Saturday, May 31, 2008 

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Hands-On

GameSpot
May 30, 2008


We get in touch with our inner Joe Perry by playing a few songs' worth of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.


Earlier this week, Activision and RedOctane set up shop in San Francisco with a press event displaying a pair of their upcoming Guitar Hero games. One of these games was their tribute to Boston rock legends Aerosmith. We covered Guitar Hero: Aerosmith a couple months back, but this was our first opportunity to click away on a miniature Les Paul to see how it plays. Besides a decidedly un-DragonForce difficulty level, this entry in the Guitar Hero franchise is steeped in an Aerosmith feel, with menus, videos, and reworked animations all focused on the band.



If you jump straight into multiplayer, you won't notice a massive difference from Guitar Hero III. The same modes persist here: Face-Off, Pro Face-Off, Battle, and Co-op. You'll also be able to choose from the same familiar characters you've seen time and again in previous Guitar Hero games. Taking a look at the tracklist, there's obviously a heavy emphasis on the work of Steven Tyler and company, but for the most part, the gameplay is much the same in the multiplayer.

No, it's when you kick off a new career that the realization you're playing an Aerosmith game really hits you. The first chapter in career mode is called "Getting the Band Together." It begins with a brief vignette showing the members of Aerosmith waxing nostalgic about their old stomping grounds, Nipmuc High School. Slightly disappointing is the fact that these videos are shown in grainy standard definition, even on the Xbox 360 version that we played; but that's a forgivable offense with the reworked visuals we'll get into later.

Each of these chapters is structured like a real show, so you'll see a pair of opening bands in each segment before you can unlock the Aerosmith tunes. The very first band you'll live vicariously through is the power pop group Cheap Trick, performing their song "Dream Police." After that it's Mott the Hoople's "All the Young People." Once you get through the supporting bands, Aerosmith takes the stage with their songs "Make It" and "Uncle Salty." If you win over the crowd, you'll be able to perform "Draw the Line" as an encore. Some of the opening bands you'll see later on in the game include New York Dolls, Lenny Kravitz, Run-D.M.C., The Cult, and The Clash. The latter seems quite appropriate, considering it's the 1977 Clash song "Complete Control," featuring the lyric "You're my guitar hero!" As far as the selection process goes, we're told these bands were either influential to Aerosmith, influenced by Aerosmith, or just bands that the group really likes and couldn't resist putting in the game. It would be nice to see those designations made in the song selection, but as it stands you're only told if it's a cover or not (of which there are very few, luckily).

A lot of people can't think of Aerosmith without thinking of the famous cover of "Walk This Way" done by Run-D.M.C. It was a historic moment for the rap genre that brought over a lot of new fans from the rock-and-roll side of the fence. So it goes without saying that this memorable moment in the history of the band is featured as one of the songs in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. In fact, Neversoft brought in D.M.C. to perform the song so that they could re-create the iconic music video.

As you progress further into the career mode, you'll make your way from the aforementioned Nipmuc High all the way to the famous Orpheum Theatre in Boston, with even a trip to the Super Bowl halftime show. You'll continually unlock more vignettes giving you some insight into the history of the band, with chapters titled "First Taste of Success," "The Triumphant Return," "International Superstars," and "Great American Band."



While we admittedly didn't progress into the deepest regions of the career mode, the first few songs felt a bit easier than Guitar Hero III. In our talk with Neversoft senior producer Chris Parise, he brought up the fact that they received quite a bit of feedback from fans on the level of difficulty players encountered in GHIII. As a result, they've toned down the game and focused on creating a friendlier difficulty curve. To us, it felt like the Aerosmith songs were a bit harder to play than the opening bands.

There's also been quite a bit of work done on a visual level. Parise told us that Steven Tyler took a look at the animations from Guitar Hero III and told Neversoft those weren't going to cut it. So they strapped some motion sensors to Tyler--including, oddly enough, on his mouth--for good, old-fashioned motion capturing. It seems to have worked out, because seeing the game in action gives you a feel for the band's penchant for the dramatic while onstage. As one example, you'll see a lot of interplay between Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Beyond the motions, the character models bear a striking, almost scary resemblance to their real-life counterparts. It's not quite uncanny valley territory, but the models are really good.

For diehard Aerosmith fans, this game was probably already a given. But there's also quite a bit to enjoy for regular old Guitar Hero fans who aren't terribly enamored with Steven Tyler's singing or Joe Perry's licks. Either way, you can expect to see it arrive June 29.

--By Shaun McInnis, GameSpot


Friday, May 30, 2008 

Steven Tyler Clears Up Rumors About Rehab Stint

WSYR 9 Syracuse, NY
May 29, 2008





Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler has cleared up rumors about his health, insisting his recent decision to check himself into a rehab facility follows a series of secret foot injuries.

Reports have suggested the 60-year-old has been struggling with his alcohol and drug demons again - but Tyler states the stories are wildly exaggerated.

He insists he's recovering from painful surgery, not detoxing.

In a statement, Tyler says, "The doctors told me the pain in my feet could be corrected but it would require a few surgeries over time."

"The 'foot repair' pain was intense, greater than I'd anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy were traumatic (and) I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet."

Ironically, Tyler's bandmate Joe Perry is currently recovering from knee-replacement surgery. The guitarist went under the knife in March and is now walking around with the aid of a cane.



Excerpt from NME.com:

Tyler added that he has no intention of letting this slow his band down. "Make no mistake, Aerosmith has no plans to stop rocking. There’s a new album to record, then another tour.”


Thursday, May 29, 2008 

"Walk This Way" Makes 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time

Aero Force One
May 28, 2008


(From Rolling Stone)





#34 - "Walk This Way"

The syncopated lick at the center of "Walk This Way" jump-started Aerosmith's career twice — as a hit single in 1976 and then again, a decade later, with Run-DMC's version. Joe Perry knows exactly where he came up with it: a soundcheck in Hawaii. "I was in a funky kind of mood," Perry says. He began to play a riff inspired by New Orleans legends the Meters. Drummer Joey Kramer, who had made his rent money in Boston funk bands before Aerosmith, joined in, "and it all came together." The song was recorded at New York's The Record Plant in early 1975. "There was a steakhouse that we used to stop at on our way into the studio," Perry says. "It was a good time to get an Irish coffee." Fueled by caffeine and whiskey, Perry and guitarist Brad Whitford "chopped a rhythm together. We never talked about who was going to play what part — it just fell together." Perry played the solos on his Strat and used a '68 Les Paul on the rhythm track — as he did throughout the Toys in the Attic sessions. "I didn't have too many guitars back then," he says. To really sound like a Meters hook, says Perry, "we knew we needed hornlike parts." He and Whitford didn't want to bring in session musicians, so they rendered those brass blasts on their guitars. "We weren't going to bring up the horn subject," says Perry. "We're guitar players."

--Gavin Edwards

Check out the article on RollingStone.com.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008 

News From The Road - Aerosmith's John B

Aero Force One
May 27, 2008


It’s All In the Suit That You Wear...


