#Flash­back­Fri­day The day Joe Perry quit Aero­smith

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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

Photo: AP

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