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December 31, 2000
Happy Birthday Tom!!
December 30, 2000
AMA - Aerosmith to receive International Artist Award??
I guess we'll just have to wait and see if it's Aerosmith or Janet Jackson that will get the Lifetime Achievement Award...
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Superbowl Halftime Show
December 29, 2000
Release Date of "Just Push Play"
There have been a bunch of dates in march rumored to be the release of Aerosmith's latest album Just Push Play. March 20th seems to be the release date of the next Aerosmith album, "Just Push Play", as of now.
Joey Kramer Tribute To A Legend VHS
"For three decades, more than any single American drummer, one man has made an essential mark on the pages of Rock history. Considered to be one of the most influential drummers in the world, his talent continues to inspire new generations of fans and fellow musicians. With interviews of over 40 of the most respected names in music today, join his colleagues, fans, and friends in this special tribute to a living legend: Aerosmith's Joey Kramer"
Produced and Edited by Scott Sobol.
For information on how you can see this video, E-mail Amy
This tribute video is not available
commercially, it is a private tribute to him that Scott is making available to
If you haven't ordered this, you really should consider it. It has an anthology of the albums and information from a variety of drummers talking about Joey and his influence on their music, and the bands as a whole. It is excellent quality and worth it all. If you love Aero, you will love this tape...
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Steven in Hit Parader
December 20, 2000
Album Title Revealed!! and Joes view on the half time show @ the Superbowl.
This was in today's Boston Herald
Aerosmith Bowled Over
Aerosmith axeman Joe Perry said the band needed some major league convincing
to agree to take part in Super Bowl XXXV's half-time spectacle with 'N Sync
and some other ``special guests.''
``At first, we were like, no way,'' said the Boston Bad Boy, who prefers
hockey to football. ``Because every time the (producers) tried to incorporate
rock 'n' roll into the halftime show, it doesn't come off that well.''
Well, that's an understatement!
``But then they told us they want to make it more like a rock show and that
MTV was producing it and a designer that has worked with us is involved,'' he
said. ``So we hopped on board.''
And so goes the Aerosmith train, which has been a rollin' all month long with
a nomination to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, an American Music Award
announcement and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The appearance at the NFL showdown in Tampa - in front of an estimated 750
million viewers - is the latest coup. And isn't it nice to see Boston
represented in some way at the Super Bowl since our pathetic Patriots will be
In more Aerosmith news, Perry revealed that their soon-to-be-completed album
will be entitled ``Just Push Play.''
``Now, if we could only keep our new single off Napster,'' said Joe. Don't
press your luck, rocker boy.
December 19, 2000
Boston Herald Article
Triple honors have Bad Boys feelin' good
by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Tuesday, December 19, 2000
The Bad Boys From Boston must have been very good boys this year because Christmas came early for Aerosmith and Santa's bag was jammed!
Steven Tyler, left, and Joe Perry are full of holiday cheer after Aerosmith racked up three musical honors recently. They are also co-producing an Aerosmith album for the first time. (AP Photo) First came the news that the band - which had its first hit, ``Dream On,'' more than 25 years ago - would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Next was the announcement that the band would get an American Music Award. And now, we hear, the Bad Boys From Boston will get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Well, ho, ho, ho!
``When you've been doing this for so many years, you tend to take things with a grain of salt and look at it as just another day,'' Aerosmith's main man, Steven Tyler, told the Track. ``But when you stop and really think about it, it's really an epiphanic moment.''
Tyler's cohort, guitar genius Joe Perry, was also full of good cheer about the band's holiday trifecta.
``Well, you know the (Hall Of Fame) competition is pretty stiff and there's a lot of really talented and influential people every year, so it's great to be voted in,'' he said. ``We had our fingers crossed.''
Before the big announcement, Tyler, Perry and bandmates Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer had been hiding out in Perry's South Shore basement recording an as-yet-untitled album - the first since 1997's ``Nine Lives'' and the first co-produced by Perry and Tyler.
``We've been working with (writers) Marti Fredericksen and Mark Hudson and it sounds really good. We're really happy with it,'' Perry said.
The album will ``remind people a lot of the records we made in the '70s,'' he said.
``But it's a really modern-sounding record,'' Perry continued. ``There's a lot of guitars and it rocks really hard and really heavy. Steven is singing better than he's ever sung. He's been able to stretch vocally like he's never done before.''
Although the month's been full of Sweet Emotion for the band, it still irks Aerosmith that their new stuff isn't heard on Boston radio.
As far as the band's hometown is concerned, they're strictly an oldies act.
``We haven't been the new young thing for 15 years, we know that,'' said Perry. ``But trends dictate what gets played on Boston stations and we'll just have to see what happens. Right now, we're just really happy with the record.''
Tyler said he's taking the dissing as a personal challenge.
