Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, besides being number two on the list of “Ten Proofs That Heavy Heroin Use Works Better Than Facelifts, Botox and Clinique” (number one Keith Richards, number three bandmate Joe Perry), is about 2.5 acts of chesed away from getting his own tree at Yad Vashem.
Not only did he play a set at the bat mitzvah of that super-rich New York girl who probably wasn’t entirely aware who he was, he’s now dedicated a New York performance of early Aerosmith hit “Dream On” to kidnapped Israeli soldier and Aerosmith fan Ehud Goldwasser, at the request of Goldwasser’s wife Karnit.
Prepare for the inevitable boycott of Aerosmith by all the usual parties (there go the sales of Joe Perry’s Rock Your World Hot Sauce) and the deluge of “STEVEN TYLER IS A ZIONIST!!!!!11!” posts in the
anti-Semitic anti-Zionist pro-peace blogosphere, and listen hard for the combined rustling sound of thousands of Windows Recycle Bins as thousands of Aerosmith/Run DMC “Walk This Way” MP3s get deleted in a fit of pique.
This is the second major rock star act of support for Israeli soldiers in recent weeks – last month, a nice Israeli boy by the name of Chaim Witz, who I understand fronts a rock ‘n roll band of some renown, sent a video greeting to a fan paralyzed in a tank during fighting with Hizbullah in Lebanon.
My only issue is that no musician that I listen to has come out with a statement of support (because we all know that we should take our political orders from musicians, right, Bono?). So wake me up when Willi Williams takes up a position on Israel – until then, I’ll be keeping myself young the Steven Tyler way.