AEROSMITH Bassist 'Reviews' METALLICA Concert

January 21, 2009

The web site of AEROSMITH's official fan club, AeroForceOne, has been updated with the following message from bassist Tom Hamilton:

"Saw the mighty METALLICA the other night. Before the show we stopped in and shot the sh*t with James [Hetfield] and Robert [Trujillo]. This was my first time meeting Robert Trujillo. He showed me a cool bass that he was going to be playing when they went on. We hung out in the tuning room for a little while and it was cool to catch up with James. They have a full-blown friggin' studio set-up in there! Miked-up drums and everything! Holy crap.

"What a show. Those guys play so tight and strong. The production was intense. They're great at the old-school technique of having the lights really follow the music rhythmically. It was interesting to watch them work the huge 'in-the-round' stage. They had coffin shaped lighting pods hanging from the ceiling shooting beams of intense light at sharp angles as they ascended and descended. They had some pyro bumps that were really different and they had some laser stuff that looked really cool. It’s not that easy. Lasers have been around for a while. They used them at one point where they made multicolored, razor sharp lines that snaked all over the stage.

"Okay there's the review.

"We need to get out on the road so people can write some about us."

AEROSMITH was forced to cancel its February 1 headlining gig in Caracas, Venezuela due to lead guitarist Joe Perry having to undergo emergency surgery on his knee, according to a statement issued by the band's publicist. Perry has to have the operation to correct unforeseen complications that resulted from a previous surgery on the same knee last year. Perry had a complete knee replacement done in March of 2008 after putting the procedure off for two years while AEROSMITH fulfilled tour commitments.

AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer posted a message online two weeks ago saying that the band was ready to resume work on its next studio album, its first set of all-original material was 2001's "Just Push Play".

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