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!"
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)
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.
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.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, left, and Tom Hamilton look out from a duck boat as they are transported 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)
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."