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According to TMZ.com, legendary Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has checked himself into a rehab clinic in Pasadena, California. He has checked himself in due to substance abuse. No word has been given yet by his representatives. More updates to follow once more information is revealed.
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Right now on Spinner.com, you can check out the list of "20 bad songs by good bands" which features rock legends Guns N' Roses, KISS and Aerosmith. If you fancy a good laugh then head over to this location to read the list.
AEROSMITH's AeroForceOne site has revealed more details about Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
"GameSpot reported last week that 60 percent of the 40-plus songs in the game will be by the legendary band. The remainder will be from a variety of groups with announced acts including JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, MOTT THE HOOPLE and THE KINKS.
The Aerosmith songs confirmed so far are 'Make It', 'Uncle Salty', 'Draw The Line', 'No Surprize' and 'Sweet Emotion'. The game is due out in June."
Due to be released in June, Guitar Hero fans everywhere will be able to rock once more with Activisions latest announcement of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The latest Guitar Hero instalment gives gamers the chance to play in the shoes of Whitford (guitar), Perry (guitar) and Hamilton (bass) beside drummer Kramer and frontman Tyler.
“Having a game built around Aerosmith has been a huge honour and really a great experience for us,” says Joe Perry. “We’ve put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band’s history.”
Players will experience the legendary career of Aerosmith, from their first gig to them becoming rock royalty, whether it’s jamming at venues from historical moments in the bands career, to rocking to Aerosmith’s greatest hits like “Sweet Emotion” or - what was recently announced by Activision – playing songs from bands that had either performed with or inspired Aerosmith.
Mott the Hoople's “All the Young Dudes”, The Kinks' “All Day and All Night,” Joan Jett's “Hate Myself for Loving You” and Cheap Trick's "Dream Police." are the recent songs that have been announced for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, to be played alongside Aerosmith’s other greatest hits within the game.
“We are extremely excited that Aerosmith chose to team up with Guitar Hero, bringing one of the world’s all-time best-selling artists together with one of the biggest video game brands, to deliver a new and unique interactive way for our customers to connect with artists and their music,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane.
Many Guitar Hero 3 fans will also be pleased to hear that Guitar Hero: Aerosmith spans across a wide range of console platforms once again: Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, allowing fans that haven’t yet upgraded to a next generation console not to be left behind.
To celebrate Guitar Hero’s collaboration with Aerosmith, Guitar Hero 3: Rock Legend fans are now able to download Aerosmith’s “Dream on” for free – which is available at the Xbox Live Marketplace for Xbox 360 and The Playstation Store for the PS3.
AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was the featured guest on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM last night (Friday, February 15). Some highlights:
* Joe is doing two shows with his sons' band TAB THE BAND. They will play deep AEROSMITH cuts ("Combination"), some JOE PERRY PROJECT stuff, some covers, and more. These special shows take place at the Hard Rock in Boston on February 29 and Hard Rock Café in New York City on March 1. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
* AEROSMITH has had many starts and stops on a new CD. They will start very seriously recording a new CD in a month or so. Perry feels the band is better than ever as players and is ready to make a great new CD.
* Joe spoke about the value and chemistry of bands having original lineups. Making the point that AEROSMITH and CHEAP TRICK are the only two from the '70s still intact.
* Perry said he can understand why Eddie Van Halen would want to play with his son, but can not understand how they would not have had Michael Anthony back in VAN HALEN when they were that close to a true reunion and they could bury the axe with David Lee Roth.
AEROSMITH's "Greatest Hits" collection was certified 11-times-platinum on December 13, 2007 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 11 million copies in the United States.
Released in 1980, "Greatest Hits" is AEROSMITH's first standard "greatest hits" compilation album. It contained some of the hits that made the band an icon of the 1970s rock era. A few remastered versions of "Greatest Hits" appeared in the 1990s and are considered partly responsible for the band's popular rejuvenation during the decade. Some of the tracks were significantly shortened from their original versions, paricularly "Same Old Song and Dance", "Sweet Emotion", and "Kings and Queens".
