News as of October 31, 2001
- Alice Cooper on Steven Tyler
Metal Sludge has had a "22 Questions With Alice Cooper." Here's Alice Cooper's answers to Questions #12 and #15:
12. What's the best story you've heard about yourself that you don't remember doing?
Everything between 78-82. There was one night around 1975 that all I can remember was that I was hanging out with Steven Tyler and we were driving around L.A. with a gun in the car. As far as I know, we could have held up a 7-11.
15. Rate the following singers on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being somebody who sucks and 10 being a vocal god.
Marilyn Manson = Oh, stop already with the Marilyn Manson.
Rob Halford = 8
Paul Stanley = 8
Robert Plant = 8.2
Vince Neil = 8?
Ryan Roxie = 8
Lemmy = 8...because of his sensitive ballads
David Lee Roth = 8
Steven Tyler = 10
Dave Mustaine = 8
- Rolling Stone
The front cover of the Rolling Stone has pics of our "bad boys from Boston," and pics of Dodges including a pic of old Winsten Cup car with
the #43 Richard Petty.
News as of October 30, 2001
- Young Lust: An Aerosmith Anthology cover artwork
Aerosmithdirect.com has posted this, the Young Lust cover!
Words on her Back? "Young Lust: An Aerosmith Anthology"
- Goodnight Joseph Parker - now called "Last Call"?
Last Call (2001)
Directed by Dennis Brooks
Writing credits Dennis Brooks
Status Updated: 18 May 2001
Note: Since this project is categorized as being in production, the data is subject to change or could be removed completely.
Credited cast overview:
Paul Sorvino .... Charlie
Steven Tyler (I) .... Sammy
Nick Chinlund .... Joseph Parker
Debi Mazar .... Rita
Richard Edson .... Frankie
Kim Dickens .... Muriel
Ruby Jean Parisi .... Martha
Will Potter (I) .... Gino
Shannah Laumeister .... Gino's Girl
Also Known As:
Goodnight, Joseph Parker (2000) (USA: working title)
Powerful character-driven drama of 5 old friends who reunite in a basement bar in New Jersey. Tells the story of Joey Parker who, after 7 years of being away, has come back to find his ex, Muriel, and ask her to marry him. Joey convinces everyone that he is on the brink of becoming famous - which is a total lie. He is obsessed with Muriel and will stop at nothing to get her back. Unfortunately, Joey finds that you can never go back home as things are not as they were when he left. Paul Sorvino gives a masterful performance as the father figure who accepts Joey back, in spite of his delusions. An emotionally intense movie with some hilarious performances by "Aerosmith" lead, Steven Tyler. A must see.
- Download Revolution X
The Aerosmith-game "Revolution X" can be downloaded at www3.brfree.com.br. To play it you will also need a SNES Emulator, which can also be found there...
- The 10/27 concert not to be rescheduled
The following was posted on Mellon Arena's site (www.mellonarena.com) yesterday:
AEROSMITH Concert for 10/27 Cancelled
The Aerosmith concert scheduled at Mellon Arena for Saturday, October 27 has been cancelled. The show will not be rescheduled. Tickets may be refunded at the original point of purchase. Tickets purchased by internet or phone should be mailed to the following address for a refund:
ATTN: Customer Service
1000 Corporate Landing
Charleston, WV 25311
Yeserday's Toronto show was indeed postponed. At the Canadian Ticketmaster site they have an announcement of the postponement posted (but no reason).
According to the Canoe.ca website, the Cult were going to be playing a show at the good old El Macambo since they are suddenly at loose ends for something to do. Anyone who had a ticket for the Aerosmith/Cult show could get in for $15. If you don't have a ticket then the cost is $25. (not much reason to post about that today, I guess, but...) In the piece it says that one of the members of Aerosmith is sick and that is why the show has been postponed.
So far there has been no make up date announced.
- Perry's Setup
This is from page 22 of Guitar Player Magazine Dec. 2001 (no pictures)
Setups Of The Stars: Joe Perry
Aerosmith's Joe Perry plays one of the most distinctive guitars
in rock and roll-a Gibson Les Paul"'60 burst." It's lightweight, and
Perry says the finish is fading more like what you'd see on a '59,
although it has the neck of a '60. Perry keeps the neck almost
straight, with .005" relief at the 10th fret, and the strings are low
and even at 4/64" above the 12th fret. At the 1st fret, the nut keeps
the strings .010" high on the treble side, and .015" high on the bass
side. For tuning stability, the stock plastic nut has been shaved to
a lower height, and the slots are a bit wider that the .010-.046
Gibson Reissue strings to avoid binding. In addition, Perry's
longtime tech, Jim Survis, uses Carmex lip balm (rather than the
typical graphite powder) to lube the nut slots.
The frets were replaced some time ago with what appears to be
stock-sized wire. After some wear and tear, they now
measure .092"x.040". The stock bridge has been replaced with a Gotoh,
although the tailpiece is original. Stock tuning machines have been
put back into the over-drilled holes that once housed Schallers or
Grovers. Although the stock machines were wrapped in masking tape to
seat them in the larger holes, the tape doesn't prevent the tuners
from pulling up a bit. Even so, according to Survis and Perry, once
this guitar is set up it will not go out of tune.
The stock Gibson PAF pickups still have their covers, and the
neck unit is 3/32" from the strings. Aside from a new tone pot for
the neck pickup, and a new capacitor for the bridge pickup's tone
control, the controls are stock. And even though there's a little pot
crackling now and then, Survis shies away from changing them because
the guitar sounds so perfect as is. In fact, Perry especially loves
this guitar because its tone stays true even with the volume turned
down-a trait he has only encountered on two of his many old Gibsons.
- Bebe Buell Interview
An interesting interview with Bebe Buell, which ran on page F1 of the Boston Globe on 10/27/2001, can be found at http://www.boston.com
News as of October 28, 2001
- Columbus show not cancelled
I've been informed that what I posted yesterday about the November 2 show in Columbus being cancelled was wrong. The show wasn't
really cancelled, just switched to a different location. It's now in Dayton, OH.
- Toronto Sun
This article was in the Toronto Sun yesterday:
Aerosmith in driver's seat
By KIERAN GRANT -- Toronto Sun
Considering they've spent most of this year on the road, it's fitting that Aerosmith are doing it with Dodge.
The U.S. auto-maker is the exclusive sponsor for the band's tour, which returns to Toronto for a second time since July at the Air Canada Centre Monday.
The multi-year, multi-million dollar endorsement deal has also put the title track from Aerosmith's Just Push Play album in TV ads, and members of the group will ride in the first five Dodge Vipers to roll off the line for next year.
But while his bandmates remain sportscar enthusiasts, Steven Tyler would just as soon take his station wagon, thank you very much.
"I have a Mercedes wagon, you know, for the family," Tyler told The Toronto Sun during a recent phone interview. "A ride from heaven and it never breaks down."
Just don't tell the folks at Dodge.
As for Just Push Play, Aerosmith's first self-produced album, Tyler described making it as "sitting in a room and promising ourselves we weren't leaving until either the song was finished or our stink drove us out."
News as of October 27, 2001
- People Magazine
People Magazine, November 5 issue. Steven Tyler on page 69, article is called Good Vibrations. It's about the DC concert last Sunday.
- Cancelled Shows
- Nugent and Kid Rock guesting on the 25th!
When performing in Auburn Hills, MI on the 25th, Aerosmith were joined on stage by two Detroit based friends, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock, for Walk This Way! Both of these have of course performed with the band before, but never at the same time.
- Detroit Free Press Interview
Before the concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills on the 25th, Steven Tyler had an interview with the Detroit Free Press:
JUST PUSH 'PATRIOTIC' FOR A NEW ATTITUDE
AEROSMITH'S TYLER CALLS FOR SERIOUS THINKING
October 25, 2001
BY BRIAN MCCOLLUM
FREE PRESS POP MUSIC WRITER
If you don't believe America is a different place these days, just chat with Steven Tyler.
The Aerosmith vocalist -- certifiably one of the 1970s' most decadent rock 'n' roll wild men -- has wrapped himself in the red, white and blue. And he has some unexpected pronouncements to make.
Like this one: "We need to go back to the way it was 30 years ago, when everybody had Grandma and Grandpa, and we were willing to pass moral judgments about right and wrong."
Or this: "We may need to change the way we think. As in Israel, I think there should be a mandatory draft, where you go away for the service of your country for three years."
Tyler, 53, relishes the idea of " 'America the Beautiful,' flags in school, children respecting their hometown." He's all for sky marshals on airplanes, and he has some choice, non-newspaper words for terrorists. No pacifist counterculture sentiments here.
Tyler -- who quit drugs and alcohol several years ago -- talked with the Free Press as Aerosmith headed to its third Detroit show this year. The group played a pair of sold-out dates at DTE Energy Music Theatre in July.
Some readers may be startled to hear such conservative-sounding ideas coming from somebody like you.
Well, there's the American thinking: "How can he be saying this? He was a drug addict!" But (Sept. 11) brought me to my knees. It made me change. When that second airplane hit the building, we all changed. We need to get back to some serious thinking.
Does your music maintain a vital role amid all this?
Well, I'm still also "Steven Tyler from Aerosmith," a guy who needs to celebrate that when the music plays, the channels change. It's that whole idea of "been working hard, now it's Friday night." Aerosmith is the fountain of youth. It's a time machine.
I was really concerned that Tuesday (Sept. 11) that we were supposed to play that Friday in Washington, D.C. We talked about it and finally canceled that weekend. Did we really want to go back in and play songs like "Mama Kin" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady" while people were burying their dead? But we did get on with business as usual, which is to rock out and forget about everything else.
Your latest album ("Just Push Play") failed to match the sales success of other recent Aerosmith releases. Should we put much stock in that?
Nothing is ever a barometer. Nothing is ever for sure except that this band has been around forever. (Laughs) . . . We wanted to produce the record ourselves, so we did. And it only sold 2.5 million around the world. That's not bad, but it's not great.
You've managed to maintain your upper range and projection well beyond the age most rock vocalists lose their potency.
It's very simple. We used to be on tour for a year-and-a-half, never taking time off. When we felt tired, bored, we'd take a little coke, have a drink. But you pay for it the next day onstage. The interesting thing is that I was never really singing. Yeah, I got it right on the records, in the studio, but you listen back to the live stuff, and it was godawful.
Now it's the dream tour. One day on, one day off. We're still going for a year-and-half stretch, but we get a day to recuperate. . . . Now that I'm in it with my eyes open, it's rejuvenating. I sweat my ass off, and I'm in better shape than ever. And it's still so beautiful to look out and know that a song you wrote in your basement is moving all these people.
- MTV France
For all the fans who have MTV France (french part of Belgium and France), TV Guide shows: MTV sunday october 28th, 12 am Aerosmith live. (no other details)
News as of October 25, 2001
- Aerosmith hanging out with Alice Cooper!?
When Aerosmith was in Chicago on the 23rd, Alice Cooper was in town as well. After Aerosmith finished their show, they boogied downtown to see Alice Cooper's show at the House of Blues! All but Joe showed up, Rick Nielsen didn't go either. People expected that Aerosmith and Alice would party afterwards, and they were right!
- Cheap Trick guitarist guesting on the 23rd!
'Rick Nielsen?' you say? Yes, I guess I forgot to mention that yesterday. Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen joined Aerosmith for their last two encore numbers, I'm Down and Train Kept A Rollin', in Rosemont, IL!
Steven told the crowd they had a guest in the house tonight. It was none other than Rockford's own Rick Nielsen, the lead guitarist for the band Cheap Trick... Steven said they brought him out because he was ripping on Aerosmith...
