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SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Warning to residents of the Waterloo region of Ontario: for the next four days, things are going to get really loud. The inaugural FUZEnation technology and music summit has kicked off, bringing together visionary business leaders, tech innovators and the most forward-thinking artists in music.

On the eve of opening day, I spoke with co-founder Rebecca (Lambrecht) Warfield about the festival and what attendees can expect.

Beacher: In a nutshell, what is FUZEnation?

Warfield: Conceptually, FUZEnation is the celebration of music and technology, and a partnership between our company FUZE and Live Nation. It’s a multi-day event featuring brilliant minds talking about tech breakthroughs and a celebration of electronic music. I am one of the co-founders and one of the executive producers of the event. This area of Ontario is called “The Silicon Valley of the North.” The technology industry is just booming here and this event truly is a passion project of mine. I worked for years in management in the music industry, and you can’t be involved in music and not be involved in tech. The two go hand in hand.

JB: Can you talk a little bit about your background and how it influenced your involvement with this project?

RLW: I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a kid I was always trying to make stuff that someone would buy. I started my career as a talent producer for shows like the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes and the Country Music Awards. Each of these shows would have 25 musical performances and presenters, so I was constantly working with performers, publicists, producers — everyone involved with making these shows happen. It was this incredible mix of A-list artists and upcoming artist in all genres. I worked with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie. Alicia Keys was always an amazing collaborator. I joined the Britney Spears team on the Circus Tour, which was the biggest tour that ever went out at the time.

Eventually, I left and formed my own company, the Chicane Group, which focuses on management, consulting and producing. I’m partners with Larry Rudolph at Maverick, managing Steven Tyler on all of his Aerosmith and solo projects, and his philanthropic efforts.

JB: I know your work with Steven has meant a lot to you.

RLW: The most touching and feel-good project was his first-ever charity, Janie’s Fund, to provide hope and healing for abused and neglected girls. We researched the best way to go about it and partnered with Youth Villages. In the past nine months, we’ve raised $1.8 million for the programs and have provided 300 girls with 18,000 days of care over the next year. Steven had wanted to start this charity ever since he wrote “Janie’s Got a Gun” in 1989, and to be a part of the launch and to make it happen is by far the most rewarding experience over the last couple of years.

JB: How did the festival come about?

RLW: I was working with a concert promoter a couple years ago in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and he came to me with a new idea about an EDM contest and concert. We brought in a local marketing and branding expert, Shevaun Voisin, who is very dialed into the booming tech industry in the area. We started brainstorming. I always loved the interactive portion of SXSW but wanted to do something sleeker. I have a talent producing company, Proven Talent, with Colleen Grillo and I knew we could book a great lineup. I sold the concept to Live Nation who gave us the green light for financing and we partnered with them to create the first of what we hope will be many global events right here.

JB: Who will be performing?

RLW: Kygo, Adventure Club, Keys N Krates, The Him, Kaneholler. The first few days will feature iconic speakers like Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit. Then we have an amazing panel with local game changers and disrupters. We’re kicking it off with music, A-Trak, legendary turntablist will perform.

JB: Talk about the connection between music and tech.

RLW: Inventors are the new rock stars. They take an idea from their head and follow it from start to finish. And I think that creative process can be very similar for musicians. It might be using the other side of the brain, but it is essentially the same: bringing a thought to life, often with a lot of trial and error and setbacks along the way. The spark of creative passion is the driving force in bringing a product to market or a work of art to the public.


Steven Tyler Says Aerosmith Is Going on Farewell Tour Next Year – but Don’t Call It a Breakup

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BY ADAM CARLSON AND MARIA MERCEDES LARA

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler confirmed earlier this week the band is planning a farewell tour for 2017, telling Howard Stern on Tuesday, “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this: The band’s over.”

“We’re doing a farewell tour, but it’s only because it’s time,” Tyler, 68, said.

The radio host made Tyler confirm it: Did he mean “farewell” as in the band would be gone for good?

“Yeah,” Tyler said, adding that guitarist Joe Perry also knows.

