Yesterday, Monday November 5, 2012, “The Bad Boys of Boston”, Aerosmith had a homecoming of sorts (even though most of them are from New Hampshire) and performed in front of 1325 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA , an apartment building in the city’s heavily student populated section known as Allston, which was their home in the early 1970's. The Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, has had this celebration in the works for three years, even though it was just announced last week. As it was, the streets were lined with throngs of fans beginning at 7:30am (I know because my train to work runs right down Comm. Ave.)
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer took Duck Boats from the Boston Garden through the city and up Comm. Ave with Tom Brady and Jerod Mayo of the N.E. Patriots in tow. The Patriots' owner, Bob Kraft and his son Jonathan then present the band with autographed championship game balls. The band then braved the chilly temperatures to play a free concert on the street for about twenty minutes, complete with Patriots cheerleaders. As one Boston journalist noted, “They sang 'Train Kept A Rollin' and stopped the Green Line to do it. Brilliant.”
The location was also commemorated with a plaque.
The event occurred on the eve of the release of "Music From Another Dimension!", featuring a vintage-style sci-fi cover, which is Aerosmith's 15th studio album — and the band's first since "Honkin' on Bobo" in 2004.