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Aerosmith

…successful New England rock band ever, and one of America’s biggest acts, Aerosmith’s durability and commitment to rock and roll ensures their legacy is secure for decades to come. Formed in 1970 from the ashes of several local groups, guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton joined forces with singer Steven Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer, woodshedded in an apartment at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue, and gigged locally, gaining a reputation and a s…


Aerosmith Apartment

Marker text: The five original members of the rock band Aerosmith (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, and Tom Hamilton) lived on the second story of this building in the early 1970s.  It was here “The Bad Boys of Boston” began their remarkable careers.  “Movin’ Out,” a track on their self-titled debut album, was written about moving out of this apartment.  Known for their oversized personalities and combustible stage performance…


James Montgomery

…ptu session with Mick Jagger at NY’s Trax.   2011- August 7– Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) saved the day at a rain soaked music festival in Scituate, MA by joining James and his band onstage (Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) and Jon Butcher also jumped in for the fun) after people present used their cell phones and texted messages to spread the word and packed the place in the drizzle.   2011-  September 4– B.B. King and James play together at Zeiterion Perfo…


David Woodford

…ht (John Mellencamp), Long Distance Lover (Sheena Easton), Get Your Wings (Aerosmith), Live Bootleg (Aerosmith), Top Gun (Soundtrack), Beverly Hills Cop (Soundtrack), Beverly Hills Cop II (Soundtrack), Over The Top (Soundtrack), The California Raisins Album, The Best of Rod Stewart, Camouflage (Rod Stewart), Foot Loose and Fancy Free (Rod Stewart), Downtown Train (Rod Stewart), If We Fall in Love Tonight (Rod Stewart), and Pretty Woman (Soundtrack…


David Minehan

…vered from an injury. And, as fate would have it, David would fill in with Aerosmith for Brad Whitford on a tour of Japan. So now, David has worked with many of his early idols—Bowie, Keith, Aerosmith, Paul Westerberg, Joe Strummer and others, many of whom remain friends. When I ask David about his most memorable experiences in music, he talks about meeting Keith Richards twice (once in Boston for the Expensive Winos and once on Late Night) and ho…


Al Coury

…first result was 1985’s Done with Mirrors, which sold a disappointing (by Aerosmith standards) 320,000 copies and peaked at #70 in the Billboard 200, followed by 1987’s Permanent Vacation, which sold over five million – Aerosmith’s most successful album in over 10 years – and hit #11. Coury worked side-by-side with the band on their albums until 1993. The second, of course, was Guns N’ Roses. When their debut album, Appetite for Destruction, sold…


Boston

…er 1975, the band performed for Epic executives in a Boston warehouse that Aerosmith used for rehearsals, then heard nothing from the label until late December when thunder struck in the form of Epic’s Director of East Coast A&R, Lennie Petze – a Weymouth native with enormous influence at the label who was not at the November audition – who took one listen to the demo and signed the band immediately. “They had been passed on by Epic before but as…


The Swinging Steaks

…eadline the camp talent show, and Jamie’s band, Vice Grips, opened. Later, Aerosmith returned to play Jamie’s high school and, between Aerosmith and the Beatles, Jamie caught the rock & roll bug in earnest.     It was then that Jamie formed the Lines, his first “pro” group. The Lines was intended as an original band, but they were ‘managed’ into a high profile cover band. The band was co-helmed by Jamie and they started making waves with support f…


Mark Baxter

…iately recognized Baxter’s gift as a vocal therapist and introduced him to Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, who then became Baxter’s client.  Baxter’s therapeutic and personal touch to vocal performance is what makes him a standout vocal coach. He has stated that he will be “forever grateful to Steven Tyler” for helping him to attain his status as an international vocal coach and for recommending him to so many of his fellow entertainers. Mark…


Al Dotoli

…ted renting it to bands that came to Boston. He rented guitars and amps to Aerosmith before the band settled on the name. His earliest customers also included Quicksilver Messenger Service from San Francisco, and the popular Boston Tea Party rock club. “Things started happening quickly,” he said, because no one else in Boston was providing sound systems or “backline” production like his. Within a year he was providing sound for Sly And The Family…


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

…rtbreak Hotel in Providence and Toad’s Place in New Haven, they opened for Aerosmith at Boston Garden for their 1993/4 New Year’s Eve show. In 1994, Mercury released TMMB’s third full album, Question the Answers, and since the band wanted to release records on vinyl, they partnered with Mercury to create Big Rig Records. While keeping a relentless touring schedule, they made their non-MTV television debut on The Jon Stewart Show and recorded a new…


