On Monday Aerosmith made today's release of their new album , ‚ÄúMusic From Another Dimension,‚ÄĚ complete with a FREE Boston street concert for thousands of Bostonians.
Aerosmith, The "Beantown Beatles", played a LIVE show on the steps of the band‚Äôs first home where they wrote their icon song, Dream On. The home is located at located at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue. Rumor on the street is that this former breeding ground for one of rock and roll's top creations may become the official Aerosmith Museum if a deal can be struck between the current owner of the brownstone building. Aerosmith will also mark the occasion by putting their handprints in the sidewalk at the Boston landmark.
Watch the Aerosmith street concert here.
In other Boston music news. The long awaited CD release from Boston rock band, Boone is set to be released with a live show at the Radio bar in Union Sq, Somerville, MA. The CD is reciveing rave reviews throughout the social media world and can be previewd at http://booneboston.bandcamp.com/.
8CN‚Äôs David Hopper caught up with Baltimore-based boxing promoter Jake ‚ÄúThe Snake‚ÄĚ Smith. The 49-year-old Maryland and DC Boxing Hall of Fame member has owned and operated Baltimore Boxing Club and promoted fights for more than 20 years. DH: Please give the readers who aren‚Äôt familiar with you a brief introduction. JS: My boxing name is Jake ‚ÄúThe Snake‚ÄĚ Smith. I started boxing when I was 12. I had a 39-4 amateur record and an 11-6-2 professional record. I was Maryland light heavyweight champion and super middleweight champion. This was is in the ‚Äė90s, late ‚Äė80s. I‚Äôve promoted over 200 some fights in the pros and amateurs. I‚Äôve owned a boxing gym, Baltimore Boxing, for 23 years. DH: Talk some about the card you‚Äôre promoting on Friday, March 27. I heard that it was nearly sold out. Are there still tickets available? JS: We‚Äôre pretty sold out. I‚Äôll still be trying to sell some at the door as long as the fire marshal doesn‚Äôt come up. [Laughs]. I expect about 1,200. DH: Does Baltimore have a thriving amateur boxing scene? JS: I‚Äôve been doing shows for over 20 something years now. Just after I finished fighting pro I took my clientele with me. It just keeps getting better. In the last six months to a year, boxing has been going crazy. My kids have been real busy. DH: Do you feel like you will benefit from the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and boxing returning to network TV in that that should create more interest in the sport? JS: I‚Äôm thinking it‚Äôs opening up a lot of doors. MMA has helped boxing a lot too. It‚Äôs opened up a lot more eyes to contact sports like boxing and wrestling. Now that they‚Äôre seeing how exciting boxing is, all the fans from MMA are starting to lean more toward boxing. DH: That‚Äôs an interesting point because many say that MMA has been pulling fans away from boxing. But you feel like it‚Äôs had the opposite effect? JS: Oh yes, indeed, it did at first, without question. I just can‚Äôt stand the way MMA people bang boxing and say how it‚Äôs bad and dying and all this stuff. But it did bring more attention to the sport of boxing. A lot more eyes are coming on to boxing because of the standup game. With MMA and boxing you wanna see somebody get knocked out. MMA you get on the ground and roll around and whatever they‚Äôre doing, I not into it. DH: What are some of the things you enjoy most about promoting amateurs? JS: When you‚Äôre doing the pro stuff, when money gets involved, it really makes things a little shady. Not really shady, but a little greed gets involved. In amateurs they‚Äôre competing for a trophy and they‚Äôre not lying down in the ring so they can get paid or throwing the fight. These guys are fighting because they want to win and they want to do something with their life. It‚Äôs more relaxing. DH: Are you able to predict which amateurs will turn out to be good pros? Of course, some amateurs have more of a pro style, and some standout amateurs end up not having much success in the pro ranks. JS: Yeah I feel as though I have a pretty good eye for that. I‚Äôve been doing this since I was 12 years old and it‚Äôs an everyday thing for me. DH: What are some characteristics of the amateurs who turn out to be good pros? JS: You definitely have to be able to take a punch. You got to have speed. The obvious is basically what it is. You have to have all those things. You have to be a bit of a character too if you want the public to really like you. DH: What‚Äôs your prediction for Mayweather-Pacquiao? JS: I‚Äôm probably gonna change my mind 10 times before the fight but right now I‚Äôm going with Mayweather. I would love to see Pacquiao but I think Mayweather will pull it off. I hope it‚Äôs an exciting fight because I know everyone‚Äôs expectations are real high on this. I don‚Äôt think it will be a good fight, I think they‚Äôll be feeling each other out too much. Either way I think it‚Äôs gonna help boxing no matter what. If it‚Äôs a great one, boy, I‚Äôll have to open up a few more gyms I think.