SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
TO JOIN AEROSMITH FOR
“LET ROCK RULE”
NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
LAUNCHES JULY 10 IN NEW YORK
SLASH ANNOUNCES THIRD SOLO STUDIO ALBUM OUT THIS
Today (Tuesday, April 8), SLASH joined Aerosmith for a roof-raising set in front of a packed crowd at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in celebration of their forthcoming headlining North American tour this summer. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the LET ROCK RULE tour kicks off on Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see full itinerary below). SLASH and Aerosmith–longtime friends who’ve performed together throughout the years–will also take over Los Angeles, Cali. (The Forum), San Francisco, Cali. (Sleep Train Pavilion) and Boston, Mass. (Xfinity Center), among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park). Expect SLASH and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators to announce additional solo dates in between the arena shows.
“Aerosmith is one of my all time favorite bands, and one of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time,” says SLASH. “It’s an honor for me to go out & tour with them and keep the rock & roll banner flying high.”
The SLASH pre-sale begins on Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 AM local time on: http://slashonline.com/tour. The ticket package includes: amazing seats (Level 1 tickets), an exclusive autographed SLASH lithograph, a Digital Download of the NEW SLASH album (due in Sept 2014) and a merchandise voucher worth $50, redeemable in the SLASH Exclusive Online Store. For all packages, visit: http://slashonline.com/tour.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. Citi® cardmembers will also have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. This summer’s hottest ticket will go on sale to the general public starting on Monday, April 14 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com. The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly.
SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators—MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums), TODD KERNS (bass) and FRANK SIDORIS (guitar)–will return this September with their third studio album, title TBA and second album with this line-up. The group is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which is being helmed by producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus).The group is recording a total of 17 songs–including one instrumental. “It’s very rock. It’s more up-tempo than the last record was,” states vocalist KENNEDY. “Slash has got some really great riffs on this record. Killer stuff…” “The material on this album is more serious and more fun at the same time, which is a tough balance,” adds bassist TODD KERNS. “The songs are sleazier, tougher and more dangerous. We’re all very excited to unleash the monster upon you as soon as we can.”
SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others. SLASH explains, “We’ve worked really well together from the start. I never thought about how it’s progressed. It’s real natural and like any sort of close relationship, we established it early on and now we’re just sort of doing our thing, it’s just a really cool kind of synergy that we’ve got.” Apocalyptic Love earned SLASH two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” The album’s third single, “Anastasia,” cracked the Top 10 at Modern and Active Rock and Top Five at Mainstream Rock.
Watch SLASH’s “Real To Reel” webisodes happening now in the studio at: www.slashonline.com. The innovative online series is documenting the entire in-studio recording process from the first day of recording to the last, the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series follows Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record the new album from start to finish.
Following the summer run with Aerosmith, the group will return to the U.K. and Europe. Expect more shows to be announced shortly.
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators tour datesare as follows:
|Thu||7/10||Wantagh, NY||Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre|
|Sun||7/13||Kitchener, ON, Canada||McLennan Park|
|Wed||7/16||Mansfield, MA||Xfinity Center|
|Sat||7/19||Cadott, WI||Rock Fest|
|Tue||7/22||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|Fri||7/25||Tinley Park, IL||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre|
|Wed||7/30||Inglewood, CA||The Forum|
|Sat||8/2||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|Fri||8/8||Stateline, NV||Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys|
|Wed||8/13||Concord, CA||Sleep Train Pavilion|
|Sat||8/16||George, WA||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|Tue||8/19||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|Fri||8/22||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|Mon||8/25||The Woodlands, TX||The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|Thu||8/28||Atlanta, GA||Phillips Arena|
|Sun||8/31||Atlantic City, NJ||Boardwalk Hall|
|Wed||9/3||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center|
|Sat||9/6||Bristow, VA||Jiffy Lube Live|
|Tue||9/9||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|Fri||9/12||Sydney, NS, Canada||Open Hearth Park|
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band are currently in the studio at work on a new album set for release September 2014. www.slashonline.com.
AEROSMITH–Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums)–are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. Their latest honors include the 2013 ASCAP Founders Award and induction into the Songwriter Hall of Fame at the 44thannual SHOF ceremony also in 2013. MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION! (Columbia), the band’s latest album, was released in late 2012. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators:
THE CONCERT FILM PROVIDES A RARE, BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT
ONE OF ROCK’S BIGGEST NAMES ON AN AMBITIOUS AND EMOTIONAL INTERNATIONAL TOUR
This fall SpectiCast, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, will bring AEROSMITH: ROCK FOR THE RISING SUN, to the big screen in cinemas worldwide. The film captures Aerosmith at seven different venues during their 2011 tour across Japan. The footage that makes up the film was originally only intended for Aerosmith’s personal archives, but the band and its management found it so captivating that they wanted to make it available to their fans.
On July 23, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rock For The Rising Sun by Aerosmith. This is a simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date June 28, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD].
I have been listening to Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension for a couple of weeks now. I was hoping that my initial opinion of this release would change with a few repeat listens. My opinion hasn’t changed at all. Music From Another Dimension is just average.
Quite frankly, I didn’t have high hopes for Aerosmith’s latest effort. With there being so much infighting in the band, and Steven Tyler’s stint on American Idol, I was doubtful that the band, in its current state of health
could deliver an album worthy of the Aerosmith name.
After listening to the CD several times, my thoughts are this: Music From Another Dimension suffers from too many ballads, too many tracks, and an overall cohesive feel. Sure there are some good songs, but nothing that will probably overwhelm you, and say OOOOOH, I have to run out and buy the new Aerosmith album. If you are an Aerosmith fan, chances are you probably have this in your collection already anyway.
On a positive note, the band has brought in Jack Douglas to produce the album, and the overall production is very good.
The album starts off strong enough, but about midway through it starts to taper off, and suffers from far too many ballads.
The opening track “Luv XXX” sounds like a classic Aerosmith track, and that is great, but the lyrics are just stupid. The song does grow on you though.
“Oh Yeah” sounds like it could have been on Get A Grip. This is a pretty catchy, yet simple tune.
“Beautiful” could possibly be a hit for Aerosmith, but time will tell on this one. The jangly guitars give this song a feel more akin to Aerosmith’s later material, but I am a fan of all eras of Aerosmith so that isn’t a problem for me.
“Out Go The Lights” might just have one of the best Aerosmith riffs in recent years, the problem with this song is the background singers. I think the background singers weaken the track with their vocal piece on the lyrics “If You Want to Take A Lookie, Cookie Tonight Might Be Your Lucky, Nighty Nite Nite”. I think it could have been a stronger song without this. The song seems to go on forever too. It is about two minutes longer than it needs to be. This song could have been one of Aerosmith’s biggest hits, but it is overall a let down.
“Legendary Child” was the first single from the album, and this song is actually pretty good. I think this song could have easily been on Pump, but the song is a leftover demo from “Get A Grip”. I am glad they decided to use this song. I like this one pretty well.
