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News as of April 25, 2000
  • Tom Hamilton in "Banned in Boston"
      As you may know Tom Hamilton was in a play in Boston called "Banned in Boston". Well, It was on Chronicle on ABC at 7:30pm last night. It was only a little footage of him but he was playing this guy apologizing to this judge....

News as of April 24, 2000
  • Tyler spottings
      Tyler`s out and about. He was seen Friday going into Trattoria La Scallintella on Hanover St. He`s pretty tight with the owner Paulo.

      Mr. Steven Tyler was spotted around Boston on Thursday and Friday before the holiday. He was seen with two different Boston realitors. Possibly looking to invest in a new club since the clossure of Mama Kin's?


News as of April 22, 2000
  • Friday, April 21: Victory Programs
      From http://www.thebostonchannel.com (Yesterday):

      Kramer Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer and his wife April seemed to have it all: the big house, the big cars, and the big money.
      But they also had a big problem: an addiction so bad that they sometimes left their kids home in the middle of the night to drive into the city to buy drugs.
      Tonight, Mary Richardson tells us how they got clean and sober, and takes us inside a program that helps others do it too.

      » Click here for a (Real Video) promo clip for the show w/ Joey Kramer

  • An older MTV.com News Post
      4.11.00 20:00 EST

      The Aerosmith Song You May Never Hear

      Aerosmith has recorded another Diane Warren song for another Jerry Bruckheimer movie, but we may never get to hear it.

      Aerosmith, who enjoyed great success with Warren's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" from the soundtrack to "Armageddon," recently recorded a sweeping ballad titled "Painted On My Heart" written by Warren for Bruckheimer's upcoming movie, "Gone In Sixty Seconds." But Aerosmith's version of the track does not seem likely to see the light of day.

      A spokesperson for the film told MTV News that the music supervisors are scouting around for somebody else to record the track. Nobody is saying why Aerosmith's version is being cut from the film, although industry sources speculate that either the two camps (band and soundtrack) could not agree on financial terms, or that they could not agree on which label would distribute the soundtrack album.

      Meanwhile, sources confirm that producer Matt Serletic will most likely be at the controls recording the next Aerosmith album. Serletic produced "Painted On My Heart" and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" with the band.

      The band is in "pre-pre-production" at home in Boston at the moment, writing and reviewing material with help from Jack Douglas, Mark Hudson, and other regular contributors, although it's anybody's guess if their efforts will actually make it to the finished product.

      "Gone In Sixty Seconds," which stars Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, and Robert Duvall, is due out in June 9.

      -- Sorelle Saidman


News as of April 21, 2000
  • Joey Kramer to be on Boston TV tonight
      On Friday April 21 the Boston Ch 5 show "Chronicle" is doing a story on Joey and his wife. It starts at 7.30 P.M.

  • The new Aerosmith tribute out on August 1st
      This is from CDNow's mail news service:

      April 19, 2000, 12:20 pm PT
      What the world needs now is ... another Aerosmith tribute album? That's what Small Stone Records thinks, and they've compiled nearly two hours of mostly indie bands covering the Boston bad boys' best-known tracks -- and then some -- for an Aug. 1 release. The biggest names on the 28-track, double CD, titled Right in the Nuts, include Monster Magnet's Ed Mundell's Atomic Bitchwax covering "Combination"; Dale Crover of the Melvins' other band Altamont doing "Make It"; Tree on "Back in the Saddle"; and Raging Slab covering "Bone to Bone." Also on the tribute album are Honky, Men of Porn, Solace, Iron Boss, Alabama Thunderpussy, Core, and many others.
      (Carrie Borzillo)


News as of April 20, 2000
  • Boston Herald
      This was in the Inside Track this morning:

      A VH1 camera crew's in town interviewing musical types for a new series, ``Sound Effects,'' which debuts in June. The weekly show will profile people who say music changed their life. The crew yapped with the Indigo Girls, who were in Boston the other night, Berklee College of Music kids, and they hope to have an audience with Aerosmith main man Steven Tyler before they leave town tomorrow. Good luck.

  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
      Last night on the ABC network on the television show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" one of the questions asked was something like "The book 'Hammer of the Gods' is the story of which artist?". Aerosmith was one of the choices. Correct answer was Led Zeppelin.

