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News as of December 31, 2002
  • Happy Birthday, Tom!!
      It's the birthday of "Mr. Sweet Emotion" today!
      Happy 51st, Mr. Hamilton!!

  • NYE Dick Clark/Aerosmith
      Rumors floating around regarding Aerosmith on Dick Clark's NYE special...

      My guess is that they will be included in the highlights segment of 2002 concert tours...even found a comment that seems to indicate the same....

      "Clark will also introduce highlight performances from some of this past year's most successful tours, including Aerosmith"....

      So perhaps some concert clips and maybe if we're lucky another word or two maybe even a mention of Tom's birthday...but then again..who knows.

  • Just Push Play video? ... or maybe there is!
      Kuba Cichocki writes:

      The Just Push Play Video is Original. It was recorded on Osaka concert in Japan and Mixed with things that have been showed at big screen behind the boys. My friend, Radek from Warsaw told me, that it was showed a few times on MTV as "Just Push Play" video.

      I have just put the "jpp.mpg" - 66 MB file into my download room.


      The webmaster of, Nick Valente, writes:

      Saw you posting about a Just Push Play Video. There is one, it's the performance from The United We Stand Concert of them singing Just Push Play. Lookin at the screenshots I can tell thats not it.

  • Sweet Emotion in YM
      On page 66 of the January 2003 issue of YM magazine, under a section saying what to put on a mixed tape, "Sweet Emotion" is the suggested song #3. However, it does call it a "sappy" song! (?!) Still, interesting that a magazine devoted to mainly pop music, suggested you put "Sweet Emotion" on a tape! :)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1951 Thomas William Hamilton is born in Colorado Springs CO

      1971 Aerosmith plays in Revere MA with Scarborough Fair

      1975 "Toys in the Attic" reaches #1 on Circus magazine's chart useating Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum (Orion The Hunter opens); Bob Rondinelli fills in for Joey Kramer

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Orpheum Theater (Poison Dollies and Lenny Clarke open)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum (Ted Nugent opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum (Dokken opens)

      1989 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Boston Garden (Skid Row opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Boston Garden (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Fleet Center (Days of the New opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Fleet Center (The Ray Corvair Trio and Candlebox opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Osaka Japan

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

Isolation Years - Inland Traveller (2001)
Isolation Years - Talkin' Backwards ep (2002)
Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)

News as of December 30, 2002
  • Just Push Play video? No, seems not!
      From an e-mail I got from Derek...

      I saw the screenshots and that looks identical to what the band would play on the big video screen behind them at the concert during that song. I remember the robot getting...well a little friendly with herself. And then during the chorus it would come up on the screen "Fuckin A" in that same font/style.


      This explains things. I was wondering about that myself... From the captures, I didn't think it looked professional enough to be an ordinary music video... Thanks, Derek! Now we know where it came from...

  • Radio Interview Online with Jack Douglas and Danny

      Once you go to the URL, skip your real player forward about 26 minutes into the stream - that is where the actual interview starts (they were late LOL). It lasts about 40 minutes and a lot of cool stuff is discussed about "This Thing of Ours" (the movie w/Aerosmith in the soundtrack and Brad plays a small part in), Mob Story - A Hip Hopera, Danny Provenzano's trial stuff, and a touch or two on other Aerosmith matters, Lennon, etc. Don't forget to skip to 26 minutes into it though..the entire stream is about an hour and five minutes I think

  • Nirvana doing Sweet Emotion
      Yes, Nirvana sure used to do "Sweet Emotion" live, Derek tells me, he has got an mp3 of this from Kazaa. "They play the song but without words, it's just kind of a jam. It sounds good though."

  • Aerosmith #1

      A local radio station in Kansas City has been counting down the top 50 Artists/Bands for the past couple of days and playing an hour of music from each... and guess who came in at number one!!! TWO hours of Aerosmith tunes... Click on the link above for the complete list.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1975 Aerosmith plays the last show on the Toys in the Attic tour in San Diego CA at the Sports Arena

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Orpheum Theater (Poison Dollies and Lenny Clarke open)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum

      1989 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at Boston Garden (Skid Row opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Fleet Center (Days of the New opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Osaka Japan at the Osaka Dome

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

The Doors - The Best Of The Doors (1967-1971)
One of the best, coolest and most interesting bands of all time, without a doubt!

News as of December 29, 2002
  • Tyler to act in movie tentatively titled "Sinking Spring"!?
      Steven was on the front page of the Lancaster Sunday News with this article.


      Hollywood takes a new fancy to Plain

      By Gil Smart
      Dec 28, 2002, 21:06

      Can you imagine Aerosmith's Steven Tyler driving a buggy?

      James Caan browsing at Central Market?

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler riding in an Amish buggy?

      Mariah Carey eating shoo-fly pie?

      Could be - if reports of a new Hollywood movie to be filmed in Lancaster County this spring are on the money.

      According to a report by columnist Stu Bykofsky in the Dec. 18 Philadelphia Daily News, the movie, tentatively titled "Sinking Spring" - and based on the Amish//Pagans motorcycle gang, cocaine trafficking scandal of the mid-1990s - is scheduled to begin shooting in Philadelphia and Lancaster in March.

      According to Bykofsky and other published reports, the film will star James Caan as an FBI agent, Aerosmith's Tyler as an Amishman and Carey as a drug addict.

      We're not making this up, by the way.

      Reports say the film also will feature a number of actors who star in HBO's "The Sopranos" series, including Vincent Pastore as a corrupt sheriff and Tony Sirico and Federico Castelluccio, who will play bikers who supply the "Amish drug smuggling ring."

      Also appearing as a biker will be Dean Winters, who stars in the HBO series "Oz," and Clare Danes "is mulling the part of the Amish drug kingpin's wife who snitched on the gang," states

      The film, based on a screenplay by novelist Jack Engelhard, appears to be (very) loosely based on the case of two unrelated Amishmen, Abner King Stoltzfus of Ronks and Abner Stolztfus of Bart, who got caught up in an alliance with Pagan motorcycle gang members. The Stoltzfuses, who cooperated with investigators in the case, had been charged with buying up to $100,000 worth of cocaine from Pagans members they had met while working as roofers and then distributing it to other Amish youth at weekend social gatherings. Both were sentenced to a year in federal prison.

      A number of Pagans arrested in the case received substantially longer jail terms.

      John Pyfer, the local attorney who represented the Amishmen in the case and participated in a series of subsequent meetings designed to warn the Plain community about the dangers of drugs, was unavailable for comment; Joseph Dominguez, an attorney for Exelon Energy who was a U.S. attorney in the mid-1990s and helped arrange the meetings, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

      Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau administrative assistant Cheryl Deaven said the county's official tourism promotion agency had heard rumors of the film, but was unable to confirm any details about it or its production.

      "We have no confirmation or any details about this movie," said Megan Reedy, acting director of communications for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees the Pennsylvania Film Office. A staffer at the Philadelphia Film Office, location coordinator Joan Gistele, said that the office had not been contacted about the film. "But they might not have gotten around to us yet," she said.

      The film is reportedly being adapted from a screenplay by Englehard, a former Philadelphia Inquirer writer and author of several well-known books, including "Indecent Proposal." According to Bykofsky's Dec. 18 column, James "Jimmy" Darren - former teen-idol singer, actor and director - has been signed to direct the film, written by Lou Silver and veteran character actor Frank Vincent.

      Darren, a native of South Philadelphia, performed at Hershey Amphitheatre at Hersheypark on Aug. 4.

      Vincent, who often portrays mobsters, will appear in the movie as Caan's FBI partner.

      The film reportedly will be produced by either Anthony Esposito, who has worked with diva Carey before, on the independent movie "Wisegirls" and "Sweet Science," in which Carey plays a boxing manager.

      According to the New York Post, Danny Provenzano was originally hired by Esposito to direct the film. But in November Provenzano - a nephew of reputed Genovese crime family associate Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano - pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, admitting to four incidents of assault and threats to extort money, including an incident where he had an underling break another man's thumbs. He could face a 15-year prison term and was replaced by Darren.

      Did we mention we're not making any of this up?

      The local tourism industry might welcome the attention generated by another major Hollywood film; in the mid-1980s, the already flourishing industry exploded after "Witness," starring Harrison Ford as an FBI agent who hides out on a Lancaster County farm to protect an Amish boy, became a big hit.

      Ford's co-star in the movie, Kelly McGillis, now lives in Berks County, near Reading.

      Subsequent Hollywood productions set in Lancaster County - including "Kingpin," starring Randy Quaid as an Amish bowler, and "For Richer or Poorer," starring Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley as rich New Yorkers who try to evade the IRS by taking refuge on an Amish farm - haven't been hits and haven't had the same impact on the tourism industry.

      Still, at least one of the reputed stars of "Sinking Springs" seems excited about the chance to exchange his usual gaudy wardrobe for Plain threads.

      "I'm there; I'm there," Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler told, which in a September story reported he would be featured in "a buggy-riding role."

      "I love the Amish," said Tyler. "They've got it all together."

  • Aerosmith mentions in Nirvana book
      The Kurt Cobain Journals mentions Aerosmith quite alot!

      Cobain made alot of lists of his favourite albums, and Aerosmith "Rocks" was in them every time. He also mentions how he was just as influenced by punk as he was by Led Zep, Aerosmith and The Beatles. Also, he has a go at kids of the '80's, who get into cheesy 80's bands who rip of the bands of the '70's, and criticises them because they won't have heard the old Aerosmith albums!

      Seems the man was a fairly huge Aerosmith fan. There are pics floating about the net of him with Joe Perry, and I've heard he used to jam on Sweet Emotion when they played live!

  • Tyler remembers Jam Master Jay
      AEROSMITH's STEVE TYLER Remembers RUN-DMC's JAM MASTER JAY - Dec. 28, 2002

      AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler remembered the life of RUN-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay in "The Best of 2002" edition of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Tyler wrote, "AEROSMITH toured with RUN-DMC this past summer, and Jay and I became really close. Our encore was always 'Walk This Way', and we'd bring out RUN-DMC, and the place would always just explode. Jay would be off on the side to the left of Joe Perry, and not five feet from him would be [Jay's] son and his family. I'd sing the first verse, and Jay would be there with his turntables, scratching, and I'd go over and stick the mic in his face to give him a chance to sing where he ordinarily wouldn't. The first couple of times I did that, he'd get a little embarrassed, but it became something that we did every night.

      "Jay was the shit, man. I used to hang out with him and his 7-year- old son, who I shared my Jolly Ranchers with - and I don't do that with anybody. Jay was the guy who first grabbed our original version of 'Walk This Way' and started scratching over it, you know. He and the other guys would always come to my dressing room before the show, and we'd sit and talk.

      "He was really a beautiful, open guy. There was something meaningless about his murder, and I still don't know all the details. I just don't want to pursue it. The sadness of his death pales compared with the joy and relevance and inspiration that he gave to the world. He was the furthest person from being a gangsta that I knew, and I'm really going to miss him." (Jam Master Jay was fatally shot in a recording studio in Queens.)

      post courtesy of!!

  • More on the Just Push Play video!
      Kuba Cichocki tells me he downloaded it yesterday from WinMX. He's also already put more screenshots from this video (in the news section) at his site, at which he also has the entire MTV Icon permormance available as video download.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Portland ME at Cumberland County Civic Center

      1984 Aerosmith plays in New Haven CT at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (David Johansen opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Saint John, NB at Canada Harbour Station

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Albany NY at Pepsi Arena

      1999 Aerosmith opens the Roar of the Dragon Tour in Osaka Japan at the Osaka Dome

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

Hela Hjärtat Mitt: Musik ur Skellefteås pophistoria (1965-2002)
Du är som en sommaräng, kom och blomma på min säng
Du får hela hjärtat mitt, om jag får en bit av ditt...

The Spacious Mind - Reality D Blipcrotch (2001)
Yeah, I love this stuff... By the way.. Side 1 of this 10" piece of vinyl, the wonderful "The Drifter," sounds great not only at 33 rpm, but at 45 aswell, I've noticed. ;-) I accidently put it on at the wrong speed, and it didn't sound bad then either... Different, and not as calm and relaxing, but still very cool! Love it! :)

News as of December 28, 2002
  • Just Push Play video!?
      There is a video for "Just Push Play"? I didn't know that, but our Polish friend Kuba Cichocki apparently has screenshots from this clip. You can see them in the news section of his site, Aerozone. He think it was made in Japan, but isn't sure.

  • JB's latest report. A bit late, must have missed it...
      John B. - News from the Road - 12/17/2002


      After the Denver gig the Billboard Awards sent a plane to bring Steven, Joe and some of their crew to Las Vegas for the Billboard Awards Show. We got in around 1:30 AM and went to the Hotel. Steven and Joe went down to one of the casino restaurants for a way past midnight snack and then called it a night. I thought I would stay down there for a little while and make a killing at the Blackjack table and go to bed. After about an hour I found that I suddenly felt a lot lighter in the old wallet, which made it a little easier getting up from the stool. I didn't make the killing I thought I'd make but had fun nonetheless.

      The guys went over to rehearse and I have to say I didn't think they could pull it off for the show. It looked like chaos up there. People stepping on each other's lines and bumping into one another. Joe and Steven had their parts down from the git go and it took a lot of work for the others to follow suit. It ended up looking and sounding great. Steven and Joe sat in their seats for the show. It was funny seeing the parade of people coming by kind and paying their respects like they were the Don Corleone of rock. Steven split early to rehearse his presentation for Cher and Joe stayed and watched the rest of the show. I think he liked Puddle Of Mudd, the bass player is from Boston and they rocked. Steven nailed his introduction for Cher. They seem to have a lot of respect for each and are both the consummate professionals. After the show, Steven and Joe hung out with Cher and her son, Elijah, at her hotel until the mean assistant tour manager told them they had to split for the airport to go to the sunshine shine state of Minnesota. We pulled into Minneapolis at around 1:00 AM. It was the end of a 24 hour marathon that left the whole crew a little drained.

      Minneapolis has always been a good stop for the guys. A couple of years ago the whole band went to see Cheap Trick at 1st Ave. That club is right across the street from the Target Center. As we passed the club you can see a list of every national band that headlined there. Joe said he thought he played there but wasn't sure. I'm sure someone out there would know. I have a bootleg for the Project from the early 80's but I think it's from The Loose Caboose. (I wonder if they played "Train" that night?)

      As you might know Minneapolis is the home of the Mall of America. Some of the guys spent the afternoon doing a little Christmas shopping there before leaving for Detroit.

      Detroit has got to be one of the greatest Rock and Roll cities in the world. I think this was our 4th visit to Detroit this cycle. The crowd is always wild. The fans come from all over to see this show. It was a great night. Some of the Detroit Red Wings came to the show. The band's dressing rooms were right next to their locker room so it had that hockey equipment funk smell to it that a little incense took care of. Wings, Chris Chelios, Serge Federov and Jason Wooley felt right at home. After the show they hung out with Joe on his bus where the main topic of conversation was knee operations. Chris invited Joe to the game the next night and he gladly accepted.

      The game was cool and had a lot of scoring. One thing I noticed was that the referees were constantly picking up little silver wings from the ice the whole night. It seems the band's confetti cannons reached high up to the ceiling of old building and stayed up there conveniently until game time. Kenny Olson from Kid Rock's band came by for a short visit along with Aerosmith Keyboard player and star of the What's Up? Show, Russ Irwin.

