North American syndicated rock radio show “In The Studio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands” celebrates one of rock and roll’s historical comebacks, AEROSMITH‘s “Permanent Vacation”.
After blazing through the mid-’70s with their first four studio albums, AEROSMITH had gone from “The Train Kept A Rollin'” to “the train’s derailing.” Years of hard drug abuse, personal and professional conflicts would break down the band by the close of the decade. The stakes could not have been higher or the outcome more uncertain for the band’s sober reunion, the 1985 “Done With Mirrors” LP, which stumbled out of the gate. However, AEROSMITH‘s fabled phoenix-like resurrection 25 years ago with “Permanent Vacation” was due in great part to the zealous publicity from then-new manager Tim Collins utilizing the clout of music mogul David Geffen‘s record label, plus the prime years of MTV. But none of that would have mattered if it wasn’t for the music, including “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”, “Rag Doll”, and the monster power ballad “Angel”, all of which added up to over five million copies sold.
Singer Steven Tyler tells “In The Studio” host Redbeard, “If someone was to ask me, ‘Steven…What’s the secret to life?’ Persistence. If you want it bad enough, you can be a rock ‘n’ roll star… If you’re persistent, you will get it.”
The “Permanent Vacation” episode of “In The Studio” is available for streaming at this location.