News as of April 18, 2000
  • Aerosmith mention on General Hospital
      In yesterdays episode of the soap opera 'General Hospital' a reference to Aerosmith was made. A character named Mike came into a bar and asked the waitress, who happened be a friend of his, if she still had the extra tickets for the Aerosmith concert in New York. He said he wanted them because it was his girlfriend Tami's favorite band...

News as of April 17, 2000
  • A New Found Glory covering Aerosmith's IDWTMAT
      The 'skate punk-pop' band A New Found Glory's new CD called "From The Screen To Your Stereo" has covers of some movie soundtrack songs. Here's the tracklist:

      1: That Thing You Do
      2: Never Ending Story Theme Song
      3: I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
      4: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough
      5: The Glory Of Love
      6: (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
      7: My Heart Will Go On

      Buy "From The Screen To Your Stereo" from Amazon.com! (Trought this link and support Rock This Way)

  • Henry Rollins - The Aerosmith Fan ?
      In the "culture" section of the March 22nd issue of the Belgian financial newspaper "De Tijd" (English: "the time") there was an interview with Henry Rollins (Rollins band, Black Flag), on Rollins Band's new album. He was talking about the new bands and that they see music as work, career, and that for most new bands, their first notice of rock is on MTV. He (Henry Rollins) used to go to concerts with bands like Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Ted Nugent and when he was fifteen he saw Aerosmith live...

News as of April 15, 2000
  • Metal Edge Newsletter (the same thing yet again)
      Metal Edge Newsletter
      Issue 44 - April 14, 2000
      http://www.metaledgemag.com

      AEROSMITH's New Song Won't Be on Movie Soundtrack

      The song AEROSMITH recorded for the upcoming movie Gone in Sixty Seconds won't be included on the soundtrack after all. While "Painted on My Heart," written by DIANE WARREN ("I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"), was targeted for the movie, but it seems the band and producers couldn't come to financial and or logistical terms. Aerosmith is currently working on songs for a new studio album, which may be produced by MATT SERLETIC.


News as of April 13, 2000
  • Aerosmith Bow Out Of Blockbuster Movie Theme
      (From music365:)

      AEROSMITH have re-teamed with songwriting giant Diane Warren for another blockbuster movie theme – but you may never get to hear it. The band, whose biggest-selling single ever was the Warren-penned ‘I Don't Want To Miss A Thing’ from the Bruce Willis action flick Armageddon, have recorded another Warren song, ‘Painted On My Heart’, for mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest thriller Gone In 60 Seconds, which features Nicolas Cage and Vinnie Jones. However, MTV report that the Aerosmith version will now not be used on the soundtrack and producers are scouting round for another big name to re-record the song. No official reason has been given for the departure of Steven Tyler and chums, although one suggestion is the band and the film company are at financialloggerheads, attempting to renegotiate a dealfollowing the massive success of the Armageddon song. Aerosmith are currently in their hometown of Boston preparing songs for the follow-up to 1996’s ‘Nine Lives’ album.

      Wed Apr 12 2000 13:29 BST

  • This was in todays Inside Track in the Boston Herald:
      Life is one big toga party for the Boston Bruins' $3 million baby, Joe Thornton. So yes, that was Joe decked out in a sheet and wielding a sword instead of a stick at Trattoria a Scalinatella in the North End the other night.

      Trust us, it was a sight to behold!

      Joe, his look-alike big brother, Alex, and teammate Ken Belanger slipped on the togas and invaded the North End, looking like a trio of gladiators heading to the Coliseum to do battle.

      The occasion was an elaborate $150-a-head dinner at the Trattoria celebrating the cuisine of ancient Rome.

      The six-course wine dinner, meticulously researched for nine months by chefs Jason Tucker and Susan Verge, was downright bacchanalian by the time owner Paolo Diecidue broke out the 1995 Cerveteri Rosso ``Vigna Grande.''

      But, much to our chagrin, the bash broke up before the friends, Romans and countrymen started sneaking peeks under each other's sheets!

      Now, according to Diecidue, no one has a picture of the boys making like Julius Caesar. But we know there has to be at least one floating around out there. And we can't think of a better Forum for it than the Inside Track, can you?

      And we might add that Alex Thornton, a history teacher at Malden Catholic, urged us to keep putting his baby brother's name in the column. And we do aim to please. . . .

