EXCLUSIVE: Steven Tyler + Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Thu, 24 May 2012 12:31:42
ARTISTdirect.com spoke to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the frontman and guitarist of the legendary rock band Aerosmith on the eve of their big announcement that their song "Legendary Child" would appear in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which will hit screens March 2013.
A big budget blockbuster and the world's biggest rock 'n' roll band, gearing up for a new album and tour? It was a perfect storm of activity, an analogy we used that Tyler, a man known for his quippy and clever one liners as a judge on American Idol, loved.
The two were getting along fabulously and supporting each other as they spoke. The excitement about the track was palpable and crackling off the phone line, that's for sure.
Given Aerosmith's track record, as the power ballad "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was a massive hit as part of the Armageddon soundtrack, we're expecting big things from "Legendary Child" this year and beyond.
We're not worthy…
Did you write the song for the movie?
Joe Perry: It was one of the first tracks that was brought along in a rough form for the album. We wanted to play it for the director and those people. It came up parallel with the movie.
With Aerosmith, it could be a big rock song or a power ballad, but something tells me you don't want to repeat "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon.
Steven Tyler: It was the first song we wrote. We knew we hit on something, working with [producer] Jack Douglas, it was akin to the old days, to that old sound. It turned out to be the perfect thing. I rewrote the lyrics. It's perfect for the movie. Joe was buzzing around L.A., let him tell ya.
Joe Perry: We happened to talk to Randy at Paramount, talking about movies. He showed us G.I. Joe, and the subject had not come up about having a song in the movie. It turned out they needed something for a certain part and one thing led to another. It just came together. We're getting ready to come with this as the first song off the new record, since it represents what Aerosmith is about.
So the plot and concept of or scenes from the movie didn't influence the song?
Steven Tyler: They wanted a song and his was perfect for the movie. It was a match made in heaven and a good kick off for the album.
It was a perfect storm of elements for the band, the film and the studio!
Steven Tyler: The perfect storm, I love that! We're back to Aerosmith, back together, doing a song for a movie and our worlds did collide in a perfect storm.
Care you share a little more about where Aerosmith is at with this album?
Steven Tyler: We've been out here working for the last year. The last four months, Joe came to L.A. while I'm doing Idol. We finished working with Jack Douglas and the record came out better than we thought. We knew we'd finish it. It was nose to the grindstone, beyond my wildest expectations, with how great [drummer] Joey [Kramer] played and how [guitarist] Brad [Whitford] played and how [bassist] Tom [Hamilton] played. What Jack brought is astounding.
We were in the studio every night and we pulled out this magic that is freaking me out. It's a strong album and the tour is going to be great. We start June 16. There are 23 dates and we are on fire. We are playing Idol live. It's coming together.
...Like a perfect storm!
Steven Tyler: I let go of Joe's neck…the full nelson of the last 10 years. Everyone loves to think we're this or that, but we've been around for 40 years. We took a break. Joe did solo stuff. I did solo stuff. I took Idol. I was not sure if I was just this guy in Aerosmith, a father or a family man. I can do both things at once. The band came to the table and fucking everyone played their ass off.
Joe Perry: Playing on Idol is going to have people who have never seen the band before, or have just seen glimpses…seeing us play live and it will glue it all together for some people, who may not have seen this type of band.
Steven Tyler: With Idol, I watch it back and there is a piece of me, but they don't know what I really do or who I really am. I took Idol for people to see my personality. I had doors slammed in my face or I get accepted. I am Italian, or as Joe says, an excitable child. I have this banter, where I am making a royal fool of myself and everyone is loving it. But they don't know the real job. When the band gets a chance to play there, people will see the guy who was sitting there all year kicking ass with his band. I really love your perfect storm analogy, since that is what it is. It's like why we called it the Global Warming tour. Aerosmith has been the perfect storm.
Let it rain!