Nearly three years ago the band Aerosmith stood at a crossroad. Steven Tyler was refusing to be a part of a South American leg to their underwhelming tour, instead choosing to focus on an autobiography and his upcoming introduction as the newest judge on American Idol. Joe Perry and the rest of the group were so outraged they believed Tyler would leave the group, courting Lenny Kravitz to become the new lead singer and front man. In the end, Tyler would stave off departure rumors and Aerosmith’s future remained a fragile creature.
Fast forward to 2012 and Aerosmith is about to begin the Global Warming Tour with more than a little heat, and it is all because of the reality show four-fifths of the group so reviled. The young fan base has been introduced to a flamboyant character who at times resembles a quirky aunt and now are intrigued by this concept known as “Aerosmith”.
This concept band is also coming out with a new album, the first in eight years. Currently untitled and set for release on a mystery date destined to fall somewhere in the middle of the tour, many are intrigued by the recording. Tyler and Perry have built it up to be a bit something old and new. Does this mean the group is going to follow in Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s footsteps, importing a little inspiration from Arcade Fire to keep up with the times?
One would look to the opening act on this massive tour to get a feel for what to expect. However, Cheap Trick is difficult to define, as they have been the influence for everything from hard to typical rock and even power pop. If anything, Arcade Fire most is likely to include Cheap Trick as an influence. So, at the very least, those interested in Aerosmith tickets should expect a set list dominated by the hits still receiving radio rotation today. That means plenty of “Sweet Emotion” and inspiration to “Walk This Way”. That also means the band should be taking a few musical risks, perhaps alienating fans who want their rock classic.
Chastity Bono, Cher’s lesbian daughter, is going to undergo a sex change operation!! This is a huge decision and not one that Chastity has taken lightly, it has something she has wanted to do for years and she has her mother’s support. She actually started the process back in March when she turned 40. One of the first changes is the name change; Chastity now goes by the name Chaz. He says that “He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones. It is Chaz’s hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his coming out did nearly 20 years ago.” That has to be one of the most courageous things for someone to do in order to be true to one’s self. I for one wish Chaz the best of luck and that this transition will bring him the peace and happiness he is looking for.
The Palin /Letterman fight continues with Palin this morning on the “Today Show” saying that Dave does not owe her an apology for the joke against her daughter, but rather to young women all across the world. Dave in turn has admitted that a joke referring to rape and a 14 year old would be in poor taste but it seems that the Letterman people may have had their facts wrong. Dave thought he was referring to Palin’s 18 year old daughter Bristol being at the Yankees game, but it seems that Palin’s 14 year old was the one at the game and perhaps how this whole mishap started. Dave does go on to say that, “I’m not necessarily proud of these jokes. We do stuff all the time and our objective here is to get a laugh and thank God we don’t have to go to The Hague and the World Court to defend them. It’s a joke and that’s all it’s supposed to be.” We do as a society have a hard time letting things go. I wonder how long Sarah Palin is going to be talking about this one. She is only fueling the fire by continuing to talk about it. Dave may have stepped over the line, but let it go and move on!!!
Here are just a few gossip tidbits. Firstly the autopsy findings on the death of actor David Carradine reveal it was not suicide as originally suspected. At this time investigators still need more time to determine the actual cause of death, but this is becoming quite interesting. I mean he was found hanging inside a closet, so what really happened to the star? For some reason people just cannot get enough of Heidi Montag and now you will be able to get a lot more of her. The “celebrity” has posed for “Playboy Magazine” and will be in the September issue. You will be able to see Heidi naked! I am sure that is very exciting new for some.
Aerosmith is trying to stay young and hip and are reaching out to their youngest fans. The group which just stared their summer tour has also teamed up with “Guitar Hero”. Some of the best “Guitar Hero” playing kids will get the chance to rock with the guys on stage and even be able to “open for the band” by playing “Guitar Hero” in front of the crowd. How cool will that be for some lucky winners. A kids (or even adults) dream come true. ZZ Top is the official opening band for the tour but the guys just want to have fun and let the kids have fun too. They are always surprised at the kids who come up to them and ask them about songs form 20 and 30 years ago. Steven Tyler and the guys are going back in the studio to work on their 15th album.