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News as of May 31, 1999
  • Joe Perry interview in the latest issue of Kerrang
      The latest Kerrang has a Joe Perry interview. It has Perry talking about playing falling over themselves to give the band freebie goods, from guitars to 500 buck suits.

News as of May 30, 1999
  • Aerosmith in the new issue of Metal Edge
      In the current issue of Metal Edge (Aug 1999) there is an article on Woodstock that mentions Aerosmith. (nice pic of Steven!) Also, there is the 1998 Readers' Choice Awards in which Steven is named "Best Vocalist" and the best song from a soundtrack is "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing". There are five pics of Steven and two of the band in this issue.

News as of May 27, 1999
  • European Tour - Aerosmith Cancel Date In Czech Republic.
      Aerosmith's Concert at Sportshalle in Prague, Czech on June 14th is cancelled because the Venue in Prague will not be ready in time. Tickets will be refunded starting Monday, May 24, outside of Prague At all Ticketpro outlets located in Czech Republic and, in Prague at Ticketpro`s outlets located at Salvatorska 10 and Melantrich, Pasaz Rokoko

      Instead Aerosmith will play an additional date at Olympichalle in Munich, Germany on June 14th where they are also allready scheduled to play on June 16th.

  • American Woman could have been recorded by Aerosmith
      Lenny Kravitz has done a song for the Austin Powers soundtrack. It's a cover of the Guess Who's song, American Woman. According to Chris (SteveTy5) Aerosmith were "offered" that song first but did not do it for some reason.

News as of May 26, 1999
  • Steven and Liv Tyler in Cosmopolitan
      There's a small pic of Steven and Liv in the current issue of Cosmopolitan...a section on famous families

News as of May 24, 1999
  • Steven Tyler recommends a Book in the Boston Globe
      Saturday's Boston Globe, Names and Faces column, p. C2:

      Covering Their Bases
      Summer is not here yet, but folks at the Boston Public Library are pushing summer reading. They've tapped prominent locals to name favorite reads for a list to be posted at the library. Among the more eye-catching recommendations is Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's choice: Travels with Charley in Search of America, by John Steinbeck. ... [Then they go on to list other locals ...]

News as of May 23, 1999
  • Adrian Perry's 'Dexter' in the Boston Globe
      Thursday's Boston Globe, Names and Faces column, p. D2:

      Dude Looks Like A Perry
      Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler have been spotted in LA clubs checking out the up-and-coming band Dexter. The reason: Perry's son Adrian is singing and playing guitar for the group, whose other members are guitarist Alexi Glickman, drummer Zach Erlich, and ... bassist Danny Young. A Dexter song featuring the young Perry, "Record Box", has been playing on Tufts University's radio station, WMFO-FM (91.5).

News as of May 22, 1999
  • Joey Kramer's Drum Video 'It's About Time' ?
      According to, Joey Kramer has made a Drum Video titled "It's About Time". According to her it is advertised in this months issue of Modern Drummer.

      I have never heard of it. Is this true? If it is can someone please tell me more about it? E-mail Me

  • The Late Show with David Letterman
      Yesterday, Friday, on The Late Show with David Letterman, Dave's band played "Walk This Way" and "Dude (Looks like a Lady)" as the show went into and came back from commercial.

News as of May 19, 1999
  • Aerosmith's Former Producer Bruce Fairbairn dead at 49
      Veteran producer Bruce Fairbairn was found dead at his home in Vancouver on Monday of unknown causes. He was 49.

      As you know, Bruce Fairbairn deserves a lot of credit for Aerosmith's comeback after producing the albums "Permanent Vacation", "Pump" and "Get A Grip".
      He has also worked with such notable bands as Van Halen, AC/DC, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Blue Oyster Cult, Krokus, Scorpions, Jackyl, Poison, Cinderella, the Cranberries, and INXS among others

      Fairbairn had been expected at an afternoon recording session with the '70s rockers Yes at his Armoury Studios and uncharacteristically failed to show up. Studio manager Sheryl Preston drove to his home and discovered his body on the floor of his bedroom. There were no apparent signs of injury or trauma.

