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Newer News | JANUARY 2003 | Older News

News as of January 31, 2003
  • Alejandra Guzmán's Tyler/Perry/Child penned tune
      As you may remember from earlier posts here (first on September 19, 2001 and then on the 29th and 30th of November the same year), the mexican female rock singer Alejandra Guzmán has a song called "Soy Tu Lluvia" ("I'm your rain" in english) written by Desmond Child, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on her album "Soy." The song in question is a ballad with poetic lyrics. The album, which features Joe Satriani on one song, was produced by Desmond Child.

      Last Sunday night, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry was mentioned in a Mexican music night program on TV, as Guzmán was on the show to sing "Soy tu lluvia." She said: "The next song is a beautiful little blues, by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, I hope that you like it."

      The following lyrics to the song was found at http://www.ciudadfutura.com.

      "Soy tu lluvia"

      (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Desmond Child)
      (traducen by Alejandra Guzmán, Fernando Osorio)

      Cuando tengas nubes en el alma
      Y te encuentres en el ojo de un ciclón
      Y tus noches solas sean las más oscuras
      Yo soy la causa y la cura
      No ha nacido nadie en este mundo que te quiera
      Con la fuerza de un tigre sin control;

      Y no hay nadie que como una fiera
      Te defienda... te defienda como yo...

      Soy tu lluvia y cada lágrima tuya
      La tormenta que está hundiendo tu mente
      Y en tu desierto sin agua te doy de beber
      Soy tu lluvia
      Te haces el que no me extraña
      Tu indiferencia no me engaña
      Yo soy las sangre de tus venas
      Mi cuerpo es la adicción que te condena
      Conmigo vives en el cielo y el infierno
      De donde no te puedes escapar

      Te doy mi amor tan tierno como un ángel
      P ero el diablo te va a castigar
      Te hago reír, te hago llorar
      Te vas a morir
      Para resucitar...

  • Sarasota Film Festival
      Rockers, actors to fill festival party
      By CHARLIE HUISKING

      SARASOTA -- Rock stars and movie stars will mingle at the Sarasota Film Festival's Late Night UnWrap party at the Hyatt Sarasota on Saturday.

      Steven Tyler and other members of the band Aerosmith, as well as Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and singer Patty Smythe, will attend the event.

      The party will honor Jack Douglas, a Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with John Lennon, The Who, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, The New York Dolls and Lou Reed.

      Douglas produced the music for "Mob Story: A Hip Hopera," a short film by Danny Provenzano that will be screened Saturday.

      Douglas will receive the festival's first Jack Douglas Award for Achievements in Music and Film.

      Director Penny Marshall ("Big," "A League of Their Own") and actress Farrah Fawcett also are expected to attend the event.

      Rain Phoenix, a member of the family that also includes actor Joaquin Phoenix, will perform with her band, the Paper Cranes. Local group Jennifer and the Venturas also will play.

      Tickets are $50 general admission and $100 for VIP access. The pre- party begins at 10 p.m. in the Hyatt pool area. The Hyatt ballroom and VIP lounge will open at 11:47 p.m.

      To purchase tickets, call 364-9514, or go online at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

      From: http://www.heraldtribune.com

  • SRV influenced by Perry?
      A fan told me the track "Testify" on the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble album "Texas Flood" sounds exactly like (musically) the opening of the Joe Perry Project instrumental "Break Song" on the first Project album. The fan asked me what I though, as "Break Song" was made and released before "Testify," could Stevie have "stole" the riff?

      I sadly haven't got "Texas Flood" (yet), so I couldn't really say. To me the riff in "Break Song" sounds like a riff that may have appeared many times throughout the history of the blues though, but I can't really say. Anyone (with "Texas Flood" in their collection, perhaps?) have any insight, opinions or thoughts on this matter?

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

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Los Angeles CA at the Sports Arena (The Divinyls open)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Greensboro NC at Greensboro Coliseum (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Nagoya Japan at the Nagoya Dome



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

Jefferson Airplane - Journey: The Best Of Jefferson Airplane (1966-1974)
Björk - live at The Royal Opera House, London, UK
A concert that's currently being shown on Swedish television.
Björk is just so cool! Interesting music! ..and what a voice!


News as of January 30, 2003
  • Possible album title?
      Sander van Dalen tells me he heard that Tom said in an interview he wanted to call the blues album Blue Army.

  • Douglas and Aerosmith to appear at the Sarasota festival
      Stars come out for Sarasota festival finale
      Compiled from Times wires © St. Petersburg Times published January 29, 2003

      When the Sarasota Film Festival board planned the Jack Douglas Award for Achievement in Music and Film, it chose Jack Douglas as its first recipient.

      Douglas, who produced John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album and helped Aerosmith rocket to fame with Toys in the Attic, is scheduled to receive the award Saturday night, film festival publicity director Gary Springer said Tuesday.

      The public is invited to the "Late Night Unwrap Bash" in the Sarasota Hyatt, the festival's wrap party Saturday. Among those expected in town to celebrate with Douglas are Steven Tyler and other members of Aerosmith, Patty Smythe, Farrah Fawcett, Penny Marshall, David Johansen and Rain Phoenix.

      Tickets for the UnWrap party are $50 general admission and $100 VIP access. Tickets can be purchased at the Sarasota Film Festival box office in Main Plaza (1991 Main St.), online at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com, or by calling (941) 364-9514. The evening tops off the festival's 10-day run.

  • Members of Aerosmith performing at the Sarasota festival!
      As per today's Rolling Stone Daily,

      "Members of AEROSMITH and CHEAP TRICK will perform at the fifth annual Sarasota Film Festival in Florida on February 1st ... "

  • Metal Sludge
      The guitarist Marc Ferrari, once a member of '80's band Keel:

      Name the 3 highest points and the 3 lowest points of Marc Ferrari's music career?
      Highpoints would be playing Texxas Jam with Van Halen in front of 80,000 people opening for Aerosmith in Boston

      ----

      Alex Ross on Marc Ferrari: "He used to have a platinum streak in his hair remarkably similar to the one Joe Perry had in the 70s, looks quite like him too. He is also one of the cameramen and Wayne's friends in the Wayne's World films!

  • The Power Of Love
      David Smillie from the U.K reports:

      I was quite shocked to walk into my local virgin store and pick up a new love album entitled 'The Power Of Love' with the tag-line of '2cd's of the greatest love songs of all time' only to see that Aerosmith's newly released 'Lay It Down' was on the track listings, which go as followed

      Disc: 1
      1. There You'll Be - Faith Hill
      2. Sail Away - David Gray
      3. Underneath Your Clothes - Shakira
      4. I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden
      5. I Dreamed You - Anastacia
      6. A Different Corner - George Michael
      7. A New Day Has Come - Celine Dion
      8. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michael Bolton
      9. If Loving You Is Wrong - Milly Jackson
      10. These Arms Of Mine - Otis Redding
      11. This Girl Is In Love With You - Aretha Franklin
      12. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
      13. What The World Needs Now - Dionne Warwick
      14. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
      15. From Sarah With Love - Sarah Connor
      16. Insastiable - Darren Hayes
      17. Don't Let Me Be The One To Know - Britney Spears
      18. If You Had My Love - Jennifer Lopez
      19. I Believe I Can Fly - R Kelly
      20. How Do I Live - LeAnn Rim
      Disc: 2
      1. Tougher Than The Rest - Bruce Springsteen
      2. Lay It Down - Aerosmith
      3. I would Do Anything For Love - Meatloaf
      4. The Power Of Love - Jennifer Rush
      5. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
      6. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
      7. Purple Rain - Prince
      8. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O' Connor
      9. Strange & Beautiful - Aqualung
      10. Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel
      11. Love Can Build A Bridge - The Judds
      12. Sign Your Name - Terence Trent D'Arby
      13. Your Love Is King - Sade
      14. Stars - Simply Red
      15. I'd Rather Go Blind - Ruby Turner
      16. The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
      17. I Swear - All 4 One
      18. Sweet Love - Anita Baker

      Not really what I'd called 'greatest love songs'.....

  • Eminem's 'Sing For The Moment' video
      David Smillie from the U.K reports:

      Eminem's 'Sing For The Moment' video doesn't include ONE single pair of wings! In other words, it doesn't have anything Aerosmith related in it. I was hopeing that 'slim' might of worn an Aerosmith shirt or something.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Las Vegas NV at Thomas & Mack Arena, UNLV Campus (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Angel debuts on the Billboard charts

      1988 Aerosmith plays in San Francisco CA at The Cow Palace (Dokken opens)

      1992 Taj Monroe Tyler is born



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

Porcupine Tree - "Blackest Eyes" (2002)
Porcupine Tree - "Lips of Ashes" (2002)
Porcupine Tree - "The Sound of Muzak" (2002)
Porcupine Tree - "Wedding Nails" (2002)
These songs from Porcupine Tree's latest album, "In Absentia," can be heard at their official site, over at http://www.porcupinetree.com. Awesome stuff! A beautiful mix of Pink Floyd and neo-prog, spiced with brutal metal sections. It's think it's safe to assume that Steven Wilson working as producer for Opeth has had some effect on his own music too. I gotta get this one...
Spock's Beard - Snow (2002)


News as of January 29, 2003
  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1977 Aerosmith plays in Maebashi Japan at the Gunma Sports Center

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Memphis TN at Mid-South Coliseum (Mother's Finest opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Bakersfield CA at the Convention Center (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in San Francisco CA at The Cow Palace (Dokken opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Columbia SC at the Carolina Coliseum (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Fukuoka Japan at Fukuoka Dome



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

The Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
Fusion to perfection!


News as of January 28, 2003
  • Musician's Friend magazine
      On page 92 of the latest Musician's Friend magazine there's an article on Gibson Goldtone Amps. Here's where Joe is mentioned:

      Proof in the pudding

      You may have already heard the Goldtone amps in action. That's because they've become the studio darlings of a number of lead producers. Marti Frederiksen has used them recently on albums for Def Leppard, Pink, Faith Hill, Johnny Lang, Mick Jagger, and Aerosmith.
      Joe Perry of Aerosmith used the GA30RVS for every lead break on the Just Push Play album recorded last summer. Joe is so in love with Goldtones he's used them steadily for the past 2 years.

  • New Fantastic Fansite
      What can I say, if Rock This Way has ever been considered among the best Aerosmith sites on-line, those days seem to be pretty much over now... :(

      I'm very impressed by the people who has put together the new www.toysinourattic.com. The design is great and the wealth of information seem to be pretty close to what I have been working on compiling for years. I really feel inadequate as webmaster after seeing their site. :(

      I don't normally suggest people to visit other sites if they haven't got something new and exclusive (or if they have asked me to do so), but I can't help but to think that site deserves all the praise it can get. Great job, guy and gals! :)

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

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Bloomington MN at the Met Center

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Bakersfield CA at the Convention Center (The Divinyls open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Hershey PA at Hersheypark Auditorium (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in San Juan Puerto Rico at the Sports Complex

      2001 Aerosmith plays in Tampa FL at Super Bowl XXXV Halftime



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

The Third World - America The Beautiful (1971)
Awesome hard rock in hippie-mood with some brilliant meaningful lyrics!
They were shot down in forty-five / Thirty million died and some don't know why / And once again the shining boys are off to war / But their faces won't shine anymore / Back at Kent State we lost four more / Only this time it was not at war / Only right at home within out doors / Now we won't see their faces no more - from "Shot Down", by Paul Alagna
Persecution, hate and violence, his mother filled his head / And the glory that he left behind, they count six million dead / What a down it is to listen to that famed archaic line / Saying evil men shall perish, and the way we are inclined / To endow all rule and power of a man who spouts his swill / And the silent new majority are the ones that wanna kill / Hitler is alive and well in you! - from "Hitler Is Alive And Well (In You)", by Gerard Kenny


News as of January 27, 2003
  • Mike Bullard show
      The Aerosmith and KISS tour was mentioned on the Open Mike with Mike Bullard show. Bullard stated, Aerosmith and KISS are going on tour together this summer. It's not a concert, it's one of those tours senior citizens make across the country. They'll stop and have breakfast at Denny's

      Yah, not funny, but that's just the kind of guy Mike Bullard is.

  • Quote from Walk This Way regarding KISS
      Just for fun..here's a quote from Walk This Way regarding some of the Aero/Kiss shows from the 70's:

      Joe Perry: "We played with Kiss a bunch of times. They're doing heavy makeup, smoke and firebombs. And we're going, "What the fuck is this? Are we gonna have to dress like this? What is happening in this fuckin' business?" We saw the response they were getting, putting on this show. People went nuts because it's impossible not to when some guy in breathing fire. It wasn't about the music at all. We were flipping out because we were struggling.

