Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton discussed what Sting did to The Police in a new interview. An Aerosmith member recently revealed if Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are still feuding.
He told Music Radar, “I also really liked the first few Police albums. Sting was really great at the way his bass parts would drive the atmosphere of the song in combination with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.”
He said about his own bass playing, “Obviously, I’m proud of Toys In The Attic and Rocks. I was able to take my playing up a notch and also kick some ideas into the songwriting department. But I also feel good about my playing and the sound I was able to get on the Pump album. I used my early Music Man for most of that album except for the ballad, What It Takes, where I used a Hofner.”
He said about slap bass, “I just never felt the urge to join in to the slap bass thing, although I’ve used little bits of it here and there, like on the bridge in Love In An Elevator. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people are really creative in that style. Years ago I was lucky enough to be in the front row at a Sly & The Family Stone concert, and sat right in front of Larry Graham – who was essentially the first one who played that style.”
Aerosmith are currently touring North America as they take a break from their ‘Deuces Are Wild’ Las Vegas residency. Steven Tyler and Aerosmith announced a member was missing a show after a sad injury last week.
tomass posted on the Aeroforce forums, “Same set list on August 10th.. Mehhhh.. They were kicking so much ass in Vegas.. The second half of the set is boring as hell… My excitement for the show I have had all year long is quickly fading.. I was going to try and get into the Saturday 8/24 show as well but I am now glad I didn’t pull the trigger on that one. This band makes no sense. If they are gonna play a ‘Big Ones’ setlist, Vegas seems like the better place to do that. Instead they play Gems like Chip Away, Walkin’ The Dog and Kings and Queens in Vegas then come home where the ‘Gems’ are appreciated more and play all ‘Big Ones’.”