      He was a skilled musician, he took classical training until he was 14 and trumpet lessons till he was 16, before forming his first band, The Spectres, while still in high school.
      Fairbairn began his full-time musical career in the 1970s as co-producer, original manager, and horn player with the Canadian rock band Prism. The group also featured future Aerosmith and Bryan Adams co-songwriter Jim Vallance, with whom Fairbairn had produced the band's original demo tape. He also produced the local favorites Loverboy before going on to record such artists as Krokus and Blue Oyster Cult. He was often assisted by Bob Rock, who later established his own career as a rock producer. In 1986, Fairbairn produced Bon Jovi's breakthough album "Slippery When Wet," which made him an international name and set him on a course as one of the most successful producers of the era.

News as of May 15, 1999
  • Chat with Desmond Child on Monday!
      Desmond Child Sonicnet/Yahoo! Chat
      Monday, May 17, 8:00PM (ET), 5:00 PM (PT)

      As you might know, Desmond Child is the co-writer of many Aerosmith songs. Dude (Looks like a lady), Angel, Hearts Done Time, What it Takes, F.I.N.E., Hole In My Soul, Aint That A Bitch, Crazy, & Flesh.

  • Steven Tyler was at the Motorhead / Dropkicks show.
      From allstar Daily News - 5/12

      We're not sure if he was there to check out his hometown boys Dropkick Murphys or if he just wanted to see someone older than himself rocking out onstage, but Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was at the Palace in Hollywood on Tuesday (May 11) night for the Motorhead/ Dropkicks show. Guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax and S.O.D. was also on hand, and someone who looked suspiciously like Megadeth's Dave Mustaine eluded the crowd by slipping into the V.I.P. area. Rancid's Tim Armstrong took a break from recording with his Hellcat Records side project the Silencers at his Bloodclot studio in Hollywood to catch the show, too...

News as of May 12, 1999
  • Aerosmith on the 'Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2' Soundtrack?
      There has been talk of Aerosmith having a song on the upcoming soundtrack to the movie "The Runaway Bride"...but it just might be for another movie soundtrack! The movie news web site "Dark Horizons" is reporting that Aerosmith might be on the soundtrack of the upcoming animated movie "Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2"! Here's what they said today:

      Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2:
      "U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Metallica, KISS, Sammy Hagar, Alice in Chains, and Aerosmith are all rumoured to be a part of the soundtrack to this sequel of the 1981 cult animated feature."

  • Armageddon Soundtrack certified Quadruple Platinum
      The "Armageddon" soundtrack was certified Quadruple Platinum on Wednesday, May 5th, 1999!

  • Rock n Roller Coaster
      I've posted before that Aerosmith would be featured in the new Disney Rollercoaster 'Rock n Roller Coaster' and it's now been reported that Aerosmith has recorded the soundtrack.

      Here's some more information and some pictures of the ride.

      An aerial view of the Rock n Roller Coaster

      "The idea behind the ride is that you've just stepped into a recording studio where a famous band is rehearsing for an awards show. Suddenly, the group's harried manager rushes in and announces that the band is running late.The members refuse to go to the show unless their loyal fans go too. 'So, 24 at a time,' chimes in lead designer Jim Shull, 'we pile you, the fans, into an enormous stretch limo - and you're off."

      These are 2 shots of the actual ride vehicles.
      For more Information and Pictures of the Rock n Roller Coaster visit:

      Here's Tom Hamilton's comment on RnR, taken from his 'News From The Road' at

      Well here's some news I can finally lay on ya. We are going to part of a Disney Rollercoaster. You heard me right. The Walt Disney Company came to us a few months ago and said they were building this mega ride that they were going to call the "Rockin' Roller Coaster, and would we be interested? We thought they were going to give us a free ride on opening day. Then they told us that they wanted to design the ride around our music and they wanted us personally involved with some of the other parts of it. Are you kidding?! In how many languages can you understand the word "yes" because we about to say it many, many times!!