However, Tyler’s manager Rebecca Warfield tells PEOPLE the “farewell tour” doesn’t mean the band is completely over:

“They are not breaking up. That’s not quite what he said,” Warfield said. “He is still the ultimate frontman for Aerosmith, the greatest American rock band of all time. Aerosmith will always be his first love and nothing will ever take that away.

“He is on fire right now,” she continued. “More energized, brilliant, creative and on-point with focused, poignant passion to bring to his fans and to the world. He has a new album coming out on July 15th called We’re All Somebody From Somewhere and the title track was released [Friday].”

Tyler’s rep added, “He’s going on his solo “Out On A Limb” tour kicking off next week at The Venetian in Las Vegas. He’s going to bring that same uncontrollable energy into the Aerosmith South American tour starting in October. He’s very excited for that.

“As far as 2017. Everyone will have to stay tuned as to hear what’s up his sleeve. Steven is taking it up a notch in all his endeavors.”


Steven Tyler Announces Intimate Solo Tour

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Befitting of the Aerosmith singer’s unexpected foray into country music, Steven Tyler has announced a string of summer shows he’s calling the Out on a Limb Tour. A series of theater dates visiting 19 cities in total, the trek kicks off July 2nd in Las Vegas.

The 68-year-old rock icon gave a preview of what’s to come at a benefit concert in New York City last night, reworking his Aerosmith classics with his new band, Loving Mary, and sharing the stories behind the Boston group’s unforgettable hard-rock hits.

“What would I not pay to go see [Paul] McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he’s with now, actually do [a show] where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote ‘Yesterday’?” Tyler told USA Today. “That’s what I’m doing. I figured I’d talk about ‘Sweet Emotion’ and ‘Dream On’ and where I was when I wrote it, and ‘Seasons of Wither’ and how I played it.”

The concept reportedly stems from Tyler’s recent TV performance for PBS’s Front and Center, and is sure to also include his new country-format song output. Two singles have been released so far — “Love Is Your Name” and the summer anthem “Red, White and You” — and while they have performed modestly on country radio, Tyler plans to finish and release a complete album produced by roots-recording wizard T Bone Burnett with “a full-on country feel.”

Here’s a complete list of dates and cities on Tyler’s Out on a Limb Tour:
July 2 – Las Vegas @ Venetian Theatre
July 5 – Los Angeles @ Dolby Theatre
July 8 – Seattle @ Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
July 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Oprheum Theatre
July 14 – San Francisco @ The Masonic
July 20 – Phoenix @ Comerica Theatre
July 23 – Denver @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
July 26 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
July 29 – Houston @ Brown Theater at Wortham Center
August 1 – Dallas @ Music Hall at Fair Park
August 13 – Chicago @ Chicago Theatre
August 17 – Nashville, TN @ Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC
August 23 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
August 29 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 1 – Atlanta @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
September 4 – Boston @ Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
September 7 – Philadelphia @ Academy of Music
September 10 – Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
September 13 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

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Steven Tyler Lets It All Hang Out During ‘Out On A Limb’ Solo Show

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5/3/2016 by Kenneth Partridge

Every New Yorker with a flare for the dramatic dreams of doing a one-man show. So does every rock singer who’s tussled with an uppity lead guitarist. No wonder Steven Tyler had such a ball on Monday night at Lincoln Center.

Technically, “Steven Tyler… Out on a Limb” wasn’t a solo gig for the Aerosmith frontman, born Steven Victor Tallarico just a few blocks away on March 26, 1948. The Manhattan native was joined by Loving Mary, the seven-piece Nashville rock ’n’ tonk band that backs him on his forthcoming country album. But the night was all about Tyler — his stories, his songs, his motormouthed philosophies on life.

Also: his charity, Janie’s Fund, which supports abused and neglected girls across the country. The concert was a fundraiser for the organization, and as Tyler explained while introducing 1989’s “Janie’s Got a Gun” — one of many Aerosmith hits he revisited during the performance — it’s a cause he’s passionate about.