Tracy Bonham

…n full to celebrate his 70th birthday – and has toured with acts including Aerosmith and The Blue Man Group.  In 1998, now in the unenviable position of being under pressure to repeat the phenomenal success of The Burdens of Being Uptight, Bonham recorded her second album, originally called Trails of a Dust Devil. The LP was renamed Down Here and released in 2000, but the single, “Behind Every Good Woman,” failed to chart and – although many criti…


Ron Pownall

…his would be Mount Everest. Hendrix, Joplin, Cream, McCartney, the Stones, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Boston…the list is seemingly endless. The Pownall pedigree is unrivaled. His live images capture the spiritual pact between band and audience and seem to penetrate the psyche of the artist. Ron got his start as a rookie summer replacement covering riots at the Democratic National Convention in August of 1968 for the Chicago Tribune. That…


Orpheum Theatre

…enue held four multi-act events: Loggins & Messina and Jim Croce in March; Aerosmith, Mott the Hoople, Brownsville Station, Black Oak Arkansas and Foghat in October; Joe Walsh, Wishbone Ash and Hot Tuna in November; and Linda Ronstadt, Tom Rush and Billy Joel in December. In 1975, among the venue’s 16 concerts was when The Cars opened for Foreigner a full three years before the Boston-based group’s multi-platinum debut album hit the shelves. Over…


Brian Fischer & Ear Craft

…Toby and Elwood. Toby got hired away to do sound for Joe Perry and then to Aerosmith, and Elwood, who did stage lighting design, has recently taken Dusty Hill’s position as the bassist for ZZ Top. At one point, Ear Craft had 35 sound systems, a number of them on long term rentals with working bands. Ear Craft provided sound related services for artists like The Who, Ella Fitzgerald, Boston, Aimee Mann, Cheap Trick, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Ha…


Paul Geary

…istening to all of the musical greats of the day. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Boston, and Deep Purple. His love for music and outgoing spirit drove him towards percussion instruments and he soon became a drummer, playing in several local bands. It was through one of these bands that Paul met Gary Cherone and in 1981 in Paul’s garage, they formed the rock band The Dream.   The Dream was a success in the Boston club scene and the…


The Boston Tea Party

…Zeppelin at the Boston Tea Party in 1969.” — Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, article in Rolling Stone, 4/21/05 “Most people don’t know this but Fleetwood Mac back in its original form was a kick-ass blues rock band! Joe (Perry, lead guitarist) and I were insane about them when we were teenagers in the ‘60s. We went to see them at least 2 or 3 times at this place called The Boston Tea Party, which is this legendary cathedral of the hippy e…


Canobie Ballroom Record Hops

…ion, another new band known only locally at the time, appeared at Canobie— Aerosmith. But after 1965, the crowds became more rowdy and disorderly, so Canobie Lake Park began phasing out what were once cute little record hops, that had turned into superstar concerts. The contract demands by acts were also becoming prohibitive in costs and absurd terms and conditions. One such case was the potential performance by The Young Rascals. In addition to a…


Steve Morse

…He chronicled the explosion of New England’s biggest acts in the 70’s like Aerosmith, J. Geils, The Cars and Boston. He points to a contemporary band like Lake Street Dive who have moved from the clubs in Cambridge to the concert halls around the world as bearers of that tradition. Steve covered a broad swath of musical styles from rock to reggae, from country music legends to local singer/songwriters. He’s been a tireless advocate for music cover…


15 Lansdowne Street

…d up and down the block: Venus De Milo, Bill’s Bar, and Jake Ivory’s. Even Aerosmith got in the nightclub business on Lansdowne Street, partnering with the Lyons Group to run Mamakin, an outlet for local bands. The remnants of the garage at 15 Lansdowne finally disappeared in 2007 when the last club to occupy the space, Avalon, was closed and the building torn down.  It was replaced  by a new Don Law-owned House of Blues, which with its capacity o…


Peter Wolf

…ght at The Boston House Of Blues and on August 14, 2010 they opened up for Aerosmith at Fenway Park. Wolf’s 2010 release Midnight Souvenirs won Album Of The Year at the Boston Music Awards. The music includes his duets with Shelby Lynne, Neko Case and Merle Haggard. His eighth solo album, A Cure For Loneliness came out in April, 2016 and he is currently gigging with his band The Midnight Travelers promoting this release. Recently, he was also a gu…


