Being a big fan of Aerosmith for as many years as I have, it surprised me how few live DVDs the band has released over the years. Yes, Live Texxas Jam ’78 is excellent but I only own a VHS copy. Why not release it on Blu-Ray at this point? Clean it up and add some bonus features? There must be a plethora of vintage shows from the early days and on through the late 70’s, early 80’s and into the 90’s that must exist. Read more
Boston Strong – This show had the potential to be one for the ages with predominately Boston based musical acts all coming together to help aid our own in the wake of one the most heinous acts of terror we have seen on U.S. soil. Huge bands, legendary solo performers, some stellar Boston based comics and throw in a few Boston sports legends how can it go wrong? Trust me there were moments of boredom, bewilderment, and bedlam but there also very touching moments and heartfelt speeches and even a poem prior to the first band playing! So the biggest question of the night was, WHY was this concert not broadcast on any local channels? It’s so obvious to me that so much more money could have been raised for the victims if a phone number had been scrolled down the bottom of the screen during the roughly five hour concert. It’s done all the time..on occasion even helping to aid international tragic events let alone one that hits so close to home as the Boston Marathon bombings. Whatever the reason it’s just a shame some of the more moving tributes and meaningful gestures were not seen by the millions that were not at the event but only by the thousands of us lucky enough to be there in person, but could have been very easily. All in all a very moving event with a few surprises and a “smoking gun” so to speak that occurred in my section. More on that later. Read more
Just a day before the release of their new disc Music From Another Dimension! the bad boys of Boston took to the city streets to deliver a free show to their local brethren. Fans came out en masse to witness the historic event which included a dedication in front of the apartment they once called home on Commonwealth Ave.
Arriving via duck boat and bringing along some special VIPs like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, quarterback Tom Brady and linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Check out some of our photos from the fun day below and definitely catch Aerosmith live, currently out on the latest leg of their Global Warming tour (dates).
November 5, 2012
Commonwealth Ave. – Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
On a hot Tuesday afternoon in Boston, Aerosmith brought the house down with an energetic and entertaining set that electrified four generations of fans with songs from every decade since Aerosmith’s formation. The Bad Boys of Boston played hits old and new, the audio/video production were outstanding, and for an evening it seemed like there was no bad seat in The Garden. Read more
Often referred to as “the only guy good enough to replace Joe Perry”, guitar legend Jimmy Crespo has also shared the stage with other notables over his career – like Rod Stewart, and Billy Squier, among others. 2012 will mark the 30 year anniversary of the release of “Rock In a Hard Place” and for the next two years Jimmy Crespo will let the music do the talkin’ by playing live shows and releasing an album of original material. Joining him onstage for the live shows will be Chris VanDahl (LA Guns, Aeromyth), Ellis (Sin City Sinners) and Kyle Kyle (Bang Tango). Jimmy was kind enough to sit down with me for some completely random questions prior to the band’s first show in Las Vegas. Here’s the story:
Is there one song you wish you had written?
Wow. Okay. That’s deep. There’s so many genres of music, and I love every genre of music. Beethoven’s Ninth… That’s not a song. “My Way”, “Mama Kin”… I could go on, there are many.
Where do you see the future of music heading?
Oh wow. Very random! I don’t want to get too philosophical about it, I don’t really know. And that’s actually the beauty of music – it’s unpredictability. Not to get into the generations stuff, but it just keeps evolving… and devolves… and evolves. It just keeps going up and down, up and down, around and around. Sometimes it gets better, sometimes it gets worse. But eventually it comes back, and gets even better than the last time. So, where is it going? I’m not sure, but I’m looking forward to it, that’s for sure!
So, anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last few months has heard that your old bandmate (Steven Tyler) is now a judge on American Idol. Do you think that show adequately prepares these kids for what they could potentially face in the music business, or is it Disneyfied?
That’s a big question. There are moments that I feel that it’s another corporate representation of music, which pisses me off. Pardon me, but it definitely pisses me off. But in another way, and this is going to sound odd because the band, Aerosmith, is pissed off at Steven, but choosing Steven kind of drifted away from the corporate, for me, for a minute. And made it a little more like “Okay, let’s see what’s going to happen…Where is it going?” But then they also picked Jennifer Lopez. That’s going to be an interesting combination! So, people will be watching. Do I think they groom kids to be rock stars? I don’t know. I still think it’s corporate. But because Steven will be on, I will have a special interest in what develops there. I’m sure everybody will.
Unfortunately, when they started cutting music out of the curriculum in schools, that’s a bad move! It’s not doing anybody any justice. Music is a part of everybody’s life. Not because I’m a musician, only, but how sad! What do kids do? They listen to music. That makes them go online and search for what?
Watching that interview you did on local Vegas Fox 5 last night – I didn’t know you had a band with Chazz Palmintieri (Goodfellas, The Sopranos)!
You know? That was my very first band! I must have been about sixteen. Yeah! I felt like I was a baby! He was always dramatic, always an actor, and we were really good friends for a long time. We still are but we were really close. It blew me away! I could not believe of all the people on the planet, that day, we were both in the same place doing plugs. It was awesome!
So, what do you want people to know about the Jimmy Crespo Project?
There are a few things: the band members that I have are just outstanding. Stellar.