      Next week the final installment of News from the Road.

      -John B

  • Scenes From the Road
      6 new pictures (from Seattle-Tacoma, Washington show) are now to be found in the Scenes From the Road section of

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1979 Aerosmith plays in Nashville TN at Municipal Auditorium

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum (Dokken opens)

      1989 Aerosmith plays in New Haven CT at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Skid Row opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Halifax, NS at Canada Metro Center

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

Andromeda - Encyclopedia (excerpt)
Andromeda - Mirages (excerpt)
Andromeda - Reaching Deep Within (excerpt)
Andromeda - Words Unspoken (excerpt)
Andromeda - In The Deepest Of Waters (excerpt)
MP3 samples from their two albums, "Extension Of The Wish" and "II = I,"
all downloaded from
Very good prog metal, I definitely need to get my hands on their albums...
Änglagård - Kung Bore (demo)
The demo version of "Kung Bore" (15:41), available as MP3 download only for a short time, over at! They point out that one should keep in mind that it's a demo. "The album-version actually sounds much better!" Well, while the sound quality may not be the best on this mp3, the music sure sounded great in this version too. I haven't heard the "real" version so I can't compare though. I sure hope their two studio albums will get a proper re-release soon, so I can finally get ahold of them... Beautiful '90's prog rock that oozes '70's... "I ljuset från min lykta, ser jag skuggan utav sorg, drömmar som har slocknat, från ett liv som haft sin tid..."

News as of December 27, 2002
  • Aerosmith mention in Nirvana release
      In the booklet of the new Nirvana compilation CD, there is a quote from Kurt Cobain (not sure when it was said) that said "the kind of albums I listened to were ones that delivered good song after good song, like Aerosmith's Rocks..." He then goes on to name some others...

  • Steven Tyler on Argentinian beer bottle!
      Andrés from Argentina reports:

      Steven Tyler is on the front side of certain bottles of the beer brand QUILMES (made in Argentina). The bottles has the text "Rock" on them, along with a painting of Steven. The bottles are also labeled as "limited edition."

      There are other versions too, including "Reggae" (which has Bob Marley on it), "Pop", "Dance" etc...

      What is pretty cool, is that Steven Tyler is representing Rock And Roll on Argentina No.1 beer!! Andrés went to Quilmes website, but could not find a photo.

  • Top 10: Stadium Rockers
      On Christmas day, Channel Four, in the UK, had a show hosted by Alice Cooper called “Top 10: Stadium Rockers.” From the name you can probably guess, that the show was about the ten biggest Arena Rock bands. The top 3 was:

      1: Aerosmith
      2: Metallica
      3: Guns n Roses

      The other bands mentioned included Motley Crue, Kiss, ZZ Top, Heart and some others too, but what matters is... Aerosmith came out at the top. This can be seen as somewhat a big deal, as Aerosmith have never dominated in UK like they have in the USA.

  • Top 10: Stadium Rockers
      Found in today's SF Chronicle (link and article below). How fitting that Aerosmith is making a Blues CD in 2003! :)


      Blues music steps up to center stage in 2003

      Friday, December 27, 2002

      Congress has officially declared 2003 "The Year of the Blues."

      Well, naturally. War is imminent, the economy is lurching along in a rut and "The Sopranos" has only one season left.

      Actually, the legislators designated the "Year of the Blues" in a literal sense, as a tribute to the blues, "the most influential form of American roots music." But the broader implication is too obvious to ignore.

      The custodians of the blues have been fretting over the music's waning relevance for decades now, but there is always something to lament. And 2003 is shaping up to be plenty blue.

      If hip-hop is "the black CNN," as Chuck D. famously suggested, blues music was a running news bulletin from the earliest days of radio. The blues, as the Congress noted, have documented the Great Depression, "race relations, pop culture and the migration of the United States from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrialized nation."

      And the reporting continues. The funky organist Jimmy Smith recently recorded "Dot Com Blues." We know the feeling, especially here in the Bay Area.

      We're not quite standing in the soup lines yet, but the financial attitude of the country hasn't been so anxious in years. Race relations may be improving, but for every few steps forward there are an awful "Lott" in the wrong direction.

      As for the state of pop culture, well, two words: "American Idol."

      If we have plenty to anguish over, the redemptive power of anguishing has been the emotional premise behind the blues for a century. Emotionally speaking, whatever its market share, the music of such artistic giants as Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker has as much meaning today as it ever has. A formal recognition of this essential American cultural form is long overdue.

      Several ambitious projects celebrating the heritage of the blues are scheduled in 2003, including showcase concerts, record and DVD releases, and a touring exhibit, "Sweet Home Chicago," which will debut at Seattle's Experience Music Project.

      Topping the list is "The Blues," a long-awaited, seven-part PBS series scheduled to air in the fall, a la "Ken Burns Jazz." Martin Scorsese is the executive producer, with episodes directed by such eminent filmmakers as Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis and Clint Eastwood.

      Whatever spin they put on the music's history, it's all there in the words. The great bluesmen served witness to the trials of their own time, and they didn't expect much in the way of improvement.

      Years before the Rolling Stones expressed the modern ennui, Muddy Waters sang "I Can't Be Satisfied." And he didn't even live long enough to see the ever-expanding wasteland of cable television.

      Elmore James wrote "The Sky Is Crying" for a lost love, but they'll be singing it in Baghdad soon.

      T-Bone Walker was lovesick too, declaring "I'm About to Lose My Mind." At least he didn't have to contend with telemarketers, spam e-mail or cell phones that ring to the tune of "Like a Virgin."

      And Sonny Boy Williamson might have been thinking about any number of people -- Di's butler, Linda Tripp, Kato Kaelin -- when he warned, "Don't start me to talkin'/ I'll tell everything I know."

      "How many more years?" the late Howlin' Wolf wanted to know. If he was looking for some acknowledgment for the blues, this is the one. If he was searching for reasons to be optimistic, he undoubtedly knew better.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1979 Aerosmith plays in Indianapolis IN at Market Square Arena

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Providence RI at the Civic Center (David Johansen opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Augusta ME at the Civic Center

      1989 Aerosmith plays in Springfield MA at the Civic Center (Skid Row opens); Sebastian Bach from Skid Row throws a bottle back at a fan

      1998 Aerosmith plays in East Rutherford NJ at Continental Airlines Arena (Candlebox opens); Mia joins Steven onstage for Pink

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

Argent - The Argent Anthology (1969-1974)
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

News as of December 26, 2002
  • Cowboy Mach Bell gig
      ROCK OUT 2002
      singer with LMS, JPP, Thundertrain
      lead guitar for Talas, Edgar Winter, Cher
      Rock Jam and PARTY
      THIS SUNDAY 12/29/02
      On the Pier
      Pacific Coast Highway & Torrance

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1970 Aerosmith plays in Littleton NH at The Galleon

      1978 "Live Bootleg" is certified Platinum

      1979 Aerosmith plays in Chicago IL at the Chicago Amphitheater

  • Patricia Schenck's.. Christmas Eve.. in AeroHistory
      A few days late but... Dec. 24 on this day in AeroHistory:

      1972 Aerosmith plays at K-K-K-Katy's in Boston, MA with Sadbird

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

Jukka Tolonen - Impressions (1977)
nice instrumental music with some great guitar work from Tolonen!

News as of December 23, 2002
  • AF1 has made another mistake...
      In the AeroForceOne calendar 2003, they list Steven's birthday as March 23, not the 26th

  • Liv Tyler on Letterman (#2)
      Adding another little something regarding when Liv appeared on Letterman Friday night...

      Whenever Liv comes on, Dave always has pictures of Steven to show her. One of the pictures he showed was from a concert, where Steven is kind of crouching and you can see Tom Hamilton staring off into space. Dave says, "Here's daddy at work!" Liv looks at the picture and asks "what's Tom doing?" Dave replies, "He doesn't know" and Liv went on laughing about the look on Tom's face.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith plays in Boston, MA at K-K-K-Katy's with Sadbird

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

Paul Rodgers - Now (1997)
True, the music on this latter-day solo record, may not be very original, and it may lack songs with the true hit potential of what he did in '70's, during his years in Free and Bad Company. Still, when Paul Rodgers (IMHO one of the greatest singers of all time) steps up to the mike, and the music is as great as it is here, it's just makes for some wonderful listening! Paul Rodgers vocals sounds as great as ever, and the music is very much in the same vein as what he used to do in Bad Company and Free. Simply put, this is GREAT ROCK MUSIC!

News as of December 22, 2002
  • Happy Birthday, Mia!
      Mia Tyler turns 24 today. Happy Birthday!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at K-K-K-Katy's with Sadbird

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Largo MD at the Capital Center (Golden Earring opens)

      1978 Mia Abigail Tyler is born

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX at The Summit (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1989 Aerosmith plays in Richmond VA at Richmond Coliseum (Skid Row opens)

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

Peter Hammill - In Camera (1974)

News as of December 21, 2002
  • Liv Tyler on Letterman
      Liv was on Letterman tonight. Sounds like her and daddy and Tyler gang are going skiing for New Years. Dave also showed the pic of Steven as Santa with the blondes that I posted here months ago..Liv...was was THAT from LOL.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at K-K-K-Katy's with Sadbird

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Largo MD at Capital Center (Golden Earring opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in St. Petersburg FL at Bayfront Coliseum (Black N'Blue opens)

      1989 Aerosmith plays in Norfolk VA at Scope Arena (Skid Row opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Wichita KS at Kansas Coliseum

      2002 Aerosmith plays the last show of the tour in Washington DC DC at the MCI Center (Andrew W.K. opens)

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

Jimi Hendrix - The Best Of Jimi Hendrix

News as of December 20, 2002
  • Elvis Lives TV Special to Re-Air on VH1 and CMT
      If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to tune in to "Elvis Lives." This Saturday, Dec. 21, "Elvis Lives" will air on cable music channel VH1 at 1:30 PM and again at 10 PM. VH1 has scheduled a second air date for Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 8 PM. Country Music Television (CMT)will air the special Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 or 9 PM (Check local listings and cable schedule to confirm).

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at K-K-K-Katy's with Sadbird

      1975 Aerosmith plays in San Diego CA at the Sports Arena

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Orlando FL at the Civic Center (Black N'Blue opens)

      1989 Aerosmith plays in Roanoke VA at the Civic Center (Skid Row opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Oklahoma City OK at Myriad Convention Center

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

Caravan - Where But For Caravan Would I? An Anthology (1968-1975)

News as of December 19, 2002
  • Article in NY Post Regarding Gun/Backstage Allegations
      December 18, 2002

      The NYPD inspector under investigation for allegedly helping Aerosmith rockers Steve Tyler and Joe Perry get gun licenses was placed on modified duty yesterday, officials said.

      Inspector Bernard Petrofsky, former head of the NYPD License Division, was assigned to desk duty - and his gun and badge were taken away - after the department filed 10 charges against him in connection with the case, which was first reported last month by The Post.

      Petrofsky, a respected veteran who's now assigned to the Intelligence Division, is accused of awarding the rock stars licenses when they may not have deserved them, and inappropriately accepting backstage passes to an Aerosmith concert last winter.

      He is also suspected of making a "false statement" in connection with the internal probe.

      Petrofsky has denied the allegations.

      While most insiders believe the offenses, at most, were lapses in judgment, he may face harsh penalties if convicted, because of his rank and the fact that the License Division has been beset by past misconduct.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1979 Aerosmith plays in Birmingham AL at the Jefferson Civic Coliseum

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Ft. Lauderdale FL at the Sunrise Entertainment Center

      1994 Aerosmith plays at the opening of Mama Kins Music Hall in Boston MA

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Washington DC at the MCI Arena (Candlebox opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at First Union Center (Andrew W.K. opens)

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Vintersorg - Ödemarkens Son (1999)
Ödemarkens Son ("Son of the Wilderness") is a fine album, a nice homage to the beauty and majesty of the nature in the north of Sweden. Vintersorg ("Winter Sorrow," it's a stage name, you see) is a quite good composer, I think, and I really like the overall sound of this album. The Swedish folk influence isn't quite as prominent as I'd like, but it's definitely there. This together with his poetic Swedish lyrics (sadly he has started singing in English on albums released after this one), containing mostly nature romantic celebrations, definitely makes this album a nice listen. The thing I mainly feel bring this album down a bit, is the harsh growling (i.e. as in death/black metal) vocals that he tends to use every once in a while. Vintersorg's clean voice is alot more pleasant and much better suited for this type of music. It's also a shame that the enchanting female vocals and violins of Cia Hedmark isn't used to a larger extent, as those definitely add to the nice folk feel of the music, in the spots where they do appear. A little less extreme metal and a little more folk (take out some of the overly fast black metal-like drums, and add even more acoustic guitar and piano, for example) and this would have been a truly fantastic album. As it is, it's only.. well, OK, it's still really, really great! =)

News as of December 18, 2002
  • The two versions of "Misery"
      Lauren reports:

      I've actually known about those two different versions of Misery with Pink and Steven for quite a while now. You see, I originally downloaded the version with less Steven from Aerocanal. A few months ago, I actually bought Pink's Missundaztood album just for kicks and the version of Misery on the actual album I have is the one with more vocals by Steven. So of course I was confused, and curious... and decided to ask around. From what I've heard, some people have a Missundaztood album that has the less Steven version of Misery, and some people have the album with more. So I think there's just two different versions of the album out there. That the first couple million had the less Steven version, and the recent ones they've been putting out have more Steven on the Misery track. Why, I have no idea. Personally, I love hearing as much Steven as possible, so I applaud the decision to release the version where he sings more on the song. Whoever decided it... I imagine a big fan of Pink would probably know what's up here, but I don't know.


      Lyrics from

      Artist : Pink
      Song : Misery
      Album : Missundaztood
      Submitted by : Cindy
      Corrected by : Danielle

      Shadows are fallin' all over town
      Another night and these blues got me down
      Oh misery ... I sure could use some company

      Steven Tyler:
      Since he's been gone I ain't been the same
      I carry the weight like an old ball and chain
      Guess it's all meant to be ... for love to cause me misery

      Pink & Steven Tyler:
      Oh, misery ... Oh, misery ...
      Tell me, why does my heart

      Make a fool of me?
      Seems it's my destiny,
      for love to cause me misery

      Pink & Steven Tyler:
      And Oh, I've been down this road before
      where the passion it turns into pain
      And each time I saw love walk out the door
      I swore I'd never get caught again

      But ain't it true ... It takes what it takes
      And sometimes, we get too smart too late

      Steven Tyler:
      One more heartache for me

      Pink & Steven Tyler:
      Another night in misery

      Pink & Steven Tyler:
      Misery ... Misery ...

      Tell me, why does my heart make a fool of me?

      Pink & Steven Tyler
      Misery ... Misery ...
      Tell me, why does my heart make a fool of me?

      Seems it's my destiny,
      for love to cause misery

      Steven Tyler In The Backround
      Misery... Misery...

      Guess it's all meant to be,
      for love to cause me misery

  • Van Andel Arena Review
      Still Got It Goin' On: Yes, Aerosmith is a sellout again; yes, the fans go wild

      Monday, December 16, 2002
      By Curt Wozniak
      The Grand Rapids Press

      Aerosmith is a band with so many monster hits, coming up with a corny word play based on one of their song titles with which to open a review of their Sunday night performance at the Van Andel Arena was almost too easy.

      After over 30 years together, would the Bad Boys from Boston be a little "Jaded"? Or has their "Train Kept A-Rollin'" all these years?

      Take your pick, but besides making it entirely too easy for this reviewer to sound awfully cheesy, Aerosmith's vast catalog of hits also contains the promise of one heckuva fun show. And as they proved Sunday, the band certainly knows "What It Takes" (I swear, that's the last of them) to deliver on that promise.

      Aerosmith treated the sold-out Van Andel Arena crowd to a 20-song, two-hour cavalcade of chart toppers. From the bluesy rockers of the band's early days in the 1970s, to polished radio ballads from recent years, front man Steven Tyler and company turned in a powerful show that ticked off just about every box on the checklist of what a great rock concert needs to contain.

      Lots of big amps. Check. A great light show. Check. Sing-along choruses. Check. With the exception of pyrotechnics, you name it, and Aerosmith brought it Sunday night -- and did so with more energy (the ever-stony Brad Whitford on guitar as the only exception) than most bands half their age.

      To open the show, Tyler, bassist Tom Hamilton, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarists Joe Perry and Whitford made their way through the audience to a stage set up in the center of the arena floor.

      Packed onto that tight performance space, Aerosmith served up hot versions of "Toys in the Attic" and "Love in an Elevator," the latter drawn out and spiffed up so much, it would have made a satisfying encore. After the band put that much into a song so early in the show, it was clear that Sunday's concert would be something special.

      Some of the most special moments included "Sweet Emotion," which Perry's guitar dissected with the precision and force of a brain surgeon armed with a chain saw, "Dream On," which Tyler sang perfectly (hitting all the high notes) from the mini stage in the center of the arena floor, and "Pink," which was the showpiece of the set.

      It's even hard not to like the band's novelty songs like "Big Ten Inch Record" and "Falling In Love (Is Hard on the Knees)," which can get annoying in their tiresome adolescence, when Tyler delivers them with such personality.

      Speaking of personality, Perry, Whitford and Hamilton showcased a parade of beautiful guitars throughout the night, including a Gibson hollow body with what appeared to be a supermodel's picture airbrushed onto it Perry lugged out for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

      I thought about that concept for a moment, looking around at the sea of female fans lusting over these guys and concluded that whether or not the woman on the guitar was a supermodel, she was probably Perry's girlfriend. There's no such thing as an unattainable woman when you're Joe Perry.

      Women love them. Men want to be like them. Aerosmith really is what classic rock 'n' roll is all about. If there was any question prior to Sunday night, by the time the band wrapped up "Walk the Way," the third song of the band's three-song encore, the Van Andel Arena was full of thousands of exhausted, confetti-covered witnesses whose testimony could clear up any doubt.

      Andrew W.K. opens

      The 12 songs on Andrew W.K.'s grab-you-by-the-throat-and-shake-you debut album "I Get Wet" sound like they were custom designed for the big arena stage. Fist-pumpin' beats back shout-along choruses on every cut.

      Opening for Aerosmith Sunday night put the 23-year-old Los Angeles native (who, incidentally, was raised in Ypsilanti, Mich.) on that big arena stage in front of a big arena audience that included, he was proud to mention, his parents. It was the perfect vehicle for W.K.'s party rock.

      Picking standouts from his energetic set is hard, since most of his songs run together as variations on the party hard theme, but it might take a crowbar to dislodge "She Is Beautiful" and "I Love New York City" from my mind after hearing W.K. perform those catchy tunes.

      If the rock musician thing doesn't work out, perhaps W.K. could look into becoming a fitness instructor. Two songs into his set, W.K.'s back was soaking with sweat by the second song of his set. Andrew W.K. goes nuts on stage and while his raw performance lacked the polish of veteran rockers Aerosmith, I hope he never loses that quality.

      Steven Tyler has big lips. Andrew W.K. is a nut. Everybody's got a gift to share with the world.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1979 Aerosmith plays in Atlanta GA at The Omni

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Lakeland FL at Lakeland Civic Center (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Ft. Lauderdale FL at the Sunrise Entertainment Center Black N'Blue opens)

      1991 Fire destroys a portion of Steven's home in MA

      1994 Aerosmith plays the last show of the Get A Grip tour in Albany NY at Knickerbocker Arena (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in San Antonio TX at the Alamo Dome

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Caravan - Where But For Caravan Would I? An Anthology (1968-1975)

News as of December 17, 2002
  • Pink's "Misery" with even more Tyler on it!
      There's apparently a version of "Misery" with even more Tyler vocals than the one off of her album. I think the original is great, but this is even better! You must listen to this!

      It can be downloaded from the news section of Kuba Cichocki's site, Also, thanks to Pandora from Poland for this audio file!

      Anyone know where this version originates from?!

  • Aerosmith spottings in Michigan, as per "Arabitas93"
      The band stayed at a hotel in dowtown Birmingham, MI. I had a chance to see a funny Steven Tyler. He had tickets to see the movie "The Ring," but arrived late, so he and his wife were literally sprinting across the street and into the theater. They had time, however, to get two huge buckets of popcorn. On top of that, Joe Perry went to the Detroit Red Wings game.

  • Shakira, the goddess keeps honoring Aerosmith!
      Ben reports that Shakira sung "Dude" at the Wembely Arena (England) last night, and gave quite a good performance. Much better than at MTV Icons, which to be fair was poor. Steven is mentioned in her official programme, and it also says that Aerosmith were an influence for her!

  • JDK's opinion of JD as possible producer of next CD
      Posted on BUDS this morning. Leash wrote to Kalodner after Mark's infamous article came out is what she wrote and John's reply:

      I sent John Kalodner an email when we heard that Jack Douglas was the producer for the "blues" album...just to see if he could confirm it was true, well here is his reply...

      Hi Alesia and thank you for your e-mail, I know Jack Douglas is being considered by the band for their blues album to be recorded in the Winter of 2003. Even though he's a great producer and produced so many of their classic songs, I don't think he's the best choice to do the record. I would suggest Rick Rubin, who has the same passion as Jack Douglas, but may have a fresher approach to their interpretation of the blues. But, it's up to the band, and certainly Jack Douglas is a lovely and talented man.


      How surprising, Kalodner want a producer more likely to push the band to make commercial music, who could have guessed..? ;-)

  • Tori Amos
      Tori Amos covered "Dream On" at a show once, some info about it can be found at


      Performed acapella by Tori & MTV VJ, Jesse Camp, on MTVLive 4/24/98 during an interview with Carson Daly.

      Also performed as a "piano lesson" with Peter Imhoff (interviewer) on piano during "Live aus Berlin" on MTV Central, November 2, 1999.
      P: And have you ever thought about becoming a piano teacher?
      T: No, not until this moment. (smiles)
      P: Maybe you can show me some easy...
      T: I'll show you something easy OK? So, you wanna do octaves with you left hand because it makes things just a little fuller and bigger (puts his left hand on the keys). So, F, twice - and then here, just one hand here (moves his fingers around and it starts to sound like the melody she's humming). OK ready? Slow it down. (she begins to sing Dream On). Here are the lyrics...(sings)...OK, we'll stop here.
      P: Oh thank you. I can play the piano! Thanks a lot Tori.

      "Obviously, you don't do something that doesn't speak to you. But there are things that have influenced me which I stay away from because I know I don't have the right read on them." Such as? "'Dream On' by Aerosmith, but I don't know. My Like A Virgin cover really shouldn't get out, although..."
      -- Tori; L.A. Weekly, Sept 17, 1998

  • Article from PA Radio Station Site
      Aerosmith Still In The Saddle For New Album In 2003 Dec 16 - 9:54am

      Currently in the last week of a world tour that began in the spring of 2001, Aerosmith is eyeballing a spring start to the recording of its next album. The quintet has revealed that it's planning a return to its roots, taking on blues and blues-based rock songs that are among its influences.

      However, guitarist Brad Whitford says the final product will not necessarily

      be a covers album:
      "People are actually calling it a blues album--how it'll really turn out, 'course, is always a surprise for everybody, us included. We're actually gonna sit down and, and be playing a lot of our favorite blues songs to kind of start off with, and maybe doing some covers, and also seeing what develops as we do that. And normally in that process, we start to create some of our own ideas."

      Jack Douglas, who produced Aerosmith albums including Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic, and Rocks, will be working with the band on the new album. Douglas is also in the midst of making a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of Toys In The Attic.

      Aerosmith next performs Tuesday (December 17) in State College, Pennsylvania.


  • PA Paper Article
      Posted on Fri, Dec. 13, 2002
      Aerosmith coming to Bryce Jordan Center

      Aerosmith Band members: Steven Tyler, vocals; Joe Perry, guitar; Brad Whitford, guitar; Tom Hamilton, bass; Joey Kramer, drums

      CDs: Including "O Yeah! The Ultimate Aerosmith Hits," 2002, "Just Push Play," 2001; "A Little South of Sanity," 1998; "Nine Lives," 1997


      Details: Thirty years is a lifetime in the notoriously short careers of most groups. As Aerosmith hits this enviable anniversary, the band seems to be enjoying a look back.

      A new best-of CD, "O Yeah! The Ultimate Aerosmith Hits," focuses on the group's music, providing a career-spanning overview of the most popular tunes from the band's tumultuous history.

      Meanwhile a new VH1 "Behind The Music" special goes beyond Aerosmith's music to examine the off-stage trials, tribulations and triumphs of the group.

      Though few bands have had as much dirty laundry aired in the media, drummer Joey Kramer said he wasn't overlooking the significance of the "Behind The Music" show when the group filmed it.

      "It was a big deal, and there's always stuff you never let out to the public," he said. "It's not different things that were never covered before. It just went into greater depth about a lot of things."

      After becoming one of the biggest hard rock groups going behind such mid-1970s albums as "Toys In the Attic" and "Rocks," internal tensions and drug and alcohol problems fractured the band.

      By 1979, guitarist Joe Perry (who was singer Steven Tyler's songwriting partner) left to start his own group, the Joe Perry Project. In 1981 guitarist Brad Whitford exited as well.

      By all appearances, Aerosmith had wasted a bright future. But in the mid-1990s, the original lineup reunited. More importantly Tyler and Perry entered rehab, and the band as a whole cleaned up their act and prepared to record the 1987 CD, "Permanent Vacation."

      "In the '70s, when we first got together, radio did not want to hear guitar music, anything blues-based, loud, crunchy music," Hamilton said. "But then we came through the punk and the new wave era, and rock music, guitar music, started to become a lot more mainstream. ...

      "Now the thing that it had to be, though, was they had to be lush sounding," Hamilton added. "They couldn't be too aggressive and threatening. And we definitely, we've always had a softer, melodic side. If you listen to 'Rocks' and 'Toys In the Attic,' there are piano ballads. That aspect of it just kind of stood out and became something that all of a sudden mainstream radio was interested in playing."

      So it's no coincidence that "Permanent Vacation," was defined by radio hits like "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)," "Rag Doll" and "Angel" that turned the CD into a multi-platinum smash.

      The hit singles and platinum-selling CDs have kept coming ever since, as the releases that have followed -- "Pump," "Get a Grip," "Nine Lives" and "Just Push Play" -- have cemented Aerosmith's position into one of rock's most enduring acts.


  • Liv really is just one of the guys

      Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler has turned her back on the celebrity lifestyle and become a member of a working men's club.

      Liv turned up at the club in Yorkshire wearing a pair of muddy wellies.

      And to celebrate her new membership, the 25-year-old even gets the beers in for the locals.

      Liv, who plays elf princess Arwen in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, felt so at home at the New Headingly Social Club in Leeds that she signed up.

      'Always buys a round'

      And locals got an even bigger surprise when she turned up with her pal Kate Moss.

      One regular told the Daily Star newspaper: "Liv's a lovely, down-to-earth girl - and she always buys a round.

      "It's a quiet place. We don't have any music but we have snooker tables, darts, doms and cards.

      "The only problem is it's a little harder to concentrate on your doms when Liv walks in."

      New pad

      Liv was introduced to the club by her Leeds-born fiance, Royston Langdon, singer with band Spacehog.

      Royston's father, Chester, has long been a member of the club.

      The daughter of Aerosmith's Steve Tyler and model Bebe Buell has just bought a £2.5m pad in New York.

      Membership at the club is £3 a year.

      The pic posted with the article


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1973 Aerosmith begins recording "Get Your Wings" in New York City NY at Record Plant Studios

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Jacksonville FL at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at First Union Corestates Arena (Candlebox opens)

      2001 Aerosmith cancels their show in Cleveland OH at Gund Arena

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Penn State PA at Bryce Jordan Center (Andrew W.K. opens)

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Fläsket Brinner - Fläsket (1972)
Pink w/ Steven Tyler - "Misery" (w/ less Tyler)
Pink w/ Steven Tyler - "Misery" (w/ more Tyler)

News as of December 16, 2002
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1979 Aerosmith plays in Charlotte NC at Charlotte Coliseum

      1994 Steven appears with Ray Tabano's band in Boston MA

      1994 Aerosmith plays in East Rutherford NJ at Brendan Byrne Arena (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Anaheim CA at Arrowhead Pond

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Symphony X - V (2000)

News as of December 15, 2002
  • People Magazine
      There is a fairly good sized picture of Steven Tyler on page 86 of the latest issue of People magazine.

  • Billboard Chart report, by Alex Ross
      This week, "Oh Yeah- Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" gains almost 40 spots on the Billboard Charts to come in at #123 with roughly 16,200 in sales. (sales up 3000 from last week)

      It has sold almost 650,000 copies. It might even break back into the top 100 next week, which would be cool. I imagine Tyler and Perry's appearance on the Billboard Awards has/will help.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1973 Aerosmith appears on the American Bandstand TV show in Hollywood CA at ABC Studios

      1979 Aerosmith plays in Greensboro NC at Greensboro Coliseum

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Atlanta GA at The Omni (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1989 Aerosmith plays in Charleston WV at the Civic Center (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum (Jackyl opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Cleveland OH at Gund Arena (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith cancels their show in Moline IL at Mark of the Quad Cities

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Grand Rapids MI at Van Andel Arena (Andrew W.K. opens)

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Megadeth - Rust In Peace (1990)

News as of December 14, 2002
  • Liv to get married
      Leeds wedding for Liv
      Tyler to tie the knot up north
      It's a long way from Hollywood to Headingly, but it seems that Liv Tyler and her Leeds-born fiance Royston Langley, the lead singer with The Space Hog, are planning on getting wed in his home town in the summer. Tyler, who plays Arwen in The Lord Of The Rings, refused to tell journalists at the premier of The Two Towers when and where the nuptials will take place, although she did let slip that she wants a traditional white wedding. Her man was a little more forthcoming, though, and with typical Yorkshire directness told journalists that 'it looks like it will be late August.' And where? 'We plan to get married in Yorkshire,' he admitted. What on earth Liv's dad, Aerosmith front man Steve Tyler, will make of Leeds is anyone's guess.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1997 Aerosmith plays in Las Vegas NV at the MGM Grand Garden (Talk Show opens); LeAnn Rimes introduces Pink

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Spiritualized - live at Berns, Stockholm, Sweden 2002-02-24

News as of December 13, 2002
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1982 Aerosmith plays in Columbus OH at the Ohio Center (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Dallas TX at Reunion Arena (Black N'Blue opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Madison WI at Dane County Expo Center (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Toronto, Ontario Canada at The Skydome (Jackyl opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Huntington WV at Huntington Civic Center (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith cancels their show in Kansas City MO at Kemper Arena

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Detroit MI at the Joe Louis Arena (Andrew W.K. opens)

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Peter Jöback - en julkonsert
A christmas concert that's on TV right now, with the very popular Swedish singer Peter Jöback. He's tried to be come a pop star lately, and his solo music that I've heard is awful. He has a really great singing voice however, when he use it right. He has mostly done musicals, and that's what he does best, I guess.. well, that and stuff like this... as I said, Good vocalist!