“I’m in awe of women who are standing up to abuse,” said Tyler, who wrote “Janie’s Got a Gun” after checking into rehab and realizing how many abuse victims wind up addicted to drugs. “It doesn’t have to be like that,” he said, before launching into a stormy country-spiced version featuring piano, violin, and banjo. Tyler grumbled the chorus like an old man gossiping from his front porch about some local violence that just went down.

This was the heaviest moment in a show that featured Tyler hamming it up and telling scripted tales about his early years in NYC, his subsequent move to southern New Hampshire, and his eventual success with guitarist Joe Perry and the bad boys of Aerosmith. He used family photos and video montages to show how he went from 20-something loser to bar-band America’s answer to Mick Jagger.

Still a flouncy shrieker with long locks and a thing for scarves, Tyler was a natural for the “look at me” retrospective. The spry 68-year-old quoted Einstein and invoked The Wizard of Oz on the intro to “Jaded,” praised Janis Joplin before covering “Piece of My Heart” and flipped his harmonica into the crowd after blowing a mean solo to close “Cryin’.”

Tyler dedicated 1998’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” to his daughter Liv Tyler and her Armageddon costar Bruce Willis — both of whom were in the house, rocking along with an audience too caught up in the music to gawk at celebrities. Tyler joked about how the Diane Warren-penned power ballad stands as Aerosmith’s only No. 1 hit, while “Sweet Emotion,” a crowd favorite that came at the top of the set, was only a modest hit.

But Tyler wasn’t there to hate on the music biz. He’s still in the game, as he reminded everyone with his trio of new-school country tunes: the slick “Love Is Your Name,” which played like U2 doing Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young”; “Red, White & You,” a grittier number with nods to Tom Petty; and the previously unheard “Only Heaven,” a light acoustic jam that gives way to big-ol’ power chords reminiscent of Aerosmith’s 1988 monster ballad “Angel.”

Tyler could’ve ended with his encore reading of the super-charged piano ballad “Dream On,” the closest he’s got to a Broadway showstopper. Instead, he boogied on home with the blues-rock standard “Train Kept A-Rollin’” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” a 1975 hard-rock fave that worked as hip-hop a decade later and still sounds fine with hints of Southern twang. Some things just never get old.


Steven Tyler Signs With WME

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Steven Tyler photographed in 2016. ZACK WHITFORD

Steven Tyler has signed with WME in all areas, Billboard has exclusively learned. He was previously at CAA, while Paradigm continues to represent Aerosmith for touring.

Tyler’s lead vocals have helped make Aerosmith the best-selling American rock band of all time, with more than 150 million records sold worldwide, and qualified him for a spot at the American Idol judges’ table for seasons 10 and 11. In addition to creating classic hits including “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” “Cryin” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith won rock performance Grammys for “Pink,” “Crazy,” “Livin’ on the Edge” and “Janie’s Got a Gun.” The latter song inspired Tyler to create Janie’s Fund last November. The foundation will partner with Youth Villages to fund programs that treat sexually abused children, particularly girls.

After 15 studio albums with Aerosmith, Tyler will release his first solo album later this year. The still-untitled project, from country label Dot Records/Big Machine, will include last year’s single “Love is Your Name,” written by Eric Paslay and Lindsey Lee, as well as January’s “Red, White and You,” which the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer penned with Nathan Barlowe, Levi Hummon and Jon Vella.

Tyler continues to be managed by Rebecca Lambrecht Warfield and Larry Rudolph at Maverick.


Hear Steven Tyler’s Polished New Country Song, ‘Red, White and You’

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Steven Tyler has released his new country single “Red, White & You.” Click here.

 

Steven Tyler has dropped another clue about what his forthcoming country debut will sound like and this time he’s in a patriotic mood.

Earlier today the Aerosmith leader released “Red, White & You,” a laid-back ode to curing the summertime blues with a pretty companion by his side. While it may feel early for Fourth of July references, Tyler is all in on the sunny tune, which pays tribute to another classic rocker, Tom Petty, and American girls.

