:00 am ET
      VH1 Behind The Music Aerosmith, Run-DMC

      05/03/03 09:00 pm ET
      05/09/03 08:00 pm ET
      50 Sexiest Video Moments Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, D'Angelo, Destiny's Child, Faith Hill, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Isaak, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Ricky Martin, George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Nelly, Robert Palmer, Prince, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Britney Spears, TLC, Shania Twain, Van Halen

      05/05/03 11:00 am ET
      MTV2 Artist Collection Aerosmith

      05/05/03 12:00 pm ET
      05/08/03 06:00 pm ET
      05/08/03 08:00 pm ET
      100 Greatest Moments That Rocked TV Aerosmith, Desi Arnaz, Ashanti, Ashanti, David Bowie, Vanessa Carlton, David Cassidy, Eric Clapton, Kelly Clarkson, Bing Crosby, The Doors, Melissa Etheridge, Foo Fighters, Bob Geldof, David Gray, Vince Guaraldi, Justin Guarini, Isaac Hayes, Heart, Chris Isaak, Elton John, Kid Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Ray Manzarek, Steve Martin, The Monkees, Monty Python, The New Seekers, Sinead O'Connor, Elvis Presley, The Pretenders, LeAnn Rimes, Henry Rollins, Run-DMC, Johnny Rzeznik, The Simpsons, Snoop Dogg, Rob Thomas, Justin Timberlake, Weird Al Yankovic

      05/05/03 08:00 pm ET
      05/07/03 12:00 pm ET
      100 Sexiest Artists Aaliyah, Aerosmith, The Beatles, Toni Braxton, Cher, D'Angelo, Marvin Gaye, Guns N' Roses, Faith Hill, Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, Michael Hutchence, LL Cool J, Kylie Minogue, Robert Plant, Sade, Shakira, Will Smith, Sugar Ray (Rock), TLC Info

      05/06/03 01:00 pm ET
      05/09/03 02:00 am ET
      05/10/03 02:00 pm ET
      Saturday Night Live on Comedy Central Aerosmith

      05/06/03 04:00 pm ET
      I Love The 80's The 2 Live Crew, Paula Abdul, Aerosmith, The B-52s, The Bangles, Cher, Peter Gabriel, Husker Du, Madonna, Richard Marx, Bette Midler, Milli Vanilli, New Kids On The Block, Tone Loc

      05/07/03 01:00 pm ET
      Miami Vice Aerosmith, Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

      05/10/03 02:00 am ET
      05/10/03 02:00 pm ET
      Testimony: 20 Years of Rock on MTV Aerosmith, Pat Benatar, Perry Farrell, Guns N' Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Marilyn Manson, Matchbox 20, John Mellencamp, Metallica, Bret Michaels, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Tom Petty, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Trent Reznor

      * Pretty sure these are all repeats…most sound familiar…

      RockOnTV - the ultimate guide to music on television.



  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1988 Aerosmith plays in Evansville IN at Roberts Municipal Stadium (White Lion opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Lexington KY at Rupp Arena (Joan Jett opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Hiroshima Japan at Sun-Plaza Hall; David Minehan from The Neighborhoods fills in for Brad who has flown home to be with his ill father

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Las Vegas NV at Thomas & Mack Arena

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

Opeth - Damnation (2003)
Another masterpiece! Mellow, relaxing and beautiful this time around!

News as of May 2, 2003
  • Classic Rock Magazine article
      Big thanks to Missy Meyers for the transcription of this article from the June issue of this UK magazine! Later edited for spelling, grammar, etc. by Aeroluvr Terry for DMAAT.

      "Aerosmith plan new album, and will tour with Kiss"
      'Smith drummer slams "cartoon" tour partners.

      AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER has been talking to Classic Rock of the band's imminent recording and touring plans, which include a summer US tour with Kiss. The Boston band have signed up Jack Douglas, producer of their vintage 'Get your Wings' 'Toys in the Attic' and 'Rocks' albums, among others, to work with them on the follow-up to 2001's Just Push Play. A summer release is expected.

