Don't let the hype around American Idol fool you, Aerosmith is still a priority for Steven Tyler, who has reportedly been in the studio with the band for the last month finishing up work on their as-yet-untitled new album.
Outside of Saturday Night Live, no other current TV show can boast as many impressive musical guests as The Simpsons. And The Simpsons has the edge because its many musical appearances are actually meant to be funny. Scores of rock icons -- including three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica -- have appeared on the show as eight-fingered, yellow-tinted versions of themselves.
Having been a cultural institution for almost 40 years now, there's no denying Saturday Night Live has been virtually intertwined with our culture since its inception. Not just for its musical guests, but for the edgy atmosphere of a live show where anything could happen, SNL definitely had its share of rock 'n' roll moments.
But the Aerosmith that created Pump is an altogether different animal than the classic version of the mid-Seventies. Back then, the group was a non-stop rock 'n' roll party machine, living on the edge 24 hours a day and roaring into town in search of your sisters. They were Van Halen before there was Van Halen.