“Aerosmith” treated thousands of fans to a free concert in the Allston section of Boston today as a way of commemorating where they got their start. The band lived together at the 1325 Commonwealth Ave., address 40 years ago while they were first getting started. The crowd watching them perform today came from all walks of life, from middle-aged baby boomers to college students, seniors, teenagers, and young parents with their kids, according to Boston.com. “Aerosmith” was introduced by none other than Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady and others, with Tom being ribbed now for what he wore to the event.
One of the spectators was Joan Pasquale, a 62 year-old longtime resident of Allston who lived in the building from 1970 to 1972, the same years that the iconic band lived there. She said she bumped into them frequently. “I don’t want to ruin their bad-boy reputation here, but they were very nice, police[sic] guys – really nice neighbors”, she said.
Pasquale told of how the residents back then often met due to a faulty elevator that was constantly getting stuck. People, including the band members, would yell for help and take turns rescuing each other by pushing the exterior buttons in the hallways.
Pasquale recalled the guys were always coming and going and were really busy. She figured they‘d go places because they were very “business focused”. They’d often hear the band practicing but no one ever complained.
“It was a very friendly building. We all got along and knew each other”, Pasquale added. “It was very much an open-door policy. If someone needed something it was just a matter of knocking on a door. We took care of each other. It was a different time”, she said.
Pasquale was part of the large crowd on-hand for the concert Monday. People wore band T-shirts, many waved free signs that were handed out and were seem taking photos and video on their cell phones.
There were a lot of generations represented since the band’s music has touched so many people over their four decade career. The band performed for about 45 minutes featuring hits including “Walk this Way”, “Mama Kin” and “Moving Out”.
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer arrived shortly after noon on one of several Duck Boats. “When we lived here, we were never up this early”, Tyler told the crowd at the start of the concert.
The “Dream On” group was introduced by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, linebacker JeRod Mayo, team owner Robert Kraft, his son and team president Jonathan Kraft along with the team cheerleaders.
Check out a photo gallery of the concert from CBS Boston here or see Tom Brady’s picture above left. USA Today couldn’t help but take a swipe at the getup he was decked out in. He wore an oversized top coat with a nude colored shirt underneath that made it appear as if he was bare-chested. Rounding out the ensemble were thick horn-rimmed spectacles.
They said it looked like he was starring in the stage version of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” or that he was heading off to host “The Rachael Maddow Show”, among other jibes. What do you think of Tom’s appearance?