At the exact moment Steven Tyler was having a most unfortunate stage fall in Sturgis, North Dakota, Massachusetts Aerosmith tribute band Draw the Line was playing its own show nearby as part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Neill Byrnes, frontman of the Hingham cover band, said his own audience grew when the Aerosmith crowd realized Tyler was down for the count. "Halfway through the show, people started coming over to our show," Byrnes told us. "We were like, 'What?' That's how we found out." Byrnes, whose band claims to be the only tribute act endorsed by Aerosmith, said he has faith that this is not the end of Aerosmith, despite the band's many injuries, its tour cancellation, and a photo of Tyler that ran in yesterday's Boston Globe that showed Tyler looking frail and sickly. "You can never count this band out," Byrnes said, full of optimism. "How many times have they gone to the depths of hell and come out of it?" By our count: at least 12.
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