Steven Tyler of AEROSMITH will receive an honorary degree at the commencement exercises for the University of Massachusetts Boston, to be held on Friday, June 3 at the Campus Center lawn, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, at 10:00 a.m. Tyler is being honored for his community activism in the Greater Boston area.
The Boston-based band AEROSMITH, comprised of charismatic frontman Tyler and bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whiftord, has sold more than 100 million records with hits such as "Walk this Way", "Rag Doll", "Love in an Elevator", "Dream On" and "Angel". AEROSMITH has been a staple on rock stations since its inception in 1970.
A Massachusetts resident, Tyler is a frequent supporter and contributor to charitable causes throughout the Commonwealth. Tyler and his band have contributed their time and talent in support of Victory Programs, Inc., a Boston-based non-profit agency that provides individualized treatment programs to people recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Their fundraising efforts have supported Victory Programs' residential alcoholism and substance abuse treatment programs.
Tyler has lent his voice numerous times to a variety of Boston-based causes. In December 2003, he read "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" for a celebrity-filled children’s CD that supported ReadBoston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino's city wide early-literacy initiative. His partnership with the mayor’s office continued in August 2004 when he recorded a narrative for the Talking Street Tour "Boston: City of Rebels and Dreamers", which guides visitors through the historical streets of Boston.
Tyler has frequently joined the roster of Bostonian do-gooders, lending his support for Cam Neely's "Betting on a Cause Cure", a fundraiser for cancer research, and Celebrity Hat Trick events, fundraisers led by The Leary Firefighters Foundation.
AEROSMITH was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and named an MTV icon in 2002.