Aerosmith's Tyler and Perry honored for songwriting
By Sue Zeidler
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After 40 years with one of the biggest rock bands in the United States, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry are finally being honored for their songwriting.
The duo, dubbed the Toxic Twins in their drug-fueled early years, co-wrote many of the bands' biggest hits like "Walk This Way" and "Back in the Saddle," which catapulted Aerosmith to fame in the mid-1970s.
After winning multiple Grammys and other accolades, Tyler and Perry will be honored on Wednesday with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers founders award for songwriting. They will be also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13.
Tyler and Perry will miss the ASCAP ceremony because they will be on the Australian leg of the band's "Global Warming" world tour in support of their first album of new material since 2001.
The duo told Reuters ahead of Wednesday's ceremony that they draw much of their inspiration from each other, although Perry admits the process may be a bit tamer than in the 1970s and 1980s when he and Tyler turned out some big hits while under the influence of drugs.
"Taking drugs can be a shortcut to that place of creativity, but it will kill you in the end because it stops working," Perry said.
"We had to figure out how to change the way we did things," said Perry, 62, who is working on an autobiography and a solo record project.
Tyler, the son of a classical pianist, formed Aerosmith in Boston in 1970 after meeting Perry and bass player Tom Hamilton a year earlier. Continued...