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News as of February 28, 2003
  • Womans Shelter Benefit Feb 27th
      Chiq Banana reports:

      Just got in from the Arlington Gig (Benefit) Steven sang at. It was for a Local Womans Shelter called MHS. Steven joined James Taylor and some local musicians on stage for Big Ten Inch, Walkin' the Dog, and Walk This Way. It rocked!!! Very small intimate venue. He looked tan and healthy after his Hawaii vacation!

      He called his sponser (Drug /alcohol) up to thank him. Steven gave his sponser a coin and an embrace. Very touching. His sponser does alot of charity work in the area and was involved in running this benefit.

      There was a Meet and Greet after. Steven was his usual charming self ...Taking time with each person, looking them in the eye and signing CDs and T-shirts.

      He came to the crowd after and did a few pics and chatted with the girls!!

      It was a great night and a great cause. Steven looked and sounded amazing.

      He even let out a few AY YI YI "s during the night!!!!!

  • Clear Channel Bootlegs - THE COST
      According to the Always On Network, Clear Channel's "official bootlegs" will sell for "around $15" each:

      "Clear Channel Communications is getting into the act as well. The company plans to record live CDs of the shows it promotes, fire up a farm of burners, and sell the disks within five minutes after the show ends for around $15. As souvenirs go, that’s a much better bargain than a $35 T-shirt."



      Webmaster's comment: Could have been worse, I guess, but $15 still seems too high. Hell, that's higher than the cost of a new "real" CD in many places...

  • Seventeen Magazine
      In the April 2003 issue of Seventeen Magazine on page 68 there is a picture of Steven under a section called "boys in eyeliner" the caption reads "Even some of our favorite guys have jumped on the eyeliner bandwagon." Also included are pictures of Ewan McGregor and Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.

  • AeroFANatic Latest News 02.28.03
      Aerosmith begins rehearsals early next week in a brand new studio outside of Boston on their blues inspired album project.

      Tracklist is being kept VERY closely guarded, but I can tell you this... Expect tunes that you've heard Aerosmith play before, tunes they HAVEN'T played ever, and BRAND NEW TUNES on this album.


  • One Time Too Many
      It has been pointed out to me that there was talk about a version of "Once Is Enough" recorded with Willie Nelson for the Permanent Vacation album. For some reason his vocals weren't on the version of the song that appeared on the single and the Japenese EP. With that in mind, it does seem quite likely that it's the Aerosmith version with his vocals on that's going to show up on his album.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum

      1988 Aerosmith plays in New Orleans LA at Keifer Arena (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Chandler AZ at Compadre Stadium (Skid Row opens)

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

Tool - Lateralus (2001)

News as of February 27, 2003
  • {{{}}} AF1 News
      According to the AF1 newsletter this is some of the artists and songs Aerosmith is considering covering for the blues album...

      Willie Dixon
      Howlin' Wolf

      Song & Artists:
      All Your Love- John Mayall and the Blues Breakers
      Happenings Ten Years Time Ago- Yardbirds
      Smokestack Lightning- Bad Smitty and Yardbirds covered it.
      Rattlesnake Shake- Fleetwood Mac
      Stop Messin' Around- Fleetwood Mac

      Comments from Brad:

      "Now seems to be the time for an album like this. The record company is very into the idea, it feels like the right time to do it. I get the sense that people are craving music they can really sink their teeth into---something real---the musical version of the reality shows---they want the real thing, back to the roots."

  • Steven and Willie Nelson... Once Is Enough?
      Many fans noticed the title of the song "One Time Too Many," and immediately remembered how this also appeared as a line in the lyrics of Aerosmith's "Once Is Enough." That country-flavoured non-album track from the Permanent Vacation era (appeared as a b-side to certain "Dude" singles) included the line "Once Is Enough, It's One Time Too Many". Could it be a re-recording of that song, with the addition of Nelson's vocals, that will be included "The Essential Willie Nelson"? We shall see...

  • One Time Too Many (DMAAT)
      According to the label's site...this track is the last track (19) of the second disc of this two disc set and what's really weird.. it doesn't say duet with Steven Tyler OF Aerosmith it says....

      19 . One Time Too Many (with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith)(Previously Unreleased)


  • Pic of Michael J. Fox and Steven up at AF1....
      From the surprise charity jam event

  • Steven On Boston Radio This Morning - WZLX (DMAAT)
      Several posts about Boston area members hearing Steven on WZLX radio this morning various places. I chose this one posted by "Seaside Dreamer" on the AF1 board to share as she gave a pretty good "account".

      As told by Seaside Dreamer (and slightly edited by Aeroluvr for spelling):

      I got to start my day listening to that voice!! He called into WZLX in Boston. Started with a scream! Then he talked about the blues album. They talked about the roots of rock being the blues. He said the blues had a baby and called it rock and roll! They are building a room in a room at their warehouse for a soundproof place to jam all night! He said they want the same vibe as the Gap ad!!! He and Joe just walked in and played, and that's what this album will be. He said no protools. He said it will be first take stuff..record the first time through to get the moment-the good feeling! (that all sounds good..I love the Gap ad).

      He talked about being in Kona last week where the Oprah thing was done (Taj taped him for that) He talked about the Allison Krauss thing. He said after being in front of 25,000 people at show he'd be lonely cause his family wasn't there! (we could keep him company, couldn't we girls!) They asked him about Mardi Gras, he said he had too much on his of the dj's said he'd miss all the half naked women down there, and Steven said he gets all the boobies he needs from the front row at the shows! LOL. He was having tea by the fire, after the call he was going to take the kids to school, and then stand in line at the DMV to renew his license, where somebody will say Hey, aren't you that big lipped dude in the rock band!

      He is doing a benefit in Arlington tomorrow with some other musicians (sold out) and that's all can remember. No mention of the tour. Oh yeah, he talked about how he sometimes looks over at Joe, Brad, Tom and Joey and thinks WOW, I'm in that band! I thought that was nice!



  • Rolling Stone Magazine 3/6/03 issue
      As mentioned earlier, under a column called "Rock Destruction" Aerosmith is mentioned as #19. Here's the article (sorry for any typos):

      We were drug addicts dabbling in music, rather than musicians dabblin in drugs, Aerosmith's Joe Perry once mused. True that, Joe. In the 70's Aerosmith's music went sour as the band snorted up approximately 70% of all the coke in the world. Then as now, rock managers, record company flunkies and concert promoters would routinely supply musicians with drugs, figuring that if the band didn't get properly wasted the show wouldn't go on. Handlers relied on drugs to get the band to the next gig, while supplying blow for the actual show was the promoters' job. Manager Tim Collins reunited the feuding band for its 1984 Back in The Saddle Tour. Said Steven Tyler, when Tim asked me to move to Boston he said I'll give you a gram of blow a day and turn you onto a doctor who'll give you whatever you need. That was our deal. But at one gig in Illinios, Tyler began staggering He's shwacked on heroin, Collins' recalled. The band starts to fight Steven stops singing/ I give a roadie a gram of coke and tell him to give Steven a line, Steven takes the gram an snorts the whole thing halfway into the next song Tyler collapsed into the audience

  • Info on Benefit from Regent Theatre Site (DMAAT)
      Steven is rumored to be one of the "special musical guests"...


      Sold Out! Thank You!
      To benefit the Middlesex Human Services Agency, Inc.
      Thursday, February 27th, at 7PM

      The evening will be highlighted by surprise performances from very special musical guests who will be joined by some of Boston's most beloved Rock and Blues artists and personalities including:

      -JAMES MONTGOMERY and the Middlesex Band featuring JOHNNY A, DAN KENNEY (of Britney Spears), Matt Woodburn, Peter Hackel and John Ryder

      -From London, TRACIE HUNTER….rocker daughter of Ian Hunter with special guest brother Jesse Hunter, Neil Gabbitas, Lisa Firda and Joyce Sampson

      -The amazing singing of TROOPER "DAN" CLARK

      - TROY AND BROWN: John Troy and David Brown, alumni of Billy Joel Band, Pousette-Dart Band, Simon and Garfunkel etc.

      -JOHN FIORE of the Sopranos

      -DAVE MINEHAN of the Neighborhoods

      -JOE PET of the Joe Perry Project

      -STEVEN PAUL PERRY of John Hiatt, Orchestra "Luna"

      -DAVE FREEDMAN of The Stompers

      -15 year old guitar protégé, HARRY T.


      -CHERYL ARENA and more……


  • Aerosmith pro pictures
      Go to:
      Under "professional" type in Aerosmith
      There are over 450 beautiful pictures of Aerosmith there. These are all professionally shot photos, many that have been used in magazines, or are stills from videos. The quality is awesome. Unfortunately if you enlarge a picture at their site you get the Corbis watermark stamped over the picture. And if you try to save it to your computer it will save the very small jpeg but not the high quality image. But it's nice to see all the miniature pictures anyway. Enjoy! There are over 20 pages of pictures


      If you register, which is free, you don't see the watermark when you enlarge the pics. But I'd be VERY careful about posting them on the websites. VERY CAREFUL!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Lowell MA at Rogers High School

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Shreveport LA at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Tucson AZ at the Community Center Arena (Skid Row opens)

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

Aerosmith - "Once Is Enough" (1987)
Tool - Lateralus (2001)

News as of February 26, 2003
  • Another Country Collaboration from Tyler!
      Daily Music News:
      Edited by Jonathan Cohen / February 25, 2003, 4:15 PM
      Billboard Bits: Willie Nelson

      Columbia/Legacy's "The Essential Willie Nelson," a two-disc, 41-track career retrospective compiled to celebrate the artist's 70th birthday, has been bumped to April 1 from its originally scheduled March 16 release date. Nelson turns 70 on April 30.

      The set will feature chronologically arranged hits and classic songs spanning 41 years and nine record labels. Also included will be "One Time Too Many," a previously unreleased duet between Nelson and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and "Slow Dancing," a collaboration with U2. The latter was released as the B-side to U2's 1993 single "Stay," and later on the band's "If God Will Send His Angels" single in 1998, with re-cut vocals by Nelson.

      The "Essential" CD booklet will include testimonials from dozens of personalities, including former Texas governor Ann Richards, and such notable musicians as Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews, U2 singer Bono, Kris Kristofferson, and Ringo Starr.



      Yeah, I can guess what many of you are thinking... but hey, whatever you think of the genre... you gotta admit, Willie Nelson is cool as hell! :)

  • New Ross Halfin Pics from the Salute to the Blues Tribute


      February 6-8, 2003. New York.
      Came back from LA to Siberia. It had started to really snow. Went to rehearsals at S.I.R. Studios for "Tribute to the Blues." Joe and Steven played on "I'm a King Bee" and Peter Green's "Stop Messin' 'Round"--which Joe sung. They only did a quick run-thru (it was literally only 10 minutes), then shot them doing an interview for a blues radio station. They seemed like two enthusiastic school children. Walked back to the hotel with Steven who wanted chicken and matzo ball soup at the Carnegie Deli. It's amazing to me how friendly he is to fans when he gets recognized--which of course he does everywhere. Came back and ordered in some Chinese for myself.

      The next day I went with Steven in limo to Radio City Music Hall for soundcheck. He was in a really pissy mood, started berating me for not taking pictures of him with Bonnie Raitt and Dr. John. I was at the point of telling him to "fuck off," but let's face it--you don't do that when you want to keep working. Before soundcheck, did pics of Joe and Steven with Macy Gray, Martin Scorsese (who produced the show) and a whole load of blues people (who being the philistine that I am, didn't know who they were--Aaron Neville, etc). Just before we left, knocked on BB King's dressing room and did photos of him with Joe and Steven.

      Woke up the next day to the coldest and snowiest New York ever. Tried to convince Steven to go into Central Park--who like a petulant child--went mad and went on about how busy he was. 30 minutes later, got a very nice phone call about him, apologising about his attitude and behaviour. WHY CAN'T MORE ROCK STARS BE LIKE THIS?? Went over the Radio City at 7pm. Martin Scorsese and Buddy Guy's dressing rooms were next door to Steven and Joe's. Shot them all hanging out together, mainly in B&W. Also shot a very nervous Joe and Steven warming up in the dressing room, plus Joe and Jack Douglas (Aerosmith producer).

  • Oprah's After the Show program
      On Oprah's After the Show program on Oxygen network, Simon from American Idol was on and one of the ladies in the audience asked him what he thought of Steven Tyler. Simon said something to the effect that, Steven Tyler has more talent in 1 minute of performing than anyone else in the entertainment field. Oprah agreed. She said that he does a lot of wonderful things for kids and other causes, and that it says a lot about the type of person he is for his willingness to go out of his way to do a video "on his vacation" because he had to make sure that he taped it and get it to the airport on time, etc.

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

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Lexington KY at Rupp Arena (Cry of Love opens)

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

Soundgarden - Superunknown (1994)
I've got it again! I actually owned this album before, but sold it off. I suppose partly because I felt I had too many (ehh? like, 3... lol) "grunge" records in my collection. *LOL* Silly of me, this isn't grunge... or maybe it is? Who cares, grunge only existed in name, not in style, right? Alice In Chains and Soundgarden are really metal bands, aren't they? Regardless, there's alot of great songs here, including many sounding ALOT like Led Zeppelin! Somehow I sorta missed this the first time around. The spirit of Bonham is definitely present, and the riffs on certain songs are pure Page. Chris Cornell is truly an amazing vocalist!

News as of February 25, 2003
  • Steven on Oprah!
      Steven was on Oprah in a segment about people who love their jobs. His tour chef, Jaime Laurita, was actually the person being featured, but Steven sent a taped message from Hawaii. Jamie, who is a nutritionist, has prepared food for Sarah McLaughlin (has written a cookbook with her) and Steven when they have been on tour. He's apparently done tours with the Stones too. Steven talked about how great his cooking was, and how it helped him to "kick ass" on stage when on tour. Steven said "Hi!" to Oprah and thanked her for "feeding" his soul, and thanked Jamie for feeding his "Buddha belly". He mentioned how good the chef's food is, and how "fat" he gets on the food.. Yeah, right!? *lol* Steven's weight is apparently up to 155 now! He sang "Little Grass Shack" to Jamie and played the Ukulele. He was wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

      Simon from American idol was on first, about a half hour into the show they got to talking about this Jamie dude. Then they say how Steven Tyler of Aerosmith loves this guy's food, and next there's the tape of Steven talking about this guy. It was on like 39 min into the show, and lasted a few minutes.

      I also hear, after a show Steven needs a sugar fix, Jaime has to get bags and bags of candy for the man!!


      At Oprah's site, at, the After the Show link starts with Oprah talking to Jaime about peanut butter sandwiches, the type of peanut butter that he has to get for Steven. When Jaime's done talking, the rest is about Simon. There's also some recipes. And one other link about why he loves his job!


      For those of us who missed their quick trip to Hawaii with Steven via Oprah today, Lynn has graciously made an mpeg file from it and uploaded to her site. The clip is just of the song itself not the discussion after. Steven Singing From Hawaii to Oprah and Jamie.

      Click on the ENTER portion of the site and you'll see the where to click to play the clip. It's the first picture on that page. IF you happen to get an error that the file will not stream-play direct from the link, aAll you have to do is RIGHT CLICK, SAVE TARGET AS and save to your computer. Then open your player and then open the file and waa're in Hawaii with Steven LOL! Thanks Lynn!

      Please do not pass on the FILE itself. If you wish to share with others, post the link to Lynn's site with the info - I believe she's OK with that as on her list she said it was cool to repost the link

  • Jesse Kramer Plays The Viper Room
      I hear one of Jack Douglas' sons has been hangin' out with Jessie some in NY and his other son has actually done some gigs recently with Adrian (Perry) up in SF. Must be in the blood LMAO! Anyway, here's the blurb on Jesse's appearance:

      Aerosmith sticksman Joey Kramer's kid, Jesse, tore up the Viper Room in West Hollywood the other night with his modern-rock band, Hayes. We hear Jes, 21, proved himself an adept drummer. ``He hits hard and has the rock-star makings of his dad,'' said "Someone Who Was There".

