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News as of January 29, 1999
  • Aerosmith Tribute Album
      Information taken from allstar Daily News - 1/27
      Here is some more information on the upcoming Tribute Album.

      Aerosmith Gets Tribute Treatment From '80s Rockers
      Having already tributized AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Metallica, and Slayer, Cleopatra Records will get their toys out of the attic for an upcoming ode to Aerosmith as well. Like the Alice Cooper tribute (allstar, Sept. 28, 1998), the Aerosmith project will include a potpourri of '80s and '90s metal icons helping each other out in several all-star lineups, according to a spokesperson from Triage Records, the production company putting together the album.

      Specific lineups are still sketchy at press time, but musicians who will appear on the album include former Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist Tommy Shaw and former Night Ranger/Damn Yankees frontman Jack Blades, who team up on the Aerosmith classic "Sweet Emotion";
      Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil sings lead on "Chip Away the Stone"; Ronnie James Dio, who sang "Welcome to My Nightmare" on the Alice Cooper tribute, will try his hand on "Dream On"; and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez will join Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy, among other undecided musicians, on "Toys in the Attic."
      Other musicians who will be lending their talents to a variety of songs, according to a spokesperson at Triage, include L.A. Guns founder Tracii Guns, former Quiet Riot guitarist Rudy Sarzo, former Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, Great White frontman Jack Russell, Sting drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan and drummer Randy Castillo, former Firm bassist Tony Franklin, and Adrian Perry, son of Journey frontman Steve Perry, on bass, among others.


News as of January 27, 1999
  • Boston Globe Article
      Here's an Article taken from the Boston Globe 01/24/99
      It's about some guy that has a framed photo of Aerosmith signed by all the band members, and enthusiastically inscribed ''Sepal is great food!'' hanging behind the cash register at his Middle Eastern restaurant Sepal

      A tasty tale
      By Sacha Pfeiffer, Globe Staff, 01/24/99

      It was a mystery we had to unravel: Why in the world is there an autographed picture of Aerosmith hanging behind the cash register at Sepal, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Watertown? This isn't just any old picture, mind you. It's a framed photo, signed by all the band members, and enthusiastically inscribed ''Sepal is great food!'' We sensed a juicy story waiting to be told. So, brimming with curiosity, we implored Walid Masoud, the owner of this Mount Auburn Street eatery, to provide an explanation. He did, and we now share the tale with you. Flash back to the early 1970s, when Masoud was an undergraduate studying mechanical engineering at Northeastern University. At the time, he also was working part-time as a ''promoter'' for the Boston Club (now known as the Paradise, of Drew Bledsoe mosh-pit-dive infamy), which Masoud tells us was then ''one of the hottest spots in Boston for bands to come and play.'' Like countless other college students, Masoud rented an Allston apartment with several housemates and - here's where the story gets intriguing - above him lived a young musician named Steven Tyler. According to Masoud, the two men eventually became casual acquaintances. Since Tyler had a little band of his own, a group called Aerosmith, it didn't take long for him to discover that his downstairs neighbor had a connection to a musical venue. ''Finally,'' Masoud recalled, ''he mentioned that he was interested in playing at the City Club with his band, and I said why not let me talk to the management?'' ''So, I spoke to the management, and they didn't like the idea,'' he said. ''They didn't think an acid-rock band like Aerosmith would make it at their hot spot.'' But Masoud finagled a deal, contracting Tyler and his band to play for three nights for a grand total of $150. ''They got 50 bucks an evening,'' Masoud said, ''and they were happy.'' Soon after, Masoud moved to Kuwait for a job. When he returned to Boston four years later, he contacted his former bosses at the club, who asked if he could again book that Tyler fellow for a gig. Meanwhile, said Masoud, ''I didn't know how famous Aerosmith had become.'' He soon learned. When an unsuspecting Masoud contacted the band, ''they said they wanted 20 grand up front before we could even talk to them,'' he recalled. ''I said, `What happened, Steve?' And he said, `We're not small anymore.''' Needless to say, Masoud was not able to book Aerosmith for another $50-a-night appearance - nor for any appearance, for that matter. Now jump forward about 20 years, to 1998. Aerosmith is an internationally known rock band. Masoud is a successful restaurant owner who hadn't given the group much thought in at least two decades. But several months ago, when a customer entered Sepal wearing an Aerosmith T-shirt, Masoud found himself chuckling at the memories the shirt brought back. When the customer asked why he was laughing, Masoud shared his Aerosmith story. The customer, in turn, revealed that he worked for the band. That revelation prompted Masoud to ask the customer to ask the band members ''if they remember their Palestinian neighbor living downstairs.'' A few weeks later, the customer returned with the autographed picture, which Masoud promptly put on display in his restaurant. ''I put it on the wall and I'm proud of it - very, very proud of it,'' Masoud said. ''Now customers say, `Wow, we didn't know that Aerosmith eats here.' And I say, `Well, maybe you'll catch them here someday.''' Asked in jest whether he might have chosen the wrong profession - restaurant owner rather than professional band promoter - Masoud laughed, but sounded slightly contemplative. ''Maybe,'' said Masoud, who recently opened a second Sepal in East Arlington. ''But now I use my advertising and promoting skills to bring people to my restaurants.''

  • Aerosmith - Hockey Music
      Not very important news but incase anyone's interested...
      On the NHL game San Hose Sharks against St.Louis Blues Aerosmith's "Nine Lives" was played in a pause in the 3rd period.

News as of January 26, 1999
  • Guitar Player Magazine
      The Guitar Player magazine (Feb. '99) has 8 pages of pictures and interview with Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, along with some other tidbits of info. Check it out!!

  • Another Lawsuit Against Aerosmith
      This was in today's Boston Globe, January 26th 1999.

      Judge Clears Aerosmith from Costa Rica suit - here
      Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, et al, better known as Aerosmith, can be sued by 17 Costa Rican concertgoers for injuries they say they suffered when they were trampled during a November 1994 concert in their country's National Stadium--but not in a Massachusetts court. A federal judge in Boston has agreed to a request by attorneys for the rockers and their managers and promoters seeking to have the case tried in Costa Rica, not Boston. But in agreement to dismiss the case here, US District Judge George A. O'Toole said Aerosmith would be bound by the decision of the Costa Rican court.


News as of January 22, 1999
  • Joe's Favourite Christmas Gift
      Taken from: Denver Rocky Mountain News, 12-20-1998, pp 22D.

      Musicans Favorite Christmas Gifts:
      Joe Perry, Aerosmith: ``One of the best ones was from my wife, who had a 6-foot-tall Les Paul (guitar) made out of copper that's a weather vane. When you look at it on the house, it looks tiny, but it's pretty big and it's an exact reproduction of a Les Paul. And I can tell which way the wind's blowing.''


News as of January 18, 1999
  • The Movie Clubland
      The L.A Times "Calendar" section had a listing of upcoming movie releases for 1999. Under the Spring releases is "Clubland", the Movie that Glen Ballard produced and wrote, and Steven Tyler has a cameo in.
      Per the write-up, the movie is the story of a band
      "trying to crash the Los Angeles music scene."

News as of January 17, 1999
  • U.S. Billboard top 250 Album charts
      Here's an Update on where Aerosmith related Albums stands
      on Next week's U.S. Billboard top 250 album charts:

      the "Armageddon" soundtrack didn't move from last week
      and is still at #38...Now, in it's 29th week of release!

      "A Little South Of Sanity" has fallen 17 points from last week
      to end up at #134. Now, in it's 12th week on the charts!

      "Big Ones" which had re-entered last week's charts at #239
      now fell out of the top 250 again.

  • MTV's "Aaliyah's Favorite Videos"
      On the MTV special called "Aaliyah's Favorite Videos"
      (With the R&B singer Aaliyah) Aerosmith's "Pink" was #24!

News as of January 15, 1999
  • Walk This Way in Paperback
      The Paperback version of the Aerosmith Autobiography
      "Walk This Way" is now avalible in Bookstores in the U.S.!