      Other Roman revelers included the toga-less Aerosmith guitar man Brad Whitford and wife Karen; Godsmack manager - and ex-Extreme drummer - Paul Geary and his galpal, Kerrie; fab Four Seasons GM Robin Brown; comedian Steve Sweeney; North Ender Judith Fortin and her family; and investment guru Jeff Leerink.

      However, before 50 high-spirited souls high-tailed it out onto Hanover Street, prizes were awarded for best costume. Thornton, Belanger and their fellow judges awarded a trip to Rome to Judy and Michael Rosow of Brookline.

      Judy Rosow got ``A'' for effort after spending days researching her handmade costume via the Internet and in the Museum of Fine Arts.

      Her husband's get-up was rented, but he had one hip helmet. Which looked like it could have survived a good check into the boards.

      Toga! Toga! Toga!


News as of April 12, 2000
  • Aerosmith Pull Off Of Soundtrack (more)
      The band recorded another syrupy ballad by Diane Warren (who wrote ''I Don't Want to Miss a Thing''), called ''Painted On My Heart,'' for the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie ''Gone in 60 Seconds,'' but it won't be released and the music supervisors are looking for someone else to perform it, according to MTV News. Insiders say that there were probably financial issues or a label dispute over who would release the soundtrack.

News as of April 10, 2000
  • Aerosmith Pull Off Of Soundtrack
      Aerosmith has pulled out of the soundtrack of the upcoming Touchstone remake of the 1974 B-movie "Gone In 60 Seconds." A source at Disney's Touchstone Pictures confirms that the band had been expected to contribute a new song to the Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that late last week, word was passed down that the band would not be involved.

      -- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

  • The New Tribute Album...
      Here's an update on the upcoming Aerosmith tribute album, from Small Stone Recordings, 'Right In The Nuts' ...Check out some of these band names...

      From: http://www.smallstone.com/ss018.htm

      "Right In The Nuts"
      Aerosmith tribute double cd for summer 2000

      Tracks:

      Alabama Thunderpussy - "Sweet Emotion"
      Altamont - "Make It"
      Atomic Bitchwax - "Combination"
      Core - "Soul Shaker"
      Drunk Horse - "Kings And Queens"
      Electric Frankenstein - "Sick As A Dog"
      Fireball Ministry - "Movin Out"
      Five Horse Johnson - "Bright Light Fright"
      Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned - "Chip Away..."
      Half Man - "Round & Round"
      Honky - "Adam's Apple"
      Iron Boss - "Train Kept A..."
      Men Of Porn - "Lightning Strikes"
      Natas - "Remember (Walking In The Sand)
      Nova Driver - "Seasons of Wither"
      Puny Human - "Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)"
      Raging Slab - "Bone To Bone"
      Red Giant - "Lord Of The Thighs"
      Roadsaw - "Toys In The Attic"
      Scissorfight - "Lick And Promise"
      Solace - "Nobody's Fault"
      Soul Clique - "Last Child"
      Speedball - "Rats In The Cellar"
      Supersuckers - tbd - "Get The Lead Out"
      The Quill - "S.O.S. (Too Bad)"
      The Want - "Let The Music Do the Talking"
      Tree - "Back In Saddle"
      Voltage - "Draw the Line"
      Volume - "Walkin' The Dog"
      Zeke - tbd -maybe "Critical Mass"*

      Vinyl available on Tee Pee Records


News as of April 10, 2000
  • Aerosmith article from yesterdays Boston Herald
      Boston Herald -- Inside Track
      Sunday, April 9, 2000
      by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa

      Aerosmith dreams up new album

      Our favorite Bad Boys of Boston haven't put the brakes on since coming off tour in January, but Aerosmith will get really revving this week when their producer comes to town to get the show on the road!

      Bassist Tom Hamilton reports the band, led by songsmiths Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, has hammered out five or six songs for a new album that - they hope - will be released early next year.

      ``We're going to really start getting into it in an organized way,'' said Hamilton, who starred in Banned in Boston, a hilarious musical benefit at Avalon the other night. ``When we were talking about doing this album, we all agreed we don't want to spend two years on it like the last two.''

      In other words, not the Same Ol Song and Dance.

      This time out, the boys have tapped producer Matt Serletic, the man behind the Grammy-winning Rob Thomas/Carlos Santana megahit ``Smooth,'' to head up their project. We assume the boys hope Matt has the Midas touch!

      Hamilton also said that the Bad Boys want to make this album in Boston, something they haven't done since Rocks, their fourth album, which came out in 1976.

