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News as of September 30, 2002
  • Interesting info from Jim Vallance!
      I was let in on (hope you don't mind me posting this here?) an interesting email from Jim Vallance, who you may know has written many songs for Aerosmith, as well as Ted Nugent, Bryan Adams and others. In any case, here is the crux of his email, regarding the Beavis and Butthead Aerosmith track.

      I worked on 4 albums with Aerosmith, plus "Deuces Are Wild", which Steven and I wrote for the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack (I never did see the movie!). I think they were in a hurray to provide something for the film, and they basically used the basement demo of Deuces. I didn't get credit for it, but I am playing all the instruments except the guitar solo in the middle. -Jim Vallance

  • Attendance Figures
      Sept 12: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
      16,800 sales from 17,500 (96%). $744,076

      Sept 18: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
      15,139 Sold Out. $749,065

      Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Run DMC
      DTE Energy Music Center
      Clarkston, Mich.
      Sept. 18, 2002
      15,139 / 15,139
      1 / 1
      $80, $32.50
      Clear Channel Entertainment/Palace Sports & Entertainment

      Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Run DMC
      Blossom Music Center
      Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
      Sept. 12, 2002
      16,800 / 17,500
      1 / 0
      $77.50, $63.50, $35.50
      House of Blues Concerts

  • UK Charts
      O Yeah has dropped off the charts in the UK.

  • Cyrinda Foxe interview

  • December date
      A radio station confirmed that Aerosmith will play in Memphis on Wednesday, December 4th, although I haven't seen that date anywhere else.

  • The Dallas show
      For quite a while has had the line up for Dallas on Saturday as:

      Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan
      Better Than Ezra
      The Doobie Brothers
      Jonny Lang

      STP is listed as playing on Sunday with Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Boz Scaggs, and Los Lobos

      it's $35 for one day and $50 for both days...but no "seats" all general admission standing room and bleechers...

  • Article on Charity Hockey Event w/ Steven held Sunday
      Leary Raises Money for Charity
      Mon Sep 30, 3:59 AM ET

      WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Actor and comedian Denis Leary led a team of celebrities and former Boston Bruins hockey players in raising more than $400,000 during a charity hockey game.

      The Sunday event raised money for the Worcester and New York City fire departments.

      Leary hosted the third annual Celebrity Hat Trick, which pit a team of celebrities, including actors Rick Moranis and Tim Robbins, and Sen. John Kerry, against retired Boston Bruins.

      Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sang the national anthem and coached the Hollywood team, while Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson coached the Bruins alumni, which featured Phil Esposito, Reggie Lemelin and Rick Middleton.

      "It's really about the firemen, and what true heroes they are ... guys who will go and risk their lives for people they never even met," Tyler said. "And anything we can do for the real, true, non-comic book heroes, I'm in."

      The game, which nearly sold out the 15,000-seat Centrum Centre, ended in an 11-11 tie.

      Leary is a Worcester native and a cousin of one the six Worcester firefighters who died in a 1999 warehouse blaze started when a homeless couple knocked over a candle during an argument.


  • Boston Herald Article on Charity Event Sunday
      Leary score$ a Hat Trick for firefighters' fund
      by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
      Monday, September 30, 2002

      WORCESTER - He didn't score on the ice at the Centrum yesterday, but Worcester homeboy Denis Leary and a posse of his high-sticking skating buddies managed a profitable Hat Trick for the Leary Firefighters Foundation.

      Leary's third annual icefest, which hoped to raise $400,000 for his hometown jakes, featured Hollywood All-Stars like ``Mystic River'' hunk Tim Robbins going net-to-net with Boston Bruins alumni.

      The game - where nary a whistle was blown and there was a penalty called against B's scoring machine Ken Linseman for ``illegal goggles'' - ended in an 11-11 tie.

      ``We benefitted because WorldCom was keeping score today,'' joked Sen. John Kerry, who skated for Leary's team.

      The festivities began late yesterday with bagpipes and tributes to Worcester's fallen heroes who perished in a 1999 warehouse fire and the New York jakes who died Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center. A banner was raised in the arena in their honor.

      Aerosmith main man Steven Tyler - who brought son Taj along - did the oh-say-can-you-see thing. And then the rocker headed to the bench to ``coach'' the All-Stars with Leary's old co-workers on ``The Job,'' Lenny Clarke and Diane Farr.

      Farr, dressed in leather pants - with lyrics of a Janis Joplin tune on them - as well as spiked heels, was the designated hockey honey.

      Apparently, Hat Trick regular - new mum Liz Hurley - was jetting around the globe for Estee Lauder with baby Damian.

      ``There are just so many time zones you can deal with when you're five months old,'' said Leary, who is one of the baby's godfathers.

      ``Mystic River'' star Sean Penn was there for the ceremonial puck drop. Other Tinseltown types on the scene included ``90210'' cutie Cameron Bancroft, Rick Moranis of ``Honey, I Shrunk the Kids'' fame and funny filmmaker Bobby ``Red Light'' Farrelly, whom Clarke pulled as goalie in the second period for allowing six goals!

      Bruins alums who proved they still got it: Phil Esposito, John McKenzie, Don Marcotte and the aforementioned Linseman, who scored four goals.

      ``He's got Jet-Pak skates or something,'' said Leary. ``He's amazing.''

      ``Yeah, but he doesn't smoke between periods, Denis,'' said B's legend Cam Neely, who scored for the All-Stars.

      Today, the Denis Leary Celebrity Hat Trick continues with a golf tournament (``Spin City'' press guy Richard Kind is also teeing off). A benefit dinner and silent auction took place Saturday night at the Beechwood Inn.

      Applause all around!


  • Boston Globe on the same subject
      Leary and friends make a cool contribution to firefighters fund
      By Carol Beggy & Stepanie Stoughton, Globe Staff, 9/30/2002

      THIRD TIME'S A HAT TRICK This isn't the kind of fund-raiser that celebrities are pushed into attending or supporting. The Leary Firefighters fund's third annual Celebrity Hat Trick really looks like a bunch of guys playing hockey, and they let a couple of thousand of their closest friends watch the action. But when actor and Worcester native Denis Leary gathered hockey legend Bobby Orr and a slew of Bruins greats to join a ''Hollywood'' lineup of Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Rick Moranis, Bobby Farrelly, and Steven Tyler for the events that began yesterday, it was fun with a purpose: supporting firefighters in Worcester and New York City. When the game - which miraculously always ends in a tie - and today's celebrity golf tournament at the Worcester Country Club are over, several hundred thousand more dollars will have been raised to help the families of the six firefighters who died in the 1999 Worcester warehouse fire and the 343 firefighters lost in New York on Sept. 11.

      HONORS ABOUND Organizer Denis Leary was ready for hockey action but had to stop to keep the festivities moving. He congratulated the members of the Little League All-Star team from Worcester who represented the region in the Little League World Series (Leary gave them all copies of his baseball movie ''The Sandlot''), honored the members of the New York Fire Department who made the trek north for the game, and recognized the four members of the Worcester police and fire departments' team that competed on the ''Today'' show this summer. While it was a day of fun and games, everyone was mindful of why they were gathered. They also recognized the late filmmaker Ted Demme, who supported the Firefighters fund. And if Steven Tyler's rendition of ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' didn't put a lump in your throat, there was the moment when six Worcester firefighters' colleagues hoisted a banner to the rafters with the fallen firefighters' names on it after the families of the ''Worcester 6'' were announced. ... There were firefighters on both rosters: the FDNY's Joe Byrne and Peter Gillespie and Boston's Jim Welsh and Tom Stanton. And there was also Todd Bailey, who laced up his skates and played for the Bruins alums in honor of his father, Ace Bailey, an LA Kings scout who was killed on Sept. 11.

      SPOTTED 'ROUND THE CENTRUM Senator John Kerry, who skated for the Hollywood All-Stars and looked fine in his red, white, and blue uniform, took time before the game to shake hands with the Little League All-Stars, the visiting firefighters from New York, and the families of the Worcester 6. Actress Diane Farr, who recently starred with Leary and Boston comic Lenny Clarke in the now-canceled ''The Job,'' posed for pictures in the back corridors before the game with FDNY's Terry Quinn and others. (Farr, wearing leather pants, sungla~~es, and 3 -inch heels, had a hard time getting to the benches after being announced.) Before yesterday's action, we asked Clarke if he was ready to provide the color commentary, as expected, for the game action announced by Greg Hill(WAAF-FM) and WBZ-TV's Bob Lobel. ''Well, I know they wear skates,'' said Clarke, who was quick to point out that he scored a goal in the first year of the event. Clarke, who had a show this summer with Leary on Comedy Central, said the comedy network has just greenlighted a show that he'll headline. ... And just to show the Worcester audience has its celebrity priorities straight, the first standing ovation of the day went to Bobby Orr.


  • Infobeat Poll again
      INFOBEAT DAILY POLL (Tuesday, September 24, 2002)

      What singer married model and actress Jerry Hall in 1990?

      * Steven Tyler
      * Paul McCartney
      * David Bowie
      * Mick Jagger (correct)
      * Billy Joel

  • This Day In Aero Historyn
      24 years ago Aerosmith's cover of The Beatles' "Come Together" peaks at #23 on the chart. (1978)

      13 years ago Aerosmith's "Pump" LP enters the chart. The album contains the hits, "Love In An Elevator," "Janie's Got A Gun" and "What It Takes." (1989)

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

Jethro Tull - Aqualung (1971)
Magnum - Anthology (1978-1983) [LP2]

News as of September 29, 2002
  • Steven in Complex magazine
      Complex magazine cover Steven Tyler is on the cover of the new issue of "Complex" magazine. (a relatively new mens mag in the US?)

  • Dream On cover on Fisher's new album "Uppers & Downers"!

      - Uppers & Downers is now shipping. 23 songs inclucing "L-O-V-E" from the PT Cruiser commercials and "Dream On" by Aerosmith

      - Fisher is committed to helping the battle against sexual abuse and is supporting an upcoming benefit, Rock for RAINN with donations of their new unreleased single featuring a cover of Aerosmith's "Dream On".

      Rock for RAINN: A Benefit to Unlock the Silence will be held August 22, 2002, 7:00 PM at Matrix at the Roxy, 279 Tremont St., Boston, MA. All proceeds will be donated to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

      Fisher - Uppers and Downers album cover "Uppers & Downers"
      The new 2 disc set.

      Uppers and Downers - Uppers"
      Track Listing
      1. Different Kind of Wonderful
      2. Oblivious
      3. Jimmy
      4. Dirty Girl
      5. Nothing is Real
      6. Closer
      7. Dream On
      8. Temptation
      9. Remind Me
      10. Don't Wanna' Love You
      11. L-O-V-E

      "Uppers and Downers - Downers"
      Track Listing
      1. How We Met
      2. Heavens Time
      3. My Fantasy
      4. Miss Ophelia
      5. Ordinary Moment
      6. February 1994
      7. Missing
      8. Rianna
      9. Miss Kathleen
      10. Good Intentions
      11. Too Late
      12. Believe in Something

      Fisher Biography
      September 2002

      Start with that voice - a voice that someone described as "a hot rock wrapped in velvet." Now, place that voice in a strikingly beautiful young woman. Sprinkle in breathtaking live shows, and what do you have? An act that is both talented and seasoned. And most importantly, an act that moves people with passionate, thoughtful music.

      When Fisher's ballad "I Will Love You" first hit the airwaves on Star 100.7 in San Diego, disk jockeys Jagger and Kristi reported drivers pulling off the side of the road in tears to call the station on their cell phones and find out, "Who sings that song?" Star's Program Director Tracy Johnson said of the audience reaction, "I've never seen anything like this." Three thousand miles away, the Boston Globe reported, "The radio term is 'reactive,' meaning that listeners love a song and make their feelings known. Such is the case with Fisher's touching ballad, 'I Will Love You,' which has lit up the phones of several area stations, including WBMX-FM (Mix 98.5)."

      Then there's the press attention. There were feature articles on Fisher in the Boston Globe, LA Weekly, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Bold. A gatefold article about Fisher appeared in Time magazine before they ever had a record deal.

      Add a December 2000 appearance on the Tonight Show, several thousand Top 40, Hot AC and AAA spins, Soundscan sales of their major label debut LP nearing 60,000, a solid touring base from supporting David Gray and Duncan Sheik, a song on a gold soundtrack LP ("Great Expectations"), three million downloads, numerous uses of their songs in film and on television, and countless repetitions of that voice in national television ad campaigns that caused the switchboards of Verizon and Chrysler to light up with people asking, "Who is that singing on your ad? I love her."

      On September 17, 2002, Fisher will be releasing their third album, a double CD they have been working on for the past year. Uppers & Downers is a musical ride. The uppers are the upbeat tracks that make you dance and sing, a treat that will pleasantly surprise Fisher fans. And the downers are, of course, the songs that make listeners feel, those "reactive" songs that Fisher have become known for.

      This album is a celebration of professional perseverance and musical growth. Fisher is BACK and ready to reach out to fans old and new with this new album. Something for everyone. What more could you ask for?

      Although Fisher has nothing to do with Aerosmith (as far as I know), I've actually had her mentioned on these News Pages in the past. On June 5th this year I wrote about her/them (I guess it's actually a band?), as a part of that day's "NPWIPP." I downloaded some of her songs from a few years back and think both the music and the vocals are really wonderful. Havne't heard anything from this new album though. Would love to hear her version of "Dream On" myself. Come to think of it, I think I first heard of Fisher through a link on Rick Dufay's page at (could that be right, Terry?), so I guess one could say she did have a previous Aerosmith connection... :)

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

Fisher with Scott Meldrum - "So Much"
Fisher - "Any Way"
Fisher - "Breakable"
Fisher - "Edge of the World"
Fisher - "I Will Love You"
Fisher - "The Life"
Fisher - "Six Hundred Sixty-Six"

News as of September 28, 2002
  • First Official December Date annouced thru AF1
      Aerosmith at Fort Wayne, IN at Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum on monday December 2nd. AF1 seats go onsale next week. Tommy Lee is opening tentatively. More dates in detail coming in the next week or so. is the place to check for first, and the AF1 site.

  • Girls of Summer
      I've now heard that Adriana Lima is one the girls in the video

  • News from the Philippines, as told to me by aeroges
      * Aerosmith's Girls of Summer video is at # 5 this week at the Channel [V] Video Countdown!

      * MTV Philippines has a rock program called MTV Rock/D and they aired an Aerosmith special where they showed an hour of Aerosmith videos such as Jaded, Dude, Elevator(1990 MTV VMA performance) GOS etc.. Also they ran a contest where a viewer can win the Aerosmith guitar chord book.

      *107.5 The Home of New Rock(a radion station here in the Philippines) is running a contest where a listener can win Aerosmith memorabilia such as the chord book,CDs by telling three songs included in the O Yeah album

  • GoS #2 in Brazil
      Girls of summer is #2 song on the charts in Brazil (MTV)!

      It seems that Aerosmith is very popular in Brazil, as every single from Just Push Play, Jaded, FAFH and Sunshine, were #1!

  • Sexiest Artists

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

Focus - Moving Waves (1971 + 1970-75)
Picked up this double LP (along with a bunch of other albums) at the record fair I was at earlier today. I'm sort of confused regarding what this really is though. It does include the 1971 studio album called "Moving Waves" (which I though was what I picked up, though with an alternate cover artwork), but also a second LP, with material from both earlier and latter day albums. Strange. Some compilation I suppose. Whatever, I got an entire LP of bonus material, one could say. Very good music!

On a totally unrelated side-note, I can tell you that Chris Hiatt & Cold Shot's tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan which I went and saw last night, was really awesome. If one didn't know that Stevie is dead, and that it was a tribute band standing there, I would have thought it was the man himself. Looks, guitar tone, vocals - everything was like the real SRV. Great music thoughout. Mainly SRV songs, but also some blues standards, Hendrix tunes and Hiatt's own material. Definite SRV vibe in all songs however. Awesome! Felt a little misplaced there though. Hardly any people under the age of thirty. Most people around 40-50, I would say. I was nearly the only one under the age of 20, I would assume. Felt awkward. The music made up for it though... :)

News as of September 27, 2002
  • Tyler/Perry Interview @

      Oh, Yeah: Aerosmith Returns

      It's been 30 -- yes, 30 -- years since Aerosmith started out in a Boston basement. Joe Perry and Steven Tyler talk about their wild ride.

      By Russell Hall
      CDNOW Contributing Writer

      To refer to Aerosmith as a rock-and-roll survivor seems rather quaint at this point. After all, fully 15 years have passed since head 'smiths Steven Tyler and Joe Perry chucked their Toxic Twins reputation in favor of sobriety, and during that time, the group has scaled the charts repeatedly with its spot-on mix of riff-rock raunch and power ballads.

      Moreover, notwithstanding last year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the members of Aerosmith show no sign of settling into the role of elder statesmen. As the band's new single, the psychedelic-tinged "Girls of Summer," shows, the chemistry that spawned such classics as "Walk This Way" and "Janie's Got a Gun" remains as powerful as ever.

      To commemorate the 30th anniversary of its debut album, the Boston-based veterans have just released O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, a two-CD compilation -- fleshed out with two new songs -- that's a perfect primer for anyone seeking an overview of the group's career. While in the midst of the band's fall tour, Tyler and Perry spoke with CDNOW about the compilation and about matters past and present.

      CDNOW: One thing that stands out about the O, Yeah! compilation is how well the songs hold together. Over the years you sort of dabbled in various trends -- the punk movement, the glam movement -- but the band never strayed far from its core sound.

      Joe Perry: As far as the music went, I think we were a lot more distinctive. In those years, it was more about fashion and what everybody was wearing, and all the people we were hanging around with. We had our bad hair days and our fashion mistakes, so I think we were more influenced on that level, because it was just trendy to look like that. But as far as the music went, that's why ... I think a lot of people just wrote us off because of surface stuff, because of how we looked. I don't think they listened to us as closely as we would have liked.

      Were the two new songs written specifically for the compilation, or were you looking toward the next studio album?

      Steven Tyler: They were written specifically for the compilation. When we came back from Japan, at the end of the Just Push Play tour, I had the idea to stop off in Maui and get a small house where we could just put our nose to the grindstone. One of the things we've been able to do now is just sit in a room and say we're not going to leave until we have something. For years, I've had the idea that the band should get back to how it used to be, where it's five guys in a room, for long periods of time. We moved all the furniture out, and sat down, and fired up the equipment, and within three days, we had about five great thumbnail sketches, one of which [begins singing "Girls of Summer"]. A little tip of the hat to Gershwin there.

      "We worried about whether or not people would still like us when they learned we weren't drinking anymore." -- Joe Perry

      Do you know where your strong sense of melody comes from?

      Tyler: With my father being a classical pianist, from Juilliard, it's just in my Italian blood. The Tallarico family -- my father's brothers, and my father's father and his brothers -- had cello and viola and fiddle and piano. There were four of them, and they would go and play all these grand hotels in the '20s and '30s, playing chamber music stuff. I just love melody and where it takes you.

      Looking back to when the band decided to get clean and sober, was there any fear that, in doing so, some sort of creative dynamic might be lost?

      Perry: Yeah, there was, but we had reached a point where doing [drugs] wasn't working. So that was probably one of the least of our concerns, at that point. I mean, we were certainly worried about our image, and we were worried about what it was going to be like on the road. I mean, what am I going to do when I'm onstage, and I'm used to having a six-pack? Those were the kinds of things we were concerned about. And we worried about whether or not people would still like us when they learned we weren't drinking anymore. But as far as creativity goes, that was one of the reasons why we did stop. We realized it wasn't working for us anymore.

      Around that same time, in '87 or so, the decision was made to bring in outside songwriters. What was the immediate effect of that?

      Tyler: Suddenly we could get songs quicker. Of course the press called it "song doctoring," and this and that. The insanity is that nobody should give a shit. If you think about it, we've written with people since day one. Bull Moose Jackson ... "Big Ten Inch Record." It was just all those ego-philes as opposed to audiophiles. Ego-philes just have to say something about something. It's sort of like the same people who looked at Joe and me and said we were a cheap imitation of the Rolling Stones, instead of seeing that there's some new form of music being unearthed here. If those fucks had any brains in their heads, they would have seen that [begins singing "Walk This Way"] was like the beginning of a different type of ... [pauses]. It was my rhythm coming out in my lyrics, and it was a kind of kindred spirit to raps and stuff.

      How was the band able to manage the transition to MTV so well, when so many bands of the '70s didn't?