"Greatest Hits" has gone on to become the band's best-selling album in the United States. The band won a diamond award when the LP's sales reached the ten-million mark in 2001.
The following report is courtesy of Kitv.com:
AEROSMITH said Hawaii fans are not entitled to any damages due to a canceled concert scheduled for Maui. Fans are suing to get back money they spent on travel for a concert that did not happen. The lawsuit should be dismissed, Aerosmith lawyers said. They pointed out that other performers, like Pavarotti, have never been required to compensate for fan's wasted travel expenses.
The attorneys said the concert was canceled because there was no way to get the band's equipment to Maui in time after a concert in Chicago was rescheduled two days before Maui.
The group said it was always honest with its fans and should not be punished for alleged misrepresentation.
Under the state's consumer law, plaintiffs could be eligible for triple their losses in damages and up to $5,000 if over the age of 62.
The case will be argued on Maui next month.
While the band did not go forward with a concert for Maui, it did perform at a concert for a private gathering of Toyota dealers at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus that weekend.
AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton accepted the Personal Achievement Award from Christopher Guest at the 2007 Boston Music Awards (BMAs), with two of the evening's best jokes. "Turn that crap down," he said of his entrance music of "Sweet Emotion", and later, "I feel like I'm at home. This place is like another room in my house, except smaller."
Tom received the Personal Achievement Award for winning his fight against cancer and also for his support in the community.
AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer was honorary chairman of the 2007 Boston Music Awards.
This year's BMAs took place on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Orpheum Theater.
"AEROSMITH plays all over the world, but it all starts and comes back here to Boston for me," Kramer previously said. "Boston is in AEROSMITH's DNA. I am part of Boston's family of musicians and to be named the BMAs' Honorary Chairman gives me a real opportunity to serve my brothers and sisters in this rich community of artists."
Kramer and his band mates 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.
The Pulse of Radio reports: Guitar Hero III grossed more than $100 million in its first seven days on sale in North America, according to Variety.com. Activision revealed the figures on Monday (November 5), making the music-based video game the second biggest title of the year after Halo 3, which hauled in $170 million in its first day alone. The sales of Guitar Hero could be either a positive or negative sign for the upcoming Rock Band, depending on how much money players have left to spend when the latter game arrives at the end of the month.
The third entry in the massively popular Guitar Hero series, which has been promoted by commercials featuring VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash, features songs from DISTURBED, SLIPKNOT, THE KILLERS, AEROSMITH, A.F.I., GUNS N' ROSES, METALLICA, MUSE, PEARL JAM, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SMASHING PUMPKINS and dozens more.
Stars such as KORN's Jonathan Davis and Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS have been outspoken in their enthusiasm for the game.
As previously reported, following the October 28th release of the game many of the artists with tracks featured in the game saw impressive spikes in both album and single sales. British metallers DRAGONFORCE claimed the #1 spot for digital single sales amongst other tracks included in Guitar Hero III for "Through The Fire And Flames," a track from their Roadrunner Records debut, "Inhuman Rampage." The single saw an impressive 183% increase over the prior weeks single sales. More...
Boston magazine recently conducted an interview with AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer about the Technical store which he opened recently in Boston with John Nichols. Located on Newbury between Exeter and Fairfield streets, the shop's stocked with a wide — and weird — range of streetwear, from hats and hoodies to sneakers and skateboard accessories. (Nichols, a friend of Kramer's son Jesse, opened the first Technical in Norwell a few years ago.)
Q: So, do you skate?
Kramer: Um, not really. I'm just afraid to break my thumbs and my wrists, you know? Then I'd be in a fine how-do-you-do.
Q: How'd you get involved in Technical?
Kramer: I met John four or five years back, after he started the store in Norwell. The thing that caught my eye was the passion he had about the skateboard culture. He was definitely a quality-before-quantity guy.
Q: The South Shore store is kind of a hard-core skate shop. What's the new location like?
Kramer: It's geared toward the foot traffic on Newbury Street. There's stuff in here that I would wear, that I do wear.
Q: Such as?
Kramer: Well, in particular, a brand of watches called TW Steel that I found overseas. And another watch from Toy Watch with a skull and crossbones, and T-shirts from Upper Playground and Spacecraft.
Q: Would you wear it onstage?
Kramer: To me, it's definitely more everyday clothing.
Q: Do you think the skater ethic is similar to the '70s rock ethic?
Kramer: They're both word-of-mouth, underground-culture-ish but spread quickly. In this world, you have to be cautious about advertising: If skaters think it's for everybody, they won't come.
The Pulse of Radio reports: Harmonix Music announced the final track listing for its highly anticipated Rock Band video game on Thursday (November 1). The 58-song soundtrack includes dozens of original master recordings by artists such as FOO FIGHTERS, METALLICA, NIRVANA, BLACK SABBATH, RADIOHEAD, SMASHING PUMPKINS, FALL OUT BOY, THE KILLERS, THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUNDGARDEN, THE CLASH and many more, spanning alternative rock, classic rock, metal and punk from the '60s to the present. In addition to 45 tracks from established stars, the game will also feature 13 songs from independent up-and-coming acts.
Rock Band comes out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on November 20, and PlayStation 2 on December 18.
The complete Rock Band soundtrack is (* indicates cover version):
THE ROLLING STONES - "Gimme Shelter"
AEROSMITH - "Train Kept a Rollin'"*
THE WHO - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
BOSTON - "Foreplay/Long Time"
MOUNTAIN - "Mississippi Queen"*
THE POLICE - "Next to You"
DAVID BOWIE - "Suffragette City"
BLACK SABBATH - "Paranoid"*
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
THE RAMONES - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
DEEP PURPLE - "Highway Star"
KISS - "Detroit Rock City"
MOLLY HATCHET - "Flirtin'With Disaster"
THE OUTLAWS - "Green Grass & High Tides"
SWEET - "Ballroom Blitz"*
RUSH - "Tom Sawyer"*
BON JOVI - "Wanted Dead or Alive"
THE CLASH - "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
PIXIES - "Wave of Mutilation"
FAITH NO MORE - "Epic"
R.E.M. - "Orange Crush"
IRON MAIDEN - "Run to the Hills"*
FOO FIGHTERS - "Learn to Fly"
METALLICA - "Enter Sandman"
NIRVANA - "In Bloom"
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "Vasoline"
WEEZER - "Say It Ain't So"
SMASHING PUMPKINS - "Cherub Rock"
RADIOHEAD - "Creep"
BEASTIE BOYS - "Sabotage"
HOLE - "Celebrity Skin"
GARBAGE - "I Think I'm Paranoid"
SOUNDGARDEN - "Black Hole Sun"
THE HIVES - "Main Offender"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Go With the Flow"
THE STROKES - "Reptilia"
JET - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
OK GO - "Here It Goes Again"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
YEAH YEAH YEAHS - "Maps"
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - "Dani California"
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - "Welcome Home"
FALL OUT BOY - "Dead on Arrival"
THE KILLERS - "When You Were Young"
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - "Electric Version"
AEROSMITH road warrior John B. has issued the following report:
"Steven (Tyler - vocals) will be heading to London at the end of the week to take part in the great magazine Classic Rocks annual award dinner. Aerosmith are up for show of the year. Let’s hope ST brings home some hardware for that unbelievable Hyde Park monsoon extravaganza. No doubt Ross Halfin will be at the Demon’s table buttering his rolls and refilling ST’s water glass. He’s no fool!
