AEROSMITH drew an estimated 35,000 fans this past Monday (11/5/12) in Boston when they performed a pre-Election Day show in the streets of Boston. The location: in front of 1325 Commmonwealth Avenue, site of the band’s original apartment where they lived from 1970-1972.
“People hung out windows, crowded fire escapes and stood on roofs on Commonwealth Avenue to watch a free concert meant to encourage voting and promote the band’s new album…” commented Associated Press (11/5/12) about one of the biggest events Boston has ever seen. The city closed the streets and trolley service was even stopped since it runs right in front of the apartment. Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer arrived in a duck boat parade with seven other ducks (filled with family, friends and media) from the Boston Garden to the site.
The day began with the designation of 1325 Commmonwealth Avenue as a historic landmark, with a special commemorative plaque placed outside on the building. This honor was bestowed on the band by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and the city of Boston. To top it off, AEROSMITH will further leave their mark as their handprints are being placed in the sidewalk in front of the building. The significance of the event was underlined by the attendance of the New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and President Jonathan Kraft, Patriots Tom Brady and Jerod Mayo, along with an array of Patriots cheerleaders who warmed up the crowd on a brisk fall day.
Watch the ceremony and concert here:
A video highlights package can be seen here:
AEROSMITH jumped headlong into a set of eight songs including ones that the band played live and recorded on their first album while living at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue. Among the songs was “Movin’ Out,” from their 1973 self-titled debut album which TYLER and PERRY wrote on a waterbed in the apartment. From the new album– MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION! (Columbia Records), released yesterday–the band fired up “Oh Yeah” and “Lover A Lot.” As they closed with their nugget “Train Kept A Rollin,” AEROSMITH showered the throng with patriotically themed red, white and blue confetti.
Next, AEROSMITH continues their “Global Warming Tour,” with a new leg starting November 8 that will reach arenas in 14 cities.
MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION!–recently chosen by PEOPLE magazine (9-17-12) as one of “5 Must Have Albums For Fall”–marks AEROSMITH’s 15th studio album. There has been a witch’s brew boiling for 10 years, and they’re about to blow the cover off. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and at the band’s studio in Massachusetts; it was produced by Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, with the exception of three tracks produced by Tyler and Marti Frederiksen. The album abounds with one highlight after another, including “Out Go The Lights,” “Oh Yeah,” “Luv XXX,” “We All Fall Down,” “Street Jesus” and “Can’t Stop Loving You,” on which Tyler duets with Carrie Underwood. The album also includes “Freedom Fighter” which features Johnny Depp on backing vocals. The album’s first two singles have been released simultaneously to radio and are now lighting up the airwaves: “What Could Have Been Love” at Hot AC and “Lover A Lot” at Rock, Active Rock, and Classic Rock.
STEVEN TYLER: “To be living the dream in Aerosmith for all these years is beyond humbling. But to return to where the dream was dreamt, is the dream come true full circle! To be honored at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue to shut down the street, invite all our friends, receive a plaque from the Mayor of Boston and put our hands in cement…just think it could have been our feet! It’s the end and the beginning of a life long dream…dream on!”
JOE PERRY: “Almost by luck and circumstance the band started here but I would have to say in hindsight after spending time in countless other cities around the world from Abu Dhabi to London, England, I still would have picked Boston to be the cradle of this band. It’s still my home!”
TOM HAMILTON: “When I was a teenager living way out in the country, I dreamed about moving to Boston and being in a band. Two months after graduating from high school I found myself living in this apartment with my bandmates. I drive past it every day and the dream is still with me.”
BRAD WHITFORD: “So many songs came to life at 1325 Commonwealth Ave. It will always be close to our hearts and souls. It is a true honor to have this historic plaque placed for people to enjoy and embrace the early days of this incredible journey–rock on!”
JOEY KRAMER: “The dream I had as a kid to play music still burns brightly in my heart. It was at 1325 Commonwealth Ave. that my dream began to come true. I will always hold that memory very dear to me as I will the City of Boston, the place I called home for 40 years and the birthplace of AEROSMITH.”