      Perry: There was a real stigma to making a video about your music. And I still think that, in some ways, a video takes something away from the music. But it's a fact of life, and you either embrace it, or it rolls over you and kills you. That's true of a lot of different technologies. It's like being in denial about computers: "I don't know how to run one, so I'm not going to use one." Well, fine, but the rest of the world is, so you can go live under a rock. So you join in, and then it's a question of, "Are we just going to be average, or are we going to be as good at this as we can be?"

      "We had our bad-hair days and our fashion mistakes." -- Joe Perry

      The first video we made, we thought we were going to direct it and say how it was going to be, and it came out shitty. So we figured, well, let's get the best guy in the business to do our videos. We don't know how to make videos. We just know how to write songs and play live.

      In the long run, do you think the Aerosmith ballads or the Aerosmith rockers will hold up better?

      Perry: Oh, I don't know. I think there's a place for both of them. The riffs are for below-the-waist, and the ballads are for right in the center of your chest.

  • Cryin' on the charts in India?!
      According to Planet M's (India's biggest music store) top 25, Cryin' is at No. 12.

  • Biography for Cyrinda Foxe
      This is from

      Birth name: Kathleen Hetzekian
      Date of birth (location) 1952, Santa Monica, California, USA
      Date of death (details)
      September 2002, New York, New York, USA. (cancerous brain tumor)

      Mini biography
      Cyrinda Foxe was born Kathleen Hetzekian, and she says that she grew up in an abusive household. Kathleen left home before she graduated from high school and lived for a while in Texas before settling in New York City. Kathleen changed her name to Cyrinda Foxe and became part of the New York nightlife crowd in the 1970s at famed nightclub Max's Kansas City. She also became an actress; her best known role was in Andy Warhol's movie "Bad." While she was making a name for herself as an actress, Cyrinda had an affair with David Bowie, became pregnant with his child, and had an abortion. Cyrinda grew up idolizing the Rolling Stones and she eventually became involved with the New York Dolls, a glam-rock band often compared to the Stones. In 1977, Cyrinda married David Johansen, frontman for the New York Dolls. At the time, the New York Dolls had the same management as Aerosmith, and while Cyrinda was involved with David, she met Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler. After less than a year of marriage to David, Cyrinda left David for Steven. Cyrinda and Steven married and had a daughter, Mia, but the marriage was troubled by drug addiction, extramarital affairs, and physical and emotional abuse. Cyrinda and Steven divorced shortly before Aerosmith made a comeback in the late '80s. In 1997, Cyrinda's tell-all memoir, "Dream On," was published to conflicting reaction (mostly negative) from Aerosmith fans. Not long after the book was released, Cyrinda announced that the paperback edition of "Dream On" would include nude photos of Steven. But in 1999, Steven won a lawsuit against Cyrinda to prevent her from publishing the nude pictures. In 2000, Cyrinda launched a web site in which she was selling nude pictures of Steven, but by the end of the year, the site was shut down for undisclosed reasons. In 2001, Cyrinda had a stroke that left her partially paralyzed, and she is also reportedly suffering from a brain tumor.

      Steven Tyler (I) (1977 - November 1987) (divorced)
      'David Johansen' (1973 - 1977) (divorced)
      'Keith Waa' (28 August 2002 - September 2002) (her death)

      Mother of Tate, Mia.
      (1999) Was sued by her ex-husband, Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. Because she intended to use nude photographs of him, for her book Dream On. But also those pictures were supposed to be given to Steven, as part of their divorce agreement in 1987.

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

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Greatest Hits (1983-1991)
OK, I'm off to catch Chris Hiatt & Cold Shot's tribute to SRV at Folkparken in Skellefteå tonight. I will never get to see the man himself, for obvious reasons, but hopefully this will be a good substitute. Apparently Hiatt not only sound like Stevie, he looks like him too. OK, I better get off the computer and get in the car now... I'm in the mood for some good blues tonight... :)

News as of September 26, 2002
  • Girls Of Summer video info
      I was just told the name of one of the girls in the Girls Of Summer video, and thought's I'd share this with you...

      I've already posted that the blonde is Jaime Pressly, but now I've been told that the cute brunette is Kim Smith. Anyone know who the third is?

  • Another possible tour date
      Last night on a local radio station ( the DJ announced that Aerosmith was coming to Memphis in December.

  • Special offer in the Philippines
      Sony Music Philippines has currently got a special offer. In the Philippines, the "O, Yeah" CD can be found with a sticker up front, which say that if you buy it, you get a free Aerosmith guitar chord book. No word on how the book looks or what songs are in it. The original hologram is absent in the new ones.

  • Another one from the Philippines
      Aerosmith were mentioned in a segment called Connect (or something) of a noontime show, Magandang Tanghali Bayan (which means Good Afternoon City), in which there is a series of questions that the contestants have to answer. One question was "Aerosmith covered a song titled Come Together, who sang the original?"

      Does a question like that suggest that Aerosmith are bigger than The Beatles in the the Philippines!?

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Edge Of Sanity - Crimson (1996)
This is the first album I've heard by this band, and also the first thing I've heard from Dan Swanö (a key person in the Swedish underground metal scene, if I've got my facts right) period, so I can't say how this compares to anything else he's put out. This one, however, would definitely have to categorized as "progressive death metal." I may be wrong, but if my memory serves me right, Swanö started out doing pretty basic Death Metal in the early '90's, but has with time evolved and refined his music into showing more and more of his appreciation for '70's progressive rock. He has released albums with several different constellations, and also solo albums under his own name. This album, "Crimson", contains only one single song, the 40 min title track. One wouldn't think it was 40 minutes though, it's very varied and never gets boring. Those 40 minutes passes so fast, you wouldn't believe. The prog influences are obvious, with the music twisting and turning all over the place. Most of the vocals are in the typical harsh death grunt style, but they're done with so much class that I'm hardly even bothered by them at all. As with the vocals (shifting between death and clean vocals), the music on this CD also has a very wide span. There are really fast and heavy parts, but also slower more solemn moments. The band I obviously first think of when I hear this album is (surprise, surprise!) Opeth. Not sure who influenced who (if at all), but these two definitely have similarities. Opeth's Mike Åkerfeldt also guest on this album, featured both with vocals and some lead guitar work. While I've listened to the album only twice after getting it today, I can still definitely understand why so many people have such a huge respect for mr Swanö. This album is very impressive!

I find it amazing that so many Swedish bands who started out during the death metal craze in the early '90's, started incorporating elements of other styles and turned out so good. Personally I've never been able to understand what is so good about death metal as a genre (though definitely better than black metal, which is even sillier), but I like many bands that had it as a base and moved on from there, such as Opeth (prog), Vintersorg (folk, prog), Therion (classical, opera), At The Gates (thrash), In Flames (heavy), Dark Tranquillity etc

News as of September 25, 2002
  • This Day In Aerosmith History
      20 years ago Aerosmith returns to the charts for the first time since 1980's "Greatest Hits." The latest LP, "Rock in a Hard Place" is their first release of new material since lead guitarist Joe Perry departed in 1979. The album never makes it into the Top 20. (1982)

  • Billboard update
      Aerosmith's "O Yeah, Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" is at #54 on the Billboard charts this week, with sales of 17,188 copies sold....

  • More Tour News, as told to me by Alissa854
      More dates added for December:

      12/17 State College, PA. Bryce Jordan Center
      12/19 Philadelphia, PA. First Union Center

      more to come!

  • Steven on Boston radio
      Steven Tyler will call in to 98.5 radio station in Boston about 7:30 AM today for a phone interview.

  • Aerosmith in humour bit

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Opeth - Blackwater Park (2001)
The latest release from the Swedish masters. From what I've heard, however, Opeth has recorded material for not only one, but two new albums already! Very impressive! Word has it the band this time decided to split their heavy side and their moody acoustic side on two different albums. If I remember correctly, the first (the heavy one) will be released later this year, while the more mellow record will be out early next year. I'm really looking forward to the latter especially. Just imagine an entire album of the softer, acoustic side of Opeth! Needless to say, my expectations are very high for that one... Until then, the five albums they've already released do just fine, to say the least... :) Steven Wilson helped the band produce this album, by the way.

News as of September 24, 2002
  • Tyler expected to attend the VH1 Fashion Awards
      VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Next Month
      Mon Sep 23,10:10 PM ET

      NEW YORK - Angie Harmon, Naomi Watts and Serena and Venus Williams will be among the presenters at the 2002 "VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards" next month.

      Actress Debra Messing of NBC's "Will & Grace" will host the awards, to be presented Oct. 15 at Radio City Music Hall (9 p.m. Eastern). Performers will include Pink, David Bowie and Santana with Michelle Branch.

      Others expected to attend include Gwyneth Paltrow, Brittany Murphy, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Hugh Grant and Harmon's husband, New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn, VH1 announced Monday.

      Award categories include breakthrough style, rockstyle, visionary video, red carpet, leading man, newcomer, model of the year, designer of the year, revolutionary designer and most influential artist.

      Visitors to the and Web sites selected the nominees for the visionary video and designer of the year awards.


  • Various Tour News, as told to me by Alissa854
      Aerosmith Arena Tour will end December 22nd.

      At Sunday's show, Steven Tyler came up to sing with Cheap Trick during "Surrender." This was also Run DMC's last show with Aerosmith, but Joe Perry said they could be back for December shows possibly.

      Next year the band will tour Europe in May-June, then back to the states in August.

      The Aerosmith show in Washington DC on December 21st is at the MCI Center Arena.

      Another city or two tenetive for December. Fort Wayne, IN and Chicago, IL. Cheap Trick and Tommy Lee will be each on different cities on the December leg with Run DMC on some too.


      I sure hope "Alissa854" has the facts right, regarding the European tour I mean... :)

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The Flower Kings - The Rainmaker (2001)

News as of September 23, 2002
  • Rolling Stone magazine
      On page 118 of the October 3rd issue of Rolling Stone, there is a review of the Jones Beach concert. Rolling Stone now gives ratings on their reviews, and this one got 4 out of 5 stars! There is also a pic of Steven.

  • Another possible tour date...
      According to Mimi, it was posted on the AF1 chat, that there will be a show in Washington, DC on December 21st. She couldn't remember the venue. The guy who announced it announced that STP would be opening for Aeromsith a month before it was confirmed... so this guy may know what he's talking about...

  • Howard Stern
      Tommy Lee was on Howard Stern this morning. He talked about going on tour with Aerosmith. Howard mentioned how he has seen Aerosmith 4 times and loves the band.

  • Cleveland Free Times article
      There's a pictures there too...

      Published September 11 - 17, 2002

      by JEFF NIESEL


      When Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum last year, Detroit rapper Kid Rock did the presentation honors. It's somehow fitting that Rock, whose own faltering career got a boost when he cropped his Vanilla Ice-like hair, jumped on the rap-metal bandwagon and refashioned himself as a stripper-loving American badass, would provide the introduction. Like Aerosmith, Rock was saved by MTV, and once he weaseled his way into heavy rotation, proved more than willing to turn his songs into mini made-for-TV movies, flush with movie-star cameos, foul-mouthed midgets and trailer-park babes.

      Kid Rock, who proclaimed that "Aerosmith are to rock and roll what Fonzie was to Happy Days," also called them "the greatest rock and roll band in American history." That's a preposterous assertion. While Aerosmith issued three great albums -- 1974's Get Your Wings, 1975's Toys in the Attic and 1976's Rocks -- they're hardly on the same level as other American rock groups who've been inducted. Aerosmith is more as Richie Cunningham's brother was to Happy Days -- if they disappeared, you wouldn't really miss them.

      In fact, many of Aerosmith's American contemporaries -- among them, the Stooges, the MC5 and the New York Dolls, for a few examples -- haven't yet been inducted into the Rock Hall even though they left a much more significant impression over the course of a shorter amount of time. Iggy Pop's madcap stage antics, the MC5's protopunk and the New York Dolls' frenetic glam rock are often imitated, but Aerosmith's an imitation of an imitation, a band that somehow parlayed good looks and Rolling Stones-like riffage into multiplatinum album sales.

      "Well, gosh, we used to play with the Dolls all the time," admits Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford via phone from his Boston home when asked if the Dolls deserved a Rock Hall nod prior to Aerosmith. "We went on tour with them for a little while. They were just so different. It was something to see, definitely something to see. I don't see why [they shouldn't be in the Rock Hall]. I think they made a pretty significant contribution, although it wasn't a widely known band. It had a major effect on a lot of other bands -- their whole approach to it. But I'm sure there's all sorts of politics going on with that stuff."

      To be honest, Aerosmith would have been more deserving of Rock Hall infamy if they, like so many other volatile '70s acts, had imploded at the end of the decade. At least then they would have left at the top of their game.

      As it was, the problems facing the group -- fighting girlfriends and wives, drug and alcohol abuse, "creative differences" -- were so complex, VH-1 needed two hours instead of one to profile the band in a recent Behind the Music special. After all, the band went from playing Boston-area bars (or barns, as the case sometimes was) to arenas and even stadiums, and making that transition took its toll.

      "When you look back at it, the band had just kind of run its course for a while," Whitford says. "We didn't have anybody looking out for us. If somebody had really been in there, giving us a little bit of guidance, they would have told us we should have taken a year off. That didn't happen. It reached a boiling point, and everyone has their own breaking point."

      Adding to the band's internal tensions was the fact that disco had hit big and rock had been declared dead -- at least at the end of the '70s.

      "Even bands like KISS were trying to create their own disco music," Whitford comments. "We knew we could never do that. We figured if we faded off into the sunset playing rock and roll, then that's what was meant to be. We stuck to our guns and the tide turned eventually. It came and went."

      But before disco had run its course, Whitford left the band. "It's almost easier to just walk away than resolve something that seems to be unresolvable," he reflects. So, too, did guitarist Joe Perry, and neither of them would play on the 1982 album Rock in a Hard Place, which followed on the heels of their six-times-platinum Greatest Hits. It appeared as if the ride was over.

      And in terms of artistry, it certainly was.

      Though Perry and Whitford rejoined the group for 1985's Done with Mirrors, it wasn't until 1986, when the group rerecorded "Walk This Way" with rap group (and current tourmates) Run-D.M.C. that they became a force in the '80s. The video and song were hits, and the band was back on the fast track. By the time of 1987's Permanent Vacation, the group had given in to commercial demands, providing a radio hit ("Rag Doll"), a Beatles cover ("I'm Down"), a made-for-video novelty song ("Dude [Looks Like a Lady]") and a cheesy ballad ("Angel"). They acquiesced to dominating producer Bruce Fairbairn (Bon Jovi, Loverboy) and outside songwriters (Desmond Child, amongst others) in the attempt to regain their fame. Plus, their ability to parlay their good looks into videos made them a favorite on MTV.

      "It's television, and once you're talking TV, it's so powerful," Whitford says of MTV's role in the band's rebirth. "It played a tremendous role in building our image and it was a string of videos that were so successful. Once you do that, it's almost the equivalent of having a hit TV show."

      But isn't that the biggest compromise a band can make -- acknowledging that image is more important than music? Isn't that why Aerosmith, unlike their contemporaries, was as big in the '80s and even '90s as they were in the '70s?

      "You're always in danger of letting the music take a backseat when you start making records and it becomes a business in a sense," Whitford explains. "You're still making a business, but you're also trying to sell records. You're making a conscious decision to be on MTV and on radio. Music at some point suffers. In Aerosmith's case, sometimes we just tried too hard. Sometimes you get away from the essence of the band. So it's a struggle."

      That struggle has seemingly gotten easier.

      Whitford says he can't remember the last time band members disagreed on anything -- though selling their songs to Dodge, letting a slew of mediocre artists pay tribute to them on MTV while they sat on the sidelines and lapped it up, and releasing greatest-hits package after greatest-hits package are not acts befitting one of "America's greatest" rock acts. When pressed to acknowledge the traits that merit Aerosmith's inclusion in the Rock Hall, Whitford cites longevity rather than creativity.

      "We had to work really hard at keeping it from falling apart," he says. "That's how much we cared about it. We're just some of the biggest fans of the band. We can't explain how it all works -- that's the feeling we have. We just keep showing up."

  • Cincinnati Post Article w/Joey
      Aerosmith keeps rockin'
      By Rick Bird

      After 30 years together, 75 million albums sold, Aerosmith is showing no signs of slowing down.
      The Rock Hall of Famers have been on an almost non-stop world tour the last three years bringing their show to Riverbend on Friday.

      "That's what we do," drummer Joey Kramer nonchalantly said about the band's seemingly endless road life.

      Aerosmith comes to town headlining a triple bill featuring Cheap Rock and Run DMC. Earlier this summer Kid Rock was on the bill, instead of Cheap Trick, and there was an intriguing symmetry to that lineup.

      Some credit the veteran rappers, Run DMC, with resurrecting Aerosmith's career with their cover of "Walk this Way" in 1986. It set the stage for Aerosmith's late '80s comeback after guitarist Joe Perry and frontman Steven Tyler finished drug rehab. The Run DMC/Aerosmith collaboration was one of the first examples of rock and hip hop coming together. In some ways the result of that legacy is a Kid Rock, who took the hard-rock heritage of his native Detroit, infusing it with rap influences.

      Aerosmith always avoided the classic rock tag, cranking out a new album every few years in the '90s. And the band's last studio release, "Just Push Play" was its most critically acclaimed album in a decade, although Kramer laments, "It didn't sell as much as we would have liked."

      Kramer said the set list on the current tour is more of a greatest hits show to complement the band's release last spring of "The Ultimate Greatest Hits," a 30-cut collection. It's the band's sixth greatest hits package, but the first to combine releases from both their Columbia and Geffen label years.

      Kramer thinks the band is as tight as it's ever been and credits that to band members finally learning to communicate with each other.

      "We all work together," he said. "We give each other feedback. It's important to get that from someone who doesn't play your instrument, because you get a different perspective. It's just a question of not permitting your ego to run interference for that."

      Kramer thinks Aerosmith is a far more cohesive band than that other blues-rock outfit they have had to suffer comparisons to for 30 years - the Rolling Stones.

      "I've seen the Stones many times and I don't see where people really compare them to us. I don't feel they play as good as we do. You've got one hard working guy out there and the rest of them are kind of doing their thing."

      Kramer says when the current tour ends in December the band will take some time off then begin work on a new album, starting the cycle again. Kramer admits when they were starting out in their twenties playing Boston bars, they never expected to be doing this when they were 30.

      "And when we were 30 we didn't think we'd go past 40. When we were 40 we didn't think we'd go past 50. And now that we are 50, I think we have stopped thinking."

      Publication Date: 09-19-2002


  • Columbus review from
      Rockers and rappers whip up sweet emotion
      Music review: Aerosmith, Run-D.M.C., Cheap Trick
      Wednesday, September 18, 2002
      Aaron Beck

      When Aerosmith "got clean'' in the mid-'80s, Aeromouth Steven Tyler performed backflips on stages and fans backflipped to ticket booths.

      Aerosmith's popularity was due in part to a 1986 recording the band did of its hit Walk This Way with the Queens rap group Run-D.M.C.

      MTV played the stuffings out of the video. Aerosmith, having released the not well-received 1985 comeback album Done With Mirrors, received a boost. So did Run-D.M.C. The venture introduced the rap group to white kids in suburbs, sure, but also in rural lands. (I first listened to Run-D.M.C. on headphones while driving a tractor in an endless soybean field. Rap from Queens was as common in south-eastern Indiana as chitlins were at Hardee's.)

      Aerosmith's momentum hasn't ebbed since the Run-D.M.C. collaboration, and with a string of power-ballad video songs (I Don't Want To Miss a Thing), a third generation pays to see the band. Tyler, 54, doesn't do flips anymore, but he and the band still know how win a crowd: play the hits, which, unlike any other band that formed more than 30 years ago, involves songs from each decade of its existence.

      On Monday, some 16,000 packed Polaris Amphitheater to hear two hours of rock both presober (Toys in the Attic, Dream On, Last Child) and post (Pink, Rag Doll, Love in an Elevator), a reprise of last Septem-ber's show at the venue.

      A year on tour -- well, more than a solid decade of being on tour and on reportedly strict diets and exercise regimens -- has turned Aerosmith into a train speeding past nostalgia-rock coal-burners. The rhythm section -- guitarist Brad Whitford, drummer Joey Kramer and bassist Tom Hamilton -- rumbled with vigor and attitude, even if Whitford's droopy eyes made him look as though he might fall asleep.

      When the spotlight shined on Perry for a blues romp and a vocal demonstration, Perry declared, "I got the flu tonight so I ain't doin' any singing.''

