Yesterday (November 5th), Aerosmith returned to their Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood to perform an hour-long set in front of thousands of fans. The concert was played in celebration of the release today (November 6th) of their long awaited new studio album, Music From Another Dimension, the 2012 Presidential election, along with Boston Mayor Tom Menino declaring the 1325 Commonwealth Avenue building -- where Aerosmith lived from 1970 to 1972 -- a historic landmark, with a special commemorative plaque placed outside on the building. The band was introduced by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his son Jonathan. Joining the Kraft's was Pats quarterback Tom Brady and linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Among the tunes the band performed yesterday was the Rufus Thomas R&B classic "Walking The Dog," "Movin' Out" -- which Steven Tyler and Joe Perry wrote at the Commonwealth Avenue apartment, "Mama Kin," the new song "Lover Alot," "Back In The Saddle," "Sweet Emotion," the band teased a bit of the James Brown nugget "Mother Popcorn" before launching into "Walk This Way." Aerosmith closed the hour-long set with encores of the new track "Oh Yeah" and "Train Kept A-Rollin'."
Joe Perry told us that no matter what goes on with Aerosmith, there's a bond between him and Steven Tyler that is almost unbreakable: "We've been together for so long that in my heart, it's never more than six inches away from Steven's, ever. Even though we may not talk for a short amount of time or a long amount of time, we've been partners, friends for so long, I always have a feeling deep inside that we're always gonna be together. And that's what makes Aerosmith as strong as it is."
The bandmembers each spoke to the crowd about the honor:
Steven Tyler: "To be living the dream in Aerosmith for all these years is beyond humbling. But to return to where the dream was dreamt, is the dream come true full circle! To be honored at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue to shut down the street, invite all our friends, receive a plaque from the Mayor of Boston and put our hands in cement. . . just think it could have been our feet! It's the end and the beginning of a life long dream. . . dream on!"
Joe Perry: "Almost by luck and circumstance the band started here but I would have to say in hindsight after spending time in countless other cities around the world from Abu Dhabi to London, England, I still would have picked Boston to be the cradle of this band. It's still my home!"
Tom Hamilton: "When I was a teenager living way out in the country, I dreamed about moving to Boston and being in a band. Two months after graduating from high school I found myself living in this apartment with my bandmates. I drive past it every day and the dream is still with me."
Brad Whitford: "So many songs came to life at 1325 Commonwealth Ave. It will always be close to our hearts and souls. It is a true honor to have this historic plaque placed for people to enjoy and embrace the early days of this incredible journey -- rock on!"
Joey Kramer: "The dream I had as a kid to play music still burns brightly in my heart. It was at 1325 Commonwealth Ave. that my dream began to come true. I will always hold that memory very dear to me as I will the City of Boston, the place I called home for 40 years and the birthplace of Aerosmith."
Aerosmith and Cheap Trick tour dates (subject to change):
November 8 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
November 11 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
November 14 - Kansas City, MO - Spring Center
November 16 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
November 20 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
November 23 - Atlantic City, NJ - Revel Resorts - Ovation Hall
November 25 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
November 27 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
December 1 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 3 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center
December 6 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
December 9 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
December 11 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
December 13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena