Steven Tyler fell again. This time, in a hotel room shower in Paraguay. It is not a relapse, he claims, just dehydration. He felt sick and BAM!
It's not pretty, whatever it was.
I've been a fan of Aerosmith for as long as I can remember. But huge, sober, late-eighties, hit-laden, arena-filling comeback aside, this is one band that I wish would just ride off quietly into the sunset. It's been 15 years since "Nine Lives," which was only a half good release. Since then it's been bad records (one of original material, two live compilations and one horrible record of heavy metal blues covers), worse live dates, American Idol, crappy solo projects, a cringe-making book, and drug relapses. Makes it easy to forget that they are responsible for some of the great rock albums of the 70s, and one of the greatest hard rock albums of all-time, 1976's "Rocks." (That comeback run from "Permanent Vacation" through "Get A Grip" is nothing to shake a stick at either.)
They are also responsible for one of my very favorite live performances. This common bootleg recorded at Pall's Mall in Boston, from 1973, is so early in Aerosmith's career, they haven't had the time to get loud and stupid. The short set list is almost half-filled with cover versions, including a nasty version of James Brown's "Mother Popcorn," here in its entirety. (The commercially released, edited version can be found on "Live Bootleg," the band's mostly crappy live record from 1978.)
Fan or not, don't deny yourself some gritty rock, rhythm & blues, because you think you just don't like this band. Give it a spin before you start lobbing the snarkballs. This cooks.
One Way Street
I Ain't Got You
Walkin' The Dog
Train Kept A' Rollin'