“What Could Have Been Love” is the first sappy Aerosmith ballad, and this song will likely be a COUNTRY hit for Aerosmith. One word defines my opinion of this song, “BLECH”!!!. I skip this song every time. (You can check it out in the video below).
Every time I listen to “Street Jesus” I start thinking “Sweet Emotion”. I guess it is the vocal part on the chorus that is similar between the “Street” and “Sweet”.
I like this song a lot, even if it does somewhat borrow from one of Aerosmith’s biggest hits.
“Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” features a duet with Country superstar Carrie Underwood. I have to question Aerosmith’s sanity on this one. Are they looking to recreate some magic, the way they did with RUN DMC in the 80’s? If you wanted to gain a bunch of new country fans, bringing in Carrie Underwood is probably a great idea, but not so much for the rock crowd. I don’t have any problems with Carrie Underwood. She is a hell of a singer. It just seems odd to have a country singer on an Aerosmith album. Oddly enough, this song has less of a country feel than “What Could Have Been Love”. I think this song would have been better suited on a Steven Tyler solo album, than an Aerosmith album, but that is just me.
After a few non-Aerosmtih sounding tracks, we finally get another rocker with “Lover Alot”. This one is pretty catchy, and ought to translate well live.
Joe Perry handles the vocals on “Freedom Fighter”, and as much as I love Joe’s guitar work, I don’t care for his voice very much. The lyrics on this song are pretty good. It is a shame that Steven didn’t sing on this one. It could have been much better. The same goes for the song “Something”. I love the bluesy music on this song, but Joe’s voice just doesn’t do it for me.
The album closes with another sappy ballad “The Last Goodbye”. I think the album, could have been better served by ending with another rocker. It doesn’t and it ends on a weak note in my opinion.
The special edition from Music From Another Dimension includes three bonus tracks, “Up On The Mountain” (sung by Tom Hamilton), “Oasis In The Night” (Sung by Joe Perry) and “Sunny Side of Love” (Sung By Steven Tyler). “Sunny Side of Love” is the best song out of the three. It is a little more pop than rock, but it is still better than a few of the songs that made it on the main track listing of Music From Another Dimension.
Am I being too critical of Aerosmith? Perhaps! I just don’t believe the music from Music From Another Dimension is as good as past Aerosmith releases, and that is disappointing. This is the type of CD that I probably won’t reach for in my collection very often, but won’t turn it off if I hear it on the radio either.
Rating: Out of 10
01. LUV XXX
02. Oh Yeah
04. Tell Me
05. Out Go The Lights
06. Legendary Child
07. What Could Have Been Love
08. Street Jesus
09. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (Duet With Carrie Underwood)
10. Lover Alot
11. We All Fall Down
12. Freedom Fighter
15. Another Last Goodbye
01. Up On the Mountain
02. Oasis In The Night
03. Sunny Side of Love
Steven Tyler – Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Percussion, Harmonica
Joe Perry – Guitars and Vocals
Tom Hamilton – Bass and Vocals
Brad Whitford – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Joey Kramer – Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals
Some of you have been waiting years for the release of the new Aerosmith CD, well your wait is over! Aerosmith’s new long player, Music From Another Dimension, is available in stores now. Hopefully you will all ELECT to pick this one up, and a few others on the list below….and if you haven’t already, get out there and VOTE!
New Releases for 11/6/2012
Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension
All That Remains – A War You Cannot Win
Graveyard – Lights Out
Megadeth – Countdown to Exteinction (20th Anniversary Edition)
HIM – XX – Two Decades of Love Metal
Geoff Tate – Kings of Thieves
Doro – Raise Your Fist
Otep – Sounds Like Armageddon
Dethklok – Dethalbum III
Issa – Can’t Stop
Jon Lord – Before I Forget (Remastered,Reissue)
Corrosion of Conformity – Eye For An Eye
AEROSMITH ain’t messing around.
America’s greatest rock band delivered absolutely killer sets on the first leg of their triumphant, sold-out The Global Warming Tour this past summer, with critics dropping comments like “stunning…jaw-dropping… impassioned intensity…seamless swagger…epic rock moments…a wonder to behold…Aerosmith always managed to reinvent itself for the masses without losing its inherent musicality…Make no mistake, Aerosmith remains king.”
They ain’t done yet. More prisoners will be taken when Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer return for the second leg of The Global Warming Tour launching November 8. They’re fully armed with career-defining hits and blazing songs from their new album MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION, out November 6 on Columbia Records. They’re the only band of their stature with all-original members and who are playing better than ever before.
The Live Nation-produced tour will include support act Cheap Trick. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 24 at 10:00 AM (local time) at www.LiveNation.com. American Express card members can get advance tickets beginning this Wednesday, September 19 at 10:00 AM (local time) and presales for VIP ticket packages begin Wednesday, September 19th at 9:00 AM (eastern time). In addition, a Facebook pre-sale begins Friday, September 21; fans who visit www.livenation.com/aerosmith and RSVP to the presale will have early access to tickets only (not VIP ticket packages).
THE GLOBAL WARMING TOUR 2012 FALL TOUR DATES
Aerosmith’s new album, Music From Another Dimension might be delayed until November, but you can check out the first single and video, “Legendary Child” now!
Aerosmith will return on August 28th with their first album in eight years, Music From Another Dimension. The 14-track effort is proceeded by the lead single “Legendary Child”, which the band debuted on American Idol last night. You can stream the studio version below.
Music From Another Dimension Track Listing:
01. What Could Have Been Love
03. Street Jesus
04. Legendary Child
05. Oh Yeah
06. We All Fall Down
07. Another Last Goodbye
08. Out Go the Lights
09. Love Three Times a Day
11. Shakey Ground
12. Love a Lot
13. Freedom Fighter
14. Up on the Mountain
The band will support the release with a U.S. summer tour. Check out the full schedule below!
Aerosmith 2012 Tour Dates:
06/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
06/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
06/22 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
06/27 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
06/29 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
07/01 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
07/03 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/05 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
07/10 – Laval, QC @ Laval Nature Center
07/12 – Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Summer Fest
07/14 – Grand Falls, NL @ Salmon Festival
07/17 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
07/19 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
07/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/24 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
07/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
07/28 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/30 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
08/01 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
08/04 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
08/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
08/08 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Aerosmith tickets went on sale last weekend. It is the first time that the band will be doing a full-fledged tour of North America in years. Rumors of a new album to be released before the start of the “Global Warming” tour have only added to the rallying cry from the band’s camp that the bad boys from Boston are back in a big, big way. Perhaps in Boston they are back, but apparently, in the rest of America, not so much.
Doing research to see if Aerosmith tickets were sold out across North America yielded some interesting results. The band’s lone stop in Boston is sold out. That is to be expected, as it is Aerosmith’s hometown. However, checking stops across the rest of the tour, most notably California, and New Jersey (which serves as the only New York City area appearance) not only found the show far from sold out, but some insane great seats were still available. The reason these seats were still available can only be speculated as due to price. The lower seats for every show on this tour netted out to approximately $167 per ticket. That’s a lot of cash to see an aging band that hasn’t toured in years.