      "Every new Aerosmith record is a new challenge because you never know what'll come next," Kramer told us from his waterfront South Florida home during the promotion of his new 'Joey Kramer's Drum and Loop Samples' album. "Because we wanted to do something that was back to our roots, we've all agreed to work again in the fashion of our first few records. So many people-like our core fans- have complained about the pop records we've done late, which were very successful, but we're gonna try to regain some of that integrity by doing a record the way we used to. We'll be writing together and then recording in a small room."

      Kramer was equally candid on the subject of the tour. He admitted the pairing- Aerosmith headlining with Kiss opening-was an odd one. "If we'd been offered this five years ago I would have said absolutely not," he commented. "I don't think the integrity of my band could withstand going out with a cartoon/circus act like Kiss. But now I'm in a different place; I can see the entertainment value, especially from the ticketbuyer's viewpoint. "The promoters think it's a great thing," he continued. "Kiss fans think it sucks, and some Aerosmith fans aren't happy with it either. But it might surprise a lot of people. We're each doing sets of 75 minutes long and if we all get along like good little boys and girls we may even take it indoors...stay on the road for who knows how long."

      At this stage it's still uncertain whether or not Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley will be apart of the collaboration. Road manager (and former Black n' Blue member) Tommy Thayer deputized at the band's recent televised show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra alongside original members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss.

      Frehley, who is working on a solo album for release at the end of this year has thus far declined to speak publicly on the subject of returning to Kiss, though he did inform New York deejay Eddie Trunk that he doesn't currently consider himself a member of the group, his contract having expired on completion of the band's record breaking farewell tour. Frehley wrongly assumed the band's touring activities would be ending, and is also said to be sickened by merchandise extremities like the Kiss coffin.

      "Ace asked that I let the fans know that he has no plans at this time to rejoin the band," Trunk related. "He's upset that Kiss hold press conferences for events, then ask him if he wants to do them afterwards. He feels totally left out of the loop and doesn't believe this is a way a band should function."

      Meanwhile, Simmons has announced plans to revive Simmons Records, the RCA imprint that released albums by House of Lords and Silent Rage. He is looking to hear from 20-30 year old talent. Contact: c/o Simmons Records, Box 15097 Beverly Hills CA, 90210

      And after many years of silence Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent if working on material that may be issued under the same name Vinnie Vincent Invasion.

  • Rolling Stone (DMAAT)
      There is also a little blurb in this month's Rolling Stone. It talks about Icons of America, one of the icons being the Stratocaster. Big thanks to Missy Meyers for transcribing this one aswell!

      The Stratocaster
      The guitar of choice for rockers from Buddy Holly to Kurt Cobain
      by David Fricke

      The Fender Stratocaster is rock & roll's ultimate guitar for simple reasons. With its womanly curves, phallic neck and headstock, and double cutaway fins, the Strat- more than any other electric guitar- looks and feels like rock & roll: a knockout package of the sex and futurism in the music itself. And for nearly fifty years the Strat has been the tool of choice for many of rock's architects: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Buddy Holl, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, soul legend Curtis Mayfeild, bluesman Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, the Rolling Stones' Ron Wood, Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore, the Band's Robbie Robertson and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

      "There is no other guitar like the Strat," raves Jeff Beck, who fell for the instrument as a teenager after seeing Holly play one in 1958 British tour. "It's almost like I'm talking about my wife- it's that personal," he adds laughing. "There's not another guitar I Know that has such off-the-shelf sonic clarity. It rings like a bell when you play it right. And the Shape has never been improved. It looks a bit like a Greek lyre" - crossed with a Cadillac.

      "The Stratocaster symbolizes so much of what America is, because of its design and that it was able to be mass-produced," says Perry, who also plays Gibson Les Paul guitars but used a 1958 tobacco-colored Strat for is solo on Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" "And it has such a variety of tones. It can go from a svelte, beautiful ballad-y sound to dinosaurs eating cars."

