Aerosmith didn’t want to miss a thing

Categories:  Tom Hamilton

Boston Herald, MA
April 8, 2010


Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton, center, yuks it up with Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, right, and Lisa Alvord of Urban Improv as they prepare for tomorrow’s [04/09/10] Banned in Boston show.

Aerosmith was on the verge of a Permanent Vacation until the feuding factions staged a pseudo-intervention to air grievances, resolve their differences and – after months of break-up threats – put the Bad Boys of Boston back together again.

“There was a lot of sort of reconciling and processing feelings and stuff,” bassist Tom Hamilton told the Track. “Everyone said how they wanted things to be in the future and it became clear that, for everybody, the coolest thing to do would be to resolve things with the band.”

Hamilton joked that he and bandmates Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer came to the February sit-down in their rehearsal studio “all lawyered up.”

“There was management there,” he said, adding that “it took a while” to get everybody to realize that the best thing for everyone was for Aerosmith to be Aerosmith.

As you may recall, the band was falling to pieces after Tyler fell off the stage in Sturgis, S.D., last summer – the culmination, sources said, of some out-of-control partying on the part of the perennial 12-Stepper.

The rest of the group vowed to go “on strike” until Tyler addressed his sobriety issues, at which point the longtime frontman announced that he wanted to take a two-year hiatus from rock ’n’ roll. That revelation prompted a return volley from Perry & Co. threatening to replace Steven with a new singer. Tyler countered that he’d sue if they did.

Hamilton said all seemed lost until, out of the blue, Tyler turned up at Joe Perry’s New York gig in November and announced he wasn’t leaving the band.

“I wasn’t shocked, but I thought it would take longer. It came very suddenly,” Hamilton said. “Up to that point there had been no direct communication with Steven. It sucked. I hated that it was that way for a few months.”

Tyler told his bandmates he wanted to get back together and agreed to enter rehab to battle an addiction to painkillers.

“He took a really big step and it was really great,” Hamilton said.

Tyler did a 30-day “intensive sobriety treatment” program and remained for 60 days after that. In February he came out for a few days for the summit meeting.

Hamilton said throughout Aerosmith’s troubles, “the phone was ringing. People wanted to see the band.”

“We finally realized, even with all the BS flying around, that there was a beautiful thing right there if we had enough sense to grab it.”

They did, and tickets go on sale April 17 for the Aerosmith/J. Geils show at Fenway Park Aug. 14. (Steven and Peter Wolf were spotted dining at Abe & Louie’s last night [04/07/10] before limo-ing over to Fenway to announce the big show.)

But before the Bad Boys do their first Fenway show ever, they will play seven dates in South America and 11 in Europe. They’ll likely add a U.S. leg of the tour as well.

But tomorrow night [04/09/10] Hamilton will play a much smaller stage – the House of Blues – for the 15th annual Banned in Boston, musical comedy revue that raises money for local non-profit Urban Improv.

Tom, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sen. John Kerry, Gov. Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and more will star in skits that spoof the city and its stars.

Tickets are still available at urbanimprov.org.

File Under: Back In The Saddle Again.

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