Aerosmith Bassist Talks Idol, Side Projects, And Marathon Bombings

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Aerosmith's "Music From Another Dimension" is their first album since 2004. (Album Cover)

Aerosmith’s “Music From Another Dimension” is their first album since 2004. (Album Cover)

The road to “Another Dimension” was fraught with peril: injury, Idol, arguments, and addiction. But after the drama and threats of a breakup, last fall finally saw the release of Aerosmith’s “Music From Another Dimension.” The album is their first full length in 8 years and first album of all original material since 2001.

“Some of us have been trying to make that happen for a long time,” said bassist Tom Hamilton ahead of the band’s stop at MGM Grand at Foxwoods on July 10. “We were able to get a moment in time when everybody really wanted to have a record out.

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton needed to break from the band's Australian tour because of a chest infection. (Ross Halfin / Handout)

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton needed to break from the band’s Australian tour because of a chest infection. (Ross Halfin / Handout)

“It was great getting the whole thing going, and getting Steven [Tyler]‘s attention away from his little TV thing and back to where the rock is,” said Hamilton, touching upon the Tyler’s two season stint as judge on American Idol. “Once that happened, we were right on the road we need to be on.”

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The show turned into a launch pad for the band’s new single, “Legendary Child,” when they played it live during the season 11 finale. Even though he’s been a guest, Hamilton admits he’s never actually watched the show.

“You know, I tried really hard,” he said with an exacerbated tone. “I really just put it on because I wanted to see Steven. But there’s so much time between his little quips that my A.D.D. got the best of me.”

Tyler talked recently with Rolling Stone about pursuing a solo album, citing artists Skrillex and Deadmau5 as influences. Asked about it, Hamilton said he wasn’t familiar with the story but added whatever Tyler pursued was “cool” with him.

“We all have ideas and other material that we’re working on outside the band, loads of material, we all have different work and things that we’ve put on the back burner,” he said, adding his own personal musical pursuits include electronic music. “I think it’s interesting, combining the idea of a rock band with electronics, I never thought there was some iron fence between the two.”

Asked if he would join a new Steven Tyler led project, Hamilton responded “Of course, why not?”

Boston-based Aerosmith was about to leave for Australia when they heard about the Marathon Bombings. (Ross Halfin / Handout)

Boston-based Aerosmith was about to leave for Australia when they heard about the Marathon Bombings. (Ross Halfin / Handout)

The Boston band was leaving for Australia the day of the Marathon bombings. Hamilton says they heard about the explosions right before leaving Logan Airport, though the extent of the attack wouldn’t be known until they landed 14 hours later.

“When it’s so close to home, it really makes you wonder what kind of person would resort to that, I don’t think there’s anything religious or political about it at all. I think what we had was just a lousy guy, a criminal, who had an urge to hurt people.”

Hamilton, a survivor of throat cancer, needed to cut his time in Oceania short when he came down with a sudden chest infection. However he made a full recovery in time to perform at the Boston Strong fundraising concert for the victims’ families.

“It was just an honor to be able to contribute a little something to put smiles on their faces. To let them know that a lot of people care about what happened and are rooting for them to go on and have a good life.”

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