How well do you know your protest songs (including the one that went to #1)? Receive news and offers from our other brands? As Aerosmith began work on their 12th album, the appropriately titled Nine Lives, from the outside at least they looked to be in the best shape in quite some time. With their Aero-Vederci Baby tour billed as a farewell, we asked drummer Joey Kramer how he feels about preparing for the band’s final UK show at this summer’s Download festival. Despite the Nine Lives album selling by the boatload, none of the singles from it had managed to crack the Top 20. But then a Hollywood-sized opportunity landed in their lap. The clean, sober, fit and healthy Aerosmith had their mojo back and were, once again, back in the saddle and back on top. Its success went hand in hand with the film’s stellar box office performance, helping to bring a younger generation of fans to a band who at that point had already been going for almost 30 years. “There is a belief among musicians that if they don’t have their drugs and alcohol then they will lose their fire,” drummer Joey Kramer says of Aerosmith’s cleaning themselves up. The video's director, Francis Lawrence, used a lot of close-up shots to compensate. “I went through a nervous breakdown, depression and anxiety,” Kramer reflects. At that time, that was what we did. We give it a good shot!”. We would be on the road for twelve or eighteen months, and the only time we came off the road was to make another record.”. Aerosmith performed a snippet of this at the halftime show of the 2001 Super Bowl, before going into ". The drug- and alcohol-fuelled days of the 70s and early 80s had long since been put behind them, and they’d reaped hefty rewards in the wake of their sobriety. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. “If I had, I could have come up with some songs as well. The album had already gone double-platinum in the US and the band had won a Grammy for the previous year’s hit single Pink. We ended up re-recording because people were listening to the tracks [for Nine Lives recorded in his absence] and were saying some negative stuff about it and saying the band didn’t sound the same.”. Aerosmith may be the comeback kings, but all good things must eventually end. “We’re all a little older. A grand production featuring a 52-piece orchestra, this was by far Aerosmith's biggest hit on the US Hot 100, and their only chart-topper. They ’d come mighty close, with Angel, Janie’s Got A Gun and Love In An Elevator all having made the US top five, but by the summer of 1998, a number one hit was seemingly slipping further away from their grasp. She told, Giving his thoughts on having a cover song become Aerosmith's biggest hit, guitarist, When Diane Warren wrote this song, she thought someone like Celine Dion would be singing it. After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs. Visit our corporate site. I can’t do the things now that I did when I was twenty-five. Although they had a catalogue packed with career-defining classics, they were yet to score a number one single in the US. “We can decide something one day, and a good reason to change our minds will come along and we will do so. The ballad I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, written by Diane Warren, was chosen as the track to be reworked and recorded for the film. She was surprised when the artist turned out to be Aerosmith, but it ended up working out quite well. Diane Warren wrote this song, which is about treasuring every moment spent with another person. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers. Seasoned session drummer Steve Ferrone was brought in to help track the record in Kramer’s absence, but his work was scrapped when a revitalised Kramer returned in the autumn of 1996. The tour resumed on September 9, when "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was the #1 song in America. “It’s okay,” he replies flatly when asked to share his thoughts on the track 19 years on from its release. Desmond Child in particular had worked well with the band since their mid-80s comeback, on songs including Dude (Looks Like A Lady) and Angel. The drummer had been lifted from the punishing depths of a nervous breakdown to the summit of the US Billboard chart. When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Their 1993 album, Even this song's writer, Diane Warren, found it a little treacly. The newly crowned heavyweight champion then proceeded to, More songs that were written for other artists, Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. Televangelists. When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together. Renowned hitmaker Warren was by no means the first gun for hire to write for Aerosmith, of course. By All rights reserved. “One of the things I really love about being in this band is that it never gets boring,” he says. But, even years after the band had kicked the booze and drugs, the battles weren’t over. That’s a pretty weighty tome, but this entry is particularly special for Kramer. Elvis covered it in 1956, and it became his biggest hit. It would have been nice [to be more involved in the songwriting] because all of the rest of us have ideas about songs.”. That's because it was shot after his knee injury, and he was wearing an awkward brace that restricted his movement. Early into the 1995 sessions for Nine Lives, Kramer was struggling. In February 1999, his version topped the Country chart and climbed to #17 on the Hot 100, five months after Aerosmith hit the top spot with the original. When she set out to write a song for, This song extended Aerosmith's reign as the hottest rock band of the '90s. “We completely disproved that assumption.”. But because of how the politics worked in the band at the time, those guys worked with the songwriters and came up with the songs. Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. “We continued to tour off that song for another year. “Things are a little bit different today,” he says, laughing. “It’s just another song.”. But that’s not through a lack of effort. "I'll Be" was what Edwin called his "Hail Mary" song. The band was on the wane and facing the possibility of empty seats when they resumed their tour at the end of the summer, but this song revived their fortunes. It was just a question of learning the song and playing it as a band. The Kinks celebrate a mixed up, muddled up, gender-free world with new animated video for Lola, Hear Eddie Van Halen at his jaw-dropping best on newly unearthed Hendrix cover, ‘Genius’: Queen’s Brian May pays tribute to football legend Diego Maradona, Talking about a revolution: the story of Cream and two years that changed rock, Every AC/DC album ranked, from worst to best – the ultimate guide. It had now been eight years since their last top ten single, What It Takes, from the album Pump. It’s not a time that I remember fondly. But initially Kramer wasn’t sold on it. Please refresh the page and try again. PERSONNEL: Steven Tyler (Lead vocals), Joe Perry (Guitar), Brad Whitford (Guitar), Tom Hamilton (Bass), Joey Kramer (Drums). That was welcomed by the band. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, (Image credit: Ross Halfin; Joey Kramer: Zach Whitford\/Press). “We were just about to go off the road and that song came around,” he says. As soon as we began playing it as a band, then it instantly became an Aerosmith song.”. Sign up below to get the latest from Classic Rock, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury celebrated his upset victory on November 28, 2015 over Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany with some in-ring karaoke. Fast-forward to mid-1998, and Aerosmith were coming to the end of a hugely successful world tour on the back of Nine Lives. Adele got the title "Rolling In The Deep" from the British saying "Roll Deep," which means to look after someone. "Mr. Roboto" by Styx was written by their keyboard player, Dennis DeYoung, who used Japanese words and imagery to create an allegory about censorship. She was "rolling deep" with her boyfriend until he betrayed her. This won the 1999 Nickelodeon Teen Choice Award for Love Song of the Year. You will receive a verification email shortly. “I didn’t think that song was us. It was difficult to imagine what kind of touch Aerosmith could put on it and make it our own. But Lord knows we try. A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs. Howard explains his positive songwriting method and how uplifting songs can carry a deeper message. His response suggests that he might not be quite ready to bring the curtain down just yet. "No Scrubs" introduced the term "scrub" to the popular lexicon, and defined it in the opening lines ("a scrub is a guy that think he's fine..."). “I came back with a nice perspective on what I bring to the table in Aerosmith. He says it proves "intention of the songwriter is 180 degrees from potential interpretation by an audience.". When I first heard it, it was just a demo with piano and singing. Elton John had a huge hit duetting with Kiki Dee on "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," but he's also performed it with RuPaul and Miss Piggy. It was #1 US for four weeks in September 1998, becoming one of the most popular songs of the year. "So this is to my UK fans, my Irish fans, my American fans and my new German fans; and most of all, this is a dedication to me wife." © The songwriting team Leiber and Stoller wrote "Hound Dog" for a blues singer named Big Mama Thronton, who first recorded the song in 1953. Aerosmith headline the Download festival (June 9-11) on Sunday, June 11. Bath Aerosmith were the perfect choice, not least because the film co-starred Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv. The scientifically baffling end-of-the-world summer blockbuster film Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis, needed a soundtrack single recorded by an A-list band. "I promised everybody I'd sing a song after this fight," Fury said. Aerosmith were the perfect choice, not least because the film co-starred Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv. The three albums that preceded Nine Lives – Permanent Vacation, Pump and Get A Grip – were critically lauded and, commercially, hugely successful. It eventually stretched to over two years and more than 200 dates. "I remember being at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, and sitting at the piano with him and teaching him the song and just having chills all over my body as I heard the song come to life with his voice and knowing what it was going to be," she told. In doing so, another chapter was added to the big book of Aerosmith comebacks. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? That was healthy for me. “I kind of knew it was a hit, but I didn’t really like the song,” he admits. So presumably I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing is close to his heart? When we finally did make it our own, that’s when it became what it is. But one thing still eluded them. (Classic Rock) 29 March 2017, How the veteran Boston band beat drink, drugs and depression to finally score what is still their only US number one single. 'He sings well!'. Suffering from depression, he stepped away to seek professional help. Some other hit songs Warren wrote include ", Diane Warren found inspiration for this song after hearing about an interview where James Brolin said that when his wife Barbra Streisand was away, he missed her even when he was sleeping. You'll notice that Steven Tyler is surprisingly stationary in the video. But was working with outside songwriters a process that the band happily embraced from the get-go? Rich Chamberlain Regardless of who wrote the song, the history books show that I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was a US number one hit, and still the only one of Aerosmith’s career. “I couldn’t answer that question because I never worked with any of the songwriters that Steven and Joe worked with,” Kramer answers. In a 2008 survey conducted by the cable music channel Magic TV, this was voted by its UK viewers as the nation's favorite love song. In fact, he was in the midst of his own personal hell. So you never know what will happen.”, Aerosmith: We have at least one more album in us, Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer: We’re better than the Rolling Stones. Steven Tyler sings I Don't Want To Miss A Thing duet with street busker in Moscow | Daily Mail Online. Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult wrote "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" after he was diagnosed with a heart condition and started thinking about his own mortality. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, But initially Kramer wasn’t sold on it. BA1 1UA. There was a problem. While Aerosmith are currently gearing up for their 2017 European farewell tour, the 66-year-old Kramer admits that such punishing schedules are a thing of the past. The Boston bad boys had, remarkably, cemented a second stint as the hottest band on the planet. Kramer might view it today as just another song, but back then, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing ensured that the Nine Lives world tour kept on rolling. The ballad I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, written by Diane Warren, was chosen as the track to be reworked and recorded for the film. The country singer Mark Chesnutt covered this later in 1998, making it the title track of his eighth album.
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