Dude looks like a tour guide? Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has lent his unmistakable voice to a cell-phone-accessed walking tour of Boston. ”Who would have thought when I came here in the 1970s that I would be telling people about what Boston is?” says Tyler of Candide Media Works’ Talking Street guide (talkingstreet.com) Boston: City of Rebels and Dreamers, which covers such stops as Fenway Park and the site of the molasses flood of 1919. ”We picked places that were either catastrophic or sort of miraculous,” Tyler explains.
With tours in NYC led by locals Sigourney Weaver (lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center area) and Jerry Stiller (the Lower East Side) and one in the works in Washington, D.C., Talking Street intends to expand to 20 U.S. cities by 2006. ”It’s a way to bring people to fascinating places, and then reveal their stories in ways that no other media could,” says exec producer Miles Kronby. Tyler’s just happy to revisit his old stomping grounds. ”I got in so much trouble for having a big mouth — and now it’s paying off!”