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Newer News | DECEMBER 2003 | Older News

News as of December 31, 2003
  • Happy Birthday, Tom!
      Happy 52nd, Mr. Hamilton!!

News as of December 28, 2003
  • Tyler, Nomar on Menino literacy CD
      As far as I can tell, this CD is only being sold locally in Massachusetts (since it was put together by the Mayor of Boston and all)....
      T88

      Read Boston Presents:
      Everybody Has A Story

      On the CD jacket:
      "Everyone has a story to share. Good stories stir our imagination and our emotions. When we tell children stories we open up their world. I often say, if a child cannot read, they can't learn and if they can't learn, they can't dream. Stories are absolutely essential to a child's love of language and to their success later in life."
      -Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Boston)
      -------------

      Tyler, Nomar on Menino literacy CD
      By Boston Herald Staff
      Friday, December 19, 2003

      Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler adds his inimitable special effects in his reading of ``The Three Billy Goats Gruff.'' Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra lends his voice to ``Monkey See, Monkey Do.'' They're just some of the local celebrities heard on a children's compact disc, to be released today by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his citywide ReadBoston literacy initiative. ReadBoston has printed 1,200 CDs, which sell for $8 each at Newbury Comics stores, Roslindale Village Books, Roche Brothers and Curious George Goes to Wordsworth stores.

      All services were donated, and all proceeds benefit ReadBoston, executive director Theresa Lynn said. Others featured on the CD include Menino's wife, Angela, U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Joey McIntyre and Barry and Eliot Tatelman of Jordan's Furniture fame.

  • Aerosmith Get Charitable (DMAAT)
      AEROSMITH Get Charitable - Dec. 26, 2003

      AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford and JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell are among the stars appearing on the Disney album "A World of Happiness", due February 2. Farrell and Deborah Harry perform together on the track "The Patience Bossa", one of two songs the BLONDIE singer appears on. Billboard reports that a percentage of proceeds from the sale of "A World of Happiness" will be donated to children's charities chosen by each of the performers on the album. Others who've participated include Lisa Loeb, Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Samuel L. Jackson and Magic Johnson.

      In other AEROSMITH-related news, the Boston Herald reports that frontman Steven Tyler has added his inimitable special effects in his reading of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" for a children's compact disc, released this week by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his citywide ReadBoston Literacy initiative. ReadBoston has printed 1,200 CDs, which will sell for $8 each at Newbury Comics stores, Roslindale Village Books, Rooche Brothers and Curious George Goes to Wordsworth Stores.

      All services were donated, and all proceeds benefit ReadBoston, executive director Theresa Lynn said. Others featured on the CD include Menino's wife, Angela, U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Joey McIntyre and Barry and Eliot Tatelman of Jordan's Furniture fame.

  • NYE-Heads UP! (aerofanatic)
      A little heads up for those viewing Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve on ABC just to see Aerosmith...

      Dick Clark's NYE rockin eve starts at 10pm EST on ABC. Aerosmith will perform the oldie but goodie, "Baby Please Don't Go" in the "Flashback" segment of 2003's hottest tours.

      2004 will begin with a BANG for Aerosmith in Feb. They will play pregame at the SUPERBOWL in Reliant Stadium, in Houston TX. Expect them to play the first single off their eagerly awaited album, Honkin On Bobo.

  • Aerosmith & Van Halen in '04???
      " A ridiculous number of bands and management companies, including representatives for KISS, AEROSMITH, BON JOVI and others have contacted Irving Azoff (Sammy Hagar´s manager) about the possibility of creating a co-headlining stadium/arena tour. Azoff has made it clear that 'you cannot have a tour with a group does not exist.' "

      - Sources: Blabbermouth.net / Van-Halen.org

  • News from the Philippines
      glenn soriente writes:

      A band here in the Philippines called South Border (a R&B/jazz/pop kind of band) chose Aerosmith's "Amazing" as their #1 Favorite music video on a show titled StarMyx where celebrities have the chance to pick their favorite videos...It was aired on the music channel here in the Philippines called MYX



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The Quireboys - Live CD (Recorded Around The World) (1990)
Rock N' Roll!


News as of December 24, 2003
  • Wild Thing (DMAAT)
      Steven & Joe did "Wild Thing" in an ad for the AFC playoff game on ABC! However, their bit was less than five seconds long. It was probably filmed with their other MNF commercials. If you missed it, well, you didn't miss much. Steven was Steven. Joe played his Billie guitar.

  • Guru Clive (aerofanatic)
      The "Aerosmith Guru", Clive Newton, has finished his Rocksimus Maximus tour breakdown...and gladly is sharing with all of us AeroFANatics. Some interesting notes:

      =======================================

      Final show of the Aerosmith/Kiss "Rocksimus Maximus" tour.

      The tour took in 917 song renditions incorporating a repertoire of 41 songs (of which 4 hadn't been played in the last 5 years and 3 new blues covers).

      Seven different tunes opened the set at one stage with "Mama Kin" being the main opener for 75% of the tour. "Sweet Emotion" closed out about 60% of the shows.

      Five songs were ever present across all shows - "Baby Please Don't Go", "Cryin'", "Dream On", "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way".

      The albums most represented over the tour were "Toys In The Attic" (6 songs) and then "Rocks", "Pump" and "Get Your Wings" (5 songs).

      First tour since at least since "Done The Mirrors" that there has been guest musicians playing with the band.

      =============================

      The full tour breakdown can be found at:
      http://www.cnewton.force9.co.uk/Blues2003/brk.htm

  • Happy Holidays!
      Merry x-mas from me to you, all the Aero-fans around the world!



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Kula Shaker - K (1996)


News as of December 22, 2003
  • [ set list: Fresno, CA ] (aerofanatic)
      12.20.93
      Fresno, CA
      SaveMart Center

      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Love In An Elevator
      Same Old Song and Dance
      Pink
      Jaded
      Rag Doll
      Rats In The Cellar
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Dont Go
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Dream On
      Toys In The Attic
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion



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The Tangent - The Music That Died Alone (2003)


News as of December 21, 2003
  • Setlist and Soundcheck Set The Forum 12/18/03 (aerofanatic)
      12.18.93
      Inglewood, CA
      Great Western Forum

      Soundcheck:
      Come Together
      Big Ten Inch
      Seasons of Wither
      Nobody's Fault
      Adams Apple

      Show:
      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Love In An Elevator
      Same Old Song and Dance
      Pink
      Jaded
      Last Child
      Rats In The Cellar
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Dont Go
      I Never Loved A Girl Like I Love You
      Dream On
      Toys In The Attic
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

      - Joe jammed on STRUTTER in KISS boots
      - Rats was extended jam - a bit different from the last extended jam version played at The Forum a couple of years ago.

  • Tour #8 (DMAAT)
      KISS/AEROSMITH, METALLICA Among 2003's Most Successful Tours - Dec. 17, 2003

      KISS/AEROSMITH and METALLICA's "Summer Sanitarium" were among the Top 10-grossing tours of 2003 through Nov. 18, according to Billboard Boxscore, which tracks touring activity.

      As Billboard continues to expand its touring coverage, concert activity is at an all-time high. A record 13,437 worldwide concerts were reported in 2003 to Billboard Boxscore - an increase of 25% from the previous year.

      In North America alone, the concert industry reported a record $2.2 billion in gross box-office revenue for the year.

      The Top 10-Grossing tours of 2003, according to Billboard:

      01. THE ROLLING STONES: $299.5 Million
      02. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: $181.7 Million
      03. CHER: $76.3 Million
      04. FLEETWOOD MAC: $69.2 million
      05. EAGLES: $67.5 million
      06. DIXIE CHICKS: $62.2 million
      07. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: $52.6 million
      08. AEROSMITH & KISS: $50 million
      09. METALLICA's Summer Sanitarium: $48.5 million
      10. BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN: $45.8 million

      From: http://www.billboard.com

  • Dream On..
      Miracale is a Disney Movie that's coming out Feburary 3rd 2004. "Dream On" is featured on the soundtrack and previews. You can see the movie or go see a movie and you'll most likely see this preview. The movie is about a Hockey Team and I guess they start off ruff.

  • Cryin' parody video

  • Aerosmith covered on Polish TV show (again)
      In another Polish music - show "Your Way to Stars" (sth like the "Idol") one of the participant - Emilia Majcherczyk sang a song by Aerosmith - "I don't want to miss a thing". She's in top 3 singers in this show ... You can download mp3 from this programme from my downloads ;-)

      www.aerozone.w.pl

      Kuba

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      TBA



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Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won (2003)


News as of December 17, 2003
  • The Bustonian (DMAAT)
      http://www.bustonian.com

      ...some pictures of Tyler etc. This certain bus takes you around Boston, like to the clubs and stuff...

  • Billboard Year Totals (aerofanatic)
      KISS/AEROSMITH and METALLICA's "Summer Sanitarium" were among the Top 10-grossing tours of 2003 through Nov. 18, according to Billboard Boxscore, which tracks touring activity.

      As Billboard continues to expand its touring coverage, concert activity is at an all-time high. A record 13,437 worldwide concerts were reported in 2003 to Billboard Boxscore - an increase of 25% from the previous year.

      In North America alone, the concert industry reported a record $2.2 billion in gross box-office revenue for the year.

      The Top 10-Grossing tours of 2003, according to Billboard:

      01. THE ROLLING STONES: $299.5 Million
      02. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: $181.7 Million
      03. CHER: $76.3 Million
      04. FLEETWOOD MAC: $69.2 million
      05. EAGLES: $67.5 million
      06. DIXIE CHICKS: $62.2 million
      07. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: $52.6 million
      08. AEROSMITH & KISS: $50 million
      09. METALLICA's Summer Sanitarium: $48.5 million
      10. BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN: $45.8 million

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      TBA



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Paradise Lost - Draconian Times (1995)


News as of December 15, 2003
  • Porch Ghouls message board

  • set list: OKC (aerofanatic)
      Ford Center,
      Oklahoma, OK
      December 14, 2003

      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Love In An Elevator
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Pink
      Jaded
      Last Child
      Train Kept A Rollin'
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Toys In The Attic
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      ----------------------
      Sweet Emotion

      Cool note:
      After ST swings on his trapeze a girl in a bathing suit and heels walked out w/ a sign that said "10" it was pretty cool!! Oh and at the end of JP's jam with KISS he started stomping around in his boots like Gene...that was hysterical!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      TBA



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Frank Zappa special on Swedish national radio


News as of December 14, 2003
  • Perry joined Kiss at Oklahoma City Show!
      At the end of Kiss' set, Joe Perry came out and jammed with them on "Strutter." Paul said "Strutter" was Joe's favorite KISS song. He played "Strutter" with the band wearing a set of Paul Stanley's platform boots, and during Aerosmith's set played one of Paul's cracked mirror guitars for a couple of songs.

      I believe this is the first time ever that anyone has been allowed to properly jam with the band during a concert (a music journalist was given a special makeup design and appeared on stage with the band in the 70s, but she didn't play anything).

  • John B Road Report
      12.15.03 - Joe Perry jams with KISS! Makes Kisstory in OK City!

