AEROSMITH Bassist Discusses Blues Album, Power Failure

AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton recently spoke to Pittsburgh Live about the band's upcoming blues CD, tentatively due in February 2004.

"We've recorded an album's worth of material, most of it blues covers," Hamilton said. "Not just blues, but also sort of mid-'60s soul and English blues-pop. There's a song by the band THEM called 'Please Don't Go'. If you listen to it, you can hear how it's just a perfect song for AEROSMITH. We've been playing it every night onstage. It's the kind of stuff we'd have played when we started.

"We hear these recordings of bands that have perfected a groove and a feel and a jump and a swing and mixed it all together and made it really nasty," Hamilton added. "And to go in there and try to cop that, to grab that feel. ... Of course, once we record it, it becomes a hard rock song. That's something that happens by itself no matter how hard we try to get down and funky."

Hamilton also commented on the massive power failure last week that canceled the band's Detroit show last Thursday (August 14).

"I can't even think about it," said the bassist. "Every once in a while, something happens and you lose a gig. Feeling of all these people, and all the effort they made to get to the show -- just getting let down like that. ... If you talk about energy, and chi and spirit and all that, it's just huge ... carnage.

"At least it didn't happen when everybody was sitting there in the stadium." Read more.

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