NOTES Quotes taken from: An Aerosmith page ( I will try and get the proper name, soon.) Aerosmith On-Line Walk This This Way The Aerosmith biography And from the top of my head, enjoy! Sorry if some of the quotes are repeated. I don't feel like sorting through and seeing what ones I've added or not. Simple as that! "Stylists will basically bully you into wearing hideous outfits because they're trying to please their advertisers. White jeans and vinyl cow- boy outfits are the look this year and you must have them, says Kate Schellenbach, drummer for Luscious Jackson and a participant on the Indigo Girls' recent Suffragette Sessions tour. "But I want to see (Aerosmith guitarist) Joe Perry on all fours in, like, white vinyl boots."-Kate Schellenbach "Hey dude - this tricolor fusilli is fucking outrageous!" Tyler --> "Even in the old days, we'd make an effort. When I'd go out to score on Eighth Avenue, I'd get my junk and a chocalate doughnut. But I'd always also pick up one of those pita-pocket health food sand- wiches. You know, something really good for me." Steven Tyler (On girls) "We can look, but we'd better not touch." Steven Tyler "When I let the kid out, he stays out. That's why I'm in rock n' roll." Steven Tyler "Getting to meet people is always alot of fun. There are times when you're a little tired or just not in the mood to hang out. But what I've found is that people understand your feelings. They're cool." Steven Tyler "Its cool when I meet young guys from other bands who say how much an impact Aerosmith has had on them and how much they like me.I'll give 'em that 'C'mon you dont mean that' routine, but in my heart I know where they're coming from. If I had grown up in the '70's and was into rock n' roll, I know the kind of impact Aerosmith would have had on me. I know the kind of impact that Elvis and Jagger had on me, and while I'm not comparing myself to those guys, I can relate." Steven Tyler "A lot of bands have managed to borrow parts of our style for their music. Thats fine with me,because we've borrowed from people like the Stones. But we dont want to sound like we're copying anyone, including ourselves, so we're moving on." Steven Tyler "What makes me feel good is that after all these years, the ideas that Joe Perry came up with worked and all the kids loved it." Steven Tyler "We were the guys you could actually see. It wasn't like Zeppelin was out there on the road in America all the time, the Stones weren't always coming to your town. We were America's band-the garage band that made it real big, the ultimate party band." Steven Tyler "Hey, man, if anyone ever tried to smack any of the 5 of us,they'd be shot." Steven Tyler "We were one of the biggest bands in the world.No one tried to tell us ANYTHING. And if they did- they were history." Steven Tyler "When people think of Aerosmith, I want them to think of the music we've made and nothing else. I don't want the resposibility of some young kid trying to live his life like I did back in the '70's." Steven Tyler "I wait till the last minute to do lyrics. I seem to work best that way- bummed out and under pressure. I often don't do my homework. But I'll always walk that extra mile." Steven Tyler (Steven's advice for parents) "Teach your children well and hope they have good sense." Steven Tyler (what he'd like to be reincarnated as) "An osprey or an eagle, they're so endangered." Steven Tyler (explaining the secret of the universe) "Sex:It certainly makes you one with each other for that brief fleeting moment...those X and Y chromey- somes. And also I think it's learning how to get out of your own way. Learn to get out of your own way and shit flows through you." Steven Tyler "Kurt Cobain, when he did his videos, you look into his eyes and he couldn't even face the camera; he was in pain and I'm angry about Kurt. This guy didnt have to die." Steven Tyler (describing himself in 3 words) "Late, great, debate." Steven Tyler "Its hard for me when they call me things like the Godfather of Hard Rock. Its almost like Im really shy and don't wanna hear it. I'm honored, but I get kinda embarrased. I can't act like I'm a Godfather because I dont think I am one mentally. When they say that to me, I say' Wheres the hubbub? I'm just a fuckin asshole like you are." Steven Tyler "Nothing feels better than somebody telling you the truth. Because what have you got to lose? 