Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton join me In the Studio in this classic rock interview for the back story on “Permanent Vacation” 35th anniversary & “Magic Touch”,”Dude Looks Like a Lady”,”Rag Doll”, and the #3 power ballad “Angel” which erased all doubts…to the tune of over 5,000,000 sold beginning in August 1987…
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“Rag Time” originally was a subject derived from Steven Tyler’s personal “periodic table”, which has zero to do with chemistry and everything to do with female physiology…Now “Rag Doll” has remained an easy keeper in the Aerosmith live set for decades, including Halloween night in Brussels back in 1993.
Aerosmith “Rocks”. It was a declarative statement in Spring 1976 with no equivocation. If Toys in the Attic a year earlier had been the definitive mid-Seventies American hard rock statement, then Aerosmith Rocks made it musically imperative with “Back in the Saddle”, “Sick as a Dog”, the clever sequel to “Toys…” with “Rats in the Cellar”, and another infectious Steven Tyler/Brad Whitford hit, “Last Child”.
Originally found on Aerosmith Rocks forty-five years ago, this little mid-tempo song was performed in concert on Halloween in Belgium in 1993. “Last Child” is proof that Aerosmith rocks in any language, on any continent, in any decade.
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has a wide reputation for being a notorious trickster, but Halloween night 1993 in Brussels it was all musical treats for the audience when the band, clearly at the peak of its powers, conjured up ear candy from all eras of their long career, including this wicked version of “Draw the Line”.
We dust off “Toys in the Attic”, the breakthrough third album for Aerosmith in April 1975. Contrary to what you might assume, through their first two albums Aerosmith struggled to get noticed. In this classic rock interview, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer reminded me that “Dream On” from their debut by then had been released as a single three times and flopped twice.
When Aerosmith performed this blistering version of “Sweet Emotion/Peter Gunn” that Halloween night in Brussels over twenty-five years ago, the guys had already been performing the song from “Toys in the Attic” for almost twenty years by then, but clearly never doing it better.
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, and Joey Kramer pay at the “Pump” by joining me In the Studio to discuss the phenomenal 1989 seven million-selling album.
Revving you up for the Aerosmith Pump thirtieth anniversary coming in a few weeks. Proof positive that on Halloween night 1993, there was not a band on the planet better than Aerosmith in concert. Exhibit A is this sizzling live version of Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator”. –Redbeard
Classic rock interview with Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton for Aerosmith “Get Your Wings”.