Steven Tyler and Joe Perry’s video remake of “Dream On” with the Southern California Children’s Chorus to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing won a Sports Emmy Award on May 5.
The Boston Herald reports the clip from ESPN’s “E:60” took home honors in the “Outstanding Open/Tease” category at a ceremony in Frederick P. Rose Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center.
“It’s kind of a surprise, but I’ll take it,” said Casey Tebo, the director who filmed the performance, which was mixed for broadcast with scenes of the victims, the Martin Richard Foundation marathon team training in Boston and other Boston Strong images.
“Steven asked me what we could do,” explained Tebo of the song’s re-creation. “I said, ‘Man, it’s gotta be something that will give you goose bumps.’ And we thought about what happened to Martin, and thought it would be great to have a children’s choir sing with them.”
Everyone in the Aerosmith camp felt affected by the tragedy, including Tebo.
“What happened affected us all pretty deeply,” said Tebo. “A friend of mine was standing right near where the bombs went off. He spent a month at Mass. General having skin grafts on his legs and hands. And Aerosmith has represented Boston for so long. ‘Dream On’ was a fitting song for the whole Boston Strong thing of trying to rise up after something terrible happened.”
Tyler will debut his new solo single, “Love Is Your Name”, on the season 14 finale of American Idol on May 13.
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