'Youre an asshole.' No I'm not, that's how I feel." Steven Tyler "We're in this on a day-to-day basis. There's not a certain point in the future where we say, 'Well here we are, there's $X million in the bank. We've done it,lets pack it in now.' It's a case of the old thing- its not the destination, its the journey." Steven Tyler "Aerosmith-one of the 10 best bands today? Yeah definitely." Steven Tyler "If it shakes you in the right places, it's Gods gift." Steven Tyler "My get up and go has not got up and went." Steven Tyler (about the days of drugs and excess). "I used to think that I spent so much time getting high on stage in the 70's and 80's that I didn't take advantage of the ladies...I was in some corner somewhere. That's a regret, it's not much." Steven Tyler "All you're doing is chasing the first buzz. It's like youre chasing that head, that high, and you an never quite get to the same place as you did the first time. And the more you give it, the more it strangles you." Steven Tyler "If you cross a river enough and get soaking wet enough times, pretty soon you learn how to step on the rocks. And somtimes there's someone followin' ya and ya gotta loosin' the stones." Steven Tyler "If you don't got what Joplin had, then the only roots ya got are in your hair" Steven Tyler "We weren't too ambitious when we started out. We just wanted to be the biggest thing that ever walked the planet, the greatest rock band that ever was. We just wanted everything. We just wanted it all." Steven Tyler ( On Draw the Line )" Instead of being musicians dabbling in drugs, we were drug addicts dabbling in music" Joe Perry ( On Lord of the Thighs )" The title is a joke on [ William Golding's novel ] Lord of the Flies. which came out as a movie around that time. The critics hated us for this. We weren't supposed to be smart enough to use literary references" Steven Tyler "We like to have the lights as entertaining as possible. We have a few props here and there, but it's mostly about the energy and the music for us. We'll leave the plastic tits to Marilyn Manson and the exploding guitars to Kiss." -- Joe Perry, Aerosmith guitarist "I just want Aerosmith to always give me a hard-on, that's all I ever ask for, for it to be the most special thing in my life. As long as I look at it through those eyes, it will always be that way." Tyler "You know...sometimes I'll be looking out at the audience and I'll be in the middle of a song, and I'll just stop dead. I'll look out at them, and think what is this... There's one thing that keeps me doing it though, I really love it, I believe in it." Tyler (On the Jagger comparisons, when asked what he had to say to people who said he looked like Jagger) "I say jeans. Well what can I say? People who think I look like Jagger never met him.These little innuendos about me by people sitting thirty rows back, and all they see is that blond cat next to me as Brian Jones. And Joe as Keith Richards. And I'm supposed to be Jagger, running around. Shit. Jagger makes up for his whole group. He never stops prancing and dancing while the rest of them just stand there." Creem 9/75-Tyler "When I die, I want my ashes spread on the beach. So I can still get into the young ladies pants when I'm dead." Steven Tyler "Oh, yes. It's true. I'm getting more pleasure now from playin onstage with the band than I've ever gotten before. It turns me on to look around and see the guys onstage with me." "Oh?" Steven laughs. "Yes, my pants definately get tighter when I'm onstage with Aerosmith." Joe Perry in Hit Parader "With Liv, I used to be the one to say I was so sorry about not making Thanksgiving or Christmas, because I was on the road. Now Liv calls on the phone and says, 'Sorry,really busy, gotta go.'" Steven Tyler "It's true: Men ARE afraid of women." Steven Tyler "I mean, we're not talking schizophrenia here. Just self-destructive with a sense of humor." Joe Perry "The Beatles made their White Album, right? Well Draw The Line is our black-out album." "Rick [Dufay] would try anything. He'd been in a mental institition, brke out of his cell, jumped out of a 3rd floor window and survived. I used to make him explain this to me over and over. "How high were you? Weren't you afraid you were gonna kill yourself?" "Yeah, but the birds were calling me." Steven Tyler on Rick Dufay "Mary had a little sheep, With the sheep she went to sleep. The sheep turned out to be a ram, And Mary had a little lamb." Steven Tyler "It's like sitting on the back of an elephant with an iron trying to get out the wrinkles." Steven Tyler "An artist and his instrument: Where creative forces flow from one to the other, resulting in an experience that touches the soul." Steven Tyler "Janie's Got a Gun is a song that means a lot to me. Steven hit upon a subject that most people were