News as of October 24, 2001
- Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology track list!
The Young Lust: An Aerosmith Anthology is a collection of all their material over all Geffen album releases (I expect all remastered) but does include a few of those hard to get tracks that were on CD singles (Head First, Don't Stop, Ain't Enough, orchestral version of Amazing) or soundtracks (Love Me Two Times, Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu) during the Geffen period.
Also woth noting is the inclusion of the Run-DMC version of Walk This Way, a track not included on the US version of GAG (Can't Stop Messin') and three tracks that will make Big Ones a future unnecessary purchase (Deuces Are Wild, Walk On Water, Blind Man)
Tower records has now published the following track list of "Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology":
Let The Music Do The Talking
My Fist Your Face
Shame On You
Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
The Other Side
What It Takes
Monkey On My Back
Love In An Elevator
Janie's Got A Gun
Walk This Way - (with Run-DMC)
They also list the following info:
Eat The Rich
Love Me Two Times
Livin' On The Edge
Can't Stop Messin'
Amazing - (orchestral version)
Shut Up And Dance
Deuces Are Wild
Walk On Water
Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees) - (live)
Dream On - (live)
Hole In My Soul - (live)
Sweet Emotion - (live)
YOUNG LUST: THE AEROSMITH ANTHOLOGY contains tracks recorded for Geffen between 1985 and 1998.
Includes liner notes by Gerri Miller.
Release date: 11/20/2001
Original release year: 2001
Label: Geffen Records
Catalog#: 493 119
Clive D. Newton had a slightly different track list to share however. According to Clive the live tracks are, as one can expect, from ALSOS and the tracks aren't exactly in the order as listed by Tower Records. Also, Clive lists two tracks not mentioned by Tower Records, "F.I.N.E." and " Crazy." Track listing according to Clive:
Let The Music Do The Talking
My Fist Your Face
Shame On You
Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
Dude(Looks Like A Lady)
The Other Side
What It Takes
Monkey On My Back
Love In An Elevator
Janie's Got A Gun
Walk This Way[RUN D.M.C. ver]
Love Me Two Times
Eat The Rich
Livin' On The Edge
Can't Stop Messin
Shut Up And Dance
Deuces Are Wild
Walk On Water
Sweet Emotion[from ALSOS]
Dream On[from ALSOS]
Hole In My Soul[from ALSOS]
Falling In Love(Is Hard On The Knees)[from ALSOS]
- Japanese best of
As most know various digital remastering copies of the Geffen albums appear in Japan on Nov 21 (PV, Pump, GAG). The view is that The Best of Aerosmith album out on Nov 28 in Japan is the same as the Millenium Edition/Classic Aerosmith CD available in Europe in 2000/2001.
- Steven Tyler must love lotions and potions...
tidbit found at Sun Times online:
BEAUTY BIT: Steven Tyler must love lotions and potions. The Aerosmith frontman, in town for a concert Tuesday at the Allstate Arena, was spied loading up at Bath & Bodyworks in Water Tower Place.
Also, Boston Magazine has an article about a ritzy sports spa that's opened up and that Steven Tyler is client...
- The Pink album
New Pink album to feature Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora
Pink has recorded old and new style songs for her new album
"Missundaztood," which is due to be released on November 20. The new
album features guest appearances by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Bon
Jovi's Richie Sambora. Apparently, the album will reveal more of
Pink's rock background, with former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry
lending a writing or producing 7 tracks. The rest of Pink's new tracks
still are R&B and dance, produced by Dallas Austin, amongst others.
The album's first single is "Get the Party Started."
News as of October 23, 2001
- Aerosmith Japan Tour
Yesterday, Oct 22, "UDO artists" announced the "Aerosmith Japan tour 2002" dates.
Jan 25, Fri, PM 7:00 / Osaka Dome
Jan 29, Tue, PM 7:00 / Fukuoka Dome
Jan 31, Thu, PM 7:00 / Nagoya Dome
Feb 2, Sat, PM 5:00 / Tokyo Dome
Feb 3, Sun, PM 5:00 / Tokyo Dome
also Jan 27, Sun / Osaka Dome, TBA (to be announced)
There was also a PR AD for the Tokyo Dome concert in ASAHI SHINBUN (ASAHI news paper)
- Esquire Article (Oct 10) Addition
I just got an e-mail from a person who picked up a copy of Esquire and could add that the "brief" article is actually ten pages long, which is a pretty big spread for a magazine like this. Also there was more re Steven. There's a page towards the front of the magazine about the contributors. There's another picture of Steven there having his picture taken by the photographer, Bruce Davidson. There is also a column talking about the article and Davidson. It contains the following text (which is a lead-in to the text I already put up)
"For 'How to Photograph Celebrities,' page 140, Davidson creates new classics, capturing a range of famous subjects not being famous, and narrates the experience. Of one of his favorites, Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, Davidson says:"We were supposed to shoot Tyler in a suite in the Trump International Hotel. But that wasn't his environment. I wanted him on the street. And he said, 'Hey, let's go to the subway.' Once underground, Tyler was in his element, and so was I."
- MTV Brazil
On Brazilian MTV's top 10 videos of all time Aerosmith's Crazy was #5.
On October 20 MTV Brazil celebrated its 11th birthday and they showed 11 videos from the most requested artists during these 11 years. Among the international winners were among others Aerosmith. They said that it was very hard to select only one video with them because all of their videos never left the Top 20. Their videos only left the parade when there was a newer one. But eventually they picked "Crazy".
