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After rocking Commonwealth Avenue on Monday, Aerosmith, released their brand new album Music From Another Dimension! today. This is the first release from “The Bad Boys from Boston” since their 2004 cover album Honkin’ on Bobo, and their first album with original material since Just Push Play in 2001. Music From Another Dimension! was produced by band members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Marti Frederikson, along with long-time producer Jack Douglas.
After putting on the free performance at 1325 Commonwealth Ave yesterday, Aerosmith certainly drew some attention to the album, though probably not necessary for the Boston demographic. They performed new tracks off as well as hits from their many decades together for a crowd of thousands in front of the first apartment they lived in where they began their careers. Commonwealth Ave and the B Green Line were blocked off so fans, college students, parents with children, and curious onlookers could crowd the streets for the hometown rock and roll band.
Aerosmith rolled up to the event in multiple duck boats, along with two flatbed trucks; one functioning as their stage and another carrying towers of speakers. The city commemorated Aerosmith with a plaque in front of their old building. Patriots owner Bob Kraft and stars Tom Brady and Jerod Mayo also thanked Aerosmith for their many years of music and presented the band with game balls from a Patriots conference game.
People hung out windows, watched from the roofs of bars and apartments, and crawled on fire escapes to watch the concert. The entire event was something that makes a person proud to be from Boston, a part of a culture of rock and roll that helped shape a country.