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Aerosmith Crowns ‘Guitar Hero’ Champion in Boston

Frontman Steve Tyler awards the top gamer and treats fans to a short performance in his hometown.

Miriam Lamey // August 26, 2008

With the astounding score of 398,000, Eric Miller blew away his rivals on stage last night in Boston, winning the booty in the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith ROCKS the Hard Rock competition. His prize? One rather stylish motorcycle signed by Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler himself. But the evening wasn’t only about Guitar Hero and motorcycles. The end to a 16-date nationwide hunt for America’s most proficient gamer coincided with the benefit gala, Boston for Africa, where citizens opened their purses for FORGE, Foundation Rwanda and Opportunity International.

Boston’s Hard Rock café was peppered with celebrities, including New England Patriots player Tom Brady. Yet the night’s true stars were undoubtedly Tyler and Aerosmith drummer Joe Kramer, who played a brief but striking set with local support! The band presented an electrifying rendition of “Walk this Way,” enhanced by Tyler’s growling vocals, a floor-shaking bass line, and that oh-so-familiar guitar riff. Tyler went on to introduce “Mother Popcorn” by joking, “How long has it been since you heard this one?” and the crowd thrilled to the funky riffs and bass, and sang excitedly over Tyler’s lead vocals during the chorus. The night ended with a surprise performance by more Beantown natives, the Dropkick Murphys, who jumped onstage to play their upbeat ballad, “The Chosen Few,” rife with hometown pride and Irish flavor.

Check out pictures from last night on page 2.

But first, see the Guitar Hero champion’s profile below.

Name: Eric Miller
Age: 21
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Occupation:Computer Tech Support, studying nursing
Favorite Guitar Song:“‘Seven’ by Symphony X because the guitar in that song is really awesome and he’s my favorite guitarist ever.

Aerosmith / Photo by Rebeca Oliveira

Steven Tyler / Photo by Rebeca Oliveira

Eric Miller and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler / Photo by Rebeca Oliveira