#FlashbackFriday The day Joe Perry quit Aerosmith
ON this day in 1979, Aerosmith was headlining a rock concert event with the likes of AC/DC, Journey and Thin Lizzy.
On stage, the band seemed to have it all together. However, the atmosphere was tense backstage when a fight broke out between guitarist Joe Perry’s wife Elyssa and bassist Tom Hamilton’s significant other, Terry.
In the Aerosmith biography Walk This Way published in 1997, Hamilton recalled what happened.
“I guess (Terry) said something to Elyssa, who threw a glass of milk at her. So there was this physical confrontation between them before we went on Cleveland (where the show was held). It was loud. There was yelling, and we could hear it. No one got hurt, but it was also a reflection of the conflicts going on in the band,” he said.
Vocalist Steven Tyler got involved and told Perry to control his wife. It frustrated him when Perry didn’t seem to do anything about the incident. Finally, under the influence of alcohol, Tyler snapped at Perry.
“I remember clearly being on the steps of the trailer, walking down and yelling at Joe, ‘You’re (expletive) fired!’. We were a gang, a unit, but I was just so angry,” he recalled.
Perry, who was reportedly already frustrated by Aerosmith’s creative direction at that time (the band was struggling to finish recording the follow-up to fifth studio album Draw The Line), stormed out. Jimmy Crespo later took his place in the band. Perry admitted in Walk This
Way that quitting the band was hard: “A part of me was missing, and I just denied it.”
He would eventually rejoin Aerosmith in 1984 and they went on to record best-selling albums like Permanent Vacation and Get A Grip .– Angelin Yeoh