Aengus Studios

…lients included, Ric Ocasek & Ben Orr, later of The Cars, Rounder Records, Aerosmith, Billy Squier, and Seatrain among others, including WGBH TV’s “Zoom” series.  Several Aengus Consoles were built and sold to studios throughout New England.  The large format console built for the Indigo Ranch in Malibu, California, was the crowning jewel for the engineering company as well as the innovative & modular 500 series 404 graphic equalizer.  Aengus Engi…


Hatch Memorial Shell

…Green Day, Three Dog Night, the Guess Who, and New England’s own Orpheus, Aerosmith, James Taylor, Ill Wind and Arlo Guthrie continuing the legacy of folk music. Built to serve a crowd of 10,000, there were 400,000 attendees for the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. The annual July 4th Boston Pops Concert has become an iconic tradition for Boston and all of New England.  The Hatch Shell we love will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year. There…


Keith Lockhart

…mix after the second intermission – and made some improvements by adding a new breed of guest artists. Among the luminaries he’s had perform with the orchestra are: Amanda Palmer, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Aerosmith, Bela Fleck, Steve Martin, Mariah Carey, and many more. Perhaps most important about Lockhart’s tenure in Boston is that the once diehard Mets fan has become a Red Sox fan. by Ed Symkus…


Long View Farm Studio

…ven While I’m Gettin’ Odd, which was recorded without frontman Peter Wolf. Aerosmith recorded “Chip Away the Stone” in June 1978 and returned in the 1990s for pre-production of Get a Grip and later drum recordings for Nine Lives and Just Push Play. The Pat Metheny Group recorded American Garage in 1979. Other jazz projects over the years included albums from Max Roach, Larry Coryell, Archie Shepp, Oregon and Jon Scofield The Rolling Stones took up…


Ron Robin

…side of Boston City Hall and one on Friday May 4, 1973 when he worked with Aerosmith as “Dream On” was just starting to climb the charts. The concert was presented by the Beverly High School Student Council and held in their Field House. General Admission $2.50! During that time Ron also did several television shows on CBS 4 Boston including “Evening Magazine”,“For Kids Only” and fill in hosts for “Lottery Live” and Dave Maynard’s “Community Audit…


E.U. Wurlitzer

…get a VOX amplifier like the Beatles used, a teardrop guitar like Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones played. You could go into Wurlitzer’s at any time and find musicians who were little known at the time… like future jazz great George Benson, bluegrass legend-to-be Joe Val, Brad Whitford before Aerosmith, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter pre-Steely Dan…hanging out and trying the latest and greatest Fender, Gibson, Gretsch and Martin guitars. For string and key…


Paradise Rock Club

…k Club continues and includes the likes of U2, AC/DC, The Cars, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, J Geils Band,  Blondie, The Pixies, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Rage Against The Machine, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Phish, Bruno Mars and so many more.   In 1998 The Don Law Company dba Blackstone Entertainment was sold to SFX Entertainment for a whopping $92 million dollars. SFX Entertainment, by the way, is…


Don Law

…use of Blues, sharing it with Live Nation. He also has the operating contract for the Orpheum Theatre. “He’s a gentleman in a jungle,” as former Aerosmith manager Tim Collins once said of him. (by Steve Morse)…


Tim Jachrimo

The Boston music scene of the 1970’s-80’s produced legendary bands Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars, The J. Geils Band and many other notable artists. The seeds of Beantown’s music revolution were planted in the mid-60’s after The Beatles and other British bands inspired hordes of young baby boomers to join rock & roll bands. There were three bands on my street alone in the summer of ‘69. During this boomtime Boston musicians could count on a handful…


Agora Ballroom

…ill be found on the internet) all crossed the stage in West Hartford. Even Aerosmith could be found there in 1984 – after their initial rise to fame, but before their 1987 comeback.           In addition to national acts, the Agora regularly hosted some of the more well-known New England bands like NRBQ.  Connecticut-based jam band (before such a label existed), Max Creek considered the Agora its home.   To Mark Mercier of Max Creek, it was “in ma…


Donna Summer

…of Boston or even New England. Certainly and deservingly so, bands such as Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars, New Edition, J. Geils Band and others may come to mind. But when it comes to the most successful and influential solo performer in New England’s rich musical history, few can debate that it is Boston’s own, Donna Summer.    LaDonna Gaines and The Boston Years Donna Summer would enjoy a career in music that would span some five decades including…


