The band’s Global Warming Tour with Cheap Trick flies into Revel’s Ovation Hall for post-Thanksgiving show. In an interview with Joe Perry, the band's guitarist says replacing Steven Tyler was a consideration.
The future was uncertain for Aerosmith three years ago. It appeared that the band and vocalist Steven Tyler were moving in two different directions.
Tyler spoke about moving on and guitarist Joe Perry called him on it during an interview.
Perry said that the band could replace Tyler as it was marking its 40th anniversary.
“It was something that we really talked about doing,” Perry tells Atlantic City Weekly. “We didn’t know what he was planning to do. We acknowledged that we had a great band. We said, ‘So we have this band and we’re not going to do it anymore?’ I would have been fine doing the project [without Tyler]. It would have been quite exciting, but we never got that far and we’re still Aerosmith, which is where I would rather be.”
Despite the friction between the band and Tyler, who served as an American Idol judge for two seasons until he quit the Fox reality show in July, Perry called the period “a blessing in disguise.”
“It all worked out since we realized that we needed a break from performing year in and year out,” Perry says while calling from Boston. “I got down to writing and we finished off an album that we tried to make three times over the last 10 years.”
Music From Another Dimension, which dropped earlier this month, will be showcased when the band performs Friday, Nov. 23, at Revel.
“There are a lot of different flavors on it,” Perry says of the album. “The album is a true collaborative effort.”
Each member of the quintet had a hand in the creative process.
“Everybody started writing,” Tyler says during a call from Los Angeles. “[Bassist] Tom [Hamilton] had some songs from years past. [Guitarist] Brad [Whitford] threw in. [Drummer] Joey (Kramer) had a song from years ago.”
Tyler believes that the communal effort helped bring the band together. Over recent Aerosmith projects, Tyler had written songs with such guns for hire as Diane Warren and Richie Supa.
“Everybody was on fire with the fact that we were doing this together,” Tyler says. “We got the feeling like we’re an old family and we’re suddenly together.”
The collaboration worked as the group came up with familiar sonics.
“It sounds like Aerosmith,” Perry says. “For every ballad on the album there is a kick-ass rock song.”
That’s been the Aerosmith formula since the band made a remarkable commercial comeback with 1987’s multi-platinum smash Permanent Vacation.
After stumbling through the early ’80s in a drug-induced haze and plenty of internal issues, Aerosmith proved to be incredibly resilient and became more popular releasing the pretty “Angel” next to the rave-up “Dude Looks Like a Lady.”
“We proved that we could take a punch and get back,” Perry says. “We’ve been able to weather storms and get back to where we need to be. We do what we have to do to be the best that we can be.”
That’s part of the reason Aerosmith is the most successful American rock band of all time. The band has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. Aerosmith has 21 songs that have hit Billboard’s Top 40.
Jane’s Addiction always takes it up a notch for special shows. “And whenever we play New Year’s Eve, well, that’s a significant event for our band,” says drummer Stephen Perkins.
“We’re just pleased that people have responded to what we do,” Carney says. “It’s a lot different than when we started out.”
This season’s group of American Idols made its Atlantic City visit this year much earlier than in past years. Therefore, the Idols you saw on the TV show are pretty much the Idols you get on tour.
“When I look at Atlantic City, maybe I just see something different,” says DeSanctis. “What I see, when you go out on our Sky Garden or you go out on our deck, that’s sort of the Atlantic City that I think about. We have this incredible geographic location. We have 47 million people within a six-hour drive of this place, and when we think about options from a resort perspective in the Northeast, there really aren’t any. "
Weiss’ work has been the subject of books and photo galleries, and, owing to his friendship with Boogie Nights owner Dave Pena, some of his work from the 1970s and ’80s will be on display when Boogie Nights opens.
This weekend's party is bringing you The Hot Tub Fringe Stage, a sick metal playlist we've compiled for your enjoyment — and some gnarly pictures of some of the greatest heavy metal hairstyles throughout the ages.
Fakefest is happening Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at The Deck at Golden Nugget (at A.C.’s Farley State Marina). As has been the trend from year to year, all the bands playing Fakefest — and paying tribute to the classic rockers of yesteryear — are top-shelf.
Address: The Hard Rock Café is located inside the Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue. Phone is 441-0007. Live Show: Boston's Tab the Band has been getting rave reviews for its recent album, Pulling Out Just Enough to Win, a Stonesy blend of ragged blues-rock inspired not only by Aerosmith (whose guitarist Joe Perry is father to Tab members Tony and Adrian Perry) but also groups like the Who and the Kinks. Tab the Band's MySpace page acknowledges that it sounds like: "Don Henley if he sounded nothing like himself, but instead sounded like the Rolling Stones and the Who." The trio, featuring Tony Perry on guitars, Adrian Perry on vocals and bass, and Ben Tileston on drums, brings its current run of Hard Rock shows to Atlantic City on Wednesday, March 5 (8:30pm). What to Know: This concert is part of the March on Stage initiative by the Hard Rock corporation to bring up-and-coming artists to Hard Rock Café stages around the globe. The next Atlantic City concert in this series will take place on Thursday, March 20. The band will be announced soon. A suggested $5 admission for Wednesday's show will get you entry to win...
Inspired by many of the bands coming out of Great Britain in the late 1960s (The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Who), and fueled by their love of American blues (Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Chuck Ber...
By Jeff Schwachter LAST YEAR, THE BOYS IN Aerosmith decided it was time to take a break from the big productions, glossy videos, and the power-ballad cheese that made them one of the most recognized bands on MTV for the past 20 years. They wanted to get back to the basics. They wanted to get back to playing what they did best: hard and sweaty rock music. But as is the case with any rock 'n' roll band looking to get back to its roots, the road led the band to the blues. Their latest album on Columbia, Honkin' on Bobo, collects 11 blues covers and one new track for an energized assemblage of gritty, blues-rock numbers. Although the songs are not their own, they sound like vintage Aerosmith, reminiscent of the band's early records like Get Your Wings and Toys in the Attic. "I think Aerosmith is better doing this type of music," says Brad Whitford, the Boston-based band's guitarist for over 30 years. "This is more like the way we originally started out. Rather than trying to write something that you think would get played on the radio, we just did what we felt like doing. That's the way...