      No matter. His playing was -- as always -- inventive, emotive and delivered with swagger and verve. He apparently has made a deal with the devil.

      Sickness did prevent one-third of Run-D.M.C. -- Run -- from jacking up the audience to start the evening's entertainment. Run was at who's house? Run's house. The MC, reported D.M.C., was bed-ridden at home with a stomach virus.

      D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay joined Aerosmith for the show's anticipated finale, Walk This Way. D.M.C. worked up a sweat in, oh, 10 seconds, ditched his shirt and flexed his way through the world's first and finest rap-rock anthem.

      Cheap Trick also performed. Singing radio-rock staples Dream Police and I Want You To Want Me, singer Robin Zander and the band have no reason to abandon 1979.


  • The Indianapolis Star review
      Aerosmith hits chord in return to old hits
      By David Lindquist
      September 23, 2002

      Regardless of the putdown, Aerosmith has outrun them all.

      From decade to decade, the Boston band has been written off as a second-rate Rolling Stones, heavy-metal ne'er-do-wells and sell-out balladeers.

      But when Aerosmith put a charge in Verizon Wireless Music Center Sunday night, the players were no less than masters of their rock 'n' roll legacy.

      Who else is still on the road, looking sharp and making the blues deliciously unsafe for multiple generations?

      Well, the Stones seem to be, but they've also famously forsaken Indiana. Aerosmith has played Indianapolis three times in the past 15 months.

      Both bands are touring in support of greatest-hits collections (overkill projects in both instances). Thirty tracks are included in Aerosmith's, which falls 10 short of the Stones' "Forty Licks." On the other hand, the Stones are miserable failures if recent track records are compared.

      However, it wasn't "Jaded" or "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" that made this Aerosmith appearance click.

      It was three songs from the mid-1970s. A show-opening saunter through "Toys in the Attic," "Back in the Saddle" and "Same Old Song and Dance" served as a dirty-boogie invocation.

      At the end of "Song and Dance," vocalist Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry pressed their bodies against stacks of amplifiers.

      From there, the Toxic Twins invested enough care to make us appreciate more recent hits. Tyler sang a feverish a cappella intro to "What it Takes," while Perry added lap-steel zing to "Rag Doll."

      Aerosmith continues to execute the "satellite stage" concept better than anyone else. A four-song set on the lawn began with "Livin' on the Edge," perhaps the finest composition of the band's comeback era.

      Surrounded by 20,000 friends, Tyler flipped the tale of isolated confusion into a communal release. Losing no momentum, "Big Ten Inch Record," "Dream On" and "Love in an Elevator" followed.

      Amazingly, these are the same musicians who sounded entirely spent and out of clues on the 1998 "Nine Lives" tour.

      It underscores the ground rules of live music. Each show is the only performance by a particular set of people in one specific setting.

      On this night, Aerosmith struck a magical convergence.

      With Cheap Trick () on hand, this was a bill that Mike Damone -- "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" 's hard-luck ticket scalper -- would have loved in 1982.

      From "Dream Police" to "Surrender," Cheap Trick resurrected its arena-rock punch. There also was beautiful simplicity to Bun E. Carlos' drumming, in which the guiding principle is to use hands and feet to hit four things at once.


  • Aerosmith songs played at college football game
      Andy Sneed reports:

      I attended yesterday afternoon's University of Tennessee and University of Florida football game (easily the biggest college football game so far this season). At halftime, the University of Florida played Aerosmith songs in front of over 107,700 fans for their halftime show. From where I was sitting, I couldn't hear everything, but I do know they did play "Just push Play", "Walk This Way" and followed it up with a great finale of "Dream On". They got a great ovation, and since it was the Florida band playing in front of 98,000 Tennessee fans, I am pretty sure it was the songs that got the ovation...

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Explorers Club - Age Of Impact (1998)
One of the prog metal supergroup project albums released on Magna Carta. Lead by Trent Gardner (who wrote all songs and lyrics, aswell as produced the album) of Magellan, this album also features an impressive list of big names. Among the artists featured on the album we find Terry Bozzio (Zappa), Steve Howe (Yes), D.C. Cooper (Royal Hunt) and Derek Sherinian, James LaBrie and John Petrucci (all most famous for being/having been members of Dream Theater). While I feel that the songwriting may be lacking a little (but only a little) at times (those who say that Dream Theater can't write songs - yes, there are actually people who say that - should probably stay away), the performances sure doesn't. The instrumental skills are as impressive as can be expected from these people. Heck, Petrucci's guitar solos alone makes this album worth having! One of my favorite parts of this album is the very end of the last track (no, not because of that, silly!), the 11 min "Impact 5 - Last Call", which is, along with the lyrics in the booklet, labeled (PETRUCCI SOLO) / (BOZZIO GOES WILD). That's the least one could call it. Awesome stuff!

News as of September 22, 2002
  • Rock This Way, a five year anniversary!
      I find it sort of hard to believe. As of today, this website has actually been up for a full 5 years! I never thought I'd go on working on this site for so long when I first started it back in 1997. Is there anyone who visit the site now who remember it from back then? It sucked pretty bad, didn't it? :)
      It's sort of scary how quickly the time passes though (ja, tiden den springer, som det heter), and I don't want to think about how much time I've spent on this thing...

      I must be doing something right though, I guess. Every year there's been an increase of hits to the site, compared to the previous year. Now, there's no doubt that this particular page, the News Page, is what most people come here for. According to the monitoring site, this page has, over the course of the last few months, had between 29500 and 32000 hits per month! That's around one thousand hits in average every day! Wow! That sounds like alot to me... :)

      Thanks to all of you people who has been visiting the site throughout these years, and thanks for all the kind, helpful and supportive e-mails. They mean alot, even if I don't always find the time to write something meaningful back.

      I'll try my best to keep this site up, and I hope you will keep on coming back for as long as I do. :)

      Peace and love,
      Cristoffer, the ol' webmaster

  • New concert date
      It was announced on local radio and newspaper that Aerosmith will be preforming in Wichita, KS on Dec. 6th and Cheap Trick will open for them. No Tommy Lee?

      Just added was Aerosmith with Cheap Trick at the Kansas Coliseum. Valley Center, KS on Friday, December 6 at 8:00 PM. On sale Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 AM.

      More dates? I'm still waiting for them to be announced. As soon as i get them i will post them. Do You know of any dates besides what I know? Evansville, IN is Dec 2nd. Detroit, MI is Dec 13th.

  • Must to open for Aerosmith!
      MUST ( to tour with AEROSMITH!!
      Must has just been confirmed as a support act (along with either Kid Rock or the Stone Temple Pilots, depending on the show) on the upcoming Aerosmith tour!

      Here's a list of the confirmed dates so far:

      10/2 UMB Pavilion
      Maryland Heights, MO
      Aerosmith, STP

      10/4 Am South Amph
      Nashville, TN
      Aerosmith, STP

      10/6 Verizon Wireless Amp
      Bonner Springs, KS
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock

      10/8 Verizon Wireless Amp
      Charlotte, NC
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock

      10/10 Verizon Wireless Amp
      Virginia Beach, VA
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock

      10/12 Alltel Pavilion
      Raleigh, NC
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock

      10/14 Hi-Fi Buys Amph
      Atlanta, GA
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock

      10/17 Times Forum
      St. Petersburg, FL
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock

      10/19 Coral Sky
      West Palm Beach, FL
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock

      10/22 Century Tel Center
      Bossier City, LA
      Aerosmith, STP

      10/24 New Orleans Arena
      New Orleans, LA
      Aerosmith, STP

      (10/26/02 Texas Motor Speedway Justin, TX)

      10/28 Verizon Wireless Amp
      Selma, TX
      Aerosmith, STP

      10/30 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
      The Woodlands, TX
      Aerosmith, STP


      This email was sent out the other day from the official site of the band Must:

      MUST e-news 9-18: Must to tour with AEROSMITH!

      Hey Must fans -

      You've been hearing the rumours, and we're very excited to have gotten final confirmation - MUST will be touring as an opening act for AEROSMITH on their fall tour! The full bill will be Aerosmith, Kid Rock, and Must!

      Here are the confirmed dates we have so far:

      10/02/02 - Maryland Heights, MO - UMB Pavilion
      10/04/02 - Nashville, TN - Am South Amph
      10/06/02 - Bonner Springs, KS - Verizon Wireless Amp
      10/08/02 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amp
      10/10/02 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amp
      10/12/02 - Raleigh, NC - Alltel Pavilion
      10/14/02 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amph
      10/17/02 - St. Petersburg, FL - Times Forum
      10/19/02 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky
      10/22/02 - Bossier City, LA - Century Tel Center
      10/24/02 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
      10/26/02 - Justin, TX - Texas Motor Speedway
      10/28/02 - Selma, TX - Verizon Wireless Amp
      10/30/02 - The Woodlands, TX - C.W. Mitchell Pavilion

      We'll send out more news and details as we get them; watch your e-mail box or the tour page for the latest info!

      Rock on!

      Must online

  • Steven Tyler Action Figure

  • Review and exclusive photos by Terry Mayer

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Kula Shaker - K (+ bonus material)
Loads of great psychedelic stuff on this one. Swirling guitars and organs and good songwriting all over this fantastic pop/rock record. The British '60's is probably their biggest influence, but they do show appreciation for the US scene too, how else shall one interpret a song title like "Grateful when you're Dead/Jerry was there." Now, this is an album with great instrumental performances! Both harder, more rocking parts and beautiful spacey, trippy stuff. At times one can hear bits and pieces of a '90's brit pop sound (a scene which I've noticed they have sometimes been - mistakenly IMO - lumped together with), but they're oh so much better than all bands I associate with the "brit pop" tag. The vocals are nice and fits the music perfectly. Whatever it is that Kula Shaker are doing, it all makes for some very nice listening! That George Harrison's experiments with eastern music has been a big influence is probably a safe assumption to make. The Indian music appears all over. Love it! I actually only have a copy of this album on tape, with some other material of theirs (including their take on the early Deep Purple classic "Hush." OK, I know that it wasn't a DP original, but whatever...) added - single b-sides and live versions - for the remaining part of the tape. A cousin of mine (tack ska du ha, Peder!) put this together for me some years back. Haven't listened to it for a long time, but picked it out yesterday. Now I feel a desperate need to get the original CD release myself... Some may complain that there's nothing here that sticks to your mind, that you don't remember anything of it once it ends? If that's the case, who cares?! That just gives you a reason to listen to it again, and again, and again, and again... ;) That's what I've been doing ever since I picked it out of the closet last night. :)

News as of September 21, 2002
  • MTyTy9T9 on Shake Ya Ass
      I got the following e-mail from Ty...

      "No, that is NOT Steven on this song. I am from New Orleans so I know a lot of Mystikal songs and that would be a very strange pair anyway. The person singing that part with Mystikal is Pharell of the Neptunes or N.E.R.D. I don't know if the song was in the movie About A Boy but maybe there was mix up with the names. Mystikal's real name is Michael Tyler as you have said and there must be someone else named Perry but it is not Aerosmith. "

  • Alissa854 on Detroit, MI show on December 13th!!
      Aerosmith / Tommy Lee; the Detroit show is set for December 13th: The venue is not confirmed yet, but it will most likely be at The Palace Of Auburn Hills.

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Focus - Hamburger Concerto (1974)
If you've only heard "Hocus Pocus" and think you know what Focus were all about, you desperately need to give their albums a listen. That song, their only real hit, was good (and hilarious), but hardly that representative for what this Dutch band were all about. Good shit, this album! "Focus III" (72) and "Moving Waves" (71) are supposed to be very good too... Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on them too...

News as of September 20, 2002
  • News From the Road
      Head over to for the latest from Tom Hamilton!

  • Combined wedding and Aerosmith concert!?
      On the radio station 98 Rock, they said that Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are planning to get married, and the wedding will take place during the intermission between Kid Rock's set and Aerosmith's set at the November 9th show in Las Vegas. According to 98 Rock, anyone with a ticket for the show will be able to witness the wedding first hand, and right after the wedding, Aerosmith will perform.

  • Video clips from Camden
      Thanks to Miss Chesty Morgan, 2 great video clips from the Camden concert has been added to Nick's Aero247.

      #1 steven spittin out his water durin Toys
      #2 20 Second clip of Pink.

      Head the Camden Picture section of the Oh Yea Tour and enjoy!

  • Cool collectors item at eBay
      Rock'n Roll Heroes Collection: Steven Tyler Doll [this item at eBay]

      Rock'n Roll Heroes Collection


      Made in solid resin, this is an incredible find released in Argentina. Figurine is app 2.75" tall (7 cms). The AEROSMITH emblematic leader is holding a mike. hand made in hand painted polymeric resin.

      The rock stars made into these dolls (as can be seen in the pic below) are... Axl Rose, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler, Kurt Cobain, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Sting, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Jim Morrison.

      Rock'n Roll Heroes Collection

  • Aerosmith mentioned in song by rapper Dr. Dre
      Well, it's news to me...

      On the song "Let Me Ride", off of the album "The Chronic" by Dr. Dre, there's a lyric that goes, "yeah it's too heavy to lift, you know this ain't Aerosmith, it's the mutha-fuckin' D-R-E!"

      For those interested, here are the full (terrible) lyrics to this song, as per

      "Let Me Ride"

      [Verse One:]

      Creepin' down the back street on Deez
      I got my glock cocked cuz niggaz want these
      Now soon as I said it, seems I got sweated
      By some nigga with a tech 9 tryin' to take mine
      ya wanna make noise, make noise
      I make a phone call my niggaz comin' like the Gotti boys
      bodies bein' found on Greenleaf
      with their fuckin heads cut off, motherfucker i'm Dre
      so listen to the play-by-play, day-by-day
      rollin' in my '4 with 16 switches
      And got sounds for the bitches, clockin' all the riches
      Got the hollow points for the snitches
      So would you just walk on by, cuz I'm too hard to lift
      and no this ain't Aerosmith
      It's the motherfuckin D-R-E, from the CPT

      on a ryhmin' spree, a straight G
      Hop back as i pop my top ya trip
      I let the hollow points commence to POP POP POP
      yeah, cuz if it don't stop
      I have to put my shit in reverse go back and take anothers stop
      Cause I'm (Rollin in my six-fo')
      with all the niggaz sayin


      Swing down, sweet chariot stop and, let me ride
      hell yeah
      Swing down, sweet chariot stop and, let me ride
      with all the niggaz sayin
      Swing down, sweet chariot stop and, let me ride
      Hell yeah
      Swing down, sweet chariot stop and, let me ride

      [Verse Two:]

      just another motherfuckin day for Dre so I begin like this
      No medallions, dreadlocks, or black fists it's just
      that gangster glare, with gangster raps
      that gangster shit, that makes the gang of snaps, uhh
      word to the motherfuckin streets
      and word to these hyped ass lyrics and dope beats, that I
      hit ya with that I, get ya with
      as I groove in my four on deez, hittin the switches
      bitches relax while I get my proper swerve on
      bumpin like a motherfucker ready to get my serve on
      but before I hit the dope spot
      I gotta get the chronic, the Reme Martin and my soda pop
      Now I'm smellin like indo-nesia
      bus stop full of fly bitches and skeezers
      on my dick, cause my four on hit
      pancake front and back, side to side and all that shit
      So when I crawl I comes correct
      Now, if your bitch in my shit, it's your bitch you check nigga
      Now let the Chevrolet slide
      As I dip a nigga trip to the south side, yeah
      (Rollin in my six-fo') with all the bitches sayin


      [Verse Three:]

      Check this out
      The sun went down when I hit Slausson
      on my way to the strip, now I'm just flossin
      Checkin my rearview, cause niggaz they will do
      jack moves, black fools cause I smack fools
      Try to set me up for a two-eleven
      Fuck around and get caught up in a one-eight-seven
      but I don't represent no gangbang
      Some niggaz like lynchin but I just watch them hang
      so on, and so-on, why don't you let me roll on
      I remember back in the dayz when I used to have to get my stroll on
      Didn't nobody wanna speak; now everybody
      peepin out they windows when they hear me beatin up the streets
      Is it Dre? Is it Dre?
      That's what they say, every single motherfuckin day, yo
      But I ain't trippin I'm just kickin it
      While my deez keep spinnin and these hoes keep grinnin I'll be
      (Rollin in my six-fo') With everybody sayin

      [Chorus: to end]

  • Scranton review in the Times Leader
      Posted on Wed, Sep. 18, 2002

      A classic, a Kid and the rappers Winning combination for Montage season's swan song
      By ALAN K. STOUT
      Times Leader Music Editor

      SCRANTON - There's an old saying about saving the best for last, and that's exactly what happened last Tuesday night at the Montage Mountain Amphitheater. Aerosmith closed out the Montage concert season with a powerful performance that offered the best sound and the best show of the year and drew the biggest crowd. More than 14,000 people packed the facility, and for two torrid hours, one of America's most treasured bands took them on a riveting journey.

      The group, which first appeared in silhouette form behind a blue curtain, opened its set with "Toys In The Attic" and followed with two more '70s classics: "Back in The Saddle" and "Same Old Song and Dance." The new "Girls of Summer" also was well-received.

      Musically, Aerosmith was nothing short of remarkable. The sound was crisp and pristine, and the instruments were explosive. Vocalist Steven Tyler was always on target, and Joe Perry's guitar riffs were often fierce and fiery. Perry, who was celebrating his 52nd birthday, played with stunning precision throughout the entire show.

      "September 11th, tomorrow," said Tyler. "You're here tonight. Sweet emotion, baby, sweet emotion." The band then launched into the classic song of the same name.

      An emotional performance of "What It Takes" was another highlight, and, in a very unusual but brilliant move, security then escorted the band to a second stage at the base of the lawn seats. While there, the group dished out solid renditions of "Big Ten Inch Record," "Dream On" and "Love In An Elevator." For about 20 minutes, fans without gold-circle seats got a gold-circle view of the band, and the audience loved it.

      Back on the main stage and under huge video screens, Aerosmith stormed through tight and sturdy renditions of "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing," "Jaded," "Pink," "Cryin' " and the set-ending "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)." Encores included "Draw The Line," and "Walk This Way," during which the band was joined by opening acts Kid Rock and Run DMC.

      All in all, it was a spectacular night of rock 'n' roll on the mountain. Kid Rock was energetic and entertaining, and the self-professed fan of all-things- rock marvelously mixed his set with his own heavy brand of rap-rock and medleys, riffs and verses of rock classics.

      And Aerosmith? The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers seemed like the perfect band to close out the summer season. Few bands, in reality, could follow.

      (Alan K. Stout's concert reviews appear in the Times Leader. He can be reached at 829-7131 or

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Ragnarök - Fjärilar i Magen (1979)
"Fjärilar i Magen" (butterflies in one's stomach) was the second release from this legendary (though now sadly forgotten, by most) Swedish prog band. Nice instrumental music, sometimes reminiscent of King Crimson, especially in the first track of the album, the heavy "Adrenalin." From what I hear, their debut album was mellower and even better. I'll be keeping my eyes open for that one... I believe Silence Records has even re-issued that one on CD...

News as of September 19, 2002
  • Tommy Lee to open for Aerosmith!?
      During a radio interview today (September 19) on 98.9 The Rock in Kansas City, Tommy Lee (former Motley Crue drummer) stated that his new band was going to be opening for Aerosmith during the tourdates in December after Kid Rock's departure. Tommy also went on to talk about how much he loved Aerosmith, and they were America's greatest Rock N' Roll band.

      No word on if Run DMC was still on the bill, or an possible teaming up on stage. I guess one can see it as kind of ironic that Tommy is taking Kid's place, since kid took Tommy's place with Pamela...

  • Shake Ya Ass
      You can download "Shake ya ass.mp3" from the News section of Kuba Cichocki's site, Is it really Steven? Listen to it yourself!

      I didn't really have time to look into this last night, but I've now seen a little more info. First, "Shake Ya Ass" isn't included on the "About A Boy Soundtrack" at all. All the music on that one is written by a British guy, Damon Gough, who calls himself Badly Drawn Boy. That doesn't necessarily mean that Vít Skramuský lied though, I guess. The song could still be in the movie.

      I don't know, I've gotten several mails saying that they think that there's no truth to this. Had it only been from hearing the music, I would have doubted it a little too (although I must say I personally think the line "Fuck a dollar girl pick up fifty" sound a damn lot like our Steven). Thing is just, the things Vít Skramuský told me made it seem unlikely. If it isn't Steven, then it's Vít Skramuský who's lyin to me. He claimed he saw Tyler and Perry credited along with Mystikal in the credits to the movie "About A Boy." I doubt the movie credits would be wrong. Is there anyone who has this movie and could check the credits, to see if this appears?

