And this, according to Tyler, is just the beginning. “My dreams are to do this next year and the year after and the year after,” he told Billboard on the red carpet prior to the event. “And if I die in the meantime, we’ll have someone else do it. I’ll get Slash involved or someone,” he joked.
“Steven and I go way back and both of us have daughters. That puts things into focus when you’re thinking of a thing like this,” said Cooper, who signed on to sponsor one of the abused youths for a year. The shock rocker told Billboard that he is looking forward to his upcoming portrayal of Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar Live! and revealed that he was going in for his first costume fitting in the morning. “I just realized that I may have a beard in this. That would be very weird. I’ve never had a beard in my entire life!” he exclaimed.
Following the broadcast, Tyler’s daughter Chelsea took the stage alongside her dad to introduce a teen who shared her heartbreaking story of childhood abuse. She was one of the many girls from the program who were on site and Tyler has vowed to take them all personally under his wing. “They are all girls who went to the facility,” Tyler told Billboard. “And I said to every one of them ‘I’m giving you my cell phone number.’ So when they get in trouble they can call me,” he revealed, noting that he was willing to talk anybody off the ledge at any time.
The evening concluded with Tyler taking the stage with his Nashville based band, Loving Mary, to perform a 10-song set, which included such Aerosmith classics as “Sweet Emotion,” “Jaded,” and “Dream On.” He also sang “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” from his recent solo endeavor, as well as a darker version of the song of the hour, “Janie’s Got a Gun.” Former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt joined Tyler on stage for a rendition of his band's signature hit, “More Than Words.” And Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer and an African drumming group featuring the girls supported by Janie’s Fund helped close out the night with “Walk this Way.”
“It's been a long road but Janie's got a gun? Nah. I'm proud to say Janie's got a fund,” said Tyler, who was grinning ear to ear after throwing one hell of a party.
"We’re All Somebody from Somewhere"
"Piece of My Heart"
"Janie’s Got a Gun"
"More Than Words" (with Nuno Bettencourt)
"(Home Tonight Intro) Dream On"
"Walk this Way"