I went to see the Stone Temple Pilots on Sunday night in Wallingford Ct. On the drive down from Boston I was thinking about how much history there is between Aerosmith and STP and also a little bit involving me too. I remember my cousin, who was from Pasadina CA, giving me his copy of “Core” when he came to visit around Christmas 1992. I thought now this is my kind of music. I liked Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and even early Pearl Jam but STP was the s*#t for me. Then came 1993’s Aerosmith blockbuster album “Get a Grip.” I remember when the band was going through the list of candidates for openers in the Spring of 1993 and STP’s name kept coming up. The band wanted them so bad and then finally management came back and said we made them an offer and they have decided to pass. I was thinking how can this band pass on such a great tour. That’s when I realized that STP was different and they wanted to make their own rules and they did. Fast forward 3 years later and they are headlining Madison Square Garden. They invited Steven and Joe down to the show. We were at Avitar Studio’s working on Nine Lives in NYC at the time. The guys popped down and played “Sweet Emotion” and “Lick and a Promise” if memory serves me right. 2 nights later I got to see them play in Boston at the Fleet Center. They were at the top of their game. The following year Joe and Steven had Robert Deleo come down to the Marlin Hotel in Florida to write some songs. Although none of the 4 songs that the trio worked up during that time have been used you can still hear Steven humming them from time to time. Maybe they will see the light of day soon. In 1997 STP took some time off and Robert and Dean formed “Talk Show.” Talk Show opened a bunch of shows for the ‘Smith’s on the Nine Lives tour in America. The first couple of shows they were met with a luke warm response. After the 2nd show Joe stormed into their dressing room and practically ordered them to add some STP songs into their set. Joe has been there and done that. He knew from experience that for the crowd to get into them they had to play something that was familiar to them. “Swallow your pride and give them what they want” he said. I think Joe, Steven and Robert got together for a few days after that tour to write some more but again nothing substantial came about it. It’s no secret drug problems plagued STP like they plague a lot of bands. STP was all set to open up some dates for KISS on their reunion tour but had to cancel. Ironically enough they were replaced by Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains opened up for KISS at Tiger Stadium in Detroit on the opening night of the tour and then played 3 more shows. Those were AIC’s last shows with Layne Staley. He died of a drug overdose some years later.

Enter Velvet Revolver:

With the band taking 2005 off I found myself with some extra time on my hand’s. Ross Halfin asked me if I would be interested in working with Velvet Revolver and I jumped at the chance. This is when I first got introduced to Scott Weiland. I had quickly found that Steven and Scott are very similar. Both amazing front men. They both command the stage and are great singers. I would have to give ST the edge in the vocal department only because I get to hear him night after night and I can count on one hand the number of clams I have heard after close to 1000 shows. Scott like Steven is a perfectionist and it shows. After I left VR and went to work with Sabbath I still kept up with those guys. Mainly because they opened a bunch of shows for us. After their next album and tour you could almost see the writing on the wall and it was in this time I believe Joe said in an interview that they should reform Stone Temple Pilots. They have always been one of Joe’s favorite bands and you could tell because he constantly gives them props in the press and is always blaring from his boombox in his dressing room. Incidentally Joe asked Robert and Dean to be in his solo band. They had to decline because they were heading out on tour with their band Army of Anyone.

Now they are back and they have a bunch of Aerosmith’s crew with them. Joey’s drum tech and former employee of the week, “Magee” is Eric Kretz’s tech. Steve Drymalski who is Aero’s production manager is driving the ship in camp STP. Sam Ridgebrider who patrolled the backstage with his wardrobe henchwomen Liz Meyer and Lisa Bruno on many Aerosmith tours can be seen being Scott’s right hand man. Look for Scott’s megaphone and Sam won’t be far off.

Do yourself a favor and go see this band. They will be playing all summer long at a venue near you.


Dean DeLeo, Magee, John B. and Robert DeLeo


Scott Weiland - Photo By: John Bionelli

Which brings me back to the beginning. 3 months after my cousin Eric gave me his copy of “Core” he tragically passed away. I still have it. Thanks buddy!

See you on the Road!

John B.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008 

TAB The Band in Boston

Boston Herald, MA
May 27, 2008




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Get A Look At This - Steven Tyler & Willie Nelson

GetALookAtThis.com
May 26, 2008





"Steven Tyler and Willie Nelson come together here for an amazing rendition of the Aerosmith song Once Is Enough. Steven has an amazing sound, such clarity in his voice and Willie Nelson is a legend of country music. This has to be up there amongst my favourite songs."


Watch clip:  (here).


Monday, May 26, 2008 

Update From Aerosmith's Joe Perry

Blender.com
May 23, 2008


"Perry is undergoing his own recovery — from a recent total knee-replacement surgery. 'I’m about eight or nine weeks out from it,' he says. 'I still walk with a cane, but I’ll be up and running probably within the next month. We have some press to do for Guitar Hero and hopefully I’ll be able to make some of those
events.' "


Sunday, May 25, 2008 

Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford to Participate in 'Save the Planet' Golf Invitational

Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC
May 24, 2008


The inaugural Save the Planet Invitational hosted by longtime and popular PGA Tour member Peter Jacobsen will feature a number of notable rock musicians playing alongside amateurs, but will not be open to the public.