News as of October 22, 2001
- United We Stand setlist
Yesterday Aerosmith took the stage in Washington DC at the United We Stand benefit, which raised over $14 million dollars for the Sept 11th tragedy. Going on much later than anyone expected, Aerosmith took the stage, and the setlist was as follows:
America The Beautiful/Livin' On The Edge
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Just Push Play
Walk This Way
After this set, the band jumped on some helicopters and headed west to Indianapolis to continue the JPP World Tour. This meant that Aerosmith played two gigs in two seperate time zones this evening. Picking up an hour in the time zone change really helped the band to make both gigs. The last time they played two gigs on the same day was way back to June 9 1994 when they played two concerts in Madrid on the same day - an Acoustic mini set and then a proper GAG set.
- Steven Tyler on the Pink collaboration
In an interview before Aerosmith hit the stage, Steven Tyler referred to the rumours about him doing a duet with Pink:
"I'm doing a song on her new CD, it's called 'Misery'..." and then he talked of how much he loves her work and how she reminds him of Janis
On a side note, Pink also performed earlier during the event, and sounded amazing! She did a new acoustic song about the Vietnam war (she said she wrote it 4 months ago) and a fantastic bluesy cover of Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee"...
- Anthology and Remasters at cdnow
You can now pre-order the Anthology album, which will be out in Novemeber according to CDnow, and the remasters or Pump, Permanent Vacation and Get A Grip at cdnow.com
- VH1 The Top 10 Most Fashionable Videos
VH1 "The Top 10 Most Fashionable Videos" has 4 models watching and talking about videos. Anyway, "Jaded" came in at #4 on the countdown. The hosts said that they all prefered Steven over Mick Jagger.
News as of October 20, 2001
- United We Stand in streamed audio
Chris, of AeroFANatic.com, reports:
For those of you who can't be in DC on Sunday to watch Aerosmith take the stage at the "United We Stand" concert, fear not. Yahoo! Broadcast will be having the FULL EVENT on their streaming audio site...
Just log on to http://broadcast.yahoo.com/music and listen there. The show begins at 1pm, and Aerosmith is expected to be one of the first 3 or 4 performers on the day....
- International Plans Impacted By September 11 Attacks
Friday October 19 04:57 PM EDT
Aerosmith's International Plans Impacted By
September 11 Attacks
(10/19/01, 5 p.m. ET) -- Like most touring acts,
Aerosmith has found that the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist
affected its working life. Besides canceling or
postponing shows scheduled for immediately after the tragedy, guitarist
Whitford tells LAUNCH that the group will now probably
curtail some of its international touring plans in support of its latest
album, Just Push Play.
"Not that we had a tremendous amount of overseas plans
anyways in the near future, " he said, "but I think there's parts of the
world that I thought I might see in the next couple of
years, which (I) probably won't ever see in my lifetime. Over the past
years, there've been talks of us playing lots of places
we've never been to, and in light of what's gone on, I don't see us ever
going to some of these places--ever--with the way the
world has changed. It's unfortunate."
- Tom Hamilton Interview
- Joe Perry on the Opie and Anthony Show
- Joe Perry Interview from the Indianapolis Star
Aerosmith enjoys the ride
Band's journey moves from '70s party sound to a respectability that includes benefit gig.
By David Lindquist
October 19, 2001
Life may be a permanent vacation for the members of Aerosmith, but they'll get down to business on Sunday.
The rock band plans to execute a rare daily double, with performances scheduled in both Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis.
First stop is the all-star "United We Stand" benefit at RFK Stadium, to be followed by a headlining appearance at Conseco Fieldhouse.
During a recent telephone interview, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said he expects the band to play early on the daylong Washington bill -- which includes Michael Jackson, 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys.
"We'll work our way back from our onstage time in Indianapolis, and try to leave at least a 15-minute margin for error," Perry said. "It's really going to be a logistical nightmare for our road manager, but that's what he gets paid for."
The "United We Stand" event will benefit Sept. 11 relief funds organized by the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. After Aerosmith postponed its concerts on the day of the terrorist attacks and Sept. 13, Perry says he returned to the road with mixed emotions.
"I certainly didn't want to do something as trivial as making noise on an electric guitar," he said. "Everybody's still really torn up about it. The sense of grief was overwhelming."
Perry and fellow Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford made a late-September visit to the Pentagon crash site, where they shook hands and took photographs with recovery workers.
"I was just honored to meet those people," said Perry, who turned 51 on Sept. 10. "They're doing incredibly hard and heroic work."
Although Aerosmith was known as a volatile, hard-partying outfit in the 1970s, the band has cultivated respectability since a career resurrection in the mid-1980s.
The 1993 hit Livin' On the Edge -- written by Perry and vocalist Steven Tyler in response to the Rodney King beating and Los Angeles riots -- stands as a notable piece of social commentary.
Perry, who refers to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon as "the big wake-up call," says Americans should pay attention to world events and how they relate to the United States.
"I think we've been a little behind the times," he said. "If you look back in history, there were a lot of people who just wanted to ignore what was going on in Europe and the Far East in 1939. There were isolationists who didn't want to get in the war."
Perry goes on to cite the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen as well as 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania -- all linked to Osama bin Laden.
"They've been out there blowing (things) up for years," Perry said. "We didn't do anything about it. Now we're going to have to live the way the rest of the world is living. Maybe in the end, we'll be more secure because of it."
Tyler will be singing in Indianapolis for the third time this year. The second was an Aerosmith date at Verizon Wireless Music Center in July, and the first was his controversial rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 500-Mile Race.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials fielded a flurry of complaints after Tyler substituted the words "Indianapolis 500" for "brave" in the national anthem's final line.
Perry is quick to defend his bandmate.
"He's an American, too, and he's a rock 'n' roller," Perry said. "What did they expect? I thought he delivered it with as much patriotic spirit as he knew how. We were all really proud of him. Of course, there's going to be a little flak. But he poured his heart into it. He put a lot of thought into it and let it rip."
Tyler and Perry, informally known as "the Toxic Twins," guided the Boston-based Aerosmith to hard-rock stardom. Dream On (1973), Same Old Song and Dance (1974) and Walk This Way (1975) were major hits before excessive drug use and interpersonal friction led to Perry's departure in 1979.