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) returns to action on April 18 whan he faces Andzrej Fonfara (26-3-0, 15 KOs) at the StubHub center in Carson, CA. The former middleweight champion Chavez Jr. will debut on Showtime, and end a thirtteen month layoff due to a dispute between his advisor, Al Haymon, and his former promoter, Top Rank. Chavez Jr., of Sinaloa, Mexico, and Fonfara, a Polish native now living in Chicago, will compete over twelve rounds at a catchweight of 172 pounds. Fonfara usually fights in the 175 pound light heavyweight division but does not feel the three additional pounds he must lose is an issue. "When I fought [Adonis] Stevenson, I was 173 [pounds]," Andrzej explained. Fonfara challenged and lost to Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight title last June. Rather than focusing on the catchweight, Fonfara and his trainer, Sam Colonna, emphasized that their team chose this match with Julio over several other names. "Julio Cesar Chavez is the fight we wanted." Colonna stressed. "His style is perfect for us. This fight will take us to the top. It will be an action fight ... Julio Cesar Chavez is going to be right in front of us." By contrast, father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. felt otherwise. "I didn't want the fight," he explained. "Andrzej Fonfara is very strong. But my son wanted this fight because it will build his credibility." Chavez Jr. feels Fonfara will be an obliging dance partner under the bright lights of the open-air ring that seems to bring out the war in fighters: Marquez-Vazquez I, Bradley-Provodnikov, and Matthyse-Molina, to name a few. "I've shown people I can fight. I [will] put on a good show for the people," Julio promised. "Andrzej Fonfara is a good fighter. He has a good chin." Chavez Jr. does not plan to move up to light heavyweight, however. "After this fight I want to go to 168 ... I feel good. I am ready to win another world title!" Team Chavez moved camp from Los Angeles, CA to Lake Tahoe, NV last week. Trainer Joe Goossen is pleased with Chavez's progress. "Julio is very serious. He's willing to work very hard for this fight ... I can't tell you happy I am to work with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.," Goossen exuded. Chavez Jr. is equally upbeat about their partnership. "I've known Joe Goossen for a long time. He's a great trainer and a great motivator and he's a hard worker like me so I think we will be successful." Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara will be broadcast on Showtime at 10 PM ET/ 7 PM PT on April 18, 2015.
One of the more anticipated announcements that fans awaited during this week's press conference that formally announced the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao super fight was the multi-city press tour or the 24-7 schedule.No such announcements were made at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles where over 700 media credentials were issued for reporters from various parts of the globe.The rationale of a multi-city tour and a 24-7 production is to drum up interest for the fight in the hopes of maximizing pay-per-view buys. In this case, however, none of the promotional tools are required.This duel has been anticipated for years and the lure is the contrasting fighting styles of the parties involved as well as their clashing personalities.At stake for the 38-year old Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) is his unbeaten record and the his place in boxing history as an undefeated champion following the footsteps of the great Rocky Marciano, who was 49-0 with 43 knockouts as heavyweight champion of the world.For Pacquiao,36, an eight-division champ with a 57-5 slate with 38 knockouts, Pretty Boy is another mountain to climb as he cements his place among boxing's immortals.Tickets for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight range from a low of $1500 to a high of $7500.
In this 8 Count News exclusive, David Hopper talks boxing with adult film star Brandi Love, an avid fan and student of the sweet science. Among the biggest names in the adult industry today, Love has starred in numerous scenes since her foray into porn a decade ago. The 41-year-old has made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show and The Howard Stern Show. A self-proclaimed ‚Äúsexual anthropologist,‚ÄĚ she has written a book on sexuality and has lectured college students on sex and alternative relationships. David Hopper: You‚Äôre very open about your love of boxing. You often tweet about fights to your nearly 200,000 Twitter followers. I read where you said you‚Äôve been into boxing for more than 25 years and your husband boxed at the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit. Talk about how you were introduced to the sport. Brandi Love: It‚Äôs kind of funny. It‚Äôs kind of like my love for football. I don‚Äôt remember a time in my life where I didn‚Äôt enjoy it or that it wasn‚Äôt around me. My dad and brother were certainly into the football thing. I grew up in Detroit and boxing was huge. It was mainstream. ‚ÄėRocky‚Äô was always around when I was growing up. Though I was too little for the first one, by the time I hit my teen years they were pretty much all out. Myself being an athlete, I always appreciated and respected the sport of boxing. Even though I was a girl and it seemed a little brutal at times I still respected the pure athleticism of these guys ‚Äď the mental strength, the physical strength, the training, not to mention, the skill. I think as a little kid just being around it and then growing up as a teenager being an athlete myself and appreciating the sport. Then I met my husband in college and he was a boxer. It‚Äôs just always been around me and it always will be. DH: Who are some of your favorite active fighters? BL: As far all-time favorites that are active, I really am a Pacquiao fan. I‚Äôm a Mayweather fan. I love Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin and Juan Manuel Marquez. Those are a few of the active ones that I‚Äôm enjoying watching. One of my hotspots is the MMA-boxing thing. People say ‚ÄėOh, boxing‚Äôs dead.‚Äô It just kills me because of the fighters I just listed. How can you say there‚Äôs nobody worth watching or that boxing is dead? The demographic is different. I believe it‚Äôs changed. I believe there are a lot of things the boxing world could do to bring it back, and I believe that some of it is starting. Watching Triple G, I think he‚Äôs gonna be around for a while and I think he‚Äôs gonna make some major major news. I think Alvarez is an amazing puncher. I was at the Mayweather-Canelo fight. I‚Äôm not gonna lie, I was a little bit disappointed. Not that I wanted to see Mayweather get knocked out, I just thought Canelo - he froze ‚Äď he got nervous and he wasn‚Äôt punching. The only way you beat Mayweather is to be faster and to be a better puncher because you‚Äôre never gonna outbox him. DH: Let‚Äôs talk about Mayweather-Pacquiao. Were you surprised the fight was finally made? Some fans had given up hope on it ever being made. Did you think that it would happen and what was your reaction when it finally did happen? BL: My reaction was: It‚Äôs about time. And on the inside I was doing the happy dance. I got goose bumps I was so excited. I really believed it was a matter of time. I think both teams wanted it. I think I understand some of why it wasn‚Äôt happening. But the fact that it took five years, for me, does not depreciate the excitement at all. I‚Äôm just thrilled that it‚Äôs happening. DH: Who will you be pulling for and who do you favor to win? BL: I‚Äôve always respected Mayweather as a fighter. His persona has not been my favorite. He‚Äôs a genius and it worked from the marketing standpoint, but his persona is what got under my skin. And Pacquiao, how can you not love the guy? He‚Äôs this great human being. He does all these wonderful things and he‚Äôs a helluva fighter. Up until [the March 11 press conference], I was really pushing for Pacquiao, I really think he‚Äôs an amazing fighter. I really think if he does certain things, if he fights rough, if he fights close, if he puts the pressure on. If he does those things, I believe he can beat Mayweather. But I watched the live conference and, this might sound silly, but Pacquiao gets to the microphone and he gave a sermon. He and I are of the same beliefs. People might find that crazy, but I practice the same faith. I didn‚Äôt want a preacher. I didn‚Äôt want a sermon. I wanted a fighter. I just sat there and I felt sad. And then Mayweather comes on. Poised, charismatic, thankful, graceful. And a fighter. It absolutely flipped my card. I actually think Floyd Mayweather deserves to win. I think he can win. And, honest to God, I think he will win. There‚Äôs a