Joe (Perry - photo left by John B.) took time out of his vacation to help Guitar Hero celebrate the release of their new game. Joe spent last Sunday in the big apple signing autographs at Game Stop’s 33rd and Broadway store. That was a blast! What a cool store and the staff were very accommodating. After that Joe played at the Guitar Hero private event down in the Lower East Side at a club called the Anexx. The place held 250 tops. Joe played with his sons Tony and Adrian’s band Tab the band. This was far from the Partridge family folks! The band cranked up some old Aero tunes and dug deep into Joe’s back catalog of solo stuff. They even did a few covers as well as a TAB song. The show was shot by Aerosmith’s video director Casey Thibeault and will be available to be seen on the web real soon.
Joe seemed to be having a great time and even mentioned that he would someday like to take this outfit on the road to play for all the fans across the country. First Aerosmith has to get back in the studio and get crackin’ on some new material which they will be working on all winter."
According to TheHawaiiChannel.com, angry rock fans are suing the band AEROSMITH for canceling its concert on Maui last month.
The lawsuit said the band's late cancellation was unnecessary and caused many fans to lose money they spent on plane tickets, car rentals and hotels.
The lawsuit is on behalf of all ticket holders.
Under the state's consumer law, plaintiffs could be eligible for triple their losses in damages and up to $5,000 if over the age of 62.
In order to contact the law firm for more information, class members can go to SueAerosmith.com or AerosmithClassAction.com.
According to StarBulletin.com, AEROSMITH canceled its only public concert in Hawaii — September 26 in Maui — for logistical reasons, although a private concert on Oahu three days went ahead as scheduled.
Because a tour date in Chicago was rescheduled, "it is not logistically possible for the band's equipment to make it to Hawaii in time for the scheduled Maui show," AEROSMITH's management said in a statement explaining the cancellation. "The band would like to apologize for this inconvenience to their fans."
Co-promoter Tom Moffatt said he learned of the rescheduled Chicago concert just as the Maui concert was selling out. It had broken all previous box office records for a Maui concert.
AEROSMITH performed at Les Murakami Stadium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa on September 29 as part of a Toyota corporate gathering of dealers from all across the country.
The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) reports: AEROSMITH has just wrapped up a brief set of North American dates and will be taking a short break before entering the studio in November. After over 30 years together, the members of the Boston-based rock band have survived injury, addiction and cancer, but now that they're well into their fifties, the still-youthful quintet is beginning to feel their age.
Guitarist Joe Perry said that touring and performance is no longer something the band can take for granted. "You realize you're not an immortal, and you don't have this 22-year-old feeling of 'this thing can go on forever,' and you know, 'I can do whatever I want, I can go for three nights without sleep and everything will be fine,'" he said. "You start to realize that it's a very delicate thing, life is a delicate thing, and being able to perform at the top of your game is a delicate thing. And it's one of those changes, you know, that comes over. I'm still amazed that we can put on the kind of show that we put on. Every night could be our last."
Perry recently told Billboard.com that when they return to the studio in November, they'll create their music from leftover material from earlier projects and use bits and pieces that organically come together. "I'd like to have songs that the band can play live and have them sound great and not need to have a bunch of overdubs and all that, even though we will do that after the fact," he said. "But that's the icing on the cake. The cake is good songs, and that's what we're gonna be shooting for."
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"When Badasses Go Soft: The 10 Weakest Songs by Badass Bands" is a recent feature on Cracked.com detailing their list of some of the biggest cases of hard andheavy bands wussing out. Metal is of course well-represented on the list with the following spots:
#10. "Until It Sleeps" - Metallica
#8. "All of My Love" - Led Zeppelin
#6. "Mama, I'm Coming Home" - Ozzy Osborne
#4. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith
You have to read the original article to get the complete details.
Read the full article at Cracked.com.
