Joe Perry Looks Back at 'Permanent Vacation'
Joe Perry Looks Back at Aerosmith's 'Permanent Vacation' 30 Years Later: 'It Was the Start of a New Paradigm'
“It was really the start of a new paradigm as far as writing and making records,” Perry tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “We went into the studio and just tried to grind it out, and it didn’t work that way anymore. Obviously we needed some new influence, and it wasn’t going to work the old way. That’s when we started writing with other people.”
Writing in-house had worked for Aerosmith pretty well up to that point — particularly in terms of the creative dynamic between Perry and singer Steven Tyler. While turning to outside songwriters for material and collaboration turned out to have a major beneficial impact for the band in commercial terms, it rubbed a number of longtime fans the wrong way. Perry is far more inclined to see the good in the situation — especially when it comes to the writing chops you can’t help but acquire when working with talented new partners.
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