During the first half of the 1980s, the guitarist issued three Joe Perry Project albums, and Aerosmith limped along with little commercial or critical acclaim.
"I always knew they were out there," Perry said of Tyler and Co. "When you go in a haunted house, you may not see the ghost, but you sure can feel it. I had this attitude, 'Well, I know they're out there, but I'm not going to acknowledge them.' But there was a feeling. It's like having a brother you're (upset with). You know you're going to talk to him sometime."
Perry said he left Aerosmith because the band had become "a big machine that was going through the motions." He doesn't specifically revisit the well-documented cocaine habits of Tyler or himself.
"If we had been a little saner and a little more in touch with what we were, we probably would have just taken a vacation," Perry said. "But there's always been this feeling that if we stopped, we would sink."
Tyler and Perry patched up personal differences in 1985, and they completed rehabilitation programs after the release of studio album Done With Mirrors.
When Run-DMC enlisted the pair for a high-profile cover of Walk This Way in 1986, it cracked open the most incredible comeback of rock era. Aerosmith's "second half" hits include Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Cryin', Janie's Got a Gun and I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.
Current release Just Push Play peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart. The band's summer visit to VWMC was a sell-out, and it featured a three-song set played on a small satellite stage on the amphitheater's lawn.
"One of the reasons I wanted to do the 'B stage' was to give people a chance to see what the band was like in 1973," Perry said. "We stood up with a couple of amps and drums and the bare minimum of whatever. That's pretty much what Dream On sounded like in 1973."
While Dream On was a B-stage fixture throughout the tour, Perry admits to some debate about performing one of Aerosmith's trademark songs without "all the bells and whistles."
"The bottom line is, people want to hear Steven hit those notes," Perry says. "And he does. There's no better way to hear Dream On than in that stripped-down form."
News as of October 19, 2001
- Tyler doing a duet on a Janis Joplin-like ballad with Pink!?
From an article at vh1.com:
Someone else who Pink felt understood her was Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who
met her at a radio station and told her she reminded him of late-'60s blues
rocker Janis Joplin. "He just looked straight into my soul and we clicked,"
she said. They clicked so well that they wound up duetting on a ballad that
Pink said sounds like, well, Janis Joplin.
"We're harmonizing together, and it was just an experience of a lifetime," she
said, adding that she hopes to release the song as a single. A spokesperson
for Pink's label, Arista, said that they haven't determined if the song will
make the final track list for Missundaztood.
- Will Aerosmith be able to perform at United We Stand?
Aerosmith Trying To Figure Out If United We Stand Appearance Is Possible
October 18, 7 p.m. ET, Launch
Although Aerosmith has been advertised as a participant in Sunday's (October 21) United We Stand What More Can I Give? benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., playing the show has become a daunting prospect for the Boston band.
Guitarist Brad Whitford tells LAUNCH that no one ever asked Aerosmith to do it--by the group's understanding, someone in the *NSYNC camp said Aerosmith would play, "and then someone called us up and said, not necessarily 'Would you like to do the show?', but 'Guess what--someone said you're gonna be there.' And we didn't quite know how to handle that."
Complicating matters is the fact that Aerosmith has a concert that night in Indianapolis. Whitford says the group is looking into different ways to make both shows happen--possibly going on very early in the day at RFK Stadium or perhaps beaming a performance in via satellite from Indianapolis, much like Janet Jackson plans to do for Saturday's (October 20) Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden. "It's kind of a round-the-clock discussion at the moment trying to figure out how it's all gonna work," Whitford says. "We're trying to work it out."
-- Gary Graff, Detroit
- ABC to air United We Stand!
Looks like ABC will broadcast a special edited 2 hour version of the United
We Stand concert on Nov 1st at 8pm with John Stamos hosting. So, if Aero
does make an "appearance" I am sure it will be shown on this special....
About United We Stand
Backstreet Boys, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Ricky Martin, Carole King, P. Diddy, James Brown and Train top a star-studded lineup of many of the world's greatest musical performers to be showcased on "United We Stand," a spectacular two-hour special celebrating the nation's united spirit for the future, as well as paying tribute to those involved in the recovery efforts since September 11. Hosted by John Stamos, star of ABC's new drama series "Thieves". Michael Jackson also will be performing his new song, "What More Can I Give," with many of the artists in an all-star finale. Performances featured on ABC's "United We Stand" special are a part of an eight-hour live concert which is taking place October 21 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the sold-out event, which is being produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, will benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund, the Salvation Army Relief Fund and the Pentagon Relief Fund.
- Steven Tyler in Stuff Magazine For Men
One "for men" magazine, Stuff, has an article about Steven Tyler. It goes something like this:
Dress This Way
how to dress like steven tyler
(he gets the ladies we hear)
and then it has a big picture of him singing, and it had samples of some of his clothes and how much they cost.
- Rolling Stone magazine
The latest issue of Rolling Stone, with Alicia Keyes on the cover (November 8th issue) has a huge pull out ad at the very beginning of Aerosmith and Dodge. When you open it up there's a double fold-out, all black, with the type "The Two Most Lasting Things in the Universe".
Then you open that and it's a huge collage poster of Aerosmith and Dodge, and it says "AMERICAN IRON" on one side, and on the other side "AMERICAN ROCK".
News as of October 16, 2001
- Clive Newton on Japanese Geffen catalog re-releases
Sadly wishful thinking on the bonus tracks. I spotted in the last week that
Japan seem to be re-releasing GAG, Pump and PV but didn't know why. They
have sadly the same tracks as the original releases. With time, improvements
in technology will give rise to quality improvement updates.
Whilst I didn't make the conclusion last week, it probably explains the new
greatest hits release, "Young Lust: An Aerosmith Anthology" as it will be a
collection of all these remastered tracks and expect the Japanese remastered
the whole Geffen collection. I sort of came to this conclusion as the
Anthology release is due out the same day in Japan as the remastered studio
albums - Nov 21. The only bit of confusion is that Japan are detailing this
album as a single CD.
