Saturday, December 31: Tig’s Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today to (Dec. 30) bassist Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith. He’s 65. Other rockers celebrating today guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax (53), Police guitarist Andy Summers (74), Burton Cummings of The Guess Who (69).
Tom Hamilton is best known as bassist for Aerosmith and co-writer of some of the band’s classic songs including “Sweet Emotion”, “Janie’s Got a Gun”, and “Kings and Queens”. Aerosmith is the best selling American rock band of all time with album sales of over 150 million worldwide. They hold the record for most certifications by an American group with 25 gold, 18 platinum, and 12 multi-platinum albums. The band has been performing and recording for over 45 years. Aerosmith were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Check out their official website here. I consider Aerosmith to be one of the greatest American rock n roll bands of all time and I've seen them perform numerous times over the years. One of the best shows I saw was probably at the Pepsi Arena (now the Times Union Center) in Albany back in 2003 when they were on tour with Kiss. Awesome double bill! The band will apparently go on a farewell tour in 2017. Don't miss them if you get the opportunity to see them!
Anthrax performed earlier this year at the Rockn Derby festival outside of Albany and we had a chance to sit down with guitarist Scott Ian and talk to em School of Rock, Paul Green’s Rock Academy, and keeping music alive for the younger generation. Check out the conversation below. Anthrax and Killswitch Engage will perform at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY on May 6.