The tournament will be at the private Members Club at Grande Dunes on Monday, June 2, as part of a grand opening celebration of Hard Rock Park. It may become an annual event, according to Ed Kiernan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Peter Jacobsen Sports, and there's a chance the public may be invited in the future.

"Our goal right now is to have this as an annual event in Myrtle Beach tied in with the park," Kiernan said. "It's a great market, and for the right mix of celebrities and entertainment, it can be wildly successful."

Expected to join Jacobsen in the initial tournament are Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver; Ricky Phillips of Styx; Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick; Frank Beard of ZZ Top; John Lodge and Graeme Edge of Moody Blues; Will Turpin and Ed Roland of Collective Soul; Simon Kirke of Bad Company; Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith; Edwin McCain, Andrew WK, members of Sister Hazel; ESPN's Neil Everett and Sign Boy Matt Greisser. Non-golfers include Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Chris Daughtry of American Idol fame. Proceeds will benefit the Rock My World Children's Village at Hard Rock Park.

For kids of all ages and backgrounds, the village will have facilities designed to cater to the needs of children with life-threatening illnesses, and programs to help troubled kids or kids who have lost loved ones.

The tournament is sold out with 26 four-person teams of amateur golfers. Each team will be playing with a celebrity in fivesomes. Kiernan said 75 percent of the amateurs are coming from out of town. He said many traveling amateurs are bringing families and planning to make a week of it by going to the beach, the Hard Rock Park, etc. "The ability to stay and play is a unique offering," Kiernan said. "It's been very well received."

Highlights from the celebrity-am will be filmed by Tupelo Honey Production, a sports entertainment production firm out of New York City, and are expected to be televised, though a station and broadcast date haven't been finalized. Kiernan said negotiations have been held with both cable stations and networks, including NBC, and he expects a show to air later this summer.

The tournament includes a welcome reception and pairings party at Hard Rock Cafe on June 1, and a clinic the day of the tournament where Jacobsen will do impersonations.


Saturday, May 24, 2008 

Check Out Brad Whitford's Gear On eBay

Aero Force One
May 23, 2008


Check this out... Brad is selling off some gear he's not using anymore and it's on eBay. Some of the gear is from the Get A Grip Tour, some is from the
Woodstock '94 concert and some was used on Saturday Night Live, etc.

Keep checking back as more items become available.

Check it out  (here).

Here's Brad with some of the gear...






Friday, May 23, 2008 

New Contest at Aero Force One

Aero Force One
May 21, 2008





More information:  (here).


Thursday, May 22, 2008 

Steven Tyler heads to rehab

Splash via Yahoo!Xtra Entertainment
May 21, 2008



(Splash File Photo)


Rock legend Steven Tyler has checked into rehab, according to U.S. reports.
The Aerosmith frontman checked in to Las Encinas Hospital, the rehab facility where TV celebrity doctor Dr. Drew practices in Pasadena, California, according to reports.

The 60-year-old star comes just a week after his actress daughter Liv Tyler confirmed that her marriage, to Brit rocker Royston Langdon, was over.

And it comes after more than 20 years of sobriety for the star who has admitted to serious drink and drug problems in his band's heyday in the 1970s.

Tyler was admitted for "substance abuse", according to news website TMZ. The site says Tyler's spokesperson had no comment when contacted.

Rehab will come as a shock to fans because Tyler has spoken with such pride at having become clean.

He says it was his Lord of the Rings star daughter Liv who made him kick his horrific drink and drug habit.

"Liv is possibly the biggest reason for me changing the way I lived," he once said. "She is a dream daughter."

Tyler and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry were dubbed the Toxic Twins for their now legendary abuse of drugs, including heroin.

It sparked the downfall of the band, before they reformed in 1984. But Tyler was still too heavily into drugs - and his band forced him to seek help in rehab in 1986.