The reason maybe why is a marketing ploy in Japan with the tour expected in
Japan in Jan 2002.
News as of October 14, 2001
- Interview with Joe Perry from http://www.canoe.ca
Friday, October 12, 2001
Sex, Cars and Rock 'n' Roll
Aerosmith still going strong, hits paydirt with Dodge sponsorship
By MIKE ROSS
So the Dodge company gave a humongous pile of money to Aerosmith. Can we expect to hear a stirring rendition of Janie's Got a Gun Rack in her Dodge Ram Truck at the concert in Skyreach Centre tomorrow night?
No. And for those people screaming "sellout!" just consider what the band is selling. It's fun. Cars are fun. Aerosmith is fun. It's not as if the band is endorsing drugs. Or worse - drug treatment centres.
Everyone loves cars. Aerosmith loves cars. Lead guitarist Joe Perry owns a "tweaked up" Jeep Wrangler, a Lotus 7 two-seater, a Jaguar XJR and his baby, an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage.
"My wife drives the Jag," he says.
Joe's first car was his mom's Chevy Nova station wagon, which he says was helpful for hauling gear around to the bars in Boston, where the band got its start in the '70s.
Guitarist Brad Whitford is into NASCAR racing and in fact is part owner of a racing car. If you're looking for drummer Joey Kramer on his day off, he's likely to be driving. Singer Steven Tyler is proud of showing off his custom-made Lotus. And each band member will get one of the first five Dodge Vipers off the line in 2002. Vroom.
Automobiles are an American institution. Aerosmith is an American institution. See how it all works out?
This is no ordinary endorsement deal, no one-off Gap ad. Dodge is the exclusive sponsor of Aerosmith's Just Push Play tour and the relationship is expected to continue for years. You may have already seen the commercials featuring the title track from Just Push Play. Aerosmith will even appear in one of the ads.
That's just fine with Perry.
"It's still our music and it's no different to me than music videos, which are basically commercials for our music," he says, down the line from a tour stop in Florida. "It's about getting our music out to people who wouldn't normally hear it. They want to use the rock songs on the record and a lot of them haven't been played on the radio yet. And I think they're great. I think this is a chance for people who are sitting at home watching TV to hear some great Aerosmith music."
Hey, it worked for Moby.
It must feel good to get that giant pile of money, too, although Perry won't reveal how much. "Millions annually" is the best estimate.
"It does feel nice. They obviously have some faith that you're going to reach some fans. It feels good, just as it did when Disney came along and said they wouldn't mind having our name on a roller coaster down in Disneyworld."
Anything with wheels - but since this is The Edmonton Sun and not Car & Driver magazine, maybe we should get around to talking about music.
Fans may notice something different about Just Push Play. Sure, it's got all the excess, sex, swagger and silliness fans have come to know and love. Aerosmith is not known for Vietnam War protest songs and thus not vulnerable to the wave of indignation that followed the use of John Fogerty's Fortunate Son in a jeans commercial.
Aerosmith music is aimed a little bit lower than the brain. Just a little lower. Lower. OK, there, that's got it. As Tyler puts it, "Yeeeoww, smokin' up the ganja, damned if you do, yeah, but don't get any on ya, kickin' off the cashmere, puttin' on the kasbah, walk this way, just push play ..." You can't very well drive slow in your Chevy Nova station wagon with that blasting on your stereo.
Anyway, Just Push Play reveals more freedom, more playfulness than we've heard in at least 10 years of Aerosmith albums. The reason? They produced it themselves. They'd wanted Bruce Fairbairn, but he passed away in 1999. Southern rock impresario Matt Serletic was called in, but family matters prevailed. That left Perry, Tyler and the boys on their own, with no big shot producer to tell them where to put their toys.
"We felt really comfortable about doing it ourselves," Perry says. "There are no demos for this. With this record, we took that energy and that freshness that you capture when you first write a song and just built on that. The original guitar parts for the song are what you're hearing."
This interview's just about over and we still haven't talked about drugs. We were warned against bringing it up. Aerosmith has been on this horse before, so to speak, and beaten it to death in interviews. Yes, they used to take a lot of drugs. Now they're clean and sober and still going strong to help to sell cool cars. Even so, what's with the drug references on Just Push Play?
Perry explains, "You sing about what you know - and even though you haven't been there sitting in the room for 15 years it doesn't mean you don't have memories about it. We sank to the depths, so to speak, but we're still alive to tell about it."
Tickets are going fast for the show, featuring the Cult as the opening act. Call Ticketmaster (451-8000) for details and be sure to watch for the custom-built Aerosmith Dodge truck parked outside the arena. Janie would love it.
News as of October 12, 2001
- Aerosmith to be featured in XBOX Game, "Dead or Alive 3"
TORRANCE, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--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."
- Melissa Etheridge on Tyler
10/09/01 OC Register:
For her next project, Etheridge (Melissa) said she would like to sing with
Aerosmith's lead rocker, Steven Tyler. "He kissed me, so I might as well
sing with him," she said.
- The latest on United We Stand
UNITED WE STAND WHAT MORE CAN I GIVE; THE CONCERT FOR WASHINGTON, DC AND
WASHINGTON--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 11, 2001--
Benefit Concert Tickets On Sale October 12th At 10:00 am ET
Rod Stewart, P.Diddy, the Goo Goo Dolls and Train Join Michael Jackson,
*NSYNC, Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, Kiss and Many More For
All-Star Music Festival at RFK Stadium
Tickets for the benefit concert United We Stand What More Can I Give, The
Concert for Washington D.C. and America, October 21 at RFK Stadium, will go
on sale Friday, October 12 at 10:00 AM ET.