      No one in the entire 31 year history of KISS has anyone ever joined them onstage until last night. Joe Perry joined the masked men from the big apple for the KISS klassic "Strutter." Joe has been itching to do this for a long time now and after he was told by Paul Stanley a few months ago that many people have asked the band to jam with them they never felt it was the right thing to do until now. Elton John was turned down in the mid 70's.
      One of Joe's favorite KISS songs is "Strutter." It was the first song he heard by them when their debut album came out in 1974. He went out to dinner with their lead guitarist Tommy Thayer on Friday in Chicago. After dinner they hung out in Joe's room with a couple of small amps and some guitars and just jammed on the song for about an hour.

      Joe's biggest concern however wasn't getting the song right it was if he would be able to maneuver in Paul's boots. As the sold out crowd at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City could see he passed with flying colors. Country Music star Toby Keith was in attendance and was quite impressed by this historic feat --- John B.

      photos by John Bionelli

      PICS
      jb-jpkiss1.jpg
      jb-kisscollage-med.jpg
      jb-kisscollage1-med.jpg

      From: http://www.aeroforceone.com

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      TBA



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Black Bonzo - (3-track demo) (2003)
Rock N' Roll! Saved my Soul!


News as of December 13, 2003
  • Set List: Moline, IL (aerofanatic)
      12.12.03
      Moline, IL
      Mark Of The Quad Cities

      Let The Music Do The Talking
      Love In An Elevator
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Pink
      Jaded
      Last Child
      Train Kept A Rollin (fast)
      Reefer Headed Woman
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Toys In The Attic
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

      Interesting Notes:
      - First play of Reefer Headed Woman this tour! VERY cool!
      - Last Child in; Takes out.
      - Steven used trapeze again.
      - Thanks to Eli!

      AeroFANatic.com

  • LA Forum gets a Soundcheck.... (DMAAT)
      Thursday, December 18th.

      The first 2,000 fans that bring a minimum of (1) standard grocery bag of non-perishable food items to the venue on the 18th, will receive a wristband to attend Aerosmith's private soundcheck at The Forum. As a thank you, those participants that wish to purchase a ticket to the actual concert will be given a coupon to receive a special discount. These tickets may be purchased at the Forum Box Office on the day of the show only, between 10am-4pm.

      This event is the result of an alliance Aerosmith initiated with the World Hunger Year (WHY) to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger and poverty. Proceeds from Aerosmith's Los Angeles soundcheck promotion will benefit The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Fans can bring donations to The Forum VIP Parking Lot #4 (off Kareem Court) on Thursday, December 18th between 10am-4pm. (THE FORUM, 3900 W. Manchester, Inglewood, CA 90306)

      Soundcheck commences at 5pm but please be there by 4:30pm

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1982 Aerosmith plays in Columbus OH at the Ohio Center (Rose Tattoo opens)

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King (1987)


News as of December 12, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Montreal Quebec at The Forum

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

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Houston TX

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

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

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


News as of December 11, 2003
  • [ aerofanatic ] [ set list: knoxville, ky ]
      12.10.03
      Knoxville, TN
      Thompson-Boling Arena

      Mama Kin
      Love In a Elevator
      Same Old Song and Dance
      Pink
      Jaded
      Dude Looks Like A Lady
      Train Kept A Rollin' (fast)
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't go
      Dream On
      Toys In The Attic
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

  • Steven and Joey on TV Thursday! (DMAAT)
      Tune in to WCVB-TV 5 on Thursday, December 11th at 7:30 PM, Chronicle will be featuring an episode on The Victory Programs. Be sure to watch interviews with Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer! Chronicle can be seen on WCVB-TV 5 in parts of MA, NH, ME, VT, CT and RI.

      Thursday, Dec. 11: Addictions
      POSTED: 11:44 a.m. EST December 5, 2003

      Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is riding high these days, selling out concerts from coast to coast. But seventeen years ago, he was most interested in being high, until he realized he was ruining his life.

      Today, Tyler is a proponent of sobriety, and of Victory Programs, a treatment center for substance abusers.

      Tonight, he tells Mary Richardson his story of recovery, and Mary looks at how Victory is helping others reclaim their futures.

      Copyright 2003 by TheBostonChannel. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

      From: http://www.thebostonchannel.com

  • Pics from Toys In The Sun Run Sunday 12/7 (DMAAT)
      STEVEN TYLER LEADS 30,000 MOTORCYCLES
      Posted by Harnesslink Admin 08:04 AM 08-Dec-2003 NZST

      Steven Tyler an Red Ruby

      Steven Tyler Hugs Red Ruby

      STEVEN TYLER of the rock group Aerosmith meets Pompano Park Harness Track's Miniature Horse mascot RED RUDY before the start of the 16th annual Toys In The Sun Run Sunday morning, December 7.

      Tyler rode his Harley and led more than 30,000 motorcycles from the racetrack for the fund raiser to benefit Joe DiMaggio's Childrens Hospital in south Florida.

      Steve Wolf, Director of Marketing, Pompano Park

  • Snoring Steven (DMAAT)
      Liv's rock star dad fell asleep during Lord of the Rings

      Liv Tyler says her rock star dad fell asleep while watching her in the final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

      Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler, 55, nodded off during a private screening of The Return Of The King.

      Liv, 26, who plays elf Arwen, told The Sun: "He fell asleep halfway through, just took a nap. But he was really tired."

      And she said she had earlier had to tell him off because he was making too much noise.

      "My dad got into trouble because he bought a big bag of food and snacked through the whole movie. And he was passing food along," she said.

      Liv, who only learned that Steve was her father when she was 11, says he follows her acting career closely.

      She said: "He loves what I do and I'm quite fascinated by what he does. I see him up on stage and I'm like: 'How does he do that?' It's so incredible.

      "I think he has a similar thing with me in that he doesn't totally understand what I am doing so he's quite interested in it."

      Story filed: 09:15 Tuesday 9th December 2003

      From: http://www.ananova.com

  • Knoxville, TN Review (DMAAT)
      For rock concerts, bigger isn't always better
      By WAYNE BLEDSOE, bledsoe@knews.com
      December 11, 2003

      Sometimes more is less.

      What music fans might expect to get when two arena-sized rock acts combine for a double bill is something bigger and flashier than one act on its own. But when Kiss and Aerosmith combined forces Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena the effect was less than the sum of its parts.

      In fact, ticket sales for the show were sluggish. Prices ranged from the $55 to $125 each, yet were sold two-for-one days before the concert. The price drop contributed to the arena filling up beyond 14,000.

      For the Knoxville date, Kiss opened the show. As expected, Kiss' performance was filled with stage fog, fireworks and explosions, raucous rock anthems, face paint, platform boots and bassist Gene Simmons spitting fire and blood, curling his tongue and ascending to a platform above the light rigging. It's the sort of theatrical spectacle that fans expect and one that was a pure blast when the band first reunited in 1995. However, it takes time to build up to such theatrics and the 75-minute Kiss show seemed squashed together. The constant barrage of fireworks, pillars of flame and explosions became less exciting than hokey.

      Also, while the group played the requisite "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Love Gun" and "Black Diamond," they band opted for a couple of lesser numbers (along with some goofing with intros to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and the Rolling Stones' "Angie") rather than cranking out a couple more 1970s favorites. Overall, this Kiss was at its least appealing since the non-make-up 1980s.

      The members of Aerosmith, on the other hand, proved that, despite a string of formula radio ballads and a lackluster 2001 album "Play," a 30-year-plus old band still knows how to rock 'n' roll. Lead singer Steve Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry, once despairingly known as the Toxic Twins due to their drug use, have long cleaned up and make for a formidable centerpiece. Perry has often been underrated for his guitar chops and Tyler retains one of rock's great squalls.

      While the sound was a muddy mess up in the nosebleed section, down low the band sounded good.

      The band filled the show with favorites, including "Dream On," "Dude Looks Like a Lady" and "Love in an Elevator." One of the highlights of the program, though, was actually a couple of numbers from the band's upcoming blues album - a project that Perry has hinted that the band would do for years now.

      After a blistering guitar number by Perry, the band launched into a rocking rendition the Big Joe Williams classic "Baby, Please Don't Go." If this set was an indication of the disc, it's one for longtime Aerosmith fans to look forward to.

      As it was on Wednesday, fans of both Kiss and Aerosmith would've been better served if the groups had opted to play separate dates.

      It's time that big time acts accepted the fact that the pinnacle of rock success is not the biggest and most expensive show. With only half of the bill at half the price, at a venue half the size of Thompson-Boling, this show would've seemed twice as good.

      From: http://www.knoxnews.com

  • LOUISVILLE, KY Review (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith and KISS
      Rock gods rule - especially Aerosmith
      By JEFFREY LEE PUCKETT o December 10, 2003
      The Courier-Journal

      Gene Simmons and the rest of KISS offer plenty of star power, and singing along was tons of fun, but their show has lost its spontaneity.

      Rock stars walked among us Monday night, and men who would be rock stars. They cast a long shadow, especially those wearing 10-inch platform boots, and they lit a fire in Freedom Hall on a cold December night.

      Aerosmith and KISS brought undisputed star power to Monday night's show, while the Porch Ghouls came armed with ambition and attitude. It was, for the most part, a potent combination and left a nearly full house satisfied - even at upwards of $115 a ticket.

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, left, and Joe Perry didn't rely on frills, just arena-rock swagger, solid showmanship and a dose of the blues.

      Thirty-three years into its career, Aerosmith remains a monster band steeped in the blues, arena-rock swagger and guileless showmanship. Steven Tyler, at 55, is a physical marvel; he sang with power and had the energy of a 25-year-old, pushing the band through a best-of set that reached back to its first album.

      Aerosmith didn't rely on frills; its only special effect was a few confetti cannons to end the show. Instead, it came out blazing with "Toys in the Attic" and simply played harder, heavier and with more fire than any dozen younger bands. Guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford were a mighty one-two punch.

      The show was beautifully paced, mixing rockers with more pop-oriented stuff including "Jaded," and an evil "Baby Please Don't Go" was a nice preview of the band's upcoming roots-and-blues album. Pounding versions of "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" closed the show way too soon.

      KISS, on the other hand, was onstage a few songs too long. The band is still a lot of fun, and there are few things in rock 'n' roll that compare to singing along to "Shout It Out Loud," but its fabled stage show has become a predictable set piece. Since returning to full makeup seven years ago, KISS has delivered essentially the same fire-breathing, blood-spitting show with only minor changes to the set-list.

      It's more like a KISS revue than an evolving performance, and the band itself seemed a little tired. The KISS Army won't like hearing any of that - it has been firing salvos about its boys' superiority to Aerosmith since the tour began - but Monday made it clear that Aerosmith is the far better band.

      The Porch Ghouls are some bold young men. The quartet from Memphis, Tenn., opened the show on a bare stage with a set of primitive north Mississippi blues mixed with 1960s garage rock. Covers of R.L. Burnside songs are not what a roomful of KISS and Aerosmith fans expected, and it would be stretching it to say that the Ghouls won them over, but they did perform with an almost careless glee that was admirable under the circumstances.

      From: http://www.louisvillescene.com

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

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

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

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


News as of December 10, 2003
  • Super Bowl Pre-game in High-Definition?
      The Super Bowl will be shown in High-Definition (HD) format and 5.1 surround sound this year on CBS. Hopefully this includes the pre-game show!! If you haven't seen HD yet, you will fall in love as soon as you do. Available on most cable systems now and or with an antenna.

