It looks like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is taking his newfound philanthropy seriously.
The flamboyant frontman is joining forces with behemoth promoter Live Nation to host a gala fund-raiser later this month for Janie’s Fund, an initiative created by Tyler to help young girls who’ve been traumatized by abuse or neglect. The fund takes its name from the Aerosmith song, “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which is about a girl who kills her father after being abused by him.
That Tyler has chosen to focus on abused girls is notable considering his own wild past, which included a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl named Julia Holcomb when he was in his mid 20s. (The relationship is addressed in the Aerosmith book, “Walk This Way,” and Tyler writes about Holcomb in his memoir, “Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?”, referring to her as “Little Bo Peep” and focusing on their habit of having sex in public.)
The Jan. 28 gala at RED Studios Hollywood will include a multi-course dinner menu designed by singer and best-selling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood, and a performance by Tyler and his Nashville band, Loving Mary.
Since 2015, according to organizers, Janie’s Fund has raised more than $2.5 million and helped more than 525 girls by providing more than 66,000 days of therapeutic care. Last month, Tyler opened a new residential center called Janie’s House in Atlanta.
“This inaugural gala is designed to bring my friends and family together so we can continue to provide uplifting and needed support for Janie’s Fund,” Tyler said in a statement. “It’s time to bring the awareness out of the darkness and into the light for these girls, for all to see.”
Celebrity supporters of Tyler’s initiative include Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Bo Derek, Britney Spears, Sir Elton John, Jim Carrey, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe Walsh, Kate Hudson, Lionel Richie, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Yoko Ono.