      ``We want to record in Boston and don't see any reason why we can't,'' he said, adding that they've camped out for months in Miami, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York during their last recording sessions.

      ``Our last two albums had to be recorded twice,'' he said. ``We'd get the whole thing done and realize that we don't have what we need and have to go back in the studio. It's excruciating. But I don't think it will happen this time.

      Recording close to home helps. And also, according to Tom, technology is on their side.

      ``These days, if you really wanted to, you could make an album in your basement,'' said the bassist. ``Who knows? Maybe we'll wind up doing some of it like that.''

      The Aerosmith Basement Tapes?

      ``That used to mean real funky and scratchy sounding, but now it can be a really great sounding album,'' he said.

      They could be onto something here . . .

  • Liv in April Allure Magazine
      The April issue of Allure asked various celebrities "what have you read about yourself that isn't true?"

      Liv replied "The most vulgar one, which actually almost made me pass out, was that my father had bought us (matching) emerald nipple rings and that we were going to have them installed. How vulgar. Who would ever say that about a father and daughter?"

  • A little Aerosmith story...
      Following is a nice little Aerosmith-story from Jeanne who met Joey Kramer at Mount Blue. But first the really important 'news' part of it:

      "I asked him how he was doing & the all important question on our minds...are you recording? He said yes, & that it was going well, but a bit slow & that yes, it was just demos now. He said it's going to be a wicked album."

      And now the whole story:

      I have a great story to share from last night. Our Aerosmith guys are the best! Here's my story:Just got in from the Mount Blue & who else was there but Joey Kramer! My husband, Dave, and I spent the day in Boston & went to my favorite restaurant to celebrate my birthday. As we walked in, we noticed a black car parked near the entrance. It sort of had the body of a sports car and the front was like a roadster. It definitely looked custom-made & I knew "somebody" had to be there. As soon as we walked in I saw Joey sitting at a booth right below the front desk. He was with a teenage male, that I can only assume was his son.We were then seated in the room on the right of the bar. We didn't have reservations & one of the owners, Patrick Bowe, said that we got the last table. After that it would be a 90 minute wait. He was a bit apologetic because it was a very small table & in a bit of an awkward spot. As soon as we sat down, Dave headed to the rest room, which I thought was a little odd, but I started to look at the menu. Apparently on his way back to the table he stopped & asked Patrick if he could ask Joey for his autograph. He said it was alright as long as Joey was up from his table & moving about the restaurant. He told Dave they had just finished & sure enough Joey got up & started towards the door. Dave asked him if he could have him sign the Mount Blue shirt that he had on & he said "Sure!" Then Dave said "Today is my wife's birthday & she's a really big fan of yours. Do you think it's possible that you could come over & wish her a happy birthday?". Joey immediately said "Sure! Where is she?" That's when I see Dave headed back to the table with Joey just a few feet behind him!! I knew that this must be no coincidence! All I could think at that point was for God's sake, say something intelligent!! Joey came right over to me, shook my hand & put his hand on my shoulder & wished me a happy birthday!! What a birthday present!! I asked him if that was his car outside & he said that it was & I told him that we thought it looked really cool. I asked him how he was doing & the all important question on our minds...are you recording? He said yes, & that it was going well, but a bit slow & that yes, it was just demos now. He said it's going to be a wicked album. He then wished me a good evening & he headed back outside. He looked really good, the same with his blonde hair & black shirt. He is really such a nice guy. No way did he have to do that. The teenager he was with had already gone out of the restaurant & was waiting for him. He could easily have said he was on his way out, but he didn't. They are always so good to their fans!! What a great birthday surprise, that's all I can say!!!

      Jeanne


News as of April 8, 2000
  • Nothing new but...
      This came from the Dutch teletext/Ceefax (or whatever it is called):

      "Aerosmith heeft voldoende nieuw materiaal om aan de opnamen van een nieuwe cd te beginnen. De rockveteranen werken nauw samen met Matt Serletic, die I Don't Want To Miss A Thing produceerde, de hit van de Armageddon-soundtrack. Het laatste studio album Nine Lives kwam uit in 1997."

      translation:
      "Aerosmith has enough new material to start making a new cd. The Rock veterans are working close with Matt Serletic, who produced IDWTMAT, the hit from the Armageddon-soundtrack. The last studio album Nine Lives was released in 1997."


News as of April 7, 2000
  • Boston Globe Article
      This was in the Boston Globe today:

      He's tall, he's blond, he likes to rock, and tomorrow night he's Bill Weld. He is Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton and he is one of the 40 or so famous or semifamous folks giving it up for Urban Improv, a nonprofit drama and educational group that aids Boston school kids, at the fifth annual ''Banned in Boston'' benefit at Avalon. It's a series of satirical skits and songs presented by, well, a truly mixed bag of talents. How can you not be curious about seeing noted nonthespian Mayor Tom Menino play a Ripley-like version of himself in ''The Talented Mr. Menino''? Or Harvard Pilgrim honcho Charlie Baker stretched out on a gurney, being ''treated'' by a doctor? (Will he get respect? Think he's covered?) Do you not admire TV newsgal Kasey Kaufman for daring to warble a song as Tipper Gore? (Hope there are no naughty words!) The Rev. Peter Gomes takes a turn as Julia Child (can he outdo Dan Aykroyd?) and club king Patrick Lyons does a bit as Red Sox star and multiproduct pitchman Nomar Garciaparra. Expected to be royally skewered: Lieutenant GovernorJane Swift; talk show guy and former Massport head Peter Blute. At 7:30 p.m.


News as of April 6, 2000
  • Boston Herald Article 4/6/00

      Hamilton warbles over sick songbird
      by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
      Thursday, April 6, 2000

      Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, a rockin,' sweatin' kinda guy, yesterday sprung to songbird Mariah Carey's defense for taking to her bed at Mass. General the other night and disappointing thousands of Boston fans.

      ``It's amazing when you are sick and you have to go on stage,'' Hamilton told the Track. ``For a singer, it's got to be a nightmare. I'm lucky. I can just play the bass and lean against my amp if I have to, but a singer, ugh, God.''

      Tom could feel Mariah's food poisoning pain as he reminisced about the time in France when he and drummer Joey Kramer ate steak tartare and both became explosively ill - with disgusting effects.

      Eeeeooowww . . .

      ``It went away fast, though,'' he said.

      Which is quite unlike Mariah's malady, which has stuck around since she devoured a plate of raw oysters in Atlanta over the weekend and sent her to Mass. General the night before her sold-out show at the FleetCenter.

      Yesterday, as fans flocked to the hospital bearing bouquets, balloons and ``Get Well'' wishes, the diva snoozed in her heavily-guarded room - with a city view - on a pricey private floor at the hospital.

      By the way, two princesses from Kuwait were also in residence at Phillips House with their personal chef.

      Hmmm . . . Can you say ``tummy tuck''?

      Anyway, for breakfast, we hear Mariah managed to order up a plate of papaya, the first solid food the Heartbreaker has requested since she was admitted Monday night for dehydration, a nasty complication of food poisoning.

      And by the way, dehydration will NOT rear its ugly head tomorrow night at Urban Improv's ``Banned in Boston'' performance at Avalon. Tom Hamilton promises there will be oodles of Evian backstage for Boston's biggest hams, who may get parched from performing in the madcap musical revue.

      Mayor Tom Menino, aka ``The Talented Mr. Menino,'' gets top billing. Also joining in on the funny fun: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charlie Baker, who spends much time on a gurney; chefs Jasper White and Lydia Shire; Congressmen Bill Delahunt, Joe Moakley and Marty Meehan; media mavens Andy Hiller, Kasey Kaufman, Emily Rooney and the Inside Track; and many, many more.

      We'll drink to that!

  • New things at the Official site...
      There are new pics in 'Scenes From the Road' and a new short 'News From The Road' by Tom Hamilton up at http://www.aerosmith.com

      (You can of course also find this new NFTR here at Rock This Way in the Tom Hamilton's "News From The Road" archive page)


News as of April 5, 2000
  • Matt Serletic on the progress of the new album
      The following was taken from Sonicnet:

      Aerosmith Working On New Album
      Rockers again working with Matt Serletic, who produced their hit 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.' Staff Writer Teri vanHorn reports:

      Veteran rockers Aerosmith are working on the follow-up to 1997's Nine Lives with producer Matt Serletic (Matchbox Twenty, Edwin McCain).

      The group is in the early stages, but they have "a lot of great material," said Serletic, who recently spent two weeks with the quintet in the group's home base of Boston.

      "There's an exuberance in them as musicians and a joy about music that's going to lead them back to those first inspirations that started them as a band," Serletic said. "Yet [they have] the maturity and growth of being one of the world's greatest rock bands. ... They're ready to rock."

      "They're ready to rock." — Matt Serletic, producer

  • The Latest News on The Doors tribute
      Aerosmith's cover of "Love Me Two Times", that is to be included on the forthcoming tribute album to The Doors, may be a new version (or at least revised) version of the song. The reason I say that is that an article I read mentioned that Aerosmith would be joined by two of the surviving members of The Doors (Ray Manzarek and possibly Robbie Krieger).

  • Liv Tyler
      the April 2000 issue of Mademoiselle, with Courtney Love on the Cover, has a pic of Liv on page 93 wearing the Academy Awards $204,540.00 worth of clothes and jewelry, all borrowed though.

News as of April 4, 2000
  • Steven to sing at Victory Programs' 25th anniversary dinner
      This was in Monday's Boston Globe 4/3/00:

      "Straight as an Aero"
      Victory Programs supporter April Kramer usually can count on her husband, Joey, Aerosmith's drummer, and other members of the band to show up at the events she organizes to benefit the organization's alcoholism and addiction programs. At this year's 25th anniversary dinner on June 13, Steven Tyler is already lined up to sing "Amazing Grace" for the guests. Also booked to speak are "60 MinutesII" commentator and local comic Jimmy Tingle and the mega-selling new-age author Marianne Williamson.

  • Classic Rock Magazine
      the March 2000 issue of Classic Rock (UK Mag) contains quite a bit of Aerosmith in it. It has a section for the top 10 songs that changed the face of Rock 'N Roll...'Walk This Way' is one of those songs. Also, there is a small section in the top corner of p.9 that says Aerosmith is the top stadium rocker. p.8 has a little sentence on the the new Aerosmith album, but its nothing we don't already know.

  • Rick Dufay
      Rick Dufay will go out on tour this summer.

News as of April 2, 2000
  • Liv Tyler

  • More on The Doors tribute album

      Surviving Doors Play with Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson on Tribute LP

      Project also includes Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, Cult, Chrissie Hynde, UB40, Bo Diddley

      Rockers Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots, Chrissie Hynde, Marilyn Manson, Creed and the Cult have recorded songs with members of the Doors for an upcoming tribute album to the 1960s blues-rock band.
      Though the track listing has not been finalized, plans call for the disc also to include late Beat writer William S. Burroughs' final recording and a duet featuring bluesman John Lee Hooker singing with late Doors frontman Jim Morrison.

      "Personally, the high points for me are William Burroughs' recitation of some Morrison poetry and Creed's 'Riders on the Storm,' " longtime Doors manager Danny Sugerman said. "Creed really put their stamp on it, so it's not just a slavish cover. Some bands went in and were afraid to fiddle with history. And then others, like Creed and the Cult, really brought their style to bear on it."

      The album — tentatively titled Stoned Immaculate, from a line in "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" — is expected to be released in the summer. Ralph Sall, who also masterminded tributes to the Grateful Dead and the Eagles, is producing the disc.

      Sall approached various bands, then asked the Doors — keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore — if they were familiar with the different groups. Whichever Doors member reacted most enthusiastically played on each track, recording with sometimes much younger musicians.

      "In the world of artists, you get to a certain level of artistic expertise, and you're neither young nor old," Manzarek said. "They're accomplished musicians who are 20 years younger than I am, 30 years younger than I am, but ... they've broken on through to the other side, and they've gotten up to the top of the mountain, and it's like everyone's an equal."

      'It Was Just Rocking'

      Manzarek recorded "Wild Child" with the Cult. He and Krieger collaborated with Stone Temple Pilots on "Break on Through (to the Other Side)" and laid down the classic Morrison stomp "Roadhouse Blues" with a supergroup whose lineup included Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and drummer DJ Bonebrake of L.A. punk veterans X.
      "Locking in with DJ, you know, just bangin' away on two and four, and Flea just holding the whole thing down, and Robbie and I playing our lines ... it was just rocking," Manzarek said.

      "Roadhouse Blues" also features an overdubbed vocal duet between Morrison, who died in 1971, and Hooker. Morrison's tracks are digitally remastered outtakes from the recording sessions for Morrison Hotel (1970).

      After hearing Creed's album, the Doors members played on their version of the brooding "Riders on the Storm." Creed played that song and "Roadhouse Blues" with Krieger at Woodstock '99.

      Burroughs' Last Recording

      Burroughs read "Cancer City," a piece of Morrison's poetry from the singer's book, "The Lords and the New Creatures." The track is the last the author — who also made an album with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain — recorded before his death in 1997.

      " 'The Lords' originally, before it was published, each little section, each poem, each stanza, was on a different page, and you could shuffle the pages up, and Jim would say you can read it in any order you want," Sugerman said. "It was just like William Burroughs' cut-up method, you know?

      "Burroughs would cut up lines and just randomly put them together, and then use what synchronized itself, but he did that with Jim's poetry, which is exactly what Jim suggested be done with it. And no one told him. He just picked the material and put it in the order he wanted it, and read it out."

      Electic Group Reworks Eclectic Tunes

      Manzarek and Krieger recorded "Love Me Two Times" with Boston rock veterans Aerosmith. All three surviving Doors play "Touch Me," from The Soft Parade (1969), with Pretenders singer/guitarist Hynde and saxophonist Curtis Amy, who played the horn part on the original recording.

      Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson worked with Krieger on a cover of the heavy "Five to One" for the project.

      "He just put his own stamp on it, with Trent Reznor[-style] production, real high-tech, industrial sound," Sugerman said. "It just pulverizes, really taking it someplace it's never been before, but using the trudging, warhorse beat that's been there from the beginning."

      Reggae group UB40 contributed "Light My Fire," X singer Exene Cervenka recorded "House of the New Dead," and Smash Mouth, with Krieger, recorded "Peace Frog." Days of the New laid down their version of Morrison's Oedipal rant "The End," and Krieger, Manzarek and Densmore recorded "Love Her Madly" with veteran blues guitarist Bo Diddley.

      Sugerman said some of the inspiration for the album came when Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder filled in for Morrison at the group's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

      "In the beginning, [the idea] was Eddie Vedder doing 'Light my Fire' and Kurt Cobain doing 'The Crystal Ship,' " Sugerman said, noting that the Doors were initially hesitant to work on a tribute to themselves. "Eddie was real humble and real focused, and it gave the guys a sense of what a tribute album could be."


News as of April 1, 2000
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  • AeroWeekend (from Aeroforceone)
      This past weekend was our Demon of Screamin' birthday, Sunday March 26 to be exact (as if you didn't already know!) Well how did the Boston frontman spend his special day? In a quiet fashion at home with the family. Quoteable quote: "It's good to be home."

      Thanks to all the AF1 crew members for sending in their birthday wishes! Joe Perry also had quite a relaxing weekend watching his Boston Bruins face off the Los Angeles Kings at the Fleet Center on Saturday. This action-packed hockey game proved to be a sure winner for the Bruins as they were up 3 goals in the 2nd period, but the Kings came back to tie the game up in the third period. Final score - Bruins 4 Kings 4. Joe was a bit bummed out that his boys ended up in a tie game at the Fleet Center, but it didn't stop him from returning to the Fleet Center two days later!

      On Monday, Joe, Steven, and longtime friend Mark "Livin On The Edge" Hudson trekked to the Fleet Center to catch the "CSNY2K" tour of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young! They all agreed the show rocked - after all, CSNY have not jammed together on tour for 25 years!

      Our most favorite drummer, Joey, spent much of last week in his home in Florida. So if ya' catch a glimpse of a blond transplanted New Yorker basking in the Florida sun, chances are it's our Boston Bad Boy!

  • Clips from Aeroforceone-Interview with Brad Whitford
      Q: Well you’ve done your solo project. Way back when. Is there ever going to be another Whitford-St. Holmes album?

      A: Uhh, honestly I don’t know. I wouldn’t say no, ’cause, [pause] it could happen. Derek and I are in touch with each other, but we’re both busy doing our own thing, it seems like all the time, but you never know. We really enjoy playing with each other so we’ll see.

      Q: Are there any plans in the works for the next Aerosmith album?

      A: Some music has already been written. I don’t know, you never know at this stage what’s going to be on the album. Joe has been writing. I heard some stuff that Joe wrote with a friend of his. And I’ve been doing a little writing. And Joe and Steven are starting to work on some music together. And the rest of us are, in the next couple of weeks, are going to be working on some new music. So, we’re headed in that direction—but have no idea how it’s going to turn out, or what it’s going to be like. But we’re in the process of starting on it.

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