April 22, 1993 |
Refusing to act your age is a treasured trait in rock 'n' roll. The Stones still shake butt, despite 50 years of cruel living, just as Chuck Berry serenades sweet 16-year-olds while deep in his 60s. Still, for sheer arrested development, neither act has anything on Aerosmith. While hardly the most decayed of rockers (average age: 44), Aerosmith ranks among the most wrinkled groups ever to target its music entirely to the sensibility of 15-year-olds. It's as if, back in high school, some teacher sentenced them to detention for life and they took it to heart.
January 19, 1990 |
Respect may not be an automatic byproduct of longevity in popular music, but sometimes it works out that way. The Rolling Stones finally get a Grammy. Rap finally gets played on pop radio. Aerosmith finally gets good reviews. Yes, that's right. After years of being dismissed as either arena dinosaurs or metal noisemongers, one of hard rock's godfather bands is hearing flat-out raves. "Yeah," says guitarist Joe Perry. "I worry about that. Especially in Rolling Stone. " It may be too late to stop it, though.
January 20, 1990 |
The new role of Songwriter-with-Something-to-Say seems to have dazed Aerosmith screecher Steven Tyler. At last night's sold-out Spectrum show, the lead singer, who has slowed down in more ways than one, looked lost on stage during the band's current hit single, "Janie's Got a Gun. " The eerie song about a daughter's revenge on her abusive father is the band's best single in a decade. It was also the band's best performance last night, paced by a heavy synthesizer and Tyler's subdued yet emotive vocals.
September 20, 1993 |
When Aerosmith first took off in the mid-'70s, its members were branded as Rolling Stones manques. Who would have guessed it would be hailed and credited with giving birth to an entire generation of pop-metal bands? Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Cinderella and a host of others are heavily indebted to Aerosmith's early rollicking razzle-dazzle and burning cigarette-lighter anthems. Friday night at the Spectrum, we saw two different Aerosmiths: Aerosmith 1, masters of gutbucket boogie and sass; and Aerosmith 2, slick purveyors of over-polished power ballads and empty-headed rockers.
September 1, 2003 |
Kiss and Aerosmith toured together nearly 30 years ago, but they made strange bedfellows Friday at the Tweeter Center. Though fans in the Kiss Army (some with painted faces) and the Aero Force mingled harmoniously, the evening felt like a smackdown between bubblegum heavy metal and bluesy hard rock. Kiss' 75-minute show was straight out of 1978. Bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Paul Stanley, drummer Peter Criss, and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (in Ace Frehley's role) wore their usual Kabuki-inspired makeup, studded and spiked black leather, and ridiculously tall platform boots.
March 18, 1997 |
Alternative rock is dead. Long live arena rock! Or so Columbia Records hopes you'll cheer after hearing Nine Lives, Aerosmith's 12th career album and its first since signing a four-disc deal, said to be worth $30 million, with the label. In stores today, this is the collection that's supposed to teach those alternative twerps who have failed to meet multiplatinum sales projections how things are done. Singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Joe Perry, and the rest of the boys are pushing 50. But, if anything, Nine Lives is even more adolescent-directed than Pump of 1989 and Get a Grip of 1993, the mega-successes (thanks to power ballads like "Cryin' " and "Amazing" and naughty videos featuring Alicia Silverstone and Tyler's daughter, Liv)
August 16, 1991 |
Who's the hottest rock band today - this being Friday? If your measure is money, it's got to be Aerosmith. The band, which seemed dead after a wave of popularity in the 1970s, has signed a deal to make four albums for Sony's Columbia Records for a reported $30 million to $50 million. The label disputes the amounts, but won't give one of their own. The New York Times, citing unnamed sources close to the negotiations, says it's the lower figure. The benchmark for all such deals is the $65 million Sony signed Michael Jackson to in March.
May 2, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Steven Tyler's memoir has a million of 'em. Like that night in 1978 when he blacked out on stage while singing "Reefer-Headed Woman. " Or when he and Aerosmith visited the White House on the day President Bill Clinton was impeached. Or that weird weekend with Keith Richards at Bing Crosby's old house on Long Island. Everyone, Tyler writes, "was gacked to the nines on coke. " The book, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is scheduled for release next week. Explicit and filled with expletives, it reads like a wilder and louder version of Richards' best-selling Life . Tyler, 63, settles back and tells story after story about life in the "most decadent, lecherous, sexiest, nastiest band in the land.
July 18, 1997 |
AEROSMITH, with Jonny Lang. Blockbuster-Sony E-Center, Camden, 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $23-$38. Info: 609-365-1445. When our 5-year-old friend Will first heard Aerosmith's "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" on the car radio, he turned to his mom and dad and breathlessly asked, "What kind of music is that?" Rock and roll, they replied. "Well, if you would turn that rock and roll music up really loud," he negotiated, "I'm sure I would really love it. " Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler laughed on hearing this tale, though he wasn't really surprised.