      We played with Kiss in a parking lot in Marion, Ohio. They'd have their pyro and smoke and then we'd come out, five drunks guys arguing between songs about what to play next. Plus, Kiss had this fuckin' attititude. Our road crew got in fights with theirs. Knives got pulled backstage over times or stage room. They had a cutthroat scene going. The competition was intense, but there was also more camaraderie. Ace wwas in the bag all the time, Gene was the businessman, the drummer was a nice guy who liked to do coke. They were good people surrounded by shit. That was Kiss.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1972 Aerosmith plays in Waban MA at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Steven Kimberly

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Fresno CA at Selland Arena (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Inglewood CA at the Great Western Forum (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Buffalo NY at Memorial Auditorium (Skid Row opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Roanoke VA at Roanoke Civic Center (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Osaka Japan at the Osaka Dome



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

Di Leva - Live at Gävle Konserthus, Gävle, Sweden 2002-04-23
How can anyone not love everything this man does and stands for...


News as of January 26, 2003
  • Aerosmith news from Guitar World March 2003
      THE BLUES ARMY
      On their next album, Aerosmith abandon their slick sound for the blues.

      It won't be the same old song and dance when Aerosmith convene this spring to make the follow-up to 2001's multi-platinum Just Push Play. The rock veterans plan to return to the music that earned them their wings in the first place - the blues.

      "To start with, we're gonna sit down and play a lot of our favorite blues songs" says guitarist Brad Whitford. "We're looking at about 100 songs by everyone from John Lee Hooker to Etta James." Although Whitford won't rule out an album of blues covers, he notes that the process will most likely help the band develop new material of its own. "Doing this sort of thing typically leads us to create some new music."

      Adds bassist Tom Hamilton, "We want to explore the idea of making a record about our roots. We feel the moment is perfect for us to do things how we used to."

      That means abandoning Joe Perry's home studio, where Just Push Play was made, and setting up shop in a larger venue where the band can record live as a unit. It also means bringing back producer Jack Douglas, who worked with the group on vintage Seventies releases like Toys in the Attic and Rocks. In fact, Douglas is already at work creating 5.1 surround sound audiophile versions of those titles.

      Although there's no timetable for the next Aerosmith album, the group plans to tour next summer in an Ozzfest-style festival package. Says Whitford, "we're looking at an all-day even that would allow us to have a lot more bands on the ticket." - Gary Graff

  • Liv on Jack Magazine
      Liv Tyler is on the cover of the Italian magazine - Jack (February 2003 issue) - the text is in Italian.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1988 Aerosmith play in either Fresno or San Diego CA (Dokken opens)....anyone know for sure which city they played?

      1994 Aerosmith play in Mexico City Mexico at Ocesa Palacio (Cuca opens)



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

Sinéad O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U" (1989)
Jefferson Airplane - Journey: The Best Of Jefferson Airplane (1966-1974)


News as of January 25, 2003
  • Aerosmith and Mardi Gras?
      On one of the mailing lists, a person posted that Joe and Steven will be the grand marshals of the Orpheus parade in New Orleans this year... The person in question had "Just heard from the family in N.O. that they will both be on the float!" Mardi Gras day is Tuesday March 4. That makes Steven and Joe appear on Monday (Lundi Gras) March 3rd.

  • Aerosmith on Argentinian CD compilation
      Andrés from Argentina reports:

      Leyendas de la Guitarra The other day I heard an announcement on the radio about a new CD compilation called "Leyendas de la Guitarra" (translated: "Guitar's Legends"), in which a bit of "Walk This Way" could be heard. The tracklist (below) for this compilation made in Argentina, was found at www.tematika.com.ar, and Aerosmith is on it. The listing on the site didn't include the bands' names, but for anyone with some basic knowledge in classic rock, it's not very difficult to guess who plays each song. You can also buy the CD at that site.

      Tie Your Mother Down
      Smoke On The Water
      Song 2
      WALK THIS WAY
      White Wedding
      Animal
      Since You've Been Gone
      Wild Thing
      Rebel Rebel
      Hi Ho Silver Lining
      Rocky Mountain Way
      Sultans Of Swing
      Summertime Blues
      Wipe Out
      Monkey Wrench
      The Boys Are Back In Town
      Paranoid
      Silver Machine
      Black Magic Woman
      Free Bird
      Voodoo Chile
      My Generation
      Layla
      20th Century Boy
      All Shook Up
      Johnny B. Goode
      Nancy Boy
      Ace Of Spades
      Misirlou
      All Right Now

  • Liv To Marry Her Leeds Love In Yorkshire
      24 JANUARY 2003
      Yorkshire is not usually a place you'd associate with glamorous stars, but it seems the town of Headingly may soon be playing host to one of the hottest weddings of the year, when Liv Tyler marries her fiancé Royston Langdon.

      The American actress has been dating the Spacehogs frontman for three years and says that she's also fallen for his hometown of Leeds. "I love the Roman ruins and the rolling hills," she said recently. "It is so beautiful. I've also become a big fan of Yorkshire pudding."

      "We're really looking forward to the big day," said Royston's father Chester. "Liv and Roy really enjoy each other's company and we enjoy theirs."

      "Liv really likes Leeds," he added. "She's a really lovely lass. The last time we were all together was in Paris for the premiere of The Two Towers and they were in great spirits. It's going to be a great occasion."

      The 25-year-old has also been house-hunting in Yorkshire, prompting rumours that the couple may want to settle there.

      From: http://www.hellomagazine.com

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Largo MD at Capital Center (Mother's Finest opens)

      1981 Adrian Perry is born

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Pittsburgh PA at the Civic Arena (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Mexico City Mexico at Ocesa Palacio (Cuca opens)



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

Aerosmith - Aerosmith (1973)
Christian Kjellvander - Songs From A Two-Room Chapel (2002)


News as of January 24, 2003
  • Want to look like Liv, girls?

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Pittsburgh PA at Civic Arena

      1986 Aerosmith plays in San Francisco CA at The Cow Palace (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Sacramento CA at ARCO Arena (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Syracuse NY at War Memorial Auditorium (Skid Row opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in North Charleston, SC at North Charleston Coliseum (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)



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

Queensryche - Promised Land (1994)


News as of January 23, 2003
  • Seventeen Magazine
      In the March 2003 issue of Seventeen, on page 156 there is a small section comparing Pink and Christina Aguilera. Under the section of "Celebrity pal," Pink's section reads... "Fifty-four-year-old Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler"

  • Rolling Stone poll
      At the Rolling Stone magazine web site there is a poll that asks which is the best "double bill" - one of the options is Aerosmith and Kiss. www.rollingstone.com

  • This tidbit was in today's R.S. Daily:
      AEROSMITH, KISS TO TOUR

      Seventies rock survivors AEROSMITH and KISS are plotting a three-month tour starting in August. The latter, who have been hinting at retirement for two years, will take the stage in their customary kabuki make-up.
      The band enjoyed a $60 million-grossing farewell tour in 2001. As for Aerosmith, the group will be supporting a new blues album, the follow-up to 2001's "Just Push Play."

  • Dick Clark vs Aerosmith
      Excerpts from an old article, ABC News Jan. 8, 2001:

      ---

      Then there’s an interesting situation involving Aerosmith. The band was originally slated to receive something called the “Award Of Achievement” at this year’s AMAs for their “rare and distinguished accomplishments.” Three weeks ago, word came down that Aerosmith didn’t like the name of the award and asked Dick Clark to change it. Dick said no, so the band threatened to not do the show at all.

      In addition to getting the award in question, Aerosmith was also scheduled to perform their new single, “Jaded” on the show. Reportedly, Dick Clark told anyone who would listen that Aerosmith was off the show because it’s his show and no one can tell him what to do, or what to call an award.

      A visit to the official Dick Clark Production Web site reveals that Aerosmith is now getting something called the “International Artist Award,” and they will be performing their new single on the live telecast. Perhaps you can tell Dick Clark what to do … if you’re Aerosmith.

      http://abcnews.go.com

  • A silly older article...
      Jewish World Review March 31, 2002 / 18 Nisan, 5762
      Andy Borowitz

      U2's Bono proposes sweeping social security overhaul

      But Plan Faces Stiff Opposition From Aerosmith's Steven Tyler

      http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | In a sign that he intends to step up his day-to-day involvement in the workings of the Federal government, Irish rocker Bono of the platinum-selling band U2 delivered a 1062-page plan to Congress today to insure the Social Security program's solvency through fiscal year 2050.

      But Bono gave a sneak preview one night earlier, interrupting a U2 concert at London's Wembley Stadium to explain his proposal.

      "In 2000, the Social Security system took in $568 billion and paid out $415 billion," Bono told the standing-room-only crowd in a 45-minute presentation complete with pie charts and bar graphs.

      "But some privatization of the program will be necessary to insure its solvency when the so-called Baby Boom generation retires," said Bono, who co-authored the proposal with U2 guitarist The Edge.

      While Bono's plan is garnering high marks on both sides of the aisle in Congress, it faces stiff opposition from one quarter: Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, who excoriated Bono's proposal at an Aerosmith concert in Foxboro, Mass.

      "Bono's plan requires breaking into the Social Security lockbox by fiscal year 2012," said Tyler, interrupting a verse of Aerosmith's smash hit "Jaded" to talk about Social Security. "My plan doesn't go anywhere near the lockbox."

      Tyler delivered his own 1312-page Social Security proposal to Congress this morning, and while some in Washington welcomed the attention that the two rockers were bringing to the issue, others remained nonplussed.

      "Quite frankly, I think we were all better off when these guys were just trashing hotel rooms and flipping over vans," said one member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

      --
      JWR Contributor Andy Borowitz, a former president of the Harvard Lampoon, is a regular humor columnist for Newsweek.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times and TV Guide. Recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the most powerful producers in television, he was the creator and producer of the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and producer of the Oscar-nominated film Pleasantville. He is the author, most recently, of "Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading" and "Rationalizations to Live By".

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Reno NV at the Lawlor Events Center (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Reno NV at the Lawlor Events Center (Dokken opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Caracas Venezuela at El Poliedro

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Charleston WV at the Charleston Civic Center (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)



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

Christian Kjellvander - Songs From A Two-Room Chapel (2002)
Various Artists - InsideOut Music Sampler 2001


News as of January 22, 2003
  • The latest on Kiss/Aero, from Pollstar
      Pollstar finally admits that the thing is not yet "fully confirmed" as in the details being worked out which is what inside sources (in the Aerosmith camp) seem to agree on. But not quite enough to give fans hope it will fall through..yet.. LOL.

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      KISS And Tell
      Updated 00:42 PST Wed, Jan 22 2003

      Have you heard the latest? The one about KISS and Aerosmith touring together? Well, according to a couple new sources, the venture is a for sure thing, although much has yet to be confirmed.

      What has been confirmed, though, is a handful of Kiss dates. The ever-expanding itinerary now includes one gig in Australia, four in Japan and one in Las Vegas. Tickets for the Las Vegas show go on sale January 25 and are marked at $125 and $300. The Yokohama show goes up for grabs starting February 1. According to Kiss' official Web site, all three Budokan gigs are sold out.

      Although the KISS/Aerosmith tour has yet to be hammered in, the co-headlining North American tour looks to run from August through October with about 40 dates on the books. The majority of dates will be in amphitheatres, with the possibility of some stadiums thrown in for good measure. And for those wondering, yes, KISS will perform in full makeup.

      From: http://www.pollstar.com

  • Stuff about the Salute to the Blues Show, etc.
      As you all know, Aerosmith will team up along with legends B.B. King, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Macy Gray and Buddy Guy. Other performers will include Mos Def, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Keb Mo, Dr. John, David Johansen, Vernon Reid, Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples, Gregg Allman and Chuck D. It will take place on Friday February 7 at NY's famous Radio City Music Hall and will benefit the Blues Music Foundation.

      It is being produced by Experience Music Project (www.emplive.com) – honoring the musicians and style that have inspired countless artists around the world. The concert will be filmed for theatrical and DVD distribution, with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) as director and Martin Scorsese as executive producer. Net concert proceeds will benefit The Blues Music Foundation, a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the preservation of blues history, the celebration of blues excellence, support of music education (particularly the blues), and the provision of financial assistance to needy and worthy individuals who have made contributions to the blues. As a charity event to benefit the Foundation, contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

      This historic concert serves as the official kickoff to the U.S. Congress-declared Year of the Blues™, a yearlong celebration of events to help raise awareness for the blues and its contribution to American culture and music. Gee, could that be why SONY agreed that NOW would be a good time for the "blues inspired" album put on the back burner for YEARS to finally be released LOL. Yes, timing is everything in the music business these days.

      So hey...sad but true, the first Aerosmith performance we may see on DVD might be this one LOL.

      You can check out "Year of the Blues" web site at www.yearoftheblues.org

  • Infobeat Entertainment Newsletter, January 21, 2003
      SCORSESE TO FILM BLUES GIG

      World Entertainment News Network--GOLDEN GLOBE winning movie maker MARTIN SCORSESE is to team up with AEROSMITH and BONNIE RAITT for his next project. The director is to mark The Year of The Blues by filming a star-studded line-up at THE BLUES in New York on 7 February (03). The line-up includes Aerosmith, Raitt, BB KING, ROBERT CRAY and DR JOHN among others.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1990 Aerosmith plays in East Rutherford NJ at Brendan Byrne Arena (Skid Row opens)



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Dream Theater - Christmas CD 2000: Scenes From A World Tour


News as of January 21, 2003
  • Al Hirschfeld
      Al Hirschfeld, the artist who designed the "Draw the Line" cover, died yesterday. He was 99. You can see some of his work at http://www.alhirschfeld.com

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      Caricature King Al Hirschfeld Dies
      Tue Jan 21, 9:56 AM ET

      By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Writer

      NEW YORK - From Merman to Madonna, from Burns (George) to Allen (Woody), show-biz caricaturist Al Hirschfeld captured the stars in his graceful, fluid pen-and-ink drawings.

      But it was his sketches of Broadway performers and their shows where his art found its deepest expression and its most devoted fans.

      "He was an absolute fixture — as much a part of the theater as actors," said Dorothy Loudon, an actress blessed with more than a half-dozen Hirschfelds. She owns seven of them, including those for her two biggest Broadway hits, "Annie" and "Noises Off."

      Hirschfeld, who died in his sleep Monday at the age of 99, was an original. And not just because he mischievously hid the name of his daughter, Nina, in all his drawings — often more than once — forcing you to hunt to really find them.

      He was the theater's artist of record, chronicling its hits and flops from Broadway's Golden Age in the 1930s into the 21st century. From "Gypsy" to "Hello, Dolly!", from "Hairspray" to even "Dance of the Vampires," this season's most celebrated turkey, Hirschfeld immortalized them all with a few carefully chosen lines of ink.

      And with that, he earned the affection of those he drew.

      "He was a dancer with a pen. He absolutely danced. All his drawings have incredible movement," said director and performer Tommy Tune, the subject of Hirschfeld's most recent drawing in The New York Times, in December. "He caught my spirit, and I was very, very touched by it."

      It was in the drama pages of the Times where Hirschfeld published most of his theater work.

      Arthur Gelb, the newspaper's former managing editor, recalled receiving the drawings when he was in charge of cultural coverage.

      "I would get the drawing and unwrap it and immediately it was like a magnet for reporters and editors," Gelb said. "Everyone wanted to see what Al had wrought. It was like unwrapping a Daumier, and I think he will last as long as Daumier."

      And unlike some caricaturists, Hirschfeld's portraits were never nasty or mean-spirited.

      "There was tremendous art and wit in his work and underneath it all, his drawings had tremendous humanity," said Joel Grey, proud owner of two Hirschfelds, including one from "Cabaret." "They weren't vicious. He made them brilliant and provocative but without being destructive — and that's quite a feat."

      Mary Martin in mid-flight in "Peter Pan." Robert Preston striding across the wide expanse of the Majestic Theatre as Professor Harold Hill in "The Music Man." A glowering Zero Mostel as Tevye the milkman in "Fiddler on the Roof." Hirschfeld caught them all.

      "It was an honor to be drawn by him," said Bernadette Peters, herself the object of Hirschfeld's pen in such musicals as "Sunday in the Park with George," "Into the Woods" and, most recently, "Annie Get Your Gun." "He did his interpretation of your performance. And each time he drew you, it was different, capturing what you did on stage."

      Hirschfeld, an urbane man with snow-white hair and a Santa Claus beard, was a regular at Broadway opening nights for more than 50 years with his second wife, actress Dolly Haas, who died in 1994, and later with art historian Louise Kerz, whom he married two years later.

      In recent years, Hirschfeld became something of a growth industry. His drawings graced everything from magazine covers to postage stamps. He did the portraits for a series of commemoratives honoring comedians such as Jack Benny, Laurel and Hardy and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and later for a series on silent film stars. He even was the subject of a documentary film.

      On June 23, two days after what would have been his 100th birthday, he will receive a rare accolade. The Martin Beck Theatre on West 45th Street will be renamed for Hirschfeld. The event will be a celebration of his life and will feature Broadway performers under the direction of Jerry Zaks.

      And who will take Hirschfeld's spot in the Times?

      "Al is irreplaceable," Gelb said.

      Added Peters: "It's going to be hard not seeing him on opening nights any more, coming down the aisle. He was part of our theater heritage."

      From: http://story.news.yahoo.com

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      Famed Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld Dies
      By MICHAEL KUCHWARA

      NEW YORK (AP) - Show-biz caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who with his curlicued, pen-and-ink drawings captured the biggest stars of Broadway and Hollywood, from Charlie Chaplin and Ethel Merman to Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld, died Monday. He was 99.

      Hirschfeld, whose drawings were first published in the 1920s, died in his sleep at his home in New York, said his wife, Louise. He had been at work as recently as Saturday, drawing a sketch of the Marx Brothers for a commission.

      ``He was a dancer with a pen. He absolutely danced. All his drawings have incredible movement,'' said director and performer Tommy Tune, the subject of Hirschfeld's most recent drawing in The New York Times, in December. ``He caught my spirit, and I was very, very touched by it.''

      The artist, an urbane man with white hair and a Santa Claus beard, never analyzed his beloved style, which always included the name of his daughter, Nina, hidden in the fluid, graceful lines for readers to find.

      ``All I know is that when it works, I'm aware of it. But how it's accomplished, I don't know,'' he once said. ``Through trial and error you eliminate and eliminate and get down to the pure line and how it communicates to the viewer. The last drawing you do is the best one - it should be.''

      Hirschfeld was a fixture on Broadway's opening nights, and theater performers prized his drawings as works of art. He immortalized them all - Mary Martin, Carol Channing, Gwen Verdon, Bernadette Peters and scores of others.

      ``It was an honor to be drawn by him,'' Peters said Monday. ``He did his interpretation of your performance. And each time he drew you, it was different, capturing what you did on stage.''

      Joel Grey owns two Hirschfelds, including one of his performance as the master of ceremonies in ``Cabaret.''

      ``There was tremendous art and wit in his work and underneath it all, his drawings had tremendous humanity,'' Grey said. ``They weren't vicious. He made them brilliant and provocative but without being destructive - and that's quite a feat.''

      For nearly 70 years, Hirschfeld's theater drawings appeared in the drama pages of the Times. Arthur Gelb, the newspaper's former managing editor, recalled getting the drawings when he was in charge of cultural coverage.

      ``I would get the drawing and unwrap it and immediately it was like a magnet for reporters and editors,'' Gelb said. ``Everyone wanted to see what Al had wrought. It was like unwrapping a Daumier, and I think he will last as long as Daumier.''

      Hirschfeld's work appeared in many other publications, too, from Playbill to TV Guide. His drawings are in the collections of several major institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York.

      The artist also received a special Tony Award, in 1975. This June, Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre will be renamed for Hirschfeld.

      Adding Nina to his work started as a joke, but soon became a tradition, with ``NINA'' appearing, often three or four times, in hard-to-spot places in each drawing. To help readers find them, Hirschfeld put a number next to his signature if there was more than one ``NINA.''

      ``When I started it, I didn't think anybody would notice,'' he said. ``It was one of those family things, and after three or four weeks, I thought the joke had worn thin and I stopped it.

      ``And then the letters started coming in. I found myself spending more time answering mail than drawing, so I gave up and put it back in. And kept it in.''

      Albert Hirschfeld was born June 21, 1903, in St. Louis. The family later moved to New York, where Hirschfeld studied at the Art Students League. His first job was as art director for a movie studio. He studied painting, drawing and sculpture in Paris and London during the 1920s.

      During a trip back in New York, a friend of his showed one of his sketches of an actor to someone the friend knew at the New York Herald Tribune. That led to assignments for that paper, and, a short time later, from the Times.

      His work was a picture-book chronicle of pop culture, with drawings of luminaries such as George and Ira Gershwin, Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, Benny Goodman and Count Basie, Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas, Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli, even Bruce Springsteen and Madonna.

      ``I never take a day off,'' he once said. ``When I would travel, I would always draw. I wouldn't know what else to do.''

      In 1991, he received a unique tribute from the Postal Service, which for the first time put an artist's name on a booklet of stamps and allowed hidden writing on a stamp - ``NINA,'' of course.

      The stamp booklet featured Hirschfeld's drawings of comedians such as Jack Benny, Laurel and Hardy and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. He followed that up in 1994 with a series of stamps honoring silent film stars such as Rudolph Valentino and Buster Keaton.

      He was the subject of a 1996 feature-length documentary, ``The Line King.''

      Who will take Hirschfeld's spot in the Times?

      ``Al is irreplaceable,'' Gelb said.

      Added Peters: ``It's going to be hard not seeing him on opening nights any more, coming down the aisle. He was part of our theater heritage.''

      Hirschfeld's first wife, actress Dolly Haas, died in 1994. Two years later, Hirschfeld married Louise Kerz, an art historian. He also is survived by his daughter and a grandson.

  • NY Times article
      Here is an article from today's NY Times that talks a bit more about the benefit concert Aerosmith is going to be playing at.

      Keeping the Blues Alive
      By BOB HERBERT

      The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day. The wind's gonna rise and blow my blues away." - Tommy Johnson

      The United States Senate has declared (with unintended irony) that 2003 is the "Year of the Blues." It has urged the president to issue a proclamation to that effect.

      It's very difficult to overstate the cultural importance of the blues, which have been around about 100 years, were crucial to the overall development of jazz and gave birth about a half-century ago to a boisterous new music called rock 'n' roll.

      The blues, powerful and bitter and mean and hopeful and funny, grew out of the brutally degraded condition of black Americans in the early decades of the 20th century. The music was like a salve to the raw wounds of men and women working literally like slaves in the cotton fields and corn fields of the Mississippi Delta, or struggling against the dire poverty and grotesque racism of other Deep South venues, or trying to survive on domestic and janitorial work in the unforgiving environs of the industrial north.

      These were lives condemned to poverty and tragedy and desperation. Opportunities were few and life expectancies were pathetically short. And yet the people endured. The blues provided the soundtrack.

      "I got to keep moving," sang Robert Johnson, perhaps the greatest bluesman of them all. "I got to keep moving, blues falling down like hail, blues falling down like hail. . . . And the day keeps 'minding me, there's a hellhound on my trail, hellhound on my trail, hellhound on my trail."

      Now hold onto your hats, folks, because that music is about to make a comeback.

      The filmmaker Martin Scorsese and some of his associates are raising the curtain today on a dandy project. "This is special," he said in an interview last week.

      Mr. Scorsese and six other directors, including Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis and Clint Eastwood, are nearing completion of seven feature-length films about the blues. Excerpts from five of the films will be shown today at the Sundance Film Festival.

      All seven films will be shown on PBS next fall as the centerpiece of an even bigger project called "Year of the Blues." This will include a 13-part public radio series on the history of the blues, a companion book of rarely seen archival material, and a traveling blues exhibition and education program that the sponsors hope will reach up to five million children.

      The "Year of the Blues" will begin more or less officially with a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Feb. 7.

      The film project began about five years ago when Mr. Scorsese was the executive producer on a concert film with Eric Clapton in which footage of blues musicians from the past was used. From that, said Mr. Scorsese, "came the idea of doing a series of films that would honor the history of the blues."

      The films are not straight narratives, or documentaries, but rather what Mr. Scorsese calls "interpretive, personal looks at the blues."

      "The idea," he said, "was to take the archival footage, and then to take journeys, interpretive looks at the blues, and create an awareness for young people that, first, this is an art form, and then to understand how it happened, where it came from and how it continues."

      Mr. Scorsese's film, "From Mali to Mississippi," is not yet finished. "I hope to complete it by March," he said. It goes all the way back to the antecedents of the blues on "the banks of the Niger River in Mali" and then follows the progression of the music to the cotton fields and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta.

      The blues somehow flourished in those fields of oppression and went on to nurture nearly every form of popular American music that followed.

      In his book "Deep Blues," Robert Palmer described a visit he made in 1979 to the Mississippi Delta home of Joe Rice Dockery, who had inherited from his father the remnants of a plantation on which an astonishing number of great blues musicians had lived and played.

      Mr. Dockery had grown up on the plantation but had never heard the music.

      "None of us gave much thought to this blues thing until a few years ago," he said. "In other words, we never heard these people sing. We were never the type of plantation owners who invited their help to come in and sing for parties. I wish we had realized that these people were so important."

