Though Aerosmith has gone on to achieve near unparalleled success throughout their career, frontman Steven Tyler admits that unfavorable comparison to the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger still stings.
"We've always just played our music and haven't given a s**t," he told Rolling Stone. Still, the 'Cheap imitation of the Rolling Stones' criticism was constant. And it hurt for the first couple of years. It was constantly Mick Jagger this and Mick Jagger that - that I copied him, and Janis Joplin too. Mick was the cheapest, easiest shot. 'Well, he looks like him, so let's write about that.'"
Guitarist Joe Perry added "you could tell that they weren't listening, because we definitely weren't sounding like the Stones. We steal from everybody. Amateurs copy and pros steal, and we're professionals. We make no bones about the fact that we took from the people that came before us."
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