News as of December 12, 2002
  • John B's Report of today (w/ some interesting Brad-news)
      12.12.02 John B's Report - December and Beyond - Fort Wayne Indiana

      Fort Wayne Indiana:
      Fresh off the Thanksgiving break we headed to FW the afternoon of the show. On the way from the plane to the gig Tom and Joe were reminiscing about how many times they played at this particular venue. It's weird because for them walking into an old venue like the Memorial Coliseum must be like walking through he halls of your old high school for you and me. It turned out to be a great show and a great crowd and the debut of Andrew WK.

      Andrew WK hit the stage and the place was like, What the F*&K! Who is this guy? But, by the end of the set he got the crowd on his side. He has been doing that in every city. I have a feeling he is going to go over well in Detroit. I hear he's a nice guy and signs autographs and talks to fans at a T-shirt booth after his show. You can also find him by the side of the stage with the rest of his band checking out Aerosmith every night.

      Memphis: Memphis is one of my favorite cities. We always have a ball in Memphis and this trip was no different. I mentioned a while back that at the Sacramento show Elvis's old tour manager and friend Joe Esposito came to the show with his family and chatted with the guys for a little bit before the show. Well, Joe Perry invited Joe Esposito to come out to Memphis and hang out for a few days. Well, he did and Joe P. and I went to Graceland the day after the show for a private tour. As you guys might have heard the story that Joe was at Graceland the day Big E died and he tried to revive the King but to no avail. It was pretty eerie walking through the house with a guy that lived there for a period of time. It was the 10th visit to Graceland between us it this was by far the most informative tour we have taken of the old shack.

      Earlier in the day we hit Cozy Corner Ribs for a "lite" lunch before the tour. If you’re in the area check them out. Try the cornish game hen.

      This is another weird thing that happened in Memphis. I was walking out of the hotel with Steven and Kripa (Steven's assistant) that same day of the Graceland tour. It was around midnight and we were just out for a stroll. We turned the corner on Beale street and you could hear this blues music coming from BB King's Blues Club. As we get closer you can see and hear the band playing in the window. I said wow these guys sound great and Steven said yeah and the guy in the middle looks a little like Brad Whitford. Well, as you guessed it! It was Brad and he had been going down to that same club and jamming with The BB King All Stars for 3 nights in a row. We stood by the window and caught the last song before closing. Brad is slippery and you never know where he will end up in any given town.

      Wichita is another place where the band hit in the early years of touring. The place was packed and the people were nuts and had a ball. After the gig we went straight to Denver.

      Denver is a really cool city. On Saturday they had "the Festival of lights." It was a parade that went right by our hotel. It kept the band pretty much confined to the hotel until things quieted down. After that Joey, Steven and their security guard Donnie went to the movies. (Sorry, slow news day guys).

      I just heard that the movie Brad is in called, "This Thing of Ours" is slated to be released nationwide in the early part of the year. Brad has a small but powerful part of a wise guy who ends up on the wrong side of a bottle. I'm told it's a kind of new age mafia movie that stars James Caan, Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore, Good Fella Frank "Go get your F'N Shinebox" Vincent and Pat Cooper. Joe Perry contributes a couple of instrumentals to the soundtrack as does Vindaloo Music's main man Mike Verge who penned the tune "Connected" for the flick.

      Next week I'll fill you in on the Billboard Awards and Detroit Rock City.

      --John B

  • Steven's (legal) last name
      If anyone has the large Hotwheels "Crew's Choice" Aerosmith car, on the back of the box amongst the "legal" notices it reads (in part):

      "Use of the name, likeness and/or image of Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, A. Joseph Perry, Steven Tallarico p/k/a Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford, collectively professionally known as "Aerosmith" (the "Artist"), and/or trademarks"...

      I'm assuming p/k/a would be "Professionally Known As" so I guess all his kids would be Tallarico's unless they decide to take "Tyler" as their professional names, which (as we all know) Liv & Mia have.

  • Minneapolis, MN Review
      Posted on Wed, Dec. 11, 2002
      CONCERT REVIEW: Aerosmith proves arena rock lives
      Special to the Pioneer Press

      There is no way veteran rockers Aerosmith could top their concert-of-the-year performance at Target Center last year, right? Wrong.

      On Tuesday night, a packed Target Center crowd of hip youngsters and burnt-out fogies alike once again witnessed why the Boston bad boys are considered one of the last of the pure rock and roll groups, left over from a time when seeing a concert meant seeing a rock spectacle and not a marketing gimmick.

      They witnessed that arena rock is actually not dead, but alive and kicking. They witnessed why a group of rock Hall of Famers in their 50s has been able to not only survive, but thrive for 35 years. They witnessed the energy, the screams, the high-octane music, the fireworks, the sexiness and the passion that have come to define Aerosmith - and they loved every minute.

      It's only too bad it couldn't last longer than two hours. The band members made their entrance through the crowd, a move unheard of in this day of grabbing hands and worse. They opened up with one of their first hits, "Toys in the Attic," a throwback to their garage-band days,

      Aerosmith has always had a reputation for its tight performance (the benefit of working together for all these years), and each band member played his role perfectly, creating an exciting chemistry that worked through both the hard rockers like "Love in an Elevator," "Livin' on the Edge" and last year's hit "Jaded," and the slower ballads like "Cryin' " and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

      But the main focus is, and always has been, ace guitarist Joe Perry and the excitable Steven Tyler, a tandem that sometimes puts legends like Jagger/Richards to shame. While these two may be polar opposites in the real world, once the lights come up their brotherhood of rock can ignite a crowd. Tuesday's show proved no different, with the two playing off each other regularly.

      Perry even briefly took center stage, ripping through a blues segment that showed why he's one of today's best axmen. But Tyler's interaction with the band and the crowd, including slapping hands, pulling girls on stage to dance, and handing out kisses galore, not to mention his pelvic thrusts and raw dancing, showed why he's the frontman.

      Opener and hyped-up metal head Andrew W.K. proved his status as one-hit wunderkind with a barely audible set that did little to move the crowd until he played his party anthem, "Party Hard." Luckily, Aerosmith provided enough juice of its own right from the get-go.


  • Aero in Correio da Manhã
      The portuguese newspaper "Correio da Manhã" had this in yesterday's edition...

      It says:
      BILLBOARD AWARDS: American magazine Billboard awarded its music awards on a show in MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, USA, with numerous stars attending. Among them was the rock band Aerosmith, who together with rappers Nelly (left) and Ja Rule, payed homage to Jam Master Hay, the Run DMC musitian murdered last October, with whom they recorded a version of the successful "Walk This Way".

  • Liv article and pictures
      LIV IN BEST OF ELF Dec 12 2002
      Fans gasp at sexy Two Towers star

      LIV Tyler left fans gasping as she arrived at the London premiere of the new The Lord of the Rings movie.

      But admirers had missed out on the real showstopper.

      That came at the Paris premiere the night before when she wore a stunning low- cut gown.

      However, Liv, who plays elf Arwen in the latest instalment The Two Towers, was blown away by the reception she got at the Odeon Leicester Square.

      The star said: "That's the most people I've ever heard screaming my name in my life - I can't take it all in."

      Tyler is to marry her British rock star boyfriend next year. Royston Langdon, singer with Spacehog, said: "I guess it's going to be 2003, maybe in the late summer."

      However, Live remained coy as she said: "It's none of your business."

      The actress, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler, headed a glittering guest list of stars at the launch of the fantasy epic.

      Cate Blanchett, another elf princess called Galadriel, dazzled in a white Versace knee- length dress and matching jacket as she made her late entrance for the crowd of 4000.

      The Aussie star had not seen the movie beforehand. She makes only the briefest of appearances: "I think it's about 60 seconds actually.

      "I've seen absolutely nothing so I'm really excited. It's a surreal dream. It's a historic film and it's never going to happen like this again."

      Models Nell McAndrew, Sophie Anderton, and Emma Noble joined Scots actor Billy Boyd - who plays the hobbit Pippin - at the premiere.



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  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Montreal, Quebec Canada at The Forum

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Huntington VA at the Huntington Civic Center (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX

      1987 Aerosmith plays in St. Paul MN at the Civic Center (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Buffalo NY at Memorial Auditorium (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in San Diego CA at Cox Arena (Talk Show opens)

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Funkservice International - live at Pinkerton, Skellefteå, Sweden 2002-02-08
The Gypsy Sons Of Magic - live at Pinkerton, Skellefteå, Sweden 2002-02-09
Two gigs with local "demo bands" recorded during the "Popstad" weekend in Skellefteå last winter. I taped these when they were aired on national Swedish radio the day before yesterday. Funkservice International turned out to be a positive surprise. Having seen them described as "dance music," I wasn't expecting them to fit my taste, but with plenty of jazz elements and a really organic sound, they impressed me greatly. The Gypsy Sons Of Magic is a band I've seen live many times, and that I know are great. I saw this particular show in person too. Now, The Gypsy Sons Of Magic play great rock music with a definite retro feeling. They both look and sound like they could be from some time in the early '70's or late '60's. A bunch of long-haired hippies playing hard rock. Great band! These guys has to get signed soon, I need them to get an album out. I need to get all those great songs on CD! At this particular gig, a fairly short one, they played these songs: "High Fidelity Children", "Break Of Day", "The Journey", "The Traveller" and the two-part epic, "Fantasy World." All awesome songs!
Camel - Mirage (1974)

News as of December 11, 2002
  • Next Aerosmith tour to go OzzFest-style...
      NEWS - Aerosmith Contemplating OzzFest-Style Tour For 2003

      (12/11/02, 10 a.m. ET) -- Aerosmith has just a few dates left on its current tour, which kicked off in the summer of 2001. The Boston group will be recording a new album in 2003--possibly a collection of blues covers--but it also plans to be out on the road again next summer.

      Guitarist Brad Whitford tells LAUNCH that it won't just be another round of touring, as the band has some pretty big plans. "We're looking at going out again next summer, but we kinda want to do something a little different, and maybe put on our own event. We're looking at doing something more like an OzzFest-type thing, and making much more of an event out of it, rather than just what we've been doing the past couple of years. That's something we're trying to put together, and we'll see what happens with that."

      Whitford says it's too early to identify any bands that might be on an Aerosmith festival bill.

      The group next plays Friday (December 13) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

      -- Gary Graff, Detroit


  • Check it out...
      Found at the AF1 site, it's Tom's new adventure...

      Cecilia reports: "This isn't really new. He's been involved in this for a year now. He was on a radio interview here last December and the rest of the band got him to tell the DJ what his new business was. "

  • Denver Post Article 12/06/02
      Aerosmith (the original) unites for tour, CD
      By G. Brown
      Denver Post Popular Music Writer

      Friday, December 06, 2002 - The original lineup that cut the very first Aerosmith album back in 1973 is still intact. Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums) have not only torn up the rule book on the limits of human toxicology, they've survived and thrived.

      The bad boys from Boston - OK, they're middle-aged rockers now - are on a four-month tour, including a date at Pepsi Center on Sunday, in support of "O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits." It's a two-CD set stuffed with hits from the band's years on both Geffen and Columbia Records, from early classics ("Mama Kin," "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion") to more recent favorites ("Janie's Got a Gun" "Livin' on the Edge," "Just Push Play") - the hard-rock equivalent of "Elvis 30 #1 Hits."

      "It was tough getting all the people around the table to agree - some of the stuff has been bought and sold three times since it was recorded," Perry said recently. "But they did it. Now everybody benefits."

      On his own, Perry is tasting success with a successful taste - he's hawking Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce.

      "I've always said, 'If you're going to play, play it loud, and if you're going to cook, cook with fire,"' he said with a laugh.

      "I've been a big fan of spicy food for a long time, but I've gone beyond Tabasco. I wanted to get something that I could use every day that wouldn't kill everybody. I occasionally like something super hot, but I think it kills the flavor of whatever you're eating. This is a good, all-around, everyday sauce. I put it on eggs in the morning and hamburgers at night. That's what I was looking for ...

      "It goes well with BBQ, which is the kind of food I like."

      The hot sauce is made with red habanero peppers, garlic, onions, lime juice, bell peppers, chipotle peppers and salt. Available in supermarkets and niche stores, it's also on the Web sites and for $7.99.

      "Next we'll probably do a XXX version, then a jelly."

      Perry has also started his own imprint, Roman Records, and signed a band from Memphis called the Porch Ghouls.

      "Everything that's good and bad about the industry has happened to this band and a lot of our colleagues - we've all been through the wringer. A lot of the deals out there are designed to screw you. You can give advice to a lot of people, or you can just pick somebody and help guide them along. I hear so many talented musicians and go, 'Well, how come this isn't on a major record label? How come no one's going to hear this?'

      "I found this band and I think they're great. So I got behind them and we're going to give them a national push."

      Perry says Aerosmith has begun recording a new album.

      "Sony has been after us to do a blues-roots record ever since we signed with them," he said. "I think we're ready to do the kind of record that brings it back to where we're all in the studio playing together.

      "I don't think we're going to be sitting around trying to educate people about what the blues is. It's just going to bear our influences in a big way. That's the most accurate way I can put it. Everybody's idea of what an Aerosmith blues record should be is going to be a little different - even the guys in the band have different ideas.

      "A lot of the stuff we wrote when we first got together would fit on a so-called blues album. So we're getting a body of work, some of the classics, some of the obscure ones, and we're going to see what spikes the creativity.

      "It's another challenge for us."

      At 52, Perry shows no signs of slowing down.

      "Everybody's got their own way of doing it. It would be so easy to be a part-timer - we've done it so much. But I love it, and I'm just so lucky to have an understanding family. It's great - the guitars start at the door. When I disappear for hours and then the music starts rumbling from the basement, it's what I'm supposed to be doing. I can't say anybody else in the band is any less committed to playing - it's really about what they deliver on stage. But I just get on these jags and I have to start pulling out the old records

      "What else am I going to do?"

      Aerosmith with Andrew W.K.: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Pepsi Center, $35-$79.50, Ticketmaster


  • New York Post
      Maybe Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has found a new career for when his rockin' days are over.

      Tyler, who guest-starred as Santa Claus on last Friday's Christmas episode of "Lizzie McGuire" (Disney Channel), helped that show average a whopping 3.4 million viewers. That's up over its 2.3 million average and helped "Lizzie" finish first in total viewers and tops in its timeslot (7:30 p.m.) in most major demos. It also matched its best-ever adults 18-49 ratings.

      The episode will be repeated Dec. 22, 24, 25 and Jan. 1.



