* New album "Music From Another Dimension" due Tuesday
* Band resumes tour on Thursday
By Scott Malone
BOSTON, Nov 5 Thousands of music fans clogged a
Boston street on Monday to hear Grammy award-winning rock band
Aerosmith perform a free concert in front of the apartment
building where the musicians began their career four decades
The band blared out hits including "Walk This Way" and
"Sweet Emotion" from the back of a specially converted
tractor-trailer while area residents hung out windows, sat on
balconies and stood on rooftops to hear the noontime concert.
"It feels like the world stood still for this. It feels like
it was yesterday," lead singer Steven Tyler told Reuters in an
interview after the concert.
The band played to mark the release of its 15th studio
album, "Music from Another Dimension," due out on Tuesday.
Aerosmith's five members signed a plaque that Boston plans
to mount outside the apartment building in the Allston
neighborhood where they lived in the early days of a career that
has brought them four Grammy awards and more than 20 Top 40
"That used to be my bedroom," lead guitarist Joe Perry
yelled to a woman looking out a second-story window.
The crowd of thousands included teenagers holding signs
declaring that they had skipped school to see the show,
celebrities such as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
and fans whose history with the band went back to its 1970
"I always loved Aerosmith. They were one of the first rock
bands I got into growing up in Brazil," said Michelle Fernandes,
43, waiting for the concert to start.
When she moved to the United States in 2003, Fernandes was
surprised to learn that she was working in an office down the
street from where her favorite band got its start, Fernandes
"How cool is that?" she said.
The band has always kept up its ties to a city that is home
to hundreds of thousands of college students.
"When there's groups of young people like there are in
colleges towns like this, there's a lot of passion," Tyler said.
"We love that."
While the band relished the chance to see its old
neighborhood, Perry declined to go into the apartment, where the
band wrote songs including "Movin' Out."
"I didn't want to go into it to see what it looked like
today because I like the memory of what it was when we were
there," Perry told Reuters. "I didn't want to see it all
polished and spiffed up."
On Thursday Aerosmith resumes its tour with a show in
(Reporting By Scott Malone; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and