Aerosmith is also offering special packages where you can meet the band, certain members, or do a live Q&A with them. The price for this “gift” to the fans ranges between $250 and $1800. I remember when bands would meet their fans for free. Now, I have to pay (what could be for some) a month’s salary to have the opportunity to meet and hang out? What the hell is that? Pop Evil comes out after some shows and has a beer with me for free. Hell, sometimes they even buy the beer!
All of this begs the question of whether Aerosmith has lost touch with their fan base, and more importantly, have the fans lost touch with Aerosmith? Yes, once they were the darlings of the rock world, but after the recent turmoil amongst band members, the whole “Brand Tyler” saga, and the lack of a new studio album in ten years, perhaps the band isn’t the shining star they once were. Is it possible that the fans have grown weary of all the bullshit that Aerosmith has shoveled over the last decade and have now decided to revolt by not purchasing their overpriced tickets?
I’ll be the first to admit that I thought the announcement of an Aerosmith North American tour, especially with Cheap Trick opening up for them, would bring on sellouts within hours. And yet, after several announcements, e-mails, publicity, and early on-sale/pre-sale opportunities, the great seats are still available at almost all of the major venues. This is another case of an aging band being out of touch with their fans, the current state of the economy, knowing what the fans can pay, and more importantly, knowing what the fans will pay. Not every act from the 60s or 70s are going to be able to command Rolling Stone prices, because not every act has a Keith Richards or Mick Jagger. Yes, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were amazing back in the day, and they may even still be highly talented now, but their lack of attention to the fans for the last ten years appears to have finally caught up with them. And while it’s sad to think that the golden age of Aerosmith is long gone, thus revealing my own mortality with it, it’s refreshing to know that fans aren’t going to put up with crap anymore. If you want to sell tickets, lower your prices!
Even the money loving KISS lowered their ticket prices for their current tour with Motley Crue and they offered an amazing one-day special of $14 lawn seats. Now that’s a bargain! The only bargain I see coming from Aerosmith is the fact that you can watch Steven Tyler for free on American Idol. What about you? Are you going to pony up the bucks to see Aerosmith this summer? Or, are you tired of overpriced tickets and holding onto your money for something more affordable?
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At a press conference at the Grove mall in Los Angeles, just around the corner from the American Idol studio, the members of Aerosmith (minus guitarist Brad Whitford) bravely stepped into the sunshine and proved that they don’t melt in daylight. After being introduced by Jimmy Kimmel – “Aerosmith are literally walking this way” – the band confirmed that their Global Warming tourwill kick off on June 16th in Minneapolis; it’s currently scheduled through August 8th, with Cheap Trick rocking the opening slot.
The March Edition of the Hard Rock Hideout Podcast is available for streaming (below) and for download here (click and save).
In this podcast, we talk about the new tour with Def Leppard, Poison & Lita Ford, the new Queen Documentary “Days of Our Lives”, what is happening with Aerosmith, and The Guns ‘N Roses reunion at The Rock and Roll Hall of (Shame) Fame. You can check out a clip of the new Jeff Scott Soto Tune “Damage Control“, and another edition of Rock Anonymous. Check it out!
AEROSMITH ANNOUNCES THE GLOBAL WARMING
NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
VIP Ticket Presales Begin, Tuesday, March 27th 9am (local venue time)
Aerosmith, America’s greatest rock and roll band, will start your summer sizzling and have you dancing around the fires of rock n’ roll again. After blowing away audiences in South America and Japan, the Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America’s soul, with The Global Warming Tour playing 18 markets beginning on June 16 in Minneapolis, MN.
|Date||City, State||Venue||Presale||On Sale|
|June 16||Minneapolis, MN||Target Center||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|June 19||Cleveland, OH||Quicken Loans Arena||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|June 22||Chicago, IL||United Center||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|June 27||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 1||Uniondale, NY||Nassau Coliseum||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 3||Bristow, VA||Jiffy Lube Live||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 5||Detroit, MI||The Palace of Auburn Hills||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 7||Milwaukee, WI||Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 17||Boston, MA||TD Garden||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 21||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center||Tue. 3/27||Fri. 3/30|
|July 24||East Rutherford, NJ||IZOD Center||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 26||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 28||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|July 30||Houston, TX||Toyota Center||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|August 1||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|August 4||Oakland, CA||Oracle Arena||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|August 6||Los Angeles, CA||Hollywood Bowl||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
|August 8||Tacoma, WA||Tacoma Dome||Tue. 3/27||Sat. 3/31|
Don’t Miss Aerosmith At the Grove in LA – Wednesday, March 28th at 12pm
Hey – something’s going on big at the Grove in Los Angeles. Be at the fountain near the patch of grass, Wednesday, March 28th promptly at 12pm. This is YOUR chance to see Aerosmith and a whole lot more!
Aerosmith, Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rock, Draw the Line & More Career Defining Masterpieces From America’s All-Time Top-Selling Rock Band Finally Available Digitally
The classic Columbia Records catalog recordings (1973-1987) of Aerosmith, America’s all-time top-selling rock and roll band, will be available for the first time digitally on the iTunes Store beginning Tuesday, September 6. Pre-orders for the full albums begin today on iTunes.
An essential canon of music from one of the world’s greatest and most enduring rock bands, Aerosmith’s recordings for Columbia Records in the 1970s and 1980s defined an epic career trajectory and the cultural epoch that surrounded it. Over the years, Aerosmith’s patented blend of knowing pop-craft and roiling libidinous has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, with more than 66 million of those in the US alone.
The classic Aerosmith catalog will be available to purchase and download on iTunes and other digital retailers as full albums or individual tracks.
If you missed the debut of Steven Tyler’s new video, “(It) Feels So Good” on American Idol last night, you can check it out below!
Growing up, I was a huge Aerosmith fan. I can still remember the first time I heard Sweet Emotion on the radio at the ripe old age of 10. That song transformed my world and helped shape my love for rock music. I remember buying Pump on the day it was released in 1989 and playing that cassette over and over and over again. F.I.N.E. and What It Takes spoke to me like other songs had not (at least not in a very long time). I can remember watching all of the videos from that album on MTV and loving every one of them, including both versions of What It Takes.
I still remember the giddy joy I felt when I received Pandora’s Box one Christmas. I spent weeks dissecting every disc in that collection, waltzing through the musical history of Aerosmith while reading the entire book that accompanied the box set cover to cover. The historical musical references had me fall in love with the band all over again. From the early, pre-Aerosmith, Steven Tyler songs, to the latest version of Sweet Emotion and Chip Away At The Stone, it was all spectacular.
