Bogus Argument Nixes Fenway Dream Performance for Bostonians
The article, from the corresponding blog called The Names Blog, talks about why Aerosmith and J. Geils didn't perform together — a scene that would have brought the historic ballpark down to its foundation from the roar of the crowd.
According to the post, Steven Tyler didn’t want Peter Wolf to use the ramp that extended into the audience, and told him so the night before the show. According to the Globe's source, the singers had a “heated argument” in the outfield as a few dozen workers put the finishing touches on the stage Friday.
Apparently, the conversation didn't go too well and as a result, those of us in the audience — me included — weren't surprised by a combo performance.
The Globe wrote:
In the end, Tyler relented, but he told Wolf to also get the OK from Joe Perry, which Wolf did.
Celebrating the night by having the bands play together was a wonderful fantasy,” said our guy, “but the (argument) effectively closed the door on the idea.This is total BS. As a Facebook friend of mine said, "Just goes to show you can be super rich and famous but still profoundly insecure and full of yourself."
My friend is totally right about that. This should have been a non-issue. It's a stage and as a very active performer, Wolf would have used every inch of it — like he did during their set. By no means would J. Geils upstage Aerosmith, so who knows where Tyler's anxiety over the situation came from.
Regardless, the show was excellent, but it could have been that much better if the two bands performed together.
Photo Credit: Boston Globe, Peter Wolf (left) and Steven Tyler talk in center field at Fenway Park