It seems the Toxic Twins are back and as strong as ever. The coincidence is that the latest issue to drive them apart – Steven Tyler’s involvement on “American Idol” – may have been what brought them back together.
“I didn’t have anything to give Steven as a present because I’ve already given him everything that I could think of that I know he likes,” Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told me regarding his cameo on last season of “Idol.” He played guitar on “Happy Birthday” for the 64 year-old Tyler. “That’s the kind of thing you give your brother.”
Tyler confirmed to Perry that he had no idea his fellow “bad boy from Boston” would be showing up on stage that night.
“What do you give a guy that’s got everything?” asked Tyler. “It was quite the moment, man. It was beautiful. It kind of took all the bad vibes and the whole business that was going on at the time and made it be okay.”
Perhaps it also sheds a little more light on how the tumultuous duo was able to link up with their other band mates to release Aerosmith’s first studio LP in eight years on November 6 and extend its current “Global Warming Tour” through the fall.
“This is the first record that I can think of in a long, long time where everybody is really excited about it in the band,” Perry noted. He has no problem referring to Music from Another Dimension as Aerosmith’s best yet. “I’d say we’re our own biggest fans so we’re also our own biggest critics.”
Seems not too much has changed from those crazy days of touring in the 70’s and 80’s… but some things are different.
“There are some substances that aren’t back there that used to be,” said Tyler – in a more matter-of-fact than joking manner – about the scene at the show these days. “It’s just so crazy. Everybody wants the backstage ticket. It’s pretty cool.”
And for the first time, Steven Tyler actually came across understated.