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Toys In The Attic

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CrowleyTown correspondentAaron Pinske showed a spot near an ornate Aerosmith tattoo that runs from the elbow to the elbow to shoulder of his left arm.

Though the rule on Wednesday night said Joey Kramer would sign only copies of his new book, Pinske was hoping the Aerosmith drummer would make an exception for the spot near the tattoo.�If he signs it, I�ll go and get it tattoed,� said Pinske, 24, who tends bar at Player�s Sports Bar in Rockland and took the day off to try to get the Kramer's autograph.

Pinske joined more than a hundred other hard-core Aerosmith fans who lined up to have books, drum symbols, body parts and other memorabilia autographed by Kramer during a book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham.

The South Shore native's tell-all book, �Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top,� was released earlier this month.

Christine Michelson (below), an 18-year-old college student from Braintree who wore an Aerosmith concert T-shirt, was first in line for the wristbands that were passed out to people who wanted autographs.

She held a copy of Kramer�s book, which she said was more interesting than anything she has read recently.

�I�m not a big reader, but I actually got into this one,� she said, adding while she and Kramer do not have a lot in common when it comes to heavy drinking, drug use, and sex�subjects of Kramer�s book--they do share a common love.

�He�s a fellow drummer,� said Michelson, who is a member of Bridgewater State College�s new concert and jazz band.

Cory King, 17, from Hanson, said Aerosmith�s music has �touched millions� and Kramer�s achievements will always be remembered through the band's numerous albums and hit singles.

�He changed the history of rock and roll,� King said.

�He�s one of the best drummers of all time.'' Alana Limber traveled from Clinton with her husband and booked a room at the Holiday Inn, just in case the line for Kramer�s signing took a few hours.

�We made a day and a night of it.

I�m going to whoop it up,� Limber said�noting adult beverages are on the schedule for afterward.

Limber, 49, said she first went to an Aerosmith concert back in 1976, when �Bad Boys from Boston� topped music charts and the band exploded into the mainstream with �Sweet Emotion� and �Walk this Way� from Toys in the Attic�one of the group's most popular albums.

She said she remembers the show well�especially the tailgate party outside the old Boston Garden when she locked the keys to her car in the trunk getting a beer.

�It was a great show and a great time,� Limber said.

Jenna Landry, a fan for 37 years who was in line with her husband Chuck and adult son Chaz, recalled the time she had made a special white top hat with a caricature of lead singer Steven Tyler on its front.

When she sat near the stage at a concert a couple years ago, Tyler snatched the hat from her head.


Landry said she was thrilled that Tyler danced and sang and played with her hat for the rest of the show, but figured Tyler would tire of the chapeau and it would end up in the dump in Marshfield, where Tyler lives.

Instead, the top hat was a featured prop in a photo shoot Elle magazine released this year as part of an interview with Tyler.

The singer is in a bath tub holding a cane with one hand and wearing the hat.�It was awesome,� Landry said.

�He was wearing my hat.�
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