      Excerpt from:

  • 2/24/03 John B's Report - They're really rockin' in Cambridge
      From AF1 site:

      The last time Aerosmith played in Cambridge, Mass was November 9th 1995 at a great rock club called The Middle East. I remember that night well because they were playing a few songs that never saw the light of day. A song called "Trouble" and a Joe Perry song called "Something." They also played "What Kind Of Love are You On" and some other chestnuts like "Make It" and "Think About It." Led Zep's "Immigrant Song" was also in the set. Everybody was 'wanded' as they entered the club to assure that no one would bootleg the show before those songs were released. I guess the club did a great job because I have never heard of a bootleg of that show.

      I should start off on how and why the boys would play at the venue they played at on February 8th. First off I had received a phone call from Cam Neely who is a retired hockey player and former Boston Bruin. He is a huge Aerosmith fan and has been friendly with some of the guys over the years. He called while we were in Detroit at the end of the last tour in December. He said he was taking a stab in the dark but had to ask if the band would be interested in playing a charity event that would benefit three charities, The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care Cam's parents both died of cancer), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and The Leary Firefighters Foundation. He said there would be a Monte Carlo night and auction capped off by a set of music played by the greatest band in the world. The guys were all very interested in the show but had committed to the Blues show in NYC on the 7th with a possibility of having to perform in NYC for the film on the 8th. Once the guys knew the 8th wasn't going to happen they all committed happily. Joey even flew up from his house in Florida just for the show. Michael J. Fox has been to a ton of shows and got to be real friendly with Joe. As you know Steven and Denis Leary are friends, Steven helped out with his charity hockey game last September and everybody loves Cam for what he and his brother Scott do for the city of Boston and for cancer patients and their families around the world. Aerosmith's crew chief Jim Survis and I went to the Charles Hotel to check out the room. It was in a Jazz club inside the hotel called the "Regatta Bar." It was a pretty empty room. Hardly no PA at all - very few lights. Jim decided that it could work as long as both sides kept it simple. They started by bulking up the PA and adding some really cool VARI*LITES which are electronic lights that change any color you want at the flick of a switch. The band kept their equipment to a bare minimum. The set included songs from their first three albums and also a few covers for good measure. The band cruised through the set with reckless abandon. No water breaks, no guitar changes. Just down and dirty rock and roll. You could tell Steven and Joe were still on a high from playing with such great blues masters the night before but Tom, Brad and Joey proved they were no slouches. Dan Ackroyd joined the guys for the Muddy Waters' tune "Killing Floor" and then the night took a weird turn. Barry Tatleman, of the Boston based Jordan's Furniture fame offered 10,000 bucks to sit in with Aerosmith. Steven then suggested upping the ante a bit - $20,000! Hell, it's Aerosmith not Huey Lewis and the News . Barry gladly obliged and was soon pounding the skins for "All Your Love" (which is on Pandora's Box - but you knew that). I gotta say I thought without the KrameDog behind the throne it would be a train wreck in the making but it was surprisingly rockin'. This guy could play drums as well as peddle love seats with the best of them. It just goes to show you how good sports the guys are and that it all went for a really good cause. Earlier in the night Steven and Tom brought out a signed guitar to the auction that went for 30,000 bucks. Cam asked if I could get another one, I said sure and they got $30,000 for that one too. So that's an additional 80,000 grand the guys help bring in. Tickets were $2500.00 and were held to only 300 seats. After that it was time for one more special guest and that turned out to be Michael J. Fox who then announced to the crowd into Steven's scarf draped mike that he was so nervous that he wasn't shaking. He shredded Johnny B. Goode with Steven making up lyrics about the evening as he went along. The night was a huge success. People Magazine reported that it made close to $750,000. The show was captured on video by the band and we hope to have some clips up soon.
      Until Next Time!!!!
      -John B

      Blue Jam
      Mama Kin
      Same Old Song and Dance
      Walkin' the Dog
      Big 10 Inch
      Sweet Emotion
      Stop Messin'
      All Your Love with Barry Tattleman
      One Way Street
      Killing Floor with Dan Ackroyd
      Walk This Way
      Johnny B Goode with Michael J. Fox

      Follow-up posted by a fan on one of the mailing lists:
      I not only went to the Middle East show, I stole the set list. I was in the front facing Joe Perry! He played a very cool sparkly Gold Strat!!! I have some cool pics of that show hanging in my studio. I Just dug out the set list, here it is

      Make It
      Bone To Bone
      Get The Lead Out
      I'm A Man
      Hole in My Soul
      Sick As A Dog
      What Kind Of Love
      Milk Cow
      Think About It

  • Night in the Sticks
      Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will team up with bluegrass group Alison Krauss & Union Station on an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads. The show will be taped March 13 in Nashville and will air at a later date. "I know that Steven Tyler plays mandolin, so I can't wait to see him mixing it up with Union Station," says singer-songwriter Radney Foster, who's the host of the CMT series.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Montreal, Quebec at The Forum

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Oklahoma City, OK at The Myriad Convention Center (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Las Cruces NM at the Pan American Center (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Toledo OH at the Sports Arena (Cry of Love opens)

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

Dixie Dregs - California Screamin' (2000)

News as of February 24, 2003
  • Grammys / RAAD Commercial
      Aerosmith did not show up at the awards, nor did they win anything. Steven and Joe did sort of make an appearance though... In some parts of the US, a RAAD Commercial featuring the Toxic Twins was shown on the same channel during the course of the show. It shows them on a stage singing JPP with Steven doing the talking in between about RADD. It starts out with Joe saying "Hi, I'm Joe Perry" then Steven starting out with saying "Hi I'm Steven.."

  • The latest I've heard regarding the Blues Album
      They are only "writing" tunes for 1/2 of the CD or so. They have already worked up a list of covers as possibilities for the other 1/2 - the key is that they ALL decide on the list together.

  • AeroFest 2003
      AeroFest 2003
      "Let The Kid Out"

      AeroFest is an annual fanfare event for charity to celebrate the music of Aerosmith and raise money for the children. It's your chance to see old Aero-friends and make new Aero-friends. Share stories and memories with the Greatest Fans In The World!

      "Draw The Line"
      An Aerosmith Tribute Band

      Date: Saturday March 22, 2003
      Time: 6PM till 1AM (Registration 5:30PM)
      Cost: $35.00 ($40.00 at the door)
      Location: Glen Ellyn Holiday Inn ("Lock The Door With A Chain")
      1250 Roosevelt Road
      Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
      (630) 629-6000
      If you need hotel accommodations, call the Holiday Inn and
      mention "AeroFest 2003" for special $79 room rates.

      For a $35 donation you'll get food, soft drinks, Aero-sweets and coffee (a cash bar will be available).
      You can also purchase tickets to enter the awesome AeroFest raffle to win lots of cool Aerosmith stuff. Enter one of the many outrageous contests and win even more really cool prizes.

      Proceeds from AeroFest 2003 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois. Make-A-Wish fulfills the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. You can contact Make-A-Wish at or by phone at 312.943.8956

      Visit our Website at: for the latest updates
      Email questions to:

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1978 Aerosmith plays in Columbus OH at Veterans Memorial Auditorium

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Syracuse NY at War Memorial Auditorium

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Wichita KS at Kansas Coliseum (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Albuquerque NM at Tingley Coliseum (Skid Row opens)

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

Argent - The Argent Anthology: A Collection Of Greatest Hits (1969-1974)

News as of February 23, 2003
  • Happy Birthday Brad!!
      Today our very own superb guitar god, mr Brad Whitford turned 51! Happy Birthday, Brad!! Here's hoping to hear alot more from you, cranking it up on the blues album! :)

  • Grammys?
      2 emails was recently sent out from Sony about the Grammys, both listed performers, neither one mentioned Aerosmith.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1952 Brad Ernest Whitford is born in Winchester MA

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Ames IA at the Hilton Coliseum (Cry of Love opens)

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

Camel - Moonmadness (1976)

News as of February 22, 2003
  • Tyler and Perry cancel Mardi Gras appearance
      Aerosmith stars cancel Orpheus appearance - Travis Tritt to reign and perform at ball
      Aerosmith band members Joe Perry and Steve(n) Tyler have decided against coming to New Orleans to reign over Orpheus, Krewe officials confirmed Friday. They've got a recording contract coming up, and Orpheus released them from their obligation, said Ardley Hanemann, vice president of Orpheus. He said country music singer Travis Tritt will take their place and will play at the Orpheus ball. He said Tritt agreed to take a break from his present tour to appear in the parade.



      Funny how they haven't updated the actual Mardi Gras parade pages at the same site yet though LOL. Soon to come I'm sure though.

  • Get your Obscenies signed by Tom Hamilton!
      From AF1:
      Hey Check it out - Tom's autographing his toys. As a special gift to fans, Tom Hamilton has started throwing his John Hancock on his Mr. Happy & friends. Since everyone is hip to all things Aerosmith, I don't have to tell you about Obscenies, those creatures that are just "too cute to be nasty", so check this out - order now and your Obscenies will be autographed by Tom.


      The following is posted at the site of Tom Hamilton's funky side business he recently kicked off,

      You heard it right. All of you devoted Rock & Roll fans now have a chance to own your very own Limited Edition, personally autographed Obscenies from our founder, the beloved, Tom Hamilton, bass player for the world-renowned rock band, Aerosmith. This is the 'must have' for any memorabilia collector. What does Tom do during the quiet, downtime between albums and concerts? That's right, he designs adult plush characters.

      But don’t think that YOU can wait. Tom will only sign so many characters, and then POOF!! They will be gone. So make sure you get yours today!!

      Hamilton and his toys

  • Aerosmith at The Grammys?
      There are two reports now on the AF1 board that Aerosmith has been added to the list of performers.......?

  • Some Outdoor Venues Confirm Aerosmith
      Alissa854 writes:

      According to both box offices, Aerosmith is on schedule to play this summer. Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indiana will have the date on April first when the 2003 summer concert season is annnounced for their venue. St. Louis venue UMB Bank Pavilion will have the date in April as well. Stay tuned! Some venues every year Aerosmith comes to their venue know way before AeroForceOne and Fans Rule knows.

  • Regarding Clear Channel's 'Official Bootlegs'
      Michelle writes:

      I think if they decided to do this it was based on the success that The Who had with it this past tour. They offered cd's of each of their shows from the soundboard, and they sold tons. I bought my show (Dallas) and it was amazing sound, much better than you could get on any bootleg. BUT it took a while after the concert for them to make them and ship them out. If CC is planning on selling them RIGHT after the show then the quality probably won't be that good.

      The big difference between CC's proposed plan and what The Who did this last tour though is that The Who gave ALL of the profits from the cd's to charity. Which is probably another reason that they sold so well. But CC, being the most greedy buisness on this planet, sure as hell wouldn't give their profits to charity.

  • Unofficial but likely?
      From you know who:

      One of the things I asked Jack the other night...reminding him that his every word spoken to fans at Sarasota and Salute to the Blues was posted all over the internet LOL, was the KISS/Aero tour thing. He said that though ST (and of course JD) would rather they didn't do it, it was likely gonna be pretty hard to back completely out of and that we would know more very soon. Not really any "news" other than it sure sounds like CC really jumped the gun with the announcement, the KISS camp confirmed it widely though Aero still had a few issues they wanted worked out but had thrown in enough of a commitment though the details had not been worked out that some sort of tour is likely gonna have to happen. Doesn't sound like it could be totally scrapped at this point though I suppose stranger things have happened. What's weird is a couple of things. IF indeed it happens and starts in August...they will have to do rehearsals, etc. several weeks prior. The album release date that SONY first announced was June 30th and that sure seemed aggressive even if they have 1/2 of the album "virtually" done in that they've chosen and worked up some of the covers and even began work on some of the new material too. Because there is a huge gap between recording and an actual album release. Final mastering, production, artwork, promo, etc. Either way the tour timing is not ideal in my opinion. Even IF the album does somehow get done and released prior to the tour, how is touring with KISS a "fitting" tribute to the blues side of your roots..though it could help band members go "back into their ROCK 70's saddle" and that is a good thing! And a bit of friendly ego competition never hurt anyone. IF the album is NOT finished in depends on where in the process they would have to break away. I would almost assume that it would be after RECORDING was done, the band would go on the tour and the powers that be would be busy "finishing up the product" and releasing it during the tour. Just some rambling thoughts of some possibilities...all just that at this point...and the possible outcomes. It sure sounds like this, like everything else we go through for our favorite band, is a "wait and see" situation. So here we are. Sitting and waiting. And SAVING $$$$ for this CC tour and possible LIVE CD too LMAO!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Binghamton NY at Broome County Arena

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Cedar Rapids IA at Five Seasons Arena (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Dallas TX at Reunion Arena (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Moline IL at Mark of the Quad Cities (Cry of Love opens)

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Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band - Safe As Milk (1967)

News as of February 21, 2003
  • Guns N' Roses looking for their own Steven Tyler?
      In the latest issue of Rolling Stone (w/ Phish on the cover), there's a small article in the "Rock and Roll" section stating that the members of Guns N' Roses, minus Axl, are looking for a new lead singer. The ad the members have sent out for this position mentions they're looking for a "singer-songwriter somewhere in the realm of early Alice Cooper/Steven Tyler, the harder edged side of McCartney and Lennon".


      Webmaster's comment: If they succeed in finding a singer like the one they're looking for, I think this band is gonna be awesome. Cooper/Tyler/Lennon/McCartney, I think they'll have problem finding someone like that.. but if they do, I'm gonna be first in line the day this real Guns N' Roses (as opposed to the Axl Rose project) gets to put an album out! =)

  • 'Official Bootlegs' of major concerts to be sold at the venue?
      CC To Sell Live CDs After Concert
      According to a Denver Post article, the nation's largest concert promoter, Clear Channel Entertainment, is preparing to offer consumers live CDs for sale immediately after concerts. According to a CC spokesperson, "This initiative will enhance the concert experience for fans, provide a revenue source for artists and thwart illegal bootlegging activity. Our position as promoter and venue owner and a partnership with a major national retailer will make our program unique."



      Webmaster's comment (does this guy think anyone gives a crap about his point of view on things today, or what?! ;) : Well, this wasn't exactly Aerosmith news, but I suppose it could become so in the event that the CC tour with KISS does happen. So what should we think of this? Well, the idea, that one could get an audio copy with good sound quality of the show one attends, definitely appeals to me. I suppose this would be sort of similiar to what Pearl Jam did, but with the CDs coming out almost directly after the concert. What I don't like however, is the fact that it's Clear Channel who's behind this. What will these things cost, and how much (little) will actually end up in the pocket of the artists? "Thwart illegal bootlegging activity"? Why would CC care about bootlegs? The gain, I don't understand why dealing with bootlegs should be illegal in the first place. The only real difference here, is that it's people with alot of money already (CC) that makes money from selling the bootlegs. Suddenly, bootlegs are no longer illegal? Isn't capitalism a beautiful thing? Yeah, maybe the band will get some symbolical sum of money from the sales, but from what I hear, CC is so big and powerful that the bands hardly has anything to say in matters like these. To me, this just seems like another way for CC to rip-off the fans. With that in mind, I'm not sure I like it so much anymore. Oh well... I guess, it would be enough if one person bought the disc, and it could reach all other fans the old-fashioned way, through bootleg trading among fans. hehe.

  • As Seen On T.V.
      On MTV's The Big Urban Myth Show, the first episode had clips of "Janies Got A Gun" and "Pink".

      On a recent episode of "Gilmore Girls", Steven Tyler was mentioned. One asked another "...tell me something I don't know" and the other replied "Oh? That I want to date Steven Tyler?".

      News taken from the fantastic! In the case you've never seen it, check it out, damn it! :)

  • Judge Judy
      On 'Judge Judy,' a televised courtroom show with a bitch judge, there was a case about a guy who's suing because he boughtfake Aerosmith tickets and passes from the internet. The guy won!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Glens Falls NY at the Civic Center

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX at The Summit

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Carbondale IL at Southern Illinois University Arena (Dokken opens)

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Mountain - The Best Of Mountain (1970-1971)
I suppose most people know "Mississippi Queen," but this band actually had quite a bunch of other good stuff up their sleeves too!

