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 In this no-holds-barred Q&A, which remained unpublished for many years, he tries to get to the bottom of the many myths and salacious stories surrounding the band.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

Q&A: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on touring, Run-D.M.C. and Steven Tyler’s country album

Steven Tyler calls Joe Perry “one of the last great touring guitar legends.” Tyler should know: he’s watched Perry melt faces since 1970, when Aerosmith formed in Boston.

But the lead guitarist is also a thoughtful rock ‘n’ roll observer, and last fall, he released “Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith,” a memoir that covered his personal life and tumultuous career. Aerosmith’s had more lives than most cats, from their ’70s hard-rock days to an ’80s comeback that helped a hip-hop classic up the charts and on to an Oscar nomination for 1998 power ballad “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The band, hearing the clock ticking, are still road warriors in 2015: they’ll arrive at Ridgefield, Washington’s Amphitheater Northwest on July 28 as part of a brief summer tour.

I spoke with Perry in May, right after SPIN Magazine listed 1989’s “Pump” among its best albums of the last 30 years. We talked about the band’s persistence, its hip-hop legacy and singer Steven Tyler’s upcoming country debut. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Continue reading Q&A: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on touring, Run-D.M.C. and Steven Tyler’s country album