Aerosmith screamer Steven Tyler walked his way right onto the stage at Fenway Park Sunday night, joining the Zac Brown Band on a couple of Aerosmith classics: “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way.”
Before launching into the latter of the two songs, Tyler turned to Brown and said, “Gee, let me think, what else could we do — something the [Boston] Globe maybe could write about?”
Aerosmith performed at Fenway in 2010, but it was Zac Brown who made history this weekend, becoming the first act to sell 105,000 tickets during their three-night run at the ballpark.
Tyler wasn’t the only special guest Sunday. The Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir, directed by Dennis Montgomery III, joined Brown and his band on stage all three nights. The choir, which includes Montgomery singing falsetto, backed ZBB on “Remedy,” “I’ll Be Your Man,” and a cover of “Let It Be.”
Montgomery, who’s been directing the choir for 25 years, told us afterward he had two members of the Zac Brown Band as students at Berklee — Clay Cook and Matt Mangano — and a third student of his — Maureen Murphy — returned to perform with the choir at the Fenway shows.
“I felt like a proud papa,” Montgomery said, admitting he’d never been to Fenway before despite living in Boston since 1983. “What I really loved about it was that it was almost as if my past students never left my classroom, the musical chemistry was so great.”
Brown played Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” on Friday, and a rendition of the Dropkick Murphys’s “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” Saturday. So Tyler’s appearance Sunday closed out a weekend of Boston-inspired music.
Watch Steven Tyler perform with the Zac Brown Band here:
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