News as of February 20, 2003
  • Crossroads

      Krauss, Tyler to Unite for CMT Crossroads
      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will join Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas for a taping of CMT Crossroads on March 13 in Nashville. Radney Foster will host the show. 2/19/03

  • Article on Mia
      Plus sized model Mia Tyler has paid tribute to her movie star sister for promoting a healthy body image for women. Catwalk queen Mia , who was part of a provocative plus-sized lingerie show in NY last week beleives that Liv and their father, 'pot-bellied' Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler, have helped her feel confident and sexy. She says, "I've never seen myself as the model type. As a kid I was always chubby. We're a family of big eaters. Look at my older sister, Liv, she's not super skinny either."

  • TV special in Mexico
      Next Tuesday, February 25th, Much Music México will show an Aerosmith special! The schedule is: 5:30 p.m. So remember, the 25th, 5:30 p.m. Much Music Mexico "channel 11 from politecnico nacional" or "oncetv"....

      El próximo martes 25 de febrero, en Much Music México pasarán un especial de Aerosmith!!!!! el horario es: 5:30 de la tarde, no habrá repeticiones, entonces no lo olviden!!!! recuerden 25 de febrero a las 5:30 p.m en Much Music Mexico canal once del politecnico o oncetv...

  • Regarding when the blues album will be released

      Funny how all of their "people" have various ideas about this huh? SONY has said the CD should be DONE and set for release by the end of June (there was an announcement of a June 30th release date target by Columbia/Sony). The guys and JD..not so sure LOL. The management/CC is SET on them beginning a KISS/Aero tour in August no matter what. And somehow I see all of those deadlines as a tad bit conflicting but then again....maybe they all work well under pressure LOL.

  • Reminder of 'The DVD project'
      I might have posted all of this info before, sorry to be repeating myself if I have. Here's how it looks right now, according to a post on one of the mailing lists...

      You WILL get to HEAR the superior sound technology of DVD super audio surround sound for the first five albums if you buy the DVD audios that are coming out for them... Toys being the first one. But the only "video" that will be added to those is likely to be held off until the final one is released.. then part of a special boxed set. At least that was the last that was said about it. As well all know, Aerosmith project priorities change almost DAILY or so it seems LOL.

  • The old Wagner/Hunter on Get Your Wings story...
      This is no way "news," but there has been some talk about this subject on the "DontMissAnAeroThing" list, and I found some some of the info quite interesting and though it might be worth sharing... So for those interested...


      Clive Newton, our friend and expert on all things Aerosmith, writes:

      It's been a rumour since the mid 70s have friends in the music biz being I lived in what some critics called the Metal capital of the World, with Zep, Judas Priest and Sabbath. Guitar mag blew the whistle finally on the story in 1997 talking to the two ex-Alice Cooper axe men. Jack Douglas also finally came clean on the subject in the early 2000s. It was in the days when the label etc booked you in for a set period of studio time (2-4 weeks) at the top recording studios like the Record Plant etc. Studio time was expensive and it was a time to be creative or not so things could be very fraught, especially at the end. I think when you couldn't come up with the goods, it was time to slip in a cover version to fill up the album. After slogging it out hard in the studio, sometimes, no matter how many times you play something, it just does cut it.

      Hence enter Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter. Wagner remembers that all the lead guitar on Train is him or Steve. Most guitarist can tell their playing on a finished product. It's like Richie Ranno is the guitar on Tunnel of Love on Gene Simmon's solo album and not Joe Perry. Perry and Skunk Baxter (Doobie Bros) did some guitar work for the track but it wasn't used (but they are thanked on the album). Anyway, Wagner says he did the live sounding lead stuff at the end of Train. His recollection is that he played on 4 tracks including Same Old Song And Dance, Pandora's Box and he believes Woman of the World. Some tracks weren't complete with vocals so hence why uncertain about WOTW. He said all his stuff was overdubs and was out of their in a few hours. He doesn't recall Perry being around but Hunter thinks Perry had been playing solid for 20 hours and was spent.

      Douglas called up Wagner to play who was at the time in NY. Hunter at the time was at the same studios recording with Lou Reed and working with producer Bob Erzin. His recollection was that he just played on Train.


      The kitties were out the bag in the 1970s (even on this side of the Atlantic - other musicians recognise other musicians styles of play etc)- it was just waiting for Douglas, Aerosmith and the session men to tell their side of the story. For some reason it's difficult to keep secrets in the music world as a number of bands have used an unknown guests and in the end the story gets out there and sometimes not that long after it happens. I was hoping to read about the incident in the WTW book but they didn't - although a lot of that period is very murky to them and a lot reconstituted together using magazine articles and such like to trigger the brain. As I understand, Wagner and Hunter were never credited for their work and looked deep through the names on things like Pandora's Box etc.


      As a reply to "I seem to remember back in the 70's (before the cat was out of the bag) that the big rumor was Rick Derringer was the one who played on Train. Probably because the band was friends with him and his wife.":

      He was one of the names being banded about with a few session guitarists (including the Alice Cooper men who were hot session men at the time). Given the info about then, somebody spilt the beans but wasn't willing to detail names (rather than somebody saw something). Somebody in the business I knew was convinced one was Wagner just from his guitar sound and style. I have a vague recollection he asked him yonks back when the opportunity came but Wagner sort of went deaf on the matter.


      Terry remembers:

      Joe was the "official" one to let it out just prior to Jack finally talking about it though. They never intended to ever let it out which is evidenced by it's exclusion in WTW. But it wasn't soon after the publication of that that it suddenly became more mainstream to talk about


      Regarding "Rick Derringer was the one who played on Train":

      He sure was around a lot during the sessions and there are likely tapes with him playing on various jams out there somewhere LOL. That was just the way it was back then and oh to have been a fly on the wall for some of the probably best but never heard "party jams" LOL.


      Clive again:

      So when did Joe let it out the bag? I have the Jack Douglas interview where he goes into a lot of stuff including Aerosmith and Get Your Wings. Wagner and Hunter blew the official whistle way back in 1997 and apparently at the time no-one from Aerosmith (ie management company etc) would comment. Wagner/Hunter were your typical flash and gifted axemen and what made Alice Cooper/Billion Dollar Babies hot property. These days, Aerosmith are still going strong and life hasn't been so good for Wagner/Hunter (to the same extent). It's not an uncommon thing especially in the early-mid 70s of borrowing the services of a close top guitarist working at the same studio. I have a friend that plays for Moxy (which Douglas was sort of involved in some of their album production) and they borrowed the services of Tommy Bolin, who was at the time recording his Teazer album (at the same studio) which sadly was to be his last (Bolin was credited though and some of it rated as his finest work). It still happens but in a different format when you are megastars as credited for guest appearances such as the band's contributions on Motley Crue's Dr Feelgood album.

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

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Dallas TX at Reunion Arena

      1991 Aerosmith appears at the 33rd Grammy Awards in New York City

      1994 Aerosmith appears in Pittsburgh PA at the Civic Center (Cry of Love opens)

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Made In Sweden - Made In England (1970)
Great record! Very good and varied material played by this very talanted 'power trio'! Jojje Wadenius shines on guitar throughout! A sadly forgotten classic of early Swedish rock music! Great songs!

News as of February 19, 2003
  • Rolling Stone
      In the March issue of Rolling Stone there is an article called "20 ways rock & roll will destroy you," and Aerosmith is mentioned for drugs. It's on page 58 and it has a little pic too!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Hopedale MA at the Town Hall Auditorium

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Kansas City MO at Kemper Arena (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at War Memorial Auditorium (Cry of Love opens)

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Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band - Safe As Milk (1967)

News as of February 18, 2003
  • Cryin' video - True Hollywood Story
      On the True Hollywood Story spotlighting the movie Clueless, the director is talks about where they found Alicia Silverstone. She says that she saw her in Aerosmith's Cryin' video, and she knew then that that's who she wanted. So really, that video was the turning point in her career.

  • The Houston Chronicle
      The Houston Chronicle had an article inside the first section today about Joey and his house, it's a nice little article and has a picture of Joey too.

  • Kramer's mansion
      Aerosmith drummer bulldozes home

      Aerosmith star Joey Kramer has taken the bulldozer to his 15-room mansion to make it smaller.

      The drummer reportedly wants to make the home in Boston "cosier" for him and wife April.

      He put the 1910 Georgian colonial on the market in 2001 for $3.75 million, but has now opted to downsize the residence instead.

      The new seven-room home is half the size of the old one, with a pool house and parking for 10 cars over two garages.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Springfield MA at the Civic Center (Mother's Finest opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Beaumont TX at the Civic Center

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Tulsa OK at the Convention Center (Dokken opens)

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Wolverine - Fervent Dream (1999. bonus tracks: 2000)

News as of February 17, 2003
  • Joey Kramer sighting
      Apparently, the drummer for America's best band was spotted at Best Buy in West Palm Beach last week.

  • Tylers Scans!
      Liz writes:

      I wanted to let you know that my Tyler Family Page is open again with just my scans from my magazines... I hope that means exclusives pics. I found on an European magazine a great photo of Steven with Teresa on the shot of Dude Looks Like a Lady video (is the black and white pic on the last scans page), I have never seen this pic before...

      Hope you like the scans!!

      Tyler Family Page © One Way Street Page

  • The slightly Tyler based movie 'I'll Be There'
      Release Date: TBA 2003
      Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
      Director: Craig Ferguson
      Screenwriter: Craig Ferguson, Phillip McGrade
      Starring: Craig Ferguson, Charlotte Church, Joss Ackland, Ralph Brown, Ian McNeice, Stephan Noonan, Jemma Redgrave, Imelda Staunton
      Genre: Comedy
      MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for drug references, some sexual humor/nudity, brief language)
      Official Website:
      Review: Not available
      DVD/VHS: Not available
      Movie Poster: Not available
      Production Stills: View images
      Plot Summary: A former 80s pop star's (Ferguson) downward spiral is halted when he discovers he has a teenage daughter (Church) - the product of a weekend love affair.
      Trailer: Coming Soon!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1984 Aerosmith plays their last show with Crespo and Dufay in Providence RI at the Civic Center

      1990 Aerosmith film Saturday Night Live in NYC at NBC Studios

      1994 Aerosmith plays in New York City at Madison Square Garden (Brother Cane opens)

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Thomas Di Leva - För Sverige i Rymden: Di Levas Bästa (1987-1999)

News as of February 16, 2003
  • Liv on Italian TopGirl
      Liv is on the cover of the Italian magazine - Top Girl (March 2003 issue).

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Amarillo TX at the Civic Center

      1988 Aerosmith plays in San Antonio TX at the Freeman Coliseum (Dokken opens)

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Pain of Salvation - One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998)

See children with guns hatred and fear in their eyes / They shoot to release their pain / A conflict to solve no matter if someone dies / Protecting our interests...

Look around, soon there’ll be but ruins to be found / Winner will be the last that stands / Lethal moves in a game of chess for the depraved / King or Pawn? Are you worth to save? / (What is the prize for this game we play?) / (And who are the ones that finally pay?)

They told me that we could actually save human lives / That armies would preserve the peace / And my work would save, solve and build bonds / Only lies! / And I fed their wallets...

It’s strange how we speak of civilised views / While we buy that media warface they sell / A makeup for "Them" so we can decide who’s to die / Cause we love it easy…

Step by step hate controls every heart every soul / Every gun pointed at those we paint as Enemies / We provide what they need to let the game proceed

Step by step greed controls every heart every soul / Arm to kill, kill to live - God how could I believe...

We can change - it's all in our minds...

News as of February 15, 2003
  • Steven in People
      Steven is in this weeks People in the Star Tracks section on page 10. Picture with him and Michael J. Fox. Caption reads:

      Rock Hollywood: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler(left) and Michael J. Fox jammed on Johnny B. Goode at a benefit in Cambridge, Mass., which raised $750,000 for various charities. Fox is currently creating a sitcom about a retired hockey player.

      You can view the picture @

  • Tyler to induct AC/DC
      NEWS - U2, No Doubt's Stefani, Aerosmith's Tyler & Others Set As Rock Hall Inductors
      (2/14/03, 12 p.m. ET) -- The list of inductors for this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony has been announced.

      The event, which takes place March 10 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, will feature U2 inducting the Clash, No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani representing the Police, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler doing the honors for AC/DC, Billy Joel speaking for the Righteous Brothers, and Elton John inducting Elvis Costello & the Attractions.

      In addition, Neil Young and Paul Simon will stand up for former Warner Bros. Records head Mo Ostin in the nonperformer category, while Late Show With David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer will honor Motown drummer (and member of the Funk Brothers) Benny Benjamin, Nashville session pianist Floyd Cramer, and Los Angeles session saxophonist Steve Douglas in the sidemen category.

      An edited version of the induction ceremony will air March 16 at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.

      -- Bruce Simon, New York


  • Mardi Gras
      This was up on the website for an AM radio station in New Orleans. WWL 870AM.


      Another piece of the Mardi Gras celebrity puzzle is in place. Rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith are going to be the celebrity monarchs of Orpheus.

      “Orpheus has Joe Perry and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith as their guest celebrities, and of course Jon Lovitz is already in Bacchus,” says Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy. “We’re still waiting to see who Endymion is going to have and it looks like a pretty good year.”

      Hardy says it can sometimes be tricky to get celebrities to come to Mardi Gras unless they're being paid to perform. But he says that once they experience it, they often want to do it for free.

      “Once they come, we’ve got’em hooked. They go back to Hollywood singing the praises of New Orleans and Mardi Gras, so if you get’em here, they’re ours.”

      He cites Whoopi Goldberg as an example. The Oscar-winning actress has appeared in the Krewe of Orpheus a couple of time, and wanted to come this year, but couldn’t because she’s filming a movie.

      From: (You have to scroll to almost half way down the page to see it.)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Oklahoma City OK at the Myriad

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX at The Summit (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Charleston WV at the Charleston Civic Center (Brother Cane opens)

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(Various Artists) InsideOut Music Progressive Rock & Metal Sampler 2003
As those of us who are into this type of music know, the label InsideOut pretty much guarantees quality music. This little sampler that they put together was distributed to those of us who subscribe to Sweden's premiere (hard) rock/metal mag, "Sweden Rock Magazine." Alot of quality music coming out on InsideOut for sure, and this is also demonstrated by the 8 tracks on here. The first four has to be given the prog metal tag, starting with a track from Sweden's prog/power metal heroes Evergrey. The title track from their forthcoming fourth album "Recreation Day" (to be released in March) has the same dark and fateful feeling that we've learn to expect from these guys. A layer of atmospherical keyboards in the background, heavy guitars and the fantastic emotional vocals of Englund. Seems Evergrey has done it again! Another winner! :) Next up is a new acquaintance for me, the band Event. This is the only other track that is yet to be released on here. "Under My Skin" from the album "Scratching The Surface" (also to be released next month) didn't really appeal to me at first listen. At first mostly hearing the influences of "modern rock," as in the commercial American post-grunge style. (all those non-interesting bands in the vein of Creed, Nickelback etc. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about) However, as I listen closer, there's definitely a strong prog base in the music, and it's really quite good. Their vocalist reminds me quite a bit of Alice In Chains, and to some extent also Soundgarden. A slight hint to the vocal brilliance of Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw I felt could be heard too. Next up are two of the biggest names in the prog metal world, Symphony X and Pain of Salvation. "King Of Terrors" from the 2002 release from Symphony X, "The Odyssey," is exactly what we know and love the band for. Great instrumental performances, lead my Romeo's neoclassical guitar, and Russel Allen once again showing that he is one of the best vocalists of today. That "Fandango" off of "Remedy Lane" is a fantastic song is nothing new. Pain of Salvation has yet to put anything to record that is less than Great! With that ends the metal section of this sampler, and of course we willingly plunge right into the world of prog rock and the wonderful sound of Spock's Beard! The track from these guys that we are served here is a live version of "Gibberish" from their "Don't Try This At Home" DVD. It's not hard to understand those that dismiss the Beard as simply Gentle Giant wannabees, the complex vocal harmonies on here (another example of this would be their "Thoughts (Part II)" from their album "V") are most definitely influenced by the old 70's proggers. While I should probably be ashamed of this, I personally have yet to fully enjoy the music of GG however, while I think that Spock's Beard are great. Now, the next track is from the third Swedish band on here. With Spock's Beard leader Neal Morse having left the world of music (due to the calling of God, imagine that?) the supergroup Transatlantic is also no more. One of the other four members, Roine Stolt still has his wonderful main group The Flower Kings however. They present the longest track on this sampler, with their "Silent Inferno" (14:25) from their double album "Unfold The Future" from last year. This is high quality music! It's amazing how much great music this small group of people can produce! What especially stands out on this track, as compared to other songs I've heard by The Flower Kings, is the bass playing. Awesome! If I remember correctly they had gotten themselves a new bass player for this album. While I've never had anything to complain about in the bass department before, it seems like Stolt is still improving the band. Rounding off the album are two legends. Both guitarists, both named Steve, and both once members of two of the biggest, best and most influential bands of the genre in the '70's. I'm of course talking about Steve Howe (Yes) and Steve Hackett (Genesis) who are still producing high quality music, although perhaps not quite as interesting as back in the days. Howe is represented with his "Small Acts of Human Kindness" from his album "Skyline" while Hackett shows off his wonderful guitar tone in a live version of "Riding The Colossus" from his "Somewhere in South America.." DVD. InsideOut, I love you! =)

News as of February 14, 2003
  • Kramer demolishes mansion worth millions!?!?
      Aerosmith's drummer has taken the bulldozer to his Massachusetts mansion, after it failed to sell. Joey Kramer tore down his 15-room home in Marshfield to build cozier quarters in its place. A Massachusetts paper says Kramer tried to sell the house in 2001 for nearly four (m) million dollars but there were no takers, so he opted to downsize it himself. Kramer's new seven-room home will be half the size of the old one, but it'll have a new pool house, and two garages that can hold ten cars.

  • New report from John B
      02.13.03 John B's Report - Going down to Sarasota...

      On January 31st I was told by Joe that the whole band would be going down to Sarasota to present Jack Douglas with an award for his work over the years in music and film. The organizer of the event sent his own Lear jet to pick up the guys and we left Boston at 5:30 PM on Saturday afternoon the very next day. Joey has a house in Florida so he was already there. We arrived at the venue around 8:30 PM. The guys then went to the Ritz Carlton to have dinner and watch David Johansen give Richard Dreyfus an award for his work in film. After that the guys went up to a suite in the hotel and hung out with Jack and David and a few friends. Then it was off to the Hyatt to give Jack his award. The guys met up with Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and hung out on a yacht owned by the organizer of the event (boy that guy must be rich) that was positioned right behind the hotel. Then it was time to make our way over to the banquet hall where some band that looked like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (but wasn't) had just finished their set. Steven was then introduced by Mark Famiglia (organizer). Steven then called up the rest of the band to say a few words about Jack. I kinda got the feeling the kids in the crowd had no idea who Jack was and were there to see if Aerosmith would jam. Jack accepted his award and said a few words to the 300 or more strong Aero supporters. As the guys turned to leave Joe looked over to me and said "hey let's jam!" I'm thinking, "wait a second - this isn't your gear and it wasn't even discussed that they might jam." OK, maybe they might have mentioned doing something if the time was right but nothing was even advanced. They just took over this band's gear and started playing. It was down and dirty and totally unrehearsed. After the 4 song mini set the guys left out the back door, jumped in their waiting SUV's and into the blackness of the night. Back into the jet and landed in Boston around 3:30 AM - into a blinding snowstorm. Made for a touchy touchdown.

      Next up NYC for a week of the Blues:

      Steven and Joe left on Tuesday the 4th of Feb. Steven took the train and Joe drove. They both had events that night. Steven went to the Lane Bryant show to see his daughter Mia do her thing and Joe went to the Mercury Lounge to see his proteges, "Porch Ghouls," on Roman Records. Joe was like a proud papa as he first met the leader of the Ghouls, "Eldorado," working behind the counter of Sun Records some months earlier. After the show Joe and Billie headed to an Italian restaurant on Houston to chow down and talk turkey with members of the media and some Sony bigwigs. It was a great time and if and when the PG's come to your town, go see em' and tell them Kosmo sent you.

      The next day Steven and Joe went over to SIR studio's to rehearse with their backing band. I'm embarrassed that I just called them a backing back because on their own they would be in the spotlight on any stage in the world. Drummer and band leader Steve Jordan from Keith Richard's Expensive Winos is also a world renowned producer. Also on drums The Band's Levon Helm who got on quite well with Steven and kicked ass on the skins. The guys played Slim Harpo's version of King Bee and then settled into a very Aerosmith like "Stop Messin'" with Joe on lead vocal as usual. It was wild seeing Blues greats like Gatemouth Brown and Honey Boy Edwards coming and going. I took some video from the rehearsal and hope to have a snippet of it up for everyone to see warts and all.

      Rehearsal at Radio City:

      The next day everyone involved took part in a photo shoot in the foyer of Radio City. Everyone was in place and they were just waiting for director, Martin Scorcese to come and plop himself down in front of everybody. The shoot got delayed when the crack security staff at Radio City were busying ushering out people who didn't belong in or near the shoot (like myself and fellow crew members). Only problem, they were kicking out some members of Scorcese family and it took a few minutes to restore order before the shutterbugs got back to business. No one was whacked or missing when all was said and done.

      Show Day!

      As you all know Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, filmed the concert with Scorsese serving as the executive producer. They plan on having it on PBS in October if all goes well. The theme of the concert-and-film is guided by the Willie Dixon quote, "the blues are the roots, everything else is the fruits." With Aerosmith set to do a blues type album this year, this collaboration seem like a no-brainer. Backstage was insane. It felt a lot like an award show. Every time the guys do something at Radio City it seems they always get the same exact dressing room or at least they are on the same floor. First time I remember being there was in '91 when the guys played "Come Together" at the Grammy's in honor of John Lennon. This event was no different. BB King down the hall, Martin Scorsese next door and Buddy Guy directly across the hall. People coming and going saying hi and giving props. Joe spent more time in Buddy Guy's dressing room than his own. Steven introducing Senator John Kerry from Massachusetts to Martin Scorsese was surreal. Bill Cosby running around like a kid in a candy store. It was a great event and a great feeling.

      Steven and Joe joined the house band right after intermission. They ripped through "King Bee" and "Stop Messin'" before people had time fix their wedgies. The show lasted over 5 hours and people were dripping blues as they filed out of the hall.

      Next week I'll recap the Charity show in Cambridge Mass.

      --John B


  • Tyler to present at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony
      VH1 and MTV are reporting that Steven Tyler will be a presenter at the upcoming Hall of Fame Ceremony. U2 and Gwen Stefani will also be presenters for the March 11th event that VH1 will be airing on March 19th. No word from them who will be inducting who yet...

      However, it was said on the radio yesterday morning, that Steven will be inducting AC/DC into the Rock Hall of Fame at the ceremony in March. Ceremony will be held of course in NY.....and not in Cleveland where the Hall of Fame is.


      U2, Stefani, Steven Tyler To Present At Rock Hall Ceremony
      AC/DC, Clash, Police, Elvis Costello among this year's inductees.
      by Corey Moss
      MTV News

      U2, Gwen Stefani and Steven Tyler are among the presenters scheduled for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

      Elton John, Billy Joel, Neil Young and Paul Simon are also scheduled as presenters at the event, which will honor AC/DC, the Clash, the Police and others (see "AC/DC, Clash, Police To Be Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame").

      Traditionally, many of the presenters also perform at the ceremony, especially during the inevitable jam that closes out the event.

      The 18th annual induction ceremony will be held March 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. VH1 will air the show March 19.

      Other inductees include the Righteous Brothers, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Motown drummer Benny Benjamin, pianist Floyd Cramer (Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison), and saxophonist Steve Douglas, who played on dozens of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound recordings.

      Mo Ostin, former head of Warner Bros. Records and current executive at DreamWorks, will be inducted in the non-performer category.

      A spokesperson for the ceremony could not confirm who will be inducting which artists, although U2 singer Bono has long spoken of his admiration for the Clash.

      This report is provided by MTV News


  • Crossroads, the CMT show said to feature Tyler
      Crossroads is a program kind of where Rock/Pop/whatever meets country - Kid Rock did it with Hank Williams, Jr, Travis Tritt with Ray Charles, James Taylor with the Dixie Chicks.

      Allison Kraus has a very soft, beautiful voice. Her music tends to be on the bluegrass side of the country spectrum. She did a few songs for the "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack.

  • Jack on TV in Emeryville
      There's a video of the interview available at their website

      Scroll down to about the 6th works fine with Windows Media Player Version 9 as they tell us on their site. Enjoy!

      This clip requires Windows Media Video 8.1 and Windows Media Audio 9 codecs installed. The only chance to see it is to download and install Windows Media Player 9.0 or download and install required codecs from site.

      Comments from the station staff (not on the site but via email): Jack, thank you so very much for the fantastic interview. You are so relaxed and natural on camera. "Insert Name" mentioned to me later how much he enjoyed spending more time with you and I know he wants to come back and do more.

      Look for another one in May where they will talk to JD again and go into more detail about the school specifically and just what it is he does there.

  • Cool tibit from Bon Jovi concert
      Derek writes:

      I went to the Bon Jovi concert in Atlanta tonight (really awesome show, if you have a chance to see them this tour, do it) but anyways, after the opening band Goo Goo Dolls left, they were playing some songs over the PA to fill the intermission. Nobody was really paying attention but then they started playing Love in an Elevator and the audience went nuts. The song almost got as much applause as the Goo Goo Dolls got. Everyone was singing along (especially the "whoa!.....whoa yeah!" part). So yea I thought that was pretty cool.

  • Eminem's video
      Did you see the "Sing 4 the moment" video? If not, you can download it from Kuba Cichocki's "downloads". It's 17 MB (avi - divx).

  • CSI
      They mentioned Clive Davis on CSI last night. They were investigating a murder and a suspect was in a recording studio. The CSI asked if studios are supposed to be sound proof, the engineer said something like "Only if Clive Davis is standing next to you."

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Claremont NH at Stevens HS with Gunnison Brook

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Orpheum Theater (Anvil opens); Joe and Brad are backstage; show is live simulcast on WBCN

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Odessa TX at Ector County Coliseum

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Knoxville TN at Thompson-Boling Arena (Brother Cane opens)

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

Paatos - Timeloss (2002)
Thomas Di Leva - För Sverige i Rymden: Di Levas Bästa (1987-1999)

News as of February 13, 2003
  • Aerosmith perform Unannounced Gig at Boston Jazz Club!!
      AEROSMITH Perform Unannounced Gig At Boston Jazz Club - Feb. 12, 2003

      AEROSMITH performed a 10-song set at the Boston jazz club Regattabar Saturday night following a fund-raiser that was also attended by actors Michael J. Fox and Dan Aykroyd, among others. BLUES BROTHER Aykroyd joined the band for one tune and Fox took a break from dancing on a table to play guitar with his friend Joe Perry on a rousing "Johnny B Goode". But it was furniture guy Barry Tatelman, best known for the commercials he and his brother Eliot do for Jordan's, who provided one of the most memorable moments, according to the Boston Globe. Tatelman, an amateur drummer, offered $10,000 to sit in with the band. "How about $20,000?" frontman Tyler said, and a deal was struck (with the proceeds going to charity). As to what song Tatelman played, neither he nor the band knows for sure. "I just started and they went with it," he said afterward. Tyler reportedly seemed impressed.

  • Setlist from the Unannounced Gig
      Thanks to Clive...see direct links below - check out his entire site if you never have. A great resource indeed!

      Regattabar, Charles Hotel
      Cambridge, MA
      February 12, 2003

      Blues Jam
      Mama Kin
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Big Ten Inch Record
      Sweet Emotion
      Stop Messin' Around
      Killing Floor (with Dan Ackroyd)
      All Your Love (Barry Tatelman from Jordan Furniture TV adverts on drums)
      One Way Street
      Walk This Way
      Johnny B. Goode (with Michael J. Fox on guitar)

      A charity event ("Betting on a Cause and a Cure") raising awareness and causes championed by Cam Neely, Dennis Leary and Michael J. Fox. 300 invited guests are thought to have raised up to $250,000 for each of the charities. Aerosmith donated two signed guitars and raised $62,000.

      Rare blues set of cover and pre-1975 Aerosmith tunes. Rare rendition of the Howling Wolf tune "Killing Floor" with "Blues Brother" Dan Ackroyd joining on vocals. Barry Tatelman apparently gave $20,000 to sit in with the band and give Joey a breather. Michael J. Fox relived his "Back To The Future" days for real, jamming on "Johnny B. Goode" with Joe Perry.

      Clives main site:

  • Tyler goes Nashville!?
      Postest at the AF1 board by AeroBee:

      Heads up Nashville folks! I don't have ALL the details yet, but I found out today that one of my radio stations is giving away a trip to Nashville to see Steven Tyler tape an episode of "Crossroads" for CMT, with Allison Kraus! I actually heard it on my way home today so I don't know anything other that what they said on the radio; apparently the performance will be in March and taped for later broadcast. I'll check into it on Thursday. Stay tuned...

  • Clubland
      Posted on one of the mailinglists: "The Movie Channel will be showing Clubland again tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m." (today?) Steven is in it VERY briefly at the very end of the movie. If you blink, you miss him, pretty much. Steven says 12 words.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Nashua NH at Nashua HS

      1983 Aerosmith plays in East Rutherford NJ at Brendan Byrne Arena (Pat Travers Band opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Dallas TX at Reunion Arena (Dokken opens)

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

Thomas Di Leva - För Sverige i Rymden: Di Levas Bästa (1987-1999)

News as of February 12, 2003
  • Hamilton goes "Obscenie" with Playboy TV & Radio
      Tom Hamilton’s normally found laying down the bass tracks for Aerosmith, but when he’s not on stage or in a studio he’s got a little side project that’s just too cute to be nasty – Obscenies – don’t know what they are? Tune in to Playboy’s XM Radio Tuesday February 11th at 9PM ET. Tom’s calling in to talk to Julie Ashton and Tiffany Granatah on Night Calls’ XM Radio Show (Channel 205). Can't make the date? Can't get enough? Wednesday February 12th at 9PM ET Tom’s calling into 411 Night Calls – The T.V. show on the Playboy Channel – Tune in and check it out.

      Still not satisfied? Well, Tom’s got stamina! Friday February 14th – the day for lovin’ – Tom's scheduled a quickie with Julie and Tiffany back at Playboy's XM Radio (Channel 205). Tom calls in at 9PM ET.

      For more info on Obscenies click here.

  • PETA to use "Dude" in Man-Boob Campaign
      PETA To Use AEROSMITH's 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady' In Man-Boob Campaign - Feb. 11, 2003

      To help fight the obesity epidemic in this country, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is producing radio spots telling men that the best way to avoid gynecomastia, the overdevelopment of male breasts, is to avoid meat and dairy products. Two weeks ago, PETA wrote Steven Tyler, AEROSMITH's lead singer, asking for permission to use the song "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" , which he cowrote, for its campaign. "Gynecomastia is the accumulation of breast tissue caused by excessive qualities of estrogenlike substances that can be traced to meat, milk and eggs," explained Dan Mathews, PETA's vice president of campaigns, in his letter. "With the use of your perfectly worded song, we could highlight these facts in a provocative yet entertaining way."

  • Steven Tyler quote
      And so, to our new feature: Things We Didn't Have Room for This Week or Possibly Even Last . . .

      . . . STEVE TYLER of Aerosmith explaining how he gets that wrinkly rocker look in his Gucci shirt:

      "I just tie it in a knot, let it dry, it takes three days. I wash it by hand in the sink. It's a road thing."


  • Jack on TV in Emeryville
      Posted by BostonBadBoys on JoePerryRocks board....

      I turned on the tv this am to a surprise interview with Jack, who is in Emeryville at a recording studio. I didn't catch why he was there; the interviewer mostly asked him about working with John Lennon on Double Fantasy. Then at the last min. He said he would go into the studio with Aero next month to record the blues album and that the band was an amazing group and incredibly close with each other. Pretty much what we all ready know!


      He's likely up there doing his normal "teaching" gig at Expression School - it's in Emeryville. He teaches a week long session called: Studio Etiquette and Psychology.

  • Heidi Mark (Vince Neil's ex-wife) mentions Aerosmith
      In the new 20 Questions with, former Playboy Playmate, Heidi Mark on Metal-sludge, there are a few Aerosmith Mentions.