Clear Channel Entertainment announced today that tickets will be priced at
$25, $50 and $75 (plus applicable charges) and can be purchased through
Ticketmaster or by visiting www.CC.com. Proceeds from the all-star concert
will benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund, the Salvation Army
Relief Fund and the Pentagon Relief Fund.
"United We Stand What More Can I Give" will feature performances by these
artists: Michael Jackson, *NSYNC, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys,
Ricky Martin, Kiss, Train, P.Diddy, Goo Goo Dolls, James Brown, Al Green, and
many more. Additional artists will be announced as they are confirmed.
Show time is 1:00 pm; doors will open at 11:00 am.
- MTV Europe top 100 rock songs - correction.
News as of October 11, 2001
- Aerosmith kicks out the Ram jams (AF1 News)
The futuristic commercial is out. So is the custom 2002 Dodge Ram with a Viper V10 engine, Viper bucket seats, custom Budneck wheels with the Aerosmith logo on the center cap, and a crushed metal finish interior with a rock n’ roll motif featuring guitar picks and drum sticks. The exterior color scheme? Black and hot pink, of course.
- MTV's review of the Sunshine video
Aerosmith Go Down The Rabbit Hole For 'Sunshine' Clip
10.09.2001 7:04 PM EDT
Since the opening line of the new Aerosmith single, "Sunshine," goes, "I sold
my soul for a one-night stand/ I followed Alice into Wonderland," for the
song's video the band decided to create a hallucinatory world inspired by
Lewis Carroll's most popular work.
To helm the clip, Aerosmith recruited director Samuel Bayer, who has worked
on major vids by Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson and Garbage.
The video, which was shot August 22 and 23 and debuts this week, begins with
a young blond girl — presumably Alice — walking lost through the woods. She
encounters a white rabbit, a bedraggled lion and a garishly dressed queen of
hearts before bumping into Tyler, who is wearing a top hat, black nail polish
and red lipstick, and shaking his head violently from side to side like a
ghastly demon from Clive Barker's "Hellraiser."
As the chorus kicks in, the scene shifts to Aerosmith performing onstage.
Then it's back to Spookytown, and we enter a dilapidated shack where Tyler is
rubbing his face and massaging a candelabra, and guitarist Joe Perry is
rocking out in a rickety chair.
At one point in the video, Alice pulls open the queen's dress, causing a
flock of doves to soar into the horizon, Madonna-style.
As with many of his videos, Bayer floods the shots with saturated colors and
high-contrast images, resulting in a look that's more sinister than you might
expect from a song called "Sunshine."
News as of October 10, 2001
- Sunshine single cover?
The following pic was found at e-bay. Apparently this is the Sunshine cover, from the CD sent to the DJ's in the USA.
Seems Aerosmith are going for a '60's psychedelia-era cover concept this time. I like it! In my opinion this particular design looks pretty amateurish though, which makes me doubt this is the real thing, but who knows?
- Aerosmith Shoot New Dodge Commercial (AF1 News)
The Bad boys have finished shooting their live performance for a Dodge commercial recently. It took place in an old warehouse in Los Angeles. The guys played "Under my Skin" and "Light Inside". Keep your eyes peeled to the TV in the upcoming weeks.
- Esquire magazine
The new Esquire magazine has a full page black and white pic of Steven in it. It's a brief article about photographer, Bruce Davidson titled "How to Photograph Celebrities". The segment under the photo (of Steven riding in a subway car) reads:
Once on the subway, Steven Tyler was on. In the car he spotted and called over a tattooed hip-hop guy wearing a black bandanna to pose next to him. He took a twenty-dollar bill from one of the security guards and stuffed the bill into the shirt pocket of a homeless guy who chatted with him. The man claimed to have tried to compose music, too, but said, "the feelings didn't come out." Later, I showed Steven some of my work and he especially liked the circus pictures. He really focused in on the dwarf-clown photograph and asked me all about it. It really moved him. And I feel in some way that he is sort of a dwarf clown. His persona opened up to me: He's ugly and beautiful-androgynous, sexy, energetic, intelligent, and women like him. There's a lot of mixed current there, as there is with a dwarf. That's when I began to understand him.
- MTV Europe top 100 rock songs
MTV Europe is doing a vote for the top 100 rock songs of all time as a
part of the "Rocktober" month. Go to the bottom of the page (mtve.com), click on
"Rocktober" and then go to the bottom of the page to see the "top
100...". you get to vote there for the "best rock song of all time".
Aerosmith, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Marilyn Manson lead the nominees with 6 songs each. These are the nominated Aerosmith songs:
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Livin' On The Edge
Fly Away From Here
Let's all vote for Livin' On The Edge! I think you can vote more than once, so go ahead!
On a side note, I must resent that Led Zeppelin only has 1 nominated
song (Black Dog). How can Marilyn Manson get 6 nominations when Zep
gets 1 and the Rolling Stones gets 2? Well, that's MTV...
- One person's opinion on the Sunshine video/mix
Here's what Chris, of AeroFANatic.com, has to say about it:
This video is one of the best I have seen since Edge. The visuals, the
colors, what the video conveys, etc is just all FANTASTIC. It's got that "bad
acid trip" vibe. Definitly a cool video. Steven as the Mad Hatter/Alice
Cooper lookalike. Lots of blurred camera angles, "trippy" scenes, etc make
this video to be a winner.
Now, on to new "mix" of the song. It was done by Tom Lord Alge, and it sounds
less orchestrated. More emphasis was put on the vocals and drums. There are
still orchestras and harmonies everywhere, but they aren't NEARLY as high as
on the JPP version. This version sounds more "rocktified" to me. It will be
interesting to see how pop radio views it. I'm pretty sure it'll be very good
on rock radio!
- Manchester, NH correction?
On the 6th I posted that the Manchester, NH Aerosmith concert (11/17/01) was to be played at a 32,000 arena. I now got an e-mail from a person who had e-mailed them to ask how many seats there are in a typical concert configuration. The answer he got? 'Roughly 10,500.'