In September 2006, the Aerosmith frontman revealed that in 2003 he had been diagnosed with hepatitis C and had undergone 11 months of treatment.

After keeping quiet about the disease for so long, Tyler said at the time that he wanted to share his experience and knowledge with others.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

News From The Road

Aero Force One
May 20, 2008


Aero Mojo, Rubs Off on Lester!


4 days after meeting Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton at the opening of the Apple store on Boylston street in Boston, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester pitched only the 4th no hitter this decade for the old towne team and became just the first lefty since Mel Parnell to do it for the Sox. Mel just said no, no in 1956. Catcher Jason Varitek who was also at the Apple store opening (and mingled with Boston’s rock royalty) has caught all of the last 4 Sox no-hitters. Lester's only early blemish was a walk to Billy Butler with one out in the second. There wouldn't be another base runner until the ninth when Lester walked Esteban German to lead off the inning. A groundout by Tony Pena served as the first out. David DeJesus put Lester on the precipice with a groundout to first baseman Kevin Youkilis. That reminds me. What do you get if you put David DeJesus, Joe Perry’s Mother and JP himself in a room all together? Lester was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2006. Jon joins famous major league pitchers such as old friends Randy Johnson and David Wells as well as Kenny “The Gambler” Rogers, David Cone, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Vida “not Pink but” Blue, Gaylord “ don’t call me Joe” Perry, Cy Young, Pud “yes, Pud” Galvin and the one and only Bobo Holloman. Bobo honked his no-hitter in May of 1953.

As my good friend once sang, Let’s Go Red Sox!

See ya at Fenway!

John B.











More photos:  (here).


 

Take A Further Peek At "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith"

Aero Force One
May 20, 2008





Photo Gallery:  (here).


Tuesday, May 20, 2008 

Aerosmith on the Cover of Classic Rock Magazine

Myspace.com/ClassicRockMagazine
May 2008





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Monday, May 19, 2008 

More Video From the MAP Fund Benefit

Blabbermouth.net, NY
May 18, 2008





Watch:  (here).


Sunday, May 18, 2008 

Tom Hamilton Attends Store Opening - Apple - Boston

Information Week Weblog, NY
May 17, 2008



Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton arriving at the Apple store shortly after 6:00 PM. He did not need to stand in line.


"Apple cut the ribbon on its largest U.S. retail store to date, opening a 20,000 square-foot, three-floor behemoth on Boylston Street in Boston, on Thursday,
May 15.... Boston Red Sox players Jason Varitek, Coco Crisp, and Julio Lugo entered the store in the first hours. Later, Jonathan Papelbon and Mike Lowell passed through. Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton came early, right after the doors opened...."


More... (here).


 

MusiCares Awards Show

CampFreddy.net




"Camp Freddy performed... at the annual MAP/Musicares Awards show and were joined onstage by Steven Tyler, Chester Bennington, Slash, Billy Duffy, Jerry Cantrell, Wayne Kramer, Duff McKagan and Robin Zander..."


Saturday, May 17, 2008 

New Fan Club Platinum Member Video Posted

Aero Force One
May 16, 2008


Aerosmith World Tour 2007 (US Leg) Intro Video




Check out the Aerosmith intro video that was used on the big-screen during the US leg of the Aerosmith World Tour 2007. Enjoy!

Click to watch: (here).



You have to be a Member to get in…
To access this you have to join as one of the member levels below.

Platinum Level 2008.


 

Joey Kramer on CN8 - "Backstage"

Aero Force One
May 15, 2008





For all of you who might have missed Joey on CN8 on Wednesday, May 14th (and for those who just want to watch again) here's the link where you can check out Joey on "Backstage!"


Watch video:  (here).


Friday, May 16, 2008 

Video Interview - Steven Tyler on MusiCares

Artisan News Service
May 14, 2008


"With performances from Alice Cooper, Blind Melon and Camp Freddy, MusiCares held their 4th Annual MAP Show benefiting The Musicians Assistance Program."