      The Strat is acutally a couple of years older than rock & roll. Guitar inventor Leo Fender started designing the Strat- an advance on his popular, pioneering Telecaster- 1951. When the Fender Electric Instrument Co. formally introduced the Stratocaster in 1954 at a price of $249.50, the instrument was packed with innovations, including its distinctively curved body and the lightweight spring-tension tremolo bar at the bridge, which Hendrix abused with painterly imagination onstage and on record. "Half of Hendrix's tricks were on the whammy bar," says Beck.

      Robertson, who says he has used a Strat on "ninety percent of my solos on electric guitar," recalls an important whammy bar lesson he got from Hendrix in the 1960s. Robertson was complaining that his strings went way out of tune after he used the Strat whammy bar.

      Hendrix showed him how to prestretch the strings; massaging each one by hand with a touch of hair oil. "It was like a ritual to him," Robertson notes. "He said, 'I love to change strings.'"

      "Hendrix was the first one to make the guitar speak with so many voices," says Perry, pointing to the 1968 Hendrix album Axis: Bold as Love as his favorite demonstration of the melodic and theatrical possibilities of the Stratocaster. Perry also fondly remembers a 1969 Boston show by the Jeff Beck Group, where Beck-who also used Les Paus and Telecasters in the 1960s- pulled out a Strat for a raging version of "Jailhouse Rock." "Everything he said on that guitar was 'Fuck you,'" Perry says. "I loved it."

      Beck is now making a new album and playing, he says, "nothing but a Strat. I feel so wrong without one."

  • ST/JP/PS/GS talk to VH1 regarding the tour (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith and KISS: Back in the Saddle
      Two veteran bands promise to tear things up on stage this summer.
      by Dana Richie-Feher and Jeff Baumgardner

      It’s like the last 20 years never happened! This summer, two of America’s greatest rock bands are teaming up in the most unholy of touring marriages. On the one hand, we have the cartoon stomp rock of KISS, a band who know no shame when it comes to rocking an audience. On the other, there’s the saucy Boston swagger of Aerosmith, a quintet who’ve endured their fair share of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

      So what can we expect when these two rock worlds collide? Starting August 2 in Hartford, there’s bound to be plenty of walking this way and shouting it out loud. Both groups told VH1 about how KISS ambushed Aerosmith with their no-holds-barred show the first time they met, why there will be a no-fly zone above the stage, and what the future holds.

      VH1: So the rumors are true: KISS are touring with Aerosmith.

      Paul Stanley: It’s a rock ‘n’ roll carnivore’s dream, because it is two prime cuts of meat playing all the best songs, sharing a stage and doing what we do best – testifying to the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

      VH1: Whose idea was it?

      Paul Stanley: This tour was such a natural, that it was only a matter of time before it happened. It took years to put together, but it’s going to be worth the wait. Between the two of us, we pretty much wrote the book, and you get to live it.

      VH1: When did you guys first meet?

      Joe Perry: Before we had a record contract, we played this place called Max’s Kansas City in New York. Ace Frehley was a friend of a friend and he was hanging around us. This was before he was even called Ace. We ended up getting really wiped out. Ace passed out in my room and I had to have the crew come and get him. Then we were headlining a show in Maryland and KISS walked in without their make-up. I saw Ace and thought, “Where do I know that guy from?” We still had no idea what KISS were about. We were in the dressing room and they were playing out on stage. Somebody from the crew said, “You’d better take a look at this.” They were there with the drum riser going up and the fog … it was unbelievable. They caught us with our pants down! So a rivalry began back then. It’s going to be the same thing this time.

      VH1: There’s still a rivalry between you two?

      Stanley: The great thing about rock ‘n’ roll is you realize the top of the mountain is big enough for more than one band. Aerosmith have stood the test of time. We do something different than they do, but we both go out there to give 100 percent. People don’t leave an Aerosmith show disappointed and certainly no one leaves a KISS show disappointed. This way you get real bang for the buck. And we mean “bang.” We’re bringing the full arsenal - all the fireworks, all the torches, all the flamethrowers. We will declare it a no-fly zone straight above the stage, because we mean business. This is rock ‘n’ roll at its best.

      Simmons: People who come there should expect to see more firepower on that stage than most Third World countries. You had better surrender once you walk in.