      Vít also claimed he saw the credits on the actual Mystikal - Shake Ya Ass single. Well, I personally don't know what to think...

  • Billboard
      Aerosmiths O Yeah hits is down to 47 from 41 on the Billboard charts. I think sales are around 20,000, maybe a bit less

  • More concert figures
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Run DMC
      Tweeter Center
      Tinley Park, Ill.
      Sept. 1, 2002
      22,710 / 28,557
      $79.50, $35
      Clear Channel Entertainment

  • Aerosmith mentioned in the Infobeat Daily Poll.. again!
      Take a break from the daily grind....and win money playing trivia!

      What long-lasting band had the most successful concert tour of all time (based on money grossed) with their 1994 tour?

      * Pink Floyd
      * Aerosmith
      * The Eagles
      * U2
      * The Rolling Stones

      The correct answer is: The Rolling Stones!

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Metallica - Master Of Puppets (1986)
The best album of the entire 1980's? Yeah, I think that might be my opinion...
It's in tough competition with a whole bunch of other albums ("Operation: Mindcrime" and "Appetite For Destruction" are two that come to mind right now) though... :)
Camel - Moonmadness (1976)
Released a decade earlier than Puppets (and containing music pretty much as different from early Metallica's thrash metal as you can get. Well, not quite, not if you agree with the saying that there's only two types of music - good and bad) this album, the fourth from this wonderful British prog band, is a beautiful piece of art.
Isolation Years - Talkin' Backwards ep (2002)
While as a whole not quite as great as the things that ended up (these are the "leftovers", so to speak) on their debut album, "Inland Traveller", a song like "Family Tree" makes this thing essential too. If you liked the album that is. But why shouldn't you? I've heard better versions of "Family Tree" live, but this one is very nice too. The other songs are very likeable too. All in all, a very enjoyable piece of 10" vinyl (it's available on CD too though, for those who prefer a more modern media - they released both the album and the EP in both formats). For more information, refer to

News as of September 18, 2002
  • Tyler (and Perry?) on song by the rapper MYSTIKAL
      All of the below by Vít Skramuský at:


      Band: MYSTIKAL

      Song: SHAKE YA ASS

      Album: LET'S  GET READY

      Date realesed: 18. July 2000

      Backvocals by: STEVEN TYLER

      Where I listened first: in the movie (ABOUT A BOY - film with Hugh Grant)

      When I went to the cinema yesterday i saw film "ABOUT A BOY". When film will be in the end and played headlines where you can see actors, producers or songs, which play in the movie i saw "SHAKE YA ASS" by Mystikal - Written by  Mystikal, Joe Perry a Steven Tyler. I said wow! Today i visit and find Mystikal, About A Boy soundtrack, but i dont find nothing about Aerosmith (Joe and Steven). So I went to the music shop and find Mystikal - Shake Ya Ass single. Here you can see: WRITTEN BY MYSTIKAL, JOE PERRY AND STEVEN TYLER! BACKGROUND VOCALS BY STEVEN TYLER!!!! WOW! I dont buy it, but i heard it once again on and I do mp3 from 31 sec. sample... I think, that Steven's voice is changed by by synthesizer. But IT IS STEVEN!!! IT IS REALLY STEVEN!!! When you can heard "Right now" it is really STEVEN. It is typical. I find lyrics for you for this sample on DOES ANYBODY KNOWS SOME NEWS ABOUT IT???

      download mp3 sample of Shake Ya Ass(215 Kb)


      ...I'm buyin if you got curves for your iceberg
      Drinkin here acting like it's gonna do somethin to me
      Hope this indecent proposel make you do somethin with me

      (STEVEN SINGS): Fuck a dollar girl pick up fifty

      And fuck that coward you need a real nigga
      Off top a nigga bout hurtin shit
      Bend over hoe show me what you workin with

      Shake ya ass
      But watch ya self
      Shake ya ass
      Show me what you workin with

      (STEVEN's vocal is changed by synthesizer)
      Attention all yall blazin pimps
      Right now in the place to be
      I thought I told yall niggas..



      Listening to the sample Vít Skramuský made, it's apparent that it really is our Tyler singing on it. I'm surprised by the writing credits to Tyler/Perry though. I looked up some info on this guy Mystikal at, and found that his real name is also Tyler, Michael Tyler to be exact. Also, for the album "Let's Get Ready" where the song first appeared, they credit Hugo/Tyler/Williams for writing "Shake Ya Ass", and Steven Tyler isn't mentioned in the credits for the album at all...

      This makes me wonder if it's possible that this version could be re-recording of the song? Does anyone know? Strange that we haven't heard about this recording apparence of Tyler's, if the album has been out for over two years... Any additional info on this would be greatly appreciated!

      What follows is some general info on Mystikal and the album in question, both from the All Music Guide....

      AKA born: Michael Tyler
      Born in New Orleans, LA
      Genres Rap
      Styles Dirty South, Southern Rap
      Instruments Vocals

      Originally one of the leading rappers on Master P's No Limit record label, Mystikal quickly evolved beyond the label's cliched thug trappings and found himself one of the Dirty South's most recognized rappers, alongside Juvenile. Like No Limit itself, Mystikal is a New Orleans native. He released an eponymous debut on the independent label Big Boy in 1995. It earned the attention of Jive Records, who signed him later that year. His official, major-label debut Mind of Mystikal was released early in 1996 and became a major hit in the rap underground, falling just short of going gold. He then hooked up with Master P and No Limit Records; the union produced Unpredictable, which was released in the fall of 1997 and helped the rapper build a substantial following. Ghetto Fabulous followed in early 1999, falling just short of debuting at number one on the album charts. Consolidating his status as a hot property, Mystikal wasted no time in issuing a follow-up; Let's Get Ready appeared in the fall of 2000, eclipsing his preceding releases in sales terms, as expected. Driven by the James Brown-like "Shake Ya Ass" as a lead single — an MTV staple before the album even hit the streets — it had become increasingly difficult to trace Mystikal's roots back to the trademark sound and motifs of the thuggish No Limit camp. Let's Get Ready demonstrated the wide-reaching ambitions that had only been hinted at in successive releases, eliminating the No Limit stigma and finally making his unique rhyme delivery accessible enough to cross over to the masses. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine

      Artist Mystikal
      Album Title Let's Get Ready
      Date of Release Sep 26, 2000
      Genre Rap

      AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Let's Get Ready finds Mystikal distancing himself even further from his past with Master P's No Limit camp than he did on his previous album, Ghetto Fabulous. And, perhaps not surprisingly, the further Mystikal distances himself, the more impressive his work becomes, particularly on this album, where he becomes the 21st century ghetto James Brown, exploding with more exuberance and energy than humans are suppose to have. This album's blazing lead single, "Shake Ya Ass," more than any track here, makes the connection between Mystikal and Brown, illustrating a knack for hollering out seemingly spontaneous signature howls and other odd sounds that just sound straight-up funky: "whatcha self," "show me whatcha workin' wit," "here I go," etc. Besides the limitless charisma that seeps out of Mystikal's loud, rude rapping-meets-shouting-style of vocal delivery, the album also benefits from the production and songwriting variety that No Limit was never able to accomplish — with the sparse funk of "Shake Ya Ass" again functioning as a perfect example. This variety also appears on songs such as "Come See About Me," when the album's superstar spars with his female equivalent; it's an engaging rhyme battle, particularly when Mystikal shouts out his little taglines such as "What's up whodi!" The only potential problem holding this album back from being a novelty success and from elevating Mystikal to the status of Juvenile and Nelly as the arguable kings of the Dirty South circa 2000 would perhaps be his blatant rude persona, the way he shouts everything and dismisses the need for eloquence or elegance in favor of explosiveness — the essence of his allure. — Jason Birchmeier

      1. Ready to Rumble (Bazile/Lawson/Poole/Tyler/Vickers) - 4:51
      2. Shake Ya Ass (Hugo/Tyler/Williams) - 4:16
      3. Jump (Hugo/Tyler/Williams) - 4:06
      4. Danger (Been So Long) performed by Mystikal / Nivea - 3:31
      5. Come See About Me performed by Mystikal / Da Brat / Petey Pablo - 4:41
      6. Big Truck Boys (Lawson/Tyler) - 5:15
      7. I Rock, I Roll (Poole/Tyler) - 4:31
      8. U Would If U Could (Tyler/Vickers) - 5:09
      9. Mystikal Fever (Tyler) - 3:52
      10. Family (Hugo/Tyler/Williams) - 4:51
      11. Ain't Gonna See Tomorrow (Benjamin/Patton/Sheats/Tyler) - 4:28
      12. The Braids (Benjamin/Patton/Sheats/Tyler) - 4:06
      13. Smoked Out (Tyler) - 3:57
      14. Murderer III (Lawson/Tyler) - 4:20
      15. Neck uv da Woods performed by Mystikal / Outkast - 4:08
      16. Untitled [*] - 5:29

  • The Blues Jam in Columbus, OH
      It appeares that the Blues Jam two days ago was a song called "Steppin' Out," once recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. It appeared on the same Bluesbreakers album as All Your Love. A fan that was there could've swore he heard Joe play the riff of Deep Purple's Black Night over and over in there...

      Clive Newton reports:

      Believe the Blues Jam they did before All Your Love was Steppin' Out. Its an old tune I believe that John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (and later by Clapton alone) would cover. That 1966 Bluesbreaker album also features All Your Love. Pretty sure its also the track they finished the Osaka Jan 27 2002 soundcheck with and not I Ain't Done Wrong.

  • Hope this guy is NOT with the band
      Article below found on the Boston Herald site.
      Mark Parenteau was/is apparently a friend of Joe and the band too....

      Parenteau halfway home

      Former Boston DJ Mark Parenteau, confined to a halfway house since his arrest for child molestation, could be back home in his Washington, D.C., apartment in the next few days.

      After a court hearing last week, a federal judge cleared the way for Parenteau's release. The DJ, who is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy, can return to his home as long as he obeys a curfew and keeps away from kids under 16, the judge said. His next court appearance is scheduled Nov. 22.

      Parenteau, a fixture on the local radio scene for more than 20 years - including two decades at WBCN - was arrested at his home after the teenager complained to police that the 52-year-old radioman had sex with him three times.

      Parenteau's attorney said there was ``no evidence'' his client knew the boy was underage.

      Meanwhile, Mark - who was working for XM Satellite Radio in D. C. - and his former on-air rivals, Opie & Anthony, have lots in common. All are out of work and have become non-entities on their former stations' Web sites.

      Parenteau's voice and profile disappeared from the XM Web site days after he was arrested and put on administrative leave by the radio service. He was the head of their comedy channels and did an afternoon classic rock show.

      Meanwhile, Opie & Dopey, the former Boston shock jocks who were suspended indefinitely by WNEW in New York for encouraging a couple to do the nasty in St. Patrick's Cathedral, have also disappeared from cyberspace. Their is gone and they have also been dropped from the station's Web site.

      No word on where or when they'll resurface. So for now, W.O.W. shall stand for We're Outta Work

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Thomas Di Leva - Live at Gävle Konserthus, Gävle, Sweden 2002-04-23
I taped Di Leva's concert that was aired on national Swedish radio on Monday. This guy is really brilliant, I think. I can't understand why so many people really dislike him... OK, I guess I can somewhat understand it. I used to have a hard time accepting him a few years back too, I'll admit that. I mean, OK, sure, he really is one strange dude. But who cares?! The music is great (damn has he written alot of awesome songs through the years), the message is admirable, he's funny as hell, and how can one not love a guy who has the guts to act like he does?! I wish I was more like him, in a way. There's probably not one person reading this (if there's even anyone who does?) who has even heard of our Swedish pop cult icon Thomas Di Leva... but, well, then you'll just better go find out, don't ya?! The way he looks and his love preaching lyrics may seem silly at first, but I really think there's alot more to it. I don't think those who (claim they) dislike Di Leva has taken the time to give him a chance, to actually listen to the actual music! Also, there can't be many people kinder than him. If everyone was like Di Leva I'm sure the world would be a much nicer place to live in... For some reason listening to Di Leva (denna Själens krigare, med kärlek som vapen) makes me truly happy inside, like a kinder person. One of Sweden's best pop acts for sure! Need to get something by him on CD - his best of, "Di Levas Bästa: För Sverige i Rymden" is definitely on my "to get" list...

News as of September 17, 2002
  • Aerosmith is in a Blues Mood at their last few shows!
      It really seems as if the band is getting into a bluesy swagger before hitting the studio early next year to record the long awaited "blues album." Take a look at the recent setlists and notice all the blues jams, blues songs, and bluesy songs creeping up in the set!!!

      At the Polaris Amphitheatre in Columbus, OH last night, Aerosmith even played a cover of Otis Rush's "All Your Love," a song featured in the Pandora's Box boxset, but very rarely played live in recent years. This was the first time since 1993 at the LA Forum with Ry Cooder!

      In addition to this blues cover, they also did two blues jams. One, which was apparently similar to I Ain't Got You by the Yardbirds, was played around "All Your Love" while another was played to go with Big Ten Inch Record. A great blues cover in itself, of course. To further show how awesome the setlists for the last few shows have been, I can tell those of you hasn't seen the setlists, that "Movin Out," a song very rarely played live since the earliest years, has now been played at two shows in a row now!

      Wow! Man, do I wish I could have been at that show or what... *sigh* If it doesn't happen sooner, I hope Aerosmith will go on an European tour after "the blues album," and then do a set including this kind of stuff in Sweden... *webmaster dreamin' on...*


      it looks as if the band is telling us they mean business when they hit the studio in january to record the blues album. they have been jaming alot lately and more songs are getting added in set for the last two shows, alpine valley i think has been the best show of tour so far. GET READY FOR THOSE DECEMBER ARENA DATES THEY WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

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Aerosmith - "All Your Love"
Aerosmith - "Helter Skelter"
Aerosmith - "Movin' Out"
Aerosmith - "Walkin' The Dog"

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)
I've never heard anything by Peter Frampton prior to picking up this classic live-double LP this past Friday. Listening to it for the first time today, my immediate reaction is... competent work, really quite good at times, but does it really deserve it's status as a classic? Either way, I was surprised when I suddenly heard the familiar music and words of "Baby, I Love Your Way"... Heck, I didn't even know that that reggae-pop tune (which, if I remember correctly, was quite a hit sometime in the early '90's, by, who? Big Mountain, or something?) was a cover. I don't think I need to mention that Frampton's version was alot better than the (to, I think, my generation at least) more famous cover, do I? Nearly always like that...

News as of September 16, 2002
  • Steven Tyler at Rolling Stones concert!
      On this day last week, I posted that Perry had attended one of The Rolling Stones' concerts. Now, I just found out that Steven was spotted at the Rolling Stones concert on Friday at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

  • Brad Whitford to appear in the movie "This Thing of Ours"!?
      I'm very late, I know, but I don't think I ever posted this...

      Posted at on May 16, 2002:

      Brad - Movie Star?
      Brad Whitford will make an appearance in the upcoming movie "This Thing of Ours", about a gang of 21st Century gangsters stealing millions from banks by manipulating their computer systems. Brad apparently gets a bottle smashed over his head in a fight scene. "This Thing of Ours" will be released in the fall. Former Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas produced the soundtrack for the movie, which may include a tune by Joe Perry.

  • Jones Beach, NY 8/28 Surprise
      Nick got his hands on something nobody else has. Want to see a 15 second video clip of Rats In The Cellar shot from the front row? I suggest you had over to Aero247 to check it out!

      More should be on the way but from different a concert. Thanks of course goes to Miss Chesty Morgan.

  • UK Charts report from Alex Ross
      O Yeah Ultimate Hits has dropped to 72 from 59 on the UK charts. I think its now in its 9th or 10th week but its likely to drop off next week.

  • Article Today
      Aerosmith, Run-D.M.C Where: Polaris Amphitheater

      Rock-legends Aerosmith are still going strong even in their 50s (or are they just holograms?). They're back in Columbus promoting their new album of old standards, Oh Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits. The disc features classics like "Dream On" and "Janie's Got a Gun," among others, but it also has a few new ones, such as "Girls of Summer," which is currently receiving airplay on a few local radio stations.

      Because rappers Run-D.M.C. are also on the bill, you can expect a dual performance of "Walk This Way," which may feature a "dance-down" like the groups did at the Super Bowl a couple of years ago.

      Run-D.M.C., the first commercially successful -- read: white kids bought their records -- rap group.

      In 1986 the video for the Aerosmith-Run-D.M.C. collaboration on Walk This Way was exciting. It changed the way musicians -- namely hard-rock and heavy-metal musicians -- thought about making music, the way kids thought about music and, most important, the way people who pay musicians to record music thought about making money from it. Rap and rock collided. Anthrax met Public Enemy; Ice-T went thrash (Body Count); Run-D.M.C. became the first rap group on the cover of Rolling Stone.

      Run-D.M.C. recently released Greatest Hits -- its first catch-all collection. No doubt the Queens trio plans to arrive Monday with the big beats of It's Tricky My Adidas and Run's House.

      Cheap Trick also will perform. Through breakups and more than a few label deals, the group has managed to tour and record two decades after Live at Budokan. The band has taken to releasing its own recordings, most recently Silver (2001) and Music for Hangovers (1999). Sony, parent group of Epic -- Cheap Trick's first label -- has seen fit to keep band awareness high, too, with a multitude of repackages.

      The important thing, though, is that they're still out there, the same four guys (two cute and two weird) making high-octane rock with a few stone-classic pop songs.

      Pop quiz: You know Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, but can you name the other members of Aerosmith? We can't either.


  • Alpine Review in Journal Sentinel
      Aerosmith still solid but band plays it safe

      East Troy - More than 30,000 fans were treated to a solidly performed if mostly predictable concert Saturday night at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, where rap pioneers Run DMC and rock-hard-rapper Kid Rock performed as openers for Aerosmith.

      Aerosmith: A less-crazy band keeps walking its way

      The veteran Boston-bred band's show was tightly paced and well-executed. But at this point, preservation quality is the only criteria you can use in assessing an Aerosmith show.

      Whether ripping through the heart of their mid-'70s classics "Toys in the Attic" and "Back in the Saddle" or going through '80s-era comeback material such as "Rag Doll" or "Love in an Elevator," what's striking is how little the band's co-leaders, singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, have changed since they began carrying on rock 'n' roll's bad-boy traditions 30 years ago.

      Tyler is still rakishly thin and lizard-like while dashing back and forth across the stage - his feathered, blow-dry mop top unchanged since the band broke in '73. "Sorry 'bout the bad hairdo," Tyler cracked during a windswept moment in the valley between songs.

      Perry still looks like Keith Richards' younger brother, although much less crinkly, stoically strumming away under his own Nimbus-styled mess of locks.

      Other Aerosmith chestnuts receiving full-length treatment were "Sweet Emotion," from its '70s oeuvre, and the strong rock ballad "What It Takes," which had Tyler singing the first two verses a cappella.

      At the show's halfway point, Tyler led the band up the steps of the grandstand to the middle section of the grounds, onto a small, makeshift stage. There, the group whipped through several numbers, including "Dream On," allowing fans in the lawn seating some $85-ticket glimpses of the glory.

      This particular move, which the band went through during its last visit to Alpine Valley in July 2001, may have been delivered in good faith, but it doesn't work. It's an incredible energy drainer - at least five minutes of dead air elapses during the band's exit and re-entrance from and to the main stage. Worse, the sound was atrocious, with the main house speaker system unused and the din emitting from the makeshift stage sounding like a transistor radio clenched in a baseball mitt.

      Later, and back on the regular stage, a surprise in the predictable show came when Tyler invited the Chicago blues guitar father-and-son duo of Lonnie and Ronnie Baker Brooks onstage for a barrelhouse blues number titled "Stop Messing Around."

      Perry and the Brookses traded off solos, embellished by Tyler's blues-harp wails, making for what felt to be one of the show's few moments of real inspiration and spontaneity.

      The encore began with "Draw the Line," a fast-paced rocker from the early days, followed by Kid Rock and Run DMC coming back out to join Aerosmith on a rousing take of - you guessed it - "Walk This Way."


  • Scranton show review
      Aerosmith, Kid Rock close series with top-notch show

      By Josh McAuliffe TRIBUNE REGIONAL STAFF 09/11/2002

      Two for the price of one.