      More info here: http://www.avsforum.com

  • Bruce Almighty
      Duke the Dark reports:

      I am from the Philippines and just yesterday, I bought a DVD of "Bruce Almighty" and it says on the back that it got MTVs; when I checked the special features area, it got some Previews of upcoming DVD titles, and on the music video, I was shocked and happy to see the only video there - "I Dont Wanna Miss A Thing"!, of all songs! I was happy though wondering why it was in a Bruce Almighty DVD and why didnt they just put songs thats in the movie, like Avril's "I'm With You"... but oh well, as long as its from Aerosmith!

  • New Year's Eve (DMAAT)
      Heard on E! today that Aerosmith, along with Elton John and others will do Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve. What a great way to ring in the New Year!

  • Tyler Falls Asleep During Daughter's Movie
      Rock veteran Steven Tyler may be a supporter of his daughter Liv's movie career, but that didn't stop him from falling asleep during a screening of the final "Lord of the Rings" installment.

      The Aerosmith singer left Liv stunned when he slipped into unconsciousness as he watched her in the eagerly awaited "The Return of the King." But despite her shock, she admits audience members were delighted -because he'd previously been making too much noise eating food.

      She says, "My dad got into trouble because he bought a big bag of food and snacked through the whole movie. And he was passing food along.

      "He fell asleep halfway through, just took a nap. But he was really tired."

      However, the stunning actress insists they both have a mutual admiration for each other's work.

      She adds, "He loves what I do and I'm quite fascinated by what he does. I see him up on stage and I'm like, 'How does he do that?' It's so incredible."

      Copyright World Entertainment News Network 2003

      From: http://www.krzz.com

  • New Ross Halfin pictures (DMAAT)

  • Aerosmith on Top 10 list Books
      Aerosmith has been featured in two books that I saw, The Scholastic Book of Lists and Top 10 lists of 2004. In The Scholastic book there was a list of highest grossing artists. This is the List...

      1. The Beatles
      2. Led Zeppelin
      3. The Eagles
      4. Pink Floyd
      5. ACDC
      6. Aerosmith
      7. Rolling Stones
      8. Metallica
      9. Fleetwood Mac
      10. Journey???

      The other book had many lists that had Aerosmith

      They Were #9 on the Best Wedding Song with "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing"
      They Were #5 on Top Groups of the 90's
      They were #10 on Highest Paid Rockstars with 25,000,000
      They have sold 23 Gold Albums and 59 Platinum Albums.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      TBA

News as of December 9, 2003
  • [ aerofanatic ] [ set list: louisville, ky ]
      12.08.03
      Louisville, KY
      Freedom Hall

      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Pink
      Jaded
      Dude Looks Like A Lady
      Train Kept A Rollin' (fast)
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Cryin'
      Big Ten Inch Record
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

      Interesting Notes:
      - Major sound fuckups during Baby Please. Steven even made the comment that the sound tech would be "working at a gas station soon" because of all the sound probs. Steven was yanking monitors out of his ears alot. REALLY pissed off tonight.
      - Pretty "standard" set. It'll pretty much be this rest of the tour I would think

  • Jack Douglas WFMU 12/8/03 Audio Interview (DMAAT)
      Jack (Douglas) sent me a note to let me know he did another audio interview segment on WFMU on the anniversary of John Lennon's death. Many of you know he was very close to John...far outside of "business" - more of a soul mate. I think almost everyone knows that Jack was the last person with John before he was killed (besides Yoko) and that I've had the opportunity to discuss this tragic event (and the many many good times he had with John as well) with Jack many times and every time it has left me very emotional..and wishing I had known the man behind the magic..and the music. Anyway, the first link should start up in your audio player or go to the link at the bottom and either right click to save or play it from the site as noted. Jack needs to do at least 3 hour interviews because he tells these stories in such a way to make you feel like you were there. One on one it's so much better and maybe one day he'll let me do an audio taped interview with him with NO TIME LIMITS or commercial sponsors to worry about!

      http://www.wfmu.org/listen.ram?show=9735&archive=10505

      From: http://www.wfmu.org
      Under Recently Added Archives 12/8/03 Jonesville Station

      ---

      Oh and don't worry..already on the obvious questions back to Jack. He mentions March 1st release which is a Monday so can't be the release date..I think he may have meant the first of March as in the first part of March. Also, since he's headed into the studio with Cheap Trick in early January...being the nosey person I am..I had to ask (though may not get the answer I want or one at all) does that mean he will be doing both at the same time or...??

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1978 Aerosmith plays in shreveport LA at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (Dirty Angels open)

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

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

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

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Oklahoma City OK at Myriad Convention Center

      2002 Steven and Joe appear at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas NV in a tribute to Run DMCs Jam Master Jay; Steven also presents Cher with an Achievement Award



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Thin Lizzy - Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979)


News as of December 8, 2003
  • James Hetfield's top 10 albums of all time
      Damián from Argentina reports:

      Found at www.encycmet.com

      JAMES FAVOURITES
      The editors at Rolling Stone magazine recently polled an array of musicians, critics, and influential industry figures to come up with the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Nearly 300 such music experts including James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich amongst others, responded each with a list of 50 albums. "Master of Puppets" came in at 167 and the black album came in at 252.

      James Hetfield's top 10 albums of all time:
      01. LED ZEPPELIN – Led Zeppelin
      02. BLACK SABBATH – Black Sabbath
      03. ALICE COOPER – Welcome To My Nightmare
      04. THE BEACH BOYS – Pet Sounds
      05. AEROSMITH – Rocks
      06. MOTORHEAD – Ace Of Spades
      07. VAN HALEN – Van Halen
      08. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – (Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd)
      09. UFO – Strangers In The Night
      10. SOCIAL DISTORTION – White Light, White Heat, White Trash

      Yep, we all know James is (or at least was) a big Aerosmith fan, but I didn´t think he would put Aerosmith´s Rocks on top of any Motorhead or Diamond Head album. I thought he liked those more. But well, remember Aerosmith´s MTV Icon, when he said he´s favourite Aerosmith tune was Nobody´s Fault... he must have a been a true fan.

  • Bikers stage toy caravan for kids (DMAAT)
      By Peter Bernard
      Staff Writer - Posted December 8 2003

      Everyone knows Santa's pretty busy these days, so about 30,000 motorcyclists chipped in to help on Sunday's 16th annual Toys in the Sun Run. Santa's clip-clopping reindeer-powered sleigh was replaced with roaring Harley-Davidsons, screaming racing bikes and easy-riding touring motorcycles toting toys to be delivered to needy children.

      The motorcycles, which staged at the Pompano Harness Track, closed area highways for several hours as the bikers drove to Markham Park in Sunrise to drop off toys, make monetary donations, and party.

      "I've never seen anything like this in my life," said Yvonne Kaiser, a tourist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who was northbound on Interstate 95 when the parade of motorcycles passed going the other way. "Look at all the motorcycles! I love those Japanese `superbikes.'" Many other northbound motorists stopped along I-95 to watch the parade.

      A consummate rock 'n' roll fan, Kaiser squealed with delight when she learned Steve Tyler, the lead singer of rock band Aerosmith, was the parade's grand marshal, along with Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne.

      "It's hard to believe this all started 16 years ago with just 500 motorcycles," said Bob Amchir, who began organizing the run with his son Dave in 1987 as members of the South Florida President's Council of Motorcycle Clubs. "Now the Toy Run and the Festival have become this big family event, and it keeps getting bigger every year."

      Last year, the run collected 36,000 toys and raised $418,000 to treat pediatric cancer patients at Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital in Hollywood.

      In return for their generosity, Amchir and his pals throw a party at Markham Park that includes, food, drink, live entertainment, vendor booths, an area for exhibiting show bikes and thrills such as trick motorcycle riding. Live bands The Smithereens and Foghat performed this year, as well as several local bands. Entry to the festival cost $10 and a new, unopened toy.

      "The thing that gets me about this event is the level of generosity from all levels," said Ralph Dean, the director of District 5 Fraternal Order of Police, who has overseen the collection and distribution of toys for the run for the past nine years. "Whether a person makes $200,000 a year or minimum wage, they all come out and give generously."

      In addition to the thousands on motorcycles parked and displayed all over the park, Amchir said many non-bikers come to support the event. "We get a lot of people who come out in their cars to contribute as well," Amchir said.

      As she strolled to her 1993 Harley-Davidson Roadster for the ride home, Kara Trout admired the sheer volume of motorcycles and bikers.

      "We really do have a strong community here," Trout said. "And we can accomplish a lot when we put our heads together."

      from: http://www.sun-sentinel.com

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      TBA



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Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday (1972)


News as of December 7, 2003
  • [ aerofanatic ] Superbowl Thoughts?
      Aerosmith will indeed be playing the pre-game ceremonies at this years Superbowl, to be held on Feb 1st in Houston. Aerosmith is slated to play 1-2 songs before the singing of the National Anthem (not by them).

      The NFL likes to have things "bookended". 2 years ago, Bon Jovi played the kickoff to the 2002 football season, and also played pre-game to last years Superbowl. Both times they played "It's My Life". Will Aerosmith do this and play "Dream On" again? We shall see. The options...

      1. Play "Dream On" again.
      2. Play "Baby Please Don't Go" from the upcoming blues album.
      3. Play the lead single from the new album (if not Baby)
      4. Play a Cheesecake into Monkey mix....LOL

      Option 4 would be my choice, but we all know THAT ain't happening...LOL. If I were to guess I would say option 3. This "event" is a HUGE stage, so why not use it to promote the lead "single" to your new album? The timing is perfect. This event is on Feb 1st. Singles are usually released 1 1/2 months before an album. You do the math.

      When Aerosmith played halftime of the 2001 Superbowl, Jaded was played purposely to promote it. And it SPRINGSHOT up the charts...thanks in LARGE part to that exposure.

      We'll see. In any event, expect a MAJOR marketing blitz from Sony in the Feb-April time frame. The boys will be everywhere....just you watch.

      CK

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

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

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

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

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

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Little Rock AR at Alltel Arena



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Opeth - Morningrise (1996)


News as of December 6, 2003
  • Joe Perry Boneyard LP Standard To Be Unveiled at 2004 NAAM in Anaheim - PICS TOO (DMAAT)
      Monday, December 01, 2003
      Preliminary Preview - Joe Perry Boneyard LP Standard

      Epiphone is proud to introduce the "Joe Perry" Boneyard LP Standard! The signature model from the legendary Aerosmith guitarist will be officially unveiled at the 2004 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California next month and will be available in stores shortly thereafter.

      Epiphone spokesman Don Mitchell stated "We are very excited to offer this signature guitar from one of the all-time guitar greats. We've worked closely with Joe and Gibson U.S.A. to make sure this model is just right and I think people are going to be blown away by this gorgeous guitar". The model features Gibson U.S.A. Burstbucker type-2 and type-3 pickups (reverse polarity) "Boneyard" mother of pearl headstock inlay, satin black back , sides and neck, cream binding and a unique "Aged Tiger" top

      As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist explained in an interview a few days before the launch party for the Gibson Joe Perry Signature model, his wife Billie was the one who, unbeknownst to Joe, took care of the original design.

      "We were down on one of our trips through Nashville and went through the guitar factory," Perry recalled. "My family travels with me on the road. We were going through the Custom Shop, and I noticed Billie was missing. I'm always suspicious when she takes off. She had gone off with the head painter. She had an idea for a way to stain the tops, and they conjured up these tops combining tiger-stripe maple with a greenish stain to create the "Aged Tiger" finish."