      Other than a few paragraphs tacked onto the Epilogue and that the pictures are much smaller and stuck together in the center of the book (no new ones) there's no difference compared to the old version except for that the Cover of the book looks a little different:

      1. The background is darker.
      2. "Walk This Way" is printed in a dark red...not hot pink.
      3. It includes the phrase "The New York Times Bestseller"
      4. The Aerosmith wings logo is printed smaller, darker, and with less yellow outline than the hardcover version.
      5. The wings are below the phrase "The Autobiography of Aerosmith" and not above it..unlike the last version.
      6. And the phrase "Aerosmith with Stephen Davis" is printed in red...not blue.
      7. The wings are cut-out on the cover show through to the picture of the band that was on the back of the hardcover.

News as of January 12, 1999
  • American Music Awards
      Yesterday Aerosmith won their 5th American Music Award.
      They won for "Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group"

      American Music Awards - Aerosmith won the category Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group But they boys weren't there to accept the award so Laura Innes accepted it for them.

      "I'm Sorry to Say Aerosmith had a Previous Commitment in Boston, and They Couldn't be Here, but i'm Happy to Accept the Award for Them."

  • Bob Marley Tribute Album to Feature Aerosmith
      Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are going to appear on a
      Bob Marley tribute album entitled "Black Survivors".

      The Album that is Produced by his Son Stephen Marley will feature contemporary artists duet-ing with the original recordings of Marley's vocals. So far there is no info on what Marley tune they will perform on but i will post it here as soon as i find out.
      "Black Survivors" is tentatively slated for an early-summer release.

  • Aerosmith Tribute Band - Live Online
      The Aerosmith Tribute band "Sweet Emotion" are going to play live online at http://www.worldnetartist.com/ on February 11th.
      This "battle of bands" show, held at a club in Wellington, NJ
      called the Wreckroom, begins at 9:30 PM (EST)
      but Sweet Emotion starts first at 11:30 PM.

  • Black Crowes' Article with references to Aerosmith
      In the Boston Globe, 1/8/99, there was an Article about the Black Crowes' new CD, produced by Kevin Shirley, and there were references to Steven and Joe. Here's the relevant part of the article.

      From the Boston Globe, 1/8/99, pp. D15-D18,
      The Black Crowes' Tough "Side", by Steve Morse:

      The new album, filled with whiplash slide guitar and supercharged vocals reminiscent of the band's first album, "Shake Your Moneymaker", was produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, who produced Aerosmith's last album, "Nine Lives". He was recommended by Aerosmith's Joe Perry when Chris Robinson caught up to Perry, Steven Tyler, and the rest of the band last year in Los Angleles. The Crowes had once opened for Aerosmith, but hadn't seen them in years.

      [Chris Robinson said] "I hadn't seen Steven Tyler in nine years or something, but he comes over to me, gives me a hug, and says 'I'm so glad you shaved your beard off. You look great!' And I said, 'Gee, I didn't even know you knew I had a beard'. Then I went to see them play in Anaheim, and Joe Perry says, 'Hey, you've got to go to New York and meet Kevin. His nickname is Caveman. He'd be perfect for you'. So I said to myself that Joe Perry knows what he's talking about. I was going to New York the next weekend for something else...but I called to meet Kevin and we hit it off instantly."

      Perry, who describes the new Crowes album as "my favorite record right now", recalls telling Robinson: "I don't know how you'll get along personally, but he'll get your sound".

      Elaborating on Shirley, Perry says, "He's called Caveman because he looks like an Australian kick boxer, and he has hair way past his shoulders. He's earthy in his approach. He can be sweet, but he can also be one of the most bullheaded people that you'll ever meet".

      ...Robinson says, "This record is for a Saturday night. I think you couuld put it on between [the Rolling Stones'] 'Exile on Main Street' and [AC/DC's] 'Back in Black' or 'Rocks' and those other great Aerosmith records...."


News as of January 10, 1999
  • Steven Tyler Interview

  • Guitar Player
      The Latest Issue of "Guitar Player" magazine also Aerosmith in it.
      Here's what it says on the Magazines website "Guitar Player Online"
      And Rock This Way with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Brad Whitford
      as they expose their stage rigs and live-performance tricks.

