Wednesday, July 11, 2012
They're Baaack! They're Baaaack In The Saddle Again!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, there are few rock and roll records as solid as Aerosmith's "Rocks." It's legendary for a reason, and comments left on an earlier post (which I cannot find at the moment) proved that a lot of you felt the same.
The string of records released from the debut in 1973 through 1977's slightly off the mark 5th album "Draw The Line," confirmed Aerosmith's place in rock and roll history. And I tell you what, ubiquitous bad power-ballad videos aside, the comeback records from 1987's "Permanent Vacation" through 1997's slightly off the mark 12th album "Nine Lives" had some fantastic music, as well.
Then suddenly, for me at least, Steven Tyler seemed to overstay his welcome. I had been sitting very close to the stage at Madison Square Garden for the "Nine Lives" tour, watching Tyler swing his boa and sashay one too many times from stage left to right and what once worked as fine showmanship began to feel a bit cringeworthy. I wasn't looking for Tyler and Perry to cut their hair, don t-shirts & suede vests, and hit the road as an alt-country duo. I just knew that the circus according to Aerosmith had lost its charm. A few more terrible records with terrible titles like "Honkin' On Bobo," truncated, greatest hits setlists and classic Tyler/Perry in-house bickering didn't help matters.
A new record, "Music From Another Dimension" drops on November 6th. You would think after that last paragraph that I wouldn't care about this, especially after the last few years of Steven Tyler's screeching and preening on "American Idol," not to mention his absolutely horrible autobiography, which angered and embarrassed me enough to fling the book across the room every ten pages until I finally gave up. (He hadn't even formed Aerosmith yet, that's how long I lasted.) But I miss this band and their antics and their classic rock and roll riffing.
What we need right now is the fun and bombast that Tyler, Perry, Whitford, Hamilton and Kramer put into it all. Yes, I know, there are some bands that tried. (If anyone mentions The Darkness, I'll throw the Tyler book at YOU.) But, there was quality rock and roll underneath all of the drugs and drugs and drugs, and until a band comes along that serves it up hot and as consistently as Aerosmith did, I think I'll stay loyal. Aerosmith deserves at least that.
Watching the new video for "Legendary Child," brought a wave of nostalgia over me. It's not a very good song, but it felt good to see the bad boys again. My hopes for "Music From Another Dimension" are not high. But they aren't low either. That's the best I can do these days.