AEROSMITH's Steve Tyler - "Whatever Demons Or Realities Were Going
On In The Band, It Happens With Bands That Stay Together For 40 Years"
Associated Press reports:
AEROSMITH has flown with turbulence for most of their 40-year
career, but as the group’s summer tour this week, things in the band
seem to be absolutely blissful.
“We’ve already gone through all our problems,” Steven Tyler said in a recent interview, laughing with Joe Perry.
Aerosmith has definitely had its share of feuds both public and
private, most recently in 2009, when Perry lashed out at Tyler after the
American Idol judge fell off a stage during the band’s concert tour and
injured himself, forcing the band off the road. Perry questioned
Tyler’s dedication to Aerosmith and even floated the idea of a new lead
singer, but they made publicly made up.
“Joe and I were fighting for a while, that’s no secret,” Tyler said.
“But whatever demons or realities were going on in the band, it happens
with bands that stay together for 40 years and have the success that we
He added that any friction never affected their ability to put on a
good show: “We’re up there to play to the audience. It’s never about
“It’s only as good as those two hours on stage,” the guitarist said
of the band’s chemistry. “The rest of it, I have no idea how it works.
With Aerosmith, we put one foot in front of the other and hope for the
Aerosmith (which includes guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom
Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer) starts the Global Warming tour with
CHEAP TRICK on Saturday in Minneapolis. Then later this summer, they’ll
release their first studio album of all-new material since Just Push
Play in 2001.
The upcoming Music From Another Dimension marks the first time in a
decade that Perry and Tyler wrote music together. Tyler says despite the
time it took to get back to basics, once they did, it was like a “fine
“It’s the same bottle man. We just corked it. Everything that was
cooking inside and fermenting to that just right year just happened to
be now. It was the perfect time,” Tyler said.
Perry said the album was 10 years in the making with riffs he wrote
back in 2002, and chord progressions from today. He feels they fit
nicely in what he describes as “playing the old songs new and the new
songs old” to keep the band lean and mean — part of Perry’s commitment
to keep Aerosmith from becoming a nostalgia act.
“There are bands that don’t talk to each other for five years, and
then get back together and go out and play their songs and they turn
into the best cover band of their own songs,” he said. “That’s fine and
well, but for us it will be always changing. We’ve been trying to write
this record for 10 years, and we finally did.”
Aerosmith joins several other classic rock acts on the road this
summer. THE BEACH BOYS are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and BLACK
SABBATH is reuniting as well. But the latter band had to deal with the
acrimonious departure of drummer Bill Ward, and VAN HALEN is cutting its
summer tour unexpectedly short due to mysterious reasons.
For all its past problems, Aerosmith has remained together.
Tyler may have summed it up best: “With great pressure comes great diamonds.”
Aerosmith will release their long-awaited studio album, Music From
Another Dimension, on August 28th. The first single from the album
called 'Legendary Child' is out now. The song was originally written and
recorded in 1991 during the early sessions for the group's 1993 album
Get A Grip but had remained unreleased.
A brand new teaser for the Casey Patrick Tebo-produced 'Legendary
Child' video - Aerosmith's first in eight years - can be viewed below: