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article imageAerosmith's Brad Whitford talks 'Let Rock Rule' summer tour Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 24, 2014 in Music
Brad Whitford, the rhythm guitar player from the acclaimed rock band Aerosmith chatted with me about their "Let Rock Rule" North America summer tour and their musical career.
Their "Let Rock Rule" tour features their musical guest, Slash, who is joined by rock powerhouse vocalist Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. This tour is promoted exclusively by Live Nation and Aerosmith is playing the biggest venues across the country. "Slash is great. He is a great friend and such a talented and gifted guitar player. We wanted Slash for a long time to be on this tour, and we weren't sure if it was going to happen and then, finally we got him. We are really happy about it," he said.
Whitford added, "Slash's band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, sound phenomenal. Myles sure has an amazing voice. You're not going to hear anybody doing 'Sweet Child O' Mine' any better than that. That song sounded absolutely stunning."
Aerosmith's New York show included several of their classic hits such as "Sweet Emotion," "Dream On," "Walk This Way," "Cryin'" and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
The summer's hottest ticket for an Aerosmith show is available through the Live Nation mobile app, at Live Nation's homepage or at their official website.
Their North American summer tour commenced on July 10 at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York, and as Digital Journal previously reported, it was an exceptional rock show. "That was actually our first show back in the United States, so it was fun. You're in Europe for a couple of months and come back, and then you wonder if people still remember us. It's always fun. New York is great since we saw a lot of our old friends there. It was a nice way to come back, and step back into the United States part of the tour," he said.
When asked which is his personal favorite song from their extensive catalog to play live, he responded, "There are so many of our songs that are so much fun to play. We resurrected a couple of songs that we haven't played in a while such as 'Kings and Queens.' There's probably a few others that will come along during the course of this tour. There is always a great energy around resurrecting songs that you haven't done in a while. It's fun to bring out some of these songs that you haven't done in years and playing them."
Speaking of "Kings and Queens," Whitford co-wrote that song with three of his band members and their producer Jack Douglas. It was a track from their fifth studio album, Draw the Line, that came out in 1977.
On their tour's title, "Let Rock Rule," he remarked, "It was a process of elimination really. It's one of the hardest things you can do sometimes, such as naming albums and tours. Everybody has plenty of opinions when you offer up an idea. We end up with an enormous amounts of ideas and lots of messages and e-mails back and forth, and then somebody hits on something that feels right, and there you go."
Towards the end of August, they will be returning to the East Coast, where they will play two shows in New Jersey. On August 31, they will head to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and on September 3, they will be rocking out the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. "We are having a great time on this tour and we play New Jersey, which feels like home ground to us. Anything close to New York or Boston feels special in a way. We have a lot of our friends and family come out to those gigs that we have known for years," he said.
Their tour wraps up on September 12 at the Open Hearth Park in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, which is certain to leave their fans wanting more.
For Whitford, playing live and recording in the studio involves two different kinds of energies. "They are both great places to be when you have a great band like Aerosmith, and you take it into the studio. That is always a lot of fun for me. I really enjoy that."
The veteran rock star described both settings, live and the studio, as "tantalizing and fun."
Each day, Whitford is motivated by his own offspring. "A couple of my sons are incredible guitar players. I am trying to keep up with them. They keep me on my toes. I have to get up from bed every morning and try to keep up with them," he said with a laugh. "They are such good players. It's very exciting. They both played on stage with Aerosmith several times, and it makes it a lot fun," the proud father added.
Regarding his plans for the future, he revealed, "I am working on some music with some friends of mine back at home. Hopefully, when Aerosmith is not working, I might be doing something with that. Aerosmith has no plans to stop doing what they are doing. They seem to have a huge fan-base in Europe and South America and other parts of the world, and people are still coming out to see the band, and hopefully, we will be returning there next year. We do not have any plans on stopping, so we will keep on making good and honest music."
Aside from Whitford, the legendary rock group is made up of Steven Tyler on lead vocals, Joe Perry on lead guitar, Joey Kramer on drums, and Tom Hamilton on bass. They have sold over 150 million albums worldwide and they were inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. "We have sold a lot of records in our day, and being part of this rock and roll era from the last century and the whole music scene is so vibrant. I am glad that we were a part of it and that we made a decent contribution," he shared. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was a fun night. It was great to see all the people that were there. They did a good job putting that together. Also, the last one I saw with Bruce Springsteen inducting the E Street Band was great and so cool. What a class act that guy is. I hope they maintain that level they are operating at and don't cheapen it in any way in the future."
Throughout their illustrious career in music, they have garnered four Grammy awards, eight American Music Awards (AMAs), six Billboard Music Awards, as well as 12 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), among other accolades. Their latest honors include the 2013 ASCAP Founders Award, and they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame that same year.
On the key to longevity in the music industry, Whitford noted that it is essential to have a certain amount of songs. "The more songs you have, the better off you will be. You had guys that we used to call one-hit wonders back in the day, and they did okay too, but certainly the more music you can put out there, and the more the music vibrates with the people, and as long as you can maintain your ability to perform and your health, then longevity is guaranteed," he said.
For his Aerosmith fans, Whitford concluded, "I just hope they are enjoying the tour. Let us know if there is something that you want to hear, because, I, myself, am dying to break out some songs that we haven't played in a long time. I would love to hear more suggestions from the fans, and we would love to comply."
To learn more about Aerosmith and their "Let Rock Rule" tour dates, visit their official homepage, or their "Aero Force One" fan club's page by clicking here.
Their official videos can also be seen on their YouTube channel.
Fans can also interact with the iconic rock group on their official Facebook page and they can follow them on Twitter.
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