In the 90s, Aerosmith was still going strong with utterly fantastic releases like Get A Grip and Nine Lives. Onward into 2001 and the band was still rocking with the release of one of their greatest albums ever, Just Push Play. Then they came out with a covers album, Honkin’ On Bobo. While it wasn’t new Aerosmith music, it was still decent. The band decided to cover their favorite blues songs and the end result was all right. Nothing special, but all the fans figured it was a stop-gap until their next record of original material came out. The only problem was that record never materialized. Endless delays and issues within the band ceased it from happening.
The last two years have been somewhat of a train wreck for Aerosmith. It started with Steven Tyler being in the band, then out of the band, then in the band again. Then Aerosmith fulfilled their contractual obligations by going through the motions of their “only to collect a paycheck” concerts in Hawaii. And then there was the latest – Steven Tyler wanting to focus on the Steven Tyler “brand” and joining American Idol as a judge. What does this all mean to the Aerosmith fan?
For one, it means that Steven has deserted his fans. He can say whatever he wants, but to leave us with Honkin’ On Bobo as the last record Aerosmith ever releases is akin to Guns N Roses leaving us with The Spaghetti Incident. For a band that I idolized as a teen, I expected so much more. Aerosmith should be ashamed if the final release in their legacy is Honkin’ On Bobo. By the look of things, there won’t be an alternative ending.
To that, I make this plea to the band that I worshipped growing up; to the band that took much of my allowance; to the band that I spent several hundred dollars on to see in concert; to the band that shaped my adolescence with their funk infused style of old school rock and roll. I say this. Please don’ leave us Honkin’ On Bobo. Please do whatever it takes to get together and release that one last great album that we all know is in you. There doesn’t need to be a tour behind it (although that would be nice), but we need that last record that you were working on. Steven Tyler still has talent. Joe Perry still has credentials. Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, and Tom Hamilton can still bring it, we know they can. So please, Aerosmith, whatever it takes, bring us one more studio record. It will wipe the taste of Bobo out of our mouths and it will do so much to help re-establish your name as one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever. The bad boys from Boston. One more record. Please.
By now, we all know about the past year Aerosmith has had. They were all set to do a huge tour and supposedly finish recording an album of brand new material. Then they went on hiatus. Then Steven Tyler got messed up with the drugs again. He went to rehab after that and Joe Perry claimed that Aerosmith was looking for a new lead singer (like there could even be an Aerosmith without Tyler). There were even rumors that Billy Idol was going to be Tyler’s replacement. Things looked very bleak for the bad boys from Boston and fans feared that the worst was here, Aerosmith was done.
Then, magically, the band kissed and made up. Steven showed up at a Joe Perry concert to announce that he wasn’t leaving the band and a couple of weeks later, the band had sketched out a full “comeback” tour. What I want to know is how real is this comeback?
Currently out on their “Cocked, Locked, and Ready To Rock” Tour, how much is Aerosmith doing this for the fans versus doing it for the money? The reviews of the first handful of concerts have been positive, and that’s a testament to Aerosmith’s professionalism and years of road experience. I’m sure that if you see them on stage this summer/fall, they are going to put on one hell of a show. But is their heart really in it anymore?
With Steven Tyler recently announcing how he wants to be a judge on American Idol and with an unfinished album left rotting in a studio somewhere, could this be the swan song for Aerosmith? How well are the band members really getting along? It appears that they may just be going through the motions in order to fulfill contractual obligations.
Back in the day, Aerosmith changed their setlist every single night so that each concert was a unique experience. On this tour, the band is playing almost identical sets every night. It’s like they stole a page out of the Kiss playbook! What happened to the Aerosmith that could change it up on a dime? With their vast catalog, this band should be playing a whole slew of different tunes nightly.
Setlists aside, how well is the band really getting along. The reviews that I’ve read for their current tour haven’t mentioned anything about how the band interacts on stage. Are Steven and Joe still palling around, or is every member of the band staying in their own space? Friendship, while not required to make an exceptional band, builds a tighter unit. If each member is their own island, then how much is the band really going to give?
The big question here is – could this be the end of Aerosmith? There are currently no plans to go back in the studio to release a new album. Their current tour ends on September 16th in Canada. Will we be seeing Aerosmith after that? Will they even be able to stand the sight of each other once this tour ends? My advice is if you’ve never seen this band live, you might want to catch them on this tour. There may never be another chance.
Do you remember the song “Walk on Water” from the 1994 Greatest Hits CD, Big Ones? I forgot that there were new songs on this CD, and was even more surprised to find that a video was released in support of the CD. Check out the clip, “Walk on Water” below.
Aerosmith announced U.S. dates for their Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock Tour! Tickets are going on sale soon!
Date City, State Venue
Fri. July 23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Mon. July 26 Paso Robles, CA California Mid-State Fair
Thu. July 29 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat. July 31 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Tue. Aug 3 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Amphitheatre
Thu. Aug 5 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat. Aug 7 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Mon. Aug 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
Thu. Aug 12 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sat. Aug 14 Boston, MA Fenway Park
Tue. Aug 17 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
Thu. Aug 19 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Sun. Aug 22 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Tue. Aug 24 Holmdel, NJ PNJ Bank Arts Center
Thu. Aug 26 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair
Sat. Aug 28 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Tue. Aug 31 Detroit, MI The Palace at Auburn Hills
Thu. Sep 2 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sat. Sep 4 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
The Aerosmith insanity continues to spill into 2010 with more rumors of Aerosmith seeking out a new singer. While the band continues talks with Lenny Kravitz, Billy Idol, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Howard Stern, Oscar the Grouch, Spongebob Squarepants and countless others that will complete dilute and destroy the Aerosmith name, Steven Tyler seems to have completely lost his mind, singing Aerosmith karaoke in Home Depot stores. What the hell is going on with Aerosmith?!?
If Aerosmith carries on with a different singer, they will completely harm the band’s megaband status. No one will want to see another singer with Aerosmith at this stage in the band’s career.
My sound advice for Steven Tyler, if your band mates choose to carry on without you, you need to do two things. First, finish your rehab session and get healthy. Second, when you are of sound mind, make one phone call, NOT to your manager, NOT to Joe Perry. Call Slash!
A Velvet Revolver fronted by Steven Tyler would escalate VR to uber band status. Slash and company are heavily influenced by Aerosmith, and with you joining them, the band would reach new heights, and leave your former band in the dust. If the relationship between you and your former band is beyond all repair, this is the only move that makes sense at this stage in your career.
Of course, I would think that the grown men in Aerosmith could work out their issues, and stop all the nonsense. I would prefer Aerosmith to keep Tyler as their front man, and move away from all the drama, but I guess this is only way they can keep the band’s name out there now.
If Aerosmith can’t continue with Steven Tyler, Velvet Revolver would be damn cool with him. Give it some thought!
Veteran rocker Billy Idol has become the latest big name rumoured to be in the running to replace Steven Tyler as frontman of Aerosmith.