News as of January 9, 1999
  • Top 10 best-selling albums of 1998
      The top 10 best-selling albums of 1998 figures have been released and the "Armageddon" Soundtrack was number 10 on the list selling a whopping Three Million, Two Hundred, Twenty Two Thousand, Six Hundred and Three copies!!! Check out the rest of the top ten:

      1998 Top 10 Best-Selling Albums
      [Sales figures from Dec. 29th, 1998, to Jan. 3rd, 1999)

      1} Titanic soundtrack----9,338,061 copies sold
      2} Celine Dion: Let's Talk About Love----5,859,421 copies sold
      3} Backstreet Boys: Backstreet Boys----5,709,369 copies sold
      4} Shania Twain: Come On Over----4,872,841 copies sold
      5} 'N Sync: 'N Sync----4,385,148 copies sold
      6} City of Angels soundtrack----4,120,508 copies sold
      7} Garth Brooks: Double Live----3,892,288 copies sold
      8} Will Smith: Big Willie Style----3,687,568 copies sold
      9} Savage Garden: Savage Garden----3,247,406 copies sold
      10} Armageddon soundtrack----3,222,603 copies sold

  • U.S. Billboard top 250 album charts
      Here's an Update on where Aerosmith related Albums stands
      on Next week's U.S. Billboard top 250 album charts:

      the "Armageddon" soundtrack fell another 8 points to end up at #38
      [Now, in it's 28th week of release!]

      "A Little South Of Sanity" was at #112 this week...
      and has fallen 9 points to end up at #121 on next week's charts!
      [Now, in it's 11th week on the charts!]

      Also... "Big Ones" has re-entered next week's charts at #239!


News as of January 6, 1999
  • 41st Annual Grammy Awards Nominations
      Here are All the Aersomith Related Grammy Award nominations:

      Best Rock Performance, Duo Or Group With Vocal
      1) Aerosmith- "Pink"
      2) Fastball- "The Way"
      3) Hole- "Celebrity Skin"
      4) The Verve- "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
      5) The Wallflowers- "Heroes"

      Best Short Form Music Video
      1) Aerosmith- "Pink"
      2) Bjork- "Bachelorette"
      3) Madonna- "Ray Of Light"
      4) Oasis- "All Around The World"
      5) Pearl Jam- "Do The Evolution"

      Best Pop Performance, Duo Or Group With Vocal
      1) Aerosmith- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
      2) Barenaked Ladies- "One Week"
      3) The Goo Goo Dolls- "Iris"
      4) The Dave Matthews Band- "Crush"
      5) The Brian Stezer Orchestra- "Jump Jive An' Wail"

      Song Of The Year (Songwriter Award)
      1) Diane Warren- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
      2) John Rzeznik- "Iris"
      3) Kirk Franklin- "Lean On Me"
      4) James Horner & Will Jennings- "My Heart Will Go On"
      5) Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain- "You're Still the One"

      Best Song Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
      1) Diane Warren- "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
      2) James Horner & Will Jennings- "My Heart Will Go On"
      3) Sheryl Crow & Mitchell Froom- "Tomorrow Never Dies"
      4) Matthew Wilder & David Zippel- "True To Your Heart"
      5) Alanis Morissette- "Uninvited"


News as of January 5, 1999
  • Mama Kin Music Hall in Boston
      Aerosmith is no longer associated with Mama Kin Music Hall!!!
      According to WBCN the Aerosmith memorabilia has probably already been taken down by today. The club itself will remain with basically the same format, but the name will change and Aerosmith wont have anything to do with it anymore.

      Here is an article from yesterdays Boston Globe on page D2:

      Aerosmith no longer kith of Mama Kin

      Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford are pulling out of the Lansdowne Street club Mama Kin. Fresh off a sold-out show at the Fleet Center, the band released a statement saying they were ending their partnership with the club co-owners Patrick Lyons and Ed Sparks, who will take over the space. The Bad Boys of Rock have fueded with Lyons and Sparks, who also own Axis and Avalon, off and on since the club opened four years ago; two years ago the rift erupted in public when it was reported the club was $300,000 in debt. In their statement, the band members chalked up the decision to "differences in operating philosphies." Lyons and Sparks's spokeswoman, Mindy d'Arbeloff, agreed. "We had to do some things like add dancing to the Lansdowne Playhouse in order to have the facility make money. Aerosmith is a live band and that's what it's interested in," she said. Though the name Mama Kin will change, at least in the short term, she said, its format won't. "There are a full slate of shows booked there," she said.

      And here's an Article from the Boston Herald:

      Aerosmith leaves Mama

      Aerosmith ax man Joe Perry said the reason the band is backing out of Mama Kin is that the Lansdowne Street music hall wasn't a place where they felt comfortable hanging out. "It's not like we could slip in and out to hear some music," Perry told the Track. "It was too small, and we'd get mobbed by fans, which wasn't fair to the band playing on stage." The Boston Bad Boys announced on New Year's Day that they were pulling out of Mama Kin and selling their interest to their partners, club owners Patrick Lyons and Ed Sparks. "I mean it isn't some place like Michael Jordan's restaurant in Chicago where he goes to hang out with his family in a glassed-in room so the fans can see him and no one bothers them," he said. "And we certainly wouldn't feel comfortable doing that." Also, Joe said, that the band felt "out of touch" with the place although he felt it was a "good attempt." But there will be no Mama Kin encore any time soon, he said. However, Perry said he doesn't have those Mama Kin-like problems with Mount Blue, the Norwell eatery and pizza joint he co-owns with Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and others. "I'm there all the time when I'm home and people know us down there and leave us alone," he said. "I mean if I hear that someone's chocolate torte fell, I can call up (operator) Patrick (Bowe) and ask about it and he'll tell me that the kitchen had an off night or whatever. "With Mama Kin, there were two or three people between us and the club and it was hard to know what was going on," he said. And you know how the boys Don't Want to Miss A Thing.


News as of January 3, 1999
  • Steven Tyler in Rolling Stone!
      Steven is in the Rolling Stone issue Jan. 21, 1999
      On page 57, under the heading Artists' High-Fives,
      where musicians of the year pick 1998's top albums.

      Steven chose:
      Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
      Sheryl Crow - The Globe Sessions
      Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junki
      The Black Crowes - By Your Side
      Squirrel Nut Zippers - Perennial Favorites.

  • Boston Globe (1/2/99) - a real Aeropaper!
      Steve Morse had a great review of the band's New Years show
      (Fleet Center, Boston, MA) in Yesterday's (1/2/99) Boston Globe:

      "By request, Aerosmith goes out with the old"

      Also in yesterday's edition was a pic of Steven and Tom meeting fans.
      It's on page D2 in the Names & Faces column, Living/Arts section,
      and it's by Brian Snyder. Caption reads:

      "Aerosmith's Steven Tyler greets Toni Avola of Medford [Mass.], as her sister Trisha looks on, at the Fleet Center after a show Thursday. The band met 900 fans who brought more than 100 cans of food each for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Avola, who hurt her ankle at the concert but waited for medical treatment until she met the band, gave 114."'

      And there was also two letters to the editor about Aerosmith!
      they doesn't print more than 4-5 letters per day, so this was significant.


News as of January 1, 1999
  • Aerosmith Tribute Album!
      News from the Metal Edge website:
      Bob Kulick, who produced the forthcoming Alice Cooper tribute record Humanary Stew, is working on Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, and Van Halen tribute records that will be released by Deadline/Cleopatra.

      So far, vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Jack Russel, and Stephen Pearcy have lent their throats to "Dream On," "Same Old Song and Dance," and "Toys in the Attic" on the Aerodisc, which will also feature the playing of Jeff Pilson, Bobby Blotzer, Tracii Guns, Greg Bissonette, Stu Hamm, Aynsley Dunbar, Tommy Aldridge, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo, Tommy Shaw, and Jack Blades.

  • Aerosmith #2 of '98!
      Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
      was #2 on the MTV America Top 100 for 1998.

  • Tom Hamilton working on an own website?!
      Tom Hamilton might have started his own site...
      though it's not up yet: http://www.tomhamilton.com
      'Course there can also be someone else who has registered that domain name...

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