  • Slightly old stuff, about Lizzie Mcguire
      The about.com music section has "The Year Of Rock In Weird," basically all the weird things that happened in the rock world in the past year... the last thing was about Tyler playing santa claus in Lizzie Mcguire, and here's what it said:

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      12/06/02) -- Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will portray Santa Claus on a new episode of The Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire which premieres on Friday at 7:30pm and 9:50pm. Yes, I know what you're thinking: He's too skinny to play Santa Claus. Yes, but he'll also be the coolest Santa you've ever seen. Hell, if I was awakened by a noise on X-mas eve and I pitter-pattered downstairs to see what the commotion was, and low and behold saw Steven Tyler in a Santa costume placing bottles of Jack Daniels under my tree... let's just say, I'd be a happy little boy. Actually, Tyler's days of dancing with the devil are over and that might be one reason why he's donating his paycheck from the role to Victory Programs, a Boston-based drug rehabilitation center. Also, Mr. Tyler will make a special appearance at this Monday's Billboard Music Awards, which airs live on Fox.

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      I don't think I've seen anything about him giving his paycheck to charity before..?

  • Some comments regarding "The Bono post"...
      When Aerosmith was on New Years Rockin' Eve in 2001 - playing Just Push Play live in Florida - Dick Clark has onlu positive things to say about them after the clip. He said they just keep getting better every year and they could play "forever". Doesn't sound like Dick doesn't like them to me.

      Justin writes:

      I just wanted to add something to your news post about Bono talking about Aerosmith. I saw the show last night and when Bono said "is Aerosmith playing?" it wasn't with any kind of insult. I think maybe he was just pointing out that Aerosmith is always appearing on award shows, and the they should be there. It was especially funny because he knew that there are never any musical performances at The Golden Globes or else U2 would have been playing, they were nominated and won for a song on the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack.

      Alex writes:

      what did you make of that? i thought U2 and Aerosmith were actually friends. like im sure during the just push play tour the U2 elevation tour was going on the same time and either aerosmith went to see them or vice versa, or both.
      i thought it might be because of a couple of years ago when there was that thing about the aerosmith video or something and they had to change some of it because it was rude and dick clark got pissed off cos aerosmith got their own way about something. so i thought bono was kinda jokingly winding him up?
      who knows?

      Amy writes:

      Dick Clark asked Bono and the Edge who they were interested in seeing since this is not the usual event for them. They usually go to music award shows, not movie and television award shows. Bono make the joke of Aerosmith playing as a joke about the fact that they are used to hearing musicians perform at award shows. It was a joke because they were not at a music award show. That was the joke that Dick Clark made. Bono's comment stemmed from the fact that he did not know many movie and television stars. He knows music. Aerosmith was probably the first name that came to mind.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1979 Aerosmith plays in Lynn MA at the Harbour House

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Portland OR at Memorial Coliseum (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Rio de Janeiro Brazil at Apoteose Square

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Syracuse NY at Oncenter (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)



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Dungen - live at Göteborgskalaset, Gothenburg, Sweden 2002-08-14
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra (1974)
Kundalini - Asylum For Astral Travellers (1997)


News as of January 20, 2003
  • Bono badmouthing Aerosmith?
      Bono of U2 made a comment regarding Aerosmith when he was interviewed by Dick Clark at the Golden Globes. Dick asked Bono and The Edge if they were interested in seeing anyone, and Bono said, "Aerosmith is playing," and laughed. Then Dick said, "No, wrong event." Maybe it was a combination of both Bono and Dick Clark not liking Aerosmith...but who cares? :)

  • Liv on AvantGarde Magazine
      Liv is on the cover of AvantGarde magazine (February 2003 issue).

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Portland Maine at Cumberland County Civic Center

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Vancouver, Canada at the Coliseum (Dokken opens)

  • OFF TOPIC: Ask Bush to Let the Inspections Work!
      Please join me in signing an online petition asking President Bush to let the weapons inspections work, rather than rushing to war. If we don't act now, we could be at war by the end of the month.

      Inspections in Iraq have started. Most of us breathed a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, it's become clear that the ultra-hawks in the Bush administration -- Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle -- will not take yes for an answer. While the rest of the world thinks Iraq has backed down, these men are pursuing a massive public relations blitz for war.

      With the possibility of a peaceful resolution to this crisis at hand, we cannot allow a few men to push the world to war. Send a message to President Bush and Congress to let the inspections work at:

         http://www.moveon.org/winwithoutwar/

      MoveOn.org will compile our messages and present them to the administration, including Secretary of State Powell, to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, and to members of Congress.

      The good news is that the ultra-hawks face some serious opposition. Secretary of State Colin Powell and other members of the Bush Administration are willing to give diplomacy a chance, and the State Department's interpretation of the U.N. resolution is a lot more reasonable than the White House's interpretation.

      President Bush has agreed that war should be the very last resort. Let's hold him and his Administration to those words:

         http://www.moveon.org/winwithoutwar/

      Please join me and sign on today. We must support policy makers who will oppose these few extremists in the Bush White House who have been looking for an excuse for war from the very beginning.



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Jackson Browne - For Everyman (1973)
Very beautiful music on this, apparently Jackson Browne's second album. Not being previously familiar with Browne, I can't compare this to any of his other work, but what I hear here is excellent. The only song I was familiar with when I first heard this was the first track, "Take It Easy." This is of course the song made more famous (to me, at least) through the version the Eagles recorded. The song was co-written by Glenn Frey (of the Eagles) and Browne. The two versions aren't all that different, but I think I actually prefer this one. All the other tracks, which are all just as good or better, were written by Jackson Browne by himself. Fantastic singer/songwriter!


News as of January 19, 2003
  • Aerosmith in a Salute To the Blues!!
      Aerosmith will be performing at Radio City Music Hall in NY, NY on February 7th, 2003. This has just been added to Pollstar within the past 24 hours or so. It is a blues based performance by many acts, coinciding with 2003 being the year of the blues. It is going to be a documentary on the Blues with a 7 part TV special being aired in the Fall on PBS.

      Ticket prices range from $50 to $1,250 with proceeds going to the BluesMusic Foundation. Planning to go there? Did you see the prices? Best available.....$1250.00, yeah....$1250!

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      From http://www.radiocity.com:

      Salute to the Blues
      Slated performers include: B.B. King, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Keb' Mo', Dr. John, David Johanson, Vernon Reid, Mavis Staples, Gregg Allman, Chuck D, Aerosmith, Macy Gray, Mos Def, with more to come.
      The benefit concert kicks off a year-long celebration (2003 has been declared "Year of the Blues" by the United States Congress). The concert will be presented by Martin Scorsese and sponsored by Volkswagen. All profits from the concert and concert film will benefit the BluesMusic Foundation - a new nonprofit charitable organization that supports blues education and other programs around the country.

      Category: Concerts
      Venue: Radio City Music Hall
      City, State: New York, New York
      Feb 7, 2003, 8:00 PM
      $54.50 - $1,254.50 ( GS )

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      Ticketmaster lists a date for the show for as this:

      Martin Scorsese Presents a Salute To the Blues
      Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
      Fri, Feb 07, 2003 8:00pm

      Price | seating chart
      $50.00 -$1250.00

      Ticket Limit
      There is an 8 ticket limit per person.

      Internet Onsale Info
      Onsale to General Public:
      Fri, 01/10/03, 10:00am

  • Does this mean it's definite? (from melodicrock.com)
      AERO-KISS TOUR CONFIRMED:
      Press Release:
      Aerosmith and Kiss will embark on a co-headlining North American tour beginning in August and running through October, sources confirm. The tour of approximately 40 dates will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and is expected to play 90% amphitheaters, with arenas and possibly a couple of stadiums also in the mix. Kiss will perform in full makeup, sources say, and Aerosmith will be touring in support of a new Columbia blues album.
      "We want to really try to get everybody in a room at the same time," bassist Tom Hamilton told Billboard.com about the album last September. "It's funny because it triggers all of the competition and uncomfortableness that we've always had going into the studio, and it's going to mean everybody is going to have to be open, vulnerable, and brave, and go in there and do that process like we used to do it." Aerosmith grossed nearly $40 million from touring in 2002. The group was recently nominated for the best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal for Girls of Summer, drawn from last year's O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits compilation. Aerosmith has also signed on to appear at the Feb. 7 Salute to the Blues concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1973 Aerosmith opens for the Mahavishnu Orchestra in New Haven CT at the Palace Theater

      1979 Chip Away the Stone debuts on Billboard Charts

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Springfield MA at the Civic Center (Mother's Finest opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Spokane WA at Spokane Coliseum (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in San Francisco CA at The Cow Palace (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at The Spectrum (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Santiago Chile at Estadio Nacional

      1995 Box of Fire is certified Gold

      1998 Aerosmith plays in State College PA at Bryce Jordan Center (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)



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Tomahawk - live at Nymble, Stockholm, Sweden 2002-02-23
Mike Patton has to be one of the most amazing vocalists in rock!
Bigelf - "Madhatter" (2003)
This song from the forthcoming third Bigelf album can now be downloaded as an MP3 from BigElf.com. Judging from this track, the band are still great at what they're doing. The ultimate mix of Black Sabbath and The Beatles, spiced with a little prog! Love it! This particular song doesn't show much of the Beatles influences though, but sounds rather just like an early 'Sabbath tune. The heavy riff has Iommi written all over it! I'll probably have to try to snatch this album up when it hits the market...
The Haunted - "Demon Eyes"
L Minygwal - "I Excessively Read My Letters"
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO - "Sweet Lucille Or Lick My Milk Off, Baby"
House Of Aquarius - "Rock N Roll Gr"
Floor - "Scimitar"
Loos - "Evaporate"


News as of January 18, 2003
  • Godsmack praises Aerosmith!
      On Thursday I posted an excerpt from an interview with the lead vocalist of Godsmack, Sully Erna. This is not the first time he has praised Aerosmith. After Layne Staley of Alice in Chains died the singer of Godsmack (who of course took their name from the AIC song of the same name) said the following about Staley:

      "To this day, I've never really heard a cooler singer. Alice in Chains was the coolest thing to come out since Aerosmith in the early '70s. They just had this persona about them, a cool vibe, very mystical and dark. Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley were the coolest team to me since Joe Perry and Steven Tyler.

      Read the rest at: MTV.com: 'He Got Me To Start Singing': Artists Remember Layne Staley

  • Aero/Kiss article from Infobeat
      Aerosmith, Kiss Hitting The Road Together
      Bands to play arenas in North America this summer.

      by Jon Wiederhorn

      In the latest leg of what must be the longest farewell tour in rock history, Kiss will play arenas in North America this summer with Aerosmith.

      No dates have been scheduled yet, and it is unknown whether the bands will co-headline or if Kiss will go on last every night, according to a source close to Kiss.

      The planning has been long in the works. For more than a year, rumors have circulated that the two rock legends wanted to hit the road together, but their schedules didn't synchronize until now. Neither Kiss nor Aerosmith were available for comment.

      Kiss bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons originally went public on the issue in a February 2002 USA Today Web chat. "Would we like to play with Aerosmith? Sure," he wrote. "We've known each other for 30 years and actually played together for the first time three decades ago. We think they're terrific."

      The members of Kiss are currently preparing for a show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia on February 28. "I promise the result will be no less than a symphonic sonic boom," vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said on the band's official Web site, www.kissonline.com. "Beethoven and Mozart will rise up dancing with fists raised as we unleash a spectacle that will be both classic and classical. This time it's black tie and black leather."

      Just because Kiss are planning a symphony spectacular and a summer extravaganza doesn't mean they can't still find time for self-promotion. On January 10, Simmons and Stanley shot a TV spot for the Universal Orlando Resorts, and Simmons is still plugging his magazine Gene Simmons Tongue, which is currently working on its fourth issue.

      Kiss will also play three reunion shows at Budokan Hall in Tokyo on March 11, 12 and 13. While drummer Peter Criss will play these gigs, guitarist Ace Frehley has not yet officially signed on, the band's publicist said.

      When Aerosmith join Kiss on the road, they'll likely be supporting their upcoming blues-based album, on which they've recently started work.

      This report is from MTV News

  • Aero/Kiss article from Billboard
      Aerosmith, Kiss Set To Rock'N'Roll All Night

      Aerosmith and Kiss will embark on a co-headlining North American tour beginning in August and running through October, sources confirm. The tour of approximately 40 dates will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and is expected to play 90% amphitheaters, with arenas and possibly a couple of stadiums also in the mix. Kiss will perform in full makeup, sources say, and Aerosmith will be touring in support of a new Columbia blues album.

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

      Aerosmith grossed nearly $40 million from touring in 2002. The group was recently nominated for the best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal for "Girls of Summer," drawn from last year's "O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" compilation. Aerosmith has also signed on to appear at the Feb. 7 Salute to the Blues concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

      As for Kiss, the group grossed more than $60 million from its 2000-2001 "farewell" tour. As previously reported, Kiss will join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a one-off Feb. 28 concert at the city's 48,000-capacity Telestra Dome. The group has also scheduled a March 11-13 stand at Tokyo's Budokan Hall.

