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Steven Tyler Gives Ontario Man Experience Of A Lifetime

04/02/2016 03:05 EDT | Updated 04/04/2016 02:59 EDT

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When Diane Yorfido spotted Steven Tyler at a medical supply store in Niagara Falls, Ont., she didn't recognize the Aerosmith rocker right away.

“I’m looking at him and I know his face, but I couldn’t think of his name,” she told the Niagara Falls Review.

But her son Anthony, a 24-year-old fan with Down syndrome, recognized him instantly on Thursday.

"He goes, 'Oh my God! Steven Tyler, is that you?'" she said.

Anthony ran over and hugged Tyler, who hugged him back.



Tyler asked them if they were coming to the Aerosmith show that night at Fallsview Casino. They replied that they couldn't get tickets to the sold-out concert, according to Newstalk 610 CKTB.

So the Aerosmith frontman offered them backstage passes.

Since Yorfido was working at the casino as a waitress that night, she arranged for her boyfriend to go with Anthony.

That night, as the band began to play "Sweet Emotion," Tyler yelled out to the crowd, "Anthony's in the house!" and brought him out to play the maracas.

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Yorfido says she heard the story from her son the next day.

"He was so excited. He said 'This is the best thing that ever happened to me in my life.'"

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