      The mentions are on Questions 4 and 13.

      4. What hard rock/heavy metal band should give it up and call it a day?
      Uh, I think when anything that's put in a box like that, heavy metal, probably should hang it up. Anybody, if there is a great band that's coming out with new music like Aerosmith does and bands like that, that have longevity, I mean, somebody would have called them a heavy metal band a long time ago. They had the hair, they had the clothes. They're just a great band. You know? Heavy.....who's even out? Who should hang it up? I don't know. I really don't know. I know that there was a tour that had like, uh, Warrant, Slaughter, Vince, but not Motley, Vince, and something else, but it was so funny like none of 'em were the bands. It was like pieces of bands. (laughs) It was like Ratt, but only one person from Ratt. It's like you know what, if you don't have your band, then you should hang it up. Aside from someone like the guy from Slaughter who unfortunately passed away. Then obviously you can't hang it up. But I mean when everyone is like wild puppies going their separate ways, hang it up. Don't just keep replacing people. (chuckles) Just hang it up.

      13. Which do you prefer and why:
      Aerosmith or Kiss = awwwwww Kiss.
      Jim Bob: Any reason to validate that?
      They haven't changed their formula at all. They still sell out arenas. Everyone still loves them. They ACTUALLY perform. They actually sing. (laughs) Not a bunch of backup tracks. And not that I'm applying anything on anyone else, but uh, (pause) I like hard, rough men. Aerosmith is a great band but you're asking me as a chick, I like boys that look like they need a bath but don't actually need one. So Aerosmith is a great band but Kiss is like men. They're cool.

      ... needless to say, she's not the smartest woman in the world... LOL

  • Review of Salute to the Blues Event
      Five Hours' Worth of Stars, Celebrating the Mournful

      Dozens of blues, rock, rhythm-and-blues and hip-hop performers appeared at Radio City Music Hall on Friday night in "Salute to the Blues," an unguided tour through blues history. B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Macy Gray, Chuck D, India.Arie, the Neville Brothers and members of Aerosmith were just a few of the musicians on the bill.

      Experience Music Project, the rock-history museum in Seattle, produced the concert with a straightforward agenda: to reveal the broad spectrum of the blues and often to let the living honor the dead. The five-hour concert touched on blues styles from ragtime to psychedelia, and it revived songs by a pantheon of bluesmen.

      The show was a benefit for the Blues Music Foundation and the first event in the Year of the Blues (beginning Feb. 1, 2003) proclaimed by Congress. It also provided material for a concert film directed by Antoine Fuqua with Martin Scorsese as executive producer. (Mr. Scorsese is also producing "The Blues," a PBS film series for this fall.)

      The program began with blues ancestors: an African song from Angelique Kidjo and a chilling, death-haunted spiritual from Mavis Staples. But most of the songs were variations on 12-bar blues: stomping or shuffling, rolling with R&B triplets or swinging to a two-beat, slinking into jazz or rocking out.

      A few songs, like "Strange Fruit" (sung by India.Arie) and Odetta's regal rendition of Leadbelly's "Jim Crow Blues," alluded to the racism that shaped the blues. The rapper Chuck D rewrote John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" as "No Boom Boom," denouncing war in Iraq. But the concert's main message was that the blues is pervasive and vital, with songs to encompass every human impulse and emotion.

      "Salute to the Blues" didn't entirely resist the beer-commercial tendency to call any vintage African-American music "the blues." Some gospel, once the sworn adversary of the blues, turned up. But the program rightly pulled together "Love in Vain" (sung by Keb' Mo'), "Hound Dog" (rasped with wry indignation by Ms. Gray), "Sitting on Top of the World" (sung by James Blood Ulmer with Alison Krauss on fiddle), "Stormy Monday Blues" (taken slow and moody by Angie Stone), "I Pity the Fool" (sung with tormented fury by Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland) and the New Orleans carnival romp "Big Chief" (from the Neville Brothers) as members of one big family.

      The lineup presented venerable blues musicians and soul singers (Robert Jr. Lockwood, David Honeyboy Edwards, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Lazy Lester, Larry Johnson, Solomon Burke), their baby-boomer fans (Ms. Raitt, John Fogerty, Gregg Allman, Mr. Cray, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry) and a few younger performers (Mos Def, India.Arie and Chris Thomas King, who played Delta-style slide guitar over a disc jockey's drumbeat).

      Yet despite exceptions like Ms. Copeland and Mr. King, the electric blues of the 1950's and the blues-rock of the 1960's are receding into history. For younger singers, roots mean soul, rock and rhythm and blues, not the blues they were built on. As both a demographic and aesthetic necessity, the concert lingered in the boomer zone of electric blues, insisting that the style isn't nostalgia.

      The musicians came to play. B. B. King, appearing after 1 a.m. as the headliner, offered only a brief portion of his joyfully exasperated vocals and cutting guitar solos. Before him, nearly everyone aimed for a show-stopper: Mr. Burke tearing into "Turn On Your Lovelight," Mr. Tyler yowling "King Bee," Ms. Raitt sliding through Elmore James's "Coming Home," the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion socking out R. L. Burnside's lovesick "Goin' Down South."

      The deepest and most incendiary blues came from Mr. Guy. He sang with desolation, resolve and implicit menace, and his guitar solos plunked like Delta blues and seared like sirens and distorted screams. For him the blues wasn't a memory or a cause. It was an entire world of troubles and the best way to beat them, all in one.


  • Billboard Article on Salute to the Blues
      Daily Music News -
      Edited by Jonathan Cohen / February 10, 2003, 4:40 PM
      Artists Salute The Blues In New York

      Some of the biggest names in soul, rock, rap, and bluegrass joined blues music's biggest and most-revered artists Friday in New York to celebrate the blues -- its history, greatest artists, and influence. The landmark five-hour Salute to the Blues concert was filmed for theatrical release directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese.

      Held at the city's Radio City Music Hall, the show featured performances from Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty, Robert Cray, Natalie Cole, Solomon Burke, Alison Krauss, the Band's Levon Helm, the Allman Brothers Band's Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes, Chuck D., the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, rapper Mos Def, Mavis Staples, and such longtime bluesmen as Larry Johnson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, and Honeyboy Edwards.

      While the vintage bluesmen mostly stuck to their own material, many of the rock artists paid tribute to the genre's late heroes: Bonnie Raitt covered Elmore James' "Coming Home"; Fogerty offered his classic take on Leadbelly's "Midnight Special." Allman and Haynes dueted on "The Sky Is Crying," while Chuck D. tried out "No Boom Boom," a rewritten take on John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" protesting the impending war against Iraq.

      Keb' Mo' delivered Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain." India.Arie put her stamp on Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion tipped its hat to a blues great still breathing, but not present, with R.L. Burnside's "Goin' Down South."

      The earlier half of the show sought to trace the blues' roots from Africa and its songs about racism -- with Angelique Kidjo performing an African number, Mavis Staples a gospel song, and Odetta delivering Leadbelly's "Jim Crow Blues." The second half touched on Jimi Hendrix classics, songs from Lightin' Hopkins and Howlin' Wolf, and much more, all leading up to B.B. King's two-song, night-ending set.

      The show also included performances from Macy Gray ("Hound Dog"), Robert Cray ("I Pity the Fool"), Billy Boy Arnold, Ruth Brown, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Angie Stone, Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin and David Johansen, the Neville Brothers ("Big Chief"), Chris Thomas King, Lazy Lester, Kim Wilson, Jimmie Vaughan, James Blood Ulmer and Krauss ("Sitting on Top of the World"), Dr. John ("Ain't That a Shame"), Mos Def ("Black Jack Blues"), and Shemekia Copeland.

      The event is part of a year-long celebration of the blues that will see PBS air in the fall the seven-part miniseries "The Blues: A Musical Journey," produced by Scorsese. In conjunction, Columbia/Legacy and Universal Music Enterprises will release a companion CD boxed set and single discs devoted to particular artists, while Amistad/HarperCollins will publish the companion book

      The miniseries will include separately-themed films directed Wim Wenders ("The Soul of a Man"), Charles Burnett ("Warning by the Devil's Fire"), Clint Eastwood ("Piano Blues"), Mike Figgis ("Red, White, and Blues"), Marc Levin ("Godfathers and Sons"), Richard Pearce ("The Road to Memphis"), and Scorsese

      ("From Mali to Mississippi"). From:

  • Billboard Review Of Salute To The Blues Event
      February 10, 2003
      Salute To The Blues (Various Artists) / Feb. 7, 2003 / New York (Radio City Music Hall)

      While those packing Radio City Music Hall for Friday's (Feb. 7) Salute to the Blues were thrilled by superstar performances by the likes of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, B.B. King, and John Fogerty, they also left having shared in what were no doubt some of the most unforgettable moments in the careers of such long-revered, but still-obscure bluesmen as Larry Johnson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, and Honeyboy Edwards.

      There was clearly a feeling in the air during Johnson and Edwards' captivating, single-song solo performances that what was happening was special. But surprisingly, it was one of blues' most successful figures, Buddy Guy, who said as much later in the evening, telling the crowd that being part of the show -- a benefit concert filmed for an Antoine Fuqua-directed feature documentary executive-produced by Martin Scorsese -- made for "one of the greatest moments of my life."

      Through some five hours, the show built slowly with man-and-guitar type sets into bigger, full-band arrangements -- and occasionally veered back to solo performances. It did well in mixing a group of lesser-known and last-remaining original bluesmen and women (Edwards, Ruth Brown, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, who lent an old-fashioned showmanship and class to the evening) with their better-known counterparts (Guy, King) and modern-day contemporaries (Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', Shemekia Copeland).

      Like Guy, it was obvious that some of the other more established artists on the bill were also having a blast, as evidenced by a private high-five shared by Kim Wilson and Jimmie Vaughan (of Fabulous Thunderbirds fame), or as seen on the grinning face of the Band's Levon Helm, a member of the house band.

      That said, the highlights of the show were as diverse as the lineup, and often came from artists rarely associated with the genre. For rock fans, Fogerty's timeless rendition of his Credence Clearwater Revival staple "Midnight Special" was riveting; Solomon Burke delivered a rapturous, two-song set featuring "Turn on Your Love Light"; the divine and striking Natalie Cole, performing a solo number and a duet with Mavis Staples and Ruth Brown, was stunning.

      While the blues greats often stuck to their own material -- Guy and King delivered spirited takes on "The First Time I Met the Blues" and "Sweet Sixteen," respectively -- the rock acts triumphantly tipped their hat to some of the genre's best-known artists and songs. Perry and Tyler delivered a raucous take on "King Bee," while Bonnie Raitt slayed with Elmore James' "Coming Home," and Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes dueted on "The Sky Is Crying," a number that should have been a highlight, but instead suffered from sound issues.

      The show's definition of blues was a bit suspect. Included was a gospel number from Staples, a strong rendition of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" from India.Arie, a cover of "Ain't That a Shame" from Dr. John, and even a rap-rock performance from Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. ("No Boom Boom," a rewritten take on John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" protesting war against Iraq). Yet it did so not at a great expense to the blues and its late legends, many of whom were recognized in between-song videos, through covers, or outright tributes like that given by Hooker's daughter, Zakiya, who spoke to the audience about her father and his music.

      The many styles of the blues were performed. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown delivered a guitar-led, Texas shuffle and Wilson appeared numerous times trumpeting harmonica blues. Surprisingly, time was even given to Chris Thomas King as he and a DJ melded hip-hop, electric slide-guitar, and Delta-inspired blues. Representing the often thrilling and too often-overlooked North Mississippi Hill Country sound was New York garage/noise-rock trio Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, which banged out R.L. Burnside's "Goin' Down South."

      Though King got top billing, ending the show with a two-song set during which he was joined by Raitt and Cray, the evening seemed to belong to Guy. He delivered a solo acoustic number, and then later roared out a trio of electric cuts with his trademark polka-doted Stratocaster, one a rousing version of "Red House," on which he was joined by Living Colour's Vernon Reid, another a deeply soulful version of "Voodoo Chile" sung by Angelique Kidjo.

      Copeland was a powerful presence on a duet with the wonderfully impassioned Cray on "I Pity the Fool." Continuing to display his versatility, rapper and occasional rocker Mos Def paid tribute to Jack Johnson with "Black Jack Blues." The energy of the artist, whose rock band is named Black Jack Johnson, compensated for a lack of tunefulness in the performance. For those who remember just how powerful Public Enemy was, it's tough to watch the gutsy Chuck D. bravely trying to do more, musically, looking uncomfortable and sounding forced with his Five Arts Militia rock group.

      Yet, as a concert, the evening was deeply flawed. Often flashing the tedium of a sitcom taping, there were many irritating breaks between songs. As a result, the show sputtered and hiccuped like an old car: just when things were running smoothly, an awkward pause between performances for production issues killed the flow. And that was made worse by the lack of an emcee; there was an unseen person introducing (often oddly early or late) artists presumably from the backstage area.

      But all that was easy to overlook, as the show's higher purpose -- to compile movie-quality footage of all these performances, especially of such obscure greats as Johnson and Edwards -- was clearly palpable. Judging from the footage shown on two large screens (especially that taken of Edwards and Guy), what makes the cut for the documentary will be extraordinary.

      Wes Orshoski, N.Y.


  • And from
      Red-hot 'Blues'
      B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt included in impressive musical tribute
      Monday, February 10, 2003
      Star-Ledger Staff

      NEW YORK -- "This is the chance of a lifetime -- I hope I don't blow it," said John Fogerty, taking the stage at the "Salute to the Blues" concert at Radio City Music Hall, Friday night.

      His jitters were understandable. The show, which will be preserved in a concert film, brought together a daunting array of musicians, including genre giants (B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Ruth Brown), less famous but widely respected elders (Hubert Sumlin, Robert Junior Lockwood, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown), younger blues masters (Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt) and blues-loving rockers (Steven Tyler, Gregg Allman). Most of them fronted the house band for only one or two songs, but the show still included more than 40 numbers, and lasted five hours.

      The concert -- which raised money for blues education and preservation, and the support of needy artists -- was intended to do nothing less than sum up the 100-year history of the music, and point out some future directions. The idea was to follow the blues, loosely, through the decades, starting with the most traditional performers, then moving to blues-rock and other fusions, and ending with B.B. King.

      This led to some problems. Just as the show should have been peaking, it presented its least convincingly bluesy performances (bombastic, blues-influenced garage-rock from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and a strident update of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" by rapper Chuck D). King turned in a typically classy performance of his signature hit "Sweet Sixteen," but the final number, "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" (featuring him, with guests Raitt and Cray), sounded underrehearsed, and fizzled out before any great fireworks were generated.

      On the whole, though, this show did justice to its subject. The concert film, directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "The Replacement Killers"), should help widen the genre's fan base.

      Show-stealers included Solomon Burke, at his soul-shouting best on "Turn on Your Lovelight" and "Down in the Valley"; the Neville Brothers, whose mini-set was highlighted by a joyously funky version of the Mardi Gras classic, "Big Chief"; and Natalie Cole, uncharacteristically animated on "St. Louis Blues."

      Cole also joined with Ruth Brown and Mavis Staples for the sassy "Men Are Like Street Cars," sung to surprise guest Bill Cosby, who grinned and rolled his eyes as they genially insulted his gender. Neo-soul stars Angie Stone and India.Arie crooned "Stormy Monday" and "Strange Fruit," respectively, holding their own but failing to put a personal stamp on the material. Macy Gray's rowdy "Hound Dog" was pointedly based on the original blues hit by Big Mama Thornton, not the Elvis Presley cover.

      Guitar-slinger Buddy Guy proved his acoustic blues prowess early on, with "I Can't Be Satisfied," then returned to play dazzling electric-guitar riffs on "First Time I Met the Blues" and trade licks with Vernon Reid on "Voodoo Child" (sung by Angelique Kidjo) and "Red House." Hubert Sumlin, hugely influential because of his work as Howlin' Wolf's guitar player, has been battling lung cancer lately, but sounded good backing David Johansen on Wolf's "Killing Floor."

      John Fogerty revisited his Creedence Clearwater Revival days with "Midnight Special," which the band covered in 1969. Lazy Lester, Billy Boy Arnold and Kim Wilson joined forces for a harmonica duel, "Juke." Steven Tyler, appearing with his Aerosmith bandmate, Joe Perry, strutted through a hard-hitting "I'm a King Bee."

