Steven Tyler responds to Nikki Minaj accusations, stating “A racist I am not” (video)

Steven Tyler responds to Nikki Minaj accusations, stating “A racist I am not” (video)

Nov 29, 2012

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has responded to the accusations of racism by New American Idol judge Nicki Minaj in a video clip below. After Tyler recently made comments about the new judges on American Idol, Minaj responded with her opinion of what he had said, going as far as to accuse Tyler of racism. Tyler originally was asked about the 'feud' btween Mariah Carey and Minaj and responded, “I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel — it shouldn’t  be that, it should be just the opposite. They should  have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie.’”

He continued, “They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it  over the talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be judged  by people (who are) honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight — the fuck is that all about? You just have to give your opinion. It wasn’t hard for me, but I would imagine  it’s hard for some people. They need a manager to say, ‘Shut the  fuck up, and just give them your opinion."

“These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere, and they’re  in New York City — they’re scared to death!” Tyler said. “ If it was Bob Dylan,  Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob  Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip  Phillips. Just saying.”

That prompted the following tweets by Minaj: “When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike.  Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."

“You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go  fuck yourself and worry about yourself babe.”

“I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the  producers,” she wrote. “I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist  comment.”

“LOL lets make him a shirt that says ‘No Coloreds Allowed’ then escort him down  2 Barbara Walters so he can tell how he was threatened w/guns”

On Canada's etalk, Tyler said: "I apologize it was taken wrong, Nicki. I'm the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist," Tyler said. "I don't know where she got that out of me saying, 'I'm not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan.' I was just saying that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would've been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn, but a racist I'm not, Nicki." We'll see if Nikki responds.

Steven Tyler leaves hosting duties on ‘American Idol’

Steven Tyler leaves hosting duties on ‘American Idol’

Jul 12, 2012

Steven Tyler announced he is leaving his judging duties on 'American Idol.' Fox and the Aerosmith rocker made the announcement in a press statement earlier today.

“After some long ... hard ... thoughts … I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' before she boils my rabbit," Tyler said. "I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back -- but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I've got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass -- the ultimate in auditory takeover … On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars ... "Idol" was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it ... Now it's time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD."

"Steven Tyler is a real 'Idol,' a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on 'American Idol,' I would have thought it impossible," Simon Fuller, creator and executive producer of "American Idol," said in a statement. "The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America's greatest-ever rock band. 'American Idol' will miss him!”

Tyler served alongside veteran judge Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez for Seasons 10 and 11. Lopez has mentioned of late that there is a possibility she may not return to the show in season 12 either. Fuller may be looking for two new judges going into next season, but unfortunately he won't be looking for a new host, as Ryan Seacrest will be back.



Aerosmith debut new single on ‘American Idol,’ listen to studio track and check out album artwork

Aerosmith debut new single on ‘American Idol,’ listen to studio track and check out album artwork

May 26, 2012

Aerosmith performed their new single 'Legendary Child' Wednesday night (May 23) on the season finale of 'American Idol,' as well as one of their classics 'Walk this Way.' 'Legendary Child' will be featured on the new album 'Music From Another Dimension,' due out on August 28th.

'Legendary Child' was to be on the soundtrack for the movie 'G.I. Joe: Redemption,' but the release date on the movie has been delayed until a March 29, 2013 release due to an upgrade needed on 3D. It was slated to be in theaters on June 29th. Didn't a commercial for the movie air during the Super Bowl? Very poor planning on that one Paramount. Regardless, the track kicks ass and we can't wait to hear more of the album.

Aerosmith live on American Idol 2012 Winner... by HumanSlinky

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Here's an update on the album from bassist Tom Hamilton

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'Music From Another Dimension' tracklisting:
'What Could Have Been Love'
'Street Jesus'
'Legendary Child'
'Oh Yeah'
'We All Fall Down'
'Another Last Goodbye'
'Out Go The Lights'
'Love Three Times a Day'
'Shakey Ground'
'Love a Lot'
'Freedom Fighter'
'Up on the Mountain'

Aerosmith hit the road in June on the Global Warming Tour which will feature CHEAP TRICK. Dates include:

Jun. 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Jun. 19 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Jun. 22 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Jun. 27 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Jul. 1 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
Jul. 3 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 5 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
Jul. 7 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest
Jul. 10 - Montreal, QC - tba
Jul. 12 - Quebec City, QC - tba
Jul. 14 - Grand Falls, Newfoundland - tba
Jul. 17 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Jul. 19 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Jul. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 24 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
Jul. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
Jul. 28 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Jul. 30 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Aug. 1 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Aug. 4 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Aug. 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
Aug. 8 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

The one other rock highlight on the American Idol finale was winner Phillip Phillips duet with John Fogerty on Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain' and 'Bad Moon Rising.'

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Aerosmith News: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith getting musical advice from Johnny Depp?, “Dream On’ cover part of ‘100 Years of Fenway Park’ album

Aerosmith News: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith getting musical advice from Johnny Depp?, “Dream On’ cover part of ‘100 Years of Fenway Park’ album

May 14, 2012

Johnny Depp recently jammed with Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper at the after party celebrating Depp's latest movie 'Dark Shadows,' but Depp has a history with Aerosmith as does 'Dark Shadows' director Tim Burton. Aerosmith have been holed up in Burton's old Swinghouse recording studio working on the new album and Depp has been dropping by occasionally to check in on the band’s progress.