afraid to deal with and even unaware of-parental abuse and violence aginast their children." Joey Kramer "When we get together, I listen closely to Joe. Joe Perry playing the guitar is like fuel for us. Flashes of lightning. Bolts of brillance. A lot of songs begin that way." Brad Whitford "But "The History of Rock 'n' Roll" still stands as an important document of one of the world's most exciting and important musical idioms. "Rock 'n' roll is sexuality personified," says Aerosmith's Steven Tyler at the end of the series' final episode. "It is attitude. It is all the things that your parents told you not to do. It's the freedom to express yourself. It's being alive. It expresses the times. It's a magazine, a newspaper that tells the truth. If you listen to rap today, it's all about the truth. And that's what we all want. Just give me a little truth." Steven Tyler "Confuscious says that crowded elevators smell differently to midgets!!" Steven Tyler "People used to ask me, 'What do you reckon you'll be doing when you're 40?', and I told 'em 'rocking out and kicking ass!' Now it's 'What do you reckon you'll be doing at 60?' and the answer's exactly the same. I'm always going to love Jimi Hendrix - 'Purple Haze' will still give me a hard-on when I'm hooked up to a life-support machine. Hey, even when I'm dead, they're going to have a hell of a job nailing the coffin lid down." Steven Tyler "Our story is basically we had it all and then we pissed it away" --Joe Perry "I snorted my airplane, I snorted my Porshe, I snorted my house, it all went bye-bye." Steven Tyler "I don't wants fans to think we're clean, upstanding American boys, but we are Americans and we do stand-up." Joe Perry "Aerosmith? I went to see them play in London. They've become born- again teetotalers So there was this little question mark as to whether you can write it if you can't live it, but they were great. They were having a great time, and the humor was just so essential." Robert Plant "I heard that your brain stops growing when you start doing drugs. Let's see, I guess that makes me 19." -- Steven Tyler "Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll. Get rid of the drugs, and you have more room for the other two." -- Steven Tyler "F-c-k; all that's missing is 'u'!" -- Steven Tyler "Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most." -- Steven Tyler "People thought we were all washed up. But we came back to KICK SOME ASS." -- Steven Tyler "Keep your nose to the grindstone. It sharpens your boogers." -- Steven Tyler "Good night, everyone- and remember- in this world, if you wanna get ahead, you gotta learn to give a little!" -- Steven Tyler "I'm fuckin' flyin' baby!" -- Steven Tyler "Moist. That's a good word. I like that word!" -- Steven Tyler "It's R&B. It's those 2s and 4s. It's like fucking...you know? You can really fuck to a good Aerosmith song!" -- Steven Tyler "I love women. I love every bone in their body. Especially mine!" -- Steven Tyler "It's as clear as the balls on a tall dog." -- Steven Tyler "Just saying no to drugs is like just saying cheer up to a manic depressant" -- Steven Tyler "Now that I'm sober, I deserve to get laid." -- Steven Tyler "Was I the Lord of the Thighs? Fuck yeah." -- Steven Tyler "Herd Sheep"...What Steven Tyler replied when asked what he would do if he was the last person on earth. "You have no idea how much it costs to look this cheap" -- Steven Tyler "We haven't quite been able to put together the deal for the shuttle -- we want to be the lounge act. Be the first band to play weightless!" -- Steven Tyler "I consider myself a hard rocker, traditionalist." Joe Perry " Aerosmith didn't really come from Boston. They came from the transatlantic daydreams of American dudes hell-bent on becoming English dadndies." Hit Parader "It started from a single premise: 'rock till I drop." Steven Tyler "We believed anything worth doing was worth overdoing." Steven Tyler "There's no subsititute for arrogance" Joe Perry "We call them 'the wonder years' because we wonder what happened to them." Steven Tyler "I was in the 7th grade and just going through the whole 1978 music thing thta was happending for kids-which was like Cheap Trick and the Cars. Anway, there was this chick that I was goin after that was considerably older than me, and she was pretty hot. And I'd been trying to be cool enough to take her out and have my way with her at some point. This went on for months. Finally I sort of weasled my way into her apartment. So we're hanging out and she puts Rocks by Aerosmith on, and I was mesmerized by it. It was like the be-all- and-end-all, best attitude Fucking hard rock record. This was before I had started to play guitar...I'd grown up with music, but this was like my record. I must have listened to it half a dozen times, completely ignored her, and then got on my bike and rode. I was totally in there, I was at least gonna get a decent french kiss out of it, and I completley dropped the ball for Aerosmith, and that was that. It's probably one of the records that sums up my taste in hard rock bands to this day. Meanwhile, she's out there somewhere and I missed it. But it was worth it. That was the record that changed my life." Slash, Guns N' Roses "I’ve always had a fancy to do songs about anarchy and the church and the government. This is not the only one - there’s also something like ‘St. John.’ The band comes up with the licks, and then the music talks to me and tells me what it’s about. This one was just about how many people died from holy wars because of their beliefs, or non-beliefs. With that one, my brain was back with the knights of the round table and that sh!t - I do a lot of fantasizing."--Tyler "Well, a lot of skeptics also followed Aerosmith around, and whenever we did something right, they’d ask us how we did it. Now we tell ‘em it’s all done with mirrors. We’re through explaining ourselves." Steve Tyler "We never were a hip band, and that was fine with us. But all the bad press did get to be a burr in our saddles. But the truth is that 15,000 kid screaming for you at the Boston Garden goes a long way to making a bad review look like the piece of sh!t that it is." " I remember disco and hating it so much"-Steven Tyler "Coming after a brief era when Rock n’ Roll fans in their adolescence were bombarded with the exaggerated sexual ambiguity of Alice (Cooper), Bowie, and (Lou) Reed, it must be reassuring to have a band that knows everything we’ve wanted to know about sex all along: that it’s dirty." Wayne Robins - Creem. " I was so blown away when he ( Alice Cooper ) hung himself… and he had some good songs too!" Steven Tyler He "gave the songs a grittier, down and dirty atmosphere that echoed the hard-headed insistence of the band’s esteemed seventies classics, or, as Tyler said, ‘Sounds like a good fuck.’" Martin Huxley writes in his biography Aerosmith: the rise and fall of rocks greatest band. "Playing together as a band for twenty-odd years definitely has its advantages; each instrumental voice distinctly holds its own in an instantly recognizable blend" Rolling Stone’s Mark Coleman "He was hungry and a good singer, so I put him on there" - Tom Finn - Bass Player, The Left Banke "They did this song so well that I knew if I could get together with these guys, we could pull the same feeling off with some songs I wrote, so I got together with them...I loved Joe's style". He always played out of tune and real sloppy and I just loved it." - Steven Tyler "There were six of us in the group, some of us were livin in the kitchen, eating brown rice and Cambell's soup. Those days, you know, when a quart of beer was heaven. It was hard times and it was really good. During lunch we would set up all our equipment outside of BU, in the main square and just started wailing. That's basically how we got billed. We never got much publicity in the magazines and newspapers." - Steven Tyler "The thing that really stands out in my mind about Aerosmith is that we're still f***ing together. Whatever we've done together and whatever we've become, is second to the fact that we're still doing this. I'm still in love with these guys. I'm not saying it didn't take a lot of work because drugs will take you and pull you apart. But it wasn't anything we shot up or put up our noses that gave us the edge- it was Joe Perry's f***-all, being as abrasive as that motherf***er is, and Brad Whitford's ear, Tom Hamilton's well-aimed simplicity and Joey Kramer's solid bed of backbeat. Keeping this band together has been the hardest and happiest thing we've done in our lives. It's been a long time coming. So for all the music and all the other stuff that comes from Aerosmith, the most amazing thing is that we're still playing and still having some f***ing fun." -Steven Tyler "The things that come to those who wait may be the things left behind by those who got there first" Steven Tyler "It’s not the COUGH that carries OFF….it’s the COFFIN they carry OFF IN" Steven Tyler What Steven Tyler wants on his Tombstone: "Here lies Tyler, the Demon of Screamin’, who never woke up from the Dream he was Dreamin’ Until one day he drank some magic potion—Now all that’s left is Sweet Emotion"