      So, we've been doing all this cool multimedia stuff that will be used on the actual ride. Wow, I just got a weird thought. There will be people on that ride losing their lunch and most of their bodily functions to our music. Not the kind of reaction we usually go for. Hey wait a minute! I wonder if we could do that when we play live? That's what happens when I think. These things pop up and I can't stop them.

      By the way, when you get on this thing it goes from zero to sixty in 2.8 seconds. Not even a Porsche Turbo or a GTO with the tri-power is that fast. Then you're upside down a few times, enjoy a couple of 4G loops, hear some custom tailored Aero Music from a separate sound system for each seat and then you try to remember how to breathe. Don't worry, when you get to the end we'll be right there virtually waiting for you.

News as of May 7, 1999
  • Joe Perry in the May 27 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine
      On page 59 of the new May 27 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine there is a little clip with Joe Perry talking about his elementary and high school days:

      When Everything Sucked - My teenage years in hell, by Alanis Morissette, Snoop Dogg, Janeane Garofalo, Marilyn Manson and twenty-one more who made it out alive.

      Joe Perry ; guitarist, Aerosmith 1963-1970

      I'd go to the high school dances and stand on the outside. I was the kid who was hanging out by the stage, watching the band, uninterested in anything else going on there. I met a couple of other guys who seemed to feel similarly. We walked around with blues records and Chuck Berry under our arms.

      My eyes were opened when I was sent to a prep school. I learned more in two years there than I would have if I'd spent ten years in the local public school - but not what my parents were expecting me to learn. There were flirtations with marijuana, drinking in the woods at night. We had underprivileged black and white kids from the city, kids that spent their summers in Greenwich Village and came back with the Village Voice, and guys with their own stereos and the new Jimi Hendrix record. It's when I read The Catcher in the Rye that I was hit that I wasn't the only one who felt out of it, who loathed most of what I saw.

  • Aerosmith on traumatic childhood experiences
      The following is from the July issue of Metal Edge Magazine.

      Metal Edge Asks: "What was your most traumatic childhood experience?"

      Steven Tyler: "As an initiation into my gang, The Green Mountain Boys, I ran across Central Avenue (the main street in Yonkers, NY) naked."

      Joe Perry: "I don't know, I had a very untraumatized childhood...What did Manson say?"

      Joey Kramer: "Losing a big toenail on my right foot, or getting 17 stitches on the left side of my face."

      Tom Hamilton: "Probably when I had Scarlet Fever. I got it when I was about 10 and the thing was, I also got this blood infection. I was very close to the check-out counter. I was delirious because my fever was so high. I can remember, to this day, the bizarre dreams that I had and waking up in the middle of the night with the doctors cutting my ankle open so they could put a feeding tube in it."

News as of May 4, 1999
  • Aerosmith Visit Columbine Victims at Hospital in Denver
      [The Following Information was taken from]

      Aerosmith arrived in Denver a day early for their scheduled Saturday (5/1) show at Fiddler's Green and spent time with hospitalized students injured in the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. The band signed autographs and talked with three students who remain in the intensive care unit of Swedish Medical Center in Denver, then made another stop to visit a student recovering at Denver Health Medical Center.

      The following night, during the band's Fiddler's Green performance, frontman Steven Tyler stopped the show momentarily to take a phone call from Lance Kirklin, one of the students visited on Friday. Kirkland is currently listed in serious condition with wounds to his face, chest and legs, and has undergone major reconstructive surgery on his jaw.

      The Rocky Mountain News reports that Tyler held up the receiver and asked the crowd of 16,000 to say hello, then told Kirkland, ''You've got the strength of everyone here and everyone in the else in the world. Lance, this is for you, my buddy.'' The band then played Kirkland's favorite song, Living on the Edge.

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