In a move that baffled and amused Japanese people, Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler wandered around the streets of Osaka without an escort, allowed fans and curious onlookers to take pictures with him and even jammed with a group of street musicians. Aerosmith is currently in Japan as part of their world tour, playing in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
In a celebrity culture where exclusivity is an important part of the idol industry, Japanese fans are unused to celebrities that are out in the open and would willingly and gamely pose for pictures with fans. But that’s precisely what Tyler did last week as he took a stroll around Osaka, including at Don Quijote, a discount supermarket in an obscure part of the city. A girl who took the opportunity to pose for a picture with the rocker couldn’t believe her luck and was even wondering if it was a “fake” Steven Tyler she met. When she posted it online, netizens confirmed that it was indeed the one and only Tyler, also a former judge of American Idol.
A start-up jazz band performing near Umeda Station were also one of the lucky ones who encountered Tyler as he suddenly started jamming with them for an impromptu jazz rock session. He was so impressed with them that he invited them to their concert the next day and even asked them to join him backstage and meet the rest of the band. One of the musicians said, “[Steven Tyler] praised our music and gave us all hugs. It brought me to tears.” Tyler probably won over new fans because of his escapades in Osaka and made Japanese people realize that their dream of meeting their favorite international celebrity in an obscure part of Japan is not so impossible after all.
[ via Rocket News 24 ]