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STEVEN TYLER REVEALS THE SECRET TO KNOWING YOU'VE WRITTEN A HIT

6/17/2013

Steven Tyler maintains that the main ingredient to any great band is timeless songs. Over 40 years after writing his first tune for Aerosmith with Joe Perry, the pair was saluted on Thursday night (June 13th) when they were inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. We asked Steven Tyler if there was a tried a trusted way to know when you've written a hit song: "Uh, when you're. . . at night when you're going to bathroom and you can't get it out of your mind. All night when go up to get into the bathroom, you're singin' the chorus. You go: 'Okay, we've got a winner here!' Remember, they all start with thumbnail sketches, a little nothing -- (sings) 'Janey Got A Gun.' Why the hell does Janey have a gun? Why would she a have a gun? Who's Janey?! And on and on and on. So, it's a crazy, beautiful. . . I love the process."

 

We asked Tyler to recall the first time he and Joe Perry wrote a song together: "It was a song called 'Movin' Out' it was on a waterbed at 1325 Com(monwealth) Ave. It was a magic moment. I mean, all I'd ever asked for. . . I don't know, I was a kid, all I kept saying was, 'I just wanna get my foot in the door.' And once I got my foot in the door, I knew it would be all over -- at least, I had hopes. And we made it happen. We wrote a song called 'Movin' Out' and the rest is history."

  • "Movin' Out" is featured on Aerosmith's 1973 self-titled debut album.

FAST FACTS

  • On November 5th, 2012, Aerosmith returned to their Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood to perform an hour-long set in front of thousands of fans.
  • The concert was played in celebration of Boston Mayor Tom Menino declaring the 1325 Commonwealth Avenue building -- where Aerosmith lived from 1970 to 1972 -- a historic landmark, with a special commemorative plaque placed outside on the building.
  • Among the songs included in the nine-song set was the first song Steven Tyler and Joe Perry ever wrote -- "Movin' Out."

CHECK IT OUT: Aerosmith live on Boston's Commonwealth Avenue performing "Movin' Out" on November 5th, 2012:

Steven Tyler On 'Movin' Out'
Steven Tyler On Knowing He's Written A Hit

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