News as of October 9, 2001
- Classic Rock Magazine
The lastest Classic Rock (UK) mag has a review of Irvine gig, although they have the wrong date (Aug 21). Includes a colour live pic taken stage right.
- Bilboard Review Of Sunshine
Top 40 is in dire need of punch now, of a song to clean out its aurally
stagnant pipeline. Starting with its opening guitar swipe, Aerosmith's
``Sunshine'' comes to the rescue, with a signature balance of loose
rock'n'rolling, raucous vocalizing from ubiquitous leader Steven Tyler, and
an ethereal lyric that walks the band through Alice in Wonderland to a girl
named Sunshine: ``I followed daylight right into the dark/Took to the hatter
like a walk in the park/But then I met her, yeah, she felt so right.'' The
well-traveled quintet isn't exactly forging new ground here, but with its
high-octane vigor and glue-gun chorus, there's a fresh, appealing feel,
nonetheless. Refashioned via a new mix by Tom Lord-Alge, the track is ripe
for across-the-board airplay and sounds like an easy chart champion. Taken
from the 2000 opus ``Just Push Play,'' this is an on-target warm-up to the
band's impending U.S. arena tour.
On a side note, VH1 has started playing the Sunshine vid. KEEP your ears and
eyes open for it!!!
- Aerosmith Benefit Concert
Jagger, Jackson, Aerosmith set for charity concert
Oct 8 2001 9:24PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock 'n' roll luminaries including Mick Jagger, Aerosmith and Kiss will perform at an eight-hour concert in Washington D.C. Oct. 21 to raise funds for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, organizers said Monday.
Also in the line-up are pop stars Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin and Aaron Carter, soul icons James Brown and Rev. Al Green, and rival boy-bands 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys, promoter Clear Channel Entertainment said in a statement.
Clear Channel spokeswoman Rachel Gary said about 18 to 20 acts would perform. Additions will be announced when details are confirmed, she said.
The "United We Stand" concert will take place at RFK Stadium, beginning at noon EST. Tickets go on sale Oct. 12. Ticket prices will be announced in a few days, Gary said.
All money raised from will benefit the American Red Cross Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund and The Salvation Army Relief Fund.
One thing I find wrong with this story- The band is slated to play Indianapolis that night. Unless they may go on first and fly to Indy? Or
maybe be there via satellite?
News as of October 6, 2001
- Picture of Next Leg Stage Setup
To further explain what I posted about last month, here's a little something from Chris' AeroFANatic.com website:
Here is a diagram for the 11/29 Ft. Lauderdale show. I don't know if all shows on the next leg will be set up like this, but I think it is very cool...
Looks as if there will be a "catwalk" extending out a good majority into the center of the venue!
- VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards
VH1 VOGUE FASHION AWARDS
Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and John Mellencamp will be among the performers at the 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, to be presented Oct. 23 (at 9 p.m. ET) in New York City.
Other celebrities expected to appear at the seventh annual show include No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, hip-hop queen Lil' Kim, rapper/record mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, singer Enrique Iglesias, rocker/actress Courtney Love and singer Nelly Furtado. The hosts will be announced at a later date. The nominees for the category of "Visionary Video" were selected online by visitors to VH1.com. They include:
-- U2, "Beautiful Day"
-- Radiohead, "Knives Out"
-- Fatboy Slim, "Weapon of Choice"
-- Aerosmith, "Jaded"
-- Everclear, "AM Radio"
-- Moby/Gwen Stefani, "Southside"
-- Dave Matthews Band, "I Did It"
Other award categories include Female Artist, Stylish Group and Rock Revolutionary Awards.
- Aerosmith sell out 32000 arena in 30 minutes!
I was just told that the Manchester, NH Aerosmith concert (11/17/01) will be played at a 32,000 arena. Aerosmith are the first band to play there ever and they sold out in 30 minutes! Considering the tour so far is all 15-22,000 arenas that's pretty unbelievable!
News as of October 3, 2001
- Nelly's #1 goes #1...
Nelly's new video, "#1", which features Joe Perry throughout, was number one today on BET's Top Ten countdown.
Also, it's supposed to be debuting on MTV TRL sometime this week too...
- VH1 "My Music Awards"
VH1 is currently accepting votes for their "2001 My Music Awards" to be held in LA on Dec 2nd. Aerosmith are up for several of these awards. Head on over to VH1.com and vote now! http://www.vh1.com/mymusic/2001/
Must Have Album
Aerosmith - Just Push Play
Your Song Kicked Ass but Was Played Too Damn Much?
Aerosmith - "Jaded"
Damn I Wish I Wrote That! (song of the year)
Aerosmith - "Jaded"
My Favorite Group
Hottest Live Show
My Favorite Video
Aerosmith - "Jaded"
Best Actor in a Video
Mila Kunis (Aerosmith - "Jaded")
News as of October 1, 2001
- Aerosmith to entertain troops overseas?
From this weeks people, w/ pictures of celebs from the benifit on TV. Page 75:
"....performers including Chris Rock & Aerosmith contacted the USO to volunteer to entertain troops overseas"
- Joe Perry Rocks Nelly's New Video (pictures posted at AF1)
- Steven and Eminem (as posted by AF1)
Well, you know how we reported that Steven might have done some recording with Eminem while the band was recently in Detroit? Never Happened! Darn those rumors are always flying! Just want to get the story straight.
- Exclusive Photos from Sunshine Video Shoot (at AF1)
- Joe Perry Gets Inked in Atlanta (as posted by AF1)
Yes, you fans were not seeing things and no it’s not a rub on! In Atlanta on Tuesday Joe did in fact get a new tattoo!
The tattoo was done by a famous artist who’s work is forever embedded on the likes of Ozzy and most recently all the guys from the Stone Temple Pilots.
We can’t describe his latest creative creation, so you’ll just have to see it for yourselves.