STEVEN TYLER's Grammy Party Raises $2.4 Million For Victims Of Sexual Abuse
January 29, 2018, 5 years ago
The Grammys were held in New York this year but the awards were still celebrated in L.A., reports Steve Baltin for Forbes. The biggest, best and most important shindig of Grammy night In L.A. was courtesy of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who teamed with Live Nation for his first-ever Grammy viewing party at RED Studios in Hollywood.
What made it the biggest and best should be obvious. It was a party thrown by Tyler, who has forgotten more about rock star living than most musicians would know if they lived to be a thousand. When you talk top rock star Tyler is right there on any list. And this was a remarkably well-done and festive celebration culminating in a Tyler performance, backed by the Loving Mary band, for 500 people who got to witness the iconic frontman cover Janie Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart”, as well as rock Aerosmith classics such as “Sweet Emotion”, “Dream On”, and “Walk This Way”, with an appearance by Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, and team with Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt for the band’s heartfelt “More Than Words”.
But what it made the most important was the event was a benefit for Janie’s Fund, an organization created by Tyler in partnership with Youth Villages to help young girls who are victims of abuse.
As impressive as it is to see Tyler sing, and he proved on “Dream On” he can still belt it out with the best, it is far more inspiring to hear him talk about helping young girls. The father of three daughters, as his friend Alice Cooper pointed out, Tyler spoke passionately and eloquently about why he started Janie’s Fund.
“The whole reason I’m in this is because I know what happens to a girl if she’s sexually abused at 14, sent out on the street to sell crack at 15, her mother has her hook at 16, she’s bringing johns home at 17 because she looks older,” he said before the event. “At 18 she’s left off at a bus station in Oklahoma, doesn’t know where she is or what’s going on. She’s broken. Now, she, for the rest of her life, has a problem with sex, has a problem with men coming on to her. There are men in America that murder people, they get caught with a gun in their hand they get seven f**king years! She gets 70 years. Seventy years of her life has been ruined and that f**king kills me. That kills me.”
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FrontRowLiveEnt.com caught up with Steven Tyler to talk about Janie’s Fund and his proudest moment since creating the organization. Watch below: