Steven Tyler surprised Aerosmith fans last Friday in the streets of Moscow when he joined Alexander Anisimov in an impromptu performance of “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”
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Tyler was watching the street musician when the crowd asked him to perform the song. Tyler was game and sang his band’s hit. But the Anisimov didn’t recognize him right away. “I didn’t recognize him at all,” Anisimov said. “A foreigner came up to me and started singing along…He sings well.” “But when he started to sing louder and more confidently, it dawned on me who it was. I was stunned,” Anisimov added. The Aerosmith frontman didn’t put too much emphasis on getting the lyrics right and made up new ones as the guitarist played with him. Tyler even encouraged the guitarist to join in for the chorus which got a loud roar from the crowd. Anisimov seemed to get nervous upon recognizing Tyler and continued playing just the chorus so Tyler had to expertly guide him into the song’s bridge and through to the ending. At the end of the once in a lifetime performance, the two musicians gave each other high fives and posed for photos. Steven Tyler and his bandmates were in Moscow to perform a free concert on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad for the 868th annual celebration of City Day. They were also documenting and sharing their time in Moscow through the band’s Instagram account.
@iamstevent out and about in Red Square Photo by: @rosshalfin #Aerosmith #Music #StevenTyler #JoePerry #JoeyKramer #TomHamilton #BradWhitford #BadBoysOfBoston #BlueArmy A photo posted by Aerosmith (@aerosmith) on
The band drew a crowd of over 100,000 people in Moscow just last week.
It was not clear how long Aerosmith would be in Moscow for, although drummer Joey Kramer has reportedly already made it back to the United States.