'AEROSMITH Day' Named In New Hampshire

Shir Haberman of the Portsmouth Herald reports that New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson signed a proclamation Monday naming Nov. 24, 2003 as "AEROSMITH Day." The group, led by vocalist Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, was the first act to play at the Verizon Wireless Arena when it opened in November 2001, and was in New Hampshire to play that venue again Monday night. It was that occasion, along with the band's deep connections to the Granite State, that prompted Benson to issue the proclamation.

"New Hampshire is proud that the roots of this legendary group of men can be tracked back to our state, and we are happy to have them back in New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena, where they played the inaugural concert," the governor said

However, not everyone in state government is as taken with the group as the governor is.

"Who's AEROSMITH?" Ruth Griffin asked. "I wouldn't know them if I fell over them."

The executive councilor from Portsmouth said it was too bad the governor didn't come to Portsmouth and name a day in honor of the Jumbo Peanut Circus. She also didn't see any humor in deciding to take the time to name a day for a rock band on the same day the steering committees running President Bush's 2004 campaign were deciding strategies. Read more.

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