Aerosmith's recent European tour began and ended with cancellations prompted by strife and tumult. And for once, it wasn't internal.
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"They closed the Internet down while we were in
Chaotic and fascinating could also describe Aerosmith's 44-year saga. With its history of ruptures, resignations, rehabs and recriminations, the
"Some of us were teenagers when we put this together," Perry says. "You can't keep five people who grew up together in a rock 'n' roll band and not have some turmoil. ZZ Top is the only other band I know of still doing it this long with the original members."
hit songs aren't enough
"I look over at Joe, and I don't see age," he says. "It's the same song with the same velocity."
Tyler, Perry, drummer
"I had great hopes of Guns N' Roses carrying the torch," Perry says. "But it takes more than great songs to keep a band going. Slash has done an amazing job on his own."
Slash, dismissing the latest rumors of a GNR reunion, has been recording and touring with his band The Conspirators and singer
He and Kennedy "had that magical chemistry that happens in the first downbeat of a rehearsal," Slash says. The group's next album,World on Fire, arrives
In the Aerosmith army, harmony is less of a concern now than health. Hamilton, who was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer in 2006, sat out the band's tour that fall. His cancer returned in 2011, forcing more absences. Last year, an infection took him off the road again.
"It's the same old band it's always been, except we have to force-feed him like a duck," Tyler jokes. Hamilton's cancer is in remission, and "he's handling the road fine," Perry adds.
Touring is not for wimps, Tyler notes. "I lose about a pound a night and have fun eating to gain it back," he says. "I go to bed sore and wake up sore."
'My one-fifth of the story'
After the tour ends in September, Perry will begin promoting his autobiography, Rocks:
"It's my one-fifth of the story," he says. "I'm sure there are things the guys will remember differently. … I wanted to put across how hard it's been to keep the band together. We made every mistake three times.
"Digging into the truth was harder than I thought," says Perry, who enlisted co-author
Perry took issue with much in Tyler's 2011 autobiography,Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, but he says Rocks is not a counterpunch.
"Steven's book is what he wanted people to see," he says. "That's his truth. It's the First Amendment, baby."
Tyler expects contradictions but insists that his Noise is "no fiction."
"It will be fun to read," he says. "I do love him dearly. There's a time when everyone needs to ego-speak. Now and then, there's a break in the clouds, the sun comes out, and we all see eye to eye. Doesn't happen much."
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