  • Ratings helped by Steven
      Story Filed: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 4:41 PM EST

      Dec 10, 2002 (CableFAX/PBI Media via COMTEX) -- 4.7 metered-market overnight rating/6.3 share. Pretty strong, though down from the 6.6 metered-market overnight rating/10.3 share "Door-to-Door" earned in July. -- Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire" Christmas episode scored a 2.8 HH rating Friday, making it #1 in its 7:30-8pm time slot vs all basic cable. Special guest Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (who played Santa) helped the show match its best ever rating among 18-49s.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1982 Aerosmith plays in Huntington VA at Huntington Civic Center (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Omaha NE at the Omaha Civic Auditorium (Dokken opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Champaign IL at the U of I Assembly Hall (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith cancels their show in St. Louis MO at the Savvis Center

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Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity (1997)
By far Dream Theater's worst studio effort, but still worth a listen now and then. Hey, it's Dream Theater we're talking about, so it's obviously not a "bad" album. Just not worth a listen as often as their other albums, which are just awesome. Desmond Child co-wrote one song with the band and Kevin Shirley produced the album, so I guess it shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone that comes to this site, that this album turned out to be their most polished and "commercial" (not when it comes to sales, as this is generally regarded as their worst, but in sound...) album ever. OK, maybe those two didn't have that much to do with it, ultimately the bands themselves are responsible for what they put out. No disrespect to "Caveman" either, "Nine Lives" was a great album, and both "By Your Side" and "Brave New World" are fine albums, but let's just say his collaboration with the Theater of Dreams wasn't the finest thing he put his name on...

News as of December 10, 2002
  •'s News Flash e-mail from Yesterday
      Steven and Joe to appear on Billboard Music Awards tonight!

      "Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be joined by Nelly and the St. Lunatics along with Busta Rhymes, DMX, Queen Latifah, Ja Rule and Naughty by Nature for a tribute to Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay. Also, be sure to catch Steven presenting Cher with the Artist Achievement Award. Tune in to the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, tonight on FOX-TV at 8pm EST."

  • The Billboard Show
      Last night (12/09) on the tv channel FOX in the States, was The Billboard Music Awards. Toward the end of the two hour show Steven Tyler came out on stage and introduced Cher, who received a type of life time award. When Tyler came out he spit his gum on the stage. Later in the program Tyler and Perry joined Nelly and the St Lunatics and some other rappers in a little ceremony of songs dedicated to Jam Master Jay. The ceremony ended with Walk This Way. Jam Master Jay's wife came on stage and thanked everyone who performed.

      The tribute started 1:55 minutes into the show, and lasted for 15 minutes. Steven was smiling and having a blast on stage. One of the other highlights was to see Steven and Cher together. He apparently did an amazing job introducing her. You could tell by his facial cues that he was reading it off the teleprompter, but he didn't stumble once.

      There's no question that the highlight of the evening was Walk This Way. Steven and Joe really stood out on stage, and the audience really got into it as soon as they hit the stage. That was easily the most recognized of all the songs that was play during the medley. Steven handled most of the vocals.

  • 9 Aerosmith Photos from Billboard Awards Show

  • Cher, Michael Jackson to be honored at Billboard Awards
      Associated Press
      12/9/2002 12:35 pm

      Chart-topping singers and hip-hop pioneers will be honored at the Billboard Music Awards on Monday night in Las Vegas.

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is scheduled to present Cher with an achievement award and comedian Chris Tucker is to present a special"Thriller"award to Michael Jackson, who is not expected to attend.

      Cedric the Entertainer is hosting the show, to air live on Fox at 8 p.m. EST. The broadcast will be tape-delayed on the West Coast.

      Tyler will join rap stars including Nelly, Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule in a tribute to Run-DMC. The pioneering hip-hop group disbanded last month after DJ Jam Master Jay was shot to death in his New York City recording studio.

      The annual Billboard Awards are determined by the magazine's year-end chart listings, which are based on a combination of record sales and radio airplay

      The show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will begin with a performance by 17-year-old Canadian singer Avril Lavigne. Faith Hill, Justin Timberlake and Creed also will perform.

      Contenders for album of the year include Creed's"Weathered";"The Eminem Show"by Eminem; Nelly's"Nellyville"; and Pink's"M!ssundaztood."Single of the year finalists are"Foolish"by Ashanti;"Hot In Herre"by Nelly;"Dilemma"from Nelly and Kelly Rowland; and"How You Remind Me"from Nickelback.

      Not all awards are to be presented Monday night. Winners in several categories won't be announced until later this month.


  • AP Billboard Article
      R&B newcomer Ashanti, rapper Nelly among top winners at Billboard Awards By ANGIE WAGNER
      The Associated Press
      12/9/02 10:54 PM

      LAS VEGAS (AP) -- R&B newcomer Ashanti made an impressive debut at the Billboard Music Awards, taking home eight awards Monday night while rap star Nelly won honors in six categories. The album of the year went to Eminem for "The Eminem Show."

      Ashanti, 22, was named the year's top female artist, R&B/hip-hop artist and female R&B/hip-hop artist. She also picked up awards for her single "Foolish."

      "It's definitely an honor," the singer said. "It took me such a long time to get me to where I am. I'm just really blessed and thankful."

      Nelly was named 2002's top artist, top male artist and R&B/hip-hop artist. He also won honors for his song "Hot in Herre," which he performed after emerging onstage from a massive replica of a stainless steel oven with flames shooting out of its burners.

      Puddle of Mud became the first group to sweep all four rock awards since U2 did it in 1992 by winning artist of the year, top rock track for "Blurry," modern rock artist and modern rock track.

      Nickelback picked up four awards, including the hot 100 single of the year for "How You Remind Me."

      "I think it was not until it really started climbing up the charts. We all sort of went, 'hey I think we can stop flipping burgers,"' lead singer Chad Kroeger said.

      "The Eminem Show" is the Detroit rapper's third disc. In winning, Eminem beat out Nelly's "Nellyville," Creed's "Weathered" and Pink's "M!ssundaztood."

      The Billboard Awards honor the year's chart-topping artists. Cedric the Entertainer hosted the show, which aired live on Fox except on the West Coast.

      The show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena began with a performance by 17-year-old Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, who had one of the year's biggest hits, "Complicated." Other performers included Faith Hill, Justin Timberlake and Creed, who sang from atop the Stratosphere hotel-casino.

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler presented Cher with an achievement award, and comedian Chris Tucker gave a special "Thriller" award for Michael Jackson, who accepted the honor by satellite.

      "I thank all the people who appreciate my work," Jackson said.

      Tyler joined rap stars, including Nelly Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule, in a tribute to Run-DMC. The pioneering hip-hop group disbanded last month after DJ Jam Master Jay was shot to death in his New York recording studio.

      "I think Run-DMC's greatest achievement was its longevity," said a tearful Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.

      Ashanti, whose singles "Foolish" and "Happy" made her a soul sensation this year, has already been honored as entertainer of the year at the Lady of Soul Awards. She leads the American Music Award nominations with five. Those will be announced Jan. 13.

      The Billboard Awards are determined by the magazine's year-end chart listings, which are based on record sales and airplay. Winners in several categories won't be announced until later this month.


  • Cher Cussing Missed By Censors on East Coast Airing?
      Nelly, St. Louis shine at Billboard Awards
      By Kevin C. Johnson
      Post-Dispatch Pop Music Critic
      12/09/2002 09:06 PM

      Nelly, winner of the Rap artist of the year award, performs at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the 2002 Billboard Music Awards show. (AP)

      The Billboard Music Awards took place live from Las Vegas Monday night on Fox-TV Channel 2, but the telecast had St. Louis written all over it.

      University City native Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) walked in with a whopping ten nominations, the biggest of the night, and grabbed the night's top award, Artist of the Year, besting Eminem, Ashanti, and Creed (Billboard Award winners are determined by CD sales and radio airplay).

      Though Ashanti ultimately carried home more awards -- eight -- it was Nelly's night. Nelly also received Male Artist of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Male Artist of the Year, Hot 100 Singles Male Artist of the Year, Rap Artist of the Year, and Rap Track of the Year (``Hot in Herre''). It was his biggest payday at an awards show yet.

      Nelly began collecting his awards early in the telecast in the rap category. Before accepting those awards, he and the St. Lunatics performed a loose and energetic version of ``Hot in Herre,'' appropriately emerging from within an oven while flames shot up from the oven's burners and on the video projection screen.

      His two sets of acceptance speeches were mostly a string of shout outs and thanks. Figuring into his obviously unplanned words were St. Louis, his fans, management, and record label, Billboard magazine, radio stations, St. Lunatics, and City Spud, the St. Lunatic jailed for 10 years on a robbery conviction. Nelly, St. Lunatics, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry performed a vibrant tribute to slain Run-DMC DJ Jam Master J.

      St. Louis native Cedric the Entertainer (Cedric Kyles) served as host, not an entirely surprising choice given he has a new Fox show, ``Cedric the Entertainer Presents...'' ``I'm from St. Louis, so you know it's going to be getting hot in here,'' the comedian said at the top of the broadcast, referencing Nelly.

      Cedric impressively parodied Eminem and his movie ``8 Mile'' as Cedric psyched himself up for his hosting duties, tongue-in-cheekily hoping he could live up to the world's great hosts Bob Barker and Wink Martindale. Cedric did a good, if not gut-busting, job overall.

      In accepting her career achievement award, Cher slid the ultimate expletive past censors, which she directed at her critics. It was truly a shock to hear such a word on broadcast TV, and before 9 p.m. at that. ``Give it up to Cher. She's just out there cussin','' Cedric exclaimed. There was also playful yet stiff banter between Cedric and Michael Jackson, presented with an award for ``Thriller'' and its status as the best-selling CD ever. ``I'm a big fan of yours,'' Jackson said unconvincingly to Cedric as Jackson sat next to Chris Tucker at Neverland Ranch. ``I think you're very funny.''

      Faith Hill won three Billboard Awards, as did Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback. Other winners Monday included Group/Duo of the Year, Creed; Country Singles Artist of the Year, Toby Keith; R&B Single of the Year (Sales), B2K, ``Uh Huh''; and Electronic Album of the Year, Moby, ``18.''

      Winners at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards
      By The Associated Press
      The 2002 Billboard Music Awards winners, announced in Las Vegas on Monday:
      Album: ``The Eminem Show,'' Eminem.
      Hot 100 single: ``How You Remind Me,'' Nickelback.
      Artist: Nelly.
      Duo/group: Creed.
      Male artist: Nelly.
      Female artist: Ashanti.
      R&B/hip-hop artist: Ashanti.
      New R&B/hip-hop artist: Ashanti.
      Hot 100 singles group/duo: Nickelback.
      Top 40 track: ``How You Remind Me,'' Nickelback.
      Hot 100 airplay single: ``How You Remind Me,'' Nickelback.
      Hot 100 singles artist: Ashanti.
      Hot 100 singles male artist: Nelly.
      R&B/hip-hop singles artist: Ashanti.
      R&B/hip-hop album: ``The Eminem Show,'' Eminem.
      R&B/hip-hop single: ``Foolish,'' Ashanti.
      R&B/hip-hop single sales: ``Uh Huh,'' B2K.
      R&B/hip-hop male artist: Nelly.
      R&B/hip-hop female artist: Ashanti.
      Country singles artist: Toby Keith.
      Rock artist: Puddle of Mud.
      Rock track: ``Blurry,'' Puddle of Mud.
      Modern rock artist: Puddle of Mud.
      Modern rock track: ``Blurry,'' Puddle of Mud.
      Group/duo: Creed.
      Group/due albums artist: Creed.
      Catalog artist: Creed.
      Catalog album: ``Human Clay,'' Creed.
      Rap artist: Nelly.
      Rap track: ``Hot in Herre,'' Nelly.
      Electronic album: ``18,'' Moby.
      Electronic albums artist: Moby.
      Artist achievement award: Cher.
      Century Award for creative achievement: Annie Lennox.



      For someone like me, who live out in the free world, as opposed to the supposed "land of the free," (he he ;) it still seems surreal that what people say on TV is censored in such a way in the states. The word was fuck, by the way. Critics saying each decade would be her last, well, fuck them, I'm still here and they're not...

  • Liv Records Song for 3rd "Lord of the Rings" Film
      Fom the infobeat newsletter - Tuesday, December 10, 2002...

      United Press International

      It looks like actress Liv Tyler is following in her dad's platform bootsteps.

      The daughter of outrageous Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has recorded a song for the soundtrack of the third "Lord of the Rings" film, "The Return of the King," due out next year.

      In New York to promote the second "Rings" film, "The Two Towers," Tyler told United Press International she recorded "Arwen's Song" a while ago and even previewed it for her dad. The actress, who plays an elfish princess in the spectacular fantasy trilogy, says director Peter Jackson hadn't told her in which of the three simultaneously filmed movies her song would appear.

      "I think it's going to be in the third movie," she said. "You never know with these movies... Peter, when he was editing things, felt ... for me, certain scenes were nicer as a finale in the third film."

      Tyler wouldn't say much about the song other than it is in English, not one of Tolkien's made-up languages.

      Asked to speculate why aging rockers like her dad, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones are still doing so well after decades in the business, Tyler replied: "For me, it's in my genes. I can't comment on the rest of the world, but I just grew up listening to that kind of music. My mom would put Iggy Pop on when I was a little girl, and probably not very many little girls' mothers would do that. So that's what's kind of normal to me."

      Tyler says she is as amazed as anyone to see what verve her 54-year-old father shows in his concerts.

      "He has got an enormous amount of energy," she explained. "It's rubbed off on me. It's in the genes too, unfortunately, the workaholic gene. He has always been like that. I think it's really incredible. When I see him perform, I definitely am taken aback by it. I'm really impressed by it."


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Sherborn NH at Dover/Sherborn Regional HS

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Toronto, Ontario Canada at Maple Leaf Gardens

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Tulsa OK at Tulsa Pavilion (Dirty Angels open)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Corpus Christi TX at Memorial Coliseum (Black N'Blue opens)

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

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Albuquerque NM at Tingley Coliseum

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Minneapolis MN at the Target Center (Andrew W.K. opens)

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Scorpions - Lonesome Crow (1972)

News as of December 9, 2002
  • Big Ones DVD
      The Big Ones DVD comes indeed from Brazil, it can be ordered from This disc was initially sold with a DVD magazine in Brazil.

      Big Ones You Can Look At DVD

      The DVD manufacturer says that the rights for the video have been given to them exclusively (see below for details). This seems pretty incredible, so maybe it's still actually a "bootleg"?

      Here's the info from


      approx. 100 mins.

      Region: ALL / NTSC
      Compatible with all DVD player in NTSC system

      Band: Aerosmith.

      1. Deuces Are Wild
      2. Livin' On The Edge
      3. Eat The Rich
      4. Cryin' (1994 MTV video of the year)
      5. Amazing
      6. Crazy
      7. Love In An Elevator
      8. Janie's Got A Gun
      9. What It Takes (The Recording Of)
      10. The Other Side
      11. Dude Looks Like A Lady
      12. Angel
      13. Ragdoll

      Includes out-takes.

      DVD Features:
      • Interactive menu
      • Making of

      • Dolby Digital 5.1
      • Dolby Digital 2.0

      Adverse to many sites are publishing, all DVDs released in Brazil and sold through are not bootlegs, unauthorized versions or DVD-R copies. Currently in Brazil, the major studios are leasing their copyrights to independent companies, from several titles they are not interested to release themselves. The independent companies pays for a limited-time distribution, getting only the master tapes, and needing to create the artwork of covers and the disc authoring. For this reason some artwork covers are different from old video releases. All titles sold through this site are official DVD releases, however be careful with pirated items sold through other sites and auctions. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional information.

