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Joe Perry on drug-fueled Aerosmith shows: 'We were barely playing'


Joe Perry says Aerosmith was "barely playing" during concerts in the 1970s because the band's members were on drugs.

The band was known for its partying lifestyle, and guitarist Perry and frontman Steven Tyler were even nicknamed the Toxic Twins for their frequent drug-taking. The rockers are now in their 60s, and Perry says that when he looks back on the band's heyday, he is shocked by the negative effect narcotics had on their performances.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "If you're 60 years old, you can't take a tab of acid and expect to come up with genius. It doesn't work like that anymore. All the other s--- gets in the way of the music. When I was 20 or 30, it was the other way around. You think you are coming up with great stuff, but you are not. I think a lot of other artists our age feel the same way.

"We look back at tapes of the late 1970s -- [at the time] we thought it was a great show and we were f------- incredible. But you look back at the tape 20 years later and think, 'We were like statues -- standing there and we were barely playing.'"

Tyler adds, "The booze can take anyone down. The drug of choice is the music now. There is nothing stronger than Joe and I writing a song and then getting off on that."

Nov 3, 2012 10:43PM
I saw Steven Tyler on the hurricane telethon the other night.  I thought it was really nice of him to devote his time to help others, and the comment I made  about him the other day, may have been a bit harsh.  However, time has not been kind to him.  Perry, either, really. 
Nov 3, 2012 3:00AM
is he on drugs? oh wait...

never trust republicans to be long on memory, i mean srsly.

they were amazing in the 1970s! this clip should serve as evidence -

Nov 2, 2012 12:17PM
Yes they sucked in concert back in the 70's and early 80's. BUT... Their music was infinitely better. The Beatles... Great band... discovered drugs... became legends! U2... early, drug fueled music? Effing awesome. Clean and sober? Not so much.

Not saying drugs are good (but sometimes they're awesome), just saying when art and drugs combine... Well... Fantastic thing can and do happen!!!

Nov 2, 2012 11:53AM
Three words Draw the Line.  If you listened to their live album that was released in the seventies you definitely would have avoided a concert it was horrible
Nov 2, 2012 11:37AM
A lot of us born in the 50' s & early sixties, were on the same drug fueled binge. And we relate to this band. Survivors!
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