Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Discusses Songwriting Paradigm With Steven Tyler

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recently sat down for a chat with Ultimate Classic Rock to discuss his “writing paradigm” with frontman Steven Tyler.

“Our basic paradigm for writing is him playing drums and me playing guitar. He’s a really inventive drummer – that’s why his singing is so percussive,” Perry said on Ultimate Classic Rock‘s national syndicated rock radio show, “Ultimate Classic Rock Nights.”

He added, “It takes him that extra length of time to write lyrics because he likes to use words that sound almost like a percussive kinda thing.”

Taking the example of the band’s “S.O.S (Too Bad),” Perry said the 1974 song sprung forth from a “set up in the living room with a little drum kit and a little amp” one afternoon.

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