This narrative describes an interesting and vivid scene involving the musician Steven Tyler during a performance at the Colosseum in Rome in 2017. The story begins with Tyler’s energetic entrance, where he is noted for chomping on a piece of gum. This small detail becomes significant when Tyler, about to perform Aerosmith’s hit “Dream On,” nonchalantly removes the gum from his mouth and sticks it under Elton John’s piano. This act is humorously highlighted by Jimmy Walker, an insurance agent for celebrities, who remarks that Elton John would likely not be pleased with this discovery.
The performance itself is memorable, with Tyler being accompanied by the cellist duo Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS. They collaboratively perform not only “Dream On” but also “Walk This Way,” infusing the songs with a unique orchestral energy. Additionally, the 2CELLOS duo is noted for their renditions of the “Game of Thrones” theme and “Funiculi Funicula” alongside Andrea Bocelli.
The event, part of the Celebrity Fight Night activities in Rome, was a star-studded affair. It culminated in a performance of “Imagine” with Steven Tyler and Andrea Bocelli, accompanied by David Foster on the piano, and attended by celebrities like Sharon Stone, Renato Zero, Zara, Matteo Bocelli, and Chris Botti.
This concert at the Colosseum was a highlight of a week-long series of events for Celebrity Fight Night, an initiative co-created by Jimmy Walker along with Muhammad Ali and Andrea Bocelli, aimed at raising funds for charity. The grandeur of the event is underscored by its exclusive and luxurious nature, highlighted by the €70,000 cost for a ‘benefit trip’ that included VIP dinners, private concerts, and a reception at the Palazzo del Quirinale with the Italian president Sergio Mattarella.
The story closes with a humorous pondering over the fate of the piece of gum left under Elton John’s piano, a quirky detail that adds a touch of irreverence to the otherwise glamorous and high-profile event.