Co-written by Nathan Barlowe, Levi Hummon, Jon Vella and Tyler himself, and produced by Nashville veteran Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill), the song also includes a sly reference to his new label Big Machine, home to Dot Records, which will release Tyler’s still-untitled album later this year.

Tyler’s first venture into country music was decidedly more low-key: the ballad “Love Is You Name,” which favored organic strings over the polish of “Red, White & You.”

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Steven Tyler Launches Philanthropic Initiative: Janie’s Fund

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NASHVILLE, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – America’s beloved songsmith and humanitarian, Steven Tyler, an iconic rockstar forever known for his big voice, is now opening his big heart. Tyler is honored to announce today the launch of his new signature philanthropic initiative: Janie’s Fund (www.JaniesFund.org), in partnership with Youth Villages. The fund will bring hope and healing to girls who have endured neglect and abuse. It will also raise much-needed money and awareness to address, through proven programs, the trauma of sexual abuse in children and to expand these services to aid even more girls.

Tyler’s hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” was born out of his growing desire to speak up for the victims of child abuse. Launching Janie’s Fund has been a longtime dream of Tyler’s, and he is passionate about the positive results that this fund will create for young people.

Musician Steven Tyler announced today the launch of his new signature philanthropic initiative to help girls who have been abused and neglected: Janie's Fund.

 

“As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music. I am starting Janie’s Fund to give a voice to the millions of victims who haven’t had one and encourage everyone to join me on this mission,” said Tyler.

Janie’s Fund kicks off with a historic 54 days of impact, running from November 8th, the 26th anniversary of the release of “Janie’s Got a Gun,” through the end of the year. Anyone who signs up to support during these 54 days becomes a Founding Member of Janie’s Fund and receives limited-edition merchandise from Tyler. Fans can visit Prizeo.com/StevenTyler to become Founding Members and register for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Tyler through Prizeo.

The ”Ultimate VIP Rock Experience with Steven Tyler” prize includes walking the red carpet and VIP backstage passes to an upcoming performance, as well as hanging with Tyler and his entourage backstage before the show. In addition, other priceless experiences are available, and all Founding Members will be memorialized in perpetuity on www.JaniesFund.org.

The excitement surrounding the Janie’s Fund announcement began last week, when other artists began to receive large custom mystery crates: Bono, Miley Cyrus, Sir Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Britney Spears, Howard Stern, Carrie Underwood and more received exact replicas of Tyler’s most famous trademark white, jewel-encrusted mic and mic stand, (courtesy of Atlas Sound and Shure), complete with hand sewn signature scarves and a handwritten note from Tyler saying, “I may have a big mouth, but now I need your voice.” There will be additional mystery crates being revealed from other A-list artists in the coming weeks.

Tyler, the iconic songwriter and voice of the best-selling American rock band, Aerosmith, has been an avid philanthropist his entire life, performing regularly for social causes, including the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.

For more information please visit: www.JaniesFund.org.

More about Janie’s Fund:
Janie’s Fund is a philanthropic initiative created by Steven Tyler in partnership with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Steven first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come. Janie’s Fund has two important goals: to bring much-needed awareness to the issue of abuse and neglect of children and to generate financial support to ensure that girls receive the most effective support available to help them overcome the trauma and pain of abuse. One hundred percent of all donations to Janie’s Fund are used to support proven programs at Youth Villages that have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the trauma of sexual abuse in children and to expand these services to help even more girls. These services incorporate the latest research on developing brains and neuropsychology.

More About Youth Villages:
Founded in 1986, Youth Villages is a leading national nonprofit dedicated to providing the most effective local solutions to help children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families live successfully. The organization helps more than 23,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Youth Villages’ Evidentiary Family Restoration®approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing unprecedented accountability to families and funders.

More about Steven Tyler:
Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band, Aerosmith. Tyler is considered one of music’s most recognizable, dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, he has won 4 Grammy Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award. In addition to having 9 number one hits, 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with the rest of his band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Tyler is currently working on his highly anticipated solo album with Big Machine Label Group. His first country single ‘Love Is Your Name’ debuted on May 13, 2015 and reached #1 on the Billboard Country Streaming Songs chart. The accompanying video has garnered nearly 10 million views to date.


