10 Things You Might Not Know About Aerosmith

10 Things You Might Not Know About Aerosmith


As their Aero-Vederci Baby! tour sees the rock legends bid farewell to South America – with stops in Ecuador for Rock & Shout Festival and in Brazil for Rock In Rio – we thought it was a good time to look back on some of the highlights and slightly more unusual moments from Aerosmith's colourful history. 


1.

They were the first band ever to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons, playing Moe’s Tavern in 1991 (when Flaming Moe’s were all the rage). Since then the show has welcomed other rock icons, such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, U2, The Who, R.E.M and Metallica to name just a few.




2.

In another first, Aerosmith had their very own Guitar Hero game dedicated to them before anyone else (Metallica and Van Halen followed, with The Beatles and Green Day getting the Rock Band treatment). They reportedly made more money from sales of the game than from any one of their albums.




3.

Guitar Hero was not the first video game the band were involved with, however. In 1994 they appeared in arcade shooter Revolution X, in which you had to rescue the band members who had been abducted by the evil New Order Nation (have a look at 4:08 for some lovely acting from Mr Tyler).

 


4.

Not content with video games and hit TV appearances to go along with their music, the band also have their very own rollercoaster at the worldwide Disney theme parks: the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

They re-recorded parts of their songs specially for the ride, changing the lyrics of Love in an Elevator to "love in a roller coaster", for example. How clever.


 


5.

Aerosmith guitarist, founding member and one half of the Toxic Twins Joe Perry also tried his hand in the culinary world back in 2002, with the release of his very own hot sauce range – Joe Perry's Rock Your World Hot Sauces. Appropriately, the sauces were used in quesadillas at the famous Hard Rock Cafe restaurants.

Perry appeared on the cover of Fiery Foods & BBQ to promote the sauces, as well as filming this vaguely hilarious feature for Boston TV channel WCVB.
 




6.

In 1989, the band worked with now-acclaimed film director David Fincher on the video for Janie's Got a Gun, three years before he made his feature-length directorial debut with Alien 3, which he has since followed up with modern classics like Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network.




7.

Fincher is not the only big-name director that the band have worked with for their music videos. They have also hooked up with I Am Legend and The Hunger Games series director Francis Lawrence,  as well as the slightly less acclaimed Michael Bay (although he did direct Bad Boys II, so he definitely deserves some credit).

Strangely though, it was Lawrence who directed the award-winning video for I Don't Want to Miss a Thing rather than Bay, despite the song being recorded specifically for Bay's 1998 film Armageddon.




8.

While their collaboration with Run-DMC for Walk This Way is now legendary, and their song Dream On being sampled by Eminem on Sing For The Moment is fairly common knowledge, Aerosmith's influence within hip hop runs even deeper. 

Dream On has also been sampled by The Game, Immortal Technique and Slim Thug, while Juelz Santana, Big Sean and Infamous Mobb have all taken inspiration from other Aerosmith tracks (I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing, Amazing and Mia respectively).




9. 

Before hip hop was even born, however, Aerosmith formed in 1970 when Steven Tyler's band Chain Reaction joined forces with Joe Perry's Jam Band.

On uniting they moved into 1325 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, and when they came back together in 2012 after some time apart, they celebrated with a performance outside their former home (skip to 38:30 to see the show).




10. 

Before meeting properly for the first time and starting the band, however, the story goes that Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's paths had already crossed.

When Tyler was eating fries at The Anchorage restaurant, he enjoyed them so much he wanted to compliment the chef – none other than Joe Perry. However, Perry reportedly refused to meet with Tyler and his friends because of the mess they had made, knowing that he would have to clean up after them.

Who knows whether it's true, but where's the fun in letting the truth get in the way of a good story?
 


Aerosmith headline Rock & Shout Festival Ecuador on 15 September and Rock In Rio on 21 September. Book tickets & packages here and here respectively.


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