reason he‚Äôs 47-0. The guy lives, breathes, and eats boxing. Whether you love him or hate him, he is boxing. Pacquiao used to be. Now Pacquiao is a coach, he‚Äôs a politician, he‚Äôs involved in the military, he‚Äôs a father, he‚Äôs a dad, and he‚Äôs involved in music. Amazing human being. But I feel like he‚Äôs lost his fighter‚Äôs edge. You can be good at a lot of things or great at one thing, and Mayweather has earned my respect as being the guy who‚Äôs great at one thing. DH: Do you think the fight will be competitive and exciting? BL: I think it will absolutely be exciting. I think what‚Äôs fun to watch is that they are such extremely different fighters. Both of them have skill but you will not outskill Mayweather, in my opinion. If Manny brings his ‚ÄėA‚Äô game and he pressures Floyd and fights close and he punches and punches and punches, keeps up that momentum, I think he can throw Mayweather off. Do I think Manny will bring what he needs to bring to beat him? Who can call it, right? But I really don‚Äôt think so. Floyd doesn‚Äôt go down and he has an uncanny ability to keep his pace the same all the time. If Floyd walks in and plays that game and Manny falls into it, I think Manny is over. If Manny walks in and throws Mayweather‚Äôs game off and takes control it could be really interesting. DH: Marcos Maidana had some success against Mayweather in his fights with him last year. Maidana threw 100 punches in the first round of their first bout and mauled Mayweather against the ropes. Maidana and Pacquiao are different fighters, of course, but do you feel Pacquiao will have to use similar tactics, pressuring Mayweather, keeping a high punch output and throwing punches from awkward angles like he does in order to outwork Mayweather and win the fight? BL: You nailed it. I was impressed when Floyd took the fight because, in my opinion, Floyd knows that that‚Äôs the type of guy that can beat him. Pacquiao, though he‚Äôs not Maidana, they do have a similar skill set and you saw it work. Marcos did that and it worked. It‚Äôs a matter of being able to continue it. It‚Äôs just like in football. When a team is doing something and it‚Äôs working, don‚Äôt friggin‚Äô change it because it‚Äôs working. It‚Äôs a very very hard pace to keep up, but if Pacquiao has the endurance and he fights like that, it could be a very interesting fight. DH: Talk some about your career. What has your experience in the adult industry been like as one of the most popular adult actresses in the world? BL: Well, it all started back in 2004 with Brandilove.com. My husband and I have always been adventurous. I‚Äôve always been a free spirit. When the idea was presented, I thought, ‚ÄėThis will be really fun. Let‚Äôs see what happens here.‚Äô Something that started as a just a fun little hobby turned into an absolutely incredible career. I have no regrets. I‚Äôve had so much fun. I‚Äôve had so many opportunities. If it weren‚Äôt for adult I would have never have been on Howard Stern. I‚Äôve had the opportunity to be on some mainstream television discussing my beliefs on human sexuality if you will. I speak at universities regarding human sexuality and relationships. It‚Äôs so interesting to me that something that was always very natural to me is something I made a career out of it. Not only a career, but in it‚Äôs own way, leave a mark. To me, there‚Äôs nothing more important than healthy relationships, whatever that means, and to get to be a part of that in our society, to me, it‚Äôs just been awesome. My other business is taking off. Things are going so fast and so good that I just can‚Äôt manage everything and I just don‚Äôt do anything half-assed. So I struck a deal with Brazzers and I‚Äôll be doing my last 12 scenes for that company. I never ever see retirement because I‚Äôll never retire, I just go from one career to another. It‚Äôs been absolutely incredible. I‚Äôve had the opportunity to do everything I‚Äôve set out to do. Now I have nine scenes left. Those are all very well thought out and opportunities to express myself in ways I haven‚Äôt yet. I feel extremely extremely lucky. DH: Any closing remarks for your fans and the fight fans out there? BL: For the fight fans, I believe the word is going to stop on May 2. I‚Äôll be watching and I think no matter what happens it‚Äôs going to be historical. Keep supporting boxing. It‚Äôs coming on strong. I‚Äôll look forward to hanging out and chatting with them about the different fights. For my fans in general, thank you for an incredible decade of raunchy fun sexual behavior. It‚Äôs been incredible getting to know them. I think I‚Äôve been taught more than I‚Äôve been able to teach. I have them to thank for all of it. I‚Äôm shooting my last 12 scenes for Brazzers. However, my focus is going back to my personal site Brandilove.com. 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