Have you ever had an experience with the paranormal in the traditional sense of the word?
Yes. It was a very odd thing. Joe Perry and I were writing songs for this movie called Monster Dog [which came out in 1984] at an old house in Copake, New York. Every time I would put something down – I’d go in the other room, I’d come back – it was in some other place. It was more playful than scary. We were both just out of rehab so we figured we were just insane. But when the two road guys said, “Jeez, I know I put ’em there and they were on the other side of the room when I came back.”
That night at dinner, there’s a basement right under us and it sounds like somebody’s moving furniture down there. It’s not just a bump or a little thing: It sounds like 20 people are moving furniture. And it’s not like the movies where you go, “Let’s go see what that is.” It was more like, “Do you know where the car keys are?” We got out of there that night.
Then I asked my manager, Shep [Gordon], “What is it with your house up in Copake?” And he said, “Oh, the guy wrote Amityville Horror there.” He said, “My mom had a dinner party there one night where the dining table moved a foot to the left with everybody sitting there.” I went, “And you were gonna tell me this when?” So yeah, that was paranormal. I can’t explain any of that.