WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – They’ve been larger-than-life performers for decades, but now Steven Tyler and Joe Perry’s songwriting skills are getting the attention.
The Aerosmith veterans will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June and will receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Founders Award next week.
Rocking out in long hair and leather when their baby-boomer peers are opting for tracksuits and comfortable shoes, the band-mates attribute the twin songwriting honors to their longevity in the fickle and fractured music business.
I think people are enamored by the music, and I think they’re pushed over the top by the fact that we stood the test of time, we’re still together and didn’t quit, said Tyler, 65, who wore a leather tuxedo coat with tails and repeatedly fluffed his curls during a recent interview at NightBird Studios. We’re still around. We’re still in the game and in the fight and have the passion ... and it’s not a fighter that’s gotten knocked out or has wet brain, it’s a fight that we still do because we can.
The rockers are so busy, in fact, that they’ll miss ASCAP’s 30th annual Pop Music Awards ceremony on Wednesday, where the Founders prize will be presented. Tyler, Perry and the rest of the band will be performing in Australia to support their 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension!.
Released last November, the album contains Aerosmith’s first new material in more than a decade and was a collaboration of the entire band. They even reunited with the producer of their early hits.
During the writing process, they think of how they would perform the song live, and usually, if it feels good, we’re going to finish the song, Perry said
The bottom line is fans just want to hear a good song, he said. Some people will look underneath to see who wrote it, but they just want to hear a good song. And if they don’t hear it, they’re not going to buy it just because you wrote it.