Aerosmith is currently out on the road with their North American Global Warming Tour.
On Nov. 6, the Boston rock heroes will see the release of their 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension, their first studio record since 2004's Honkin' on Bobo' and the first to feature all-new songs since 2001's Just Push Play.
Recently, Noisecreep had the pleasure of talking with original 'Smith bassist, Tom Hamilton. We asked the 61-year-old rocker about the tour, his first concert experience and his reaction to Steven Tyler's decision to not return as a judge on American Idol.
Tom, I know you guys played a packed show in Boston last week. How have the hometown shows changed since back in the mid 1970s?
Well back then, we'd have these long guest lists for friends and family and everyone, and you didn't need a ticket, just the backstage pass to come and hang around during the show. But today, everyone needs a ticket to get in, and we get really pressed on how many tickets we can have to give away. And I'll tell you, it separates the true friends and fans from the fake ones when all of a sudden people have to actually buy a ticket [laughs]. You really learn about people! But seriously, we had a great homecoming, lots of people who were with us at the beginning came by and naturally, just like us, they still he same as they did back in the '70s [laughs].
Do you remember the first shows you saw in the Boston area when you were a kid?
You bet I do. I remember seeing the Lovin' Spoonful at Dartmouth University and I'll never forget noticing how amazing their drummer was. And I saw Cream twice. Once, they were great, the other night they didn't play what I wanted to hear so I left a little disappointed. And they played a very long, drawn out blues jam. That's what Led Zeppelin did, too when I saw them at the Boston Garden. I remember thinking, if I ever get in a band with lots of hits, we have to leave room in the shows for songs people want to hear. And just look where we are today.
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