Boston's Ultra Safe Pest Management was “thrown a curveball” when former neighbor Aerosmith showed up for an unannounced free concert outside the company’s Commonwealth Ave. office.
|Ultra Safe Pest Management welcomes Aerosmith.
Editor’s note: Boston's Ultra Safe Pest Management was “thrown a curveball” when former neighbor Aerosmith showed up for an unannounced free concert outside the company’s Commonwealth Ave. office. Ultra Safe recounted the day’s events in the following article submitted to PCT.
BOSTON, Mass. — Monday mornings are usually anything but quiet at Ultra Safe's Commonwealth Ave office. "Monday's are hectic to say the least," said Vic Palermo, Ultra Safe President. "Despite being a 24-hour service company, I think many of our customers wait until Monday to call in."
In addition to large call volume, Palermo says that Mondays always seem to throw a “curveball at us in some shape or form."
Monday Nov. 5, 2012, would set a new standard for craziness! In the weeks leading up to [that date], rumors were swirling that the rock band Aerosmith was going to be performing a free concert somewhere in their native hometown of Boston, Mass, to promote the release of their new album.
It was Friday afternoon when the announcement was made on TV and radio Stations across the city: "Boston's Bad Boys, Aerosmith will play a free concert at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue, right in front of their very first apartment. It will take place at noon on Monday," read one headline.
|Aerosmith rocks out in front of its old Commonwealth Ave digs.
Palermo, who was in his office at the time, remembers having to do a "double take."
"I was like, ‘What did they just say?’ A quick Internet search confirmed I wasn't hearing things. They were talking about the building right next door. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, this place is going to be a zoo on Monday!"
When Palermo left his office Friday evening, he could already see media gathering out front. "As I drove in early Monday morning, the streets were already being blocked off around our shop. I had to park three streets away. Approaching on foot I noticed that police officers were blocking foot traffic from our side of the street. They only let me pass after I told them that I worked in the building."
|Aerosmith brought out celebrities like Tom Brady, shown here chatting with Aerosmith's Brad Whitford.
As the crowd arrived steadily on the opposite side of the street, Palermo said equipment trucks and trailers started pulling up right in front of Ultra Safe. "I couldn't believe it, they were setting up right out front. It was like we had back stage passes or something. At one point, I was walking out front and noticed New England Patriots' players Tom Brady, Jerrod Mayo and Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford hanging around right out front of the office. I remember thinking, ‘I can't believe this is happening right now."
Palermo said the band played about eight to nine songs on the back of a flat bed truck. "They sounded awesome! I was really impressed by the sound quality. At one point I went back into the office to check on things. We could still hear the music loud and clear from inside of our office. I remember talking to a customer on the phone with the song ‘Back in the Saddle’ cranking in the background. The customer was like, ‘Wow the radio is loud in there huh?’ I said, ‘No, that's Aerosmith playing a live concert out front.’
Palermo and the rest of his staff at Ultra Safe, will never forget the Monday that one of the greatest bands of all time rocked their Commonwealth Ave. office!