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Prelude To A Kiss Tour: Aerosmith Dabble In Side Projects

They’ve already finished their next record and they won’t be hitting the road with Kiss for another three weeks, so Aerosmith have been keeping busy with various side projects.

Last week frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry contributed music to a piece that Public Enemy’s Chuck D wrote for the introduction to the ESPY Awards. The cut, “Let’s Get Loud,” features music by the Aerosmith members and rapping by Chuck, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte and Fife. The ESPYs will air July 16 on ESPN.

Also, look for Perry hamming it up on the Food Channel. On June 27, the guitarist shot a spot for “Food Finds,” which will air in the fall. The segment will feature Perry talking about his tasty, hot licks – and not of the six-string variety. Perry will plug his Rock Your World Boneyard Brew barbecue sauce and demonstrate its many applications on fleshy food products.

Aerosmith’s side ventures aren’t limited to television. The bandmembers are also diving into home video and the silver screen. Guitarist Brad Whitford has a cameo in the movie “This Thing of Ours,” while Perry contributes score music. The movie about Mafia bank fraud opens Friday and stars Danny Provenzano, James Caan, Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore.

The soundtrack, which may surface on Perry’s Roman Records label, features the Porch Ghouls covering the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.” A video for the song, shot at Perry’s house, will feature Tyler, Perry and various cast members. Porch Ghouls and Saliva are scheduled to open the Aerosmith/Kiss tour, which begins August 2 in Hartford, Connecticut, and runs through October 18 in Devore, California.

On November 5, Tyler will perform at the Musicians’ Assistance Program’s Stevie Ray Vaughan Award ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Jimmie Vaughan will also be honored by MAP, which provides help for artists struggling with substance abuse problems.

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