Watch video:  (here).


Thursday, May 15, 2008 

Tyler, Slash, McKagan, Sorum, Cantrell Jam At MusiCares MAP

Blabbermouth.net, NY
May 14, 2008




Video footage of Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Slash (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), Billy Morrison (The Cult, Circus Diablo) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) performing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" (sans McKagan) and Aerosmith's "Mama Kin" (sans Cantrell) at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, which was held last Friday night at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood, California can be viewed....


Watch video:  (here).


Wednesday, May 14, 2008 

Steven Tyler Video

Artisan News Service
May 12, 2008


"No one ever called Steven Tyler a mama's boy judging by taking the time to promote Guitar Hero over visiting mom."





Watch clip:  (here).


Tuesday, May 13, 2008 

Steven Tyler and Grammy Charity Online Auction

Aero Force One
May 12, 2008





Check out exclusive Steven Tyler autographed memorabilia featured on the GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions May sale! Proceeds of the auction benefit MusiCares and The GRAMMY Foundation. Auction runs May 12 - 22, so visit the auction today at www.ebay.com/grammy.


 

Rock for Sobriety

Spinner, NY
May 12, 2008





Put variations of Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Linkin Park and Guns N' Roses on the same bill and you've got a serious rock show. Last Friday night, about a thousand lucky fans got to see just that as Slash and Cooper were honored for their sobriety by MusiCares.

Steven Tyler, who was on hand to present the From the Heart honor to Slash, talked to Spinner about their friendship before the show. "They opened up for us one night," he recalled. "We were backstage and I said, 'Listen you guys, we got like five years sober, so if you guys got anything on you and you bring it in my dressing room, I'm gonna have to leave. I'm gonna get real pissed off and kick your a--.' But they found their own road." Asked then how proud he was of Slash, Tyler responded, "Forget it, beyond belief. He's been through hell and high water, and he's come out the other side."

During his acceptance speech, Slash, who, in true rock star fashion left his sunglasses and top hat on, thanked his "awesome" wife and two little boys, as well as "music in general since it's been my underlying motivation for survival." Letting his guitar do most of the talking though, he jammed with his mates in Camp Freddy for a ridiculous all-star celebration that started with Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander killing versions of the classic 'Surrender' and 'Gonna Rase Hell,' continued with Chester Bennington crooning Cooper's 'Eighteen' to the icon. The jam ended with Tyler coming out for two songs, including a standing o-inducing version of 'Whole Lotta Love,' that also featured Jerry Cantrell.

After accepting his award for 26 years sobriety, Cooper quipped, "The last thing in this business you wanna do is follow Steven Tyler on vocals." But modesty aside, Cooper takes a back seat to noone onstage, as he proved with a rollicking set that started off with 'No More Mr. Nice Guy,' and included a joyous 'Billion Dollar Babies.' And then what else could the night end with but Cooper being joined on stage by Slash for a sing-along version of 'School's Out'?


 

Kramer on CN8 "Backstage" Wed. May 14th

Aero Force One
May 12, 2008


Did you miss Joey on CN8 last night (Sunday, May 11th)? Well, here's your chance to see another segment with Joey...

The rock drummer talks about the future of the band and how he’s using his past to help others.

Tune in to Backstage with Barry Nolan on Wednesday night at 8 PM EST.

Backstage airs in 11 million homes along the East Coast. You can watch it at 8 PM on Wednesday night on the Comcast Network (typically channel 3), or On Demand by going to “Get Local” “CN8” “Backstage”


Monday, May 12, 2008 

Joey Kramer Interview

YouTube.com
May 11, 2008



Joey Kramer, “New England Newsmakers”
CN8, The Comcast Network, May 11, 2008



Watch Video:  (here).