      The summer concert series at the Montage Mountain Performing Arts Center ended with a bang Tuesday night, as Aerosmith and Kid Rock kept baby boomers and youngsters alike dancing in their seats with a few hours worth of top-notch, fist- pumping, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll bombast.

      First on the bill was Rock, who took the stage around 7:15 p.m., immediately after a blink- and-it-was-over set by the granddaddies of rap, Run DMC.

      Wearing black and gold sequin pants, a fedora and his trademark white "wife beater" tank top, Rock perfectly captured the hipster-meets-redneck persona he's carefully cultivated since blasting onto the rap-rock scene three years ago.

      Although not as musically proficient as some of his contemporaries, Rock has no peer in the showman department. He put on a real spectacle during his 1 hour and 15 minute set, roaming the stage in a full-length white mink coat, taking turns on each of his backing band's instruments, cavorting with scantily clad women dancers in cages. (Wife Pam Anderson was nowhere to be found).

      Then there were the jaw-dropping pyrotechnics, as good as any KISS concert.

      Rock's set included all of his hits, including "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why," and "Batwitdaba." He even threw in a medley of songs by some of his fellow Detroit musicians, from Bob Seger to Eminem to the Supremes.

      With Rock pulling out all the stops, the 50-somethings from Aerosmith were faced with a very tall order.

      They more than lived up to expectations, delivering a blistering set that included stuff from all phases of their career, from a note-perfect "Sweet Emotion" to a rollicking version of their newest single, "Summertime Girls."

      One thing is certain at this stage of the band's three-decade- old career - Steven Tyler can still claim a place among the great rock frontmen. At 54, he looks and acts half his age and can do things with a mike stand that no one else would dare attempt. And, most importantly, he can still hit all the high notes.

      Meanwhile, guitarist Joe Perry is still a perfect foil to his wildman lead singer. And Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer continue to provide the sturdiest of rhythm sections.

      About 45 minutes into their set, the band descended the main stage and walked up to a smaller one near the amphitheater's lawn section, where they performed maybe their signature tune, the power ballad "Dream On."

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Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die! (1976)

News as of September 15, 2002
  • Tyler on Howard Stern today?
      Posted on one of the mailing lists:

      "I just saw a commercial on E! promoting a new Howard Stern show this Sunday, and they mention a mystery guest appearing. At the time they mention this mystery guest, they show the guest walking down a hallway (face blocked out), but I swear it's our Steven! "

  • Possible Perry appearance? Doesn't seem likely...
      There was an article in a Memphis area paper yesterday, about the Porch Ghouls, mentioning that they are filming a concert. Anyway, it said the band sent an email out saying 'mystery guests' would appear, with fabulous abs. The editor added "I wonder who that could be?" in parenthesis there....

      Could it really be Joe Perry? Well, it doesn't seem that likely actually... not considering the following thing, which Terry found online yesterday, 9/14

      "The Porch Ghouls will film a Wednesday concert at the Hi-Tone for inclusion on a coming EP"

      hmm.. this said the show in on Wednesday night and Aerosmith has a concert that night as well... in Clarkston, MI... so not sure how they could swing that LOL.

  • Rolling Stone magazine
      The current Rolling Stone Magazine, with The Vines on it, has a small insert on Aerosmith on pg. 42.

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article
      Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 12, 2002.

      A less-crazy Aerosmith keeps walking its way

      Fairly or not, throughout their long career the guys in Aerosmith have been cast as the '70s answer to the Rolling Stones.

      Aerosmith's current tour comes to East Troy on Saturday. The rockers, who got started in the early '70s, are on the road to promote their most recent album, "Oh Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits."

      The Stones are back on tour in support of a new collection of old music called "Forty Licks." And Aerosmith is on the road in support of a new collection of old music called "Oh Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits."

      On Saturday, Steve Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer will bring the road show to the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy for a 7 p.m. show with Kid Rock and Run-DMC.

      An Aerosmith greatest-hits album is hardly a novel notion. Just last year there was "Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology." So the logical question is, what's special about "Oh Yeah!"

      Perry answers the logical question.

      "It's one of the few that we've actually had something to do with," he says. "That one ('Young Lust') that came out on the Geffen years - we basically didn't see that until it was in the store. There was nothing we could do about stopping it, unless we wanted to go to court.

      "There have been a few of those put out. This one we picked the songs and did the artwork and all that stuff. And it's the only record that covers the whole career, too. We did all the legwork with the lawyers."

      Reduced rate
      There is one significant difference between the Stones road show and the Aerosmith caravan. The top ticket price for the Alpine show is under 75 bucks - not exactly pocket change but a pittance next to the $300-plus the Stones are asking at their shows.

      "Well, it's always a balance," Perry says, "between figuring out what our fans want to pay and what we feel comfortable charging. We've always put ourselves in the fan's seats. Figuratively speaking.

      "I look at the ticket prices we charge, and I think they're high, but I also know what it costs to put a show like ours on. We don't put on as big a show as some of these other bands, but we try and fit it in so we don't walk away with nothing, but we want to make it affordable for people to go. I just feel we're more like the people's garage band."

      Recently, the people's garage band was the focus of a special fifth anniversary, two-hour episode of VH1's "Behind the Music." Unlike most "Behind the Music" shows, this one focused not so much on the band's history as on its present. To document that present, the band members allowed a camera crew to film them exhaustively on the road. Given enough time, Perry insists, you start to forget about the cameras.

      "If somebody walks in the room in the middle of some heated discussion and someone's aiming a camera at you, you're going to be aware of it. But if he's there every day for everything, after a while you kind of accept it. Nothing is ever going to be 100 percent candid, but you find yourself loosening up."

      Outliving excess
      Perry turned 52 this week, one year younger than another VH1 favorite - Ozzy Osbourne. Like Ozzy, Perry has dabbled in all the darker excesses superstardom has to offer. But Perry's hands don't shake. His speech is clear and his mind unclouded. Perry attributes the difference to luck, good genes and the eventual onset of maturity.

      "In the '70s, when we were learning our way, a lot of that stuff happened. Fortunately we made it through. I don't know how we did. Or why. There's a lot of that stuff. I don't know why my car didn't turn over as some people's did.

      "There's a lot of bad behavior around rock 'n' roll generally. We get away with a lot. But when you start abusing it, it eventually it comes back to bite you in the (expletive).

      "As with anything in life. I'm a big believer in karma and balancing energy. I tend not to do anything I think is going to come back. It's a golden rule. I know if I throw a TV out the window, there's a good chance somebody's going to be walking under it. I don't do that stuff anymore."

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Humble Pie - The Best (1971-1974)

News as of September 14, 2002
  • Slash Seeks Singer in the mould of early Steven Tyler!
      (Source: Total Rock)

      Fancy singing in a band with Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum? TotalRock can reveal that the celebrated guitarist and co are looking for a rock n' roll singer in the mould of early Steven Tyler or Alice Cooper, combining a more forceful version of Lennon & McCartney with the most aggressive side of a young Billy Idol and Iggy Pop. Fit the bill? Send your demo to:

      c/o 13636 Ventura Blvd # 434
      Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

  • Girls of Summer singles
      The Swedish on-line record store Ginza now sell two different versions of the Girls of Summer single, one with 4 tracks (costs 49 kr) and one with 2 tracks for 35 kr...

      1. Girls of summer
      2. Jaded
      3. Walk this way (live)
      4. Girls of summer (video version)

      1. Girls of summer
      2. Jaded

  • Another article on the Blues Album project

      Press Release - Aerosmith Returns to its Roots:

      Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has revealed that the band wants to return to it's musical roots by recording some Blues covers and getting back into Blues Rock mode for it's next album. "We're going to delve back into our musical roots and try recording some Blues songs and maybe some Blues-based Rock riffs," Hamilton told "So, everybody is turning back inward toward their individual instruments with that in mind. It's funny because I've been doing it on my own but now when we get on stage together, I see everybody else doing it." The band may even use some old school recording techniques, such as recording to tape and recording with everyone in the room at the same time. They are hoping that revisiting their past may rejuvenate the band.
      "We're probably going to take a bunch of Blues songs, cover them, learn to play them together, and see about using stuff like that," said Hamilton. "But I think in that process, it's going to generate new ideas. We've been calling it a Blues album but really it's just going to be an Aerosmith Rock album and maybe a lot of Blues."
      Aerosmith is on the road until late December, and they hope to start recording by the first of the year. They may have the album out by spring, but "no promises," according to Hamilton.

  • GOS on [V]
      Aerosmith's Girls of Summer video up 3 places to #10 at the Channel [V] Video Countdown!

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The Spacious Mind - Reality D Blipcrotch (2001)
The latest offering from Skellefteå's own psychedelic warlords, a 10" vinyl with a 14+ minute long track on each side. "Far out! Groovy! Can you see the colors, man!" ;) Seriously, this is Great stuff! Released to celebrate the band's first ten years together (thus the 10" format), this was the first release (COUNTRYMAN 001) they put out on their own independent label "Goddamn I'm A Countryman Records" (gotta love names like that! :) but Jens (the keyboard player, and bandleader, I guess) told me he'll have a new one out within the next couple of weeks! What more can be said about this 10" then? Well, it's got really cool handpainted artwork (also by Jens himself) and inside the cover one finds a three page "comic strip" about the band. Good fun! The music then? Which song is the best? I'll have to say the A-side, "The Drifter", as that one is almost entirely instrumental. The other one "The Players In The Band", while good, is dragged down a bit due to all the vocals on it. I prefer the instrumental side of The Spacious Mind...

In addition to "Goddamn.." (which they say is "an independent record label dedicated to the sounds of Outlaw Mutation Boogie") they've made up with some other good-fun names for things related to the band... For example, taken from the credits on the backcover: "published by I'm Gonna Farm You Off My Mind Music. Record, mixed and mastered at Space Your Face studios" ... =)

By the way, The Spacious Mind are set to fly over to the states quite soon. They are to perform at some festival (headlined by Sonic Youth, I think it was?) in Boston, specialised in psychedelic music. Perhaps worth checking into for those of you who live in and around Aerosmith's old hometown? E-mail me with your thoughts if you do! Seen them live a handful of time myself, and can guarantee it will definitely be worth the effort... :)

For further information contact the band at Space Head, c/o Unosson, Blacke 111, 930 10 Lövånger, Sweden, or For further information on the label, contact them at

Whew! Became alot of text that, today's NPWIPP-comment...

News as of September 13, 2002
  • Tyler to be featured in a Danny Provenzano film!


      Guess who's got a thing for the Amish: Steven Tyler.

      The Aerosmith front man tells the upcoming issue of Details magazine that he's psyched to appear in Danny Provenzano's film, "Sinking Springs." The film, which is about to go into production and focuses on the seamy underworld of Amish drug trafficking, will feature Tyler in a buggy-riding role.

      "I'm there. I'm there," Tyler says. "I love the Amish. They've got it all together."

      Dude looks like a lady ... with a beard?

  • Girls of Summer single
      1. Girls of Summer (3:13)
      2. Jaded (3:34)
      3. Walk This Way (live 3-97) (4:08)
      4. Girls of Summer (video version) (4:05)

      Girls of Summer

  • Different versions of the Girls of Summer video
      I've been informed that GOS isn't always aired with the hook edited out (as reported yesterday). Today it was aired on VH1 and they showed Steven and the Hook....

      Here's something odd with the video however:

      The guy's butt:
      - censored (blurred) on the cd (single)
      - uncensored on MTV / VH1

      Dinner scene:
      - THE WINE N' DINE on the CD
      - THE DINE N' DASH on MTV / VH1

      Don't get this..

  • News from Israelo
      Girls Of Summer is number 1 in the "Israel Top 20" for 6 WEEKS, which is a new record for this year.

  • Aero TV Appearances 9/13 - 9/18
      From: RockOnTV - the ultimate guide to music on television. A DAY RUNS FROM 5 AM to 4:59 AM. ALL TIMES ARE LITERAL.

      I added in the 9/16 BTM as it still shows on VH1 but not here. At one time they also had 9/14 showing for a rerun but I guess that one is not happening now from the looks of things.

      09/13/02 10:00 am ET VH1 Top 20 Countdown of the Week Aerosmith, Creed, Dave Matthews Band, Dirty Vegas, Norah Jones, John Mayer (Rock), No Doubt, Pink, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira

      09/14/02 03:00 am ET VH1 Top 20 Countdown of the Week (see above)

      09/14/02 10:00 am ET VH1 Top 20 Countdown of the Week (see above)

      09/14/02 01:00 pm ET MTV2 MTV20: Grab The Mic - A Hip-Hop History Aerosmith, Busta Rhymes, Chuck D, Cypress Hill, Da Brat, Puff Daddy, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Eminem, Eve (Rap), Foxy Brown (Rap), Ice Cube, Ice-T, LL Cool J, Method Man, Nelly, Outkast, Ja Rule, Run-DMC, Salt 'N Pepa, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Xzibit

      09/14/02 11:00 pm ET MTV2 MTV20: Grab The Mic - A Hip-Hop History (see above)

      09/15/02 08:00 am ET VH1 Top 20 Countdown of the Week (see above)

      09/15/02 11:00 am ET VH1 VH1 TV Moments Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, N Sync, Run-DMC, Britney Spears

      09/15/02 05:00 pm ET VH1 Top 20 Countdown of the Week (see above)

      09/15/02 06:00 pm ET MTV2 MTV20: Grab The Mic - A Hip-Hop History (see above)

      09/16/02 06:00 pm ET VH1 Behind the Music - Aerosmith

      09/17/02 10:00 am ET VH1 Top 20 Countdown of the Week (see above)

      09/18/02 10:00 pm ET VH1 Saturday Night Live 25: The Music Aerosmith, The Beatles, Blind Melon, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Nirvana, R.E.M., Adam Sandler, Bruce Springsteen

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Isolation Years - Talkin' Backwards ep (2002)

News as of September 12, 2002
  • Steven On Howard Stern-Transcript
      courtesy of

      Howard: I have on the phone...the lead singer of, I say, one of the greatest rock n' roll bands of all time...
      Robin: Well, who could that be?
      Howard: Ya know there's a couple of bands that move my a matter of fact, this is funny, last night I was talking earlier this morning that I was made love last night....
      Gary: It moved your ass twice last night?
      Howard: That's right.. I put on a couple of songs uhhh and made love...
      Robin: and your favorites list....
      Howard: I had sex last night to 2 of his songs...the great Steven Tyler of Aerosmith...
      Robin: I'm sure he is moved by that...
      Steven:Good morning New York,Good Morning Howard, Good morning everybody...
      Howard: Good Morning Steven...
      Steven: Hey, what a day huh?
      Howard:Yeah, hey before I get serious about all the 9/11 thoughts and everything, cause I wanna hear what you're thinking, I just gotta tell you this story. Last night I was gonna have sex and uhhh.....
      Robin: you always have sex to music, is that it?
      Howard: No, I never do
      Robin: ooohhhaaaa
      Howard: It's serious business
      Steven: You're still rocking the world huh Howard?
      Howard: Yeah, well I put on, the first 2 songs I put on, were uh uh, Just Push Play and um...Living on the Edge.
      Robin: I was there..ha ha
      Steven: I would have thought it was Sweet Emotion and I Don't Want to Kiss Your Thing...
      Howard: No! ahh awww, those 2 songs, I lasted through those 2 songs
      Gary: Wow!
      Howard: Then I ...uhh uhhh
      Robin: And a couple of Bowie songs....
      Howard: The 2 Bowie songs, Heroes and ummm Starman and uh The Black Crowes, Jealous Again..
      Robin: and Jon Bon Jovi....It's My Life
      Howard: and Jon Bon Jovi's It's My Life
      Steven: So which song did you "arrive" at?
      Howard: uhh uhhh..Starman
      Howard: You started things off and I wanted to say, those are 2 fairly long songs...
      Gary: What? did you cuddle during Heroes?
      Howard: Yes!, yes I did!
      Gary: Cause Heroes is a cuddling(inaudible)
      Robin: That's what I was wondering, was that when everything had calmed it's time to..
      Howard: Steven Tyler's music, I tell does get things going..
      Robin: It does..
      Howard: It really does.. it's uhhhh
      Robin: I'm not even you find yourself keeping time to the music?
      Howard: You know...ah a little bit, but I gotta tell ya another thing, I kept thinking..gee I know Steven's calling in for 9/11,I gotta compliment him because the music is better then ever...
      Robin: It's perfect..
      Howard: It's perfect..
      Steven: Well thank you Howard...
      Howard: And I swear to God it honestly is..
      Gary: Great band..
      Howard: I don't know how you keep doing it..
      Steven: Ohh Lord..
      Howard: Hey uh..
      Steven: It's the people..ya's the people..
      Howard: By the way I read..uhh I know that you were close to your first wife..even though you guys weren't together, I read that she died and I want to offer my condolences...
      Steven: Yeah, she passed away a few days ago and I been in New York the whole time and's uhhh life on life's terms, right Howard?
      Howard: That's right..
      Robin: Absolutely..
      Howard: Ya know I was just talking to, awhhh well , alot of people have called in this morning, ya know the Governor, the former mayor, Donald Trump, uhh Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, so many people and Billy Joel said something that really shocked me..he said that he has been unable to write music since 9/11, he can't come up with a song...
      Howard: That actually affected him in that profound way..
      Robin: yeah he's uhh sorta blocked...
      Howard: Yeah and....
      Steven: That's too bad, that's a sad thing...
      Howard: Where were you a year ago today?
      Steven: Ahhh...we were in Virginia Beach getting ready to play that night and obviously you know the world stood still that day and, and ummm and we were put on hold for a week as well and then tried to climb out of, you know, out of the tragedy, but I just, you know, I want to acknowledge..Rudolf Gulliani you know and and the people who died and those who struggled to clean up after the attack, the firemen, the policemen, the canine units...
      Howard: Right...
      Steven:You know and the relentless volunteer people.. who set a new precedence for if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your own arm..
      Howard: Yeah..that's true, I mean, I'm, I'm....
      Steven: Everybody, ya know...
      Howard: Everyone was so good man...everybody really just held it together and helped one another, it's pretty remarkable
      piece of history, get angry still?
      Steven: I do...
      Howard: You, are you one of these guys that uhhh ..
      Robin: What? of these guys that what?.....
      Howard: That wants to like ya know... I dun know...
      Robin: Kick some butt?
      Howard: Kick some ass?, I mean Iraq? all that? or are you feeling like maybe that's an over reaction?
      Steven: I think that's an over reaction, I think in the last 20 years we've gotten a lot more with dialogue and opening up and trying to see what's really going on...ummm, you know anger of course was the first thing, umm you know I mean the's it's, it left me speechless for once in my life..
      Howard: Yeah I know...
      Steven: And know I put everybody on hold and I think we need to reflect and see what's going on and then maybe kick some butt huh?
      Howard: Yep....
      Steven: But something has to be done..but we have to see it with eyes wide open..
      Howard: You bet...
      Steven: You know, instead of being closed with anger..
      Howard: Yeah I tell ya, we're about to, we're about 20 minutes away from playing, not even 20 minutes, 10 minutes away from playing a rebroadcast that day, I was shocked, I mean I was like sitting on the air and I'm watching this whole thing go on and uh and we were doing a dumb bit about, I was at Scores with Pamela Anderson and everyone was goofing on me cause I'm some sort of homo cause I didn't score with her that night...
      Robin: Yeah...that would have never happened to you Steven..I tell you that..
      Howard..Yeah. you would have scored.....
      Steven: Ohh yeah.....
      Robin: You would never have a story like that...
      Howard: Everyone was goofing on me and all of a sudden this plane, I'm watching it on tv, someone said put on the tv and I'm on the air and I'm like whoa...and right away I, I ya know, I just said this is, this is devasting, I mean people were jumping out of a was unbelievable....
      Robin: And there was nothing you could was the most powerless you have ever felt...
      Steven: It was beyond stress.... stress, stress is when you wake up screaming and realize you haven't fallen asleep yet..
      Howard: Yeah..
      Steven: This was just real of the moment (clears throat) nobody knew what was next...
      Robin: Yeah we were sitting here waiting, well what building is next?
      Steven: Yeah..
      Howard: Yep..well anyway I just, I'm glad you just called in and you're part of the show and umm I think the world of you're the best..
      Steven: Thank you very much man.....
      Howard: Alright man, thanks
      Steven: Alright.....
      Howard: Steven Tyler
      Robin: Byeeeeee.....
      Steven: Okay y'all..bye-bye...(hangs up)
      Howard: The great Steven Tyler of Aerosmith...

  • Attendance Figures
      At (and the message boards at Aerofanatic), you can find the attendance figures for Aerosmith shows...

      Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Run DMC
      Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
      Mansfield, Mass.
      Aug. 22, 24, 26, 2002
      59,256 / 59,606
      3 / 1
      $71.50, $36.50
      Clear Channel Entertainment

      Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Run DMC
      Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
      Wantagh, N.Y.
      Aug. 28, 30, 2002
      26,904 / 28,058
      2 / 0
      $90, $45
      Clear Channel Entertainment

      Aerosmith w/Kid Rock, Run DMC
      P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
      Holmdel, NJ

      Aerosmith w/Kid Rock, Run DMC
      Post-Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
      Burgettstown, PA

      Aerosmith w/Kid Rock, Run DMC
      Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
      Bristow, VA

      Aerosmith are the top concert draw on Billboard Boxscore, way above Ozzfest and The Who. The Boston shows grossed more than double any other show!

  • Oh Yeah Billboard Update
      Looks like the Behind the Music helped sales a bit this past week. First time Oh Yeah sales have increased since it's initial release. Here's a summary of Billboard figures posted at Keep in mind, these are actual sales figures, not shipped figures, which are used for Platinum certification, etc.

      09/11/02          # 41        24,997  
      09/04/02          # 58        21,382 
      08/28/02          # 47        24,159
      08/21/02          # 42        27,098
      08/14/02          # 27        36,000
      08/07/02          # 23        39,437
      07/31/02          # 19        47,766
      07/24/02          # 13        57,646
      07/17/02          # 10        71,456
      07/10/02          #  4       136,879
      10 WEEK TOTAL       486,820  

  • Comparison First 10 weeks JPP vs OY
      While both albums (JPP and Oh Yeah) were roughly selling the same volume in Week 10 (JPP 27,955 #50 vs OY 24,997 #41) JPP had far surpassed Oh Yeah in "to-date volume" at that point by about 60% (JPP 780,616 vs OY 486,820). Sales numbers per Billboard as posted on
      3/15/01       # 2        240,481
      3/22/01       # 3        126,430
      3/19/01       # 5        102,375
      4/15/01       # 9         76,979
      4/12/01       # 22        54,589 
      4/19/01       # 19        59,703 
      4/26/01       # 34        35,477
      5/3/01        # 42        30,672
      5/10/01       # 51        25,957
      5/17/01       # 50        27,955 
      10 WEEK TOTAL            780,616 
      07/10/02       # 4       136,879
      07/17/02       # 10       71,456
      07/24/02       # 13       57,646
      07/31/02       # 19       47,766
      08/07/02       # 23       39,437
      08/14/02       # 27       36,000
      08/21/02       # 42       27,098
      08/28/02       # 47       24,159
      09/04/02       # 58       21,382 
      09/11/02       # 41       24,997  
      10 WEEK TOTAL            486,820  

  • Girls of Summer single!?
      Claudia Patarra reports:

      It has 3 tracks plus the video..

      Girls Of Summer
      Walk This Way (live 3-97)

  • Tom Hamilton on September 11
      NEWS - Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Feels A Range Of September 11 Emotions

      (9/11/02, 4 p.m. ET) -- Aerosmith has opted to take Wednesday (September 11) off from its touring schedule out of respect for the first anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

      Bassist Tom Hamilton says he has mixed feelings about how the day should be observed. "You know, it's hard for me to say that it should be a day where everybody remembers it and talks about it, and is, you know, keeps it as the Number One subject of the day; whether it should be a day of mourning and a day of silence and not doing anything; or whether it should be a day where we go out and be defiant and show that we're not gonna change our lives for these people," he said. "I'm not sure--I kinda go back and forth. I think everybody should really reflect on that day, but I wouldn't want to satisfy the criminals who did that by going too far into a fearful feeling."

      Aerosmith resumes its tour with Kid Rock and Run-D.M.C. on Thursday (September 12) at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

      -- Gary Graff, Detroit

  • Vote for songs to be played live
      At the AF1 website there's a survey you can take to choose which songs you would like in the setlist! Problem is just, you can only choose songs from "O Yeah." However, you get to write a reason to why you love the song, so you can just go ahead and choose about 10 other songs in that bit...! ;)

      Aerosmith came out roaring with the launch of the Girls of Summer tour.

      Blazing through more than three decades of hits, the setlists have included a colossal explosive mix of songs; some that haven’t been played live in well over 10 years! Do you have a favorite song that gets your ass shaking, singing along and fists in the air?

      ~~~ Select your song below, tell us your name, and why you love your favorite track! ~~~

  • Not sure if this was changed recently, but it's news to me...
      Both MTV and VH1 now cut the Girls of Summer video. Tyler bites the sandwich, and puff... No hook.

  • Another article on the National Anthem thingey...
      (9/11/02, 1 p.m. ET) -- Steven Tyler has signed on to sing the national anthem at an upcoming charity hockey game run by actor-comedian Denis Leary.

      The Aerosmith frontman will also act as a coach, along with actress-model Elizabeth Hurley, for the Denis Leary Hollywood All-Stars--a team featuring Tim Robbins, Rick Moranis, former hockey great Cam Neely, Bobby Farrelly, and Scott Wolf--which will compete against a Boston Bruins Alumni team, which includes John Bucyk, Reggie Lemelin, John McKenzie, and Rick Middleton, and which will be coached by Bobby Orr, Derek Sanderson, and George Wendt.

      The event, dubbed the Celebrity Hat Trick, will be presented by EMC Corporation and will take place September 29 at 3 p.m. ET at the Centrum Centre in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event also includes a private dinner and private golf tournament.

      Tickets, priced from $15 to $40, are available at the Centrum Centre box office and via Ticketmaster.

      Proceeds from the event benefit the Denis Leary Firefighters Foundation, which provides funding and resources for fire departments to obtain the highest level of equipment, technology, and training. It also raises money for injured and fallen firefighters, particularly those in and around Worcester County, although the group distributed $1.2 million dollars to the families of New York City firefighters killed or hurt in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

      For more information about the organization, go to

      -- Bruce Simon, New York

  • 327 concert pics posted so far this tour at....

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

Anathema - The Silent Enigma (1995)

News as of September 11, 2002
  • This Day in Aerosmith History
      September 11, 1975: AEROSMITH's self-titled debut album goes gold.

  • {{ AeroFANatic }} Billboard Chart Update 09.11
      "Oh Yeah- Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" enjoys a nice rebound on the Billboard Charts this week, bumping up 17 slots to come in at #41 with 25,000 copies sold in it's 10th week of release. That makes it one of the week's most improved selling CD's, with more a more than 16% sales increase from the previous week. This is the 1st week the CD has actually risen in sales. To date, "Oh Yeah" has sold 487,000 copies.

      Just to compare, Just Push Play in it's 10th week was #51 with just under 28,000 copies sold.

      All the chart totals can be found on

  • Cyrinda article from
      Aerosmith's Tyler Attends Funeral Of Ex-Wife, Inspiration For Bowie's 'Jean Genie'
      Tue Sep 10, 6:57 PM ET

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler attended the funeral of his ex-wife Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler on Monday (September 9) in New York City. She was known as the inspiration for David Bowie's 1973 song, "The Jean Genie."

      Born Kathleen Hetzekian in Santa Monica, California, Foxe-Tyler died at 51 of a cancerous brain tumor. In the 1970s, she was a legendary scenester, making the in-crowd music and avant garde art rounds with Andy Warhol, turning up at nightspots like Max's Kansas City. She also became an actress and appeared in Warhol's movie Bad. She was later romantically linked with both Bowie and his former wife, Angela Bowie.

      In 1977, she married New York Dolls singer David Johansen, then left him after a year to marry Tyler. They were together for a decade. She is the mother of his daughter Mia. On August 28 just prior to her death, she married musician/ artist/sculptor Keith Waa, who was at her side when she passed away.

      In 1997, Foxe-Tyler wrote a tell-all biography, Dream On, about her life with the Aerosmith frontman. Tyler attempted to stop the publishing of the book, but was unsuccessful except for blocking an edition featuring nude photos of himself. However, the ex-husband and wife mended fences, and Tyler paid her medical expenses when he learned of her illness, as well as all funeral costs. He has also donated a guitar to be auctioned at a future charity fundraiser in her name.

      At the service, Tyler was accompanied by Mia and Liv Tyler, his daughter with Bebe Buell.

      -- Darryl Morden, Los Angeles


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The Flower Kings - The Rainmaker (2001)
Opeth - Morningrise (1996)
These two bands have the thing in common that they're both two of the best Swedish bands today who can be categorized as "prog" (there are a whole bunch of others too though, including of course the almighty Pain of Salvation, among others), though sounding very different from each other. For me, The Flower Kings represents the happy, bright and colorful, I guess, with wonderful prog rock clearly influenced by the greats from the '70's (such as, say Yes and Genesis), while still bringing something that's clearly their own into it.
Opeth, on the other hand, is something entirely unique... rage, sadness and melancholy are the emotions I mostly associate with their music... A type of music that mixes the heavy sound, the darkness and the harsh vocals of death metal with the complexity of '70's prog. In addition to that (and this is probably the thing I like the most about them...) it also has some of the most beautiful acoustic guitar parts I've ever heard (regardless of genre), for which main man Åkerfeldt shifts to use his wonderful clean and moody vocals, as opposed to his death metal grunts. Their albums are truly pieces of art. This particular one seems to be one of their most popular, and for good reason. Not many dull moments on this one, with the music twisiting and turning into another direction every other minute. It features only five tracks, but don't think this is no short EP. One track is over 20 minutes long and none of the others are less than ten minutes in length! As the sticker on jewel case says, "Extreme Progressive Metal from the Swedish Gods! 5 tracks in 66 minutes of the best metal you will ever hear!" Couldn't have said it much better myself... :)

News as of September 10, 2002
  • From AF1 Board - Howard Stern
      "Howard mentioned Steven being on the show tomorrow for 9-11. Not sure if he's going to be a sit in guest or over the phone interview, but he will be on tomorrow morning. =0)"

      Part of the show is going to be the broadcast from last year. The other part (the first half) of the show is going to be people calling in to discuss 9/11 and such, although I suppose it's entirely possible that they might loop in some older commentary. If Steven's part of the show is older material, it will be material from some other source as the last time he spoke on the air with Howard was prior to 9/11.

  • Happy Birthday, Joe!!
      As of today, our very own guitar god, mr Joe "Fuckin'" Perry is 52 y/o. Happy birthday, Joe!


      Today's Birthdays: Actress Fay Wray is 95. Movie director Robert Wise is 88. Golfer Arnold Palmer is 73. Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 65. Actor Greg Mullavey is 63. Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers is 62. Singer Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) is 60. Singer Jose Feliciano is 57. Actor Tom Ligon is 57. Actress Judy Geeson is 54. Rock musician Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 52. Actress Amy Irving is 49. Country singer Rosie Flores is 46. Actress Kate Burton is 45. Director Chris Columbus is 44. Actor Colin Firth is 42. Rock singer-musician David Lowery (Cracker) is 42. Rock musician Robin Goodridge (Bush) is 36. Rock singer-musician Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 36. Rapper Big Daddy Kane is 34. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 34. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 28.


      Copyright © 2002 Associated Press Information Services, all rights reserved.

  • Steven To Sing The National Anthem Again...
      Denis Leary's Third Annual Celebrity Hat Trick; Hollywood All-Stars and Bruins Legends Come Together to Benefit The Leary Firefighters Foundation

      Story Filed: Monday, September 09, 2002 9:58 AM EST

      WORCESTER, Mass., Sep 9, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Actor Denis Leary is joined by a host of celebrities and sports legends for his Third Annual Celebrity Hat Trick to benefit The Leary Firefighters Foundation. Presented by EMC Corporation, The Celebrity Hat Trick hockey game takes place Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at Worcester's Centrum Centre. The event also includes a private dinner and private golf tournament.

      The star-studded Hollywood team includes Denis Leary, Tim Robbins, Rick Moranis, Cam Neely, Bobby Farrelly and Scott Wolf as they play against the Boston Bruins Alumni team including John Bucyk, Reggie Lemelin, John McKenzie, and Rick Middleton. The Boston Bruins Alumni will be coached by Bobby Orr, Derek Sanderson and George Wendt. The Denis Leary Hollywood All-Stars will be coached by Elizabeth Hurley and Steven Tyler. This year, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will sing the National Anthem.

      Since its inception in 2000, The Leary Firefighters Foundation has distributed $750,000 to the greater Worcester community. The funds are being used to build a new training facility and burn tower that serves sixty fire departments in Worcester County. In addition, last year The Foundation expanded to direct money to the families of the 343 firefighters who perished in the line of duty on September 11th. To date, $1.2 million has been raised and distributed to these New York firefighters' families.

      Tickets for the hockey game are available at Worcester's Centrum Centre Box Office or through Ticketmaster: 617-931-2000 or Tickets are $15-$40. For more information visit

      About The Leary Firefighters Foundation
      The mission of The Leary Firefighters Foundation is to provide funding and resources for fire departments to obtain the highest level of equipment, technology and training as well as to provide resources to the families of firefighters who have perished or been injured in the line of duty. For more information about The Leary Firefighters Foundation contact 617-536-0463 or visit

      Note: A Photo is available at URL:

      CONTACT: The Leary Firefighters Foundation
      Jennifer Labbadia, 617/536-0463
      Candace Coakley, 617/247-8221


  • from
      AEROSMITH Frontman To Sing National Anthem At Charity Hockey Game - Sep. 10, 2002

      AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler has signed on to sing the national anthem at an upcoming charity hockey game run by actor-comedian Denis Leary. Tyler will also reportedly act as a coach, along with actress-model Elizabeth Hurley, for the Denis Leary Hollywood All-Stars — a team featuring Tim Robbins, Rick Moranis, former hockey great Cam Neely, Bobby Farrelly, and Scott Wolf — which will compete against a Boston Bruins Alumni team, which includes John Bucyk, Reggie Lemelin, John McKenzie, and Rick Middleton, and which will be coached by Bobby Orr, Derek Sanderson, and George Wendt.

      The event, dubbed the Celebrity Hat Trick, will be presented by EMC Corporation and will take place on September 29th at 3 p.m. ET at the Centrum Centre in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event also includes a private dinner and private golf tournament.

      Tickets, priced from $15 to $40, are available at the Centrum Centre box office and via Ticketmaster.

      Proceeds from the event benefit the Denis Leary Firefighters Foundation, which provides funding and resources for fire departments to obtain the highest level of equipment, technology, and training. It also raises money for injured and fallen firefighters, particularly those in and around Worcester County, although the group distributed $1.2 million dollars to the families of New York City firefighters killed or hurt in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

  • Steven mention in NY Post
      In the 'Sightings' section of Page Six-NY Post:

      STEVE Tyler weeping at St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue at the funeral of his former wife, Cyrinda Fox, as copiously as Cyrinda's daughter Mia Tyler and Mia's half-sister, Liv Tyler . .

  • Sylvain Sylvain's final farewell to Cyrinda Foxe
      NY Dolls' Cyrinda Foxe Loses Battle With Brain Cancer

      By Sefany Jones, Editor
      Monday, September 9, 2002 @ 12:33 AM

      After Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Last Summer, The Iconclastic '70s Sweetheart Passes On

      Sylvain Sylvain, co-founder and guitarist of the punk-rock staple, the New York Dolls, writes a final farewell to Miss Cyrinda Foxe, whose presence helped shape the social scene of the '70's.



      Cyrinda Foxe 1952-2002

      Another New York Doll Died today...

      Cyrinda Foxe (born Kathleen Hetzekian) was the inspiration behind the David Bowie song "Jean Genie." She was also the hottest Andy Warhol superstar ever! She really brought glamour to rock 'n' roll music with her self-invented Marilyn Monroe looks. The Armenian girl left Texas with the brightest red lipstick for New York City and became the self made star that she knew she always would be. When New York Doll David Johansen first saw her at Max's Kansas City, he wanted her so "BAD" that he wrote the song "Looking For A Kiss" ! It didn't take long for their romance to sparkle. They became the super star couple of the Manhattan rock scene.

      I traded Foxe for her golden stretch lame capri pants. She took my three piece gentleman's dandy suit which I had purchased in London. Cyrinda loved wearing my suit! I fashioned the New York Dolls famous glitter rock signature look from Cyrinda's own pedal pushers. Taking apart her pants to make a pattern, I then helped whipped up the look for the band.

      David Johansen wasn't the only David in her life. When Bowie first stepped off the QE2 arriving in New York City, the first thing he wanted to see was "The New York Dolls" and he came to the Mercer Arts Center. Like an alien abduction, Billy (Doll) Murcia and Cyrinda Foxe vanished into Angie and David Bowie's suite at The Plaza Hotel, only to re-emerge several long nights and short days later. David Bowie was now in love was with Cyrinda, and Angie had a new lover -- Billy Doll! However Cyrinda chose to marry David Johansen. Their romance was the envy of everyone -- Including Steven Tyler, whom she married in 1978.

      Johnny Thunders loved Cyrinda, too! They had an on and off love affair for years! After Johnny Thunders died in spring of 1991, she came to one of my shows in New York City. It was so beautiful to see her again! She asked me to play the "Courageous Cat Theme" which was the instrumental that she loved and launched the Glitter Rock tour in 1973. She danced in front of the stage! Bouncing up and down just like It was the old days again.

      All I can say now is Cyrinda was such a special part of my youth. She turned me on to so many things that I'll always carry her in my heart everyday of my life. Today heaven is a much cooler and glamorous place. Bye Sweetheart (((((Cyrinda))))) You will always live forever!

      (Sleep) Baby Doll

  • UK Charts
      O Yeah is down to 59 from 49 on the charts in the UK this week

  • Philadelphia Inquirer review on Camden show
      Posted on Mon, Sep. 09, 2002

      Aerosmith rocks with heart and soul
      By Tom Moon
      Inquirer Music Critic

      Mick Jagger has his work cut out for him when the Rolling Stones arrive in Philadelphia on Sept. 18. Because after Saturday's Aerosmith show at the Tweeter Center, there are a whole bunch of people walking around with the voice of Steven Tyler screeching passionately in their ears, and a pretty good idea of what rock-and-roll is supposed to feel like when it hits full throttle.

      The indefatigable Tyler, age 54, did the expected rock-star stuff - stalking the stage like a prowling cat, riding the scarf-adorned microphone stand like a rocking horse.

      But he also sang with an abandon that's downright rare among vocalists of his tenure. From the riveting opening romp "Toys in the Attic" through a set that went mercifully light on the band's errant power-ballad era, Tyler turned it out, sometimes screaming, sometimes scatting with unexpected dexterity, sometimes ascending into a raspy, impassioned falsetto so he could testify. His ferocious delivery actually improved some of his band's strutty '70s material.

      After rising to prominence as one of the first credible American responses to the bluesy roar of the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith live has been a hit-and-miss proposition for much of the last decade - partially because its contemporary hits are so rhythmically tepid when compared with the swaggering, sex-obsessed music of its heyday.

      This time around, the Boston five-piece attained a compelling balance of old and new: By the time Tyler sang the anthemic "Cryin' " and "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing," Aerosmith had already ripped through "Lord of the Thighs" (from 1974's Get Your Wings).

      It didn't really matter what they picked; Tyler, guitarist Joe Perry and the band exploded everything, all night long. Like few in rock anymore, these guys are equally adept as musicians and entertainers, and this performance showed mastery of both extremes.

  • Infobeat Daily Poll
      In today's infobeat newsletter:


      Which of the following hard rockers were among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001?
      * AC/DC
      * Aerosmith
      * The Ramones
      * New York Dolls
      * Black Sabbath

  • Radio Chick Q104 NYC
      Did anyone hear the Radio Chick and her crew this morning giving their take on the Aerosmith BTM, mostly talking about the Steven/Joe love story that was the underlying theme of the show. Making "homo" jokes about Steven's "lust/love" for Joe, etc. but she is a big Aero fan so it was all in good nature. She's always talking about how she lusts for Joe! But the funniest moment was when one of her crew said "When did Joe Perry become a Samurai?" And making fun of Joe's accent "Thank Gawd I play gutah".

  • 92 KJSO: Top Bands Of All Time
      KSJO, a radio station in San Jose, California, USA had a listener's poll for best band of all-time... Aerosmith was number 5:

      3 AC/DC
      6 VAN HALEN
      7 PINK FLOYD
      8 TOOL
      11 GUNS N ROSES
      12 NIRVANA
      14 RUSH
      17 THE DOORS
      18 DEF LEPPARD
      20 MOTLEY CRUE
      21 ZZ TOP
      22 GODSMACK
      23 QUEEN
      24 KISS
      25 PEARL JAM
      26 THE WHO
      27 PANTERA
      32 KORN
      33 SAMMY HAGAR
      34 DISTURBED
      35 SANTANA
      36 CREED
      39 TOM PETTY
      41 MEGADETH
      42 Y AND T
      43 U-2
      45 BON JOVI
      47 GREEN DAY
      48 IRON MAIDEN
      49 LINKIN PARK
      51 PRIMUS
      52 DEEP PURPLE
      54 BAD COMPANY
      56 CREAM
      57 STAIND
      58 TED NUGENT
      61 DIO
      62 POISON
      63 BOSTON
      65 FAITH NO MORE
      66 DOKKEN
      69 SKID ROW
      70 TESLA
      71 U-F-O
      72 THE POLICE
      73 MONTROSE
      77 HEART
      79 BILLY IDOL
      80 CHEAP TRICK
      82 P-O-D
      84 DANZIG
      85 THE CULT
      87 KID ROCK
      88 RATT
      89 TRIUMPH
      90 KANSAS
      91 SEVENDUST

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

Mountain - The Best Of Mountain (1970-1971)
The Flower Kings - The Rainmaker (2001)

News as of September 9, 2002
  • Aerosmith- 5th ALL TIME!
      The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) just recently certifed Aerosmith's "Oh Yeah- Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" as a PLATINUM selling album, thus vaulting Aerosmith into 5th place all time for band album sales. The top 5....

      The Beatles- 164,500,000 albums sold
      Led Zeppelin- 105,000,000 albums sold
      Eagles- 83,500,000 albums sold
      Pink Floyd- 73,500,000 albums sold
      Aersomith- 63,500,000 albums sold

      Note that the above list is the top sellers when it comes to BANDS, and thus doesn't include solo acts such Garth Brooks, Elvis, Billy Joel, Elton John and Streisand... On the overall list, Aerosmith are the 10th biggest act of all time in the US...

  • Joe Perry at Rolling Stones concert!
      Rolling Stones Soul-Ed Out at Boston Theater Show
      Mon Sep 9, 2:24 AM ET
      By Dean Goodman

      BOSTON (Reuters) - Rock 'n' roll's bad boys the Rolling Stones displayed their soulful, sensitive side in Boston on Sunday as they played the first of a handful of small theater concerts on their newly launched Licks world tour.

      While 2,800 fans in the oppressively hot Orpheum Theater cheered wildly, the veteran English rockers dug deep into their repertoire to perform old songs they had rarely -- if ever -- played before.

      Among them were covers of Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go," the O'Jays' "Love Train" and B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," the latter with the help of opening act Buddy Guy.

      The Rolling Stones began their world tour in Boston on Tuesday, playing to 20,000 fans at the Fleet Center. Two days later they played the 53,000-capacity Gillette Stadium.

      Next stop is Chicago whey they are also scheduled to perform at an arena, a stadium and a theater. Other cities with theater stops include Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Tickets for Las Vegas' Joint club went on sale this weekend,with the cheapest priced at $505. Orpheum tickets were $66.

      In contrast to their usual practice, the Stones are dramatically varying their set lists. Half of the 20 songs at the Orpheum had not been heard on this tour. Other rarities dusted off included the bluesy "Parachute Woman" from 1968's Beggars Banquet" opus, and the funky "Dance (Pt. 1)" from their unloved 1980 album "Emotional Rescue."

      The band and its multitude of sidemen were crammed onto the Orpheum's small stage for the 110-minute show. Even though he did not need to run around as much, singer Mick Jagger often complained about the heat, and sarcastically asked the audience if they wanted it turned up.

      "This is our third show in Boston and it's gonna be definitely the hottest one, I think," he said.

      Guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, and drummer Charlie Watts seemed untroubled by it, thanks to giant fans. Richards, as usual, sang two songs while Jagger cooled off backstage.

      Wood, newly sober after a few stints in rehab, played a more prominent role this time. The dapper Watts, wearing red socks in honor of Boston's baseball team, forgot to come out when the band took its final bow.

      Among the thirtysomething crowd was Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry, who flew in to the hometown gig on a night off from his band's tour. He told Reuters recently that Aerosmith had planned its tour around the Stones tour in order to catch as many shows as possible.

      Outside the Orpheum, veteran filmmaker Michael Apted and his crew interviewed fans for a documentary he is making about the Stones.


  • NY Daily News article on Cyrinda
      Steven Tyler's ex dies

      Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler, ex-wife of rocker Steven Tyler, has lost her battle with brain cancer and will be laid to rest today.

      Last night, the former Andy Warhol actress, who wrote a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll tell-all about her marriage to the Aerosmith frontman, was waked on the upper East Side.

      Tyler paid his respects at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Madison Ave., just as visitations for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's mother, Helen, were in progress.

      Foxe-Tyler, who is the mother of Tyler's plus-size model daughter, Mia, split with the musician in the 1980s.

      Even though she painted a sometimes unflattering portrait of Tyler in her book and waged an unsuccessful legal battle to publish nude pictures of him, the two made peace after she became ill.

      Tyler paid for all of his ex-wife's medical expenses, even donating an electric guitar for a fund-raiser in her name.

      On Aug. 28, Foxe-Tyler married another musician, Keith Waa, in a private bedside ceremony at the Gramercy Park Hotel, where she had been staying while undergoing cancer treatment. "She's very sick, and we wanted to do it before it was too late," Waa told the Daily News at the time.

  • GOS on [V]
      Aerosmith's Girls of Summer video moved six places up to #13 this week on Channel [V] Video Countdown!

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Blue Öyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune (1976)

News as of September 8, 2002
  • Tiny update on DVD project from Jack Douglas
      An excerpt from JD's email re: the 5.1's....

      "The 5.1 of T.I.T.A is unbelievable - the band flipped out. If you can fly here right away I will let you hear it all on Tues. at Sony Studios. Will Master with Doug Sax (original mastering engineer of Toys) in Oct."

  • More Tour Dates Coming!
      According to Alissa854, it looks like the current tour will be extended thru the end of December. The only date in December so far is: Evansville, IN at Roberts Stadium. The band will then spend the winter recording the long awaited blues album due out in the spring tenatively.

  • Cyrinda Foxe has passed away
      It has been confirmed that Cyrinda passed away this morning. My condolences to Steven and Mia.

      A phone call to the place where she (Cyrinda) has been staying for the past year on hospice most recently confirmed that Cyrinda did indeed pass away today. The lady who took the call wasn't sure if Mia was there at the time but did say she was not alone.. there were many around her leading up to her passing.

      I'm sure a press release will be forthcoming soon and when I see it, I'll post it.

  • Brad in Courier
      Friday, September 6, 2002
      Aerosmith is still soaring after three decades
      Courier-Post Staff

      Want to render Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford speechless? Simply ask him how his 30-year-old band, which headlines Saturday at the Tweeter Center in Camden, has managed to maintain its currency with rock fans young enough to be the children - and in some cases, grandchildren - of its members.

      Why, when most of the group's contemporaries are viewed as little more than relics of some pre-historic age, do the Boston Bad Boys continue to enthrall teens around the world?

      After an extended period of silence interrupted by an occasional "hmmm ...," the 50-year-old guitarist can only offer a "Damned if I know." But a little more contemplation results in a theory: "I just think a lot has to do with the enthusiasm we have for the music," he says.

      Warming to the theme, Whitford specifically praises lead singer Steven Tyler for galvanizing the group's fan base.

      "He's the connection to the audience. He'll do anything for an audience," Whitford says. "I think it's his drive to entertain and his love of it. He keeps it simple. People can have fun with it."

      Whatever the reason for his group's success, Whitford is, above all else, grateful for how things have gone the last three decades.

      "It's very surprising to still be doing this so many years later. I never had to go and get a real job," says Whitford, who handles rhythm guitar duties for the band, whose signature songs include "Sweet Emotion," "Walk This Way," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Janie's Got A Gun."

      Aerosmith is long past the point where supporting acts are needed to sell concert tickets. Nonetheless, the band's current tour is a package deal that includes rap-rocker Kid Rock and seminal hip-hoppers Run-DMC, with whom Aerosmith brokered the rap-rock marriage with their 1986 collaboration on a remake of "Walk This Way."

      "I think this is going to be one of our best tours," Whitford says. "It's a little more diverse than what we've done in the past. It's not your typical rock show.

      "We had great success with Run-DMC and we've made numerous appearances with Kid Rock. He's a great guy and we love his band."

      With Aerosmith still a top recording and live act, there' s no reason to think the group won't continue on indefinitely. But Whitford hedges just a bit when he looks into his crystal ball.

      "It's kind of hard to pinpoint it," he says. "Everyone is on a different schedule, so it's really hard to know ( what's to come). I guess it's harder (to stop) when you've gone this far and everything is still working.

      "But circumstances dictate how that goes, whether you're healthy or whatever. Everyone is still able to play, so why not?"

      If you go…..
      Aerosmith, Run-DMC and Kid Rock perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tweeter Center on the Camden Waterfront. Admission is $75, $65 and $34.50. To order tickets, call (856) 338- 9000 or go to


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Threshold - "Falling Away"
Threshold - "Light And Space"
two songs I downloaded from this british prog metal band's website.
Very nice! Gotta get something by these guys...
Focus - "Rock & Rio"
Focus - "Fretless Love"
Focus - "Neurotica"
Focus - "Brother"

MP3 samples from the legendray Dutch '70's prog rock band's new(!) album "Focus 8." Not as fantastic as back then perhaps, but it still sounds interesting for the most part
Kharma Cosmic - "The Face Behind The Mask"
Just noticed that one of the Skellefteå area's most interesting bands, the classy prog metal act Kharma Cosmic, has posted a new(?) song at Not their best perhaps, I don't think so, but still very good. Definitely good enough to compete with many bands in the same genre, who are signed to a label, I must say. Great vocal performance, which even includes a duet with a female vocalist. A first for this band, I believe. Wonder who she is? Mostly a bombastic ballad, but towards the end there's some heavier more technical parts. All in all, a very good track. They've done it again! Now, this and several of their other songs can be downloaded at I strongly urge you to give these guys a listen!
Devin Townsend - Terria (2001)

News as of September 7, 2002
  • Great News regarding the Blues Album!

      Edited by Jonathan Cohen / September 06, 2002, 4:45 PM
      Aerosmith May Sing The Blues On Next Album

      The Aerosmith touring machine, which rolls into Camden, N.J., tomorrow (Sept. 7) with Run-D.M.C. and Kid Rock, is once again flying high in support of the recently released Columbia greatest hits package "O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits." While happy to be back on the road, the band is already looking forward to its next studio project. Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton tells it will be a back-to-basics affair that will challenge its members and, they hope, inspire longtime fans.

      "We're going to delve back into our musical roots and try recording some blues songs and maybe some blues-based rock riffs," says Hamilton. "So, everybody is turning back inward toward their individual instruments with that in mind. It's funny because I've been doing it on my own but now when we get on stage together, I see everybody else doing it."

      A bluesy rock album would return Aerosmith's focus to the exact inspiration that brought it together in the first place. In fact, for this high-powered quintet, such an adventure will be like traveling back in time, including recording the album to tape ("I'm sure we'll wind up using a combination of tape and hard disk," says Hamilton) as well as utilizing another antiquated studio technique.

      "We want to really try to get everybody in a room at the same time," Hamilton says. "It's funny because it triggers all of the competition and uncomfortableness that we've always had going into the studio, and it's going to mean everybody is going to have to be open, vulnerable, and brave, and go in there and do that process like we used to do it."

      As Hamilton told this spring, "the band definitely is interested in getting into projects that are not the once-every-two-years, blockbuster, career making or breaking album-type mode that we've been in." As such, this upcoming album could be viewed as a rejuvenation of Aerosmith's spirit. "We're probably going to take a bunch of blues songs, cover them, learn to play them together, and see about using stuff like that," he says. "But I think in that process, it's going to generate new ideas. We've been calling it a blues album but really it's just going to be an Aerosmith rock album and maybe a lot of blues."

      Aerosmith's current tour, originally scheduled to end in November, is going to be extended through the end of December, which means the band hopes to start recording by the first of the year. "The way we want to do it, it will probably be out in the spring," says Hamilton. "But no promises."

      -- John Benson, Cleveland

  • {{ AeroFANatic }} Dallas Surprise?
      Sources indicate that Aerosmith MAY be doing something a little special for the Harley Davidson gig upcoming in Dallas. Of course nothing is set in stone, but if it DOES come to god it's gonna be fucking killer.

      Stay tuned here, and when it is confirmed I'll be the first to have it...

  • Aerosmith article Philadelphia Inquirer Sept 6 2002
      Posted on Fri, Sep. 06, 2002

      Aerosmith, having made hunks of history, is rocking now in its biggest tour
      By Patrick Berkery

      If ever a story was tailor-made for VH1's Behind the Music series, it's the Aerosmith saga, a certifiable rock-and-roll cautionary tale rife with drugs, excess, meddlesome ex-wives, manipulative former managers, blown millions, more drugs, and a phoenix-like rise from the ashes.

      With no way to cram the Boston quintet's checkered past into the show's standard hourlong format, the Aerosmith Behind the Music (which premiered Sunday) became the first two-hour episode in the show's five-year history. And watching it, guitarist Joe Perry says, left him "amazed we still get onstage and play together."

      "When you go back over some of that old stuff, there's no way it just evaporates," the 51-year-old guitarist related via phone prior to a show in New York. "We'd have to be 150 years old to be totally over that stuff.

      "I'm really glad VH1 gave us the room, because it's a long story, and an ongoing thing. We're in the middle of probably the biggest tour we've done to date. We just had the 'Girls of Summer' single and the greatest-hits record [O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits], and we're looking at doing a new record next winter."

      Perry says the forthcoming studio project will likely be an album exploring the band's roots in blues and R&B, featuring cover versions and original material. Such an album, and the subsequent small-venue tour being discussed, has the potential to be a godsend for Aerosmith purists, and a welcome break from the power-ballad gravy train the band has been riding since the late '80s.

      "To me, slow blues is good, and R&B is good, but we play these power ballads and they just hit people. I find it really enjoyable to play them all. [For the next album] we would probably start with some covers, and once we're in the studio getting that feel, we'll end up with a bunch of original songs that pay homage to that influence."

      As for the current tour (which will stop at the Tweeter Center on Saturday night), those same Aerosmith purists will be delighted to know that '70s chestnuts such as "Rats in the Cellar," "Sick as a Dog," and "Kings & Queens" have been appearing in the set list occasionally. A high point of the show for Perry is "Walk This Way," when opening acts Kid Rock and Run-DMC (who launched Aerosmith's comeback by covering the song in 1986) come out and jam with the headliners.

      "Playing with them has really been fun," Perry said, "and a reminder why it made such perfect sense to do 'Walk This Way' with [Run-DMC] to begin with. Hip-hop is a natural extension from the blues. And this just really adds to a great show."

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

Marillion - Brave (1994)
Blind Guardian - Follow The Blind (1989)

News as of September 6, 2002
  • CNN thing...
      I don't know any specifics but on CNN, on that little "news strip" at the bottom of the screen where they rotate headlines, there was something about Aerosmith moving into 5th place behind The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. I assume this was for record sales. Not too shabby!

  • Roman Records
      PORCH GHOULS, the first signing to AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry's new record company, Roman Records, will record their forthcoming album in the band's hometown of Memphis, according to Launch. Stuart Sikes, engineer of the WHITE STRIPES' White Blood Cells, has been enlisted for the project. Perry will likely be the executive producer, but the band is still looking for a producer.

      Perry recently told Launch about the PORCH GHOULS' sound. "It's got a lot of roots to it. But again, it's like they took a lot of the old standard kind of things that we all heard and grew up listening to and morphed it into their own thing. And it's just like nothing I've ever heard before. And then when we talked about what we liked about music and I found out a little bit about their history and how much...all the dues that they've paid I figured they've got to be good live. They can't talk like that and not have the chops to stand in front of a crowd and not get 'em off."

  • Short Aerosmith/Eminem Article
      Aerosmith Honored That Eminem Sampled 'Dream On' For His New Album
      Thu Sep 5,10:57 AM ET

      Among those cheering Eminem's sweep at last week's Video Music Awards were the members of Aerosmith. The band, currently touring with Run-D.M.C. and Kid Rock, has a connection with "Slim Shady"--Eminem sampled the Aerosmith classic "Dream On" for the track "Sing For The Moment" on his latest album, The Eminem Show.

      Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton tells LAUNCH that the Boston rock veterans were both surprised and pleased by the move. "We were really excited, you know, when we first heard that he wanted to do it, and it came out great," he says. "It kinda surprised me a little, in a really nice way. I figured that someone like that would probably be influenced by something more recent than 'Dream On.'"

      The Aerosmith/Kid Rock/Run-D.M.C. tour's next stop is Thursday (September 5) at the Meadows Music Amphitheatre in Hartford, Connecticut.

      -- Gary Graff, Detroit

  • Hartford Review
      Aerosmith: Same Old Song And Dance
      September 6, 2002
      By ERIC R. DANTON, Courant Rock Critic

      There comes a time in the life of every aging rock 'n' roll bad boy when naughty debauchery just starts to seem creepy. For Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, it's about that time.

      To their credit, they apparently recognize that as intriguing (OK, and funny) a concept as "Love in an Elevator" is, there's something a bit unsettling about listening to a guy almost old enough to be your grandfather boasting about his sexual exploits.

      So eliminate most of the bawdy songs and what's left? Unfortunately, not much more than a few turgid ballads and a slew of tired old chestnuts you've heard countless times before, judging by the band's performance Thursday night at the Meadows Music Centre.

      That's not to say that Aerosmith doesn't put on a good show - they do. But there's not much the musicians can do live that they haven't done before, and they seem disinclined to try. The band's two-hour set was packed with old favorites and newer hits, but Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford and some guy on keyboards were more businesslike than outwardly enthusiastic.

      There were moments that stood out, such as a fiery version of "Dude Looks Like a Lady" and the band's performance of "Dream On" from a small stage set up on the lawn. And it was great to see old-school rappers Run-D.M.C. join the band at the end of the show for "Walk This Way."

      Still, as great as "Back in the Saddle," "Sweet Emotion" and "Same Old Song and Dance" sounded, it was the same old song and dance. Even newer songs, like "Jaded" and "Girls of Summer," seemed a little stale.

      A 70-minute set from Kid Rock, on the other hand, sounded fresh. The Detroit native is a poster child for reprobates, but he is a tireless performer who thrives on crowd reaction.

      He mixes hard rock and rap, but Kid Rock's style is a little different from that of so-called rap-core bands like Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit. Kid Rock is having fun, first of all, and he's a showman dedicated to the hedonistic rock 'n' roll image - aptly demonstrated by ersatz strippers slithering around poles on either side of the stage.

      The self-proclaimed Pimp of the Nation opened with Bob Seger's "Fire Down Below," and quoted here and there from Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC and Waylon Jennings. His own material included "Cowboy," "American Badass" and "Bawitdaba," along with other, less-printable titles.

      Kid Rock closed with a medley paying homage to his Detroit roots, including snippets of songs by Seger, Ted Nugent, Diana Ross, Grand Funk Railroad, MC5 and Eminem.

      Run-D.M.C. opened the show, and performed "Tricky" and "King of Rock," among others from their forthcoming greatest hits collection.


  • Just another poll

      Which fall tour will be the coolest?


      Aerosmith 416
      Phish 32
      Creed 195
      Bruce Springsteen 235
      The Rolling Stones 176
      Total 1054

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

Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (2002)
This album has been played alot these last few days. Gotta get familiar with these new songs before the concert, I figure. Tomorrow night is when it takes place, these German metal legends will travel north to play in the city of Umeå. Gonna be fun...

News as of September 5, 2002
  • Mia Tyler in Grace
      In the Fall issue of 'grace' magazine, there are several photos of Mia.

      It is a new magazine, I think this is the second issue. It is for average-sized women, with no super-skinny models anywhere in it.

  • Liv Tyler takes a step into the world of music
      Call it "Good Will Voting."

      Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are campaigning for Marjorie Decker, a childhood friend who's running for Massachusetts state representative.

      Damon has recorded a phone message that will go out to voters. Affleck reveals in Decker's campaign lit how his Little League teammate "was a better hitter than I was."

      Meanwhile, Affleck and Aerosmith spawn Liv Tyler just recorded a song for "Jersey Girl," which also stars Affleck's girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. A spy at Sigma Studios in Philadelphia tell us the pair "didn't come in with attitude or an entourage."