The band revealed they will be hosting auditions to find a new member while Tyler takes a hiatus, with guitarist Joe Perry insisting the star won’t be ready to tour with them until he recovers from a recent stint in rehab and a series of operations.
Lenny Kravitz was the first singer linked to the role, but admitted he would never take over from Tyler, while reports have also suggested former Queen star Paul Rodgers.
Now Idol is rumoured to be in contention, with Classic Rock magazine reporting he was due to meet with the musicians but pulled out after falling sick.
A source tells the publication, “Joe said he wanted to talk to Billy about joining Aerosmith, because the band were having problems with Steven. As far as I know Idol did not show up due to having a cold.”
Perry recently admitted they have already talked to a number of singers about replacing Tyler, but refused to divulge any names. He said, “(There’s) a few people we’ve talked to, and we’ll see how it goes… As far as auditions go, we’ll probably just sit around and have a couple of drinks and see if we get along – because we’re already gonna know that they can sing.”
I know, I know! “What’s goin’ on with the band?” “What the hell are you guys up to?” Well it all boils down to Steven wanting to go solo for a while and the other four of us wanting to continue. I’m not getting into what and what not’s been in the press lately. I’d like a day off from all that if you don’t FREAKIN’ mind.
Some weeks ago we finished four shows that were still left on the plate for this year. As we’re getting close to the end of the year I found myself replaying my mental videos of those gigs.
The first one was in San Francisco. It was basically a huge party put on by one of our most massive companies. They may be a corporate monolith but when they decide to reward their employees with a party the lid is basically off the budget. They rented an island off of San Francisco and turned it into soiree central. The place was set up like a permanent venue even though it was only going to be used for this one night. What the hell? We have a history of wretched excess. Why not play for a big corporation enjoying theirs? Considering that it was a party for their employees I guess it’s kind of cool.
A little while before the show we went over to a tent to do a met and greet with some of the revelers. On the way back I thought I heard someone say that Roger Daltry was playing nearby on another stage that was set up for the party. We headed in that direction and found ourselves in his trailer where he and his band-mates were getting ready for their show. We had met before in Japan a few years back so, even though we hadn’t had time to become close friends there was still a happy re-union atmosphere. We spent a few minutes catching up. Simon Townshend was there. I asked when they would be coming to Boston and then gave him some advice about where to find some cool duds if they want to go out and spend a few quid.
I had a new tech named Mike who usually works for Joe Walsh when the Eagles tour. He had some unexpected time off and came to work for me on our remaining gigs. We had some time for a sound check earlier in the afternoon and everything was tight. We don’t always do sound checks because the sound can vary so much when the venue fills up with people. Some of us almost consider them bad luck but this time it was productive as I got to simplify my set-up a bit.
Steven was off on his own somewhere so we didn’t see him until show-time. As everyone already knows there had been some difficult vibe issues but once we got up on to the stage waiting to go on, I felt us morphing into show mode. It was exhilarating to sense the everyday crap melting away and being replaced by that feeling of diving off a cliff as one, knowing how good that water was going to feel.
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Original Aerosmith rhythm guitarist guesting on syndicated radio program
Ray Tabano, original rhythm guitarist for the legendary rock band Aerosmith, will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights December 4-10. Tabano will talk about his time with the band in the early 1970s as guitarist as well as rejoining the group as marketing director in 1973. Tabano, who designed the iconic Aerosmith logo, now owns a catering business in Yonkers, NY ( http://www.5stargourmetcatering.com ).
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly radio program airing on several rock and metal radio stations, both on the internet and on the FM dial. Visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com for a full list of stations where you can tune in to Hard Rock Nights.
It seems like every day I check the various news sources, there is another statement from another member of Aerosmith talking about the breakup, the non-breakup or the search for a new singer etc.
I have posted very little about this at HRH, as quite frankly, I am tired of reading about it. This whole thing has gone far past stupid.
I though Aerosmith had some pretty good momentum on their side for a while, with the release of kick ass video game, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, and a summer tour in 2009. Their tour this summer was plagued with sickness, and canceled dates. There has been nothing but drama in the Aerosmith camp since then. Quite frankly, if I want drama, I will turn on TNT.
My message to Aerosmith: Shut up and rock. If Stephen Tyler wants to do a solo thing, let him. If you think you will find a new singer to replace him, you are insane. Twenty years ago, this could have been possible. No one will care in 2010. Aerosmith without Stephen Tyler is unthinkable. If you want to break up, do so with dignity. Aerosmith will always be considered one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time. Nothing can take that away from you.
My message to Aerosmith management: Put a gag order in place for all band members. Issue a press release on the state of band affairs. Kick all of their asses, and get them back in the studio to release some new music.
Thank you for listening! Now let us get back to the rock!
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting in this article, that front man, Steven Tyler has quit Aerosmith. Let us all hope that this doesn’t spell the end for the band. Click on the link above to read the full article.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was airlifted to a hospital after falling from stage during a concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota.
Tyler, 61, fell while entertaining the crowd by dancing around after the sound system failed during the song “Love In an Elevator,” said Mike Sanborn, spokesman for the Buffalo Chip Campground, which hosted the outdoor concert.
Tyler was on the stage’s catwalk when he fell backward onto a couple of fans in the middle of what was a record crowd, Sanborn said. Security rushed to help him and the crowd cheered when Tyler got back up.
“He was good natured about it,” Sanborn said. “He was in good spirits when he got in the helicopter. He was talking and joking with the physician.”
“It was an unfortunate end to an extraordinary evening.”
Tyler suffered minor head and neck injuries and a shoulder injury, but it wasn’t immediately clear how serious that was, he said.
Tyler was taken backstage and around 12:15 a.m., Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry came out to tell the audience Tyler was being taken to the hospital and that the show would not go on.
It happened about halfway through the performance, Sanborn said.
“He does a lot of dancing on the stage and he does a lot of stuff with his mike stand. He put his stand down and twirled around and stepped backwards off the stage,” he said.
Sanborn said Tyler was attended to on site by a physician and flown to Rapid City Regional Hospital, the only major hospital in the region.
Jennifer Horton, the hospital’s vice president of public relations and marketing, said early Thursday that Tyler wasn’t in the hospital directory. Under the privacy laws, that means the person is either not there or chose not to be included in the directory, according to the hospital’s Web site.
Tyler attended Sturgis last year to promote his Dirico Motorcycles line and was back this year to do that again and play at the Buffalo Chip.
Fans were disappointed the concert was cut short but hoped Tyler was OK.
Lance Yellow Robe, who said he was 8 eight feet from the stage when Tyler fell off, told the Rapid City Journal “you could kind of see it coming because he was dancing all over the stage.
“I hope he’s OK,” Yellow Robe said. “I could care less about the concert being canceled.”
A hot rumor that is being talked about on the Aeroforce one message board as well as Twitter right now, is that after the current Aerosmith tour, Steven Tyler will be leaving Aerosmith.
