AEROSMITH Frontman Lobbies For Creation Of Department Of Peace

February 8, 2007

Andrew Ramonas of The GW Hatchet Online reports that AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler joined actor Joaquin Phoenix, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and other members of Congress at Lisner Auditorium in Washington D.C. Monday night (Feb. 5) to lobby for the creation of a Department of Peace in front of an eclectic crowd of 200 people.

The star-studded event was the culmination of three days of lobbying by the Peace Alliance for "808," a bill sponsored by Kucinich that calls for the creation of a Department of Peace. The bill, which was introduced for the fourth time in the U.S. House of Representatives Monday night, would create a department that would advise the president on peaceful solutions to domestic and international violence.

Phoenix, who attended the annual "Department of Peace Conference" last year, said that he was "incredibly motivated and inspired" by the movement.

"I have to say 'fuck yeah,'" said Phoenix, who won a Golden Globe award for the movie "Walk the Line" in which he portrayed the late singer and songwriter Johnny Cash.

"I'm just really excited about today and what has been going on the last couple of days," Phoenix said during the event.

He then introduced Tyler, lead singer of the rock band AEROSMITH. Tyler explained how Peace Alliance Founder and Chair Marianne Williamson convinced him to perform at the event.

"I get a call from Marianne and she tells me what she is doing," said Tyler, who was vacationing in Maui, Hawaii, when he received the call. "She said, 'The road with no obstacles probably leads to nowhere.' That was the end of my vacation."

Tyler, who was accompanied by pianist and guitarist Russ Irwin, sang three of his hit songs including "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", "Pink", and "Dream On".

Read more at The GW Hatchet Online.

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