      -- Ray Waddell, Nashville

  • Aero/Kiss
      While we see all these articles, it doesn't seem to be set it stone yet. There's still hope that it won't happen... The below was posted on one of the Aerosmith mailing lists:

      This is NOT confirmed, no contracts have been signed, no dates set. My sources tell me that Aerosmith is still in the "considering" it phase, and they are being very highly DISCOURAGED, that they shouldn't do this. Plus, my sources told me today, that Kiss is going to expect too much money and top billing, they just don't see this happening. It is, however, under consideration. The publicity coming out is strictly from the Kiss camp, did anyone notice that NONE of the band members can be quoted about this, the only Aerosmith quotes are about the upcoming album, and all those quotes are taken from interviews during the last tour. While it's not a definite NO yet, it's still not a definite GO, either.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1984 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Columbus OH at the Ohio Center (Autograph opens)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Pullman WA at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum (Dokken opens)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Uniondale NY at Nassau Coliseum (Skid Row opens)



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

Alice In Chains - Dirt (1992)
The label "grunge" doesn't necessarily always equal "bad"... :)


News as of January 17, 2003
  • Pictures of Tyler on the Quilmes beer bottle!
      Mauricio Soto, a fan from Chile, sent me these two photos of the Argentinan beer brand "quilmes" with Steven Tyler on the bottle. Steven Tyler represents "Rock" in this "music series" of special limited edition bottles.

      Quilmes

      Pictures courtesy of TaLlaRiCo02

  • Making of Lizzie McGuire captures at Elizabeth Franco's site

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Buffalo NY at Memorial Auditorium

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Carbondale IL at SIU Arena (Autograph opens)

      1986 Aerosmith plays in Seattle WA at Center Coliseum (The Divinyls open)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Buenos Aires Argentina Velez-Sarsfield Stadium

      1998 Aerosmith plays in New Haven CT at the New Haven Coliseum (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in San Diego CA at the Sports Arena



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Dream Theater - Taste The Memories (2003)


News as of January 16, 2003
  • Godsmack wants to be Aerosmith...
      Check this out. The boys in Godsmack have something to say about the loyal legions of Aerosmith fans and how much they want what Aerosmith has. Found on the 99.5 KISS (San Antonio, TX) website.

      --

      GODSMACK
      Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and vocalist Sully Erna explain why the band changed the title of their forthcoming album from “Releasing the Demons” to its current title “Faceless”.

      SHANNON: "‘Faceless’ just seems like a timeless title. It will stand up later on, it’s not as cheesy."

      SULLY: "Plus, it has a split identity. Even though we've had success and we're slowly climbing up that ladder, we still remain a little bit under the radar, so the band is still a bit faceless compared to the *NSYNCs and super pop bands. Hopefully this band will follow the steps of great bands like Aerosmith and Metallica that just kind of built their army over the years and had stability and didn’t just shoot up the charts and go away after an album. That’s what we’re hoping to establish with the third record."

      Godsmack’s 3rd album “Faceless” is scheduled for release this April.

  • 65 days until Aerofest 2003!
      11/18/2002: Aerofest will be held Saturday March 22, 2003. If you have any suggestions for the event, feel free to email them in.


      Aerofest 2003
      "Let The Kid Out"
      AeroFest is an annual fanfare event for charity to celebrate the music of Aerosmith and raise money for the children. It's your chance to see old Aero-friends and make new Aero-friends. Share stories and memories with the Greatest Fans In The World!

      Featuring
      "Draw The Line"
      An Aerosmith Tribute Band


      Date: Saturday March 22, 2003
      Time: 6P till 1A (Registration-5:30P)
      Cost: $35.00 ($40.00 at the door)
      Location: Glen Ellyn Holiday Inn ("Lock The Door With The Chain")
      1250 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
      (630) 629-6000


      If you need hotel accommodations, call the Holiday Inn and mention "AEROFEST 2003" for special $79 room rates.

      For a $35.00 donation you'll get food, soft drinks, Aero-sweets, and coffee. There will also be a cash bar. You can also purchase tickets to enter the awesome Aerofest raffle to win lots of cool Aerosmith stuff or enter one of the many outrageous contests and win even more really cool prizes. Proceeds from AeroFest 2003 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois. Make-A-Wish fulfills the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. You can contact Make-A- Wish at www.wishes.org or by phone at (312) 943-8956.

      Full payment must be received by March 10, 2003 to reserve a spot. Please note that space is limited. Make your check or money order payable to: AEROFEST, and mail it to:

      Debbie Dove - Aerofest
      856 Kimberly Lane
      Chanhassen, MN 55317

      NOTE: If you want confirmation of receipt, please include your phone number or email. For all other questions or additional information, email Bruce Marcheschi at mamakin@ameritech.net


      Past AeroFest Donations
      Aerofest 2002 - Check This Out: $7,725.00!!! You guys ROCK! The presentation to Make A Wish was held in May 2002.

      AeroFest 2000 - resulted in $5,000 donated to the "Make-A-Wish Foundation"!! This donation granted the wish of a girl to visit Walt Disney World with her Family. For everyone who attended Aerofest 2000 - a heartfelt thanks for granting that wish.

      AeroFest 1999 - proceeds of over $3,000 were donated to the Boston Children's Hospital.

      http://www.aerofest.net/intro.html

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1986 Aerosmith plays in Portland OR at Memorial Coliseum (The Divinyls open)

      1988 Aerosmith plays in Seattle WA at Center Coliseum

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Binghamton NY at Broome County Arena (Skid Row opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at Mama Kins Music Hall (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)



This day on the NPWIPP:
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Dream Theater - Taste The Memories (2003)
The annual Fan Club CD for 2002, with the subtitle "The 10th Anniversary of Images And Words." Live recordings from 1992 and 1993, which makes for some very fine listening. I'm just sad I didn't join their fan club sooner, as this CD that I got today is the first I get. So many CDs I've missed through the years... First from not knowing about the band, and then from not joining the fan club until last year. Oh well... I can enjoy this anyway. If anyone out there is willing to part with original copies of the earlier annual CDs, I'm interested... Possibly the best band in the world! :)


News as of January 15, 2003
  • {{ AeroFANatic }} Chris reports on the next album...
      Here's the LATEST album news as I know it...

      -The band will be in the studio in March/April to write and record a few new tracks. While being titled a "blues album", it's probably going to be more of a "blues inspired" album. Not ALL the tracks will be bluesy, but a big majority will be. But definitly expect the rockin' Aerosmith to be shown (also will include at least one HEAVIER radio friendly song for promotion purposes).

      - Expect 5-7 cover tunes (bluesish) and 5-7 new tracks. The cover tunes are being hand picked by band members. The "new" tracks may well be any combination of leftover heavier tracks from the JPP sessions, the Oh Yeah sessions, and these new studio sessions to start in March.

      - This is a band heavy project; meaning the ENTIRE band will be having a say in the material. It wont be as segmented as far as songwriting goes as the last few albums have been. I think it's going to be the 1st "band heavy" album since PUMP.

      - The band and Columbia Records are pushing for a June 2003 release date for this yet to be titled monster. Vindaloo Blue anyone? ;-)

      - Jack Douglas is indeed the producer, and with the band "going back to the roots"...may as well go back to their roots producer!

      - Summer arena tour with Kiss looks likely, but no deal yet set in stone.

      That's it as of 1-14-03. Of course anything and everything can change in the world of rock and roll. Keep it tuned to AeroFANatic.com for the VERY latest...

      Chris
      @AeroFANatic.com

  • Slant Magazine's 100 Greatest Music Videos
      Aerosmith's "Janie's Got A Gun" has been included on Slant Magazine's list of the greatest music videos of all time.

      http://www.slantmagazine.com

  • A tidbit from Emily M
      I don't know if this qualifies as news... And it took a few weeks for it to occur to me that perhaps you'd like to know this, and I don't know that it's overly Aerosmith-related, but did you know that there's another up-and-coming rock band that lives at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue? Two weeks ago, I was walking by 1325 and I saw a van parked out the front and a bunch of young musicians unloading gear and hauling it in the door and up the stairs of the building. Oh, it was such a heartwarming scene, like a glimpse into the past of 30 years ago. Maybe another Aerosmith is being born in that very same place as I type. Isn't that cool?

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1971 Aerosmith plays in Greenfield MA at the YMCA

      1980 Aerosmith plays in Lexington KY at Rupp Arena (Mother's Finest opens)

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Lexington KY at Rupp Arena

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Uniondale NY at Nassau Coliseum (Skid Row opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Philadelphia PA at Corestates Spectrum (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Fresno CA at Selland Arena



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

The Third World - America The Beautiful (1971)
I love this type of music! Rock music at it's best! :) Cool vocals, great organs and ferocious guitars! Gawd, this is great stuff! Must also point out how "American" it sounds, somewhat in the same vein as The Band. As for the lyrics, many of them are, as you can expect from an early american "hard rock"(?) record, quite simple. While nothing wrong with that, three of them (written by guitarist Paul Agna) do have some real substance! The anti-war song "Steal The Guns," "All Are Free," and "Shot Down," with the latter I believe being about people who were killed by the police while demonstrating against the Vietnam war. Finally, we've got the last track on the first side of this LP, written by Gerard Kenny. Now, with an album title like "America The Beautiful," complete with the colors of the Star-Spangled Banner, one could expect these guys to be true American patriots... With this in mind, together with all the segregation and racial antagonism around the time, the line "Hitler is alive and well in You" is just brilliant! A big "fuck off!" to all mentally retarded nazis and racists! Sadly, things haven't changed that much in these past thirty years, and the lyrics still hold true to this day... :( To go back to the music... well, I said it before, but I'll say it again, this is great! According to the listing at Fuzz, Acid & Flowers, this band was most likely from New York, and released only this one album. I think it's safe to assume that this record hasn't been released on CD, which is a real shame! I'm lucky that the owner of the local second-hand record store knows my taste and can suggest me gems like this... (Ännu en gång, ett stort tack till Jens!)

I'd never heard of this group before, and it wouldn't surprise me if I never will again. I did a search on them on the net, but didn't find a thing. Nothing more than that at Fuzz, Acid & Flowers, which by the way is a totally awesome source for information on more or less obscure American bands from the '60's and '70's!! Even info on the pre-Aerosmith bands, the Chain Reaction and The Jam Band, is featured there. Definitely highly suggested! The description at the site describes it as their "extensive guide to U.S. psych and garage music 1964 - 1972. This book contains band histories/musical analysis on over 5,400 US acts of the era with personnel and discographical information, where known. Also included are listings of over 740 compilations, and over 1,100 sleeve illustrations. "

Also highly recommended is the UK counterpart "e-book" also put out by Borderline Books, The Tapestry Of Delights. "the e-book version of The Tapestry Of Delights, our extensive guide to U.K. psych, beat and progressive music between 1963 - 1976. This book contains band histories/musical analysis on over 3,400 UK acts of the era with personnel and discographical information, where known. Also included are listings of over 375 compilations, and over 1,100 sleeve illustrations.

There ya go! Today's suggestions from yours truly, both when it comes to listening (good luck with finding it! ;) and reading. Whew! Did I write alot today or what...? ;)


News as of January 14, 2003
  • {{ AeroFANatic }} From Hard Radio...
      The proposed AEROSMITH and KISS arena tour looks like a go for the summer. In other news, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were in Orlando, Florida to film a TV commercial for the Universal Orlando Resorts. In tour news, The KISS shows on March 11th, 12th and 13th at Tokyo's legendary Budokan have all sold out. Finally, the KISS cover of 'Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio' is scheduled to be one of three songs serviced to Active/Rock radio from the Ramones tribute CD We're A Happy Family. Also being serviced on the three song sampler are songs from Eddie Vedder and ROB ZOMBIE. The exact date for radio adds is not known, but will likely be later this month. The album will be released on February 11th.

      Pollstar's list of 2002's Top Hard Rock/Metal Tour Grosses include showings from

      AEROSMITH (Total Gross: $41.4 million, Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 15,638, Number of Cities/Shows: 53/55),

      RUSH (Total Gross: $27.0 million, Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 9,650, Number of Cities/Shows: 62/63),

      OZZFEST 2002 (Total Gross: $26.3 million, Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 20,436, Number of Cities/Shows: 26/29),

      TOOL (Total Gross: $23.1 million, Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 7,463, Number of Cities/Shows: 86/86),

      SAMMY HAGAR & DAVID LEE ROTH (Total Gross: $9.6 million, Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 7,717, Number of Cities/Shows: 40/41),

      POISON (Total Gross: $6.7 million, Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 4,876, Number of Cities/Shows: 59/59) and

      GUNS N' ROSES (Total Gross: $6.5 million, Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 8,660, Number of Cities/Shows: 16/16).

  • Steven Tyler's Milk Mustache ad photo session

  • Metal Sludge interview
      In an interview at the Metal Sludge website, they interview the lead singer of Mr Big. They ask him why the band broke up, and he is talking about it when he says this:

      "But in my opinion it wasn't that bad to let the fans down and break up the band. We were a good live rock band. We created a mass of diverse, hard and soft melodic rock songs. Look at the trials and tribulations that Aerosmith endured. Those guys worked their shit out for the good of the band and there fans. We should have picked our sorry asses up, dusted the bad juju off and got back in the ring. I could be wrong; maybe it was time to stay down for the count."

      Later on he also mentions how great Aerosmith were to tour with...

  • Charlotte Church to act in movie loosely based on Liv Tyler
      13/01/2003
      Charlotte Church lands a film role

      Teen singing sensation Charlotte Church has landed her first feature film role, in a comedy musical.

      'I'll Be There', tells the story of a young girl with a musical talent, who discovers that her real father is a washed up 80s pop star.

      The film is said to be loosely based on actress Liv Tyler's life story - she discovered that her father was Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler.

      Comedian Craig Ferguson said he wrote the script with Charlotte in mind; he plays her father in the film and also directs.

      'I'll Be There' is going under the name 'The Family Business' in the United States.

      Charlotte made her acting debut in UK TV drama 'Heartbeat'.

      From: http://www.rte.ie

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      This was on Infobeat's Entertainment newsletter:

      MOVIE STARDOM BECKONS FOR CHURCH
      World Entertainment News Network

      Singing sensation CHARLOTTE CHURCH has landed her first film role - loosely based on actress LIV TYLER's teenage life.

      The Welsh diva, 16, will star in a comedy musical The Family Business, where a musically talented girl discovers her real father is a has-been eighties pop star.

      Comedian CRAIG FERGUSON who will play Church's father in the movie, says he wrote it with the VOICE OF AN ANGEL songstress in mind.

      The plot is said to be loosely based on the real-life story of the stunning LORD OF THE RINGS star - who discovered her father was AEROSMITH frontman STEVE TYLER, after being brought up to believe it was rocker TODD RUNDGREN.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1985 Aerosmith plays in Muskegon MI at the LC Walker Arena (Autograph opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Sao Paulo Brazil at Morumbi Stadium



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

Norah Jones - live at the House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA 2002-08-24
A concert shown on national Swedish television last night. Very nice! Not only is the music and her vocals very nice, she's gosh darn cute aswell! :) While I've got a little soft spot for Shakira and Avril too, of all the young female singers that's currently doing well commercially, Norah Jones is by far the one I like the best... A girl with some real musical talent, and with (it definitely seems) a pleasant personality and so much more substance... Of course, she really has nothing in common with the awful Britney/Aguilera crowd, aside from being young, pretty and selling alot of records, so it's really a stupid comparison to make.. I mean, this is actually good music... :) I'm glad to see that's it's possible to reach the masses today with music on the jazzier side of things... :)


News as of January 13, 2003
  • To follow up my January 7th post about The Living End...
      Quiny writes:

      I went and saw The Living End on Friday. I was right up near the front and about 8 songs in, at the end of a song, I yelled 'Chris! (The lead singer) Chris! Play 'Train Kept A Rollin''. He looks over in my direction, then steps up to the mike and said something like 'Yeah, Train' and then ripped into it on his own straight away. After a bit the other two band members played along aswell. They only played a shortened version, with more of a rockabilly type feel, but it was fucking awesome.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 Aerosmith plays in Uniondale NY at Nassau Coliseum (Mother's Finest opens)

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Albuquerque NM at Tingley Arena

      1986 Aerosmith start rehearsals in Seattle WA at Center Coliseum

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at War Memorial Auditorium (Skid Row opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Albany NY at Pepsi Arena (Kenny Wayne Sheppard opens)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Inglewood CA at the Great Western Forum



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

Birthcontrol - Birthcontrol Live (1974)
This German hard rock/heavy prog band apparently took the typical '70's take on live albums a bit further than most... While the likes of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple are famous for jamming alot live, and extending the songs to the extent that they are several times longer than the original studio versions, these guys seem to have been even more extreme... The entire album has a total of only five songs, with the first three taking up an entire side of this double LP each! The songs that the jams and solos are played around (I'd suppose that's the case, but as I haven't heard any of their studio work, I don't know if perhaps the originals were this long too?) are titled "The Work Is Done" (16:50), "Back From Hell" (15:35) and "Gamma Ray" (20:33), before limiting themselves a bit more on the fourth side, with "She's Got Nothing On You" (5:35) and a concluding version of the rock n' roll classic "Long Tall Sally" clocking in at 10:50. While I can't say that I find this band very original, nor thinking they have very strong compositions, I can definitely appreciate this album for the overall sound, and as a fan of live records of this type. While far from being in the same league as "Made In Japan" (how many albums are, after all?), it's definitely worth a listen for those who, like myself, appreciate live jams..


News as of January 12, 2003
  • Tom Werman
      Aerosmith's "Rocks" is mentioned in an interview with producer Tom Werman (Ted Nugent, Poison, Twisted Sister, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Molly Hatchet, Blue Oyster Cult) by Jeb Wright (ClassicRockRevisited.com) at www.electricbasement.com

      ----

      Jeb: I have read where you call Aerosmith’s Rocks the greatest rock record ever made.

      Tom: The greatest American rock record ever made. Jack Douglas had called me about Cheap Trick. When he told me about Cheap Trick I jumped on a plane and went to see them and I signed them. Jack did their first record.

      Jeb: You came in right behind him.

      Tom: Jack was busy with Aerosmith so he asked me to do the Cheap Trick record.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1980 "Remember Walking in the Sand" debuts on the Billboard Charts

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Detroit MI at Joe Louis Arena (Autograph opens)

      1988 "Angel" released as a single

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Providence RI at the Civic Center (Skid Row opens)



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Eva Cassidy - live at Blues Alley, Washington 1996
Parts of the concert, shown on national Swedish television the other day. What a vocalist! Truly sad that a such truly talented singer like Eva Cassidy would die even before getting her well-deserved breakthrough... Normally this type of music isn't really my thing, but with her singing it... Amazing voice!


News as of January 11, 2003
  • 01.10.03 John B's Report - Closure
      Hey folks, Happy New Year and all that good stuff. I feel I must bring some closure to the reports from the road - as I didn't include the last week of the tour:

      Penn State: It was a good show but it was the limpest audience I have ever seen. I saw people doing their homework in their seats before and after Andrew W.K.'s set.

      Philly: Now that's a rock and roll town. Philly's great! The crowd was great. The band was cookin'. You could almost sense the end of the tour was near though. Crew members exchanging gifts and getting their marching orders for their return trips home and stuff like that. Shout out to Ray Tabano for busting my balls!

      Washington: Home away from home. MCI Center was rockin'. MTV was there to tape a segment for "Ultra Sound" with Steven's daughter, Mia and Joe's son, Tony. It will be on this weekend. It's about rock stars kids. Joe and Steven were also interviewed. Russ Irwin's gal pal Rosanna Arquette was at the DC show as she was in Philly. Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore was also there with his buddy Jack Douglas. Jack, as you all know, is the world famous producer (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cheap Trick), was on hand to dig the vibe of the live show. Jack must have been to about 25 shows this tour.

      With the guys scattered across the country there hasn't been much to report the past 2 weeks except that February, '03 looks to be quite busy. The guys have several irons in the fire. The band may grace some stages but… it's still in the developmental phase. How's that for vague? Looks like the guys will head out again this summer, which is no surprise. Who with and for how long to be determined, though.

      Until next time!

      -John B

  • The Aerosmith/KISS Tour rumour once again...
      1/10/03, 4 p.m. ET) -- The joint Aerosmith and Kiss tour is apparently back on for this summer. Promoters are reporting that the two bands are currently putting together an itinerary that is likely to play mostly in arenas, although some stadium dates are also possible.

      Neither band is officially confirming the tour, however. Aerosmith, in fact, spoke with us earlier about plans for an OzzFest-style festival package for the summer, but that's apparently gone by the wayside.

      Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley was asked last year about touring with Aerosmith, when the rumors first began, but declined to confirm any plans with Aerosmith. "We're in this enviable position that we're still finishing up our farewell tour, and we've already had about two million people say, 'Don't stop,'" Stanley said. "And at that point, we're kind of scratching our heads and wondering what we're going to do next, so we're really kind of keeping our options open. If the right situation came along, anything's possible."

      Kiss, meanwhile, is preparing for a February 28 show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia, as well as three dates (March 11-13) at Budokan Hall in Tokyo. Drummer Peter Criss will be rejoining the band for these shows, while lead guitarist Ace Frehley has not officially confirmed his participation.

      Aerosmith plans to record a new blues-oriented album this spring before the tour.

      -- Gary Graff, Detroit, and Bruce Simon, New York

      From: http://www.launch.com

      ... I sure hope this ain't true...

  • Sales
      from the Aerofanatic newsboard:

      O Yeah is close to 700,000 unit sales as of the current Billboard chart where it is just above the Top 150, with close to 9000 sales for the week.

  • Kerrang music channel
      On the Kerrang music channel in the UK, Walk This Way with Run DMC is the 10th most played video last week.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Denver CO at McNichols Sports Arena

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Merriville IN at Star Plaza Theatre (Autograph opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Rochester NY at the War Memorial Auditorium



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

Biohazard - "Hallowed Ground"
Labrador - "The Problem With Getting November To Listen"
Nile - "Execration Text"
The Crown - "Out For Blood"
System Of A Down - "Bubbles"
Meshuggah - "Spasm"
Opeth - "Wreath"
The Haunted - "Privation Of Faith Inc"
The Haunted - "Godpuppet"
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O - "Pork's Bomb In Aztec Part Zero"
Queens Of The Stone Age - "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire"
Queens Of The Stone Age - "First It Giveth"


News as of January 10, 2003
  • Rockthology, Vol. 1 DVD
      Amazon.com: DVD: Rockthology, Vol. 1

      Rockthology, Vol. 1 (2003)

      Encoding: Region 1 (US and Canada only)
      Format: Color, Dolby
      Rated: NR
      Studio: Image Entertainment

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      "Rockthology presents Hard 'N Heavy"

      This DVD features music videos combined with rarely-seen footage of up close and in-depth interviews with Aerosmith, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More and Smashing Pumpkins.

      The DVD features include band history highlights, extensive discographies, interactive trivia games, bonus animation, and more!

      During the 85 minutes from the decade-old Hard and Heavy program, each 5- to 15-minute episode showcases band member interviews, snippets from video clips, and occasional in-studio or at-home footage. Highlights, according to Amazon.com, include Joe Perry candidly discussing his group's drug use...

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      Editorial Reviews

      Amazon.com
      Featurettes from the decade-old Hard and Heavy program are collected on Rockthology, with volume 1 starring hard rockers Aerosmith, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, the Black Crowes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, and Smashing Pumpkins. Each 5- to 15-minute episode showcases band member interviews, snippets from video clips, and occasional in-studio or at-home footage. Highlights are Aerosmith's Joe Perry candidly discussing his group's drug use, Perry Farrell admitting to creative struggles after signing with a major label, and Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan bravely exclaiming they'll be around awhile. Otherwise, this ragtag, 85-minute collection isn't thorough enough to satisfy longtime fans and is too "inside" to attract new ones. Cutting between interviews and video clips kills the chance to enjoy either, and the shortest segments (on Alice in Chains and the Black Crowes) are so superficial they'll disappoint everyone. --Kevin Filipski

      Description
      This compilation features music videos combined with rarely-seen footage of up close and in-depth interviews with some of the greatest bands in rock history. Hardcore fans will also enjoy a host of innovative DVD features including band history highlights, extensive discographies, interactive trivia games, bonus animation, and more! Bands featured in this volume are Aerosmith, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More and Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Behind The Music in Europe
      VH1, Saturday 11 (portuguese time)
      19:00 - 21:00 Behind The Music Aerosmith

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1976 Dream On makes its second appearance on charts, and becomes Aerosmith's first top ten single

      1990 Aerosmith play in Glens Falls NY at the Civic Center (Skid Row opens)



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Camel - "After All These Years" (2002)
I believe this track was originally only available as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of Camel's latest album "A Nod And A Wink." Now, after some months have passed, they decided to put it up as an mp3 download at the band's official website, camelproductions.com. While, I guess, the track may not be that special, it's certainly a very nice instrumental piece, with some incredibly emotional guitar playing from Mr Latimer. While mostly known and praised for their early '70's recordings, Latimer here certainly shows that he still has what it takes after all these years (pun intended). I'll probably try to pick up "A Nod And A Wink" some day...
Arena - "Painted Man" (2003)
Arena - "Spectre At The Feast" (2003)
Two tracks from Arena's forthcoming album, "Contagion," downloaded from Arena's official website. As with their (and other projects featuring Clive Nolan) previous efforts, this album will be released on Verglas Music. I believe it will be released soon, early 2003. Judging from these two tracks they haven't changed much, it still sounds like Arena. After a few listens, I personally don't find that these seem as strong as 1998's "The Visitor," nor as strong as the samples I've heard from their last studio effort, "Immortal?," but still well worth looking up...


