Aerosmith interview: the truth about the chaos, the coke, and the cleaning up

In 2002, Ben Mitchell spoke to Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. In this no-holds-barred Q&A, which remained unpublished for many years, he tries to get to the bottom of the many myths and salacious stories surrounding the band.

Is it true that you once opened a show with the song that you usually played last, thought that you’d finished and walked off?

Steven Tyler: No. What we have done is played the same song twice in a show. It didn’t happen very often, but this was the early days

You played the same song twice in a row?

ST: Oh no, that would have made us blithering idiots. We were just drug addicts.

Joe Perry: We probably went on without a setlist because we were late and just muddled through.

Steven, were you aware there was a rumour that you and Joey [Kramer, Aerosmith drummer] were gay when Aerosmith were starting out? Continue reading Aerosmith interview: the truth about the chaos, the coke, and the cleaning up

SLASH: AEROSMITH Is ‘One Of The Last Real’ Rock And Roll Bands Around

GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash has praised AEROSMITH, calling the legendary Boston rockers “a good example of what rock and roll is all about.”

Slash first got to know the members of AEROSMITH when the band took GUNS N’ ROSES on their first arena tour in 1988. More recently, Slash and his band THE CONSPIRATORS (with singer Myles Kennedy) supported AEROSMITH on the North American “Let Rock Rule Tour” in 2014.

Speaking to HardDrive Radio during a press junket for his upcoming solo album, “Living The Dream”, Slash said (see video below): “AEROSMITH is the kind of band that young bands need to look at, ’cause they’re one of the last real ones around. There’s such a natural feel that they have and just a certain kind of swagger that just comes with the combination of people. And everything they do is what’s coming out of their instruments — it’s not taped or fucking phoned in. So it’s definitely a good example of what rock and roll is all about.” Continue reading SLASH: AEROSMITH Is ‘One Of The Last Real’ Rock And Roll Bands Around