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Steven Tyler Talks of Jamming with Led Zeppelin

Steven Tyler
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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is finally talking about what it was like to spend a week with Led Zeppelin a few years ago, and how it may have led to the recording studio. In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, he says that he spent a week with Led Zeppelin back in the summer of 2008. It came after Zeppelin’s reunion show in 2007, which can now be seen on the DVD Celebration Day, after Robert Plant showed no interest in doing a full-on reunion.

Tyler says:

I went over and played with Jimmy and the rest of them in (summer 2008). It wasn’t an audition to be in Zeppelin, it was an audition to play with Zeppelin. We were going to do a couple of stadiums. And then while I was there, Jimmy spoke to me about maybe doing an album. I went home and thought about it for a couple of days, and I got back to him and said, ‘Look Jimmy, you’re in an iconic band and so am I. I can’t in good faith, leave my band and be in your band.’

We played all day for a week. Every time we took a break I smoked a cigar and Jimmy smoked a cigarette. We went out back and spoke with Jimmy about everything on the planet. It started out with, ‘Jimmy, you have no idea how grateful I am to have the chance to come over and jam with you guys.’ And he goes, ‘Well, maybe we can play some shows together.’ And I said, ‘Stop right there. I’m playing in a band with John Paul Jones?’

Tyler says that he had a great time with the band, playing whatever songs they wanted to, but at the end of the day it didn’t seem like a good idea to him.

Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension is in stores now.

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