Welcome To The Aerosmithsonian: A Tribute ToAerosmith
Perris Records, 2001
REVIEW BY: Paul Hanson
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 05/25/2001
I am of the church that says tributes are better for bands that no longer actively perform or record together. I don't especially care for the Black Sabbath tribute Nativity In Black for that very reason. I mean, if I want to hear Ozzy Osbourne sing "N.I.B." I'll pull out a Sabbath CD and hear Geezer Butler play his mean ol' bass. If I want to hear Primus, I'll put in Pork Soda or Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (but not The Brown Album) or I'd buy Frizzle Fry or a bootleg.
All of that means, I don't think tribute CDs are meaningful until you can't go to a concert and hear the band play the song. Even the multiple Metallica tribute CD, for example, Overload and even the recent Pantera tribute CD. All of these bands are great bands and they're still active.
That's why I begrudgingly put in Welcome To The Aerosmithonian - A Tribute To Aerosmith with low expectations. The CD contains 10 tracks all performed by second-tier 80s musicians. You have Carmine Appice on drums, Jason McMaster on bass, and Steve Fister on rhythm guitar and solo. Some of the other musicians on here are vocalist Derek St. Holmes, Gilby Clarke, Keri Kelli, Marc Ferrari, Jaimie Scott, and Jimmy Crespo, who co-wrote "Rock In AHard Place" while he was in Aerosmith.
As if that meant something to someone.
As if someone can name all the bands the aforementioned musicians played in.
As if someone actually owns one of the CDs that these musicians played in.
Okay, I have a CD with Gilby Clarke playing on it and a tape with Jason McMaster singing lead vocals. Carmine Appice is a legend, but I don't own any CDs with him playing. Not even Blue Murder. Other than that, uh, who cares about these has-beens?
Apparently someone does.
And that someone would be you because this CD actually is okay.
If you like washed-out and hung up to dry second-tier 80s musicians.
If you like Aerosmith songs played by what, to me, sounds like a band playing in a bar. There's not much new here as the covers stick pretty close to the original. Sure, some of the vocalists take some liberties with the melody, but the solos sound interchangeable with the guitars of Brad Hamilton and Joe Perry.
And I also have to admit my bias and plug my favorite tribute CD. It came out a few years ago and it's called Everybody Wants Some.It came out on Cherry Disc Records, it's a bunch of Boston-area bands and it's a tribute to Van Halen. Starts out with "Eruption" played on an organ, and ends with "Eruption" played on a banjo. That's creativity. That's interesting.
Note for note guitar solos, Joey Kramer already is not the world's most interesting drummer so I admit that doesn't give Carmine much room to stretch out.
I guess the old saying, "Crap in means crap . . ."
You finish it.