Aerosmith Bassist Defends Last Album Questions, Joe Perry Solo Set
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton took a swipe at fans, essentially pinning the perceived failure of the band’s last album on them. In a frank interview with The Las Vegas-Journal, Hamilton took umbrage with the fact that their 2012 release, Music From Another Dimension -- which charted high, debuting at Number Five on The Billboard 200 album chart, and selling 63,000 copies upon release -- failed to attract the buzz that it’s predecessor, 2001’s Just Push Play generated. Hamilton defended the album, saying, "I feel like the fans didn’t do their homework on it. They didn’t let it grow on them. C’est la vie. We’ll try harder next time."
Although Hamilton is seemingly itching to record, he knocked guitarist Joe Perry’s upcoming solo set, saying, "It would make a lot more sense if we’re building up material, to consider an Aerosmith album first. I think an Aerosmith album has got much more potential of making an impact than a solo album. But, if somebody wants to put out a solo album, there’s no way to be bitter and hold them back."
He went on to joke, "If you hear songs on it that all of a sudden sound like songs the band might have done a little work on in the past, that can be annoying."
With 40 years of road work under its belt, Hamilton maintains that Aerosmith today are the best they’ve ever been: "Let me tell you this. If young Aerosmith came and played on the same night as current Aerosmith, we would blow them off the stage."
At the time of its release, Tom Hamilton told us why he felt it was crucial for Aerosmith to hit the studio and record Music From Another Dimension: "I've been waiting for this for so long, because I so want to be known as a band that is still firing on all cylinders. We could go out and work every year and just play, y'know, all our same old songs year after year, but it would have been a very uneasy feeling to me to think about not ever having an album of new material out."
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