News as of January 9, 2003
  • Star Central
      from rockontv site:

      Show: Star Central
      Episode: The Star Treatment #7
      Network: (BIO) The Biography Channel
      Featured Artists: Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones

      Ever wonder where the stars go when they need help? Join us as we profile the people who pamper celebrities, including: Dr. Brian Hands, Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist for superstars such as the Rolling Stones and Steven Tyler; personal trainer Shelby Pilot; Ed McDonald, supplier of guitars to musicians such Keith Richards and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick); and Raymond Perkins, who talks about marketing the Roots brand with stars like Jason Priestley.

      01/17/03 09:00 pm ET
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      01/19/03 06:00 pm ET

  • An old article regarding Dead Or Alive 3
      This is only a slightly longer version of the article I posted here back in October of 2001.

      ---

      Dead Or Alive 3
      Tecmo's Dead or Alive 3 for Xbox to Feature Licensed Music by Aerosmith

      Launch Title Takes Full Advantage of Xbox Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio Capabilities

      TORRANCE, Calif. Oct. 11, 2001: Tecmo, Inc. announced today that its highly-anticipated video game Dead or Alive 3(TM) will feature licensed music from the rock band Aerosmith.

      Tecmo has licensed the use of three songs, "Amazing," "Nine Lives" and "Home Tonight," for inclusion in Dead or Alive 3 which is exclusive to the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft.

      Isamu Fukada, President of Tecmo, Inc., was excited about the participation of Aerosmith in Dead or Alive 3. "Many of us, both young and old, have grown up listening to songs by Aerosmith, and it's an honor for us to feature their music in our biggest game of the year. Aerosmith is one of the great American rock bands, and their popularity further adds to the mainstream appeal of DOA3. Also, gamers with a surround sound system will be able to fully enjoy the sounds and music of DOA3."

      J Allard, General Manager, Xbox Platform, was also very pleased. "We have very high expectations for this title. Dead or Alive 3 exercises the full power of Xbox, through the intense graphics and use of its Dolby Digital 5.1 audio capabilities, allowing Tecmo to follow Microsoft in the pursuit to provide gamers with the most powerful gaming experience ever. DOA3 is the total package. It has mind-blowing graphics, outstanding gameplay, and now, incredibly noteworthy music as well. This is one of the most talked-about titles for Xbox, and now Aerosmith's involvement adds even more to its uniqueness."

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1990 Aerosmith plays in Springfield MA at the Civic Center (Skid Row opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Pittsburgh PA at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena

      2001 Aerosmith get their Walk of Fame Star

      2002 Aerosmith plays in San Jose CA at the Compaq Center at San Jose

      Note: Aerosmith still haven't had the official ceremony for the Walk of Fame star. They haven't made themselves available for the ceremony, so the star has not been installed... and they may be running out of time as I hear they may only have a few years to schedule an installation ceremony from the time the star is granted.....



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In Flames - live at Kåren, Gothenburg, Sweden 2002-10-31
Doktor Kosmos - live at Umeå Open, Umeå, Sweden 2002-04-27


News as of January 8, 2003
  • Backstreet Boy wants Tyler to redesign his house!
      On VH1's show "Rock The House," they have celebrities redesign a room in their fans house while they are gone. Yesterday's show had AJ from the Backstreet Boys. Anyway, the fan asked him what rockstar he would want to do his house, and he said Steven Tyler.

      He said something like 'That's what I want to be like when I'm 50." Then he went on to say something like "We've got so much in common" Persoanlly.. Well, they both sing, and they both went through rehab but... ;-)

      I also hear that on one episode of "Cribs' on MTV, there was a tour of one of the BSB's houses... and he was like "this is my prized possession... a picture of me and Steven Tyler!"

  • Likely reason for the Grammy Nomination, the label...
      From Yahoo...

      Press Release Source: Columbia Records

      Columbia Records Congratulates Its Artists on This Year's Grammy Nominations
      Tuesday January 7, 6:10 pm ET
      Columbia Records Leads The Pack With Most Grammy Nominations For Any Individual Label

      NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records is congratulating its artists for their impressive showing in this year's Grammy nominations. With 31 Grammy nominations in 25 categories, Columbia Records has generated the most nominations achieved by an individual label for recordings released during the Grammy Eligibility Year (October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002).

      Among Columbia-related nominations: the Dixie Chicks "Home" album generated seven nominations including Album Of The Year and Best Country Album; Bruce Springsteen received five nominations including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year; John Mayer received two nominations including Best New Artist; James Taylor received two nominations including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; Tony Bennett received two nominations including Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Artists securing one nomination apiece included Barbra Streisand, David Bowie, Aerosmith, System Of A Down, Lauryn Hill, Ralph Stanley, Marc Anthony, Jorma Kaukonen, Ruben Blades, Angelique Kidjo, Robin Williams, and Nas.

      The scope of Columbia's Grammy nominations covers an extraordinary range of musical genres including Pop, Rock, Rap, Country, Bluegrass, Salsa, Folk, and World Music. In addition, Columbia has garnered nominations for Best Score Soundtrack, Best Spoken Word Comedy, and Best Short Form Music Video.

      Nominations for the 45th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today Tuesday, January 7. Winners will be announced at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony to be telecast on CBS on Feb. 23 from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT), marking the first Grammy Awards in New York City since 1998, and the first-ever Sunday broadcast of the awards show.

  • Review of Dead Or Alive 3, XBOX game with Aerosmith music
      Dead or Alive 3 was Tecmo's first game for the Xbox, and it's quite a good game. The graphics are still some of the best around, and the fighting itself is great. There are a few problems however, which you will read about later in the review.

      The game itself plays like almost every other 3D fighter. There are two enemies on the screen, and you just try to beat the other fighter senseless. Each character has a health bar that is depleted with every successful blow to him or her. Each character has about 30 or 40 different moves they can do, ranging from a high punch to the face to a sweeping attack with their legs. One of the best assets to the fighting system of DoA3 is the combos. Once you get a good combo going, you can finish your opponent off with a move that will send them flying across the screen. This is even more satisfying when you can send them off the cliff, which will make him/her lose even more health. This is another cool aspect of DoA3. Most stages have several different areas that can be fought in, that are only accessed by hitting your opponent or getting hit yourself off the cliff of a building or any other high area. This puts a lot of new strategy into the genre.

      The graphics in this game are mind blowing. Each character has so many little details to them; I sometimes think they are real! The girls in the game (and there are a lot of them) look even more impressive. It seems Tecmo spent more time detailing the girls for obvious reasons. The fighting environments look equally beautiful, with lots of great textures and details to them. All of these great visuals run in 60 frames per second, which is beyond me how they managed to do that Once you see this game, you'll see how obviously inferior the other 3D fighting games that have come out are.

      The music is a mixed bag in this game. Some levels have good techno music, but other levels music is downright annoying. Fortunately, the menu music is done by Aerosmith, which really seems to fit in this game well. What really saves the sound score are the sound effects. These are possibly the best sound effects I've ever heard in a fighting game! Every single punch, kick, smash, etc. sounds exactly as they should. You'd almost think they were actually beating people up to get these sounds so perfect.

      The replay value of DoA3 is about what you'd expect from a fighting game. You will mainly be playing single player to master the characters, and you get a lot of replay value when playing multiplayer matches. In the single player game, there are quite a few modes like story mode, tag team mode, and more, but these don't make it as good or a single player game as Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance for instance.

      You can find this for about 30 dollars now, which is a great deal for such a good game. If you are a fan of fighting games, you should go pick this up as soon as possible, you won't regret it at all!

      By: Ryan Harper Baer

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1994 Aerosmith postpone their show in New Haven CT at Veterans Memorial Coliseum due to weather

      2001 Aerosmith appear on the American Music Awards



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Opeth - Blackwater Park (2001)


News as of January 7, 2003
  • Grammy Nomination
      Aerosmith has been nominated for a Grammy for Girls Of Summer! Here is the category they are up for...

      Field 4 - RockCategory 16 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

      Girls Of Summer - Aerosmith
      In My Place - Coldplay
      My Sacrifice - Creed
      Hero - Chad Kroeger Featuring Josey Scott
      When I'm Gone - 3 Doors Down
      Take Me As I Am - Tonic
      Walk On - U2

  • The Living End playing Train...
      At the Australian band The Living End's website, in one concert review a chick mentioned that she was so happy because the played 'Train kept A Rollin'. Surely it has to be the same song that Aerosmith took and made famous. :)

  • TV Guide 100 Music Moments that Rocked TV
      In the latest issue of the TV Guide, #28 was "Aerosmith appears in Run DMC's video Walk This Way" in 1986." They also came in at #80 for their appearance on SNL skit Wayne's World with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. "Aerosmith shares the couch with Wayne and Garth on the February 17, 1990 episode of Saturday Night Live."

  • Radio poll in Brazil
      Marco from Brazil reports:

      Just reporting that a local radio, KISS FM, which I believe is the only classic rock radio station in the entire country, asked for the listeners to vote for the 500 greatest classics ever.

      Aerosmith got on the list with the following songs:

      16 - Dream On
      62 - Sweet Emotion
      89 - Walk This Way
      171 - Janie´s Got A Gun
      416 - Love In An Elevator
      486 - Rag Doll

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

      1974 Aerosmith plays in Detroit MI at the Michigan Palace

      1983 Aerosmith plays in Oakland CA at The Coliseum

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Baltimore MD at the Civic Center (Poison Dollies open)

      1994 Aerosmith postpones their show in Hershey PA at Hershey Park Stadium due to weather

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Portland ME at the Cumberland County Civic Center

      2000 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Salt Lake City UT at the Delta Center



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Hawkwind - Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (1976)


News as of January 6, 2003
  • 'In The Studio' radio show featuring Aerosmith
      'In The Studio' is a Texas radio show hosted by a man known as 'Red Beard.' He interviews different bands upon the anniversary of their classic albums. This week, the show was about the 30th aniversary of the first Aerosmith album. It was an hour of songs and interviews of Steven, Joe and Tom.

      Steven talked about growing up underneath his father's piano. He also talked about his aunt Phyllis. Tom said that he and Joe used to sit outside the barn and listen to the Chain Reaction play "Sergent Pepper's" even better than the Beatles! They also talked about the hippie movement, the British invasion and long hair as a symbol of rebellion. Steven said that the Aerosmith 'story' is not over. He mentioned something along the lines of "throwing on 'Aerosmith', 'Toys', 'Rocks' 'Permanent Vacation', 'Pump' and 'Get A Grip' all back to back.

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Long Beach CA at Long Beach Arena

      1984 Aerosmith plays in Aberdeen/Matawan NJ at the Fountain Casino; Bob Rondinelli fills in for Joey Kramer who has pneumonia; only about 75 people were in attendance!

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Springfield MA at the Civic Center (Poison Dollies open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Hamilton, Ontario Canada at Copps Coliseum (Skid Row opens)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Chattanooga TN at U of TN-Chattanooga UTC Arena (this was rescheduled from 1/12/99)

      2000 Aerosmith plays in Tokyo Japan



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Made In Sweden - Made In England (1970)
Bob Dylan - The Essential Bob Dylan [CD1] (1963-1973)
Music rarely gets more "true" and "real" than that of Dylan.
Absolutely fantastic songwriter and lyricist!


News as of January 5, 2003
  • Great News regarding the Next Album!!
      I can now confirm that it indeed looks like Jack Douglas will produce the next Aerosmith project. Recording of this long awaited "blues/roots" project is slated to begin in March.

      The band and Jack will be starting a NEW Aerosmith record on or around the first of March 2003. Jack will be working with Tom and Joey on the bottom around the last of February while Steven and Joe start to get some stuff together. Brad has already written some good stuff with Russ and Jack hopes to get them started around the same time. Then they will all get together in a church outside Boston to start the pre-production with the WHOLE BAND taking part in the creation. Expect to see some covers and some original material as well.

      They will start by doing some covers - blues and rock that inspired them in the beginning and some jammin' too, and out of that I expect we'll see at least a few new songs as well. Regarding the technical aspects, this will probably be done by recording to TAPE first, the old fashioned way, not digitalized stuff. So really back to the roots process wise as well...

      From what I hear, Douglas had originally hoped to be able to take just the five of them very far away to do the pre-production work, but it appears this won't happen. Hopefully he'll still be able to push the ENTIRE BAND to be involved in the creative process again...

