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Legendary drummer, Mick Fleetwood enlisted an all-star cast for a one-of-a-kind concert honouring the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder, Peter Green which was held on 25th February 2020 at the London, Palladium.

The bill included Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Neil Finn, Kirk Hammett and many more. Legendary producer Glyn Johns joined as the executive sound producer and the house band featured Fleetwood himself along with Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze and Ricky Peterson.

Fleetwood, who curated the list of artists performing, said: “The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music.

Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. ‘Then Play On’…”


The Aerosmith frontman’s debut solo album, something which is startling in itself. Then again, One of “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Bands” seem to have been a little argumentative in recent years, so maybe this was always going to be inevitable, after all, most well established rock vocalists eventually feel the need to “say something personal” at some point, so in Tyler’s case, it wasn’t so much going to be matter of if he was going to unleash a solo album, but when.

On We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, Tyler has worked with some heavyweight names, most notably T Bone Burnett it certainly benefits from a terrific production job throughout. Tyler himself is in fine voice, his vocal chords sounding suitably lived in and emotive.

The thing is, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere is a little puzzling. There’s little escaping the fact that We’re All Somebody From Somewhere reeks of vanity project. While in recent decades Aerosmith have nodded to their blues roots and even flirted from afar with bluegrass, on his solo debut Tyler has become pre-occupied with combining pop-rock with flag-waving contemporary country rock. As good as the production is, and as committed as Tyler is throughout the album, it’s painfully obvious that he only makes his best music as part of Aerosmith.

I’ve no doubt that Tyler enjoyed the experience of working without his bandmates of 45 years, and I’ve no doubt he also appreciated the increased artistic freedom a solo album offered (otherwise what was the point?), but We’re All Somebody From Somewhere fails to hit the mark. Sure, everyone performs well enough, care has been taken with making everyone involved sound good, and doubtless Tyler felt invigorated and inspired, but it’s difficult to imagine any Aerosmith fan regularly listening to this album beyond the initial first few spins out of sheer curiosity.

On the positive side, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere isn’t a disaster. Tyler’s voice remains instantly recognisable and he can still hit some of the more ambitious notes when he feels the need to. He’s also collaborated with exactly the right people to ensure that the album doesn’t sound hackneyed or forced.

Steven & Joe

Having lead the band Aerosmith since 1970, Steven Tyler has carved out a legacy as one of the most dynamic frontmen in the history of rock. Aerosmith is one of the only bands to have hit records in all five decades since the ’70s. Tyler along with guitarist Joe Perry, have penned nine number one hits and 22 top twenty singles on the American Charts. Heavily influenced by the blues, their debut contained the Rufus Thomas classic “Walkin’ the Dog” as well as bluesy originals like “Mama Kin,” “Movin’ Out” and “Make It.” Ironically, the only hit from the 1973 self-titled debut was the power ballad “Dream On” which has become a staple in classic rock. Steven is the preeminent frontman. Whip thin, he oozed sexuality and always had style as he strutted across the stage with his signature scarf-draped mic stand.

Throughout the ’70s the quintet put out monster albums such as Toys in the Attic, Rocks and Draw the Line. However, cocaine, heroin and alcohol were becoming more important to the band than the music, and in 1979, Joe Perry left to start his own group. Now alone, Tyler tried to keep the remaining members on his side and released the band’s dismal album, Rock In a Hard Place, but it was clear that his band had lost its spark. After a long addiction to heroin, Tyler entered treatment and emerged clean and sober in 1987, after which the rest of the band followed suit. Since sobriety, Tyler and company have released no less than seven albums. Tyler, now 66, still has the swagger as he started with in the ’70s. In 2001, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the band still continues to tour arenas worldwide.