Aerosmith feel 'lucky' the band is still going strong

Aerosmith's Joe Perry believes there is something unique about being in a band for a "long f**king time" and he feels "lucky" they have remained together for almost 50 years

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry believes there is something unique about being in a band for a "long f**king time".

The American rock band, which is comprised of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, have boasted a successful career spanning almost 50 years and, although they have claimed it has been a "lot of work" to stay together, the group think they are "really lucky" to have been able to continue making music regardless of any bad periods they have endured.

Speaking to Billboard about their longevity, the 66-year-old lead guitarist said: "[50 years] that's a long f***ing time, man. I mean, it's been a lot of work keeping it together and it's easy to see how bands don't last; it's just life. Part of it you can control - if everybody has the same goals, you work towards it through the rough spots and all that. And then there's the stuff that happens that you don't have control over and we've just been really lucky.

"There are just so many things that can go wrong to tear a band apart. We've seen it all. The band's had its periods where it hasn't been that great, but there's something about that dream that we always had when we first got together and we're still all here, we're taking it day-by-day.

"There's something about a band that's been together for a long time, you just can't bottle it. There's no way you can replace what all this experience gives you."

Although the band are fast approaching their half a century milestone, the musician doesn't feel "worn out, tired" or "jaded" being part of the band.

He said: "It's a long time, but when we're onstage it feels timeless. It's funny, I would think I would feel kind of worn out, tired and too jaded to do this, but I don't feel that way. I feel that way about other things in life, but not the band."

And the 'I Don't Want to Miss A Thing' hitmaker's have revealed they "never" feel bored performing some of their classic hits because of the audience's excited reaction.

Joe continued: "And I know when my band is playing, we just give it up for the audience. And that's why it's never boring playing our hits -- when I start playing those songs and I see the reaction, it's never boring.

"I've been really, really lucky to be able to go off and do side projects and that kind of thing, because that also helps to keep the band strong."

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