Fact or Fiction? Let us hope that this one isn’t true!
The M3 Festival in Columbia, MD was a fun and very cool experience. Their was a ton of great music all day, and one of my favorite acts of the day was Jetboy. I have only been able to catch Jetboy live one other time. When the opportunity came up to see the band play again, and also to interview the band in the same day, I could not pass it up. The following interview is the conversation that I had with Jetboy guitarists Fernie Rod and Billy Rowe at M3. Enjoy!
Fernie Rod: A lot of people say we deserve certain things, we should be here, we should be there, and that is not reality. I agree. We are a band that is always going to work hard to get to, where we want to get to.
Since the last time you seen us we have eleven killer new tracks, we played three of them today. One of them “Going Down, Above the Clouds” is going to be our single. We have been writing, the magic between Billy and Mickey and myself is there and really is as good as it has ever been, if not better. We had a great crowd today, and we are making headway to get to the point were we be playing, and doing this feasibly a lot. Our idea is to be on the road 200 – 225 shows per year, that is the goal and we are getting there.
Rob Rockitt: That is good news, you don’t get to the east coast often enough!
Fernie Rod: I know!
Rob Rockitt: Have you been to the east coast since the 2007?
Billy Rowe: No not since the last time we saw you.
Fernie Rod: We still have to work out a lot of things. It is not easy. There are promoters that have heard of Jetboy, but it is not like promoters will give us three grand to play wherever we want.
Rob Rockitt: You have to work at getting your name back out there again.
Billy Rowe: Oh yeah, exactly.
Rob Rockitt: A lot of music fans here today are not familiar with Jetboy.
Billy Rowe: That is a good place for us to be actually. There is a fine line where we can move forward and be relevant at the same time.
Rob Rockitt: You have been together for over 25 years. Most bands that have been together as long as Jetboy start going through the motions and start releasing subpar material. Based on the new songs I heard today, you are writing the best songs of your career right now.
Billy Rowe: We picked up where we left off. We got cut short. We were on hiatus for a while.
Rob Rockitt: Was that due to the stuff with MCA?
Billy Rowe: Pretty much, yeah. It was the contract really. We were living off of the money. All of a sudden you have no money, and you have to go to work.
Fernie Rod: It is a tough life. If a band is fortunate enough early on their career to get a hit single where the record company, like Guns N Roses, Warrant, and Poison. If you can get that early shot where you can get that mass exposure, then you got a great chance to keep doing what their doing, year in and year out. There are a million other stories out there of bands…We know of so many bands that we love, that no one has ever heard of. It could be hit or miss. The good thing is, moral of the story is we are picking up where we left off. We are not a jaded band from the 80’s. The band is on fire, like you said and is writing the best songs ever. Now there is a new window of opportunity to get out there and get exposure. We have a manager and a publicist. When they hear the new songs the momentum is going to roll. The last time you saw us we didn’t have anything new yet, so we were still trying to push the older material.
Billy Rowe: We just decided to be a band again. We didn’t have a manager at that point. We didn’t have anything. We decided we would hop on the tour and lets go do it.
Fernie Rod: Now we have a ripping manager and a great publicist and seeing that the ball is rolling. All I can say is, we are aware of it, and all we can do is try. If the rock gods open the avenues and doors for us, we are going to walk through it. Now we can walk through it confidently. I would like to think at the end of 2009, 2010, 2011 you are going to see this momentum, there is the record, and then you will be seeing more and more stuff.
Rob Rockitt: When do you think the new CD will be done?
Fernie Rod: The goal is in July. With the music industry and the way things are now, we are still trying to decide what the best thing is to do. I have a feeling what we are going to do is release through the internet through ITunes and the website and what not. We are going to do this the best we can ourselves in the since that we are going to record three songs first. Release what we feel is a strong single “Going Down Above the Clouds” and then build off that. But still recording for the eventual album release. Its not that cheap to do a record these days. You can do a record, but if you want it sound good there has to be a little money back there behind that. We want to do good quality work. Its a juggling act. We are trying to do the best that we can. All of that is a very complex process, if you have a limited budget to work with. I think considering that we are doing the best we can. We are seeing the progress. Goal #1 get some new songs. We have surpassed that goal. We have eleven rippers!
Rob Rockitt: So you have eleven songs that are done?
Fernie Rod: We have about five or six that are completely arranged and ready to go. The others need to be condensed and fixed up. Essentially, we have eleven ready to go.
Rob Rockitt: What was the first new song that you played today?
Billy Rowe: Perfectly Wrong
Rob Rockitt: That song was a ripping track. It was unbelievable!
Fernie Rod: That is good. The response has been that way.
Billy Rowe: It has been really good.
Fernie Rod: This time around we recorded everything on a cassette player like the old days. Billy and I had a ton of song ideas, and we went down the mix together. If we could make it sound good on acoustic, it is going to translate on electric guitar five to ten times or more better. Everything you heard was done on acoustic guitars first. We recorded everything, we jammed everything, we did the vocals, we arranged everything on the acoustic, then we sat down with the rest of the boys and then put it through the electric and it came out a lot more intense. Our goal was to do it the old school way and do it that way. If it sounds good on piano or acoustic guitar, I am telling you what the great bands did. AC/DC and Aerosmith, a lot of those bands wrote on the acoustic and piano. If it felt right then, it gets magnified when it is electrified. So that is what we did.
Rob Rockitt: Looking back do you regret signing with MCA?
Fernie Rod: No, You know a lot of bands break up over those situations. We were very hurt. We felt like we got screwed over, but when we went through the history of bands, we saw it everywhere. There have been thousands of bands that have been dropped or had albums shelved, and screwed over and worse. There have been bands that have made a lot of money, but the band got zero.
Rob Rockitt: Kix is a perfect example of that.
Fernie Rod: I wasn’t going to say it, but exactly. That is even more painful. That is a jab in the heart. So fact that there still playing should tell you and everybody, they are not bitter. They were resilitant and here they are now. Otherwise if they were bitter and angry, there would be no band.
Billy Rowe: What are you going to?
Rob Rockitt: You have to move on.
Fernie Rod: You really, really do.
Rob Rockitt: Your first two CD’s Feel the Shake and Damned Nation, do you own the rights to those? Are you able to re-release those some how?
Billy Rowe: laughs
Fernie Rod: There are only a handful of bands in the world that own their publishing. That is not a common thing. The labels when they sign you, they give you the money, and will get you out there. We own the publishing and give you a percentage of it. There are only certain bands out there who own their songs. I think Motley Crue is one of the them, Barbara Streisand is another. It is not common. If you are interested in this material, come to the JetboyRocks site.
Billy Rowe: You can thank Ray Charles. The one guy that made a difference with that. Owning your own recordings.
Rob Rockitt: A lot of bands are trying to do things on their own now and trying to cut the labels out.
