Joe Perry Explains Why Last Aerosmith Album Fell Short Of Expectations
Both Aerosmith and its fans were never happy with the way the band's last album, Music From Another Dimension, performed -- with the group and it's hardcore fan community hoping for a return to form blockbuster next time out. Music From Another Dimension was released on November 6th, 2012, and debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's Just Push Play, entered the chart at Number Two with sales of 240,000 copies.
Joe Perry spoke frankly about the album's shortcomings, and blamed some of its problems in reaching a bigger audience on both music and film business politics, revealing to Classic Rock magazine, "There is some ass-kicking stuff on that record, but there's also some stuff that, frankly, I'd rather we had left off. There were two big setbacks beyond our control. The president of our record label left three weeks before our record was released, and it got tossed in the bin. We'd been told that the lead song, 'Legendary Child,' was going to be in the G.I. Joe movie, and Paramount would put literally millions of dollars into the record."
Perry remembers the moment the band knew that the floor had fallen out from under them: "We were in the limo on the way to the TV studio to play the song on American Idol when we learnt the movie was delayed by six months. I still feel the album didn't get to have its day in the sun."
Joe Perry says that even taking their already 40-year-career into account -- there's no reason that Aerosmith can't be rocking onstage for decades still to come: "I think that the band has to look at what it takes to do this gracefully. There's no reason why the band can't keep playing until we can't walk. There's just no reason. You just have to know that you can't do certain things anymore. Y'know, you can't do somersaults on stage, you can't do, y'know, swing from ropes. But there are other things you can do that are just as entertaining -- like sing, play."
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