Categories: Joey Kramer
April 18, 2014
On March 15 & 16, Sysco Boston hosted their annual “Sysco Boston Spring Food Show” at the Seaport World Trade Center and my Rockin’ & Roastin’ team and I got to be a part of it this year. We set-up a festive booth and over the course of two days, we poured a quick 1,500 cups of coffee for the myriad of Sysco clients who attended.
On our menu? Guatemalan, Sumatran and a special brew available to Sysco clients only – a Swiss, water-based decaffinated version that is entirely natural.
We started working with Sysco – the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and more – some months back and it is truly amazing the reach they have. Through Sysco, we have landed in the cafeterias and office spaces of some of the best companies’ New England headquarters including Comcast, Arbella, Schneider Electric and Nokia.
It was great being home in Boston before we start Aerosmith’s “Let Rock Rule” world tour in May. We’ll be back in Beantown on July 16 at the XFinity Center, one of our first shows as we kick off the tour stateside. Be sure to check out our tour schedule and, as always…
Rock On, Roast On.
Categories: Joey Kramer
Aerosmith: Four Classic LPs On Audiophile Vinyl To Be Made Available For ‘Record Store Day’ on Saturday, April 19th
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment has announced the label’s all-star line-up of 7″ and 12″ vinyl titles for Record Store Day 2014, celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 19.
For Record Store Day 2014, Legacy is offering limited edition and collectible titles from classic artists, four classic Aerosmith 12″ LPs, individually numbered on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
* “Rocks” – 12″ 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP in an individually numbered jacket. Aerosmith’s 1976 classic “Rocks” captures Aerosmith at the band’s most raw and rocking, featuring “Back In The Saddle” and “Last Child”.
* “Draw The Line” – 12″ 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP in an individually numbered jacket. Aerosmith’s 1977 release “Draw The Line” responded to then-emerging punk with a full-on straight-ahead hard rock assault, wrapped in an iconic cover art by American caricaturist Art Hirschfeld.
* “Night In The Ruts” – 12″ 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP in an individually numbered jacket. 1979’s “Night In The Ruts” includes “No Surprize”, which recounts the band’s early history, as well the driving “Chiquita”, the jamming “Three Mile Smile”, the furious “Bone to Bone”, and a pair of covers: The Yardbirds’ “Think About It” and the novelty number “Reefer Head Woman”.
* “Rock In A Hard Place” – 12″ 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP in an individually numbered jacket. Originally released in 1982, “Rock In A Hard Place” is the only album in Aerosmith history to not include guitarist Joe Perry. The band still created world-class rock as evidenced in the title track as well as “Prelude To Joanie”, “Lightning Strikes”, “Jailbait”, “Bitch’s Brew” and “Bolivian Ragamuffin”.
Categories: Joe Perry, Steven Tyler
Categories: Steven Tyler
Categories: Steven Tyler
April 11, 2014
A sneak peak at a one-of-a-kind appearance from Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry who, along with the Southern California Children’s Chorus, perform a version of “Dream On” specifically arranged for “E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest.”
Watch on ABC Saturday at 4PM, then Tuesday at ESPN 7PM ET.
Watch video: (here).
April 10, 2014
“We’re an old fashioned rock band,” Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler tells Rolling Stone. “You know what? We’re still fucking together, we still have the passion, and we still fight and we still make up and it’s still alive. It’s still rock & roll.”
Five years ago, the multi-platinum Boston act hardly seemed to have much of a future at all, with years of stalled recording projects, onstage injuries and general band tensions. There was talk of solo projects, a new singer. But Monday at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, California, Aerosmith were like a band of brothers again: Tyler sat with his leg up on the armrest, leaning comfortably against guitarist Joe Perry, his main songwriting partner for more than four decades.
An hour earlier, the band (minus rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, currently on the road) finished a six-song set within the intimate Sunset Strip confines of the Whisky a Go Go, where Aerosmith made their West Coast debut on December 3rd, 1973. Sitting in on guitar for the songs “Mama Kin” and ‘”Train Kept a Rollin’” was Slash, who first met the band as a member of Guns N’ Roses.
The occasion Monday was the announcement for a new Aerosmith world tour, which begins May 14th in Istanbul, Turkey. Slash and his band the Conspirators (with singer Myles Kennedy) will be Aerosmith’s support act on the North American Let Rock Rule Tour beginning July 10th in New York.
Combined with some vivid Aerosmith graffiti seen around Los Angeles (and online footage of Perry wielding a spray can last week), the packed club gig on the Strip was more street-level marketing from the longtime arena rock act. Tyler, in flowing scarves, big shades and a floppy hat, announced: “Ladies and genitals! Welcome to the Whisky! You love this band almost as much as I do . . .”
For Aerosmith, the coming tour is another chance to spread the word on 2012’s Music From Another Dimension!, the band’s first album of new material in 11 years. It debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 but didn’t perform at the level the band has come to expect.
“To me the record is still fresh. We haven’t really dug into it and played some of the best songs live,” Perry says. “I think its one of the best records we’ve made in years and years. We got tied up in the whole corporate thing about it not getting promoted. The head of the label left three weeks before the record came out, the whole promotion thing got screwed up. We didn’t really tour behind the record like we usually do.”
Tyler adds, “How refreshing after 10 years to get fucked by your label again. God I missed that.”
“We don’t have to worry about that anymore,” says Perry.
Music From Another Dimension! was Aerosmith’s final album under contract with Columbia Records, their label for most of the band’s career. Bassist Tom Hamilton is excited about the possibilities. “We don’t have a record company now. We’re our own record company,” says Hamilton. “It’s going to be really fun to see what we do that opportunity. I think about it every day.”
The band’s set list for the 2014 tour will ebb and flow, depending on the city and venue, and will have to contend with a history that has gone from hard rock to pop ballads and back again. At the Whisky, the band showed itself still ready to erupt with the kind of snarling rock & roll that began their career at the beginning of the Seventies. It’s a tradition Perry says still excites new fans and a younger generation of rockers.
“There are bands out there that want to rock. Jack White hasn’t lost sight of this,” says Perry. “He does some amazing stuff. I heard an instrumental he did just the other day, and sure enough he’s still using old guitars and old amps and just making them sound different.”
Adds Tyler, “It’s a thing, it’s a vibe. It’s unlike any other. You cannot sit still listening to that. What was it that pushed our buttons and made us want to write ‘Sweet Emotion’ and things like that? We’re still involved in that. It’s not about the money. It’s about the game and the passion for me. ”
Leaning forward, drummer Joey Kramer says, “We’re still doing what we were doing when we were 20 years old we’re still loving the shit out of it. No matter what goes on, whether it’s feuding with one another, things happen to us, personally or as a group, when it comes time to get onstage nothing else matters.”
For Slash, the U.S. tour will be a kind of reunion with a band he first got to know when Aerosmith took a young band called Guns N’ Roses on their first arena tour in 1988. It was also Aerosmith, he says, that was a key influence on his direction as a guitarist after hearing Rocks as a teenager.
“It really became my band,” Slash told Rolling Stone. “It was really sexy grooving hard rock riff-based shit with an out of control singer. It had so much angst and soul to it. It’s really the band that pointed me in a direction when I started playing guitar.”
On that 1988 tour, Aerosmith watched as GN’R grew into a confident arena rock band of peers. “Slash doesn’t make any bones about the influence we had on him,” says Perry. “They turned into a great, great band. They sure made their mark.”
April 10, 2014
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded a new arrangement of “Dream On” to honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The rockers are accompanied by the Southern California Children’s Chorus in the video of their signature hit. Aerosmith had performed “Dream On” during the Boston Strong Concert benefit last May.
The song is part of the ESPN special “Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest” that will first air Saturday on ABC. Part of the “E:60″ news magazine series, the hour-long show will be broadcast again on ESPN on Tuesday, the anniversary of the attacks.
Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 marathon.
April 8, 2014
December 4, 1973. That was the last time that Aerosmith graced the stage of the Whiskey a Go Go… until today.
To kick off their summer tour announcement, the Bad Boys of Boston took the stage at the famed Los Angeles venue for a six-song set. The intimate club show, open to a small amount of dedicated fans, as well as select media, was part of the official announcement of the band’s upcoming “Let Rock Rule” tour, which is set to kick off on July 10 at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. It was announced today that Aerosmith will be bringing Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) along with them on the road this summer.
Following an intro by 100.3 FM’s “Uncle Joe” Laughter, the band, sans rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford — who was unable to attend due to a previous commitment — took the Whiskey stage to the antics of “Get Low” by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz. As Joe Perry revved up his guitar, Steven Tyler, clad in snakeskin jeans, a floppy black hat, and shades, turned his back to the crowd and jokingly danced along. “Ladies and genitals! Welcome to the Whiskey!” he chirped. “You love this band almost as much as I do?”
Audience members were then transported back to the golden era of rock and roll as Aerosmith tore through classics such as “Draw The Line,” “Same Old Song and Dance,” and “Walk This Way.” Though they were down a guitarist, the band sounded tighter than ever and for the final two songs, Tyler enlisted the help of SLASH to hop on stage and shred alongside Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. “We’re going to bring up a friend of ours who is going to be playing on this tour. The one and only Slash!” he exclaimed as the crowd cheered wildly. Tyler then licked his finger, swirled it over his “Ma Kin” arm tattoo, and belted out the opening verse to “Mama Kin.”
As the show came to an end, Perry experienced a spot of nostalgia, telling the crowd: “The first time we played here was December 3, 1973. It was the first time formally here but also the first time in California. The first time west of the Mississippi was right here! That was then and this is now. And look what happened,” he said as he pointed to Slash before shouting “Let’s rock!”
The band rounded out their set with an energetic rendition of “Train Kept a Rollin,” which saw Perry and Slash trading the lead and the Tyler/Perry/Slash trio huddling around a microphone to belt out the chorus in unison. Following the set, the band announced that tickets for their new tour will be going on sale on April 12.
“Bring it baby. Bring it! Rock and roll is forever! Come on!” belted Tyler as he and his Aerosmith bandmates exited the stage.
Draw The Line
Same Old Song And Dance
Walk This Way
Train Kept a Rollin’
“Let Rock Rule” Tour With Aerosmith and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators:
July 10 — Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
July 13 — Kitchener, ON (McLennan Park)
July 16 — Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
July 19 — Cadott, WI (Rock Fest)
July 22 — Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 25 — Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
July 30 — Inglewood, CA (The Forum)
August 2 — Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
August 8 — Stateline, NV (Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys)
August 13 — Concord, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion)
August 16 — George, WA (The Gorge Amphitheatre)
August 19 — Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
August 22 — Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
August 25 — The Woodlands, TX (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
August 28 — Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena)
August 31 — Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
September 3 — Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
September 6 — Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
September 9 — Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
September 12 — Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park)
More photos: (here).
April 8, 2014
Recording artists Tom Hamilton, Slash, Joey Kramer, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry perform on stage where Aerosmith announced a tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at Whisky a Go Go on April 8, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
More photos: (here).
Categories: Steven Tyler
April 7, 2014