      VH1: How do you choose who headlines?

      Steven Tyler: There’s not much difference between sex and good rock ‘n’ roll. Aerosmith’s always been a very sexual band and there’s nothing better than starting the night off with a well-placed KISS. It’s the foreplay of it all.

      VH1: Who will actually be in KISS this time out?

      Stanley: KISS has been the same for a while now. KISS is myself, Gene, myself, Peter Criss and Tommy Thayer. Ace decided he wanted to pursue other things. We love him and we wish him well. Life goes on. We just finished doing the KISS Symphony in Melbourne, Australia, with a 70-piece orchestra in full KISS make-up, doing every song you can imagine from “Detroit Rock City” to “God of Thunder.”

      VH1: Have KISS been back in the studio?

      Simmons: Right now the band are gearing up physically. Unlike other bands, we don’t just use our fingers to strum little guitars back and forth. We have to get in practice to walk around in these. [Lifts platformed boot.] If you work out on a Stairmaster, try walking around a stage for two hours in these. It’s a very physical work-out, and if you’re not in shape, we don’t do our best. So part of our rehearsals is not just the music, but also rehearsing the road crew with all the fireworks and getting into a physical regimen.

      Stanley: We’re so excited about the KISS/Aerosmith tour that Gene forgot that we were actually in the studio last night mixing the KISS Symphony. It will be a DVD, a live album and a pay-per-view special here in America. We are like Star Trek, because we go where no man has gone before. Here we are, in our 30th year, with the KISS symphony and the band full-throttle and the hottest tour of the summer.

      VH1: While there are no symphonies in your future, Aerosmith’s next record is going to be a blues album.

      Tyler: Aerosmith has always been a blues-based band. We’ve got a huge love for the devil’s music and we’ve been out there touring for so long, we figured we’d pull in, and check our roots out.

      Perry: We’re learning the old blues songs that our heroes in English bands like Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds learned from. We’re digging into these recordings from the ‘30s and ‘40s, and trying to hear exactly what they’re playing and how they did it. The recordings aren’t very good, so it’s hard to get exactly what was there. But we’re trying to capture it and play it like them, fully understanding that because it’s us and it’s a different era, the music will blow up into something else.

      Tyler: These are the songs we cut our teeth on. We’re going back to songs that inspired us to be in this band. If you stay in a band long enough, you start polishing turds and all of a sudden you’ve got to have a hit single. Then you go back and think, “Wait a minute. Where’s the music that came from yodeling or from feeling sexy or experiencing pain, where it comes out of the soul?” We’ve got these years behind us and so many years in front of us to rock, but where did that all come from? This is our little tip of the hat to what it’s all about.


  • Doubt it but... (DMAAT)
      Doubt it since on Steven and Joe are the only ones to be at the taping but this Metallica article says they will cover a thinks the journalist embellished on the facts a bit by doing the ol' "ass u me" boo boo but who knows...anything is possible right?

      Metallica Play San Quentin
      Band to play for inmates today
      Locked up

      Nearly thirty-five years after Johnny Cash took the stage of San Quentin for a legendary live recording (and iconic flipping of the middle finger), Metallica will perform for inmates at the prison today. The concert is part of an exchange between the band and San Quentin, after Metallica used the locale to film the video for the title track of their upcoming album, St. Anger, on prison grounds yesterday.

      The video was shot at various locations throughout the prison (located just north of Metallica's San Francisco homebase), using actual inmates and guards rather than actors. It was directed by the Malloy Brothers, who have shot clips for Foo Fighters and 311.

      The 151-year-old prison has also hosted performances by the likes of B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, and Merle Haggard, who played in a prison band while incarcerated there in the late Fifties. In fact, it was during one of Cash's San Quentin shows that Haggard the inmate decided to straighten up and pursue a career in country music.

      The Metallica video comes amid a flurry of activity for the band. On Saturday, Metallica, who are breaking in new bassist Robert Trujillo, will be honored at an mtvICON tribute in Los Angeles, with their songs covered by Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Blink-182, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Avril Lavigne and others. The event will air on May 6th. The band has also lined up four shows at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium on May 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd, followed by a string of European dates and the North American Summer Sanitarium Tour. St. Anger, the band's first album since Re-Load in 1997, is scheduled for a June 10th release.