      A few weeks later, the "Aged Tiger" Gibson made a great surprise gift for Joe from Billie! "She handed me this guitar and it was beautiful," Perry said. He immediately added it to his arsenal of instruments in the Boneyard, his basement studio. And with a few more personalized modifications, it became the Joe Perry Signature model from Gibson Custom. Be sure and stop by your local Epiphone dealer to check out this great new model from Epiphone! (MSRP:$1,332.00)

      PIC 1
      Joe examines an Epiphone Boneyard body during a recent trip to Epiphone headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

      PIC 2
      Joe with Epiphone product manager, Mike Voltz

      PIC 3
      Joe hanging out with Gibson President, Dave Berryman.

      From: http://www.epiphone.com

  • Jacksonville Setlist (DMAAT)
      Posted on AF1 board by "Scully"....

      Jax Veteran's Memorial Arena
      Jacksonville, FL
      12/05/03
      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      Same Old Song And Dance
      Livin' On The Edge
      Pink
      Jaded
      Train Kept A' Rollin' (SLOW or as Dude calls it 'Crunchy Gritty Version')
      What It Takes

      BLUES SET

      Stop Messin' 'Round
      Baby Please Don't Go

      Dream On
      Big Ten Inch Record
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

      Interesting notes:
      -To start off, it was amazing! Never seen somethin so cool...Anyways on to the few interesting things...
      - Porch Ghouls opened, I really liked them and they did a really good version of Walkin the Dog, the majority of the audience hated em and booed em but I like their style.
      -For Train, Joe played one of Paul Stanley's guitar (the cracked mirror BC Rich) He obviously borrowed it from him cuz those are made exclusively for Paul Stanley
      -At the end, Joe introduced Steven as "the star of the new Monday Night Football commercials"
      -In Train, after Joe sang his line ("lookin so good...") he handed the mike back to Steven but missed and dropped it on the ground, so Steven left it there and let the crowd sing

  • JB News From The Road New (DMAAT)
      12/5/03
      John B Road Report: Bad Boys ROCK the great sports shrines

      I left off looking forward to the Madison Square Garden (NYC) and Boston shows. It's great to get to play these places over and over again. They are shrines not only for great sporting events but also something special when the bad boys come to town.

      MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
      At MSG the guys seemed to turn it up a notch. Before the show Joe and Paul Stanley did a quick photo shoot for a possible feature in "Guitar World" magazine. The cover was shot by none other than Ross Halfin. Ross had a brainstorm of having the 2 guys up against a closed freight elevator. While the backdrop looked really cool a problem kept coming up..... And down and up and down again. The elevator was a working elevator and every time the doors would open about 25 people would come out. The first time it was funny seeing all these workers of MSG piling out wondering what the f' was going on in front of them. Many would mill around trying to get autographs or get themselves in the picture. This pissed Ross off and he began yelling at the 85 year old guy who was working the damn thing since the Rangers won the cup in '45. The second time Ross yelled at him you could sense the guy wasn't gonna take his British shit and find him a place to sleep at the nearby Meadowlands next to Jimmy Hoffa. Ross cooled down and the shoot ended with about 50 employees of the old barn cheering the master of cool and the starchild on.

      Lenny Kravitz was in the house and spent his time bopping between the KISS camp and Steven and Joe's dressing room. Here's a little bit of useless info. Lenny has appeared on both bands albums in recent times. In 1993 he was on Aerosmith's "Get a Grip" album on "Line Up" and he appears with Stevie Wonder on Kiss's "Kiss my Ass" album singing "Deuce."

      Frank Vincent introduced Aerosmith that night. Frank is a friend of theirs and has appeared in a movie with Brad called "This Thing of Ours" which should be out soon. You may remember him as "Billy Bats" from Good Fellas and Joe Pesci's paisan in Casino. Mr. Perry also did some music for the soundtrack as well as the Porch Ghouls. One of my favorite drummers of all time "Marky Ramone" was also hanging backstage and I am still kicking myself for not saying hi to this legend. Joey Ramone was always at Aerosmith shows in NYC and he was sorely missed this night because he loved both bands and would have had a blast.

      WASHINGTON D.C.
      We left early on this day to visit the Walter Reed Medical Center in DC. This is the hospital were all the guys and girls from Iraq and Afghanistan go to when they are shipped home because of casualties. It was pretty eye opening to see the men and woman of this war up close and personal. I don't want to sound cliche but they are the true heroes and for this afternoon the guys were in total awe of them. They went to several rooms and spent time everybody signing autographs and posing for pictures. The show was dedicated to them and it was an experience the guys will never forget.

      MANCHESTER
      Before the show Tom and Joe stopped by WZLX in Boston and basically took over the station for 2 hours. They were interviewed by DJ's Chuck Nowlin and Carter Allen. Carter has been around the Boston scene since this writer has been has been allowed to drive and he is one of the main reasons U2 is as big as they are today. Needless to say the band really love this guy.

      Steven headed to the venue early to tape an interview with the local ABC affiliate for a show on the "Victory Program." The Victory Program has been helping people get and stay sober (as well as supporting Boston families with other health and housing needs) in Boston for decades and it happens to be a pet project that Steven and Joey hold near and dear to their heart. They have both been donating their time to the cause for a while now and have raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

      BOSTON
      Home Sweet Home! As you know the guys usually cook up something special for the hometown crowd and Thanksgiving Eve was no different. If you donated a certain number of canned food to the "Boston Food Bank" you were allowed access to a private sound check before the show. The guys played about 5 or 6 requests that night and really got the party started. It was a taste of what was yet to come later that night. An appetizer if you will! The guys kicked ass and left the old girl somewhere around midnight. As the last band vehicle left the Fleet with cheers and confetti floating in the air behind them some poor bastard left through the security entrance with my video camera bag and briefcase. Seems the sticky fingered fan made his way backstage and lifted my goods. But never fear the crack security team at the Fleet had the guy on video and had my bags back to me before my turkey got cold the next day.

      TAMPA
      After basing at home for the next week we headed down to Tampa for a show at The St. Pete Times Forum. It's great to be in Florida this time of year. The weather is great and the fans are crazy. The joint was rockin and it brought out Celebs such as Wade Boggs, Hulk Hogan and Boston Bruins great, Phil Esposito. It seemed Steven and the Hulk really got along. The Hulk plays bass and I'm told he's pretty good. Phil Esposito came with his wife, Bridget, and Steven gave him a tip of the hat before a song. Phil helped build the venue we were playing in and if it wasn't for him the Tampa Bay area wouldn't be the great city it is today.

      Next time we will just about put a fork in this tour. It's been great and I'm sure next year will be just as exciting starting off with "Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve."

      See you on the road!

      John B.

      From: http://www.aeroforceone.com

  • E! True Hollywood story
      STEVEN TYLER & LIV TYLER ON E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY
      The E! channel will present Rock Star Daughters: The E! True Hollywood Story, premiering Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. "Remember, DNA Doesn't Determine Daddyship: Party girl Bebe Buell was living with rock star Todd Rundgren when she got knocked up by rock star Steven Tyler, and Rundgren--not Tyler--helped rear Liv Tyler." -- www.eonline.com

  • Pics at Rolling Stone website of Kiss/Aero tour 2003

  • Review of Aerosmith Show in Tampa (DMAAT)
      Review
      Aerosmith and Kiss aren't too old to rock
      By LOUIS HAU, Times Staff Writer
      Published December 4, 2003

      TAMPA - Can you ever be too old to rock?

      With bands as long in the tooth as Kiss and Aerosmith, it's a question worth pondering.

      For about maybe two seconds.

      If there was anything these geezers seemed determined to do Wednesday night during their twin bill at the St. Pete Times Forum, it was to show that they've still got plenty of gas in the tank. That they're still relevant. And that they can still rawwwwk

      That task would seem to be most daunting for Kiss. Let's face it: If there were ever a band that was easy to laugh off, it would have to this one. That idiotic face paint. Those absurd platform shoes. The ridiculous costumes. The caterwauling vocals of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley wailing excruciating anthems about Strutters, Love Guns and Gods of Thunder.

      But when confronted with the jaw-dropping spectacle of Kiss on stage, pretty much all critical faculties go out the window. Wednesday's show literally started with a bang as the black curtain surrounding the stage suddenly dropped away amid sparks and billowing smoke as the band descended to the stage on a platform, peeling off the opening chords to Detroit Rock City.

      From there, Simmons, Stanley, drummer Peter Kriss and Ace Frehley impersonator (and ex-Kiss tour manager) Tommy Thayer offered pummeling versions of their tried and true fan favorites - Deuce, Shout It Out Loud, Lick It Up, Black Diamond and more on a silver-and-black stage setup that fairly screamed 1974 (and belched smoke, flames and sparks throughout).

      The concession stands were stocked with $80 Kiss hockey jerseys and $35 tour T-shirts but the band would have also done brisk business peddling a video showing the exercise regimen followed by the 54-year-old Simmons and the 51-year-old Stanley, who showed off impressively flat middle-aged stomachs.

      Stanley preened for the cameras. Simmons spit blood and breathed fire. Criss sang Beth. The Kiss fans in the house headed for their restroom breaks satisfied.

      Next up, Boston Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith. If Kiss looked surprisingly fit, wiry 55-year-old Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and 53-year-old lead guitarist Joe Perry were positively Dorian Gray-like, with Tyler in particular looking as though he had stepped through a time warp.

      After the opening blast of Toys in the Attic, it quickly became clear, as if any reminder were needed, that their tough-as-nails early material wipes the floor with the power balladry of their unlikely late '80s comeback.

      But the band also showed that they're still in it for the long haul when Perry took over lead vocal duties for a tasty slice of Chicago blues from their next album, accompanied by Tyler doing his best Little Walter imitation on harmonica. Of course, the band also made sure to play the songs that all 12,982 in the audience showed up to hear, including Dream On, Walk This Way and Sweet Emotion.

      So much time has passed since the chart-dominating heyday of Kiss and Aerosmith that these erstwhile dinosaurs of the music scene have now been elevated to the status of Grand Old Masters of their craft by the young bands of today.

      Yeah, the spirit of rock 'n' roll will always be rooted in teen lust and alienation. But it's also the music that's played by the Viagra generation.

      You think these guys should act their age?

      Dude, they are acting their age.

      From: http://stpetetimes.com

  • Brief Tampa Review (DMAAT)
      Kiss, Aerosmith Climb Back In The Saddle
      By CURTIS ROSS cross@tampatrib.com
      Published: Dec 5, 2003

      TAMPA - You can't, as has been noted, go home again. Kiss and Aerosmith, however, can team up for a co-headlining tour the likes of which would have blown many a teenage mind in 1975 and did a pretty fair job of rocking a St. Pete Times Forum crowd of 12,982 on Wednesday night.

      Many in attendance were old enough to have seen these bands back in their '70s heyday (including your reviewer, who saw Kiss for the first time exactly 28 years ago Wednesday, which is either some bizarre cosmic alignment or at least a really cool coincidence).

      But there were plenty of enthusiastic fans conceived well after the Ford and Carter administrations. And what do these 50-ish rockers offer kids that bands closer to their own demographic don't?

      Angst-free entertainment.