      Gregg Allman and Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Warren Haynes tackled "The Sky Is Crying," but microphone problems made Allman's vocals almost inaudible (a rare glitch in this generally smooth-running show).

      Odetta proved that blues can be protest music on "Jim Crow Blues." Experimental jazz singer-guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer led an odd assortment of musicians -- bluegrass star Alison Krauss on violin, Levon Helm of The Band on mandolin, and young blues traditionalist Keb Mo on guitar -- through a somewhat ragged "Sitting on Top of the World."

      If all this seems like a lot of music, keep in mind that there were more than 20 other numbers of all shapes and sizes in this show, too. They won't all fit into this article, just like they won't fit into Fuqua's movie (scheduled for fall release). Just by drawing on the highlights, though, he should be able to fashion a film that will both entertain and inform, in the tradition of "Buena Vista Social Club," "Down From the Mountain" and, most recently, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in San Antonio TX at the Joe Freeman Coliseum

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Austin TX at the Frank Erwin Center (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Jacksonville FL at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Brother Cane opens)

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

The Third World - America The Beautiful (1971)

News as of February 11, 2003
  • Walk This Way book mention in Blender Magazine
      In the March issue (with Shakira on the cover), on pages 172 and 173, "Walk This Way" is rated with 5 stars under the guide to books:

      Once the definitive tale of a band's rise and fall (and post-rehab rise), Aerosmith's 1997 autobiography now reads like a PG-13 version of Motley Crue's skanky 2001 history, The Dirt. But the reissued Walk This Way was written by a band that had shelved any bitterness. Not that Walk This Way is exactly short on gonzo behavior, especially during the coked-up late '70s (or, as Aerosmith refer to them, "The Wonder Years" - as in, they "wonder" what happened to them). "The crew had a rule," recalls Joe Perry's guitar tech. "If you didn't see a band member for 24 hours, you broke down the door of the hotel room to see if they were alive."

  • Sesame Street: Janie's Got A Gun Parody
      I might have posted this before? It's called "Elmo's Got A Gun." See the video at

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Springfield MA at the Civic Center

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Hempstead NY at The Calderone Theater

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Corpus Christi TX at Memorial Coliseum

      1998 Aerosmith postpones their show in Dayton OH at the Ervin J. Nutter Center; show was postponed due to Steven having laryngitis

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Styx - Serpent Is Rising (1974)
Not very good..

News as of February 10, 2003
  • Steven and Joe Celebrity Monarchs Mardi Gras
      Celebrity grand marshals and riders, 2003 Keep watching for updates! Orpheus - Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry team up as monarchs of Orpheus 2003.



      1. The Captain of Orpheus
      2. The Orpheus Trojan Horse
      3. 2003 Celebrity Monarch
      4. Harry Connick, Jr.
      5. The President of Orpheus

      Originally the word was they were gonna ride on the HC float but now since they've been named Monarchs..I would think the third listing is the one they will be on?


  • Salute to the Blues picture
      Great pic at

      Steve Tyler, left, and Joe Perry perform during the 'Salute to the Blues' concert at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in New York. 2003 has been declared 'The Year of the Blues' by Congress. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

      Steve Tyler, left, and Joe Perry perform during the 'Salute to the Blues' concert at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in New York. 2003 has been declared 'The Year of the Blues' by Congress. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

  • Link To 47 Pics from Sarasota

      Terry: These photos were taken by a friend of AeroKrazySara's, AeroFanRobin, then AK did her best to figure out how to get them to me and then I edited them to a viewable format. With no space left for me to use, a very special thanks goes out to Lynn who agreed to host the full- sized versions on her site and to my friend Marianne who offered the space for the index thumb page. So as you can see it was TRULY a group effort/contribution and thanks to all who helped! Enjoy and CONGRATULATIONS JACK!! (who has already seen these)

  • From the Boston Globe (obviously not today's..)
      Tonight, several musicians with ties to Boston-including Bonnie Raitt and Aerosmith-will take part in the "Salute to the Blues" concert in New York. The concert is part of celebrations surrounding the upcoming seven-film PBS series "The Blues," produced by local affiliate WGBH and airing this fall. The project is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and features filmmakers including Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis, and Wim Wenders. "The Blues" was among the hotter tickets at the recent Sundance Film Festival (particularly the party featuring Peter Wolf), and tonight's concert is the official kickoff of the "Year of the Blues," as decreed by Congress.

  • NJRagdoll account of Friday Night's Blues Event...
      From the AF1 board - she was with Ro (AeroPink). I'm sure many have seen these two posts but I also know there are many on our list NOT in AF1 or that do NOT read those I think it's fitting to share all info possible on these somewhat unique Aero events...don't you? LOL.

      Hey all, finally woke up! I'm here at Ro's and we're drinkin coffee, waking up!

      LOL last night I headed straight for bed, left the initial review up to her, she tells a better story anyway!

      I have to say that running into Jack Douglas last night was THE highlight of my evening! Thank god that Ro spotted him, I had been looking the other way. It was so funny when we walked in, security was so tight that I ended up jocking my camera cause I didn't want to take a chance with it in my purse.

      So I'm wearing these stretchy slack pants, not like jeans that would hold the camera in place. And my camera is kinda large, it's like a 35 millimeter shape, with the lens that pops out in the front. So I'm like "how the hell am I gonna keep this from being noticable?" It was funny. We're in line right outside in the street, and here's me shoving this big-azz camera down my pants, and then walking like a duck till we can get to the bathroom! It was funny. So I'm concentrating on keeping the camera from sliding down the pant leg, and I wasn't even scoping the crowd - so kudos to Ro for spotting him!

      So we stood there chatting for a few minutes, and he was very very gracious, and very nice. He seemed very honest and down to earth. We (of course) were saying that we were there pretty much just to see our boys, and he said "well you're going to hear them do some great blues tonight" and I said "it's about time! I can't wait!". When I had commented that I didn't think the Kiss pairing would be the most appropriate to support a BLUES album, he said he didn't think so either. I said the fans aren't too enthused about it, and even the Kiss fans aren't happy about it. He said Steven doesn't think it's such a good idea either, that they had been talking about it earlier that day. He went on to say that Joe thinks it would be fun. From the way I interpreted his tone of voice, and what he said, it seemed like Joe thinks it would be like a lark, like kind of humorous. I think he even used that word - humorous. I was trying to figure out how to say how it's not so humorous to 'waste' a tour on something that's just 'funny', when it's so expensive for all of us regular people. But I couldn't think of a way to put it into words, and the whole conversation happened kinda quickly (in my head anyway..)

      But THANK GOD that he said Steven (and himself) didn't think it's a good idea. Hopefully their opinions will prevail.. I have a feeling that the whole thing (hopefully) is still up in the air. Hopefully what we told him will carry some weight, that they will realize that we kind of represent the opinions of more than just the two of us fans. Cross your fingers...

      Ok, part II comes when I get home, we're calling a cab to get me to the train station, I'll continue this later!!

      BTW - Steven looked SO hot last night!!!!

  • Fifth Time's A Charm For Sarasota Film Fest
      Fifth Time's A Charm For Sarasota Film Fest
      by Jason Guerrasio

      Link: Pic of Steve/Richard Dreyfuss

      Attending the 5th annual Sarasota Film Festival, Richard Dreyfuss, who received the event's Lifetime Achievement Award, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, the presenter of the Award for Career Achievement (to music producer, Jack Douglas). Courtesy of Sarasota Film Festival What a difference five years makes. Originally only known for its black-tie affairs, the Sarasota Film Festival has gone through many facelifts to get where it is today. Expanding to 10 days this year, the event was filled with 150 films, numerous seminars, and of course celebrity appearances at luxurious parties.

      Criticized in the past for sometimes focusing too much on their glamorous events and not the caliber of films they choose, this year festival programmers showed they could attract quality work. Opening night at the beautiful Van Wezel Performing Arts Center featured the cute comedy "Kiss the Bride" (starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Amanda Detmer, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Alyssa Milano, and Johnathon Schaech) playing to a packed house of 1700 film fans. Director Vanessa Parise successfully pokes fun at the stress and pressure a family goes through to pull off a wedding, while dealing with the drama of everyday life. But unfortunately most will describe it as the Italian version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Following the film, everyone curried to the grand foyer to enjoy food, drinks, and music. Most partygoers were dressed to the nines, but it was very easy to strike a conversation with just about anyone. For part of the evening I was getting a crash course about celebrity memorabilia from the local autograph hound, Dennis. A jolly man with a white beard, he gave me the 411 on what celebs were rumored to show up. So far the only celebrity I had run into was Sarasota resident Dick Vitale, which for this sport fan was more than enough to leave the party satisfied.

      Day two focused on Todd Haynes' homage to '50s melodrama, "Far From Heaven," as the film screened in the afternoon after which Haynes and legendary composer Elmer Bernstein (who did the score for "Far From Heaven") sat for a Q&A. The real treat, though, was in the evening with the event CineSymphony! back at the Van Wezel. There Bernstein conducted the Florida West Coast Symphony for a concert of his greatest scores which included songs from "The Ten Commandments," "To Kill A Mockingbird," and "The Man With The Golden Arm" to name a few. Having images in my head of Steve McQueen getting sent to the cooler while listing to the symphony play "The Great Escape," and Yul Brynner riding high in the saddle during "The Magnificent Seven" gave me goose bumps. "We used 'To Kill A Mockingbird' while cutting 'Far From Heaven,'" Todd Haynes told the crowd after intermission. "But I never imagined to get the real guy to compose the film."

      The festival continued in the middle of the week at a luncheon honoring Rita Moreno, who later attended a screening of "West Side Story." A few nights later the World Cinema Celebration street party electrified Sarasota. Deepa Mehta was in attendance, as her film "Bollywood/Hollywood" was one of the favorites in the festival, capturing the audience award for best comedy. Also David Johansen a.k.a. Buster Poindexter (who was at the festival to give Richard Dreyfuss the Regal Entertainment Career Achievement Award) could be found stuffing his face on dinner rolls while standing next to a group of belly dancers.

      Though the community in Sarasota is very artsy, most are old upper-class socialites who couldn't relate to some of the "hipper" films that were at the festival. "Hell House," a documentary on one fundamentalist church's way of scaring its community into joining God, has been a favorite at many festivals but didn't get much of an audience at this one (it's a shame as it was one of the best docs shown). The audience award for best documentary went to Jeff Blitz's "Spellbound," which gave a hilarious look at the 1999 National Spelling Bee competition.

      As for the features, "Manic," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deshanel, and Don Cheadle, which tells the story of a group of troubled teens living in a mental institution, was a hit at Sundance a few years ago but didn't get much buzz at Sarasota. "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not," starring Audrey Tautou, was a big favorite as all its screenings were sold out. Mirra Bank's "Last Dance," which received the programmer's choice award, got big crowds, long with a little unknown film called "G-Sale." Directed by Randy Nargi, it's a mockumentary about the high number of garage sales in a fictional town called Bogwood, Washington. The film follows a group of garage sale junkies trying to find little nick-knacks that satisfy them in their own strange ways. Sarasota was the first time "G-Sale" had been shown to the public and for Nargi the need to personally come to the festival with his film was more than just to do Q&As. "We don't know much about marketing a film, so coming here and talking to other filmmakers who know about it is good for us," Nargi told me.

      The short film packages also showed off some great talents. The deserving winner of the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker's Short Award went to Canadian filmmaker Paul Quarrington's film "A Man's Life." This dark comedy about a family's decision to watch the Super Bowl during their father's wake was a crowd favorite. "The UK of A" by Alan Dorfman made fun of the differences between American and British families by cleverly highlighting their stereotypes. William Doble and Toby Miller's documentary "Zog's Place" showed off how small some of the living spaces in New York City really are (especially when they are filled with clutter).

      One of the least publicized parts of the festival was its Kidfest Shorts, which highlighted the young filmmakers of the world. Shown every morning, the screenings were catered to students who came on field trips to see the films. My favorite was "Little Monk" by 14-year-old Chaille Stovall. Stovall follows a young child who leaves his family and all his possessions behind to become a monk. A veteran of the Sarasota Film Festival, Stovall has shown two films in the past and has a deal with HBO. "We bring him to the local schools and he's so sophisticated that the kids are just blown away by him," says Hans Wohlgefahrt, outreach coordinator at the festival. It would be nice to see the festival expand Kidfest out of the unpopular morning hours in the future so more people could check them out.

      The last two nights were hyped all week to be the festival's hallmark. Starting out with Night of a Thousand Stars on Friday at the lush Michael's On East in southern Sarasota, the only stars to come out were William H. Macy (there for his film "Stealing Sinatra"), Richard Dreyfuss, and Andrew McCarthy. The festival concluded the next night with a black-tie tribute dinner for Dreyfuss at the Ritz Carlton, highlighted by a short presentation commemorating Dreyfuss' work, which included a taped message by Steven Spielberg (a shining moment for the publicists of the festival).

      The A-List appearances continued at the wrap party that followed when record producer Jack Douglas (who was at the festival for the screening of his short, "A Mob Story") was given an award for achievements in music and film. There to honor Douglas were two bands that he has worked with, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. Aerosmith gave the crowd what they wanted and performed a couple of songs before they were rushed away by security, but not before Steven Tyler picked up a pair of panties a women in the crowd had thrown on stage.

      Jody Kielbasa, executive director of the festival, spoke about making Sarasota's festival "one of the best in the world" at the tribute dinner. That goal that may not be too realistic at this point in the festival's short history, but since its inception ticket sales have increased every year (this year close to 30,000), it's expanded from three to five to 10 days, and it's been consistent in getting celebrities to show up each year. It's more than obvious this film festival has found its niche and it can only get better.


  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1988 Aerosmith plays in El Paso TX at the Special Events Center (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Pensacola FL at the Civic Center (Brother Cane opens)

      1995 Permanent Vacation is certified 5X platinum

      1995 Pump is certified 7X platinum

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Auburn Hills MI at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens); Ted Nugent joins them for Walkin' the Dog

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

The Grateful Dead - American Beauty (1970)
Christian Kjellvander - Songs From A Two-Room Chapel (2002)
Friday night I went to Christian Kjellvander's gig in Skellefteå. I arrived to the rock club Pinkerton quite late, only 20 minutes or so before Kjellvander went on stage. I thus didn't get to see the opening act, which apparently was Sofia Gustavsson. Kjellvander, backed by the band Lazy Grace Frontier, however, was fantastic! Magical, I'd like to say. One was almost crying on the inside at times, it was that beautiful. He did play most of the songs from this album. One of the best albums I've heard in quite a while, as you may know. Just a notch below Pain of Salvation's "Remedy Lane" on my list for best album of 2002. He also sung a bunch of songs I'd never heard before, which were just as beautiful. I would guess that those were songs from the albums he has released as the mind behind the bands Loosegoats and Songs of Soil. Kjellvander was fantastisk throughout the gig. His wonderful voice singing all those beautiful pensive songs. Fantastic! He opened his gig with "Allelujah," and I wondered how he'd be able to hold the same high standard throughout the entire gig, "Allelujah" being my favorite track off of his album. He did it though. Boy, did he ever! This type of honest alt. country-singer/songwriter music is definitely a new guily pleasure for me. Absolutely amazing gig! Next to me for most of this gig stood a girl with one of the prettiest faces I've ever seen. Truly a brunette of the dream, like Kjellvander sings in one of his songs. Her cute smile, and those eyes... :) Sadly, she disappeared before the gig was over, and before I got a chance to properly introduce myself. I didn't even get her name.. *sigh* After I realised that she was gone, the music of Kjellvander rang even more true... ;) I'd like to say that this was one of the best gigs I've seen in a very long time, but it's only 5 months since I saw Blind Guardian in Umeå. That was a fantastic concert too, and with the two acts being as different as they can possibly get, it's difficult to say if this was better or not. Regardless, I consider this one of the best gigs I've ever had the pleasure to attend! :)

News as of February 9, 2003
  • Radio City Music Hall

  • Story from Tribute To The Blues
      Here's the post from the AF1 board, posted by Aeropink:

      It's after 4am; just got home; I'm pooped...been up for 22 hours; bare with goes...