“Politicians: Respect and Protect Copyright” by Steven Tyler

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Politicians: Respect and Protect Copyright

 

AEROSMITH

This week, I sent a letter to Donald Trump’s campaign asking to not use my music at political rallies. My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators. But I’ve been singing this song for a while now.
In February, I became a founding member of the GRAMMY Creators’ Alliance. The Alliance joined many big names in the music business, not for ourselves, but for the up-and-coming songwriters and artists. To bring hope. To try and change laws that are hindering the music biz. To make sure that songwriters and artists can practice their art without threat of extinction. To make sure those who practice their craft get paid fairly when others use their work.

 

I’m not alone in my efforts to bring change. Today, more than 1,650 musicians and songwriters will be visiting their local congress members in their home offices as part of our grassroots program, GRAMMYs in my District.

Big changes are happening right now in copyright reform as a result of massive technology changes and with the way fans pay for music and consume music. These changes can be a good thing for songwriters and up-and-coming artists, if we are paid fairly by those who make money using our work. Everyone deserves to be able to pay their bills, support their families, and do the work they love. Too many can’t because we are being shortchanged by new and old technology companies.

Now, I don’t blame all the new technologies, some are really cool. You can listen to music wherever you are, make up your own playlists, and hear what you want when you want. That’s powerful, and at least they are paying creators something! The old technology companies do not pay artists; not one penny! And they are paying songwriters the minimum that the law says they should pay.

The laws need to change. We have so many laws in America that control how we get paid for our music. Seventy-five percent of songwriters’ income in the U.S. is regulated by the government? Too much government intervention in art and music is a bad thing.

Just as my record label sister, Taylor Swift, wrote her letter to Apple in June, this is my open letter to everyone. We need change. Songwriters, producers and artists can’t survive on what they are being paid.

I received a real lesson on this a couple years ago when I started to look into laws surrounding copyright. I found out that there was an effort underway in Washington to strip certain important approval rights of artists and songwriters for derivative use of their work. When I heard about this crazy idea, I submitted an official commentpaper to the folks in Washington D.C. along with a few of my friends like Don Henley and Joe Walsh of the Eagles, deadmau5, Britney, Dr. Dre and Sting explaining why this was a bad idea. It’s not about Wall Street derivatives; it’s about artists and songwriters losing control of their work and not getting paid fairly when it is used. More of the same, I thought. It taught me that creators have to be vigilant and fight for their rights.

After that, I took a trip to D.C. where I met with a lot of important Congress members to let them know that that any time artists and songwriters lose the right over how their music is used, it is devastating to them. Many of these Congress people I spoke to were shocked to learn that this really bothered musicians and songwriters and some even changed their views, all because we made the effort to let them know how we feel.

In D.C., I met with Congressman Bob Goodlatte from Virginia. This guy really gets it! His district in the Blue Ridge Mountains is home to some great songwriters and artists. He really believes that the laws need to change so that songwriters and artists are paid fairly, and he is doing something about it. Goodlatte has personally overseen 20 hearings on copyright reform over the past two years, creating forum so that creators’ voices can be heard.

On Wednesday, our voice will ring out again. Three hundred and fifty members of Congress will get a knock on their door from their music making constituents. They will be there to deliver a very clear message of themselves and creators all over America. It’s time for change.

We know you love our music. Now is the time to show us some love by supporting the effort to reform outdated copyright laws, do away with government standard for artist compensation, and make sure creators are paid fairly when other business use our work.

Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter and the frontman for the band Aerosmith.


Steven Tyler Goes ‘Crazy’ on ABC’s ‘Nashville’

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Steven Tyler will sing with Hayden Panettiere on ABC’s ‘Nashville.’ Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

 

 

Steven Tyler has planted new roots in Nashville, immersing himself in the local music scene as he records tunes for his upcoming solo country album. While living in Music City, the Aerosmith legend is not only adding an unexpected new chapter to his monster of a music career but also adding another line to his acting resume.