      ``This is about escaping and having a good time,'' Kiss singer Paul Stanley told the crowd, and that pretty well summed up the evening's appeal. With set times limited to 75 minutes, both bands focused on what made them rich and famous in the first place.

      For Kiss, that meant heavy pyrotechnics and fist-pumping anthems such as ``Shout It Out Loud'' and ``Rock and Roll All Nite.'' Kiss, in fact, performed only two numbers recorded later than 1977.

      Aerosmith split the difference between raunchier '70s material and later, slicker hits, but also served up a tantalizing taste of their blues roots with smoking versions of Fleetwood Mac's ``Stop Messin' Round'' and Big Joe Williams' ``Baby Please Don't Go.''

      Kiss was lowered to the stage as they kicked into opening number ``Detroit Rock City.'' A muddy sound mix dulled the song's dynamics, but the never-a-dull-moment production likely kept anyone from dwelling on such details.

      ``Deuce'' and ``Firehouse'' were fine examples of Kiss at their catchy songwriting. It's too bad original guitarist Ace Frehley wasn't along for the tour, but replacement Tommy Thayer did an admirable job of replicating Frehley's solos.

      Bassist Gene Simmons puked blood, breathed fire and flew to the rafters. Stanley smashed his guitar. Drummer Peter Criss came out front to sing ``Beth.'' No surprises, but no disappointments either.

      Aerosmith roughed up their more recent material and simply killed on numbers such as the opener, ``Toys in the Attic,'' and ``Train Kept a Rollin'.''

      Singer Steven Tyler was his usual hyperactive self. Guitarist Joe Perry's solos eschewed technique for a more soulful, rhythmic feel. Bassist Tom Hamilton, drummer Joey Kramer and guitarist Brad Whitford - the most unassuming man in rock - provided the always solid backing.

      The Porch Ghouls opened with a set of primitive blues-rooted rock. The young band was impressively loose and raw, belting out blues-wailing, harmonica-soaked raunch to a mostly empty arena.

      From: http://tampatrib.com

  • Aerosmith evokes '70s, but band isn't stuck there (DMAAT)
      Aerosmith evokes '70s, but band isn't stuck there
      By JEFFREY LEE PUCKETT o December 5, 2003
      The Courier-Journal

      Music geeks can talk for hours about classic blues-based rock bands from Britain and the lasting impact they've had. Many of the principals remain active (the Rolling Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck), and even the defunct ones are releasing best-selling albums (Led Zeppelin).

      Turn your attention toward the United States, however, and the pickings get remarkably slim. Creedence? Gone. J. Geils Band? Ditto. KISS? Not really. ZZ Top? Still around, thank goodness.

      But the undisputed king, and perhaps America's most underrated band despite its considerable star power, is Aerosmith.

      Dismissed by many in the 1970s as a B-grade Stones, Aerosmith has a back catalog that has held up well even as the hits have kept coming. It would be hard to find a better one-two punch in American rock 'n' roll than "Toys in the Attic" (1975) and "Rocks" (1976).

      More than 25 years later, both albums crackle with a palpable energy and songs that attack like an angry Joe Frazier.

      "For us, those two records were our coming-of-age records," guitarist Joe Perry said from his home in Boston. "We had learned how to work in the studio and write songs.

      "As far as their place in history or whatever, I think they're a pretty good representation of where rock was at the time, of where it had gotten to and the path it took."

      Aerosmith's path has been a long one. Formed in Sunapee, N.H., in 1970, the band slogged it out on the club circuit for years. It finally broke nationwide in 1975 with "Sweet Emotion," which drove "Toys In The Attic" to No. 11 on the charts.

      As the decade wore on, Aerosmith wore down. After "Rocks," years of substance abuse began to catch up with Perry, singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. The albums got progressively worse as the drug abuse continued, and Perry and Whitford eventually left.

      To everyone's surprise, a reunited Aerosmith cleaned up and went back to work in the late 1980s, eclipsing its first run of commercial success. But some things never change: The band is finishing a blues album similar to its early work, and Perry is stoked.

      "It was a really invigorating experience to just be a band going into the studio to play live," said Perry, who used his home studio to make the record (it's due in January)."I could almost hear my mother upstairs thumping on the floor, yelling 'Turn it down!' The only difference was my wife and kids were upstairs cheering us on."

      Aerosmith's tour with KISS comes to Freedom Hall Monday night. It's a rare matchup of '70s icons who were once competitors.

      "The only thing I've been disappointed in is that ... if you saw KISS in 1975, it's the same as if you see them now," Perry said.

      "If you're seeing them for the first time, of course, it's great. But in Aerosmith we're always working on new records, and it isn't a nostalgia act. We're a live, vital band."

      Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets - $115, $85 and $55 - are available at the Freedom Hall box office, online at www.cc.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all TicketMaster outlets or by phone at (502) 361-3100.

      Canned foods will be collected for Artists Against Hunger and Poverty.

      From: http://www.louisvillescene.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      2002 Steven and family appear in the TV show Lizzie McGuire (Xtreme Xmas episode)



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

Arena - The Visitor (1998)


News as of December 5, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1974 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Music Hall (with Queen)

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

      1978 Aerosmith plays in Lynn MA at Harbour House

      1979 Aerosmith plays the first show of the Night in the Ruts tour in Binghamton NY at Broome County Arena

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

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

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Dallas TX at Reunion Arena


News as of December 4, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Tampa, FL
      12.03.03
      Tampa, FL
      St. Pete Times Forum

      Toys In The Attic
      Love In An Elevator
      Dude Looks Like A Lady
      Livin' On The Edge
      Pink
      Jaded
      Train Kept A Rollin'
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Big Ten Inch Record
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

  • E! Rock Star Daughters (DMAAT)
      'Rock Star Daughters' Profiled In E! Entertainment Documentary - Dec. 3, 2003

      Alice and Calico Cooper, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Steven and Liv Tyler and Ace and Monique Frehley are among the famous musicians and their offspring being spotlighted on "Rock Star Daughters: The E! True Hollywood Story", which is set to premiere on E! Entertainment on Sunday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.

      Encore presentations are scheduled for Dec. 7 (11:00 p.m.), Dec. 13 (3:00 p.m.) and Dec. 14 (1:00 p.m.).

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

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Boston, MA

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

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

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

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Austin TX at Frank Irwin Center

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



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(News Page Work In Progress Playlist)

Riot - Fire Down Under (1981)
Rock N' Roll, goddamnit!


News as of December 3, 2003
  • Joey's Drum Tech in Zildjian Magazine (DMAAT)
      In the latest issue of "Z Time," which is a magazine put out by the Zildjian company, who makes cymbals, there is an article about drum techs on the road, and this is what Timmy Doyle, Joey's drum tech wrote:

      "A typical day on the road with Aerosmith: Start unloading the trucks by late morning. I set up three kits - two on the different stages for the show, and one in the tuning room (for mini rehearsals in case another musician shows up for an impromptu guest appearance).
      The Aerosmith crew have actually put together a band, The Cameltones, and sometimes we do sound checks for the band: front of the house PA mix, ear monitors, and stage mix, for both stages that we set up.
      Finish sound check between 4:00 & 5:00 and begin getting the support bands on stage. Aerosmith hits by 9:00 on a three band bill. During the show, I sit out of sight behind the amps, but always maintain eye contact with Joey. I wear ear monitors set to the same frequency as Joey so I hear exactly what Joey is hearing. We communicate mainly by body language and hand signals... and screaming if it gets really bad!"

  • WZLX Audio Interview Joe and Tom 11/24/03 (DMAAT)

  • Liv article (DMAAT)
      Wed 3 Dec 2003
      Marriage runs rings around acting
      Eileen Condon

      IT'S been one of the most successful movie series in screen history and the eagerly-awaited third film in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy looks like smashing box office records. Return of the King was premiered to the world in Wellington on Monday, and 100,000 people lined the streets of the New Zealand city to welcome the stars of the film which has put their country firmly on the movie map.

      It was an emotional day for all involved, but particularly for Liv Tyler, the stunning brunette, who plays Arwen, the immortal elf in the blockbuster films. She says: "When they first offered me the part of Arwen the elf princess I had to sit down and think about whether I was willing to work on this for a year and a half as it seemed such a long time to give, but actually it's been more like four and a half years, with the filming and then all the promotion for each part.

      "During that time you grow so close to people they become almost like family, so it's hard to think that it's all over. It's a combination of so sad and so emotional - when we watched the movie I cried for the last hour."

      Not that she's shedding any tears now. In fact, Tyler can't seem to wipe the smile off her face. Those famous voluptuous lips break into a beaming grin at the mention of her new husband, Leeds-born musician Royston Langdon. She says: "It's been an incredible year for me. I married a wonderful man who is just so nice and supportive.

      "We moved to New York and we've adopted a King Charles puppy, who is so cute I'm crazy about him. Roy named him Neal and he's nine months old and getting bigger and cuter everyday."

      Tyler married 30-year-old Langdon, lead singer with the group Spacehog, at a private ceremony in the Caribbean in March and it's clear domesticity agrees with the 26-year-old actress. But that's understandable when you consider her background.

      Her father is legendary Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler but her mother, Bebe Buell, raised her to believe she was the daughter of rocker Todd Rundgren, until she learned the truth when she was ten. Now the star admits her upbringing means she craves security and stability.

      She says: "I always felt loved by my parents and was grateful to have all these incredible people and creative energy around me, but I also longed for some kind of normality in my life.

      "I was so aware of the mistakes my parents made. My dream as a little girl was to have a family and children and animals and someone in my life who was my friend and my partner. Now that I've finally got married and we have our house, everything that I ever wanted is in place."

      However, even her new-found domestic bliss does have its drawbacks, as the besotted actress cannot bear to be apart from her husband when she's filming. She spent more than a year in New Zealand making the Lord Of The Rings trilogies and admits it was tough.

      "I did suffer at times and felt quite homesick being so far away from my home and family," she recalls. "It was almost like a life commitment and there was no turning back."

      Added to that, Tyler also came in for some early flak from critics who didn't believe she was the right choice to play Arwen - a character who only appears in the appendix of JRR Tolkein's classic book. "It was hard at times," she says of the criticism. "But I feel really good about how it all turned out. I had a great time working with everyone on the film. It was never easy, but it was worth it and now that the films are completed I just feel really happy to have been a part of them." Recalling the first time she realised the impact the trilogy had on people, she says: "I was staying with some friends in England and it was New Year.

      "My husband, Roy, and I were sleeping, and I woke to the sound of our friends' two little boys. They were going around the bedrooms opening the doors and looking in. When they got to our door, one little boy went to open it and the other said, 'No! Don't open that door. The princess is sleeping in there.' It made my heart leap out of my chest. I think that was the first time I really realised the impact these films had on people."

      In the third and final film, Tyler joins forces again with co-stars Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom to fight the forces of evil. Her character has to implore her father Elrond (Hugo Weaving) to assist her mortal beau, mighty warrior Aragorn to claim his rightful place as ruler of Middle Earth.

      And fans are in for a treat as the dazzling battle scenes promise to outdo those in the first two movies.

      However, even though Lord Of The Rings might be over, Tyler's career is taking off in a big way. Although she was a rising star before the trilogy, appearing in Bernardo Bertolucci's acclaimed film Stealing Beauty and the cult movie One Night at McCool's, it's her role as Princess Arwen which has made her a household name. Not surprisingly, lucrative offers are coming in thick and fast, including a contract as the face of a new perfume and skin range from Givenchy. The fashion house has even dubbed her the new Audrey Hepburn.

      Tyler says such comparisons are "overwhelming, beyond flattering". She says: "I have always been a big admirer of Audrey Hepburn. She was truly inspiring, and always so herself.

      "Her charm was that she was so real and never afraid to speak for herself. And she used her power and time in such a positive way, by doing so much work for others."

      But although the deal cements her position as one of the most successful actresses in the world, Tyler isn't about to let it turn her head. She knows first-hand how brutal Hollywood can be, having been told more than once in her career she should lose weight.

      "A very famous editor once told me that if I could stay skinny, I'd be bigger than Gwyneth Paltrow," she says, looking incredulous. "I was like, 'I don't want to be Gwyneth Paltrow, I want to be me.' I don't have a weight problem and I never have and just because I don't starve myself and I'm not a size four doesn't mean that I have a weight problem.

      "I refuse to submit myself to Hollywood standards. To the rest of the world I am slim, and I like the way I am."

      Indeed Tyler, a curvaceous 5ft 10ins, bucks the trend for stick-thin Tinseltown actresses but flatly refuses to conform to the current standards.

      She says: "I don't like actresses who transform themselves to fit in with a physical standard which rules at any given moment. These women don't realise that they lose their appeal. A lot of people are afraid to be themselves, maybe because they lack confidence."

      That's not something the talented Liv Tyler is suffering from right now. She's in huge demand on the work front thanks to Lord of the Rings. She's set to star with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez and Matt Damon in the up-coming Jersey Girl and next year she'll start work on Steve Buscemi's film Lonesome Jim.

      But while she's thrilled at the way her career is going, her main priority these days is being at home making sweet music with her new husband.

      "One of my greatest pleasures is sitting around the house and watching him compose at the piano or just experiment at the keyboard. I love seeing that creative process," she smiles happily.

      o Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King opens on Wednesday, December 17

      From: http://www.news.scotsman.com

  • Aero Tid Bits For December (Toonses)
      2
      1997, WBCN holds their X-mas Rave at Mama Kin's Music Hall. Some of the groups there: Veruca Salt and Days Of The New.

      6
      1998, Slash's Snake Pit plays Mama Kin's Music Hall

      2002, Steven Tyler appears in the role of Santa on the Disney show ''Lizzie McGuire''. And he donated his earnings from the appearance to the local charity Victory Programs, a drug and alcohol treatment program in Massachusetts. Tyler and his bandmates have supported the organization through the years with appearances and donations. Like other nonprofits, Victory Programs has coped with reduced donations and state budget cuts, so the charity considers Tyler's donation an early holiday gift

      13
      1976, Aerosmith played the Boston Garden

      15
      1997, Aerosmith plays the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada

      1998, Mama Kin's Music Hall hosts "Holiday Rage" with Incubus, Vast, Flight 16, Second Coming

      16
      1994, Crazy Raymond (Ray Tabono) plays Mama Kin's Music Hall. Steven Tyler joins him on stage to sing "I Ain't Got You" & "Milk Cow Blues"

      1995, Gov't Mule plays Mama Kin's Music Hall. Brad Whitford Joins them on stage for "Born Under A Bad Sign"

      18
      1991, Steven Tyler rescued his wife, baby daughter and pet cat from their burning home in the Boston suburb of Marshfield, Mass. No one was hurt.

      19
      1994, Aerosmith had the grand opening for their Boston club, Mama Kin. Lansdowne St was closed to traffic when the Boy's played this night for a few 100 guests. This intimate gathering was broadcast live on multiple radio stations across the globe.

      27
      1997, Billboard reports Nine Lives moves from position 104 to 83 and has been on the charts for 77 weeks

      30
      1989, Aerosmith rocked the Boston Garden

      31
      1951, Thomas William Hamilton is born.

      2001, Just Push Play ends the year on Billboards chart at position #89

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

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

      1975 Aerosmith plays in New York City NY at Madison Square Garden (Black Sabbath opens)

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at Boston Garden

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

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

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

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

      1998 "A Little South of Sanity" goes platinum

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Dayton OH at the Ervin J. Nutter Center (Seven Mary Three opens)

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Champaign IL at the Assembly Hall



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

The Doors - "When The Music's Over" (Isle of Wight festival DVD)
The Doors - "The End" (Isle of Wight festival DVD)
The Moody Blues - "Nights In White Satin" (Isle of Wight festival DVD)


News as of December 2, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1978 Aerosmith plays in Fort Worth TX at the Convention Center

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

      1997 Aerosmith plays in Little Rock AR at Barton Coliseum

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


News as of December 1, 2003
  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Albany, NY
      11.28.03
      Albany, NY
      Pepsi Center

      Mama Kin
      Love in an Elevator
      Toys in the Attic
      Livin On The Edge
      Pink
      Jaded
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Back In The Saddle
      Cryin
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

      Interesting Notes:
      - Steven said to the crowd: "If you are sitting down....it must be old school." LOL. Classic.
      - Little tease of "Take It Easy" before Sweet E. again.
      - Packed house; hanging from the rafters.
      - 1976....Saddle baby.
      - During Messin, Tyler was ultra cool with shades on and cig in mouth ;-)
      - Thanks to Moon baby and Tony for da hookups...

  • Albany review
      by GREG HAYMES, Staff writer
      First published Saturday, November 29, 2003
      Veteran rockers Kiss, Aerosmith kick it at Pepsi Arena
      ALBANY -- In the rock 'n' roll business, if you've got enough staying power, eventually your star will rise to the top again -- and again -- and again.

      Veterans of the '70s rock wars, Aerosmith and Kiss teamed up for a dynamic double-bill at the Pepsi Arena on Friday night, drawing a near-capacity crowd even with the top ticket price of $126.

      And the truth of the matter was that the audience got plenty of bang for their bucks. Twenty tractor-trailers full of equipment made it the biggest show the Pepsi has ever seen.

      Following a mercifully short 25-minute set from Memphis blues-rockers the Porch Ghouls, Kiss took the stage -- descending from the rafters like the rock gods they are. They launched their 90-minute set with "Detroit Rock City" in full rock mode -- pounding drums, thundering bass, shredding guitars. You know the drill.

      There were, of course, few surprises. Bassist Gene Simmons did his blood-splitting, flying-up-to-the-lighting rigging thing during the primordial "God of Thunder." Drummer Peter Criss slipped out front for the lone ballad, "Beth," which kicked off the trio of encores.

      More to the point, guitarist Paul Stanley cranked out "Shout It Out Loud" and Simmons upped the ante (and the volume) with "I Love It Loud," both accompanied by the requisite overdose of flame towers, fireworks and eardrum-rattling explosions.

      Tommy Thayer made his Capital Region debut as Ace Frehley's replacement, covering all of the fretwork in fine fashion but not singing any of Ace's songs. Stanley inexplicably teased the crowd with snippets of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and the Rolling Stones' "Angie," before turning the crowd into a sea of Bic-flicking fans as the band fired up "Black Diamond."

      On the other hand, Aerosmith wisely left the theatrics and special effects to Kiss. Dressed all in white, singer Steven Tyler slinked about the stage with a snake-hipped slither, leading the band through old favorites like the opening "Mama Kin" and "Toys in the Attic," as well as more recent chart-topping fare like the lascivious "Love in an Elevator" and "Pink," as he trotted out on a ramp that stretched halfway into the arena.

      Black-clad guitarslinger Joe Perry stepped up to the mike for a sneak preview of the band's upcoming album with a slicing blues, "Stop Messin'," while Tyler cranked up a delicious rendition of the blues classic, "Baby Please Don't Go." Aerosmith, it seems, has been digging deep into their blues roots.

      If Kiss' Neanderthal metal stomp seemed timeless, it still seemed like a re-creation, while Aerosmith's blistering blues-rock crackled -- vital and electrifying -- like a band still discovering its creative powers.

      AEROSMITH AND KISS with the Porch Ghouls

      When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

      Where: Pepsi Arena, 55 S. Pearl St., Albany

      Musical highlights: Aerosmith's towering "Dream On" and "Living On the Edge"; Kiss' encores of "Love Gun" and "Rock and Roll All Nite"

      The crowd: About 15,000 -- nearly a sellout

      Upcoming: Next up on the arena's rock concert schedule are jam-band uberstars Phish, who return for a sold-out show on Monday evening.

      From: http://www.albany2go.com

  • Tom Hamilton Interview
      by DAVID MALACHOWSKI, Special to the Times Union
      First published Thursday, November 27, 2003
      Rocking on
      Aerosmith bassist recounts the highs and lows of a group that has survived

      Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton didn't exactly have a master plan back when the seeds of the band started to sprout in New Hampshire.

      "You know what? I remember consciously thinking that by 35 I'd have a normal job and be a civilian," Hamilton says. "When was I growing up, there was a part of me that was a normal, regular person and a part of me that had an obsession to be in a rock and roll band."

      Fortunately, the latter inclination won out. Hamilton spoke last week just before leaving for a concert with Kiss in Portland, Maine; the double-barreled classic rock tour stops Friday at the Pepsi Arena.

      Aerosmith recently entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor that cemented the group's status as a sort of American Rolling Stones. The similarities are obvious: Both are five-piece blues-based guitar bands with charismatic, skinny, big-lipped lead singers. And both bands have survived very public substance-abuse battles.

      Known as "the bad boys from Boston," Aerosmith actually began in comparatively quaint Lake Sunapee, N.H. (Apparently "the bad boys from Sunapee" lacks the same marketing flair.) Featuring riff-loaded guitar rock and the vocals of flamboyant frontman Steven Tyler, the band's self-titled debut record came out in 1972. Subsequent albums such as "Toys in the Attic" (1975) and the multiplatinum "Rocks" ('76) put the band over the top and in Lear Jets, where temptation waited.

      Born in 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Hamilton's family moved around until landing in New London, N.H., where he crossed paths with Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. A true team player, Hamilton's melodic style and groove was one of the young band's most reliable weapons -- something that's immediately apparent to anyone who has heard the monster bass riff that opens "Sweet Emotion."

      But by the late 1970s, Aerosmith was fragmenting: Perry and fellow guitarist Brad Whitford left to start their own bands in 1979 and 1981, respectively.

      "You have to survive the normal stages of development of a rock band," Hamilton says. "Put aside personality differences for the benefit of the struggle. Get the record contract. Go through the struggle of touring (and) making a name for yourself on the road. Go through the inevitable success-driven breakup. Survive the three- or four-year period it takes for everybody to realize they should have kept it together. Put it back together and keep it together. A lot of bands don't get to that final stage -- they do the three- or four-year period, (and then) it's too late to rebuild it."

      The biggest impediment to success during this period is the band members' voracious appetite for intoxicants of all kinds. The Stones' Jagger and Richards are known as the Glimmer Twins; Tyler and Perry were dubbed the Toxic Twins. While he was no angel, Hamilton's problems were moderate in comparison to his mates.

      "There are different degrees; we were all on the same boat," he says. "I can't really say that anything had a grip on me I couldn't break. (But) I think I was totally caught up in the times, the whole era. There was a time where you could be stoned in public and people would say, 'Oh cool, man.' "

      The initial Aquarian enthusiasm for supposedly consciousness-expanding drugs such as marijuana and LSD was one thing, Hamilton says. But "then cocaine came around, which was an extremely selfish state of mind and changed it all."