Fernie Rod: It is good and it is bad. The music industry is not unlike the car industry. After all these years, they are all about gone. The car industry is filing for bankruptcy. The business model of music, in the 70’s and 60’s and 50’s, unless you have incredible people behind you, the bands got ripped off. To this day, James Brown, Little Richard, The King of Rock and Roll, for years would get on interviews, “I got ripped off, I wan’t my money, GIVE me my money”. Everbody.. Aerosmith..everybody..got ripped off. All of that karma and that whole industry has almost fallen by the wayside. Now there is a give and take, now you can control what is outputting, but to get it out the mass public, the internet is one option, it is a combination of the internet and promotion and distribution. You know, TV is important if you can get your song into movies.
Rob Rockitt: You had a song in “The Burbs” a few years ago.
Fernie Rod: “The Burbs” and She’s Out of Control”.
Rob Rockitt: I forgot about that one.
Billy Rowe: We still get money off of that.
Fernie Rod: We are still signed to BMI, so anytime they show that movie on video, or TV anywhere in the world. BMI and ASCAP keeps track of that. Bands like Avril Lavigne and Ben Folds Seven (Billy laughs). A lot of their songs broke in video games. Kids are playing video games 100 hours a week or whatever. They are hearing those songs over and over and over again and getting a lot of mass exposure.
Rob Rockitt: With the fact that you have new songs coming out, have you talked to anybody about getting your songs into Guitar Hero or Rock Band? These games are huge for music right now.
Fernie Rod: We want to look into that. Its not like we can knock on the door and say hi were Jetboy, can we get a song into that. It is way more involved than that.
Billy Rowe: Its the same kind of thing. Be careful of what you sign. Little Richard did get ripped off. He didn’t read the paper. He didn’t read the fine print. None of us did. That is why we got fucked in a lot of ways. We didn’t read it.
Rob Rockitt: If you are a young band, and a label offers to send you all over the world, you are probably going to sign.
Fernie Rod: You are going to sign, and there are promises. If the labels would have been a little more diligent, we probably would have broke eventually with one of those songs. The label says sorry we are done, we are moving on. Grunge and hip hop are taking over. That has happened in the 70’s with the progressive bands and a lot of bands in the 70’s once disco hit. It is part of the business. If you happen to fall in the right spot at the right time, and all the stars align, you can make things happen. Guns N’ Roses and Poison for example. We were all signed at the same time. Frankly, I am about sick and tired of it of how many people have come up to me and said you guys should have been just as big. Yeah we should have but things happened that blocked it for us in certain areas. What are going to do?
Rob Rockitt: I would rather support a band like Jetboy who is wanting to create new music, instead of a band like Poison were Bret Michaels is spending more time on Rock of Love than writing new music. He is making a joke out of himself.
Fernie Rod: It is true. It is not easy to do. If you are not on top of your game, you can’t write material that is going to be good. Otherwise everyone could do it. It is not an easy thing to do. We live in an world now that there are artists and musicians, and if you are not careful, you become a celebrity. That is what Bret is. I am not putting him down or being angry.
Rob Rockitt: He has reinvented himself with that show, but I don’t think that is what he needs to do.
Fernie Rod: Not as a rock and roll musician. Like Slash, I read a couple of days ago, there is no Guns N’ Roses anywmore, so he needs to find something to do. He played guitar for that guy on American Idol.
Rob Rockitt: Speaking of Slash, I recently finished his book.
Fernie Rod: He got it all wrong.
Rob Rockitt: What do you guys think about what Slash said about Todd ( Crews, Jetboy’s former drummer)?
Fernie Rod: Guns N’ Roses and Jetboy were good friends. We hung out together, we did a lot of things together. He claimed they were really close friends. The reality, unfortunately, he got it all wrong. The bottom line was this we were all good friends, and part of the glam scene. He said in the book we don’t like that stuff, we had nothing to do with it. Jetboy is this and Jetboy is that. I remember us all sitting around and writing songs, jamming, supporting each other. Because Jetboy was thinking about our career we had to let Todd go. At the age of 23, he was already a drunk mess. If we would have kept him the band, we would have gotten dropped. We probably wouldn’t have been able to make a record. We had to let him go. Guns N’ Roses never forgave Jetboy. I still hear the phone call in my mind from Axl and Slash told me, what you guys did was wrong, we are all a family. We would never do that in our band to anyone. What did they end up doing?
Rob Rockitt: They did the same thing to Stephen Adler.
Fernie Rod: They never forgave us, and held hatred and a grudge toward us because of that to this day. They would have to go back on their word and save face. In that book Slash was trying to excercise his guilt. There was a lot of guilt. Todd didn’t die with us. He died in their presense with them. Slash may have been his friend, but he wasn’t a true friend. He was his friend, but they were dysfunctional. Drug addicts don’t make good friends.
Rob Rockitt: Tell me about your new drummer.
Fernie Rod: Doug Hovan was a friend and fan for the last 25 years. He used to play in some of the bands that opened for Jetboy back in the day. In the earlier days, when we played at the Mabuhay, the Stone, the On Broadway when we used to rule the roost back then. He was part of the scene and in different bands that used to play with us. We decided that we needed to part ways with Jeff (Moscone). We needed someone with a different mindset. He became available. He stepped into the role, and he is a beautiful guy. He expresses himself on the drums perfectly. We love him. He is ideal.
Rob Rockitt: You have a bunch of new pictures up on myspace. Your new pictures and design looks great.
Fernie Rod: A gentleman named Noel. He is a friend of Billy’s. He is helping us do all of our websites. Danny Valdez is a friend of ours, when the band first got back together went on the road with us and takes pictures for us. He has developed into a great photographer.
Rob Rockitt: You would expect pictures like these from a brand new band.
Fernie Rod: We are a brand new band. I think if we emphasize that, we are a brand new band. We are an old school, brand new band. Danny has a great camera and a great eye. He knows how to shoot the band. That was simple, that was easy. I wish everything was that easy.
Rob Rockitt: Thank you guys for the interview. It has been an honor!
WINNERS TO PERFORM ON STAGE BEFORE AEROSMITH AND THEIR SPECIAL GUESTS
So you wanna be a rock superstar?
Well, rock superstardom is now within your grasp courtesy of AEROSMITH and Guitar Hero®: Aerosmith®. In groundbreaking fashion, America’s Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Band and the mega-popular video game franchise are giving fans the chance to be the OPENING ACT for the massive Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Presents Aerosmith tour with special guests ZZ Top. The tour–for which tickets are available now at www.livenation.com– kicks off June 10 in St. Louis, with ZZ Top joining the tour on June 21. The catch? Fans simply have to prove their mettle on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
In each city the tour hits, two victorious fret-burners will perform before ZZ Top (or the support acts for the dates where ZZ Top aren’t performing), playing Guitar Hero: Aerosmith on stage in front of massive audiences. One grand prize winner will be chosen from AEROSMITH’s YouTube channel online and others will be chosen from participating radio stations. However, AEROSMITH are offering the victors way more than just rock immortality for a night.
Winners also receive two tickets to the show, a Guitar Hero: Aerosmith prize package and a personal pre-show congratulatory meet-and-greet with none other than AEROSMITH’s STEVEN TYLER (vocals) and JOE PERRY (guitar). That’s for the winners, not their guests, since the backstage area can only accommodate winners and fellow rock stars.
Further solidifying the winner’s status as a living room rock god, each opening set will be filmed and featured on Aeroforceone.com and the AEROSMITH YouTube channel. Now that’s something to post on your friends’ Facebook walls.
The contest will be showcased on social media sites including MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, iLike and official websites such as Aerosmith.com and Aeroforceone.com; and Guitar Hero web sites including GuitarHero.com and Guitar Hero’s Facebook group.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to shred the stage before AEROSMITH and ZZ Top light up their strings, here’s how to enter:
1) Create a video either ripping some serious air guitar using the Guitar Hero controller OR shredding a wicked session of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
2) Upload video to YouTube. IMPORTANT: EACH VIDEO ENTRY MUST BE CLEARLY TAGGED AS FOLLOWS: “AerosmithOpeningAct” (one word, no spaces) and another tag with the city you want to win (i.e. “Mansfield”). So your two tags would be: “AerosmithOpeningAct” and “Mansfield.” (Use the city name listed under the “Location” column on the Aero Force One tour page (http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pk=viewall&cd=MA2).
3) Subscribe to Aerosmith’s Official YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/theofficialaerosmith. We’ll update the contest videos on a weekly basis, so make sure to see your entry posted after a week. If it’s not there, double check that you tagged it correctly. If you entered everything correctly, email email@example.com with a link to your YouTube video contest entry, the city you hope to win, your first and last name and your email address.
4) AF1 will pick a winner in each city. Hint: To get your video noticed make sure your vid is crazy, cool, rockin’, funny, creative, insane or all of the above—within the letter of the law, of course.
5) Winners will be informed on a rolling basis two weeks before each show. Even if you’re not a grand prize winner, there are some fantastic runner-up prizes. There will be other winners based on videos with the most ratings, comments or creativity. Guitar Hero game packs and pairs of tickets to the shows, will be available Runners Up prizes.
6) Make sure you stay in touch with all the contest news—sign up for AeroForceOne’s official email newsletter (www.aeroforceone.com) and follow AF1 on Twitter (www.twitter.com/aeroforceone) to stay up on the leaders!
Becoming a rock star has never been this easy. There’s no touring required, no sleeping on floors, no bad catering, no bus boredom and no awkward interviews, just you and a packed amphitheatre filled to the brim with screaming fans. All you have to do is shred to some of Aerosmith’s greatest hits in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith in order to gain the golden backstage pass.
If you don’t win the Opening Act contest, there’s still a way to get on the same stage as Aerosmith. Aero Force One (AF1), the band’s official fan club, offers exclusive VIP packages for every show on the band’s massive summer tour. With the “Ultra Sweet Spot,” take a guided backstage tour to meet the cast and crew in charge of Aerosmith’s legendary live productions. Stand on stage in the same spot where Steven, Joe, Tom, Brad and Joey will play to thousands of screaming fans and rock the rafters mere hours later. Hang out at a pre-show party where Joey Kramer will make a special appearance and share up-close and personal “Joey Kramer” and of course Aerosmith stories. From your seats in the first 10 rows you’ll get close enough to see legendary guitarists at work – watch Brad Whitford and Joe Perry’s fingers fly on every note in Aerosmith’s blistering set list. AF1 offers a range of VIP packages, each tailored to the ultimate Aerosmith fan experience. (With “Wheels Up,” you can meet Steven and Joe!). If you just want to get to the show, AF1 offers tickets-only with “Premium Tickets” – and throws in some killer merchandise just for being a fan club member. Visit AeroForceOne.com for details.
Now you’ve got two ways to visit rock superstardom for that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Good luck!
AEROSMITH–STEVEN TYLER (vocals), JOE PERRY (guitar), BRAD WHITFORD (guitar), TOM HAMILTON (bass) and JOEY KRAMER (drums)–made history last year when Activision released Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, marking the first music-based game built around the legendary music of Aerosmith. The groundbreaking partnership united “America’s greatest hard rock act” (as described by Mojo editor Phil Alexander in a May ’07 cover story) with the massively successful videogame franchise; sales exploded and broke records, with AEROSMITH reaching another generation of fans.
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In my opinion, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are the Yin and Yang of Aerosmith. The band can not succeed without both members. Joe Perry is one of the best rock guitarists of all time, and Steven Tyler is one of the best singers to grace hard rock music.
With that being said, the early eighties was a dark period for Aerosmith, and the band forged ahead without Joe Perry or Brad Whitford (although Whitford did play on “Lighting Strikes”). The rhythm section of Aerosmith was securely in tact for this album, as Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton were still in the band. “Rock In A Hard Place” still has quite a bit of that Aerosmith groove, but this disc is far from the band’s best effort.
When it comes right down to it, the great thing about Aerosmith is their vast collection of great hard rock songs. When I dusted this disc off to give it another chance, I hoped to find a couple of classic Aerosmith tunes on this disc. After two or three plays, none of these song stick with me very much. It isn’t that they are band, they just aren’t very memorable. The best cuts are “Jailbait”, “Lightning Strikes”, and the title track “Rock and In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)”. While I like the music, even the best tunes don’t live up to Aerosmith’s past works.
“Rock In A Hard Place” isn’t the worst Aerosmith album, but in my opinion it is just an o.k. disc, and one for the Aerosmith diehard fans only.
2. Lightning Strikes
3. Bitch’s Brew
4. Bolivian Ragamuffin
5. Cry Me A River
6. Prelude To Joanie
7. Joanie’s Butterfly
8. Rock In A Hard Place
9. Jig Is Up
10. Push Comes To Shove
Steven Tyler – Vocals
Jimmy Crespo – Lead Guitar
Tom Hamilton – Bass
Joey Kramer – Drums
Rick Dufay – Guitar
Brad Whitford – Rhythm Guitar on Lightning Strikes
Paul Harris – Piano – Push Comes to Shove
John Turi – Sax – Rock In A Hard Place
Richard Struab – Violins on Joanie’s Butterfly
John Lievano – Guitar O.D. on Joanie’s Butterfly
Jack Douglas – Percussion
It appears that the format on XM Radio’s Boneyard has definitely changed. Their new format is, “Classic Rock that is Hard and Heavy”. Over the last couple of days I have heard heavy cuts from Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, Rush, Aerosmith, The Cult, Black Sabbath and more. I can’t say that I have heard anything that truly falls under the hair metal envelope, so that is one major change to the Boneyard.
Still no sign of the familiar “Bone Me” either.
The station seems to be a little heavier than it used to be, but I have heard no new songs on the Boneyard and that is a complete disappointment.
Hopefully, it will get better as time goes on, but it is definitely not the same.