      May 1, 2003)


  • Article on Liv's 2nd Wedding/Reception (DMAAT)
      Thursday, May 01, 2003
      By Roger Friedman
      Lady of the Rings | Amazing Kreskin | Soap Star's Car

      Liv Tyler's Wedding Makes Her Lady of the Rings

      We still haven't heard much about actress Liv Tyler's second wedding to rocker Royston Langdon last Friday.

      So let me tell you: Liv did the near-impossible with this elegant seven-hour affair at New York's funky Pastis, the West Village French bistro. She reunited all the members of her unusual extended family and came up a winner.

      The pair, as you may know, first married in March in Barbados on the fly, with just a couple of guests and no parents. To make up for it, they decided to splurge on the real thing.

      Luckily, even though Liv makes a bundle in the movies (thanks to good early guidance from her mom Bebe Buell), dad Steven Tyler of Aerosmith proved to be a generous host as well.

      The Pastis affair was notable for putting in one place, maybe for the first time ever, all of Liv's parents: mom Bebe, biological dad Tyler, and rocker Todd Rundgren, the man whom Liv thought was her father for the first 10 years of her life.

      All of the parents brought their current spouses, and Rundgren even had an ex-wife there. How's that for modern living? Old wounds were healed, and new friendships were formed.

      If this keeps happening, Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, Ricki Lake and Jenny Jones will all go out of business!

      Of course there was no lack of well-known faces. Kate Hudson, with whom Tyler smooched in Robert Altman's Dr. T and the Women, came with her own rocker husband, Chris Robinson. Designer Stella McCartney — daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney — showed up solo. David Bowie came with wife Iman, and Marlon Richards — son of Rolling Stone Keith Richards — was there with his wife Lucie de la Falaise.

      Other guests included Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal; famed photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Elizabeth; and rocker Evan Dando, whom Tyler (Liv, that is) once dated.

      In addition to the groom's parents, there was also Tyler's grandmother Dorothea Johnson (a protocol expert for the government), and Interview magazine editor Ingrid Sischy.

      What a happy family! Langdon, by the way, formerly with the group Spacehog, is now testing his solo act by opening for Rundgren in concert.

      Rundgren and Buell, who hadn't seen each other in years, took a lot of pictures together, as did the various Tyler siblings and half-siblings and step-siblings, including Liv's half-sister Mia.

      Next step for Tyler is part three of Lord of the Rings, which will be a cinch for several Oscar nominations this fall.


  • Answers From AF1 Tom (DMAAT)
      Posted today on the AF1 Board:

      PART 1

      I have no info on the tour package other than the two dates that i gave you are still holding up Virgina Beach and San Antonio? There is no more info on costs, or when they will be on sale. The specifics are still being worked out.

      The dates up on for the L.A. show are not confirmed. I just asked a few people about this. They are tentative.

      This is what i got when i asked the question my self so I am passing this on to you. I hope this will answer your questions about this.

      Why are tickets and fan experiences more expensive for this tour? This is a double-bill of two acts that regularly sell-out the size venue they are playing (on their own). In essence it is two shows in one (hence the higher ticket price). AF1 has made every attempt to keep price increases to a minimum. Since the face value and fees the promoter charges AF1 are higher, the ticket prices you ultimately pay are higher as well. AF1 adds a convenience fee of $12.00 to each ticket sold, though higher than previous tours, your ticket ultimately ends up costing about the same amount as if you had purchased it from a normal ticket vendor. At the time of checkout, you will also be charged applicable shipping and handling charge (which is approximately $10.00 per order more than previous tours).

      As far as the fan pack question goes I'm still waiting for an answer on that. I was told I will have an answer by tomorrow afternoon. I've been all over everyone's ass to get you an answer on this. As soon as I find out the answer I will pass the info along to you.


      PART 2

      OK that was fast here is what I got. Boston Tier One FanPak, What is that?