      The effort to get sober was taken up by the entire band. "We decided to take control of our lives back," Hamilton says. They pulled it off, and -- with a boost from Run-DMC's 1996 appropriation of "Walk This Way" -- rebounded with smash albums such as "Permanent Vacation" and "Pump." Nearly a decade later, it's clear that the band's campaign to get clean added up to more than all the platinum records or top-grossing concert tours.

      Which doesn't mean the members of Aerosmith don't mix it up every now and then.

      "Most of that stuff is still around," Hamilton says. "There's still the personality structure that there always was. When we got back together ... we had heart-to-heart conversations (about) what we thought was right and wrong, about how we all got along together.

      "It never erases anything or makes it perfect, but it makes you better at priorities -- to know what kind of situation is a band-breaker and what kind of situation you let go by," he says. "What's out there is really worth it."

      The band is now in the process of putting together a new blues-based CD that revisits their roots. "We spent the first half of the year recording some old blues songs and a few originals, and we got a ton of material in the can," Hamilton says. When this tour ends Dec. 20, they'll sift through the new tracks and embark on up to four months of work on a new album for release in the spring.

      "We're not trying to pass ourselves off as a born-again blues band or something," says Hamilton. "We're still what we are. But we wanted to do this creative exercise: Learning a bunch of old blues songs, seeing what kind of new stuff it might throw up. And we found that happening." The band did some old standards, but their own way: "Very much hard rock, ethereal arrangements."

      The lanky Hamilton is the tallest member of the band. It can get uncomfortable at times. "People avoid me onstage -- sometimes I think that's what's going on. Or it's just my paranoia."

      Speaking of paranoia: What's it like touring with his fellow bassist, the flame-throwing demon Gene Simmons?

      "He's great," Hamilton laughs. "A character unto himself, a strange guy but really a regular person. It's really funny watching him relate to people. ... I read his first (autobiography) and it tells how he was into comics. Now he's assuming the role of a comic book character -- that was his way of escaping."

      When he was younger, Hamilton was a big fan of The Three Stooges. "Lucky I didn't follow through on that," he says. "It wouldn't be that sexy for me to be up there in the Larry makeup."

      From: http://albany2go.com

  • Dream On in the preview of hockey movie "Miracle"
      Ryan Fan Club reports:

      I don't know if you've seen this yet, but I was at the movies last night and there was a preview for a new hockey movie called "Miracle" about the 1980 Olympic hockey team. Anyway, during the preview "Dream On" was played quite prominantly.

  • Albany Review (DMAAT)
      Kiss this: Double concert rocks the Pepsi
      DEANNA AMORE , The Saratogian 11/30/2003

      ALBANY -- What do you get when you mix a Kiss Army with throngs of Aerosmith fans? You get Friday night's concert at the Pepsi Arena.

      A near-capacity crowd jammed into the arena to catch a co-headlining tour that featured two of rock's longest-standing and popular bands.

      The diverse crowd included die-hard Kiss fans who came decked out in full makeup and outfits. Six-year-old Markie Aloisio of Ilion was one of them, having traveled an hour and a half with his parents Dawn and Mark to see the show.

      'All he wants to do is meet them,' Mark said before the show.

      Although Markie didn't get to meet the band, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, singer Paul Stanley and guitarist Tommy Thayer, who tossed a pick to little Markie, did notice him.

      Kiss's performance was predictable, with plenty of loud explosions, bright lights and pyrotechnics that were so hot they could have singed the hair off of Paul Stanley's chest.

      But that's what made Kiss's performance so great. The band blasted through a wide range of tunes from its extensive collection, opening -- of course -- with 'Detroit Rock City' and closing -- of course -- with 'Rock and Roll All Nite.'

      In between, the ever-energetic group delighted fans with favorites such as 'Deuce,' 'Shout it Out Loud,' 'Lick it Up,' 'I Love it Loud' and 'Love Gun.'

      Simmons and Stanley played to the cameras and to the crowd every chance they got. There was no shortage of tongue wagging or butt shaking during the 1˝-hour set.

      Perhaps the most crowd-pleasing moment came when Simmons, bathed in green lights and wielding his ax-shaped bass, stood front and center to spew blood before 'flying' up to a platform high above the crowd. He pounded out 'God of Thunder,' much to the delight of the screaming fans below.

      Drummer Peter Criss took on vocals twice during the night -- once for 'Black Diamond' and once for his ballad 'Beth.' He sat solo on the stage and handed out red roses during the song.

      Unfortunately Kiss's act came to a close too soon. After a brief intermission, Aerosmith took the stage.

      The band had a great sound, and Steven Tyler's voice was at its best. Members made use of a catwalk that extended beyond the middle of the floor, and the crowd screamed.

      They played some unexpected tunes such as 'Mama Kin' and 'Toys in the Attic' and some old favorites, such as 'Love in an Elevator,' 'Livin' on the Edge,' 'What it Takes' and 'Cryin'.'

      There was a lull in the action when guitarist Joe Perry sang 'Stop Messin' ' followed by Tyler's 'Baby, Please Don't Go.' But the momentum picked up again and the crowd roared back to life as the band broke into 'Dream On.'

      The best song of the night came with an unbelievable rendition of 'Walk This Way.' Tyler swung out over the crowd upside down on a trapeze-like swing, slapping the hands of fans.

      The band rounded out the set with 'Sweet Emotion,' during which multiple confetti canyons blew so much paper in the air, it looked like Times Square on New Year's Eve.

      The band's 90-minute set did not include an encore, which left things flat. Aerosmith also left out some radio favorites such as 'Angel,' 'Rag Doll' and 'Dude Looks Like a Lady.'

      Although it's like comparing apples to oranges, for sheer entertainment value, Kiss definitely put on a more visually pleasing performance, whereas Aerosmith proved itself to be just pure rock 'n' roll.

      ©The Saratogian 2003

      From: http://www.saratogian.com

  • {{ ^A^eroFANatic }} SET LIST: Auburn Hills, MI
      11.30.03
      Auburn Hills, MI
      The Palace

      Dude Looks Like A Lady
      Love In An Elevator
      Toys In The Attic
      Livin' On The Edge
      Pink
      Jaded
      Train Kept A Rollin' (GYW)
      What It Takes
      Stop Messin' Around
      Baby Please Don't Go
      Dream On
      Back In The Saddle
      Cryin'
      Walk This Way
      Sweet Emotion

  • Monday Night Football Reminder on 12/1 (DMAAT)
      Monday Night Football's Perennial Primal Scream, "ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?" gets cranked this Monday as Joe Perry and Steven Tyler join the Hank Williams Jr. Gridiron Classic. Tune in to ABC Monday Night Football a few minutes early to be sure you don't miss any of the action.

      SCHEDULE

      Monday - November 3rd before the New England-Denver game

      Monday - December 1st before the Tennessee-New York game

      Monday - December 15th before the Philadephia-Miami game

      Check out this video courtesy of the NFL and Aerosmith. Think of it as mood music for some Football Aerosmith style:

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      From: http://www.aeroforceone.com

  • Aero/Kiss Article (DMAAT)
      Besides this one has some of those "fun" comparisons between the two bands - KISS and Aero....

      Posted on Fri, Nov. 28, 2003
      Gene Simmons on money, marriage and Aerosmith
      ROD HARMON
      Herald Staff Writer
      JENNIFER O'HORAN-HERALD ART

      Most musicians say they're not in it for the money or the fame. As long as they're able to create art, they claim, they're happy.

      Not Gene Simmons. He makes no qualms about becoming a rock star for three things: money, girls and fun. Not necessarily in that order.

      "I've often heard some notions growing up - peculiar notions - that money is the root of all evil," Simmons said recently via telephone. "But that's nonsense. The truth is, lack of money is the root of all evil. And anybody who has anything to say about my search for happiness, chasing skirt and chasing the next dollar, should just line up to my left. The line forms right over there."

      As bass player and co-founder of KISS, Simmons readily embraces the business aspect of rock 'n' roll while others shun it (usually to their regret when they try to obtain royalties or creative control). Since donning makeup again in 1996, the band has taken branding to a level that rivals Disney. Simmons himself is the author of two best-selling nonfiction books, creator of a cartoon series, founder of a men's magazine and owner of his own record label.

      KISS is more than just a rock band. It's an industry.

      That brash commercialism has provided ammunition to critics who have dismissed the band as a novelty act since its formation in New York in 1973. But from a pure musical standpoint, the facts stand for themselves. KISS holds the Recording Industry Association of America's record for the most gold albums by a band. Its live shows are the stuff of legend. And "respected" groups, from Pearl Jam to the Donnas, cite KISS as a major influence.

      "I don't ever take for granted what our fans have made possible for me," Simmons said. "KISS fans are the envy of every rock band. There's nothing like the KISS Army, and everybody knows it."

      Gods of thunder

      At the height of KISS' fame in the late 1970s, it shared a kinship with Aerosmith. Like KISS, Aerosmith was one of the biggest bands in the world, yet critics dismissed them as a "poor man's Rolling Stones." The Bad Boys from Boston have since won respect - even getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - but the kinship is still there.

      That's one reason the bands have joined forces for an arena tour. Another reason, of course, is money. The Aerosmith-KISS "Rocksimus Maximus" show has consistently placed in the Top 5 highest-grossing concert tours since kicking off in August.

      Rumors have spread since the tour's beginning that various members would sit in on each other's sets. It hasn't happened, but both camps still tease fans by leaving the possibility open.

      The tour is also a chance for KISS to promote its latest project, "KISS Symphony: Alive IV." Available in double-CD, single-CD and double-DVD formats, the project was recorded live in February with the Melbourne (Australia) Symphony Orchestra. Everyone on stage wore KISS makeup, including all 60 members of the orchestra and the Australian Children's Choir, which provided backup on "Great Expectations," one of Simmons' many odes to groupies.

      "The idea came from our Australian promoter, who found out we were on our way to Japan and wanted to know whether or not we wanted to stop off in Australia for a one-off. We said, 'OK, we'll try to make it happen,' " Simmons said. "Then the idea started to become very clear: 'How about KISS and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra?' And then somebody, I think it may have been me, suggested, 'Well how about the Melbourne Symphony in full KISS makeup? How about rehearsing it and then, mistakes and all, just doing it, and let's see what happens?' How about, the results are glorious?

      "Besides the spectacle and the size and the magnitude and all that stuff, it was a very emotional night. In some ways, it was a validation of Tommy (Thayer) getting up on stage."

      Thayer's addition to the band has been a controversial one. It wasn't just that he replaced founding member Ace Frehley on lead guitar - three other guitarists have done so officially during the band's career, and even more unofficially in the studio - but that he assumed Frehley's spaceman persona.

      The same thing happened in 2001, when Eric Singer donned drummer Peter Criss' cat makeup for tours of Japan and Australia. (Criss has since rejoined the band.)

      "At the end of the day, it's all about the stage. Are you going to prove it, or are you not?" Simmons said. "If you're talking about response from the fans, well, let the people do the talking. I haven't seen a single fan hold up any sign - not one - saying anything negative. In fact, if the encores are any indication, we can't leave the stage."

      Frehley's departure from the band had more to do with his abuse of alcohol and drugs than any ill will between members, Simmons said. In fact, Simmons claims that's why KISS embarked on a so-called "Farewell Tour" in 2000-01. (In past interviews, Frehley said he left because he was committed to a solo project.)

      "It was really, really bad," Simmons said. "Life-threatening, in my opinion. Actually, life-threatening as far as Ace was concerned, because that's what he kept telling me tour after tour - 'If I don't stop doing this, I'm going to kill myself.' So hopefully, he's happier now. And the band is better off, because we're not dealing with dysfunction."

      Lick it up

      If there's one thing Simmons has been consistent about during three decades of blood spitting, fire breathing and girl chasing, it's that he puts his happiness first. And he will absolutely not tolerate anything or anybody who threatens that.

      Here's Simmons on drug users: "I've often heard that using drugs is a cry for help. What a load of crap. If it's a cry for help, it falls on deaf ears. My suggestion to anybody who uses drugs is, it's a slow way of killing yourself, so do it the quick way. Don't torture yourself and everybody else, just go to the top of a building and get yourself out of the way. Either that, or straighten up and live right."

      On marriage: "The only thing I know about it is that it's an institution, and you have to be committed to it. If that doesn't sound like a nuthouse, I don't know what does."

      On relationships: "I strongly urge all women to just leave the men alone. If they want to stay with you, they will, and no matter how much you complain, if they don't want to be there, they're not going to be there. Stop bugging them. 'Where are you going?', 'Who have you been with?', 'Do I have my mother's hips?' Shut up!"

      So as long as he's able, Simmons will paint his face, step into 7-inch leather heels and strap on a bass, all in the pursuit of money, girls and fun. In fact, he promises he will - KISS is already planning another joint tour with another high-profile band.

      "Thirty years on, I wish I could send a postcard to everybody saying, 'Having fun, wish you were here,' " Simmons said. "I'm still having fun, and that's a good reason to keep doing it."

      The Lips vs. The Tongue

      How the "Bad Boys of Boston" stack up against the "Hottest Band in the World"

      Band members

      Aerosmith: 5

      KISS: 4

      Original members

      Aerosmith: 5

      KISS: 3

      Original members who left and came back

      Aerosmith: 2

      KISS: 2

      Original members who left, came back and left again

      Aerosmith: 0

      KISS: 2

      Anthems

      Aerosmith: "Dream On"

      KISS: "Rock and Roll All Nite"

      Stage props

      Aerosmith: Scarves

      KISS: Blood, fire, lots and lots of pyro

      Groupie groping

      Aerosmith: Retired

      KISS: Active

      Relationships

      Aerosmith: Steven Tyler is father of źber-babe Liv Tyler

      KISS: Gene Simmons has two children with źber-babe Shannon Tweed

      Drugs

      Aerosmith: Core members used drugs and got straight

      KISS: Core members didn't use drugs and kicked out those who did

      Accolades

      Aerosmith: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

      KISS: Told the Rock Hall to "kiss our (expletive)"

      Who: KISS and Aerosmith

      When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

      Where: St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa

      Tickets: $46.75 to $126.75

      Information: (813) 301-2500 or www.stpetetimesforum.com

      From: http://www.bradenton.com

  • New Hampshire Aerosmith Day Proclamation Signed (DMAAT)
      Governor in tune with Aerosmith
      By Shir Haberman

      PORTSMOUTH - The reaction of most Granite Staters to being told that one day the governor of the state of New Hampshire would proclaim a day to honor a three-decades-old hard-rock band would most likely have been "Dream on!"

      But that is exactly what happened Monday when Gov. Craig Benson signed a proclamation naming Nov. 24, 2003 as "Aerosmith Day." The group, led by vocalist Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, was the first act to play at the Verizon Wireless Arena when it opened in November 2001, and was in New Hampshire to play that venue again Monday night. It was that occasion, along with the band's deep connections to the Granite State, that prompted Benson to issue the proclamation.

      "New Hampshire is proud that the roots of this legendary group of men can be tracked back to our state, and we are happy to have them back in New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena, where they played the inaugural concert," the governor said

      However, not everyone in state government is as taken with the group as the governor is.

      "Who's Aerosmith?" Ruth Griffin asked. "I wouldn't know them if I fell over them."

      The executive councilor from Portsmouth said it was too bad the governor didn't come to Portsmouth and name a day in honor of the Jumbo Peanut Circus. She also didn't see any humor in deciding to take the time to name a day for a rock band on the same day the steering committees running President Bush's 2004 campaign were deciding strategies.

      Still, the group's New Hampshire roots are undeniable. In 1969 both Tyler's band, Chain Reaction, and Perry's band, Jam Band, played gigs at Sunapee's The Barn.

      "They did the song so well that I knew if I could get together with these guys, we could pull the same feeling off with some songs I wrote, so I got together with them," said Tyler about watching Perry's band perform Fleetwood Mac's "Rattlesnake Shake." "I loved Joe's style. He always played out of tune and sloppy, and I just loved it."

      Benson's proclamation detailed the group's New Hampshire roots.

      "The legendary rock band Aerosmith finds their roots firmly planted in New Hampshire, where vocalist Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry crossed paths at The Anchorage ice-cream parlor in Sunapee; and ... Tyler and Perry, along with bassist Tom Hamilton, formed a band, and with the addition of guitarist Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer, Aerosmith was born," the proclamation read.

      Benson's proclamation also speaks of how, after working for years in the Boston area, the group was discovered in Max's Kansas City in New York City and went on to tour with groups such as The Kinks, Sha Na Na and Mott the Hoople. The proclamation also cites the "hard times, break-ups and other crises," the band has endured and "their resurgence on the rock scene (that) has secured them a permanent place in pop culture history."

      While a New York City publicity group sent out a press release indicating the governor would be on hand at the Verizon Center last evening to personally give the group its proclamation, Benson's press secretary, Wendell Packard, said the governor would not attend the event.

      From: http://www.seacoastonline.com

  • Boston Globe Review of Wednesday's Show (DMAAT)
      MUSIC REVIEW
      Kiss rumbles; Aerosmith roars
      By James Parker, Globe Correspondent, 11/29/2003

      ''Rocksimus Maximus'' is the name of the tour -- the Kiss/Aerosmith doubleheader that landed at the FleetCenter on Thanksgiving eve -- and the sly promise of overblown rock action was more than fulfilled.

      Of the two dinosaur bands, Kiss wisely went on first. Most of the familiar Kiss elements were in place: The fireworks and flamethrowers blew; the band rose repeatedly into the air with a solemn grinding of machinery; Gene Simmons, bass monster, stomped and leered, the ancient plunging tongue pressed into service again and again; and Paul Stanley, guitarist and pseudo-androgynous beefcake, tweaked his own nipples and indulged in chin-stroking surveys of the groupie-crammed front rows, now and then screaming ''I love you, Bah-staahn!'' in his tattered countertenor. Next to these megahams, new guitarist Tommy Thayer (a replacement for the rogue Ace Frehley) cut a remote, almost demure figure, flitting about darkly in his space-age bodysuit.

      The most interesting character onstage, however, was little Peter Criss, sitting dumpily behind his drumkit, wearing his Cat makeup and playing with the quiet, unenthusiastic determination of a man folding his wife's laundry. For an encore, Criss waddled gamely into the spotlight, sat down on some sort of upturned flight case, and sang ''Beth,'' his sweet song about being lonely on the road. Then he distributed roses. Pyrotechnic devices may roar, but the domesticity of this small man is the real theatrical masterstroke of the Kiss pageant.

      As for the rest of it -- well, Yeats asked years ago, ''Why should not old men be mad?'' Why not indeed? Let Kiss roll on, let this thing go on forever. The band's age and obvious redundancy are now part of the magic. The spectacle of these men hooting and roaring in half-ruined voices, disabled by their platform shoes, mincing and mugging for the dwindling Kiss Army -- that ragged agglomeration of children, diehards, and heavy-metal ironists -- will only intensify with the years. God bless them.

      When Aerosmith hit the stage after this, clean and swift and nimble, and grouped close together in musicianly conspiracy, it seemed basic and invigorating. It seemed real -- after Kiss, it was almost punk rock. This wasn't billed as a Battle of the Bands, but let's say it anyway: Aerosmith is better.

      The Boston bad boys have the songs, for a start. Oh sure, Kiss has ''Black Diamond'' and the gorgeous ''Lick It Up,'' but the larger portion of Kiss music, looked at coldly, is not superb. It chugs and blusters, padded with absurdity. It is sloppy. The Aerosmith back catalog is a classic-rock arsenal.

      Aerosmith was also louder and played harder. The set mixed classics (''Toys in the Attic,'' ''Walk This Way''), blues covers, and the careerist power-pop of the newer albums, stuff like ''Jaded'' and the god-awful ''Livin' on the Edge'' -- a sudden, knelling low point that saw Steven Tyler, eyes closed in prophetic transport, crooning ''There's something wrong with the world today/I don't know what it is'' while images of jihadists and burning towers glared fatuously from the huge video screens.

      But ''Sweet Emotion'' heals all wounds. Ice storms of silver paper were blasted into the air, and the vast, unlovely FleetCenter -- half shoe box, half airport -- became, briefly, a wonderful place to be.

      From: http://www.boston.com

  • Boston Herald Review (DMAAT)
      Oh, those crazy kids: Kiss, Aerosmith boogie
      By Linda Laban
      Thursday, November 27, 2003

      R.O.C.K. writ large was guaranteed when Aerosmith and KISS joined forces for a co-headlining world tour, which began Aug. 2 and continues to Dec. 20.

      Following two summer shows at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield this year, the bands returned to the Boston area, this time to bring some veteran rock thrills to the FleetCenter last night.

      KISS, the aging clowns of rock, looked fit and trim and sounded as grandiose and bloated as ever. Pompous vocals and blistering guitar solos filled up what were basically catchy little rock songs with feet firmly planted in the music of the band's youth: '50s rock and roll.

      The performance re-created the band's late '70s heyday, complete with the monochromatic costumes - painful-looking ultrakill platforms included - and enough pancake to hide the crags and crannies befitting these 50-somethings.

      KISS was always about the packaging, though - theater, or rather pantomime, over songwriting. The pinnacle of this show was not a dodgy version of the soppy ballad ``Beth'' but a resounding ``I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll All Night.''

      Though that finale was a great slice of American pop culture, Gene Simmons hoisted to a platform on top of the lighting rig, to hang like an evil puppet, said more about Kiss' audacious legacy.

      Aerosmith was busy earlier in the day, raising food donations for the Greater Boston Food Bank by allowing 2,000 fans that gave canned goods to sit in on the pre-show sound check.

      Already well warmed up by showtime, for ``Love In An Elevator,'' guitarist Joe Perry pulled his swanky moves and deep warbling notes and followed singer Steven Tyler's turn, strutting down the ramp that led from the stage into the heart of the audience.

      Along with covers of blues (a blues covers CD is due next year), boogie-woogie, and '60s blues rock, Aerosmith's mighty standards - including the frenetic ``Toys in the Attic,'' a heartfelt ``Livin' on the Edge,'' the always memorable ``Dream On,'' and many more - were classic, perfectly poised and larger than life. Stick around long enough and you just are. Aerosmith just is.

      From: http://theedge.bostonherald.com



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