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Aerosmith Dreams On (and On)

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.

By Ed Condran
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Steven Tyler (center) is back in the saddle again

Photo by Ross Halfinn

UPDATE: Click here for photos from the Aerosmith show at Revel

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.

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