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Steven Tyler, Joe Perry To Be Inducted Into Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. Backstage With Aerosmith.


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The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2013 induction class, and it’s heavy with 70’s & 80’s rock icons. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith will highlight the June 13th ceremony. Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner will be inducted as well.
A few years ago, I took my daughter, Stephanie to an Aerosmith concert in New Orleans. We had the opportunity to meet the band before the show. Steven Tyler was his usual Ribald self.
One woman approached him to autograph her breast. Steven cheerfully obliged. Someone’s cellphone rang. When he pulled it from his pocket, Steven grabbed & answered it. It went something like this, “Hello…(pause)….This is Steven. Who’s this? Sorry, Rick, your friend can’t come to the phone….(pause)…..Why not?? He’s backstage, meeting Aerosmith!”…Steven then hung up. When Stephanie approached him for an autograph, he smiled & asked her name. Steven then flashed an evil grin & said, “Be careful…I bite!”
Foreigner and Aerosmith will clearly be the center of attention.  JD Souther, Holly Knight and Tony Hatch have had distinguished careers, and will also be honored.
Knight wrote Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Invincible.”  She also wrote  “The Warrior” for Patty Smyth,”The Best” and “Better Be Good to Me” for Tina Turner.
Souther partnered with The Eagles on “Heartache Tonight,” ”Victim of Love,” ”New Kid in Town” and “Best of My Love.”
Hatch wrote Petula Clark’s hits “Downtown” and “My Love.”
Perry and Tyler have become one of rock’s most successful songwriting duos, with an impressive body of work that features “Sweet Emotion,” ”Dream On” and “Livin’ on the Edge.”
Jones and Gramm ruled radio for a time. They’ve displayed great versatlilty, ranging from rock anthems like “Jukebox Hero”  to power ballads like “I Wanna Know What Love Is.”
The inductions will take place June 13th, in New York.

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