Tyler explained, "When we are done recording, I go up to Johnny’s house and I play him stuff and I ask if it is any good. He gives me [honest feedback]." Tyler says Depp is qualified to weigh in on the subject. "Johnny is a great musician and many people don’t know that, he plays piano, guitar, he knows his music."

Tyler saiys that ‘Legendary Child,’ Aerosmith’s contribution to the upcoming ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ movie is awesome and the spirit of the film lines up quite well with the band’s own experiences. "'G.I. Joe' [is] about deep space and 'let’s go fight the foe.' And then I thought about where the band came from, and going [into] the music business. If there ever...was a foe, the music business was. So to be successful you had to learn how to climb ladders, jump through hoops and live through burning houses."

Tyler also says the band recently spent 12 hours filming a video for the song and he gives high praise to his longtime mate Perry, who he says was “on fire” when the band was recording the song.

Aerosmith will premiere a new song on the season finale of 'American Idol' on May 23rd. It is not confirmed, but it most likely will be 'Legendary Child', which was an outake from the 'Get A Grip' sessions.

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In celebration of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park, members of the Boston Red Sox are featured with Boston area musicians on the commemorative album, ’100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park.' The album features contemporary recordings of fan favorites that are often heard bellowing at Fenway during games and that are associated with the area’s bands. Current and former Sox players contribute along with special guests and children from the team’s charitable Red Sox Scholars program.

'Sweet Caroline' features home run machine David “Big Papi’ Ortiz providing background vocals and improv while Clay Buchholz plays acoustic guitar. Jon Butcher is joined by Jarrod Saltalamacchia churns out additional guitar licks on a cover of Aerosmith's 'Dream On.' Daniel Bard plays acoustic guitar on album’s debut single, 'Let the Good Times Roll.' He is joined by Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.

Kenny Aronoff, who's currently drumming for Chickenfoot and has worked with John Mellencamp and John Fogerty besides having done session work for a never ending list of musicians, contributed drums.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, and its Red Sox Scholars and inner city youth baseball programs. The album will be available exclusively for purchase at the Yawkey Way Store/The Official Red Sox Team Store, as well as at all traditional and digital retailers on May 22nd.

Jon Butcher, who is part of the 'Dream On' collaboration on the album will perform The National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston on May 29th prior to the Red Sox/Detroit Tigers game.

'100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park' Tracklist:
Tessie – Kevin Millar
Let the Good Times Roll – Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt & Daniel Bard
The Impossible Dream (The Quest) – Dicky Barrett & Rico Petrocelli
Dream On – Jon Butcher & Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Meet Me at Mary’s Place – Peter Gammons & Seth Justman
Knights of Bostonia – Ken Casey, Nora Parkington & Cory Pesaturo
Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Jerry Remy & Mike Mushok
Sweet Caroline – Mark Salling, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Ryan Kalish & Darnell McDonald
2007- Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury & Dustin Pedroia
Dirty Water – Dick Dodd, Alfredo Aceves & Barry Goudreau
Fenway Park – Mark Lennon
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu – Jim Lonborg, Mike O’Malley & Curt Schilling

Aerosmith to play new single on ‘American Idol’ May 23rd season finale

Aerosmith to play new single on ‘American Idol’ May 23rd season finale

May 11, 2012

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Perry says that the group will appear on the show's May 23rd season finale to perform their new single. There's still no word on what the title of the single is, but the album is expected this September. Perry says he'd like to play at least four new songs on their upcoming tour with Cheap Trick. Perry also talks Aerosmith's new album, more on the upcoming tour tour and the band's ever-present backstage drama.

RS: What's the status of the new album at this point?
JP: It's really close. We've started to mix. We've mixed a couple of the songs already, but I guess this week we're really kind of rolling into mix mode. We have a couple of tracks left to finish up, just to put some overdubs on, but we're kind of going from the final, final recording tracks to mixing this week.

RS: Fans are definitely ready to hear a new Aerosmith album. They've waited long enough.
JP: I've been wanting this record to come out for years, but there's a reason for everything and the timing for this is just right. The pressure for this to be what everyone hopes it's going to be is enormous and I'm starting to feel a little bit of that heat. We've talked about doing a new record and it's kind of like the boy crying wolf the last bunch of years...I just have to wipe out all the expectations that everybody has because we've always done every record on its own, taking its own place, not looking at it in the context of the last record or the next record or whatever is going on in the world or whatever. It's just about getting in and trying to do what we do best and that's it. I'm definitely feeling some of that weight. It's really about keeping he doors locked and finishing this up without letting any of that get to us.

RS: You appeared on American Idol recently, so I assume you've softened your position a bit about that.
JP: It wasn't about the show – it was about how we found out about it. I was pissed off about that whole thing, but I've played on it before and the band is gonna play on it in the last episode of the season to debut the new single. So it's not about the show, it's about how we found out about it. It was a bit of a shock and it took us off balance.

RS: You guys played Toys in the Attic straight though a few years ago. Are you thinking about doing more complete album shows in the future?
JP: Well, there's a lot of things we've been thinking about doing, and a lot of the ideas that we've had are going to start coming out. We've got a few good years left in us, so I think nothing's out of the question.

Check out the entire interview here: