Aerosmith recently performed a free concert in front of the former Boston apartment of Steven Tyler and the rest of the rock band members to promote the group's new album, "Music From Another Dimension!."
On Monday, November 5, Tyler and musicians Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton arrived in a duck boat, accompanied by a police escort. They then took the stage, which was set up on a flat-bed truck, to peform songs such as "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" as well as a few new tracks.
The concert, also dubbed a pre-Election Day party, was streamed on AXS TV and took place in front of a five-story, brick apartment building located on 1325 Commonwealth Avenue. The band members all lived, rehearsed and wrote music together in the building in the 1970s, when Aersomith started to become famous. It is located in front of trolley tracks. The transportation service was suspended in the area because of the concert.
The festivities began around 12 p.m. ET and lasted about 45 minutes, Boston.com reported.
"You know when we lived here, we were never up this early," Tyler joked to the sea of spectators that packed the street, including a group of young women waving silver pom-poms in front, as dozens of people peeked through the apartment building's windows to watch the concert.
Among the thousands of fans who attended was Joan Pasquale, 62, who told Boston.com that she lived in the building at the same time the Aerosmith rockers did, adding: "I don't want to ruin their bad-boy reputation here, but they were very nice, polite guys - really nice neighbors."
The group formed in the early 1970s in the city and achieved mainstream success with albums such as "Toys in the Attic" and "Rocks" and later became even more famous worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s with singles such as the ones they played at their street concert as well as "Dude Looks Like a Lady," and "Cryin'," whose music video kick-started Alicia Silverstone's acting career.
"Music From Another Dimension!" set for release on November 6. Two days later, Aerosmith is set to begin the second, month-long leg of the group's Global Warming Tour.
"Music From Another Dimension!" is Aerosmith's first studio album in about eight years and contains the songs "Freedom Fighter," which features actor Johnny Depp on backing vocals, and "Can't Stop Loving You," a ballad and duet with country singer and "American Idol" season 4 winner Carrie Underwood. Tyler had served on a judge on the FOX singing contest show during the past 10th and 11th seasons before announcing in July that he was leaving the series to focus on his work with Aerosmith. The group performed "Legendary Child," the new album's lead single, on the finale, marking the band's first performance since Tyler joined "American Idol."
The new record also contains the track "Street Jesus," which, according to Rolling Stone, was inspired by a real person - a long-haired, bearded individual wearing a "Jesus" robe who is often spotted in West Hollywood. The man, a Los Angeles resident named Kevin, has a fan following and was also featured in LMFAO's 2011 music video "Party Rock Anthem."