      Monica (NJRagdoll) and I walk into the lobby and all of a sudden I see Jack Douglas and I yell out "hey, I know you". He looks at me and smiles and said "you do...ok, who am I". So I said "you are Jack Douglas...Aerosmith's old producer; soon to be new producer of their upcoming Blues album". He smiles again and says, "you look really familar, do I know you, are you in the music industry"? So I said, "no, not in the music industry; and not anyone famous. We've never met before, but my name is Roseanne and I'm a big fan of yours". So he smiles very graciously again and asked me where do I live so I tell him that I live on Long Island. He says "I've must have seen you at Jones Beach because you look so familiar". So I said "you could have seen me there or just about anywhere Aerosmith tours...for God sakes, I've been doing "THIS" for 25 years". He laughs! ...probably thinking I'm out of my mind!!

      So then I asked him about the deal with Aero/Kiss and he says he doesn't think it's a good idea, so I naturally agreed with him. He also said that nothing has been confirmed yet. So then I asked him what is Aerosmith thinking about this whole thing. He says Steven doesn't think it's a good mix, but Joe thinks it would be a lot of fun. So I told him to tell Steven that we whole heartedly agree with him and that it isn't a good mix and that most of his fans are not pleased about it.

      Then Monica says to him that Kiss is the wrong band with Aero going on the road to support their Blues album. So he says that he doesn't even think the Blues album will be done before the tour begins. HMMMMMMMMMMM....

      Then I told him all about Aeroluvr (Terry) who posted the "Candid Conversation with Jack Douglas" on the Aerosmith forum. He said "oh yeah, I remember that". So I told him that "I was on of the thousands who emailed him and he actually emailed me back..." I thanked him for his honestly and wished him good luck with the Blues album.

      He was awesome; was very gracious; easy to talk to; a real down to earth kind of guy. It made my night to know that not only is he looking out for Aerosmith's best interests, but he seemed genuinely honest and I feel that Aerosmith could be in good hands, producer wise!!

      So we walk into the show, our seats are 1st Mezz. We watched some of the show and leave to go get another cocktail. So we are walking around and this guy walks over to me; wearing an "ALL ACCESS" pa~~ and again tells me I look really familiar. I guess I wore my "very familiar" looking face tonight LOL!!

      We start chatting and I laugh and tell him that I can be anyone he wants me to be if he can take us backstage. He tells me that he can't, his pa~~ only allows himself access. He proceeds to tell us that he is one of the lawyers who helped put this whole thing on the legal track. We tell him we are there to see Aerosmith and can he tell us anything about the show. He tells us that only Joe and Steven are there and that they are going on first after the break; doing two songs!! UGH!! ONLY TWO SONGS!!

      So I asked him what happened with the rest of the band; this was advertised as "Aerosmith" not Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. He said that the rest of the band was supposed to play, but only Steven and Joe wound of up doing it. I told him I was not happy about that cause I wanted to see the whole band and the advertisement was misleading. Whatever, whatever...we proceed to go to our seats. We were a bit loud and obnixious and the snooty people in front of us shooshed us like we were a bunch of high school kids....Well we proceed to go even more loud after that; screaming and shouting to the music...just to piss him off. I love being immature!!

      After the break, we proceed to walk into the front of the orchesta seats. Everyone was filing out, we filed in; unnoticed, unstopped. We walk around, grabbed a couple of empty seats, the lights go down and we run to the front like our lives depended on it. The boys from Beantown are introduced and we are right in front of them; screaming, arms in the air while everyone else was rather calm and sedated. Steven notices us right away; points and smiles. Security comes to chase us away; we were blocking Martin Scorceses view...HA!!

      So after all is said and done, Steven sang some bluesy type song about a bumble bee or some shiit; then Joe did Messing Around. In my opinion, not the best Aero blues and I felt that they really didn't make a statement about what Aero blues were all about.

      We stayed until the end; hoping Steven and Joe would come back out, but never did. BB King closed the show, he was awesome; truly the Godfather of the Blues. The show lasted a total of five hours; it was a great show, blues wise. Didn't know alot of the performers, some were awesome, real Mississippi Blues!!

      So there ya have it...I'm exhasuted and spent...going to bed!!


  • Aerosmith wins
      Aerosmith came out as the winner in the local radio station 93.7 the Arrow KKRW's poll for #1 American Band of all time!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Nihon Budokan Hall

      1984 Aerosmith plays in New York City NY at The Ritz

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Kiefer FL at the UNO Lakefront Arena (Brother Cane opens)

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

The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead (1970)
The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East (1971)

News as of February 8, 2003
  • Joe's Interview on Q104.3
      You can download the mp3s of Joe Perry's interview on Q104.3 from the other day. Head over to and click on multimedia. Brought to you by the folks over @

  • Aero97.3
      Weird thing going on in Kansas City. There's a radio station calling themselves Aero97.3. They're new and they're playing Absolutely Nothing besides Aerosmith.

      As far as I can tell it's just promoting the number (97.3) to get its name out, so that when the ACTUAL radio station comes in people will already know the number. Well, for the first week they were on the air they played NOTHING but The Beatles, no commercials, no DJs, JUST The Beatles. The next week was the Stones, then Zeppelin and then Van Halen and U2 was yesterday. Today they started playing ALL AEROSMITH!

  • Aerosmith's Blues Album!
      Posted by Kramer on this site's Messageboard:

      Hey, I thought we could all do ourselves a favor and fill each other in on all the tidbits of info we've found on Aerosmith's upcoming album. Here's what I've got to say. It's more than likely gonna be a blues album and it'll have 5-7 cover tunes and 5-7 original songs. Both the label and the band are pushing for a June 2003 release to kick off their summer tour (maybe with kiss, maybe not). A name for the album has yet to surface and they're in the studio now working on it. It's gonna be alot more edgy than JPP and very much like their 1st album but it'll probably have at least 1 lighter, redio-friendly song (But we all know that some of the best Aero work was pretty underground so SCREW BILLBOARD!!!). That's all I got. Does anybody have any more info? Thanks

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Nagoya Japan at Nagoya-shi Kokaido

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Lafayette LA at the Cajundome

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Tucson AZ at the Community Center (Dokken opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Madison WI at the Kohl Center (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

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Ulf Lundell - (self-made double CD-R compilation) (1975-2002)

News as of February 7, 2003
  • {{{}}} Whats Up?
      Lots going on in the Aerosmith camp these days, with much of it under wraps for now. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be taking part in Martin Scorcese's "Tribute To The Blues" concert this weekend. This will be aired as a special on PBS in October, and may have a theatrical release. Steven and Joe no doubt will be performing a few old school blues tracks. DEFINITLY a great pre-cursor for the blues album and tour.

      As for the Kiss tour, it has not become official yet....but I would be SHOCKED if it didn't come true. Anyways...this tour will encompass about 40 dates, and it's a Clear Channel Event. Clear Channel = shit. But that's ANOTHER story!

      So...keep it here and when news becomes official of course will have it for ya!

      ~^@^~ ~^@^~

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Osaka Japan at Festival Hall

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Phoenix AZ at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Dokken opens)

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

The Grateful Dead - The Grateful Dead (1967)

News as of February 6, 2003
  • Joe On Q-104.3 NY (a little late, I'm afraid...)
      Posted on AF1 board yesterday...

      Tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th between 6am-9am (EST), Joe Perry will be on the "Radio Chick Show" on NY City's Q-104.3 FM. If you are outside of NY you can hear it live on the Q-1043 website at:

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Kyoto Japan at Kyoto-kaikan Daiichi Hall

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Lubbock TX at Municipal Coliseum

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Long Beach CA at Sports Arena (Dokken opens)

      1992 Tom and Terry Hamilton adopt Julian Forrest Hamilton

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Ames IA at Hilton Coliseum (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

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

Bo Hansson - Ur Trollkarlens Hatt (a.k.a. "Magicians Hat") (1972)
original otherworldly organ orgies! Bosse rules!

News as of February 5, 2003
  • Pictures from the Sarasota film festival
      Big thanks to Constance for sending me these! :)

      I live in Tampa, Florida, which is about 45 minutes from Sarasota. After reading the articles you posted, I decided to go to this thing just for fun. Well, I have met Steven before, been kissed by him, and been to lots of shows...5 last tour. So you could say I am a little obsessed. But I have been longing for a picture with him. So I thought this could be my chance. Well I went, and I walked down the sidewalk with him, talking and holding his arm. This all happened when he first arrived. I asked him if he would pose for a picture with me and he said yes. So I finally got my picture!!!!!!!!

      Steven and Constance

      I also got a shot with Tom and I, and we got lots of great pics from the show as well as several 15 second videos with my digital camera. They are really great!!

      Jack Douglas and Aerosmith [CLICK FOR A BIGGER VERSION]
      Click on the picture above for a bigger version

  • Perry, Vaughan and... George Clinton!?
      Greg writes:

      Just wrote because I have an answer to the "Testify" question: "Testify" by Stevie Ray Vaughan is a cover of a song from 1967, called "(I wanna) Testify" by, of all people... George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic.

      Being as Parliament was such a famous funk/blues/soul band, I'm sure both Stevie Ray and Joe both heard the same song and are just bringing back a great riff...

  • Tylers at Lane Bryant Lingerie Show

      LANE Bryant will outdo itself with tonight's annual lingerie show at the Manhattan Center. Not only will Roseanne, Mia Tyler and The Post's own fashion-business reporter Lisa Marsh strut the runway, but the retailer has also scored Kelly Osbourne to catwalk in the finale. Booked to see the ladies firsthand is Aerosmith frontman Stephen Tyler, Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons and the Osbourne clan.

  • Lane Bryant Lingerie Show
      Videoclip can be found at:

      Via the LB website using the link above it looks like you can view the show online. It seems it was perhaps banned from network TV? Here was one LB article that mentions the event, etc.


      Women Strikes Back, Steals Clear's Sharon
      Fri Jan 31, 2:44 AM ET

      IT was only a matter of time before the Women agency started to recover from the defections of Kate Moss, Stella Tennant and Eva Herzigova.

      This week the agency stole Sharon, a stunning Israeli Versace model and rising star, from the Clear agency.

      "I hope that Women enjoys booking Sharon as much as Clear enjoyed creating her," sniffs Clear owner Ingrid McAuliffe.

      In addition, Women moved one step closer to signing Karolina Kurkova, who has starred in ads for everything from Louis Vuitton to Victoria's Secret. That shift has been rumored to be in the works ever since Women hired her boyfriend/manager, Alessandro Bazzoni, some months back.

      Kurkova has now joined Women Milan, the fledgling Italian branch of Women President Paul Rowland's burgeoning empire.

      "It's cool," shrugs David Bonnouvrier, boss of Kurkova's current agency. DNA. "No big deal."

      As long as he keeps booking Kurkova, it won't be.

      Meanwhile, the IMG agency, which is the odds-on favorite as Kate Moss's new home, has given the boot to Hungarian head-turner Diana Mezsaros.

      Maybe they're making room for Moss? "We work on a different set of philosophies and we just thought it was best to sever ties," explains IMG's Ivan Bart.

      Seeing as how Mezsaros has landed on lots of mag covers and done ads for Versace and others, she won't be without representation for long; insiders are already betting on Women to sign her up. Tit for tat, you know.

      Some readers who learned here about the petition to have the Lane Bryant lingerie show put on the air, a la Victoria's Secret, called in asking for more info.

      PlusModels founder Anne Garber created the petition, and has collected more than 8,600 signatures since early December. She plans to send it to CBS, the other major networks, and several cable channels, though not, alas, to theWhite House, as some overzealous types have requested.

      "Should it not be possible for the broadcast to air this year, we will continue the petition process in hopes for a response next year," Garber says.

      The petition can be found online at

      The Lane Bryant extravaganza, with a "Grand Cabaret" theme, takes place this Tuesday at the Manhattan Center. Mia Tyler, Kate Dillon, Kim Coles and The Post's own curvy cutie Lisa Marsh will be modeling, and Roseanne has signed on as the MC.

      Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler and Star Jones have RSVP'd.

      Add Marie Claudinette Jean, wife of the Fugees' Wyclef Jean, to the burgeoning rap/soul crowd staking a claim during New York Fashion Week.

      Joining hip-hop-inspired labels like Sean John and Phat Farm, Claudinette is debuting her fashion line Fuscha in Bryant Park on Feb. 7. Jean has made clothing for stars such as Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Ja Rule, Kelly Price and, of course, her husband.

      According to her rep, her collection is Cavalli-esque and "not for the shy." Unshy types Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Naomi Campbell are expected in the front row, and Wyclef will debut his upcoming record there.

      Heavenly bodied hellcat Heidi Klum is tired of merely modeling other people's designs, so she's giving it a go herself.

      Klum has signed on to co-design a jewelry collection with Mouawad; the new Heidi Klum Collection will debut in stores this August. The line is described as "a sumptuous blend of 18-karat white gold, diamonds and colored gemstones."

      It costs a fortune, and it won't exactly make you look like Heidi.


  • Best American Band Poll

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in El Paso TX at the County Coliserum

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

Christian Kjellvander - Songs From A Two-Room Chapel (2002)
Now, this album is simply one of the best ones I've heard in quite a while! No, this is not hard rock, metal or prog. It's not hard, heavy nor especially complex, it's not the type of music that has tended to spend the most time on my stereo in the past. What it is though, is great music! Wonderful sincere songs, beautiful instrumentation and a strong heartfelt performance. In 2002, the Swedish singer/songwriter/guitarist Christian Kjellvander, known as the mind behind the bands Loosegoats and Songs of Soil (both of which I'm not familiar with, but definitely want to explore after hearing this album), released his solo debut. And what a debut! The entire album is very strong, with beautiful songs in quite a pensive mood. It's not that easy to pick out my absolute favorite songs from it, as they all are a part of what makes that album so good. With that said, the two tracks that has also been released on a single, "Oh Night" (A-side) and especially "Allelujah" (B-side) are extremely beautiful, the former with a massive sound of violins. Strings and horns are to great effect used on other songs of this album too, as is the delicate use of piano, organs (including B3!) and even a Mellotron! The use of saw as a musical instrument also has to be pointed out, as this definitely gives a certain feel to the music. Or should I perhaps say, that the music lends itself very good to the sound of saw. I meant to pick out a few more songs to point out now, but it's so hard. I don't want to exclude any of them. They are all so beautiful, and it's impossible not to be moved by the sadness of the songs, or of the lyrics and the emotional way in which Kjellvander's wonderful voice presents them. From the opening track, "Homeward Rolling Soldier," through songs like "Word In The Wires," "Log At 25," "Deliverance" and "At The Rapids," 'till the concluding "Rid," there's not many seconds that could have been done better! I'm no expert (to say the least) when it comes to this type of music, so not sure of how to define it. The most common way to define it appears to be alt. country, country-rock or simply singer/songwriter. Personally, these constant references to "country" rings badly for me, but I guess it's due to the "american" sound. Make no mistake though, this is definitely rock music, and in a few instances I believe I can hear some very slight hints to psychedlia. To my ears, this music and that of Umeå's Isolation Years is quite similiar. Tomorrow Kjellvander is apparently playing in Umeå, and on friday I intend to attend his gig at the rock club Pinkerton, when he comes to Skellefteå. Something to look forward to, and get me through the hours at work... :)

News as of February 4, 2003
  • Kolodner, a real Metal Sludge ;)
      John Kalodner was interviewed at Metal Sludge once, and there was some Aerosmith stuff naturally. I'm not sure if I've posted this before or not, so sorry if it's a repeat! :)

      8. Name the 3 greatest moments and the 3 worst moments of your career?
      There are many great moments, these are the first three off the top of my head.
      1. Hearing the finished Pump album on July 1, 1989 when it was being mastered.
      2. Signing Foreigner in June of 1976.
      3. Hearing the finished Whitesnake record in January of 1987, but realizing I had to re-record "Here I Go Again", which we did a week later.
      Three worst:
      1. The death of Bruce Fairborne.
      2. When I realized rap music was not going away in 1993.
      3. Answering these fucking stupid questions, Memorial Day 2001.