 

Soundcheck Photo - MAP Fund Benefit

BillyMorrison.net
May 11, 2008


"...Finally I have to say that the MAP Awards show we played was amazing. A HUGE thanks to Patrick Cornell, who came down with me and shot a few killer photos for me during the soundcheck. Thanks Patrick - you rock!! We played five songs - Surrender (with Robin Zander), Gonna Raise Hell (with Robin Zander and Wayne Kramer), I'm Eighteen (with Chester Bennington and Billy Duffy), Mama Kin (with Steven Tyler and Duff McKagan) and Whole Lotta Love (with Steven Tyler and Jerry Cantrell). Dave was unable to be at the show, so Slash stepped in and played lead with us on all the songs. Alice Cooper and Slash were honored with Awards and the whole night was fantastic. Thank you to Harold, Chris, Wynnie and all at MAP for making the evening such a huge success, and thank you for inviting us to be a part of it all..."



 

Slash Receiving 'MusiCares From the Heart' Award From Steven Tyler

Blabbermouth.net, NY
May 11, 2008


Footage of Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash receiving the MusiCares From the Heart Award from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and taking part in an all-star jam with Tyler and other members of Velvet Revolver at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert last night (Friday, May 9) at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood, California can be viewed below.

Slash was the recipient of the award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. Also honored was the legendary rock artist Alice Cooper, who was the recipient of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process.

Wayne Kramer, Duff McKagan and Chad Smith performed with Camp Freddy (Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney, Donovan Leitch, Matt Sorum and Slash) along with Steven Tyler, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick). The evening also featured an appearance by Blind Melon and a very special performance by Alice Cooper and Slash....


Watch Video:  (here).


Sunday, May 11, 2008 

MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert - Red Carpet

DayLife.com
May 10, 2008



Singer Steven Tyler arrives at the 4th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert at The Music Box at Fonda Theater on May 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GettyImages)



Singer Steven Tyler arrives at the 4th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert at The Music Box at Fonda Theater on May 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GettyImages)


More photos:  (here).


 

The 4th Annual MusiCares Benefit Concert - Show

May 10, 2008



Musician Steven Tyler performs at the 4th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at The Music Box at Fonda Theater on May 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FilmMagic)



Rock guitarist Slash (L) performs with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Hollywood, California May 9, 2008. Slash was honored with the From the Heart Award for his support of MusiCares which provides access to addiction recovery treatment for members of the music community. (Photo by Reuters Pictures)


More photos:  (here).


 

MusiCares Map Fund Benefit - Presentation

DayLife.com
May 10, 2008



Singer Steven Tyler speaks during the 4th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert at The Music Box at Fonda Theater on May 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GettyImages)



Singer Steven Tyler looks on as Guitarist Slash (R) receives the From The Heart Award during the 4th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert at The Music Box at Fonda Theater on May 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GettyImages)


More photos:  (here).


 

MAP Fund Benefit

TMZ.com
May 10, 2008



Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler and Robin Zander made an appearance last night at The 4th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at The Music Box in Hollywood.


Saturday, May 10, 2008 

The 4th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert - Red Carpet

WireImage.com
May 9, 2008








Musician Steven Tyler arrives to The 4th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at The Music Box on May 9, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
The 4th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert - Red Carpet



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Friday, May 09, 2008 

Aerosmith Drummer to Guest On 'New England Newsmakers'

Blabbermouth.net, NY


Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer will guest on the "New England Newsmakers" show with host Sarah Zapp on Sunday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. on CN8, The Comcast Network (which is typically Channel 3 in the Boston-area). It will also be available on demand after it airs.

Joey Kramer was last year named honorary chairman of the 2007 Boston Music Awards (BMAs).

Kramer and his bandmates formed Aerosmith in 1970 in Boston and the career that followed has been nothing short of legend. The band has sold more than 100 million albums, won multiple Grammys, MTV Video Awards, People's Choice Awards, among nearly countless others and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Aerosmith has been honored with more Boston Music Awards and nominations than any other band in the twenty-year history of the event.


Thursday, May 08, 2008 

Steven Tyler's Blog Entry - Red Wing Motorcycles

RedWingMotorcycles.com
May 2, 2008





SECRET Redwing R&D


Hey Ya'll...Just finished two Photo Shoots at the SECRET RedWing research and development Bat Cave. I want to shout out to Izumi San, Kousuke San, and Takao San from Hot Bike Japan. Those guys came all the way from the Land of the Rising Sun to check out our bikes. They looked over the 6 RedWings we had on hand and went over them with a Dr. Fine Dr. Howard Dr. Fine Tooth Comb and flipped over them. We had a blast talking about taking bike rides and how we came up with the designs and engineering for RedWing. Look for the article in the next issue...Then it was on to dessert. Miss Sturgis 2008 was in the RedWing House to Shake Her Thanng with yours truly for the cover of Sturgis Magazine. We straddled the "Captain America" RedWing Pro Street which is Slammin. I may have to sneak the keys to that bad boy and take it for a test ride. See you on the road. ST


Wednesday, May 07, 2008 

New Fan Club Platinum Member Video Posted

Aero Force One
May 6, 2008


Aerosmith International Promo Video





It was the 80's and Aerosmith's career was blowing up around the world. As always, Aerosmith paved the way in some fun ways for promoting albums and tours.

Click to watch: (here).


You have to be a Member to get in...
To access this you have to join as one of the member levels below.

Platinum Level 2008.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008 

Steven Tyler to Present - MAP Fund Benefit Concert

Grammy.com





Continued... (here).


 

New Joe Perry T-Shirts

Aero Force One





Check them out:  (here).


Monday, May 05, 2008 

Gallery: Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

Ferrago.co.uk
May 3, 2008





More photos:  (here).


Sunday, May 04, 2008 

Joey Kramer on CN8 - May 11th

Aero Force One
May 3, 2008



Sarah Zapp and Joey Kramer


Drummer Joey Kramer talks to the Comcast Network’s Sarah Zapp about the band, giving back to his hometown and much more. Watch Sunday May 11th at 6:30PM on the Comcast Network.

The show will air next Sunday on May 11th at 6:30 pm on CN8 (which is typically channel 3). It will also be On Demand after it airs. You go to “Get Local,” “CN8,” “More,” “Newsmakers.”

Be sure to TUNE-IN!


Watch live:  (here).


Saturday, May 03, 2008 

Slurpee Rocks the Store with Guitar Hero

Gamespy.com, CA
May 2, 2008


".....In an online contest at http://www.slurpee.com, visitors can enter codes found on specially marked 22-ounce Guitar Hero-branded Slurpee cups for a chance to win a copy of the new Guitar Hero: Aerosmith videogame, Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, or Microsoft Points to purchase content from Xbox Live Marketplace. One copy of the new Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game will be awarded every hour throughout the month of May, for a total of 744 games. In addition, 10 lucky winners each will receive a prize package that includes an Xbox 360 console along with a copy of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Finally, more than 711,000 Microsoft Points will be awarded....."


Friday, May 02, 2008 

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith The Orpheum Trailer

Gamershell.com
May 1, 2008





As a historic Boston venue in its own right and the location where Aerosmith has made multiple appearances and reunited, the Orpheum Theater (Boston) was an ideal fit as a venue for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Neversoft worked with the band as well as with The Orpheum crew to faithfully bring this venue to life in the upcoming game.

The songs featured in this venue are Complete Control by The Clash, Personality Crisis (re-record) and the following three tracks by Aerosmith: Livin’ on the Edge, Ragdoll and Love in an Elevator. Both Livin’ on the Edge and Ragdoll reached the Top 40 on Billboard’s Top 100.

The new video highlights both the venue and these tracks.


Watch clip:  (here).


Thursday, May 01, 2008 

“Celebrity Services” Startup Gets $2.5M Credit Line

Xconomy, MA
April 30, 2008


Paid, Inc., a Boston startup that provides services such as online community building, Web design, merchandising, and VIP fan ticketing to musical and sports celebrities including Patti Labele, Keith Lockhart, Doug Flutie, and the group Aerosmith, said yesterday that it has closed a $2.5 million revolving line of credit with Lewis Asset Management of New York. The company said the money will enable it to win contracts with musical artists who require advance payments for VIP ticket packages.