Hey Steven Tyler. Do You Know The Difference Between You And Me?Posted: January 22, 2012
Ever had a guest who didn’t quite know when to leave? Maybe it was someone who didn’t realize that the party ended when all the other guests left. Perhaps it was that friend who needed a place to stay for a few nights who was still on your couch two months later.
Steven Tyler, it is time for you to get off my couch.
The Aerosmith Years Were Good
Your band, Aerosmith, is one of the greatest rock groups, ever. Your music lives on my iPod and in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Sure, one could argue that the Hall Of Fame is no measure of greatness, after all ABBA has also been inducted into the hall. But I think any serious discussion of great rock bands has to include Aerosmith.
Aerosmith had its rough spots. I remember working at a concert you performed in the early ’80’s. There weren’t many people there. It seemed that the band’s popularity was gone. That wasn’t the case. You rebounded and the hits started coming again. Aerosmith has been rocking since the 1970’s and…wait…since the 1970’s. Perhaps that is the problem.
Steven, Get Off My Couch
There comes a time when everyone must make the decision to move on. People retire when they reach the point where their abilities slip to the point that the can’t do the job like they used to.
Now, a lot of us learn to make up for fading skill with wisdom and even guile. I do that in my career, it has helped me stay effective and relevant. I’ve seen you do it too. But eventually it become time to walk away. Wisdom and guile can only get us so far. My time is coming. Yours is here.
I watched you perform the national anthem before the football play off game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. When you were introduced, I was excited. I anticipated a great performance by a masterful showman. I was let down.
Steven, it wasn’t good. It was pretty ugly. You’ve been wailing since the ’70’s. The voice is gone. The crowd reaction made it clear that I wasn’t the only one who thought so. I think if you asked, eighty percent of the people in that stadium would say that it is time for you to hang it up.
How Gone Is Your Voice?
Your voice is gone. Far gone. It is a remnant of what it was.
It is so far gone that my second thought, after I thought “this is brutal”, was “I could have done that”. Steven, my friends can tell you that I do not have a good singing voice. When I believe that I can out sing someone, that someone is not a good singer.
Steven, do you know the difference between you and me? One of us used to be a great singer.
You’ve made a fortune as a rock and roll singer. I’d bet you could get by without ever working again. The voice is gone. Your time is here.