      To celebrate the beginning of the Aerosmith / Kiss Presales Event, AF1 created a promotional FanPak for all Boston Tier One ticket purchasers. A couple hundred random ticket purchasers throughout the rest of the tour will also get a FanPak when they receive their ticket delivery. So if there is an extra bulge in your ticket pouch when it arrives, you will know why! There is no charge for the FanPak, which includes an Aerosmith Koozie, License Plate Cover and commemorative show credentials (which might just get you chosen at random for a seat upgrade or access to the Velvet Rope VIP party).

  • The latest per Chris and ^A^!
      Besides the Willie Nelson thing on May 26th, and the Metallica ICON episode coming this Tuesday...there really won't be any Aerosmith "stuff" going on for a few months. The band starts recording early next week on the blues inspired album. They have worked up about 10 covers and 4 originals, and they hope to put them all to tape by end of July. If everything goes right, we should see the album in early September.

      Chris ^A^


      Yeah, that's the latest essential "news" according to Chris... LOL Funny, I seem to have read this before... ;) ...and obviously there won't be anything at all to report in the next couple of months either, if one is to believe him. LOL I have a hard time believing that... I hope he's right though, it would mean much less work for me... :)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Erie PA at the Civic Center (Ted Nugent opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Dayton OH at Hara Arena (White Lion opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Johnson City TN at Freedom Hall Civic Center (Joan Jett opens)

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

Hughes/Thrall - Hughes/Thrall (1982)
The vocals of Glenn "the voice of rock" Hughes can make any record worthwhile! :)
Kula Shaker - Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts (1999)

News as of May 1, 2003
  • Stax Museum Opens Its Doors (DMAAT)

      ISAAC HAYES, BOOKER T. AND THE MGS, WILSON PICKETT, SOLOMON BURKE, AL GREEN and CHUCK D will take the stage of Memphis' Orpheum Theater tonight to mark the opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The new museum will include more than 2,000 pieces of memorabilia including a replica of the label's famed Studio A with instruments donated by the MGs. Most of Stax's 300 albums and 800 singles, by OTIS REDDING and others, will be on display, as will video features with testimony by BONO, AEROSMITH and others.

  • Aerosmith covered at Godsmack concert
      Godsmack played in Jacksonville, FL last night and on the radio today they were reviewing the show and mentioned that they did an Aerosmith cover. No word on which song, but seeing as how Godsmack has said before that they are big fans of Aerosmith, it doesn't really surprise me. Pretty cool though... :)

  • Classic Rock Magazine
      Aerosmith is mentioned in this month's issue of the British mag Classic Rock.

  • AF1 -Concerts On Sale Tonight - Addition
      at 7:30PM ET
      Aug-04 Wantagh - Jones Beach
      Aug-09 Washington DC - Nissan Pavilion
      NEW at 8:30PM ET
      Aug-06 Wantagh - Jones Beach
      at 9:30PM ET
      Aug-15 Detroit - Comerica Stadium
      Aug-21 Pittsburgh - Post-Gazette Pavilion

  • Patricia Schenck's this month in AeroHistory
      1976 Rocks is released

      1976 Last Child/Combination single is released

      1976 Steven appears on the cover of The Rolling Stone

      1992 Aerosmith replaces a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that was cancelled because the exhibit contained sculptures of human genitalia

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Binghamton NY at Broome County Arena (Ted Nugent opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Englewood CO at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre (Afghan Whigs opens)

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

System Of A Down - Toxicity (2001)
While it's easy to dismiss everything that has the "nu metal" tag as utter crap, without even giving it a second listen (I know I do), that could mean you miss masterpieces like this one! System of a Down has none of the hip hop influences that infects so much of the "modern heavy American music," instead borrowing heavily from progressive rock aesthetics, making interesting music with complex throws from heavy, fast and aggressive rhythmic metal to slow and emotional sections of incredible melodic beauty. What truly makes this album stand out, however, is the amazing vocal acrobatics of Serj Tankian! I'd be very surprised if he hasn't listened a bit to the old Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton. Absolutely fantastic performances!

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