According to CMT.com, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry will join Toby Keith onstage Friday (Aug. 24) in Buffalo, N.Y., to tape a performance for an upcoming ABC News special commemorating the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. The footage from Keith's Big Dog Daddy tour will be featured in "Elvis: Viva Las Vegas", a two-hour program analyzing Presley's connection to the gambling mecca. Keith is among several contemporary artists who will perform Presley classics in the special airing on Sept. 18.
WAYSTED, the reunited semi-obscure mid-'80s British heavy metal outfit led by UFO bassist Pete Way (hence the spelling of the group's name), has set "The Harsh Reality" as the title of its new album, due in October via U.K.'s Livewire Records. The CD will feature the band's "classic" lineup of Pete Way, Fin (vocals), Chris George (guitar) and Paul Haslin (drums). Also in the works is WAYSTED's cover version of AEROSMITH's "Sweet Emotion", which was recently recorded for inclusion on the cover-mount CD (featuring a compilation of rock songs from the movies) that will be given away for free with next month's Classic Rock magazine.
Says Fin: "Yes troops, the recording is all going better than planned. Six songs are already in the can, done and dusted. We did have to break off the recording process to let Fredster [the record producer] mix 'Sweet Emotion'... We are more than pleased that we chose the 'SMITH song as there is a bit of history to it, me dismissing them in my youth as some 'Mick 'n' Keef wannabees' until I met Pete [Way] in 1983, who turned me on to them and I've loved them ever since, and I think we have done it justice ... We return to Geordieland next week to put finishing touches [to 'The Harsh Reality']."
Adds Chris George: "First thing we're having a meeting with Cargo/Livewire in London, next thing we've written a whole album's worth of material and now we're almost done. As Fin said, [there are] just a few vocals to finish up. In my opinion it's one of the best recordings I've been involved with. There's some amazing songs on there, even if I do say so myself!"
WAYSTED's latest CD, "Back from the Dead", was issued in 2005 via Majestic Rock Records.
The following initial dates have been released for the upcoming AEROSMITH / MOTLEY CRUE co-headlining North Amercian tour:
September 7 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
September 9 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
September 14 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
September 16 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
September 19 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
September 21 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
September 23 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
September 26 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 30 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
October 5 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
October 7 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
October 11 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
October 21 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amp. Charlotte
October 23 - Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
October 25 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Bch. Amp.
Godsmack, Beyond the Embrace, The Dresden Dolls, and Aerosmith's Joe Perry have all been nominated for Boston Music Awards. To vote for your favorite artist, go to the following link, http://www.nemoboston.com/bma/index.html
Lemmy Kilmister, the notorious bass player and vocalist of U.K. rock 'n' roll titans Motörhead, will be honored with the very first "Living Legend" award at this year's inaugural Classic Rock Roll of Honor, organized by Classic Rock magazine. Taking place on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at London's Café De Paris, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will celebrate the big names as well as the unsung heroes from the diverse world of rock 'n' roll and promises to take a fresh approach to the tired award ceremony format.
To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Motörhead, the U.K.'s most revered rock 'n' roll outfit as well as, unbelievably, Lemmy's 60th birthday celebrations, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will place a special emphasis on the often diluted "Lifetime Achievement" award category.
Rather than simply giving Lemmy the "Living Legend" award on the night, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will dedicate an entire section of the evening's proceedings to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of one of the U.K.'s best-loved rock 'n' roll stars. The team behind Classic Rock magazine and the Classic Rock Roll of Honor have assembled a moving tribute package that comprises of testimonials and greetings to Lemmy from a raft of peers and young bands and musicians inspired by the star, as well as messages from fans of all ages. It is hoped that Lemmy and the rest of Motörhead will complete the evening with a brief acoustic set. This however, has not been confirmed by the band at this stage.
In addition to Lemmy's "Living Legend" award, there will be a further eight awards on the night, which will be announced soon. Classic Rock also has announced the categories and nominations for the very first Readers' Awards, which are voted for by the readers via text message ballot: More...