      Let's hope director Kevin Smith likes Tyler's performance better than Woody Allen, who cut her musical cameo from "Everyone Says I Love You."

  • Toronto Review

      Sweet commotion
      Rock veterans Aerosmith show they are still a force on stage

      By KIERAN GRANT -- Toronto Sun

      TORONTO -- Just as one famous pair of rock 'n' roll lips was flapping in Boston last night, another was at work at the Molson Amphitheatre.

      That mouth, of course, belonged to one Steven Tyler, who along with his band Aerosmith seemed driven to knock out a set that, performance-wise anyway, would have given his old heroes a run for their money.

      Okay, so tired -- albeit irresistible -- Stones comparisons aside, Aerosmith did more than justify their own legacy. They proved that after three decades and an unchanged lineup, they remain a vital live rock force.

      It probably warrants mention that Aerosmith have basically split into two entities: There's the glossy, power ballad-wielding brand name we've heard on record since their late '80s comeback -- something some of us could have done without.

      Then there's Aerosmith the performers, a snide and swaggering blues-rock combo content to give audiences a taste of how it all started in the first place. Thankfully, the near-capacity crowd of about 15,000 saw more of the latter last night.

      With latest album Just Push Play now over a year old, the band -- which also includes guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton, and drummer Joey Kramer -- were safe to ease off on the promotional kick and weigh in early with some of the best moments from their back catalogue.

      That meant that Tyler, having done away with his trademark tights and instead decked out in trendy punk bondage pants and motorcycle jacket, could fire it up with the classic Toys In The Attic, followed in quick succession by Back In The Saddle and Same Old Song And Dance.

      Sweet Emotion was also doled out early when the well-preserved Tyler was still in top voice. In keeping with current schtick, the band was hustled out to a small stage on the lawns for a clutch of tunes that featured Dream On -- a novel diversion despite the notable dive in sound quality.

      But then, the fact that Aerosmith rocked effortlessly on all those tunes wasn't as surprising as their ability to drop in hits like last year's Jaded and even Dude Looks Like A Lady and have it come off like pure logic.

      The right live approach can do a lot to close gaps in quality. Much of the credit for that should go to Perry, whose touch was casually brilliant even on the weakest of songs.

      Tyler didn't show signs of fading 'til near the closing encore version of Walk This Way with openers Kid Rock and Run DMC. All told, it was a better Aerosmith than the one that came through here five years ago on their Nine Lives tour. They're plainly still in the game.

      Tyler did have to hand over his title of sleaziest rocker to opener Rock.

      Following a brief but hit-packed stint by Run-DMC -- during which the veteran crew were openly amused at being the hip-hop odd men out -- Rock made Aerosmith look like a high-class elder statesmen with his hour-plus stack of roadhouse rock, southern boogie, a modicum of rap and whatever else he could chuck at the crowd.

      It couldn't miss, though a Detroit medley that fused Bob Seger's Old Time Rock And Roll and The MC5's Kick Out The Jams was particularly inspired.

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

Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond (1992)
Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (2002)
nearly nothing but Blind Guardian being played on the stereo here at home now these last few days before the concert... Funny thing that links these two albums together: the former has a cover of Queen's "Spread Your Wings" as a bonus track, and ten years later the band decided to "cover" an entire album title from Queen...

News as of September 4, 2002
  • This Day in Hard History...
      September 4, 1976: AEROSMITH is awarded a gold record for Rocks.

  • Rolling Stone Magazine
      The latest Rolling Stone magazine (with The Hives on the cover?) has a little blurp in the random notes about the current tour. The only member pictured is Steven, as usual...

  • Review of September 1st Chicago show
      There is a not so great review of the Chicago show from the Sun-Times up at

      Kid Rock steals the night from lackluster Aerosmith

      September 3, 2002


      'You know how this whole thing began, right?" the Rev. Run shouted to a packed Tweeter Center on Sunday, kicking off a triple bill of Aerosmith, Kid Rock and Run-DMC that was designed to settle just where this rap-rock hybrid stuff came from.

      Born from a one-off appearance at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, the lineup makes perfect sense. It was Run-DMC that first smudged the edges between hip-hop and rock in the early '80s; DMC, in one of the group's early boasts, crowned himself the king of rock , not the king of rap. And it was 1986's "Walk This Way" that catapulted hip-hop to the pinnacle of the pop charts, bringing Aerosmith back in the meantime.

      As such, Sunday night was, according to Run, a "family reunion." Bookended by "Walk This Way," it was conceived as a blend of past and present that also boasted a fiery set from Kid Rock, whose own mic skills have been built on only-God-knows-how-many "Raising Hell" listenings.

      But it turned out that the past dominated the night. Run-DMC kicked things off with a too-brief 20-minute set of mid-'80s classics that showed the Queens MCs were still in fine form, even if the afternoon sun still lingered and most of the crowd hadn't yet found their seats.

      And Kid Rock delivered a rollicking, thrash/rap, fire-and-confetti set that found him on top of his game stage-wise, but featured an awful lot of '70s rock. His set included two Bob Seger covers, riffs from AC/DC, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top, an acoustic ramble, a full chorus and verse of "Freebird" and--I swear I am not making this up--the theme from "The Dukes of Hazzard." There was a medley of Michigan-based hits that careened from "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" to Nugent to the MC5 to Slim Shady, that, in lesser hands, could have come off sounding like some bizarre Upper Peninsula wedding-band train wreck. But Rock, having updated "Devil Without A Cause" to report that he's gone 10 times platinum, knows how to flaunt his influences, and was too wildly over-the-top to allow for much more than gleeful head-banging. If he was about three riffs too self-referential for his own good, he was in total command of his own material, and tore through "Cowboy" as easily as he rambled along with the comic-blues ditty "If I Was The President." (Surprisingly, his political future involves weed and whiskey.)

      Aerosmith, for its part, has done some fat-trimming, and I don't mean the lack of any appreciable body fat on Steven Tyler or Joe Perry. As their "Behind the Music" premiered on VH-1, they jettisoned the ubiquitous videos, clunky new tracks and pre-recorded skits of years past in favor of a streamlined, efficient show that--now here's an idea--put their meaty riffs back front and center.

      Aerosmith isn't supporting a new album, but they have just released "O Yeah!," their 164th collection of greatest hits, so they stuck to them--and mainly the pre-MTV ones at that. They came blazing out of the gate with "Toys in the Attic," "Back in the Saddle" and "Same Old Song and Dance," and continued through a set that was thankfully heavy on Early Era Aerosmith, the one that didn't involve those schlocky, Diane Warren monster ballads. The Boston boys, by now, can churn out an arena show with about as much effort as the rest of us need to pour a bowl of Frosted Flakes, though there's nothing particularly notable about either. Sure, there were some nice moments--"Big Ten Inch Record," part of a three-song mini-set up in the lawn, was great roadhouse stomp, and "Walking the Dog" and "Draw the Line" both worked up decent lathers. Perry continues to defy the laws of human aging, and Tyler's voice has no business sounding as good as it does (even if it did finally started to show signs of mid-set rust).

      But in contrast to Kid Rock's incendiary performance, there wasn't much to hang onto. Aerosmith 2002 is like listening to a classic rock station--it sounds fine, but there's nothing of note to take away. The only thing that came close to a surprise was a take on "Stop Messin' Around," a full-on blues number sung by Perry. For a minute, they weren't big-shot Aerosmith; they were a smokin' blues band firing on all cylinders. And then they went right into "Cryin'." Sigh.

      As advertised, though, the explosive "Walk This Way" remains the best melding of rock and rap that this world has yet to produce. Of all the history lessons offered up this night, the last was the most essential, one that sounded as fresh and vital as ever and left no question about how this whole thing began, from a bunch of good ol' boys, never meanin' no harm.

  • Comments on the comments on Behind The Music...
      I've received a couple of e-mails pointing out that the comments on Behind The Music, that I posted yesterday, was probably a little harsh. After all, 2 hours is not a lot of time to cram 30 years of events. We should pehaps also be grateful towards VH1 for giving Aerosmith two hours. Up until Aerosmith, the longest BTM was Madonna's at 1 1/2 hours.

      Thing is though, living in Sweden I wasn't able to see the show myself, and thus wanted to let others in my situation get an idea about what was included. I never saw anyone doing a real write-up about what WAS included, so I figured getting to know wasn't included could at least give some idea... This should not be seen as if BTM was bad, I've heard many positive things about it. I'm sure it was very good, and wish I'd been able to see it myself... :(

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

Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (2002)
not many days left now... :)
Hopefully they won't play that much from this, their latest... although, well, I guess the songs may work better in a live setting. The thing that I feel makes this album a little less impressive than their older albums, is mainly that it feels a little overproduced, with layers and layers of sound. They can't really pull that off live, can they? At least not with the vocals, which I feel is the big problem with this record. So... the Umeå show will hopefully be really awesome with Hansi's fantastic vocals in all it's raw glory...

News as of September 3, 2002
  • Zakk Wylde bashes Aerosmith
      From a Metal UK magazine interview with Zakk Wylde:

      Zakk: Aerosmith is Aerosmith, but it's just like they don't even resemble what that band used to be. I was never a big Aerosmith fan, 'cause I was always into Sabbath. But it's kinda fucked up when you see a band that was like this raw fuckin' thing and then they they're doing cheesedick shit to please 13-year-old girls. It's kinda fucked up.

  • Out-takes of Behind The Music

  • DVD News
      Jack Douglas is working in the studio with Jay Messina right now... they just began the DVD of Toys In The Attic. One thing they plan to do on the DVD is add detailed commentary about the songs and the recording process from back then.

  • GOS on [V]
      Aerosmith's Girls of Summer video moved to #19 at the Channel [V] Video Countdown.

  • Critical comments on Behind The Music from Fans...

      Some of my thoughts on the BTM:

      I noticed too how they seemed to mix up the footage so that it was totally out of chronological order....while talking about recording DWM and how they needed to get clean, they were showing clips of recording Monkey from Making of Pump. And there were tons more places where 'poetic license' was taken with clips and events. Lots of vague mentions of debauchery, car wrecks, drug use, depression etc, but little on specific events. I was really amazed at what was left out:

      1. the whole story of how Steven met Joe over the french fries
      2. They talked about Dream On being released the first time, but never talked about the second time it was released in 1975 which made it a hit (Aerosmith's first top 10 single)
      3. Didn't mention that even though Ray was kicked out of the band, that he designed the logo and was in charge of T-shirts etc. long after he was out of the band.
      4. The individual albums were really glossed has been mentioned, Night in the Ruts barely got mentioned. No mention of Live Bootleg, Classics, Pandora's Box, ALSOS etc. I don't remember seeing any mention of the Joe Perry Project albums other than the first one either.
      5. So many stories surrounding Draw the Line recording......Joe having DTL recorded on cassette and not remembering he had the tape; Joey's car crash on the way home from the DTL sessions; Joe seizuring while taking off in the plane and having to abort take-off, etc.
      6. The turkey incident backstage in Japan
      7. Joe's car crash where the police felt sorry for him and didn't ticket him
      8. Filming Come Together for the Sgt Pepper movie
      9. Steven's motorcycle accident
      10. Joe living on his manager's couch in the down years
      11. The whole incident with Joe and Steven when they first met backstage to talk about getting back together.
      12. No mention of Brad coming back (he just mysteriously appeared once again)
      13. Never mentioned that DWM was printed backwards (and they didn't show an original DWM album, it was a reprinted one that wasn't printed backwards)....I always remember Tom's comment (from the Rockumentary)
      about how it seems like they were programmed to self-destruct...
      14. Very little coverage of any of the videos
      15. No mention of the MTV 10th Anniversary with Dream On + orchestra
      16. Not very complete on the number of awards they have won--really only showed GAG
      17. Performing at Woodstock
      18. Playing with Jimmy Page at the Marquee Club
      19. Any of the Saturday Night Live appearances
      20. Wayne's World 2
      21. Didn't ever mention the deal they made with Sony, and the fact that Tim Collins walked away from that signing with a boat-load of money in his pocket, which they didn't.
      22. Steven's accident onstage that interrupted the tour.
      23. Joey's car fire
      24. Didn't mention any of the recording in Miami and Joey's depression
      25. MaKin's or Mount Blue
      26. Joe's Hot Sauce
      27. Rock the Vote commercial
      28. No mention of current management (the comments kind of made you believe that they manage themselves)
      29. Other outside hobbies, like Tom acting in Boston, Brad's involvement with Nascar, Joe's appearance on TV, Steven in movies.
      30. Steven throwing out the first pitch, or singing the national anthem at Indy.

      Well I could go on and on......but it just seemed like they could have at least mentioned a few more of the pinnacle events. It was nice to see some of the very early onstage footage though.

      It was kind of hard to swallow though when they talked about how they do anything for fans and are so concerned about making it right for their fans.......have they talked to any fans in regards to the fanclub in the last year and a half? Either they are being fed a line of bull from their management that everything is hunky dory, or they have blinders on. My guess is that they only know what they are being told, and from the BTM, Joe is right, it has become a corporation. And hopefully one of these days they will realize that they are only being told what management/clear channel etc wants them to know.

      But I'm glad there's a BTM out on Aerosmith at least, it has been long overdue. Now where's that DVD? Makes me sad to go to Best Buy and look at the shelves of music-oriented DVDs and see nothing for Aerosmith when all these lesser piddly bands all have DVDs out.

      Hoping now for the blues CD (it was cool to hear Steven talk about seeing the Jam Band do Rattlesnake Shake...)



      I agree that there were tons of things missing from BTM. Most of which have already been mentioned. My question is, why didn't they just explain who was involved in that 'Spilled Milk' episode? We all know that it was Elissa and Terry. It almost seemed like it was only a battle between Elissa and Cyrinda as BTM seemed to draw attention to. When in fact, Elissa made everybody miserable and even Tom didn't want the band to get back together in the mid '80s unless she was out of the picture.

      They glossed over Sgt. Pepper, the impossibility of making that movie, oh yes, and April (Kramer).

      No instances of when the band truly hit it big, such as the mention of the Schaeffer Music Festival in NY which set the standard for their success.

      I thought BTM focused a little too much on Steven and Joe........then the bickering wives, Elissa and Cyrinda.

      Brad was with the Whitford/St. Holmes band, not completely solo on his own.

      Car wrecks? What car wrecks?

      So, Joey came up with the name Aerosmith out of thin air?

      No mention of Steven's wardrobe or what he used to put in those scarves (ie.the pockets with Tunials).

      What happened to "Pump?" What happened to all of the albums? I will say it was nice to see Rick Duffay.

      They showed Adrian but never mentioned anything about him or that his mother is Elissa. No mention of the Perry's split and why even though Joe was very attached to her.

      No mention of what other problems Tim Collins caused during 'Nine Lives,' aside from calling Teresa and trying to claim that Steven was cheating on her in Miami.

      Everything seemed to fly by once they got through explaining briefly about 'Nine Lives.' So many stories, so little time. Too many damn commercials!! Although, we can't expect them to show everything we want as I'm sure they have to approve it and people will definitely decline to be interviewed. I don't think they wanted to show Mama Kins' in Boston because that's already closed down and didn't last that long. Surprised there was no mention of Mount Blue.

      I thought the footage of Steven and Joe almost falling over each other onstage was truly sad. I wouldn't want to see ANY band in that bad of shape. That's just shocking to see with the eyes, never mind simply reading it in a book.

      Tracy a.k.a. AEROOO!!



      All in all it was alright. Not much new for those who have been around for awhile. I liked that they left Rick's comment about how Steven was so bad he was wiping his ass. Joey's comments about the fans being important I find hypocritical, but maybe that's just my perception from the times that I have seen him up close & personal with fans, not a very nice guy, although I think Lisa would disagree with me ; ). I would have liked to have seen more stuff from Brad and Tom. I would have liked less focus on the drug years, it's been rehashed so many times.............I was surprised that Tom said he didn't really like Angel, thought it was too wimpy...........If only they had listened to Tom, we might not be in the fix we are today lol
      I never realized Bille was so shy, I liked the focus on the wives. That's about all for this go 'round, I've only seen it once so far.

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Eternity X - The Edge (1997)
good prog metal concept album...

News as of September 2, 2002
  • Joe Perry Collectors Series Hot Sauce
      Joe's hotsauce is now available in a "Collector's Edition." $250 for personalized, signed and numbered and $99 for signed and numbered.

      Not sure what to say about this myself, but I'm sure there still are some people - the ones with too much money on their hands - who will want to pay these insane prices for this....

      Autographed Joe Perry Collectors Series Hot Sauce
      Hot & Ready for the Taking
      Joe's combined his passion for spicy food and loud guitars to create his very own Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce. The sauce is already a smash hit, and for a VERY limited time, you can own a slice (or should we say a drop) of history.
      Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce Collector's Series, includes a personalized, signed and numbered bottle of the Boneyard Brew, housed in a display-worthy case plus a second bottle just for your dinner table and a one of a kind Joe Perry Rock Your World Guitar pick. Just 2,000 signed and numbered Bottles are in the first Collectors' Series. Get yours here.

      Joe Perry's Collector's Edtion Singed & Numbered

      What do Rock and Roll and hot Sauce have in common? Not a whole lot until Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry bridged the gap. Joe has combined his passion for spicy food and loud guitars to create his very own Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce. The sauce is already a smash hit, and for a VERY limited time, you can own a slice (or should we say a drop) of history. Joe Perry and Ashley Food Company are very proud to announce the Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce Collector's series, a must for the Rock and Roller and Hot Sauce enthusiast.

      The 1st version includes a personalized signed and numbered bottle of the Boneyard Brew, housed in a mantle worthy clear plastic display case. Now you may be saying, "looks great, but I'd never want to open it, and I'm dying for the tantalizing tastes of the Boneyard Brew!" Well Joe thought of that, and that's why he's throwing in a second bottle just for your dinner table. Of course both bottles will come with the one of a kind Joe Perry Rock Your World Guitar pick (of course) all for the mere price of $250.

      Now the 2nd version of this collector's series which goes for $99.50 has all the features of the first version (encased signed bottle, spare serving bottle and guitar picks) except that the signed bottle will not be personalized.

      Believe us when we say that these will go fast!!! Please place your order today, before it's too late, because when we run out, that's it!!! It's the perfect gift for you or someone like you!

      Nothing says "I love you" or "Damn That's Hot" like an autographed bottle of Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce.

      2,000 Numbered and Signed Bottles will be in the first Collectors' Series Edition

      Joe Perrys' Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Collectors Edition.

      There's also a Aerosmith trivia contest up at the site, where you can win this... though only if you live in certain american states... :(

  • UK Charts
      O Yeah is down to 49 from 29 in this weeks UK charts.

  • O Yeah certified Gold in the UK
      Oh Yeah has been certified Gold and Silver on Friday 30th August. This means that over 100,000 copies has been shipped to stores. To get platinum you need 300,000. Oh Yeah has done as well as Young Lust then in terms of shipping but Oh Yeah has sold far more and should hopefully go platinum!

  • Tyler in M, the Daily Mirrors Sunday magazine
      There's a Steven Tyler mention in M, the Daily Mirrors (UK Tabloid) Sunday magazine. It has a fashion page and focused on stiped trousers. It gives ticks for good fashion and crosses for bad ones. Steve Tyler was a bad one! It showed a pic of him at the Spiderman opening. It talked about him wearing girls trousers or something. It was meant to be a joke... I dont think the mirror like him anyway cos 3am, the gossip columnists insulted him too, saying he acts like a man a quarter his age!

  • Perry Says 'Behind The Music' Makes For 'Good TV'
      Aerosmith's Perry Says Band's 'Behind The Music' Makes For 'Good TV'
      Sun Sep 1, 4:57 PM ET

      (9/1/02, 10 a.m. ET) -- Aerosmith's Behind The Music airs Sunday (see local TV guide for times). Guitarist Joe Perry told LAUNCH that the band's ups and downs make for "good TV."

      "You've got to watch it to see it. I don't want to talk about it. It's kind of like...It goes too deep that I...I'll watch it once, and that's it. It makes for good TV, let's put it that way."

      Aerosmith is currently on the road touring in support of its O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits collection.

      -- Darren Davis, New York

  • Girls of Summer video in Canada
      Aerosmith continues to rock in Canada... the "Girls of Summer" video was the highest debuting video on the MuchMoreMusic countdown this week - it started at #15!

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Jesus Christ Superstar (1970)
word has it that this classic album is supposed to be really great.
well, it's not... it's much better!! truly a breathtaking masterpiece.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, what a team!

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