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.
While they did go on late -- and to be fair, System of a Down did run a little over -- Guns N' Roses did in fact play this year's Rock In Rio festival last night. The show was broadcast live via the festival's YouTube channel, and you can check out pro-quality footage of several songs, including "Welcome to the Jungle," "It's So Easy," "Mr. Brownstone" and "Paradise City" below.
According to a report from The New York Post, Aerosmith's classic albums -- including Rocks, Get Your Wings and Toys in the Attic -- will now finally be made available via Apple's iTunes beginning next month.
Aerosmith are currently holed up in their Pandora's Box studio working on their fourteenth studio album with producer Jack Douglas. You can check out some footage of Joe Perry and Steven Tyler in the studio, including some tasty guitar licks from Joe Perry, below.
Yesterday, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry wrote on his Twitter account that the "whole band has plans to go into the studio with [producer] Jack Douglas second week of July to work on new Aerosmith CD."
They crashed hard in 2009, but Aerosmith have pulled themselves back together to launch one of their biggest world tours ever. Joe Perry tells how they reconciled with singer Steven Tyler and talks about the plans for their long-awaited new studio effort.