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April 24, 2000
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer and his wife April
seemed to have it all: the big house, the big cars, and the big money.
But they also had a big problem: an addiction so bad that they sometimes left their kids home in the middle of the night to drive into the city to buy drugs. Tonight, Mary Richardson tells us how they got clean and sober, and takes us inside a program that helps others do it too.
Steven Tyler SpottingsTyler`s out and about. He was seen Friday going into Trattoria La Scallintella on Hanover St. He`s pretty tight with the owner Paulo.
Mr. Steven Tyler was spotted around Boston on Thursday and Friday before the holiday. He was seen with two different Boston realitors. Possibly looking to invest in a new club since the clossure of Mama Kin's?
The Aerosmith Song You May Never Hear
An older MTV.com News Post received from rock this way
4.11.00 20:00 EST
Aerosmith has recorded another Diane Warren song for another Jerry Bruckheimer movie, but we may never get to hear it.
Aerosmith, who enjoyed great success with Warren's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" from the soundtrack to "Armageddon," recently recorded a sweeping ballad titled "Painted On My Heart" written by Warren for Bruckheimer's upcoming movie, "Gone In Sixty Seconds." But Aerosmith's version of the track does not seem likely to see the light of day.
A spokesperson for the film told MTV News that the music supervisors are scouting around for somebody else to record the track. Nobody is saying why Aerosmith's version is being cut from the film, although industry sources speculate that either the two camps (band and soundtrack) could not agree on financial terms, or that they could not agree on which label would distribute the soundtrack album.
Meanwhile, sources confirm that producer Matt Serletic will most likely be at the controls recording the next Aerosmith album. Serletic produced "Painted On My Heart" and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" with the band.
The band is in "pre-pre-production" at home in Boston at the moment, writing and reviewing material with help from Jack Douglas, Mark Hudson, and other regular contributors, although it's anybody's guess if their efforts will actually make it to the finished product.
"Gone In Sixty Seconds," which stars Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, and Robert Duvall, is due out in June 9.
-- Sorelle Saidman
April 21, 2000
Joey Kramer to be on Boston TV tonight
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The new Aerosmith tribute out on August 1st
What the world needs now is ... another Aerosmith tribute album? That's what Small Stone Records thinks, and they've compiled nearly two hours of mostly indie bands covering the Boston bad boys' best-known tracks -- and then some -- for an Aug. 1 release. The biggest names on the 28-track, double CD, titled Right in the Nuts, include Monster Magnet's Ed Mundell's Atomic Bitchwax covering "Combination"; Dale Crover of the Melvins' other band Altamont doing "Make It"; Tree on "Back in the Saddle"; and Raging Slab covering "Bone to Bone." Also on the tribute album are Honky, Men of Porn, Solace, Iron Boss, Alabama Thunderpussy, Core, and many others.
April 18, 2000
Aerosmith on TV
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April 14, 2000
Slow down? Dream On
By Ken Barnes
Aerosmith, the 30-year-old institution that saluted The Beatles with a raucous cover of Come Together, understands the dynamics that shape and shatter bands.
"I've seen the movie," guitarist Joe Perry jokes. "If you take the premise that they patched their differences and pressed the reset button, I think The Beatles would have kept pushing the edge, even with the old style rock they did. Given that they were the some of the most talented musicians to walk the planet in our generation, they could have persevered without fading. They'd be playing stadiums."
A decline in output and market share would not have diminished The Beatles stature.
"They would have played Vegas like Elvis," Perry says. Elvis settled into being a caricature, but he's still revered as The King. Look at the Stones. Without pushing the edge musically, they have made good records; a couple great. I can't imagine The Beatles being anything less. In 200 years, when people read about pop music, The Beatles will top the list."
Band mate Steven Tyler says an intact Beatles would have "continued on the same track, making diversified music and getting so esoteric they might have spread themselves out to an oblivion. They might not have toured, certainly not for money, because the music was getting so intricate they'd need to bring a 50-piece orchestra on the road. But I could se them setting up under the Eiffel tower for a millennium concert."
Lennon and McCartney , "crazed by their own demons and muses, would have been forced to continue creating. Whether they did so together would have depended on how pull their wife would have had on them."