Fishman Transducers

…o use Fishman products are Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizon), James Taylor, Aerosmith, Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), John Mayer, Aaron Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Buffalo Tom, Hutch Hutchinson (bassist for Bonnie Raitt), Jonathan Edwards, Ellis Paul, Marc Erelli, Peter Mulvey, Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeff Foucault, Will Dailey, Bridget Kearny (bassist for Lake Street Dive), Jeff Pevar, Killswitch Engage, and Marc Copely. (by Chris De…


Boston Garden

…ulling a no-show in 1972, with The Who following suit in 1973, right up to Aerosmith’s blistering New Year’s Eve gigs in 1989/90 and  1993/94, calling the Garden “legendary” is no exaggeration.  Built over North Station and specifically with boxing in mind, it opened November 17, 1928, as “Boston Madison Square Garden” and was shortened to “Boston Garden” soon thereafter. It was designed by boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who’d overseen the renovatio…


Freddy Cannon

…he nationwide success of other Boston-based groups like the J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, Boston, and The Cars. In 1958, Cannon sang and played rhythm guitar on The Spindrifts’ local hit “Cha-Cha-Do” while working full-time as a truck driver and performing part-time, just like his father.  Later in 1958, he formed Freddy Karmon & the Hurricanes, which became wildly popular among Boston-area teens thanks to regular appearances on the radio program Bost…


The Shaboo Inn

…tionally renowned or popular just regionally – including Boston, The Cars, Aerosmith, Taj Mahal, Tom Rush, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Mason, Jonathan Edwards, Pousette-Dart Band, Duke and the Drivers, James Montgomery, Aztec Two-Step, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, Roomful of Blues, Utopia, Andy Pratt, The Joe Perry Project, Roger C. Reale and Eight to the Bar. But the list of performers who took to the stage at the Shaboo came from far and wide and wer…


Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

…xter’s continued his wide-ranging studio work, including on Pink Floyd and Aerosmith tribute albums, while also becoming a self-taught missile-defense systems expert, consulting for both the US government and defense-equipment manufacturers. In 2012, he played on The Beach Boys’ That’s Why God Made the Radio and jazz-rock keyboardist Brian Auger’s Language of the Heart and in 2020 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Doobie…


Jon Butcher Axis

…nist Thom Gimbel – a Berklee College of Music graduate who would tour with Aerosmith in 1989/90 before joining Foreigner in 1992 – percussionist Larry Brown, vocalists Randy Bishop and Ava Cherry and bassist Jimmy Johnson replacing Martin. It was the group’s most commercially successful album, reaching #66 in the Billboard PA chart with the single “The Ritual” receiving a Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy nomination and “The Sounds of Your…


The Jazz Workshop, Paul’s Mall

…(the Persuasions), reggae icons (Bob Marley and the Wailers), rock bands (Aerosmith, John Cale), singer-songwriters (Jim Croce), R&B acts (Earth, Wind and Fire, the Pointer Sisters, Kool & the Gang) and blues masters (Muddy Waters and BB King). Among the many artists who springboarded from Paul’s Mall to international acclaim were Billy Joel, who performed during the great Northeast blackout using candles to light the stage, and Bruce Springsteen…


The Living Room

…ng and established acts including several deeply rooted in the region like Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, James Montgomery and Roomful of Blues. An eye-popping range of others appeared – The Doors, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Kinks, Bruce Springsteen, Badfinger and Lou Reed among them – so Hien made contacts with dozens of artists, managers and agents that became instrumental to his future success. In 1975,…


Berklee College of Music

…Quincy Jones, Bruce Hornsby, John Mayer, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Juliana Hatfield, Aimee Mann, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Steve Smith of Journey, Gavin DeGraw, South Korean rapper PSY (of “Gangham Style” fame), Steve Vai, Billy Squier, Bill Frisell, Danilo Perez, Pat Metheny, Al DiMeola, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Paula Cole, Bruce Cockburn, Eliot Easton of the Cars … and, well, you get the pi…


The Neighborhoods

…ie and Tin Machine and recorded their third album, Hoodwinked, produced by Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, then hit the road again in 1990 as the opener for Cheap Trick. In 1991, when the Hoods debuted at The Orpheum in Boston with Tin Machine, the band signed to the Atlantic-distributed label Third Stone and recorded a self-titled fourth LP, also produced by Whitford but with a new lineup featuring Carl Coletti on drums, replacing Quaglia, and a secon…


The Sidewinders

…ty, Stonehenge Club and other local venues – and opening several times for Aerosmith before the soon-to-be legends signed their first recording contract in 1972 – Catfish Black built an enthusiastic local following playing a mix of revamped covers and fine-tuned originals (most penned or co-written by Paley), serving up a groovy gumbo of ear-catching harmonic hooks and eye-catching hippie hairdos. In late 1970, having established some solid street…


About Us

…k club, not the protest — celebrates anniversary Nov 09, 2012 Boston.com | Aerosmith’s old apartment building in Allston is first site of Boston Music Trail Nov 03, 2012 notlobmusic.blogspot.com | The Music Museum Of New England launches the Boston Music Trail Nov 2012 Paperblog.com | The Music Museum Of New England Launches the Boston Music Trail Nov 28, 2009 Berkshire Fine Arts | Music Museum of New England Rock ‘n’ Soul Benefit Concert December…


Piano Row, 1971

…only referred to as “Skunk” at that point). But Wurley’s had local rockers Aerosmith and had served The Rolling Stones when they came through town on their 1972 tour. None of this seemed to faze the owner, Jack Adams. Jack was a local drummer of some notoriety, and later, a manufacturer of drumsticks. Add a retail store and you get a busy guy. Make your own drumsticks, then sell them in your stores. Simple brilliance. Add being the exclusive distr…


Johnny A.

…emier radio station WBCN “The Rock Of Boston.” They toured nationally with Aerosmith and Bob Seger and also competed in the first WBCN Rumble in 1979. In 1980, Johnny formed Hidden Secret and this group also had a string of local radio hits including “No More Lonely Nights” which was #1 on the WBCN charts for twenty six weeks. His sound and style often recalls Danny Gatton as well as some aspects of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins, Wes Montgo…


Snapshots Of New England

…alry among the bands that I believe drove the greatness that was emerging… Aerosmith, J. Geils, Boston, The Cars, my band New England and many, many, more… all a product of those times. Snapshot #2 Our very first live performance, as New England, was our record release party under the Dome at Quincy Market in 1979. That was a special night! In attendance were many local radio celebs, our manager the late Bill Aucoin, Ric Aliberte, VP of Aucoin Man…


Pretty Polly Productions / Howie Cusack

…and their first big success was in Eschoheag, RI, in 1974: and they caught Aerosmith just as they were breaking; and had a crowd of 30,000. The headliner that day was Sha Na Na. In 1976, Pretty Polly ran a huge event at Raceway 42 in Warren, Ohio that featured Steve Miller, J. Geils, ELO and other big names. 40,000 people paid and 40,000 didn’t. ‘I will never forget leaving the venue in a helicopter just as ELO took the stage and unleashed a torre…


Bob “Kelly” Kelleher

…ton promoter Frank Connelly paired Kelleher with a hungry young rock band: Aerosmith. The ‘Smith’s tour manager, lighting director and bodyguard for the next five years, Kelleher handled all the transportation, promotion, equipment, and crew needs, letting the band focus on bringing their music to fans throughout New England, America, and ultimately, the world. Kelleher has also popped up, Zelig-like, in numerous key moments in Boston rock history…


Steve Berkowitz

…rf Nantasket bands. Blues bands. Jazz bands. Country and Bluegrass scenes. Aerosmith. Willie Alexander. The Hallucinations. J.Geils Band. The James Montgomery Band. John Lincoln Wright. The Rat scene. The Cars. Modern Lovers. Classical music. Berklee. The Conservatory. The scene was deep. I was lucky enough to attend, give or take a few, a hundred nights at The Boston Tea Party and The Psychedelic Supermarket, Club 47, The Unicorn Coffee House, Th…


The Boston Sound

…note:  since the “Boston Sound” met its demise, many big hit singles and albums have come from the greater Boston area: J. Geils, the Cars, Aerosmith, and (of course) Boston. (By Donna L. Halper)…


Tom Hambridge

…th Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Boston, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, Keith Urban, Allen Toussaint, George Thorgood, Keb Mo, Delbert McClinton and others. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee,  and still frequently visits Boston with his band Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes or speaking at Berklee songwriting clinics.  (by A.J. Wac…


