FANS NOT ‘JADED’ BY WAIT

The veteran rockers celebrate the release of new album 'Just Press Play'...

AEROSMITH treated hundreds of patient fans to a rare instore appearance at VIRGIN MEGASTORE on NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE on Friday (March 16).

The band had initially planned to hold the event a week earlier, on March 6 – the day their new album, ‘Just Press Play’, was released in the US, but Friday’s appearance proved just as timely, coinciding with the album’s debut at Number Two on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and preceding the veteran hard rock quintet’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with Queen, Michael Jackson and Steely Dan on Monday March 19.

When the band finally made their appearance, to the thundering strains of the current single ‘Jaded’, they were accompanied by a bevy of “robot babes” – five statuesque women with matching silver body suits, helmets and canary yellow dresses, like the ‘fembot’ on the cover of ‘Just Push Play’.

While the band posed with the women for photographers and TV film crews, frontman Steven Tyler milked cheers from the willing crowd by belting out the chorus of ‘Jaded’ over the recorded version blasting through the store.

After the song ended, the band sat down behind a table draped in pink and got down to the business of signing several hundred autographs. “All right,” said Tyler as he took his seat, “bring it on!”

“I came here from Pennsylvania for this,” fan Amanda Miranda, 24, told NME.COM, adding that she found out about the cancellation just in time to avoid making a wasted trip last week. Another fan, Joey Veltre of Jersey City,

New Jersey, explained that he’d been waiting in the store for Aerosmith since 9am (they showed at 7pm), but the wait didn’t leave him jaded at all. “I’ve been a fan since I was 14 and I’ve seen them numerous times in concert, but this is my first chance to see them face to face,” he said.