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”.
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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 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”.
The only kind of “Fever” that’s actually good for anyone is the musical one that is symptomatic of the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu. Aerosmith was running a high “Fever” on Halloween night in 1993 in Brussels here. –Redbeard
“Livin’ on the Edge”, “Cryin'”,”Eat the Rich”, “Fever”,”Line Up”,”Amazing” …any wonder that “Get a Grip” is Aerosmith’s biggest-selling album worldwide at over twenty million copies? The entire band sat down with me In the Studio to get a handle on “Get a Grip” in a revealing classic rock interview with an American treasure.