How did you come across all of them?
Actually, my manager, Jason Green, was monumental in getting these people together. As he mentioned names, I said YEAH! to every one. They’re all outstanding. I love them all! We came together, and you never know with these things, are they gonna work? We got into a room and it was just BOOM! They dug the music. And there’s going to be expansion. They’re all into it. I’m excited about the project.
Right on! And what do you hope people come away from this tour with? Both as a band, and as an audience?
I’m going to re-introduce the Rock in a Hard Place stuff that kinda got put on the back burner for whatever reasons. I don’t want to go into any discussions about who was upset and whatever, but there was some legitimately good music there and I worked very hard to make it happen, in spite of everything going on at the time. I want to re-introduce that. The other thing is that there’s going to be new material with the whole band and everybody’s gonna see everybody’s shit.
Looking forward to it!
Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)
September 4, 2010
Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
Perry was transported to Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton following the crash, which occurred shortly after 2 p.m., police said.
He was treated and released from the hospital, which admitted him under his real name of Anthony Perry, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police identified Perry as the operator of a motorcycle that was struck from behind by a sedan on Route 44 eastbound (Plympton Street).
The accident occurred near the intersection with Route 105. It was not immediately clear if Perry was driving at the time or stopped in traffic.
The identity and the make of the sedan being operated by the second driver was not immediately available.The incident is under investigation by police.
Police identified Perry, the Aerosmith guitarist, as the victim in the crash.
Aerosmith has announced their ”Cocked Locked, Ready To Rock” summer 2010 tour. The tour will kick off at the end of July in Oakland, CA. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning Friday, June 4 at LiveNation.com.
Tour dates as follows:
Date - City, State - Venue
Fri. July 23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena* Wed. June 2, 1pm
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 T
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 Buy Party Pass
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
*Opening act is Sammy Hagar and the Wabos
You may have noticed that we haven’t been too quick to jump on any of the news items about Aerosmith auditioning for new singers. Probably because we’re biased and find it really hard to even say the name Aeorsmith without thinking of Steven Tyler.
There’s been speculation that after Tyler’s drug rehab he’ll need a couple of surgeries that will put him out of the game for about a year and a half. Is the world really going to forget Aerosmith if they hang it up for a year or two? Is it fair for the band to have to wait that long to move on? Is two years really that big of a stretch for a band that’s been rocking out for over forty years? All good questions but I think it’s safe to say that if Aerosmith were to lay low for a few years, no one would forget about them. Besides, who doesn’t love a good comeback story?
If one were to dig back into the archives of epic rock bands that decided to move forward without the lead singer that helped put them on the map, what would one see? The formidable argument of Dave vs. Sammy still seems to arouse the passion in rock enthusiasts but are there really a lot of dynamic frontmen out there looking for gigs that would be able to fill the bedazzled shoes of one said Steven Tyler? We’re finding it hard to even think of one. Maybe there’s an unknown, untapped natural talent out there singing in a Aerosmith cover band who’s been dreaming of this moment all of his life? Maybe we’ll find him on YouTube singing Dream On in his native tongue? We doubt it.
Let us be very clear. We love Joe Perry. We love his solo projects. We’ve always supported him in all of his ventures. Speaking of those ventures – shouldn’t that be enough to keep him busy for the next year or two while the band waits for Tyler? Don’t you have hot sauces to oversee? Rockband games to play? Guitar Hero songs to track? Do the Toxic twins ever even talk anymore? What’s with this communication breakdown? Rather than reading little post show quotes about replacing Tyler or watching YouTube clips of Tyler showing up uninvited to Joe Perry’s solo gigs, what I’d really like is to throw these two in a room and force them to work out their differences with each other, rather than through press. If the conclusion is that you can no longer work together…then we’ll respect that. We won’t like it, but we’ll deal…
Until then.. if you want to find out where you can audition to be the next Aerosmith singer, you won’t find it here. We’ll be in the corner listening to Toys In The Attic…..
Share your thoughts with us on this topic! Should Aerosmith stick it out and wait for Tyler? Do they deserve to move on without him? Do you think there’s a place for Aerosmith in today’s music scene? Are you too young to even know who Aerosmith is? Do you think Aerosmith sold out years ago? Tell us……..
It’s been an amazing year for TheyWillRockYou.com and our staff. We’ve covered some amazing bands and have photographed some epic shows – From rock legends in huge arenas to some of our favorite artists in dirty little clubs it’s been a fun journey and quite a memorable one.
It’s always hard to wrap up an entire year’s work in one gallery but we’ve pulled together some of our favorite shots from this year. Please check them out and let us know what you think! (And if you like one of the shots you can always check out our past galleries for the full set as well).
Big thanks to all of our staff photographers (Mary Ouellette, Tasha Schalk, Sergio Bastidas, Stacie Caddick-Dowty, Dave Barnum & Lexi Shapiro) as well as our great friends who took on assignments along the way (Antonio Marino, Jr., Victoria Morse, Amanda Courtemanche, Alyssa Scheinson, Vicky Zeamer) . Thanks for sharing our passion and love for music and here’s hoping that 2010 rocks just as hard!
Check out our Best of 2009 Gallery here. (By the way, apologies for the horrible banner!)