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Aerosmith Performs Outside Their Old Digs in Allston

This week, Allston's most famous property is 1325 Commonwealth Avenue.

Aerosmith performed a free concert outside the building on Monday afternoon. The concert was a tribute to the building where the band got its start, reports Boston.com.

Steve Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton apparently lived in the building, back in the 1970's. They are believed to have lived in apartment 31. The third floor apartment is now inhabited by young people, which the landlord says are most likely young professionals or grad students.

The band recorded many of its early hits in the Allston apartment. They were said to have practiced in the basement where there name is still on a wall.

They lived in a modest, two-bedroom flat, according to their book, “Walk This Way: An Autobiography of Aerosmith”.

In fact, the group even got an eviction notice at one point. The apartment was notorious on the Boston rock-and-roll scene and drugs were not an uncommon sight at 1325 Commonwealth, back in the days when Aerosmith lived there.

According to the building owner Earl Henry, the building was already a tourist stop. Now, it will only become more of a tourist destination.

Hendy and his business partner acquired the building back in August 2011. The 20 unit building was purchased for a cool $4.2 million. Even then, the city had begun planning the Aerosmith event, although it was meant to be a secret.

Planning had been going on for three years, reports Boston.com. Last week, the city came in and helped Henry do some last-minute touch-ups on the building, including removing graffiti.

Boston’s Landmarks Commission regulates which buildings can be designated as historic landmarks. Such designation would protect and preserve a building.

While fans have pushed for the building to get recognition as a historic landmark, it doesn’t appear that any such designation has been granted as of yet.

Who knows? Perhaps after Monday’s concert, the building could finally gain some official historic recognition.

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