Lansdowne Street next up for music marker


Monday’s Aerosmith extravaganza on Commonwealth Avenue was five years in the making, says Steve Nelson, a founder of the fledgling Music Museum of New England, which organized the event. What started with a casual conversation between Nelson and Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton ended with thousands of fans blocking one of Boston’s busiest streets as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, and Hamilton played a few of the band’s greatest hits. (One day after screaming “Sweet Emotion” from the back of a flat-bed truck outside the band’s former crash pad at 1325 Comm. Ave., Tyler was seen voting at the Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield.) So what does Nelson plan to do for an encore? The plaque outside the apartment on Comm. Ave. is the first of five markers the Music Museum of New England plans to create to honor sites significant to the history of Boston rock. Next up, we’re told, is 15 Lansdowne St., the current home of the House of Blues and the site of several clubs of yore, including the Ark, Metro, Spit, Avalon, and Axis. Longtime promoterDon Law has signed off on the idea, but the details are still being worked on. “With the Aerosmith thing, we figured we’d get a photo op with the band in front of the building, but then it became this giant thing,” says Nelson. “So we’ll just have to see.”

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