Aerosmith plays free outdoor concert in Boston
Aerosmith members, from left, Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer perform a free concert Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in Boston's Allston neighborhood as fans watch from the apartment building which was their home in the early 1970's. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of Aerosmith fans watched the band perform on Monday in front of the building in Boston where they once lived.
People hung out windows, crowded fire escapes and stood on roofs on Commonwealth Avenue to watch a free concert meant to encourage voting and promote the band's new album, which comes out Tuesday, Election Day.
The band played songs including "Walk this Way," ''Sweet Emotion" and some from their new album, "Music from Another Dimension!"
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was among those at the show, getting on stage with other football team officials after the band arrived in an amphibious tour vehicle.
The caravan of seven duck boats, with the band riding in "Beantown Betty," shut down city streets as a police escort led the way from TD Garden arena to 1325 Commonwealth Ave.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler gestures after climbing aboard a duck boat which transported the band Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 to Boston's Allston neighborhood where they gave a free concert. Aerosmith performed in front of the building which was their home in the early 1970's. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Some fans lined streets to wave to the band as their caravan rolled past landmarks including Boston Common and City Hall, and many skipped work or school to go the show.
Boston University student Becca Emmetts, who lives in Aerosmith's former building, sent a friend to her physics class with this message explaining her tardiness: "Aerosmith was playing on my front stoop."
Angela Menino, wife of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, presented band members with street signs commemorating their old address and a city plaque that will be mounted in front of the building.
It says Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, and Tom Hamilton lived in the building's second story in the 1970s, and that it was there the "The Bad Boys of Boston" got their start in rock music.