Reddy Teddy

…mingham, Massachusetts. The band caught one of their first big breaks when Aerosmith, who were tilling much the same sonic soil as Reddy Teddy, invited the quartet to open for them during their New England tour dates in fall 1973. A move to Boston in 1974 pulled them closer into the city’s rock orbit and party scene. After another round of failed overtures from Mercury (that saw an album shelved due to the oil shortage), the band released “Goo Goo…


Swallow

…e U.S. and Canada sharing the stage with such greats as The J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, Sly and The Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Iggy Pop, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Linda Ronstadt, Charles Mingus, The Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Traffic, The Supremes and many more.  The band recorded two LPs on Warner Brother’s Records,  the 2nd of which was produced by Buddie Buie of Atlanta Rhythm Section fame.  By the second LP, which was recorded in The Atlanta…


The Commodore Ballroom

…for every major band at the time. The Yard Birds, Ultimate Spinach, Cream, Aerosmith, Steppenwolf, The Doors, Orpheus, The Turtles, Arlo Guthrie, and Jimmy Hendrix all played at the Commodore.  The venues success in those years was completely based on the talent that was brought in as the club didn’t even have a liquor license until 1975. Another appealing quality of the ballroom was the nightly cover charge which was $2.00 in the 60’s only going…


Intermedia Sound Studios

…late 1971 Boz Scaggs recorded a fourteen song collection here and in 1973 Aerosmith recorded their eponymous debut album at the studio. The comedy duo of Cheech and Chong recorded their 1976 comedy album Sleeping Beauty there as well. The creative diversity that took place at the studio during this period was truly remarkable. Paul Pena recorded there produced by Ben Sidran who was also producing The Steve Miller Band at the time — Pena actually…


Tavares

…drummer Joey Kramer, before leaving in 1971 to become a founding member of Aerosmith.  The group played all over New England from Jim Nance’s Lounge in Roxbury to the Blue Flame in Onset to opening for the O’Jays at Basin Street in Boston. The band was paying their dues while quickly earning a reputation as a top notch R&B act inspired by both of the emerging Philadelphia and Motown sounds happening at the time. Realizing that they needed to move…


Daddy Warbux / Bux

…finally they regrouped and renamed themselves Bux and were signed by then Aerosmith manager Frank Connolly. Bux was a hard rocking boogie band known for having lead guitarist Punky Meadows and bassist Mickie Jones both later forming Angel, and lead singer Ralph Morman who was with The Joe Perry Project from 1979 to 1980 and Savoy Brown from 1980 to 1982. In 1973, Capitol Records signed the band and put them in the studio to record their first alb…


Grabbing the Horn by the Bulls at Boston Garden

…s fortunate to be in a blossoming environment where Bonnie Raitt, J Geils, Aerosmith, Boston, Spider John Koerner, Reeve Little, Peter Bell, James Montgomery, Peter Johnson, Robin Lane and so many more were hanging out in the midst of the best period I can remember. Boston was rocking. Because of my association with Don, I used to witness some surreal rock ‘n’ roll events.  One night, Don brought me to the Boston Garden to see The Who. Don’s secur…


The Atlantics

…Hauck in Ball and Pivot and became a producer and engineer and worked with Aerosmith and Joe Perry. He also co-produced Perry’s 2005 solo effort. He was nominated for a Grammy the year that he passed. Paul died of heart problems in 2006, B. tragically took his own life in 2000,. Following the deaths of Wilkinson and Caruso two decades later, the surviving members regrouped and released 2006’s self-titled collection of unreleased tracks. Encouraged…


WBCN

…ings heap through the entire decade. Unknown names like Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, the Cars, U2 and the Clash were made household words while the station actively supported local music through its annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble and the burgeoning comedy scene with the Comedy Riot competition. As the 90’s beckoned, WBCN’s taste for fresh sounds placed it in the Alternative Music format, but rapid changes began to sap its vital energy. Following the…


The Short, Beautiful Life of The Performance Center

…s and sound at the time… although I do remember one night in May 1974 when Aerosmith blew the Bose system filling in for the New York Dolls after Dolls’ bassist Arthur Kane twisted his ankle wearing high heel boots! Bose showed up the next day and replaced all the speakers. My job was booking the local talent, stage manager and emcee for both rooms. It was a blast running back and forth between rooms getting the bands on stage. I could not believe…


Maxanne

…eddy, Nervous Eaters, Fox Pass and Willie “Loco” Alexander. Then there was Aerosmith: “The first person ever to play our record was Maxanne,” mentioned Steven Tyler. She persistently championed the group to program director Norm Winer, who refused to let her play the band at first: “I thought they were too derivative. But, of course, she was right.” By the time Maxanne left, on April Fool’s Day 1977, she had become WBCN’s most powerful and distinc…


The Boston Strong Concert

…to The J. Geils Band to New Kids on the Block, James Taylor and headliners Aerosmith and many more, it’s no stretch to say that this was one of the biggest concerts in New England music history, a magical night where musicians put their genre differences aside and came together as Bostonians. As emcee Matt Siegel (of KISS 108’s long-running “Matty In The Morning Show”) so eloquently put it, “Boston is not the biggest city in the world, but it may…


The Cars

…se, Shake It Up, with the title track becoming a Top Ten single. Fun Fact: Aerosmith recorded “Dream On” at the studio when it was Intermedia Studio and today the building houses an American Apparel store and a Basics Carpet and Furniture shop. Following their 1982 tour the band took a short break with Ocasek and Hawkes releasing solo albums Beatitude and Niagara Falls; then the band got back together to record and release their most successful al…


V66, WVJV-TV

…ic. By 1985, some of the biggest music superstars had emerged from Boston: Aerosmith, The Cars, and The J. Geils Band. V66 was in the right place at the right time to showcase the existing superstars, as well as the rising local bands: ‘Til Tuesday, Extreme, and The Del Fuegos just to name a few. Several local bands without record deals were able to produce music videos and if they were good enough, V66 would gladly play their music videos in betw…


Thundertrain

…sachusetts at the time, should have run up the middle,and through the hole Aerosmith blasted in the defense a couple years earlier. All leather and attitude, this band sat poised on the brink, a local hit album in its saddlebag and full support from the local media. But it just never happened. Fronted by the irrepressible Mach Bell, who took no lip from anyone and took command at every venue, Thundertrain peddled and pummeled its metal ditties of…


Orion The Hunter

…f a single eponymously titled album on Epic and a quick national tour with Aerosmith. The group was the brainchild of onetime Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, who’d left the band in 1980, and included bassist Bruce Smith, former Heart drummer Michael DeRosier, and singer Fran Cosmo, who ironically later became a member of the band Boston. The late Boston singer Brad Delp also helped out on the project, doing background vocals and co-writing some o…


The J. Geils Band

…rican front man in that tradition, it was from another band out of Boston, Aerosmith. Hardly anyone stateside else even comes close to Tyler or Wolf, and if you want to take that Gene Kelly, Ken Berry, Danny Kaye polished song and dance man into the rock idiom, it’s hard to imagine a non-instrumentalist frontman on either side of the Atlantic that put in a more accomplished or energetic performance than Peter Wolf from the J Geils Band. Well, perh…


Barry Goudreau

…eyboardist and backing vocalist Brian Maes. They also toured in support of Aerosmith but broke up the next year; in 1985. In 1990, Barry created RTZ, Return To Zero, with Delp leaving Boston to join the band. Their super song ‘Until Your Love Comes Back Around’ was written by Maes and got them a good following; but Delp and Goudreau felt that the record label wasn’t supporting them to the best of their ability and asked to be released from their c…


The G-Clefs

Almost two decades before the J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, Boston and The Cars established Boston once and for all as a multi platinum music-making metropolis, The G-Clefs pinned the city near the center of the US musical map with their 1956 song “Ka-Ding Dong,” the first rock ‘n roll track out of the city to become a national hit, and which featured a 16-year old from Lynn, Fred Picariello, who topped the charts on his own three years later as Fred…


Charlie Farren

…k.” But Farren burst onto the national scene in 1981 after teaming up with Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry and releasing an acclaimed album on CBS. As lead singer and guitarist with the Joe Perry Project, Farren-penned classics such as Ballon’s “Listen To The Rock” and “East Coast, West Coast” showcased his vocal and writing talents and solidified his live stage performance. Charlie and Joe teamed up to co-write 4 other songs for the album, inc…


Music Hall

…(11), Bruce Springsteen (10), Cat Stevens (7), The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Aerosmith and The Cars (6 each). Other New England-rooted acts that hit the Music Hall stage were Van Morrison, The J. Geils Band, James Taylor, Joan Baez, Boston, Bonnie Raitt, Sha Na Na and Donna Summer. When it comes to additional artists who appeared, anyone even vaguely familiar with ‘60s/’70s-era American radio will recognize most – and probably all – of the names, am…