``That's the fodder that makes us keep going,'' said Steven. ``That you'll-never-amount-to-anything kind of thing is what spurs you on.''
The band is getting ready to debut the first single from their new album, ``Jaded,'' at the American Music Awards Jan. 8. They are also getting ready to record a video for ``Jaded'' and gearing up for a world tour.
``We've been working on the album furiously for 20 hours a day,'' Perry said. ``We weren't really expecting to release it for another year but it came together so fast and then we got the opportunity to debut it at the American Music Awards, so we're scrambling.
``It's hard to talk about something that hasn't gotten out there yet, but this feels as close to what an Aerosmith record should feel like at this point in time. So we're really happy.''
Aerosmith & the E*TRADE Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show!
The NFL, CBS Sports and MTV: Music Television Present the Kings of Rock and Pop Together on One Stage.
Aerosmith and *NSYNC to Perform at E*TRADE Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show.
New York, NY, December 18, 2000 - The NFL, CBS Sports and MTV: Music Television announced today that two of music's biggest artists, Aerosmith and *NSYNC, will perform during the E*TRADE Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show. The halftime music extravaganza will bring together vital rock legends Aerosmith with pop sensations *NSYNC, who will share the same stage for the first time ever. Super Bowl XXXV will be held on January 28, 2001 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The NFL selected MTV: Music Television to produce the E*TRADE halftime show. CBS and MTV are both owned by Viacom Inc.
The Super Bowl, the NFL's championship game, is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program and the most-watched single-day sporting event. It will air on CBS and is expected to attract an estimated 130 million viewers in the United States and at least 750 million viewers worldwide.
Known as America's premier rock 'n roll band, Aerosmith is a unique force in today's music. Band members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer have sold over 100 million albums around the world and earned an array of accolades including Grammys and MTV Video Music Awards. In 1998, the band's smash single "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" became the group's first-ever #1 Billboard pop hit and landed Aerosmith an Academy Award nomination. Aerosmith will release their new studio album on Columbia in the spring of 2001.
In less than three years, *NSYNC, which includes Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake, has gained global stardom. "No Strings Attached," the band's sophomore album, broke records by selling 2.4 million copies in its first week. *NSYNC's self-titled 1998 album sold over ten million copies and yielded four number one singles. In addition, *NSYNC garnered "Viewer's Choice," "Best Pop Video" and "Best Choreography," awards at the recent 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
"The Halftime Show is an important part of the Super Bowl and one of the most highly anticipated entertainment events of the year," said NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. "We are pleased that musical performers of the magnitude of Aerosmith and *NSYNC will join the list of E*TRADE Super Bowl Halftime superstars."
"We are pleased to bring MTV and the NFL together to showcase two of the biggest attractions in the music world," said Sean McManus, President, CBS Sports. "In all, CBS will be providing nearly 19 hours of Super Bowl programming, appealing to all demographics."
"There will be something for everyone at this year's halftime event, including a few surprises. By bringing together two of the most popular bands in music today, we'll be able to stage an incredibly entertaining and eclectic halftime show for Super Bowl fans everywhere." said Van Toffler, President, MTV & MTV2.
The E*TRADE Super Bowl XXXV halftime show will be executive produced by Dave Sirulnick and Salli Frattini. Alex Coletti and Patrick Byrnes will be producing for MTV; Dennis Despie will produce for Select Productions and Beth McCarthy-Miller will serve as director.
E*TRADE is a global leader in online personal financial services, offering value-added investing, banking and research features, premium customer service and a redundant, proprietary Stateless Architecture® infrastructure. In addition to the U.S., E*TRADE presently serves customers in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and the U.K. through branded web sites. E*TRADE Securities Inc. (Member NASD/SIPC), and its parent company, E*TRADE Group, Inc., have offices in Northern California and in other major business centers in the U.S. and worldwide. E*TRADE is a registered trademark of E*TRADE Securities, Inc.
CBS Television is comprised of the CBS Television Network -- with more than 200 owned and affiliated stations reaching virtually every television home in the United States; the Network's programming arms CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports; and CBS Enterprises, a global leader in distribution.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: Music Television, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV LAND, TNN, CMT and the The Digital Suite From MTV Networks, a package of nine US digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide. In addition, MTV Networks operates The MTVi Group and Nickelodeon Online, a portfolio of leading Internet properties built to address every interest of today's music fan and Internet-savvy kid.
December 15, 2000
goes 'organic' for new album
By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY
Unfazed by all the alarmist talk about rock 's steady march to the grave, Aerosmith headed straight for The Boneyard. That's the name of guitarist Joe Perry's Boston-area home studio, where the band is crafting an as-yet-untitled album due in the spring, its first album since 1997's Nine Lives.