  • Brad Comments on JD as Producer
      Music News
      Aerosmith Taps Veteran Producer For Next Album

      Aerosmith returns to the studio this spring to make a blues-oriented album that hearkens to its roots--and so will its choice of producer. The band will be working with Jack Douglas, who helmed early Aerosmith releases including Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic, and Rocks. The group plans to start working on the album in March.

      Guitarist Brad Whitford tells us that even though Aerosmith has worked with other producers over the years, the band's relationship with Douglas--currently working on 5.1 SurroundSound reissues of some of Aerosmith's early albums--has remained constant: "You know, we've always maintained our friendship, and we've been working recently with Jack. I think the first one we did is Toys In The Attic in 5.1 (SurroundSound), so Jack and Jay Messina, both the original team, (have) been together on that. So we just thought it was about time to kind of reunite, reunite all of that. I think it's gonna be great."

      Whitford and his partners have previously said that Aerosmith will start the next album by recording some classic blues and early rock songs that influenced the band. They have, however, noted that the exercise could result in new original Aerosmith material as well.

      From: http://1025online.com

      from LAUNCH media

  • Nirvana covering Sweet Emotion for download
      If you haven't heard Nirvana's version of Sweet Emotion, you can download it from Kuba Cichocki's "downloads".

      http://www.aerozone.w.pl

  • Aerosmith in Top 10 Tour Money Makers in 2002
      Music Tours Take in Record $2.1B in 2002
      Sat Jan 4, 9:33 AM ET
      By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer

      NEW YORK - Classic acts such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Cher lured more people to concerts in 2002 and helped the industry make a record $2.1 billion in ticket sales, according to figures released Friday.

      This was the fourth straight year concert receipts reached record levels in America. There were $1.75 billion in sales in 2001, according to trade publication Pollstar, which tracks the concert industry.

      In 2001, ticket costs rose and sales declined, Pollstar said. Last year, increased ticket sales helped push concert receipts higher.

      "We had some very big marquee names out on tour this year," said Pollstar's Gary Bongiovanni. "Paul McCartney has not worked in a long time, and the Rolling Stones only come out every couple of years."

      McCartney had the top-grossing tour, raking in $103 million. Fans paid an average of $130 per ticket to see the former Beatle, who hadn't toured the United States in about a decade.

      The Rolling Stones tour placed second, coming in at $88 million, with an average ticket price of $119. Pollstar said it was the first time the Stones hadn't hit the No. 1 spot with their U.S. tour.

      Cher's tour - which the singer said would be her last - was in third place, at $74 million, followed by the Billy Joel & Elton John concerts, which grossed $65 million, and the Dave Matthews Band, at $60 million.

      Other acts in the top 10 were Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Aerosmith, Creed, Neil Diamond and The Eagles.

      Creed and the Dave Matthews Band were the only acts in the top 10 that aren't veteran acts - and that represents one of the industry's problems, Bongiovanni said.

      "The acts that are at the top have got to be reaching the end of their touring life," he said. "Where the next generation of headlining acts is going to come from is anybody's guess."

      From: http://story.news.yahoo.com

  • Funny Little Coincidence
      In an Italian horror flick from 1965 called "Nightmare Castle," the main character's name is Stephen Arrowsmith...no shit. :)

  • Jane Magazine (February 2003)
      Scans from the pages with Liv in Jane can be found here

      Steven is mentioned briefly...

      "My dad, Steven, appreciates food so much," she says. For the .27 readers out there that don't know already, that would be Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. "Like a real Italian - he'll close his eyes and get really quiet when he eats, it's so cute. And he'll order dessert for everybody to pick at and try"

  • Desmond Child Eligible For Songwriters Hall Of Fame
      Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, Petty, Townshend & Others Eligible For Songwriters Hall Of Fame
      Fri Jan 3, 4:57 PM ET

      This year's Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction class could have a decidedly rock-and-roll edge to it. The organization has asked voters to choose from a pool that includes David Bowie, Tom Petty, Queen, Pete Townshend, John Fogerty, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Phil Collins, and the Fleetwood Mac lineup that came together in the '70s (Lindsay Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie), as well as Aerosmith/Bon Jovi collaborator Desmond Child. The Songwriters Hall Of Fame will hand out the honors at its 34th annual ceremony on June 12 in New York City.

      The Hall Of Fame hasn't announced yet who will be inducted this year, but Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor plan to attend the event, according to a post on their website (queenonline.com).

      Others up for induction include Billy Sherrill ("The Most Beautiful Girl In The World," "Stand By Your Man"), Charles Fox ("I Got A Name," "Killing Me Softly With His Song," and the themes for the TV shows Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley), Henry Cosby & Sylvia Moy ("My Cherie Amour," "Tears Of A Clown," "Love Child"), Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield ("I Can't Get Next To You," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "I Know I'm Losing You," "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"), Robert Wright & George Forrest ("Stranger In Paradise," "Sands Of Time"), Joe South ("Hush," "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden"), Little Richard ("Long Tall Sally," "Lucille," "Tutti Frutti"), Mac Davis ("In The Ghetto," "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me"), Michael Masser ("Didn't We Almost Have It All," "Saving All My Love For You," "Touch Me In The Morning," "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love for You," "(The) Greatest Love Of All"), Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones (The Fantasticks, "Try To Remember"), Stephen Schwartz ("Day By Day," "Godspell"), and Sunny Skylar ("Besame Mucho," "It Must Be Jelly Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That").

      -- Bruce Simon, New York

      http://story.news.yahoo.com

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1994 Aerosmith plays in Binghamton NY at Broome County Arena (Cry of Love opens); this show was rescheduled from the night before

      1994 Aerosmith postpones their show in Syracuse NY (postponed to a later 'warmer' date)

      2002 Aerosmith plays in Denver CO at the Pepsi Center

      I see history is repeating itself since upstate NY got 2 feet of snow today, which is what happened in 1994. Since Aerosmith and all the equipment were in Binghamton from the postponed show on the 4th, there was no way they could get the equipment out and trucked to Syracuse for the 5th. So they played Binghamton on the 5th and postponed Syracuse until later in the summer. Who ever thought it was a good idea to schedule shows in the major snow-belt during December and January anyway?



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Dungen - Stadsvandringar (2002)
Dungen is pretty much an alias for one young guy from Sweden, Gustav Ejstes (writer of all music and lyrics, vocals, guitar, organ, flute). This is his second album, but the first to get a major release. His s/t debut from 2001 was a very limited edition vinyl-only, released on Sublimnal Sounds. That LP was sadly quickly sold out, and is now unavailable. (If anyone has it and is willing to sell it to me, I'm interested! :) This CD, "Stadsvandringar," is also released as an LP, but with a slightly changed tracklist and an alternate title, "Dungen 2." The music that Dungen produces sound like it almost could have been released in the '70's, during the Swedish progg movement. Ejstes himself doesn't like that he is constantly put in that genre however, but prefer to call his music "psychedelic folk-pop," and sure, that works too... The music is mostly happy and warm ("summer music," I'd call it) and both it and the lyrics (which are in Swedish) are very nature romantic.. The songs are strong and has vintage instrumentation, with the styles ranging from pure pop to Swedish folk, prog and warm beautiful psych. Playing guitar on this album is also Reine Fiske (of Landberk, Morte Macabre and Paatos - all three being prog rock bands that also feature Stefan Dimle, the founder of Mellotronen Records). During the autumn of 2002, Dungen had a hit with the catchy title track here in Sweden. Quite surprising that this type of music would be popular among the masses, but hopefully this will open the eyes of young people, who may be unaware that music like this even exist. I for one am certainly happy that there are new acts starting out doing this type of music in the twenty-first century... =)
Ragnarök - Ragnarök (1976)
Kultivator - "Barndomens Stigar" (1981)
Kaipa - "Skogspromenad" (1975)
Trettioåriga Kriget - "Kaledoniska Orogenesen" (1974)
Atlas - "Blå Vardag" (1979)


News as of January 4, 2003
  • Tylers and Perry's Rock and Roll Kids
      MTV is running a commercial for a show about "Rock Star Kids." It's about famous young people who have rock star parents, and on the commerical it showed Steven on stage several times with Mia! It premieres next Saturday at 1:30pm, so check it out!

      Here's an article from the Duxbury, MA newspaper. It's about Tony Perry being on the "Rock Star Kids" show on MTV...

      ---

      MTV Crew Films At Duxbury Pizza
      By Claire Massimo
      Dec 24, 2002, 12:49pm

      Hollywood came to Duxbury last week, in the form of an MTV camera crew filming a segment of "Rock and Roll Kids".

      MTV called Duxbury Pizza owner Louis Themistokleous to ask if they could film Tony Perry, son of Aerosmith band member Joe Perry, in the shop. The Perry's live in town.

      The segment was for a series the station is doing showing the every day lives of kids of rock stars.

      "He didn't even know what MTV was. He doesn't even know who Joe Perry is," Themistokleous' daughter Cattina Giumetti said.

      Themistokleous agreed to MTV's request, even though MTV refused to give him a callback number.

      "We thought it might be a hoax," said Giumetti.

      But the film crewed showed up around dinnertime on Wednesday, with Perry and several of his local friends. Duxbury Pizza remained opened, as Perry was interviewed on camera.

      "They talked about their lives and lifestyles, and their parents,' Giumetti said.

      Cathy Themistokleous was impressed with Perry's politeness.

      "His parents did a great job," she said.

      After the camera crew left, and Perry's group was headed out the door, Themistokleous joked at them to "come back and clean the tables". They did.

      © Copyright 2002 by the Duxbury Clipper, Inc.

      From: http://www.eduxbury.com

  • Jeopardy
      Yesterday (Jan 3) on Jeopardy, there was a whole category about Aerosmith! The questions were VERY easy, but the cool thing is that they had their own category... Also, in the next round they had a catagory called "eros myth"... :)

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1983 Aerosmith plays in Honolulu HI

      1985 Aerosmith plays in Bethlehem PA at Stabler Arena, Lehigh Univ (Poison Dollies open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Montreal, Quebec Canada at The Forum (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith is forced to postpone their show in Binghampton NY at Broome County Arena due to a storm dropping 26 inches of snow which closed all the roads (Aerosmith spent the night in the Holiday Inn across the street from the arena...they couldn't fly in so had driven into Binghampton)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Union Trust PA at the Civic Arena

      2000 Aerosmith plays Fukuoka Japan



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Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (2002)
Dream Theater - Live Scenes From New York (2001)
It's Dream Theater night tonight! Possibly the best band in the world!
How often does 2 albums equal five(!) CDs full of awesome music..!? :)


News as of January 3, 2003
  • To bring up an old subject... the GoS girl...
      Ana Beatriz Ponce reports...

      The other day I was thinking about the thing regarding Kim or Adriana being in the GOS video, which I think is something we all have forgotten. So, I went to Kim Smith's official site, where there's a link where you can contact her or her management.. so I asked if she was the girl of Aerosmith GOS video, and guess what they answered..? Yes she is...

  • Biggest Grossing Concerts...
      Heard on the radio...

      Paul McCartney came in first.

      Aerosmith.....came in 6th

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1985 Aerosmith plays in Hershey PA at Hersheypark Arena (Poison Dollies open)

      1990 Aerosmith plays in Ottawa, Ontario Canada at the Civic Center (Skid Row opens)

      1998 Aerosmith plays in Landover MD at the US Air Arena



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Savage Grace - Savage Grace (1970)


News as of January 2, 2003
  • Spiderman Theme video?
      Umang Mittal writes...

      "I've been hearing rumours about the Just Push Play video, and just wanna say that I saw a video for the Spiderman Theme. Though there was no member of Aerosmith shown, just about a minute of movie clips as a shortened version of the song was played."

  • Liv on the cover of Jane Magazine!
      Liv is on the cover of Jane Magazine (February 2003)

      Liv Tyler on the cover of Jane

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1985 Aerosmith plays in Binghampton NY at Broome County Arena (Poison Dollies open)

      1999 Aerosmith plays in Worcester MA at The Centrum

      2000 Aerosmith plays in Nagoya Japan



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

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Welcome To The Infant Freebase (1996)


News as of January 1, 2003
  • Steven mention on Ultra Sound on MTV
      Monday (12/30/02) on Ultra Sound on MTV, it was the episode about Rock Star's possies. Shannon the assistant and friend to Michelle Branch was talking about how by being Michelle's assistant she got to meet all sorts of people and then she continued on about how she got to meet Steven Tyler and it was sooo exciting! Then they played a small clip from the Girls Of Summer video!

  • Steven and Joe on Rank
      While they were highlighting Nelly, Joe and Steven were seen in the background during the Superbowl show. It was on the episode of Rank top 25 entertainers of the year on E!

  • Patricia Schenck's this day in AeroHistory
      1990 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at the Boston Garden (Skid Row opens)

      1994 Aerosmith plays in Boston MA at theBoston Garden (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones open)



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

Jericho - Jericho (1972)

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