Aerosmith’s Street Sense

Last week Aerosmith said it would play somewhere on the streets of Boston on Nov. 5. Turns out the location is something more than just a random Beantown street corner. Monday’s concert site is actually a part of Aerosmith’s early history.

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iHeartRadio Music Festival, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

When Aerosmith announced its plan to play for the people one day before the band’s new album, Music From Another Dimension, arrived in stores, the only description of the location was “somewhere in the city.”

Since then Boston radio station WAAF narrowed it down a bit. The station tweeted that the band will perform at “1325 Commonwealth Ave!” in Boston’s Allston neighborhood.

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Aerosmith must have agreed with the station’s tweets. The band’s Twitter account quickly re-tweeted the radio station’s announcement.

Why 1325 Commonwealth Ave.? Not only did members of Aerosmith live in an apartment at that location during the band’s early days, but it’s also where now-classic songs such as “Dream On,” “Movin’ Out” and “Mama Kin,” were penned, according to the Boston Globe.

The Globe also pointed out that the liquor store mentioned in Stephen Davis’s 2003 bio of the band is still there. “Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith” mentioned the store, located across the street from Aerosmith’s 1970s Commonwealth Ave. home, saying its “Bottled Liquors” neon sign would shine all night long.

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Liquor store located across the street from 1325 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

According to “Walk This Way” via the Globe, Aerosmith members Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton were the actual original tenants who moved into the two-bedroom apartment in 1970 and that other bandmembers eventually joined them. The band moved out of the apartment once they signed with Columbia in 1972.