Posted by: Le Catch | February 1, 2008

I’m currently plodding my way through a host of autobiographies that I picked up over Christmas and have been shocked to discover just how close to the wire a lot of music’s main players from the last 30 years have lived. We all know just how wild most of the ‘old boys club’ lived. There are more tales floating around onlineof The Rolling Stones than there are urban myths. Aeromith are no exception.

I’m currently reading Slash’s autobiography. I’m just about done with the book and now have no clear idea how it is physically possible for Slash to be still alive and kicking. He regularly mentions crazy nights out with the likes of Joe Perry giving a clear indication that their two lives and demons lived very much parallel for many years.

So who today is following on the trend? Amy Winehouse? Pete Doherty? Definitely not. These new rock and roll bad kids have nothing on Anthony Kiedis, Joe Perry and Johnny Cash. Nothing. The only difference is that modern celebrities live their life under a live-streaming microscope. Every minute of their day is carefully (or not) detailed online and in the music press. Slash and Perry lived their lives completely away from all this. Their demons were rarely splashed over the tabloids and maybe because of this they pushed the boundaries a little further than most.

But what effect did this all have on their music. It’s without question that some of the great rock albums from the last 20 years were created throughout this haze of drugs, booze, sex and more drugs. ‘Pump’ however, was recorded while the band were clinging on to sobriety, despite their tour with Guns n Roses just before it’s recording. And still they managed to publish one of the best albums of their career. Would Pump sound different if it had been recorded while the band were living up to their reputation?

As Axl sang ‘The perils of Rock and Roll Decadence’

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