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In The Beginning ...


The band remembers the early days, when Joe Perry worked the deep fryer and the parties never stopped ...


Making The Music


The guys talk about the songwriting process, and share memories of writing "Walk This Way," "Janie's Got a Gun" and other classic tracks ...


The Drug Years


The group battles drug addiction and alcoholism ...


Brotherly Love


How the days of furniture-throwing and awkward moments between Joe and Tom's wives have turned into one big lovefest ...


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Tyler: Joe's really a hard sell. He's always been a loner. I had a relationship with Joe unlike any relationship with anybody else. I dreamt of meeting somebody like this who would have licks that I could throw on top of ... that we could possibly be a songwriting team. It's always been a little sad for me with Joe, in that I get the lick, but I don't get that full-time friend. And he may argue with me to this day about it, but I think Joey had an experience with Joe as well, where he asked, "Why can't we be really close friends?" And Joe said, "Just because we're in a band doesn't mean we have to be best friends." And I have this passion in me that is so much deeper that I feel that in order to get the true value out of a friendship you gotta give the all. Even when the other person doesn't think so.

Perry: Steven's f---ed up. I know where he's coming from and what he's really running. A lot of times he'll come up to me and say something and I'll immediately just say the opposite, whether it's to just piss him off. Then I'll listen to it, think about it. And I'll usually come back and say, "Yeah you're right," or "I thought about it." It's that family stuff. And I'm sure he does the same thing with me. But he's got really good intuition. And a lot of times, I hate to admit it, but he's right.

Over the years, I've looked at the band as a brotherhood. It is a family in a sense. You have to have a bigger vision of what you have. And don't let the stuff get personal. We've made every mistake you can make. We've argued and walked out of rooms and not spoken to each other for weeks. The band broke up. But we've learned over the years how to make it work. Even when we do things to each other that go right to the core, there's still something about having the band that's bigger than that, and we work through it.

"I compare us a lot of times to a blueberry pie. ..."
Kramer: The band is a democracy. I compare us a lot of times to a blueberry pie. If you take a slice of blueberry pie out of the pie and replace it with apple ... APPLE! It doesn't work. How I can relate that to being a democracy is that we're all blueberries. We all work together in that if I have a question about something that I'm not real sure of about myself, I'll go to Tom to ask him, and I'm going to get an honest answer from him because he knows me. Nothing is going to be held back. There's no person that's more important than the other when it comes to treating each other equally.

I think that Steven and I both relate on a very gut level. He feels a lot of the same sensitivity I do as far as emotions. He expresses them one way, I do another. There are times he reads me like a book, and I don't like that, and there are times I do the same to him. We can have a good cry, look in one another's eyes, tell the other that we love him, and be done with it. He can piss me off to the point where I want to hate him for the moment, and I know I can do the same to him.

I think the one guy that probably inspires me to continue being a loving soul is Joe. I can remember when we first started the band — I remember an instant one day when we walked down the street and Joe just said to me, "Why do we have to be buddies to play in a band together?" And for me to hear that was just unspeakable. Because for me, a big part of being in a band was the camaraderie. And having your girlfriends get along and eating together and going to movies together. That's the way I was. So for him to say that to me really threw me off. Now here we are 30 years later, and I can have the same kind of conversation with Joe that I can have with anyone else. I feel closer to this guy now than I ever have in 30 years.



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