The band would not have lost it's relevance or fan base. "Once you stick it out that long you can almost do no wrong," Tyler says. Every Beatle album was an epiphany that pinpointed a moment in time. People want to reminisce about their youth. If Jimi Hendrix were alive, their would be a lot of 70-year-old bald guys with walkers rocking out at his concerts."
Bands ripped apart by clashing egos often reconcile for the sake of the music. That incentive eluded The Beatles. "They had done it all, so they didn't care," Tyler says. They did more by their third album than we'll do in our whole career."
Aerosmith Bow Out Of Blockbuster Movie Theme
AEROSMITH have re-teamed with songwriting giant Diane Warren for another
blockbuster movie theme – but you may never get to hear it. The band, whose
biggest-selling single ever was the Warren-penned ‘I Don't Want To Miss A
Thing’ from the Bruce Willis action flick Armageddon, have recorded another
Warren song, ‘Painted On My Heart’, for mega-producer Jerry
Bruckheimer’s latest thriller Gone In 60 Seconds, which features Nicolas
Cage and Vinnie Jones. However, MTV report that the Aerosmith version will now
not be used on the soundtrack and producers are scouting round for another big
name to re-record the song. No official reason has been given for the
departure of Steven Tyler and chums, although one suggestion is the band and
the film company are at financialloggerheads, attempting to renegotiate a
dealfollowing the massive success of the Armageddon song. Aerosmith are
currently in their hometown of Boston preparing songs for the follow-up to
1996’s ‘Nine Lives’ album.
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April 13, 2000
Aerosmith Pull Off Of Soundtrack "update"
The New Tribute Album Update
Here's an update on the upcoming Aerosmith tribute album, from Small Stone Recordings, 'Right In The Nuts' ...Check out some of these band names...
"Right In The Nuts"
Aerosmith tribute double cd for summer 2000
Alabama Thunderpussy - "Sweet Emotion"
Altamont - "Make It"
Atomic Bitchwax - "Combination"
Core - "Soul Shaker"
Drunk Horse - "Kings And Queens"
Electric Frankenstein - "Sick As A Dog"
Fireball Ministry - "Movin Out"
Five Horse Johnson - "Bright Light Fright"
Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned - "Chip Away..."
Half Man - "Round & Round"
Honky - "Adam's Apple"
Iron Boss - "Train Kept A..."
Men Of Porn - "Lightning Strikes"
Natas - "Remember (Walking In The Sand)
Nova Driver - "Seasons of Wither"
Puny Human - "Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)"
Raging Slab - "Bone To Bone"
Red Giant - "Lord Of The Thighs"
Roadsaw - "Toys In The Attic"
Scissorfight - "Lick And Promise"
Solace - "Nobody's Fault"
Soul Clique - "Last Child"
Speedball - "Rats In The Cellar"
Supersuckers - tbd - "Get The Lead Out"
The Quill - "S.O.S. (Too Bad)"
The Want - "Let The Music Do the Talking"
Tree - "Back In Saddle"
Voltage - "Draw the Line"
Volume - "Walkin' The Dog"
Zeke - tbd -maybe "Critical Mass"*
Vinyl available on Tee Pee Records
Aerosmith dreams up new album
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Our favorite Bad Boys of Boston haven't put the brakes on since coming off tour in January, but Aerosmith will get really revving this week when their producer comes to town to get the show on the road!
Bassist Tom Hamilton reports the band, led by songsmiths Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, has hammered out five or six songs for a new album that - they hope - will be released early next year.
``We're going to really start getting into it in an organized way,'' said Hamilton, who starred in Banned in Boston, a hilarious musical benefit at Avalon the other night. ``When we were talking about doing this album, we all agreed we don't want to spend two years on it like the last two.''
In other words, not the Same Ol Song and Dance.
This time out, the boys have tapped producer Matt Serletic, the man behind the Grammy-winning Rob Thomas/Carlos Santana megahit ``Smooth,'' to head up their project. We assume the boys hope Matt has the Midas touch!
Hamilton also said that the Bad Boys want to make this album in Boston, something they haven't done since Rocks, their fourth album, which came out in 1976.
``We want to record in Boston and don't see any reason why we can't,'' he said, adding that they've camped out for months in Miami, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York during their last recording sessions.
``Our last two albums had to be recorded twice,'' he said. ``We'd get the whole thing done and realize that we don't have what we need and have to go back in the studio. It's excruciating. But I don't think it will happen this time.
Recording close to home helps. And also, according to Tom, technology is on their side.
``These days, if you really wanted to, you could make an album in your basement,'' said the bassist. ``Who knows? Maybe we'll wind up doing some of it like that.''
The Aerosmith Basement Tapes?
``That used to mean real funky and scratchy sounding, but now it can be a really great sounding album,'' he said.
They could be onto something here . . .
Liv in April Allure Magazine
The April issue of Allure asked various celebrities "what have you read about yourself that isn't true?"
Liv replied "The most vulgar one, which actually almost made me pass out, was that my father had bought us (matching) emerald nipple rings and that we were going to have them installed. How vulgar. Who would ever say that about a father and daughter?"
April 12, 2000
Aerosmith has pulled out of the soundtrack of the upcoming Touchstone remake of the 1974 B-movie "Gone In 60 Seconds." A source at Disney's Touchstone Pictures confirms that the band had been expected to contribute a new song to the Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that late last week, word was passed down that the band would not be involved.
AeroDays and AeroNights
Last week, the entire band spent some time in Joe's studio…
On individual notes, Brad and Karen went to a toga, toga, toga party last night! No word if they donned as ancient Roman gods, nevertheless, Brad and Karen had a great time amongst all the toga'ers! Joey, bad-ass drummer, Kramer; has been trekking through Boston in his new Plymouth Prowler! So if you spot a yellow-haired dude prowlin' around town in a sheek black Prowler, it just may be Aerosmith's drummer! Don't follow him to the gas station though…
April 9, 2000
Demon Of Screamin' Limerick File
Steven Tyler in a spacesuit? Steven Tyler reciting saucy limericks from outer space? That's right, check out the Demon of Screamin' in AeroAnimation @ www.aerosmith.com. In "Limerick From Beyond the Unknown," Steven speaks of a "Girl From Tabrook" with a surprise sidekick. It's sleek, it's cool, and it's out of this world! You've go to see it to believe it!
Tom Hamilton Album Update
AF1 has always brought its crewmembers on the up and up regarding the Boston Boys upcoming album. There has been a flurry of excitement and anticipation regarding the work in progress - our favorite bass player candidly speaks of Aerosmith's stage in the "creative process" @ www.aerosmith.com:
"Once again I'm in a quandary over what to say and what not to say. We spent the better part of last week in the studio but I can't really say what for. People probably already know anyway. So what the hell, we... not so fast. I ain't gonna be the one who can't keep his mouth shut. Let's just say that the creative process is well under way up here in the cold, sloppy Northeast. Actually the cold is just about over. This will be the first time in a few years where we'll be home for the transition from winter into spring. I'm ready. People keep saying it was a mild winter. I think that's a friggin' oxymoron.
It's been a good winter for bangin' the strings. No, I don't mean having sex with the violin players. I mean practicing. Woodshedding. Schooling. You're never done. You always want to get it better. Still looking to hear the same thing you wanted to hear when you first started. You catch up, then it pulls away. Luckily it's a blast and you can't get enough. Speaking of which... "
Tom Hamilton Boston Globe Article 4/7/00
He's tall, he's blond, he likes to rock, and tomorrow night
he's Bill Weld. He is Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton and he is one of the 40
or so famous or semifamous folks giving it up for Urban Improv, a nonprofit
drama and educational group that aids Boston school kids, at the fifth annual
''Banned in Boston'' benefit at Avalon. It's a series of satirical skits and
songs presented by, well, a truly mixed bag of talents. How can you not be
curious about seeing noted nonthespian Mayor Tom Menino play a Ripley-like
version of himself in ''The Talented Mr. Menino''? Or Harvard Pilgrim honcho
Charlie Baker stretched out on a gurney, being ''treated'' by a doctor? (Will
he get respect? Think he's covered?) Do you not admire TV newsgal Kasey
Kaufman for daring to warble a song as Tipper Gore? (Hope there are no naughty
words!) The Rev. Peter Gomes takes a turn as Julia Child (can he outdo Dan
Aykroyd?) and club king Patrick Lyons does a bit as Red Sox star and
multiproduct pitchman Nomar Garciaparra. Expected to be royally skewered:
Lieutenant GovernorJane Swift; talk show guy and former Massport head Peter
Blute. At 7:30 p.m.