      List Price: US$ 29.95
      Our price: US$ 14.95
      You save:  US$ 15.00  (50% OFF)

  • Mention of Steven Tyler on Gatopardo magazine
      In the December issue of the Latin American magazine GATOPARDO (with Liv Tyler on the cover), there is a mention about Steven Tyler in the interview with Liv.

      Translated to English by Elizabeth Franco:

      "Liv Tyler attended the premiere of The Lord of the Rings with her boyfriend, singer of the band Spacehog, and her father Steven Tyler. Liv comments: 'My dad took a quantity of snacks with him and the whole time he was opening packages and making noise -Liv remembers -. I died of shame with Ian (McKellen) whose should be with desires of killing him because he made a lot of noise. Then he fell asleep, but was only some minutes and I took it as a compliment because he always falls asleep the whole movie'. There is no doubt that Steven was very proud of his daughter and the only thing that complained about was that she didn't appear much in the film. 'Liv has the whole talent of the world, but she also has the character to accompany it, and I am absolutely sure that this last didn't inherit it from me'."

      Liz has put up scans from the magazine

  • MP3: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and Amazing Graze
      Kuba Cichocki has put up MP3s of Steven Tyler's recent christmas performance, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" from the Lizzie McGuire episode, and "Amazing Grace," as sung at the Church Of Today in Detroit 7-15-01. These can be found at his site, in the section "news." Enjoy!

  • Infobeat
      This is from the infobeat newsletter - Monday, December 9, 2002

      'Lizzie' Star Lives Teen Dream

      Actress Hilary Duff has a hit TV show, two movies in the works, two hot-selling CDs, a line of books and her own fashion doll. And she's barely 15 years old.

      ''It's a big shock. I never thought anything like this would happen to me. It's been crazy,'' Duff says.

      She may not be a household name, but to the Disney audience, Duff is a tween idol. Duff is the star of Lizzie McGuire, the highest-rated show on cable's Disney Channel. Now in its second season, Lizzie also airs on the Disney-owned ABC network on Saturday mornings.

      ''Lizzie McGuire is about a 14-year-old girl from Anywhere, USA, just trying to find her way through life,'' Duff says by phone from the set of The Lizzie McGuire Movie, due this spring. ''She has dorky parents she's embarrassed by, an annoying little brother and two good friends who are kind of dorky. There's also animated Lizzie, her alter ego, who is more sassy than regular Lizzie, who says things when Lizzie can't say it.''

      Lizzie tackles sweet and mostly innocent teen trials, from her first bra to her first kiss.

      In real life, the Houston native is a high school freshman; she's taught by a tutor and loves math. ''Because I don't go to a regular school, I don't deal with the pettiness in middle school and high school that Lizzie faces.'' She loves shopping and hanging out with friends, and she does not have a boyfriend. ''I don't have time for boys.''

      But she has been hanging out with one guy lately. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler appears on Friday's episode as a Santa Claus.

      ''He was soooo cool,'' Duff says. Tyler agreed to be on the show if his daughter Chelsea could play an extra.

      ''His kids are so well-behaved,'' Duff says between bites of watermelon.

      Other celebrities who have appeared on the show include Erik Estrada, pop singer Aaron Carter and actor Frankie Muniz. Duff and Muniz co-star in teen spy thriller film Agent Cody Banks, which opens March 21.

      Duff made her stage debut at 6 in a touring ballet production of The Nutcracker and had some minor TV and movie roles before catching her big break with Lizzie. Older sis Haylie, 17, is also a singer and actress.

      When Duff expressed an interest in singing, Lizzie producers made it happen. Duff sings one track on the Lizzie McGuire soundtrack, and she has just released a Christmas album, Santa Claus Lane.

      A budding Britney Spears?

      ''Ha-ha. I don't know about that,'' she says. ''But that would be cool. ''The only thing I care about right now is getting my driver's license in 10 months.''


  • Recycling of an old article...
      Posted on Fri, Dec. 06, 2002

      'Dream' date
      Aerosmith, performing at the Coliseum tonight, still delivers the hits that fans want.
      Orange County Register

      Steven Tyler knows that fans want to hear all of their favorite songs at an Aerosmith concert, and he's got no problem with that. Sure, Aerosmith has been around for 30 years, but Tyler still delivers.

      "The people want you to stay with the melody," Tyler said in a recent interview. "They don't want to hear you change it just because you're tired of it."

      Aerosmith plays tonight at the Kansas Coliseum. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 concert.

      With so many songs that can be classified as hits, it becomes more difficult with each tour to produce a representative set list.

      "It's difficult to know what the audience is going to want," he said, "because sometimes we don't know what kind of audience it is until we see it. Sometimes, the audience is all teenagers. Last night was a mixture of ages. In Philadelphia, it looked like nothing but 9-year-olds out there."

      As for the quality of performance on this and more recent tours, Tyler said there is no comparison with what people saw and heard in the band's stadium-filling days of the late 1970s.

      "We were ripped to the nines back when we played those shows that are on 'Live Bootleg' (released in 1978)," he said. "We were heavily under the influence. We weren't bad, but we were getting off on the drugs instead of getting off on each other."

      The whole band is better, he said. Which member in Tyler's opinion has improved the most over Aerosmith's 30-plus-year career?

      "My vote is for Joe Perry," he said, referring to the guitar player and frequent Tyler songwriting partner. "He used to hide behind that hair, with those long bangs. Joe is something you don't see in every band. You just don't see that kind of insane musicianship all the time. He is the real deal."

      Almost all the band's songs on its first few records were credited to Tyler-Perry. In more recent years, many songwriters have chipped in, leading to the insinuation that Aerosmith uses what Tyler called "song doctors" to create hits.

      "It's just as hard to write a good song whether it's with Joe or (outside songwriters) Marti Fredricksen or Richie Supa," he said. "It's birthing. You push it through the birth canal, maybe you birth it in water... it's all the same."

      The results have been all the same -- a string of hits. Hooking up its songs with movies, something no veteran rock outfit has done as successfully as Aerosmith, has boosted the band's popularity. Hit movies such as "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Armageddon" and "Spider-Man" have prominently used Aerosmith songs.

      Rod Stewart was one of the names Tyler rattled off when asked for his list of the top five rock 'n' roll singers of all time. "Early Rod Stewart," he corrected. "Janis Joplin... early Robert Plant. The Everly Brothers, and Paul McCartney."

      Tyler has kept his memory, voice and body in terrific shape, despite years of chemical abuse through much of the '70s and part of the '80s and reconstructive knee surgeries to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

      How does he do it?

      "You've got to adhere to your dietary needs -- lots of chips and salsa," he said. "And gargling with razor blades."


  • An e-mail I got from Cole Rieger
      Here's something else I've meant to send you for a while.

      I was in a bar here in town and they had karaoke. I was looking thru the book and noticed Walk This Way was in there. So I decided to sing it. The begining of the show (the music) seemed to be the Run DMC version, but then after the intro the Aerosmith version took over. The video they played was a bunch of people doing tricks on BMX bikes. The other weird part was some of the lyrics were wrong. I can't remember exactly which ones, because it was a long time ago, but it stuck out. Later I also sang I Don't Want to Miss a Thing. They didn't play the Aerosmith video, but a vid of a couple having supper or some shit like that.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays 'somewhere' with REO Speedwagon

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Shreveport LA at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (Dirty Angels opens)

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Toronto, Ontario Canada at Maple Leaf Gardens (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in St. Louis MO at St. Louis Arena (Dokken opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Louisville KY at Freedom Hall (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Oklahoma City OK at the Myriad Convention Center

      Anyone have any info on the 1974 show? Got this from the REO Speedwagon site....I am guessing that this had to be IL or at least midwest, since REO was still playing more locally at the time. I can remember seeing REO many many times at the Red Lion bar in Urbana IL and getting drunk with Gary Richrath's brother.....ah the 70s....pat...

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Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
Wonderful freaky stuff...
Steven Tyler - "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (2002)
Cool.. Just too bad the sound quality isn't better...
Steven Tyler - "Amazing Graze" (2001)
Amazing take on Amazing Grace!

News as of December 8, 2002
  • Kansas Review
      Posted on Sat, Dec. 07, 2002
      Aerosmith rocks sold-out audience
      The Wichita Eagle

      When Darla Willimon-Hawk was a teenager, she sneaked out of her mother's home in Osawatomie and paid $8.50 to see Aerosmith at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

      On Friday night, two of Willimon-Hawk's children were at the Kansas Coliseum to see the legendary rock band, but they didn't have to sneak out. Their mother was sitting right next to them.

      "I have all the old vinyls," said Darla, who now lives in Liberal.

      "I have all the new CDs," said her daughter Lindsay.

      They joined a sellout crowd of more than 9,500 who filled the Kansas Coliseum on Friday night as the Boston-based rockers brought their 30 years of hard rockin' songs to Wichita.

      From the start, it was a nonstop assault of hits with almost no breaks to rap with the audience.

      From such classics as "Toys in the Attic" to more modern hits like "Pink," the crowd -- a near perfect mix of middle-aged fans of the band's past and teenagers who enjoy the new music -- got everything it wanted.

      Aerosmith performed on a stage that allowed nearly everyone in the arena a good view. In addition to the normal stage setup, extensions reached into the middle of the floor and up to people sitting on the sides of the stage. Band members moved around freely while performing songs like "Sweet Emotion" and "Love in an Elevator."

      Aerosmith took the stage around 8:30 after the band Andrew W.K. opened the show. The six-member group tore through a very up-tempo 45- minute set, right after a stagehand came out to introduce them by saying, "How you doin' out there... Kansas City?"

      The members of Aerosmith had no trouble figuring out where they were.

      "We clicked our heels together a few times and ended up in Kansas," lead singer Steven Tyler said to the crowd during the middle of the show.

      For a group of guys in their 50s, the train kept a rollin' all night long. The legendary years of drug use and partying obviously haven't done much to slow them down. They played for more than 90 minutes, and the crowd never sat down.

      The showed ended with a blistering performance of the classic "Walk This Way." At one point, Tyler pulled a member from the audience to dance on stage with him.


  • Correction: NOT Several lead-in promos to Lizzie McGuire
      It was the same as the promo they've been running all month.

      I've now been told someone spotted something more in the show... In the crowd scene at the beginning of the parade, Teresa and her sister are standing there smiling and clapping - very brief. Also, after the show was over and they cut to commercials...they then came back and had a few outtakes..Steven was in that short piece too.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in New Haven CT at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Styx opens)

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Richfield OH at Richfield Coliseum (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in El Paso TX at El Paso County Coliseum (Black N'Blue opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Milwaukee WI at The Mecca Arena (Dokken opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in London UK at Wembley Arena (Mr. Big opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Minneapolis MN at the Target Center (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in El Paso TX at Don Haskins Center

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Denver CO at Pepsi Arena (Andrew W.K. opens)

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Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses (1978)

News as of December 7, 2002
  • Big Ones You Can Look At on DVD
      Big Ones You Can Look At DVD I'm not sure how new this release is, but the Big Ones video has recently been spotted in the DVD format here in Sweden. I noticed it listed at the CD store some weeks back, but forgot to post about it then. Now I got an e-mail from a person who saw it in a store in Malmö.

      It was apparently a Brazilian pressing, so it was an import. It looked legitimate though, i.e. not a bootleg. It had the same videos as the VHS. The cover looked similiar to the original, only slightly adjusted for DVD.

  • Several different lead-in promos to Lizzie McGuire
      You all might want to watch Lizzie McGuire at several different times, since the lead-in promos differ. When I watched it at 7:30, they just had a few short clips from the show prior to airing. But if you watched Santa Clause the Movie, then Lizzie McGuire again, this time they did all the interviews with Steven and his kids prior to the episode. So be prepared to start your VCRs early so you don't miss the pre-show stuff.

      On a side-note, both Chelsea and Taj are in the credits, as "bystanders 1 & 2". At least it didn't say DAUGHTERS 1 and 2 LOL. By the way, THAT error went that way via press release to the AP WIRE so every single paper and media source had the SAME error!

  • Radio interview with Tyler on Lizzie...
      Heard on a radio station yesterday, a piece of a promotion interview with Steven about his appereance on Lizzie McGuire. He talked about being down at Disney world and how it is a "great family show." He said how he saw the show with his daughter Chelsea and asked her what this was, and she said Lizzie McGuire "don't you know anything dad?"

  • Brief Lizzie McGuire segment on ET
      ET showed a brief segment yesterday...culled from the promo spots that the Disney channel has been running.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in New Haven CT at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Styx opens)

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Biloxi MS at Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Dirty Angels open)

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Albuquerque NM at Tingley Coliseum (Black N'Blue opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in London UK at Wembley Arena (Mr. Big opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Knoxville TN at Thompson Boling Center (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Little Rock AR at Alltel Arena

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Various cover songs that I burnt together on a CD-R once:
Demons & Wizards - "White Room" (Cream)
Opeth - "Remember Tomorrow" (Iron Maiden)
In Flames - "Murders In The Rue Morgue" (Iron Maiden)
Iron Maiden - "Doctor Doctor" (UFO)
Iron Maiden - "My Generation" (The Who)
Bruce Dickinson - "All The Young Dudes" (Mott The Hoople)
Bruce Dickinson w/ Godspeed - "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (Black Sabbath)
Iced Earth - "Electric Funeral" (Black Sabbath)
Iced Earth - "Shooting Star" (Bad Company)
Fates Warning - "In Trance" (Scorpions)
Sonata Arctica - "Still Loving You" (Scorpions)
Testament - "Nobody's Fault" (Aerosmith)
The Breeders - "Lord Of The Thighs" (Aerosmith)
Gamma Ray - "Long Live Rock N' Roll" (Rainbow)
HammerFall & Kai Hansen - "I Want Out" (Helloween)
HammerFall & Udo Dirkschneider - "Head Over Heels" (Accept)
HammerFall - "Ravenlord" (?)
Therion - "Summer Night City" (ABBA)
Covers are rarely better than the originals, but sometimes it can be fun hearing other good bands giving their takes on classic songs. Among the highlights we find Opeth, who does a wonderful job on Iron Maiden's "Remember Tomorrow," almost making it sound like a song of their own. Dickinson's cover of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is amazing, possibly nearly even better than the already fantastic original. Jon Schaffer also does a great job with the covers by his bands Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards, taking perfected rock classics like "White Room" and "Shooting Star" and making them extremely heavy. Very impressive how Matthew Barlow manages to get away with handling the vocal legacy of Paul Rodgers. Not an easy task.

News as of December 6, 2002
  • A bit more on Lizzie McGuire
      `Lizzie McGuire'
      `Xtreme Xmas'
      Disney Channel, tonight at 7:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 6:30, Central time

      It must be the "when worlds collide" theory of television production. Take a show intended for 12-year-old girls whose taste in music runs toward sugar pop. Add the aging, gnarly lead singer of a rock band whose oeuvre includes "Janie's Got a Gun" and "Eat the Rich." Ground the plot in a religious holiday, and put it on the Disney Channel.

      That describes tonight's Christmas episode of "Lizzie McGuire," the popular but lightweight family comedy that focuses on the adolescent adventures of its title character (played by Hilary Duff). The fellow in the Santa suit is Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, looking gleeful.

      Mr. Tyler, alas, isn't actually around much. His Santa appears briefly at the beginning, but then comes a convoluted tale in which other Christmas shows are gently satirized and Lizzie tries to build a holiday parade float, but learns that the real meaning of Christmas involves plumbing repairs. Mr. Tyler's reprise at the end, though, is worth the wait. His Santa saves the day, and then Mr. Tyler appears as himself long enough to sing a rollicking version of a Christmas classic. NEIL GENZLINGER


  • Another Lizzie McGuire review
      This one also refers to Taj as a "daughter." Writers, do your research, don't just read others' articles!


      FLOAT ON
      Lizzie McGuire
      (7:30 pm/ET, DISNEY)

      Dude looks like a Santa!

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler dons a red suit and hat to play Old Saint Nicholas in a Christmas episode of the Disney Channel's No. 1 tween series. Lizzie, which premiered in January 2001, is one of the few sitcoms created for adolescents that adults can sit back and get laughs out of, too. The show's appeal with viewers between the ages of 9 and 14 rests largely on the fact that Lizzie, as portrayed by Hilary Duff, is a refreshingly normal 14-year-old girl. Though so many of television's young characters are written as miniaturized versions of grown-ups, Lizzie and her best friends, Gordo (Adam Lamberg) and Miranda (Lalaine), are just trying to survive the ups and downs faced by your typical junior-high student. Add in a bubble-gum soundtrack, a fashionably unconventional wardrobe and frequent hip guest stars such as Aaron Carter and Frankie Muniz, and Lizzie wins kudos and ratings as a tween slice-of-life comedy.

      Reportedly, two of those Lizzie fans are Tyler's daughters Chelsea, 13, and Taj, 10, who are featured as extras in a parade scene. While Tyler doesn't quite fit the part, he agreed to do the show at their request. Lizzie's smart-alecky review of what he looks like as Santa Claus is "off-the-beaten path, scraggily beard and no gut." But it's a real treat when Tyler, decked out with a candy-cane fedora, sings "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

      Even without Tyler's appearance, though, Lizzie still delivers the goods to keep the interest of young and not-so-young viewers. Particularly amusing is a segment that pays homage to several classic holiday specials. It finds Lizzie labeled a Grinch after her "Rock 'n' Roll Xmas" float takes priority over helping a senior citizen. Later, she dreams of being visited by characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol and A Charlie Brown Christmas. And when Lizzie wakes up she performs a rhyme inspired by Dr. Seuss's famous Yuletide cartoon.

      The episode is a perfect little chestnut of an example of how Lizzie bridges the generation gap by mixing the old with the new, creating something entertaining to kids that may likewise make their parents smile. — Megan Walsh Boyle


  • Rocky Mountain News Article
      Dynamic force
      Aerosmith's energy endless after years in studio, touring
      By Mark Brown, News Popular Music Critic
      December 6, 2002

      Aerosmith has never ceased making studio hits; witness Girls of Summer, yet another hit single, this time a bonus track on Oh Yeah, a double-disc of greatest hits.

      But the band has also never ceased to be road dogs, and they're out there again, touring right up until Christmas, including Sunday night's show at the Pepsi Center.

      Fans have found the band to be as full of energy lately as ever, a notion that guitarist Joe Perry brushes off.

      "We're not just playing for ourselves up there. We're trying to get a reaction. That's what we were doing when we were 17 and that's what we're doing now," Perry says by phone from his Boston home.

      With its classic lineup still intact - Perry, singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer - Aerosmith has 40 songs worked up for the current tour, changing songs from night to night.

      Still, it's a tough time for the band. Both Aerosmith and Run DMC got commercial shots in the arms with their mid-'80s rap/rock collaboration on Walk This Way, and the friendship stayed warm after that. The two groups had just done 30 dates together when Jam Master Jay was recently killed in a New York recording studio. The killer remains at large.

      "It was only three weeks since we'd been onstage with them," Perry says with a sigh. "And then we got the news. It's really tough."

      The band has always survived - be it drugs, financial ruin or bad albums - and they'll go on now, even in an era that's fairly dismal for rock 'n' roll.

      "You can't sit and wring your hands. There's a lot of great music out there," Perry says. "There's a lot of good bands and a lot of good guitar bands, a lot of people playing good rock 'n' roll. You just gotta accept the fact that it ain't the Beatles."

      In fact, the band is more inspired than ever. After hearing a blues tribute to Aerosmith, Perry found himself reconnecting to his roots.

      "It was funny because a lot of people have said over the years that they like our latest studio album, but when are we going to make them like the old ones?" Perry says.

      "It finally dawned on me when I heard the blues tribute record. We've been talking about doing that kind of record for a while. That's going to be the motivation for the next record we do." (Watch for writing and recording to start in early '03, with veteran producer Jack Douglas at the helm.)

      Last year Perry said the band was planning on doing a DVD of the current tour, but those plans got put on hold in lieu of the double-CD retrospective.

      "We have all that stuff in the can. It's a project that takes a lot of time. We've been on the road and really haven't had a chance to focus on it," he says. The live DVD eventually will see the light of day, but "the next big thing coming out is a 5.1 mix of Toys in the Attic. Jack Douglas is doing it. It sounds amazing. We're hoping we have a release on that for Christmas for that particular record."

      Aerosmith would be a prime band for a live DVD or CD retrospective of its performing career, but Perry says that not too much was professionally recorded or filmed during the band's 1970s breakthrough.

      "We've done the box sets. I'm not sure how much stuff there is left lying around," he says.

      They've found a lot of memorabilia in their archives - recently an associate found a cache of vintage T-shirts, stickers and flyers at a relative's house - but digging up vintage music is harder.

      "The only time we actually made an effort to record the shows in a professional way was when we were working on (1978's) Live Bootleg. There's always the odd radio station show and someone coming out of the woodwork saying 'I've got a video of that.' We found a kid way into video back in '72. He's got a whole bunch of footage of us playing live. That stuff turns up every once in a while, but to my knowledge, there isn't a whole lot of it."

      Perry has two side projects. The first is his own hot sauce - his answer to the problem of not being able to find good food. It's not the first time he's jumped into the business of food.

      "When Steven and I opened a restaurant on the South Shore, there wasn't anything that fit the bill. We didn't want another fish restaurant. We wanted a place where we could go and eat," he says.

      Same with the sauce.

      "I figured if my name was gonna go on it, it's gotta be good and something I'd use. I always like spicy food. I love to travel and try different kinds of food. It all sort of fit in. When you're traveling around, sometimes the local food isn't the best, so it's good to have something hot in your pocket, you know?" he says.

      Thus was born Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce, available online at

      He also has a new record label, even if Roman Records has only one band signed, The Porch Ghouls. Perry heard their demo and decided "this can't just languish. It's gotta be heard. I'm not interested in having a roster of 10 bands just to have a roster of 10 bands. It's gotta be music I like."

      He figures he can help.

      "We've made every mistake - twice - that you can make. We've done our part in explaining that. You can help people out and show there are other ways to do this. You don't have to get screwed. The sharks are out there.

      "The music industry has changed so much since I've been in it, and a real lot in the past five years because of the whole Internet thing. So not only am I able to help this band out, but it's an education for me, too."


  • O Yeah Sales
      From the Aerofanatic message boards:

      Week 22 and O Yeah has been hanging around the in the 160s for a month. This week its 162 and you can start to see the album sales surge and increase during the run up to Xmas where titles can sell 2-4 times more than normal. This week details O Yeah sold a fraction over 13,000. A few weeks back, this spot was only good for about 8000 sales.

  • Will and Grace
      Aerosmith was mentioned on the TV show Will and Grace yesterday (Thursday, December 5, 2002) evening. In the first 5 minutes, Karen said something about being into Aerosmith, and that she saw them at Madison Square Garden.

  • Excerpt from the Guitar World Newsletter
      The Januray GW also features our usual array of exclusive star columns. Nowhere else can you learn to play directly from the pros, including Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, Zakk Wylde, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Kerry King and Joe Satriani.

  • The VH1 Awards
      Aerosmith has been nominated for an online award on!

      Aerosmith needs our votes now!

      Please go to the link below cast your vote ASAP. Winners will be announced December 15th.

      And don't forget to:

      Watch VH1's Big in 2002 Awards on December 15th at 9PM

      See who wins the award for categories like: Can't Get You Out of My Head, You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth? Taking It To The Stage, You Wear It Well, and lots of others.

      Click on this link to find out more about the show:

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Music Hall with Queen

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Jackson MS at Mississippi Coliseum (Dirty Angels open)

      1979 Aerosmith plays in Portland ME at Cumberland County Civic Center (Scorpions open)

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Buffalo NY at Memorial Auditorium (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Saginaw MI at Wendler Arena (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Chicago IL at United Center (Jackyl opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Wichita KS at Kansas Coliseum (Andrew W.K. opens)

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In Flames - The Jester Race (1996)
In my opinion, by far the best thing In Flames ever put out. Their last couple of albums isn't even anywhere near as good as this. Alot of wonderful acoustic guitars and some soft piano playing in places makes the album more varied than most of their other releases. I personally like these more calm moments, and how they create a nice contrast to the fast and melodic (great melodies on this one, for sure!) death metal that In Flames has always stood for. Possibly the best album of "Gothenburg Death" that I've ever heard. It's a shame how they've changed since. For example, how could they trade the beautiful piano for the cheesy synth sounds of today? They've succeeded though, I guess. Hell, In Flames has even got a music video that's being shown on TV today. I don't think they're bad today, mind you, but they don't sound like on "The Jester Race" anymore...
Elton John - Love Songs (1969-1995)
he he... Yeah, I know, this is pretty much as far from In Flames as you can get.. or maybe it isn't? Good music is good music, and that's all that matters. If I like it, I'll listen to it, so just shut up, you! :) For granted, not everything on this compilation is that good, there's some overly sappy stuff, and some songs that sound too '80's for my taste, but still... the best things are just excellent! Your Song just came on now, one of his best! "It may be quite simple but..." it's simply beautiful!

News as of December 5, 2002
  • Behind The Music in the UK
      Aerosmith Behind the Music was on VH1 in the UK last night. Iit will be repeated on the 8th at 11 pm.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith play in Boston MA at the Music Hall with Queen

      1975 Aerosmith play in Inglewood CA at Great Western Forum (Montrose and Mott the Hoople open)

      1978 Aerosmith play in Lynn MA at Harbour House

      1979 Aerosmith start their Night in the Ruts Tour in Binghampton NY at Broome County Arena

      1987 Aerosmith play in Detroit MI at Joe Louis Arena (Dokken opens)

      1998 Aerosmith play in Carbondale IL at SIU Univ, Shryock Auditorium (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith play in Dallas TX at Reunion Arena

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The Spacious Mind - Live Volume One: Do Your Thing
But Don't Touch Ours. Skogsnäs 26/10/99 (2002)
The latest release from The Spacious Mind, a live album recorded in Skogsnäs, Sweden about three years back. This third release from Goddamn I'm A Countryman Records comes, like the previous two, also in some very nicely looking packaging, this time a nice fold-out digipak. The music in the five extended pieces of floating instrumental psychedelia here, is quite sombre, mellow and laidback. While the sound quality here isn't the best you'll (n)ever hear, the band offers some fine improvised jamming that surely makes up for the lack of a true hi-fi experience! Keep 'em coming, boys! (though I think you'll have problem if you want to top the number of archival recordings put out by The Grateful Dead... ;)

News as of December 4, 2002
  • Tyler singing Santa Clause is Coming to Town on Disney
      The Disney Channel is running a music video taken from the Lizzie Maguire show of Steven singing "Santa Clause is Coming to Town." He's in jeans and his black t-shirt with the skeleton on it, and has a santa hat and sunglasses on.

  • Rockline
      I hear Steven & Joe will be on Rockline today (Wed. 12/4/02) at 11:30pm. Here's the Rockline website link, which has a list of affiliate stations: It does, however, say that tonight's show is Melissa Etheridge...

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1973 Aerosmith plays in Los Angeles CA at the Whisky-A-Go-Go

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Indianapolis IN at Market Square Arena (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Gothenburg Sweden at The Scandinavium (Mr. Big opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Jackyl opens)

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Austin TX at the Frank Irwin Center

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Memphis TN at The Pyramid (Andrew W.K. opens)

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Jericho - Jericho (1972)
Canadian group influenced by The Band. Pretty nice... :)

News as of December 3, 2002
  • Q1043's 1043 Greatest Songs
      The NYC radio station Q1043 had 1043 greatest Rock Songs and here's how Aerosmith did w/ 15 songs.

      #25 Sweet Emotion
      #38 Dream On
      #67 Walk This Way
      #168 Dude Looks like a lady
      #196 What It Takes
      #270 Janie
      #302 Pink
      #351 Train Kept a Rolling
      #458 Back in the saddle(should be before Pink I say)
      #710 Mama Kin
      #815 Toys in the attic
      #953 Love in an elevator
      #988 Big 10 Inch
      #995 Rag Doll
      #1007 Same Old Song And Dance

      You can view the entire list @

  • Billboard article
      Edited by Jonathan Cohen / December 02, 2002, 12:00 AM
      Top Stars To Salute Run-D.M.C. At Billboard Awards

      When Jam Master Jay was tragically murdered Oct. 30 in his Queens, N.Y., recording studio, it marked the end of Run-D.M.C., one of the most influential groups in pop music. Several superstars are coming together at the Billboard Music Awards for an all-star tribute to the legendary hip-hop combo. Among the artists slated to appear are Nelly, P. Diddy, Nas, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, who revived their band's career with a 1986 remake of "Walk This Way" with Run-D.M.C. More artists are expected to be added.

      Joseph "Run" Simmons, and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jay (aka Jason Mizell) formed Run-D.M.C. in 1982. The trio landed a number of hits, including "My Adidas," "King of Rock," and "Down With the King." Run-D.M.C. paved the way for a number of rap acts to follow into the mainstream by being the first such group to appear on "Saturday Night Live" and "American Bandstand."

      The Billboard Music Awards appearance is expected to be one of the last together by Simmons and McDaniels, who announced the group's retirement shortly after Jam Master Jay's death. Simmons said, "As a tribute to the positive legacy of Jam Master Jay, we started together and we want the Run-D.M.C. legacy to always reflect the three of us together."

      As previously reported, the awards ceremony will be held Dec. 9 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be broadcast live on Fox beginning at 8 p.m. ET (tape delayed on the West Coast).

      Comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" will host; Justin Timberlake, Faith Hill, Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd will all perform.


  • Toxic Twins To Honor Jam Master Jay At Billboard Awards
      Nelly, P. Diddy To Honor Jam Master Jay At Billboard Awards
      12.02.2002 3:28 PM EST

      Run-DMC were the first rap group to crack the top 10 of Billboard's pop albums chart, so it's fitting the trade magazine will honor them and the late Jam Master Jay at its awards ceremony next week.

      Rappers Nelly, P. Diddy and Nas will participate in the tribute, along with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, who appeared on that landmark Run-DMC album, Raising Hell. More artists will also be added.

      Billboard's December 9 salute will come just five days after Kid Rock, Chuck D and Grandmaster Flash honor Jam Master Jay at the VH1 Big in 2002 Awards (see "Jam Master Jay To Be Honored By Kid Rock, Chuck D At VH1 Awards").

      Jason "Jay" Mizell, considered by many to be the most influential DJ in hip-hop history, was shot to death in his Queens recording studio on October 30 (see "Jam Master Jay, Run-DMC DJ, Killed In Shooting").

      Cedric "The Entertainer" will host, and Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, Creed, Puddle of Mudd and Faith Hill will perform at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, which will be broadcast live on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

      Nelly leads the list of finalists with recognition in 10 categories, followed by Ashanti with nine, including her contributions to singles by Ja Rule and Fat Joe.

      St. Louis' "#1" rapper will compete for Male Artist, R&B/Hip-hop Male Artist and Rap Artist of the Year; Album and R&B/Hip-hop Album of the Year for Nellyville; Hot 100 and Rap Single of the Year for "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma"; and R&B/Hip-hop Single of the Year for "Hot in Herre."

      Puddle of Mudd are finalists in five categories, followed by Eminem and Alan Jackson in four and Ja Rule, Ludacris, Usher, Creed, Nickelback and Garth Brooks in three. Finalists are based on sales and radio airplay figures tallied by Billboard.

      Cher will receive the Artist Achievement Award, and Annie Lennox will be given the Billboard Century Award at the ceremony.

      For full coverage of the Jam Master Jay slaying, see the Jam Master Jay Reports.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith opens for Edgar Winter and Humble Pie in New York City NY at the Academy of Music

      1973 Aerosmith plays in Los Angeles CA at the Whisky-A-Go-Go

      1975 Aerosmith plays in NYC NY at Madison Square Garden (Black Sabbath opens)

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at Boston Garden; their 10th Anniversary Show

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Knoxville TN at Knoxville Coliseum (Rose Tattoo opens)

      1987 Aerosmith plays in Chicago IL at Rosemont Horizon (Dokken opens)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Stockholm Sweden at Stockholm Globe Arena (Mr.Big opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Lousville KY at Freedom Hall (Jackyl opens)

      1998 "A Little South of Sanity" goes platinum

      1998 Aerosmith FINALLY plays in Dayton OH at the Ervin J. Nutter Center (Seven Mary Three open) after being postponed twice

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Champaign IL at the Assembly Hall

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Pain of Salvation - Remedy Lane (2002)
Strong contestant for my personal Album Of The Year! This really says a little about Pain of Salvation, as I'd say this is probably the PoS album that has impressed me the least out of their four albums. They seem incapable of making bad music! I've heard few songs with such a sincere feeling of sadness, as the song "A Trace of Blood." A song about the loss of (bandleader, songwriter and lyricist) Daniel Gildenlöw's to-be first-born, about the miscarriage his girlfriend had. It must be impossible not to be moved by that song, and how Gildenlöw bares his life and soul all over this album. Follow that up with "This Heart Of Mine (I Pledge)," simply one of the most beautiful heartfelt love songs I've ever heard! I mean, and that's just two songs! Daniel Gildenlöw and Pain of Salvation are amazing!

News as of December 2, 2002
  • Steven Tyler falling in love with a minor!
      No, seriously though... Here's an article about the Lizzie McGuire show, with some quotes from Tyler. Note the major mistake in the article, how it refers to Taj as Steven's "daughter"...


      'Lizzie McGuire' has become a hot Disney brand
      Monday, December 2, 2002
      By LAURA M. HOLSON, New York Times News Service

      LOS ANGELES - "I'm starting to fall in love with this girl," Steven Tyler, the 54-year-old lead singer of Aerosmith, said with a sigh last week. He was referring to "Lizzie McGuire," the Disney Channel's hit cable television show that chronicles the comic perils of a seventh-grader coping with boys, curfews and meddlesome parents.

      Made aware of "Lizzie McGuire" by his daughters, Tyler is a fan. "She's like 10 steps better than "The Patty Duke Show,'" Tyler said, recalling the teenage comedy series he watched in the 1960s.

      As a measure of his devotion, Tyler will play Santa Claus in the "Lizzie McGuire" episode that is running next Friday, in which his daughters Chelsea, 13, and Taj, 10, will also appear as extras.

      Since "Lizzie McGuire" made its debut in January 2001, it seems that many viewers have been smitten. The series has generated one of the biggest new Walt Disney Co. brands in years - one that has already spawned successful lines of Lizzie clothing and merchandise.

      Last May, the series, which runs daily on the Disney Channel and stars 15-year-old Hilary Duff as McGuire, was named the favorite television show at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Since September, it has been the Disney Channel's highest-rated show for children ages 6 to 14, and has been the No. 1 show on cable in its time slot - seven days a week at 7:30 p.m. - according to Nielsen Media Research.

      "Lizzie McGuire" is especially popular with girls age 9 to 14, the so-called tween category in which marketers place young people who are no longer purely children, but not yet full-fledged teenagers. According to Disney, one of every two girls in that age group who watched television in October saw at least one episode, either on the Disney Channel or on Disney's ABC broadcast network, where it runs on Saturday mornings.

      The appeal, in the view of Tyler and many industry analysts, is not only McGuire's affable character, but her tart-tongued animated alter ego, who articulates the kind of real thoughts - like the uncertainty of a school-girl crush or the embarrassment of buying a first bra - that tweeners may be loath to express themselves.

      "I mean look at 'Leave it To Beaver,'" Tyler said. "Those people slept in two beds. Nobody believed that. Give me something real. You turn on 'Lizzie,' and she is everything they weren't."

      That includes becoming a megaconsumer brand, if Disney's wishes come to pass. Earlier this fall, Disney experimented with a back-to-school "Lizzie McGuire" line of clothing and accessories at the Limited Too, a small clothing chain aimed mainly at young adults. It sold out within weeks. Next spring Disney plans to license a new "Lizzie McGuire" clothing and accessory line that the company will help design and will distribute through the big department store chain Kohl's.

      There are also "Lizzie McGuire" pillows, a book series, diaries and stationery. There is a "Lizzie McGuire" compact disc, with some of the songs sung by Duff, which can be heard on the Radio Disney network.

      Duff has been in Rome the last two months filming a "Lizzie McGuire" movie for Walt Disney Studios, which may be released sometime next year.

      Meanwhile, many fans can be found in the numerous, unofficial "Lizzie McGuire" chat rooms that have sprung up on the Internet independent of the Disney Channel's own official Web site, which features a "Lizzie McGuire" section.

      The television show is one of the few Disney cable properties with the heft to compete with Viacom's Nickelodeon, which has long dominated children's cable programming with animated hits like "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Rug Rats," and "Jimmy Neutron."

      "It could become their version of 'The Sopranos,'" said Larry Gerbrandt, a senior media analyst for Kagan World Media, a research firm. "Each channel needs something that embodies or defines it."

      "Lizzie McGuire" represents a shift in strategy for Disney, which in recent years has tended to rely not on television but on characters in its films - most notably the animated "Lion King" - to drive consumer and other businesses.

      "It's a nascent property, but it's indicative of new business opportunities based on television content," said Andy Mooney, president of the company's merchandising arm, Disney Consumer Products Worldwide. "Disney for years has taken the alternative approach. We've always started on the big screen and moved from there."

      Mooney and other Disney executives would not say how profitable the "Lizzie McGuire" franchise is, other than to note that cable is becoming an increasingly important revenue generator for the company. (The company's biggest and most profitable cable property is the sports network ESPN, which Disney acquired when it bought ABC in 1995.)

      Anne Sweeney, who is president of Disney's ABC Cable Networks Group and who worked at Nickelodeon for 12 years, said the idea for a series like "Lizzie McGuire" had emerged as executives brainstormed original cable television movies for children ages 6 to 11. The movies, including "Brink," a modern retelling of the Hans Brinker tale, have generally been successful.

      But Disney's research found that such fare also attracted viewers in the 12 to 14 age group, who had one foot still in childhood and were not yet ready to watch shows aimed at older teenagers.

      "That surprised us," Sweeney said. "We looked in the story themes, and we found we had a strong audience of 9- to 14-year-olds. Kids weren't ready for MTV."

      Disney decided to develop "Lizzie McGuire" in 2000. To give McGuire's character tween authenticity, the creators devised the counterintuitive approach of using the cartoon alter ego to pop up from time to time to express Lizzie's inner thoughts.

      "It's doing a lot of parody," said Rich Ross, president of entertainment at the Disney Channel, who worked with Sweeney at Nickelodeon. "But parody that kids can get."

      Sweeney, referring to the pop-up cartoon, added: "This generation of kids have grown up with instant messaging, so it doesn't bother them. It engages them. It reflects what they are thinking when they watch."

      In the case of the episode in which Lizzie bought her first bra, "people were wondering why we did this," Ross said. "We want to deal with issues that kids are dealing with today." Besides, he added dryly: "It's television. It's not Partnership for a Drug-Free America."

      For his part, Tyler of Aerosmith says that "Lizzie McGuire" is a bona fide pop culture phenomenon. In fact, he said he had only one demand in agreeing to play Santa Claus on the show: that his daughters be allowed to appear as extras, so they could get on the set.

      "They wanted to meet someone they thought was famous," he said.


  • Aerosmith New Years Eve in Boston
      Jason Rockefeller reports:

      It is official, there will be no New Years Eve Concert in Boston. As many of you know by now, because there would have been an announcement on ticket sales, but also, my roommate got the low down when he bumped into Tom Hamilton at work one day. Not going to give details on his sighting whereabouts, but I got a Aerosmith Wings painting signed by the man himself. He mentioned to my roommate that he couldn't believe that as many fans have heard about the plans for the next album, and that he was really excited for the next project. So, there is some news on Tom Hamilton sighting, as well as some future plans being a definate for the upcoming project.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1978 Aerosmith play in Fort Worth TX at the Convention Center

      1987 Aerosmith play in Chicago IL at Rosemont Horizon (Dokken opens)

      1997 Aerosmith play in Little Rock AR at Barton Coliseum

      2002 Aerosmith play in Ft. Wayne IN at Memorial Coliseum (Andrew W.K.)

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Aerosmith - Get Your Wings (1974)
Yeah, Quiny, you got it your way... ;) You made me feel an urge to listen to Aerosmith again. This is the Aerosmith that I love! "Spaced," "Woman Of The World" and "Seasons of Wither." Now, that's a greatly underrated trio! I've listened too(?) much to Aerosmith in my life, and has sort of grown a little tired of some of their hit songs, and "Same Old Song And Dance" is one, but this album is just fantastic as a whole! Too bad Aerosmith will most likely never sound as great as they did here, ever again... :(
Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (1972)
No, Quiny, prog (whether it's metal, or rock, like in this case) is going to keep popping into my stereo, whether you like it or not... :) Hey people, how come so many of the most amazing albums ever recorded, were done between like '67 and '76?

News as of December 1, 2002
  • Brad on TV
      Derek reports:

      I just caught the last few minutes of a show called Steel Dreams that airs here in Jacksonville, Florida (I'm not sure if it's just local or national) and it's all about cars and motorcycles and stuff. Well what caught my attention was they were doing a pretty extensive segment on Brad Whitford. They said he "as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, is defenitely one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock and roll." It showed this whole thing about the indoor go-kart race track that he owns in Boston and said it was "the best indoor go kart track in the country, probably the greatest in the world." Then they showed some stuff about his cars, and his career as an Aerosmith guitarist. I found it really interesting, especially since he (along with Joey Kramer) hardly ever gets any attention whatsoever.

  • People magazine
      The back cover of this weeks People Magazine, with the Osbournes on the cover, has an ad for Steven on Lizzie McGuire. You can view the picture at

  • Lizzy McGuire
      Click here: TV Guide Online - [Close-Up]

      This is info about Steven and his two youngest being on Lizzy McGuire this coming Friday.

      Lizzie McGuire
      Xtreme Xmas

      30 min.

      All Lizzie (Hilary Duff) wants for Christmas in this spirited episode is to take the top prize at the annual holiday parade with her “Rock 'n' Roll Xmas” float.

      Her hopes seem dashed, though, when her entire family and best friend, Gordo, abandon work on her entry to take off with a senior citizen who's dressed like an elf and needs help with a plumbing emergency. Feeling a bit like a grinch for not joining them, Lizzie dreams of being visited by characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, “A Christmas Carol” and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler guest stars as Old Saint Nick and sings “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Nobby Frostybump: Shelley Berman.

      Cast: Hilary Duff, Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, Adam Lamberg, Steven Tyler, Shelley Berman, Kyle J. Downes, Ashlie Brillault, Haylie Duff, David A. Rosen, Jeremy Bargiel, Samantha Smith, Austin W. Glenn, Brad Grunberg, Troy Rowland, Jackson Rogow, Chelsea Tallirico, Taj Tallirico
      Rating: TV-G
      Category: Children, Comedy
      Release Year: 2002

      Additional Airings
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      Saturday, 7 3:15 AM   137 DISNEY N/A
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      Saturday, 7 6:30 AM   137 DISNEY N/A
      Saturday, 14 7:30 PM   136 DISNEY 524191
      Saturday, 14 7:30 PM   61 DISNEY 524191
      Saturday, 14 10:30 PM   137 DISNEY N/A
      Saturday, 14 11:45 PM   136 DISNEY 6334882
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      Sunday, 15 3:30 AM   136 DISNEY 873221
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      Monday, 16 9:35 PM   136 DISNEY 73108210
      Monday, 16 9:35 PM   61 DISNEY 73108210

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  • Patricia Schenck's this month in AeroHistory
      1977 Draw the Line is released
      1985 Done With Mirrors is released

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith play in Boston MA at The Metro (The Guy Williams Band opens)

      1982 Aerosmith plays in Dayton OH at Hara Arena (Rose Tattoo open)

      1993 Aerosmith plays in Helsinki Finland at the Ice Hall (Mr. Big opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Cleveland OH at Gund Arena (Jackyl opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Grand Rapids MI at Van Andell Arena (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith cancels their show in Birmingham AL at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena

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(Various Artists) - Svenska Instrumentalklassiker
"Swedish Instrumental Classics." Nice, mostly kind of soft music. I felt that my head wasn't up for anything too extreme this morning. ;) How come beer starts tasting so nice that you just don't want to stop, once you've had a bit too much..? ;) Oh well, it was fun though, alot more enjoyable than I had expected. I was thinking it would feel very awkward to go to a party where most people are alot older than myself. Went to my first "party for the employees" (ja, en firmafest, alltså) last night. A new experience, was fun. Today isn't quite as fun, but I shouldn't complain.. :)
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Great album! There are certain albums to which many people tend to compare all other albums in the same genre. When it comes to "neo prog," Marillion's "Misplaced Childhood" is such an album. Yes, there's alot of synths (it was the '80's afterall) and the music is sometimes dangerously close to bordering pop, that's true. Still, the album is just chock-full of great melodies, and Fish does an amazing job on vocals, singing some great, very emotional lyrics! Well, Fish was apparently a big fan of Peter Hammill (just look at the album artwork for Marillion's previous album "Fugazi", some of Hammill's solo LPs can be seen there), so he did have some fine influences in that area. "Kayleigh" is of course the most well known track on here, and deservedly so I guess. Great song! Who cares though, just about everything on here holds the same high class!

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