1325 Commmonwealth Avenue is the building in Boston where it all began some 40 years ago for AEROSMITH, in an apartment where Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer lived and wrote songs together in the early ‘70s. It was where they planted the seed that would catapult them to become one of the greatest rock bands, with sales exceeding 150 million albums worldwide.
Today (November 5th) at noon on the day before US Election Day and the release of their new album Music From Another Dimension!, Aerosmith threw one helluva party for their dedicated fans and their beloved city of Boston. They urged fans to become a Freedom Fighter by voting and performed live right in front of the 1325 Commmonwealth Avenue building. Tens of thousands of cheering fans turned out, with the city closing the streets down and suspending trolley service in the area (since the trolley runs in front of the apartment). It was one of the biggest events ever in Boston.
The day began with the designation of 1325 Commmonwealth Avenue as a historic landmark, with a special commemorative plaque placed outside on the building. This honor was bestowed on the band by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and the city of Boston. To top it off, Aerosmith will further leave their mark as their handprints are being placed in the sidewalk in front of the building. The significance of the event was underlined by the attendance of the New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, Patriots Tom Brady and Jerod Mayo, along with an array of Patriots cheerleaders.
The marker commemorating the Aerosmith Apartment is presented by the Music Museum Of New England as part of its Boston Music TrailTM, a series of markers at sites of musical significance around the city, made possible in part by a grant from the Music Drives Us Foundation. The mission of the Museum is to preserve, honor and showcase New England's musical heritage. It is building an online archive at Mmone.org.
The band commented:
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."
For their performance, which was exclusively broadcast live by AXS TV and will have an encore presentation of the event in full in primetime at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT., Aerosmith jumped headlong into a set of eight songs including ones that the band played live and recorded on their first album while living at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue. Among the songs was 'Movin' Out', from their 1973 self-titled debut album which Tyler and Perry wrote on a waterbed in the apartment. From the new album, the band fired up 'Oh Yeah' and 'Lover A Lot'. As they closed with their nugget 'Train Kept A Rollin'', Aerosmith showered the throng with patriotically themed red, white and blue confetti.
Footage of the band's entire performance can be seen below:
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Next, Aerosmith continues their Global Warming Tour, with a new leg starting November 8 that will reach arenas in 14 cities.
Music From Another Dimension! marks Aerosmith’s 15th studio album. There has been a witch’s brew boiling for 10 years, and they’re about to blow the cover off. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and at the band’s studio in Massachusetts; it was produced by Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, with the exception of three tracks produced by Tyler and Marti Frederiksen.