      -- Pretty cool that he rates Pump as his best career moment

      18. Which do you prefer:
      Epic Records or Geffen Records =
      Jackyl or Great White =
      Playboy or Penthouse =
      Lit or Blink 182 =
      Shavers or Scissors =
      "Up All Night" or "Give It To Me Good" =
      White robes or Levis =
      Nikki Sixx or Gene Simmons =
      Gerri Miller or Lonn Friend =
      "Just Push Play" or "Nine Lives" =

      -- He wouldn't answer this one, but somewhat interesting that they wanted to know what he thought of Nine Lives and Just Push Play. From what I remember, Metal Sludge prefered Nine Lives oo Just Push Play alot (who didn't? ;), so I think that's what they were getting at. And from what I remember, Kalodner rates Jaded in the top 3 all time Aerosmith songs, so it would have been interesting...

  • Picture of the day

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith plays in Mendon MA at the Lakeview Ballroom

      1977 Aerosmith plays in Fukuoka Japan at the Kyu-den Kinen Taiikukan

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Long Beach CA at the Long Beach Arena (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Tampa FL at the Sun Dome (Brother Cane)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Grand Rapids MI at Van Andell Arena (Kenny Wayne Sheppard)

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

Samla Mammas Manna - Måltid (1973)
Cool, interesting, entertaining and funny stuff? Hell yeah!

News as of February 3, 2003
  • Yahoo Pic from A/P from Sarasota Event

      Jack Douglas, center, along with the members of the rock group, Aerosmith, from left, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford and Joe Perry celebrate at the Fifth Annual Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003. . Music and film producer Jack Douglas was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Douglas produced several Aerosmith albums as well as John Lennon's final album, 'Double Fantasy'. (AP Photo/DMI, Dan Herrick)
      Sun Feb 2, 6:40 PM ET

      Jack Douglas, center, along with the members of the rock group, Aerosmith, from left, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford and Joe Perry celebrate at the Fifth Annual Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003. . Music and film producer Jack Douglas was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Douglas produced several Aerosmith albums as well as John Lennon's final album, 'Double Fantasy'. (AP Photo/DMI, Dan Herrick)

  • Beyond Beautiful video?
      Gonzaloc reports:

      I downloaded the supposed Just Push Play video recorded and edited from Osaka 01-25-02. Now I've found a Beyond Beautiful video too on WinMx, from the same concert and mixed with the same kind of images from the big screen. It's very cool but it's a Video Clip, it's just the video taping of the big screen. The sound is not very good, there is a very cool animated intro with the robot girl, and in the first chorus an image of the USA and Japan flags appear... it's a very cool live video; but as I said before is not a real video properly produced or mixed by the band, this and the Just Push Play 'video', are just a Bootleg videos...

      If you want to see it, look in WinMx for: aerosmith - BEYOND BEAUTIFUL (Live @ Osaka).mpg

  • Some Mexican insight on Alejandra Guzmán
      Jose from Mexico writes:

      The reason I'm writing to you is the post in the News page, and the song "Soy tu lluvia" ("I'm your rain") performed by Alejandra Guzman.
      First: that singer is the daughter of a mid-60's actress of the golden age of movies here in México, and a rock&roll ripper of the same decade, both with a lot of contacts (and money) in the show business and introduced them to the shows.
      Alejandra had certain fame in the mid-80's, but the critics always said she's an awful singer, who is in the show business solely because of her parents support.
      I mean, if you expect a decent version of a Tyler/Perry/Child song, don't expect that from Alejandra, she's too far away from the interpretational power of Pink and some other people who plays the best of Aerosmith. Please, feel free of browse these pages of real latin rock&roll musicians:

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Albuquerque NM at Tingley Coliseum

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at the Tokyo Dome

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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Canned Heat: Pearls Of The Past (196?-19??)
Just simple unoriginal blues, you say? I say: Yeah, but so what!:)

News as of February 2, 2003
  • Aerosmith to play charity event 2/8
      From the Boston Globe online...

      Aerosmith helps charities up the ante;
      pianist Korsantia joins NEC
      By Carol Beggy & Al Young, Globe Staff, 2/1/2003

      IT'S AEROSMITH Just added to the already star-studded lineup for the Feb. 8 fund-raiser to benefit the charities championed by Bruins legend Cam Neely, and by actors Denis Leary and Michael J. Fox, is ... Aerosmith. The bad boys of real rock - Steven Tyler, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford - will perform a private concert at midnight for the 300 who ponied up the $2,500 a head (and lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket) to benefit the three charities. Already lined up to be dealers and the like for the Monte Carlo night (''Betting on a Cause and a Cure'') at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge are: Ray Liotta; Gina Gershon; Diane Farr; former ''Sopranos'' guy Vincent Pastore; Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd and his wife, actress Donna Dixon; one of our favorite wiseguys, Lenny Clarke; Fox's wife, actress Tracy Pollan; and - this just in - film director Sam Weisman. The three charities that will benefit from the evening are the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care (which he started with his brother Scott), the Leary Firefighters Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. So how'd the friends turned activists land Aerosmith for the soiree? Tyler, whom Leary got to sing the national anthem last fall at the hockey fund-raiser in Worcester, and Perry, who's a good friend of Fox's, offered to help out in any way they could. Not bad. More names are expected to be released early next week. (As of yesterday, tickets were still available. Call 617-346-5900 for tickets or more information.)


  • Teaser from the Sarasota Event
      What I've heard about so far is... a "concert" w/ Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion, Walkin the Dog and Train Kept A Rollin. Steven gave Jack the award.

  • Elaine's report from the Sarasota Event
      Hi everyone....I will try to get my scrambled thoughts out to you, I'm still livin' on adreniline, lol.....what a night!!! The party was segregated (sp?) we pions were in this boathouse bar to begin and the celebs were on a yacht we could see from the window next to the bar...I was first to spot Joe Perry and Jack Douglas....then saw Tom, they were standing on the dock, where we didn't have access to we kept out eyes on the boat! On an open deck I spot STEVEN!! Joann and I start waving and he waves back!!! So we got outside, I think this is when I got to congratulate Jack and drop Terry's name!! He's very friendly. Then we see Steven coming our way with a dark haired woman, holding her hand!! She was from the local news Joann and I all smiles, of course, Steven coming towards us, he looks at both of us, kisses us on the LIPS!! Says you guys, what are you doing here, with recognition!!! We say, "we live here"!! Steven tickles me in the stomach, I think we said we love you or something and can we get a picture, he says, yes, after this interview, so we tag along after him with this huge crowd, pushing, shoving....pretty zoo like...into the boathouse bar...Steven was the only celeb to come to us, what a sweetie!!! We are about 2 feet from him while he's doing the interview, right after we get our picture, we are in heaven! Also the envy of pretty much everyone!!! Shortly after this everyone is headed to the ballroom where Jack's award to to be given, so we hurry over there, get right in front of the stage!!! The whole band is there, no video Terry....Steven is first to give a speech, then I think Joe and Tom...I hope I'm giving you all the right sequence of events...well, then Jack speaks and dedicates his award to the fallen crew of Columbia....very noble of him...what a tragedy....well, David Johansen is up there Rick Neilson...they are getting ready to actually perform!!! Walk The Way, Sweet Emotion...that's when Robin Zander showed up....Walkin' The Dog....the Train Kept A Rollin...Jack was up there really enjoying the whole thing, it was just awesome, the best Aero experience to date. Thank You Jack and Congrats!!!! After we left at about 2:30ish....Joann and I went to the 24 hr Walgreens 1 hr photo! Our picture with Steven is so cool! Got some of Jack with Steven and Joe...I don't have a scanner, I'm sorry, I will have to send the pix to someone to scan for me. Well, only like 2 hrs of sleep....I'm still high on adreniline!!!

      Elaine "Sweet E"

  • Aerokrazy's report from the Sarasota Event
      By member "aerokrazy" at the Aerosmith Fan Club Forum

      Where do I begin? The "VIP" room was a bar called the "Boathouse" in the back of the hotel on the water. Next to it was parked a large boat where all the celebs were supposed to be. Walked in saw E and Joanne, they said look down and there was Tom and Joe standing on the dock. Joe is still walking with his cane. Then Steven comes out. Joanne got him to wave at her. Then they all went back on to the boat. It was so strange to just be watching them all from across the room. Then I went to the restroom and my girlfriend came in and said walk with me and stay very calm. OMG Steven was in the "Boathouse" and who was standing with him but none other then our own Sweet E and Joanne. How do they do that everytime. Steven was being mobbed. Way too many people trying to move in on him. I was able to get close enuf to him to touch his jacket but then security circled him and got him out of there. I'm kind of glad they did, it was just too big of a crowd and I was afraid our poor Steven was about to be trampled. They took him out in the directon of the ballroom. You could see the rest of the band heading that way too. So off we go to the ballroom. I knew the boys were about to hit the stage. Got front row on "Joe's side" Then the boys came on stage. Tom walked over and bent down in front of me to pick something up and I got a wink and a smile. Steven was introduced to give Jack his award. He gave a nice speech for Jack then turned it over to Tom who in turn did the same. It was awsome. I can't remember what they said right now but you could feel the love and respect they have for Jack. Jack accepted his award and a lot of people were yelling out Thank You Jack. It was all good. It almost looked like they were about to leave the stage and then I saw Joe pick up a guitar and I knew then they were going to play. They started with Walk this Way. I thought that would probably be it but then they played Sweet Emotion, Walking the Dog and Train. They sounded great and seemed really happy to be playing. It was unbeliveable! Aer osmith playing in the Hyatt Ballroom! Steven-Pelvic Thrusts, Joe playing the guitar behind his back. THey were all getting into it. Cheap Trick joined them for most of the songs. My girlfriend got kissed by Steven. He bent down grabbed her by the head and kissed her on the cheek. She is in total shock. Jack at one point during Train came up and did a little dance across the stage. Steven gave him a big kiss. They all seemed to be getting along and having a good time. Got some really good pictures. What an experience this was to be able to see this mini concert. It felt so good to be able to see them back in action. That's all I can remember for now...I'm really tired. Sorry if this seems kind of jumbled but I wanted to write what I remember before I go to bed. Our Boys our back and looking better then ever. THat tour with or without Kiss won't be long now. I can't wait. Oh, 1 more thing when they were leaving the stage, Steven picked up Joe's cane and handed it to him and put his arm around him and they walked off the stage together. Wish I could of gotten a picture of that, I don't know I just thought that was really touching. Have a Happy Sunday everyone. Off to dreamland.:)

  • Kenny Chesney
      Dave reports:

      I just came back from a country show called Senoritas and Margaritas - Kenny Chesney was the headlining act and at the very end of the show the band played Sweet Emotion while Kenny signed autographs. Also, before he came on stage several Aerosmith songs were played on the system- and I also saw him on CMT talking about being influenced by Steven Tyler giving him a martini or margarita

  • Mob Story 2003
      The Sopranos? Aerosmith? Chuck D? Jerky Boys?

      check Mob Story 2003!

      For interviews with:
      Jack Douglas (aerosmith producer), Jesse SKY Kramer, Vincent Pastore(sopranos), Tony Sirico(sopranos), Frank Vincent (goodfellas, gotti), Chuck D.(public enemy), Kamal (Jerky Boys), Goumba Johnny(WKTU 103.5FM NYC), and the rest of the artists in the CD and DVD contact Milhoras Productions Co. or fax 914-576-3834

  • USA weekend magazine
      This was is in the USA weekend mag in Sundays paper article:

      Q. What is new with welsh singer Charlotte Church? She sure has a beautiful voice.

      "When we spoke with classical singing phenom nearly two years ago, she had two hit CD's a just published autobiography and a desire to add acting to her growing resume.' Now she has. The soprano stars in this weekend's I'll be there, a movie loosely based on the story of AEROSMITH'S STEVEN TYLER and his daughter LIV TYLER: A girl discovers in her teens that her real father is a rock star. church, who lives with her parents in Wales intends to go college one day but won't give up her day job "Music is still my first love," she tells us. "it comes most naturally,"

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1988 Aerosmith plays in Las Vegas NV at Thomas & Mack Arena, UNLV Campus (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Miami FL at Miami Arena (Brother Cane opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Lexington KY at Rupp Arena (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan at Tokyo Dome

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

Dungen - live at Göteborgskalaset, Gothenburg, Sweden 2002-08-14
Tight Bros From Way Back When - "Show Me"
Tear Gas - "I'm Glad"

Paatos - Timeloss (2002)

News as of February 1, 2003
  • Download Alejandra Guzmán's "Soy Tu Lluvia"
      Alejandra Guzmán "Soy Tu Lluvia" does sounds like it could have been an Aerosmith's song! Cool! Did you hear it? If not, you can download it from Kuba Cichocki's "Downloads" over at!

  • From one of the interviews at the Metal Sludge website
      KISS Celebrates 30th Anniversary
      Interview with “KISS Alive” author, Curt Gooch

       21. Aerosmith and KISS recently announced a co-headlining tour scheduled for later on this year. When push comes to shove, whose ego wins out, Gene’s or Steven’s?

      Steven, because he’s got more money and clout.

      25. Since KISS had such awful bands open for them over the years and you’ve done quite a bit of research on the subject, who do you think KISS should have as an opening act?

      The Donnas, now that they are breaking. hey have such a wide appeal, and they will bring in the 14 year olds, something KISS concerts haven’t seen a lot of lately. That would be the perfect band to open the Aerosmith/KISS Tour unless of course Kelly Osbourne is available.

  • Regarding 'SRV influenced by Perry?' from yesterday
      Dave wrote:

      Well I'm a huge SRV fan (though Aerosmith is still my favorite), and I at first thought, "SRV ripping off Joe Perry? NAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!" I mean, Joe Perry is awesome and all, but SRV is a guitar god on the level of Jimi Hendrix. But when I listened to Break Song and Testify I was shocked. Holy crap, how did I never notice this?? Probably because I don't listen to my JPP albums all that often. Still, while SRV is awesome, he's not known first and foremost for originality in terms of songwriting--sure, his solos were groundbreaking and awesome and completely amazing, but about half of his songs were old blues covers, he just took some basic blues songs and made them his own. So either A) SRV loves Aerosmith and Joe Perry so much that he accidentally ripped off "The Break Song" of all songs, B) It's the world's most AMAZING coincidence, or C)It's just an old standard blues riff that's been around for ages. In fact, I just checked the liner notes for Texas Flood, and Testify is listed as "writer unknown" (a lot of SRV songs are listed that way). So I'm gonna guess it's just an old blues riff that's been around for a while that both Joe and SRV decided to throw into their songs. Still, you listen to both of them back to back and you're dumbfounded. Hope this helps.

  • Aerosmith in Best Simpsons Episodes
      Entertainment Weekly did top 20 Simpsons episodes ever type thing, and the "Flaming Moe" episode with Aerosmith in it is number 16. Here it is:

      16. FLAMING MOE'S
      Airdate Jan. 21, 1991
      Moe laments his poor business: ''Increased job satisfaction and family togetherness are poison for a purveyor of mind-numbing intoxicants like myself.'' Then Homer invents a new drink, for which Moe takes credit. The ''Flaming Moe'' turns his bar into a raging success (a velvet-rope policy begins, Aerosmith perform ''Walk This Way,'' and Moe hires a comely new bartender). ''Flaming Moe's'' is a crucial addition to ''The Simpsons''' liquor canon, with a ''Cheers'' parody that includes a sobering theme song (''Liquor in a mug/Can warm you like a hug''). Extra attraction: Bart actually apologizes for making a prank call to Moe's. Remorse and fiery mixed drinks -- does it get much better?

  • Patricia Schenck's this month in AeroHistory
      1975 SOS/Lord of the Thighs single is released

      1980 Remember (Walking in the Sand)/Bone to Bone single is released

      1990 Dude/Monkey on my Back single released

      2001 Get Your Wings is certified triple platinum

      2001 Rocks is certified quadruple platinum

      2001 Aerosmith's Greatest Hits is certified 10X platinum

      2001 Classics Live is certified platinum

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Nagoya Japan at Nagoya-shi Kokaido

      1986 Aerosmith plays in San Bernardino CA at the Orange Pavilion (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in San Diego CA at the Sports Arena (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Orlando FL at the Orlando Arena (Brother Cane opens)

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

Alejandra Guzmán - "Soy tu Lluvia"
Spock's Beard - Snow (2002)

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