After a late night Monday watching Sheryl Crow perform at the Rolling Stone Country/Rolling Stone Films party in downtown Nashville, Tyler was up early to sing with another Hollywood-gone-country celebrity, Hayden Panettiere. Us Weekly confirms that the rock icon filmed a cameo on the ABC musical drama, Nashville, on Tuesday. The singer tweeted a photo of himself with the actress [below], suggesting they might be doing a duet of a Willie Nelson-penned/Patsy Cline-recorded classic on the show.
“@haydenpanettier AND I GETTING A LITTLE “CRAZY” ON SET AT @Nashville_ABC,” he wrote. “YOU WONT WANT TO MISS THIS……#PATSYCLINE.”

 

Tyler is the first big rock star to make a cameo on the primetime program, though the set has welcomed appearances by pop icons Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera, along with several country stars, including Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Trisha Yearwood and the Band Perry, just to name a few. Nashville’s big fall premiere airs on September 23rd. A date for the episode featuring Tyler is not yet known.

The Aerosmith singer has played himself on a number of films and TV shows, including cameos on Two and a Half Men and Wayne’s World 2. According to IMDB, he’s also set to play a character in the upcoming horror film, Happy Birthday, tentatively due for release later this year.

The newly solo artist is still working on his country LP but has already stormed radio with its first single, “Love Is Your Name.”

“This is a side project, which has now turned into a love of life. I think we got something here that the radio would love to play. Look, that’s why I’m in it. I love to take the fucking power to wow to the 100th degree,” Tyler told Rolling Stone Country earlier this summer, also expressing deep love for his new city. “Nashville is a mecca of song-age. I feel like one of the Three Wise Men that saw the star falling into Bethlehem.”

 

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Steven Tyler To Headline Pre-Race Concert For Irwin Tools Race Night

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The iconic Steven Tyler, with Nashville-based band Loving Mary, is bringing his undeniable swagger and sound to Bristol Motor Speedway for the August 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race.

“Aerosmith front man, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy-award winner—Steven Tyler is not just an American icon, but a worldwide phenomenon,” said Jerry Caldwell, general manager of BMS. “You put him together with the Night Race, one of the top five motorsports events in the world, and the energy in the grandstands will just be amazing.”

Tyler’s appeal crosses generations and genres. With credentials stretching back over five decades, the dynamic performer is now enjoying a new era in his career–a foray into country music. In a journey that he says is a return to roots, he’s moved to Nashville, signed with Big Machine Label Group (home to artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and The Band Perry), and released a new single, “Love is Your Name.” The song is earning chart position, airplay, and even a blessing from Loretta Lynn, who wrote on her Facebook page “Tyler can sing the fire out of anything he wants.”

During the pre-race concert, Tyler will perform his new single, the first from his upcoming solo album with Dot Records. Ticket holders will also be treated to some familiar Aerosmith favorites.

“Steven Tyler’s heard some loud applause throughout his career, but the roar that will go up on race night will be a new experience for everyone involved,” said Caldwell. “Ticket sales are already strong, and having Steven here will help take the Night Race to a whole new level. We have a big Bristol family that includes lots of rockers, lots of country music fans, and we’re all excited to welcome him to the Birthplace of Country Music.”

Voted a Top 5 Motorsports Race in the entire world by the USA Today Reader’s Choice Awards—the only NASCAR event that made the list—the IRWIN Tools Night Race will take place August 22 at the World’s Fastest Half Mile.

IRWIN Tools Night Race tickets, which include the pre-race concert, start at just $74 for single-day tickets, with weekend packages as low as $99. Additionally, a limited number of Steven Tyler SuperPacks are available. These include a pre-race SuperPass (track walk, plus on-track access to the concert and Sprint Cup driver introductions), a Cold Pit Pass (for pre-race access to the Garage area), and select Steven Tyler merchandise. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.

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