April 7, 2000
Matt Serletic on the progress of the new album
Aerosmith Working On
Rockers again working with Matt Serletic, who produced their hit 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.' Staff Writer Teri vanHorn reports:
Veteran rockers Aerosmith are working on the follow-up to 1997's Nine Lives with producer Matt Serletic (Matchbox Twenty, Edwin McCain). The group is in the early stages, but they have "a lot of great material," said Serletic, who recently spent two weeks with the quintet in the group's home base of Boston. "There's an exuberance in them as musicians and a joy about music that's going to lead them back to those first inspirations that started them as a band," Serletic said. "Yet [they have] the maturity and growth of being one of the world's greatest rock bands. ... They're ready to rock."
"They're ready to rock." — Matt Serletic,
Hamilton warbles over sick songbird
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Thursday, April 6, 2000
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, a rockin,' sweatin' kinda guy, yesterday sprung to songbird Mariah Carey's defense for taking to her bed at Mass. General the other night and disappointing thousands of Boston fans.
``It's amazing when you are sick and you have to go on stage,'' Hamilton told the Track. ``For a singer, it's got to be a nightmare. I'm lucky. I can just play the bass and lean against my amp if I have to, but a singer, ugh, God.''
Tom could feel Mariah's food poisoning pain as he reminisced about the time in France when he and drummer Joey Kramer ate steak tartare and both became explosively ill - with disgusting effects.
Eeeeooowww . . .
``It went away fast, though,'' he said.
Which is quite unlike Mariah's malady, which has stuck around since she devoured a plate of raw oysters in Atlanta over the weekend and sent her to Mass. General the night before her sold-out show at the FleetCenter.
Yesterday, as fans flocked to the hospital bearing bouquets, balloons and ``Get Well'' wishes, the diva snoozed in her heavily-guarded room - with a city view - on a pricey private floor at the hospital.
By the way, two princesses from Kuwait were also in residence at Phillips House with their personal chef.
Hmmm . . . Can you say ``tummy tuck''?
Anyway, for breakfast, we hear Mariah managed to order up a plate of papaya, the first solid food the Heartbreaker has requested since she was admitted Monday night for dehydration, a nasty complication of food poisoning.
And by the way, dehydration will NOT rear its ugly head tomorrow night at Urban Improv's ``Banned in Boston'' performance at Avalon. Tom Hamilton promises there will be oodles of Evian backstage for Boston's biggest hams, who may get parched from performing in the madcap musical revue.
Mayor Tom Menino, aka ``The Talented Mr. Menino,'' gets top billing. Also joining in on the funny fun: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charlie Baker, who spends much time on a gurney; chefs Jasper White and Lydia Shire; Congressmen Bill Delahunt, Joe Moakley and Marty Meehan; media mavens Andy Hiller, Kasey Kaufman, Emily Rooney and the Inside Track; and many, many more.
We'll drink to that!
The Latest News on The Doors
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April 3, 2000
Steven to sing at Victory Programs' 25th anniversary dinner
"Straight as an
Victory Programs supporter April Kramer usually can count on her husband, Joey, Aerosmith's drummer, and other members of the band to show up at the events she organizes to benefit the organization's alcoholism and addiction programs. At this year's 25th anniversary dinner on June 13, Steven Tyler is already lined up to sing "Amazing Grace" for the guests. Also booked to speak are "60 MinutesII" commentator and local comic Jimmy Tingle and the mega-selling new-age author Marianne Williamson
April 2, 2000
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More on The Doors tribute album
Surviving Doors Play with Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson on Tribute LP
Project also includes Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, Cult, Chrissie Hynde, UB40, Bo Diddley
Rockers Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots, Chrissie Hynde,
Marilyn Manson, Creed and the Cult have recorded songs with members of the
Doors for an upcoming tribute album to the 1960s blues-rock band.
Though the track listing has not been finalized, plans call for the disc also to include late Beat writer William S. Burroughs' final recording and a duet featuring bluesman John Lee Hooker singing with late Doors frontman Jim Morrison.
"Personally, the high points for me are William Burroughs' recitation of some Morrison poetry and Creed's 'Riders on the Storm,' " longtime Doors manager Danny Sugerman said. "Creed really put their stamp on it, so it's not just a slavish cover. Some bands went in and were afraid to fiddle with history. And then others, like Creed and the Cult, really brought their style to bear on it."
The album — tentatively titled Stoned Immaculate, from a line in "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" — is expected to be released in the summer. Ralph Sall, who also masterminded tributes to the Grateful Dead and the Eagles, is producing the disc.
Sall approached various bands, then asked the Doors — keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore — if they were familiar with the different groups. Whichever Doors member reacted most enthusiastically played on each track, recording with sometimes much younger musicians.
"In the world of artists, you get to a certain level of artistic expertise, and you're neither young nor old," Manzarek said. "They're accomplished musicians who are 20 years younger than I am, 30 years younger than I am, but ... they've broken on through to the other side, and they've gotten up to the top of the mountain, and it's like everyone's an equal."
'It Was Just Rocking'
Manzarek recorded "Wild Child" with the Cult. He
and Krieger collaborated with Stone Temple Pilots on "Break on Through
(to the Other Side)" and laid down the classic Morrison stomp
"Roadhouse Blues" with a supergroup whose lineup included Red Hot
Chili Peppers bassist Flea and drummer DJ Bonebrake of L.A. punk veterans X.
"Locking in with DJ, you know, just bangin' away on two and four, and Flea just holding the whole thing down, and Robbie and I playing our lines ... it was just rocking," Manzarek said.
"Roadhouse Blues" also features an overdubbed vocal duet between Morrison, who died in 1971, and Hooker. Morrison's tracks are digitally remastered outtakes from the recording sessions for Morrison Hotel (1970).
After hearing Creed's album, the Doors members played on their version of the brooding "Riders on the Storm." Creed played that song and "Roadhouse Blues" with Krieger at Woodstock '99.
Burroughs' Last Recording
Burroughs read "Cancer City," a piece of Morrison's poetry from the singer's book, "The Lords and the New Creatures." The track is the last the author — who also made an album with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain — recorded before his death in 1997.
" 'The Lords' originally, before it was published, each little section, each poem, each stanza, was on a different page, and you could shuffle the pages up, and Jim would say you can read it in any order you want," Sugerman said. "It was just like William Burroughs' cut-up method, you know?
"Burroughs would cut up lines and just randomly put them together, and then use what synchronized itself, but he did that with Jim's poetry, which is exactly what Jim suggested be done with it. And no one told him. He just picked the material and put it in the order he wanted it, and read it out."
Electic Group Reworks Eclectic Tunes
Manzarek and Krieger recorded "Love Me Two Times" with Boston rock veterans Aerosmith. All three surviving Doors play "Touch Me," from The Soft Parade (1969), with Pretenders singer/guitarist Hynde and saxophonist Curtis Amy, who played the horn part on the original recording.
Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson worked with Krieger on a cover of the heavy "Five to One" for the project.
"He just put his own stamp on it, with Trent Reznor[-style] production, real high-tech, industrial sound," Sugerman said. "It just pulverizes, really taking it someplace it's never been before, but using the trudging, warhorse beat that's been there from the beginning."
Reggae group UB40 contributed "Light My Fire," X singer Exene Cervenka recorded "House of the New Dead," and Smash Mouth, with Krieger, recorded "Peace Frog." Days of the New laid down their version of Morrison's Oedipal rant "The End," and Krieger, Manzarek and Densmore recorded "Love Her Madly" with veteran blues guitarist Bo Diddley.
Sugerman said some of the inspiration for the album came when Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder filled in for Morrison at the group's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"In the beginning, [the idea] was Eddie Vedder doing
'Light my Fire' and Kurt Cobain doing 'The Crystal Ship,' " Sugerman
said, noting that the Doors were initially hesitant to work on a tribute to
themselves. "Eddie was real humble and real focused, and it gave the guys
a sense of what a tribute album could be."
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