Jaded, Avant Garden, Beyond Beautiful and Under My Skin are among 20-plus songs already recorded for an album said to merge classic Aerosmith rock energy and kaleidoscopic flourishes. Taking the helm for the first time, Perry and singer Steven Tyler are producing the disc with songwriting partners Marti Fredericksen and Mark Hudson.
"We didn't want to do a color-by-numbers with a big-name producer," says Perry, whose studio is a hodgepodge of vintage guitars, girlie pin-ups, Jimi Hendrix posters, lava lamps, leopard-print carpet and a cardboard Tony Soprano. "My stomach would get in a knot when we were considering other producers. Now it feels more organic. . . . We just let go, and the sparks flew."
The band, currently mapping a world tour, is the rare exception in a field of stunted careers. Current members Tyler, Perry, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton, the same lineup that founded Aerosmith in 1970, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19.
December 13, 2000
Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens, The Flamingos and Solomon Burke were named Tuesday as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2001 inductees. Jackson and Simon were previously inducted as members of the Jackson 5 and Simon & Garfunkel, respectively. The Class of 2001 also includes Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and musicians James Burton and Johnnie Johnson . Nominees who did not make the cut: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Brenda Lee, Lynyrd Skynyrd, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Bob Seger and Patti Smith. The induction ceremony will be March 19 in New York.
Aerosmith To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At AMAs!
Aerosmith is only the fourth to receive the lifetime achievement award. It has only been awarded to Michael Jackson, Prince, and Mariah Carey. They will be receiving their award @ the American Music Awards on Jan. 8. The band will also perform its latest single, "Jaded," live on the show!
Sony Puts Chains on the "Mob Story Project"
Beth P. had the opportunity to get an advanced copy of this for promotion purposes. This is an amazing project to say the least. Check out the website at http://www.amobstory.com
PROBLEM: Sony will not give their blessing to Steven and Joe to be involved with this project. Remember the incident with Ringo a few years ago? This is similar to that.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: We are starting an
email-blast to Sony to let them they are wrong. Not only must they be allowed
to be on the album but in fact SONY must distribute and get this product out.
Send your email to Don_ienner@sonymusic.com.
For those who are going to join us in getting Sony to realize they are making a mistake, please "cc" your emails to the following addresses. Following the email addresses is the "snail mail" address to write to. If you can, please let Beth P. know that you are writing to Sony so we can have a "mental list" of how many emails & letters have gone to them.
All Aerosmith fans should write & send
Sony Emails for comments & fan feed
Aerosmith email address at Sony/Columbia
Attn: Don Ienner
550 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022-3211
Please feel free to forward this to ANYONE you feel would be able to help us out.
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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Press Release
Sixteenth Annual Induction Ceremony to be Held March 19th in New York
Ceremony to Air Exclusively on VH1 in March
Tuesday, December 12, 2000, New York, NY -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees for the Sixteenth Annual Induction Ceremony were announced today at VH1 by Jann Wenner, Editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. Here, in alphabetical order, are the Inductees for 2001:
Aerosmith, the original five bad boys from Boston -- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer -- epitomize American blues-rooted style rock and roll and continue, after three decades, to rock our world;
Solomon Burke who is known for having one of the greatest voices in the history of soul, gospel, R&B, and even country, and has influenced a vast array of artists;
The Flamingos, Chicago's pioneering doo-wop aggregation -- Nathaniel Nelson, John Carter, Terry Johnson, Tommy Hunt, Ezekiel Carey, Paul Wilson, Jacob Carey and Sollie McElroy -- gave us the trend-setting classic hit "Golden Teardrops," and their soulful rendition of the pop standard, "I Only Have Eyes For You";
Michael Jackson, who by age five was the designated lead singer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees the Jackson 5, and only a few years later, launched a record breaking trend-setting solo career that included the world's biggest selling album, Thriller, which spent 37 weeks at #1 and sold more than 25-times platinum in the U.S. alone. There is no question that for the generation who came of age in the '80s, Michael epotimizes what rock is about;
Queen, in the golden era of glam-rock and gorgeously hyper-produces theatrical extravaganzas that defined one branch of '70s rock, no group came close in either concept or execution to Queen -- Freddie Murcury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon;
Paul Simon, already an Inductee as one half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, Simon launched his solo career three decades ago. From the release of the watershed album Graceland to his work for film and even Broadway, Paul Simon is one of rock's true visionaries;
Steely Dan, no rock group before or since has applied more intellectual calisthenics to their wordplay, more bebop and swing jazz formalism to their charts, or more audiophile precision to their sonics. Fervently embraced by art-rock, conservatory, jazz fusion and engineering aficionados alike, Stelly Dan -- Walter Becker and Donald Fagen -- hold a very unique spot in the history of rock and roll;
At 17 years old, Ritchie Valens, less than seven months after the release of his first single, "Come One Let's Go" and exactly 26 days after "La Bamba" hit the pop charts, was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, along with 22-year old Buddy Holly and 28-year old J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper"). Forty years after "the day the music died," the echo of Valens' contribution to rock reverberates with an intensity that dares us to remember just how much "the Little Richard of San Fernando" gave to his fans and fellow musicians around the world;
This year's "non-performer" inductee is one of the most successful and celebrated executives in the music business, the legendary Chris Blackwell; founder of Island Records in 1959, he has played a key role in nurturing a generation of musicians ranging from the likes of Bob Marley, Steve Winwood, Tom Waits and U2. Responsible for some of the most important music and greatest changes in pop music of the last forty years, Blackwell not only introduced the world to Bob Marley, but gave reggae an international audience;
The "Side-men" inductees are James Burton and Johnnie Johnson. is one of rock and roll and country music's most distinguished guitarists. He toured and recorded with Elvis Presley and Rick Nelson, among others. In 1957 he recorded the seminal "Suzie-Q" sung by Dale Hawkins. He also recorded with the late Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, and more recently with Jerry Lee Lewis. Burton perfected a guitar style known as "chicken pickin", which produced staccato-sounding single-string riffs and solos;
Johnnie Johnson is one of the chief architects of rock and roll piano. As Chuck Berry's piano player from the mid 1905's thru the 1970's, Johnson helped shape the arrangements of countless Berry hits including "Maybellene," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Johnny B. Goode." In 1990 Johnson recorded his first major-label album with help from Keith Richards and Eric Clapton.
The Sixteenth Annual Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, March 19th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. For the fifth year in a row, VH1 will exclusively air the ceremony; this year's telecast will take place on Wednesday, March 21st at 9:00p.m.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria considered includes the influence and significance of the artist's contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll. Similar criteria is used for the "Non Performer" and "Side-men" category, whos career must have commenced at least 25 years prior to induction. Those eligible for the "Non Performer" category include songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record company executives (who are mainly related to A&R), recording engineers, managers, journalists and other industry professionals.
The Foundation's nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, selects nominees each year in the "artist" category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 1,000 rock experts.
A special selection committee elect inductees in the "Non Performer" and "Side-men" categories.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was formed in 1983 and the first induction ceremony was held in 1986. All inductees are represented in the "Hall of Fame", a permanent exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Please submit written requests for media
credentials to Elizabeth Freund at 212.864.8091 beginning Monday, January 8
and no later than Friday, March 2, 2001.
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Aerosmith To Perform At American Music Awards!
Aerosmith on Hollywood Walk Of Fame!
Tom and Terry Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary
December 11, 2000
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announcement!
December 7, 2000
Mob Story: A Hip Hopera!
STARRING: Chuck D, Vincent Pastore, Goumba Johnny, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Also Starring: Tony Sirico, Sal Richards, Kamal (formerly of Jerky Boys), Rick Dufay and Chris Burns.
Introducing: Raya Beam, Red Devil, Skar, Bill Kates, Ace Lover, Jesse Kramer, Diane Acciavatti, Jerry Cardone and Vodoo Child.
Producers: Jack Douglas, Scott Kassel and Brian Hardgroove
'Aeroluvr', who had an opportunity to hear the CD a while back, says that it is not your typical urban rap hip hop which is why it's called a hip hopra. It is a "story" with characters that would make a great play or film!
Executive producers are Jack Douglas and
You guys all know who Jack is of course. Jack did most of the studio production and he is actually on the CD as well...one speaking part and some music stuff too. He is also in the commercial although it's hard to catch...
Rich toured with Aero in the early 80's...at first as security then various positions including tour manager.
Mark Hudson is also on it - and others not listed on the site credits.
The "site" up now is a promo/ordering site. They are also working on an "official" site but not sure if/when that will be up and running.
December 6, 2000
Mob Story: A Hip Hopera Released!
It's not availble in stores yet. Now, the phone number on the commercial "1-800-621-2332" but on the web site http://www.amobstory.com, it says "1-800-314-6262."
Calling the number is the only way to order the album as of right now. It is only available on CD right now. They are only accepting credit card orders. It cost's $16.99 + $3.95 shipping for a total price of $20.94. It will take 4-6 weeks for it to arrive.
There is a small clip of the boyz song on the site as well. You can also view the commerial on the web site. This album was produced by Jack Douglas and also features (of all people) former Aerosmith rhythm guitar player Rick Dufay!
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December 4, 2000
Charlie's Angels Soundtrack Selling Fast!
December 1, 2000
Aerosmith's new single!?!
Here is some information from metal sludge on one of the songs on the new album due out in march.
The first single from AEROSMITH's forthcoming album is out on March 9th. 'Jaded' will be released through Sony. And, the band is recording their new album in Boston for the first time in many years.
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