|John Sullivan and I spent the biggest part of the
summer of 1975 following Aerosmith around Ohio. It's not
like they were the only band we were into at the time,
but they were probably the one we liked the best. I saw
them one time at Dayton Hara Arena. They were there with
a band I barely knew anything about at the time, Ted
Nugent and the Amboy Dukes. I've always thought that
because The Amboy Dukes were so good, especially live,
that I think I saw what must've been the best
performance by Aerosmith ever. They probably had to play
that way every night they toured with Nugent. What a
night. It was so hot in the lobby. We were all pressed in
there. Hundreds of us. It was so hot. Someone was passing
around a few towels in the crowd. Believe it or not, we
were so hot (you said that), mostly everyone in the crowd
was wiping off their sweat with the towel, and then
wringing it out, and passing it on. (do you think anyone
would do that these days?) There were these security
guards on the other side of the glass doors who could've
probably let us in, but they were just standing there on
the other side laughing.
cover of the "Get Your Wings"
album, Steven Tyler is wearing a scarf that has
downers rolled into it. People would throw him joints
onto the stage, and he would walk around gathering them
up. He says he doesn't do things like that anymore.
I heard he said he hit rock bottom when he only had
twenty thousand dollars in a Keogh account and was
shooting heroin in a dirty apartment in New York City.
When they first started touring again, they had to hire
security people to keep the pushers away.