NEW YORK When Kid Rock inducts never-say-die rockers Aerosmith into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, "Sweet Emotion" will be doubly apt in describing the scenario.
Not only are Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer elated to be receiving such an honor, the group will perform its 1975 single with the rap-rocker at the induction ceremony, Perry, a self-confessed Rock-head, said Friday (March 16).
"I am a big fan," the guitarist said. "I have his record on my stereo in the car. We love Kid Rock. So it's gonna be fun. ... He's gonna sit in, bring some turntables. It's gonna be good."
As for Tyler's take on being inducted, the singer modestly said, "Not bad for a bunch of guys that got kicked out of clubs for playing their own songs, right?"
The announcement of Monday's plans coincided with an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square to promote Aerosmith's latest album, Just Push Play.
Hundreds of fans lined up for the promotion, which was originally scheduled for last week but was delayed by forecasts of a severe winter storm. After arriving more than 70 minutes past the scheduled 6 p.m. start time, the bandmembers were escorted to their autograph table by five statuesque models emulating the metallic Marilyn Monroe-like figure that graces the cover of their new album. Once seated, Aerosmith proceeded to slap their John Hancocks on every album sleeve, poster, magazine and photo presented before them by their eager fans, some of whom were visibly shaken in the presence of their musical idols.
Just Push Play debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart at #2 last week, selling more than 240,000 copies.