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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry honoured

Published 10/04/2013 | 17:46

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Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have been recognised for their songwriting skills

Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are being honoured for their songwriting skills - and put it down to having "stood the test of time".

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The pair will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June and will officially receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Founders Award next week.

Steven, 65, said: "I think people are enamoured by the music, and I think they're pushed over the top by the fact that we stood the test of time, we're still together and didn't quit. We're still around. We're still in the game and in the fight and have the passion... and it's not a fighter that's gotten knocked out or has wet brain, it's a fight that we still do because we can."

Aerosmith released their 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension!, last November. The album contains the band's first new material in more than a decade and was a collaboration of the entire group.

"We decided to keep it close to the vest and all sit in a room all together like the old days and write an old-fashioned Aerosmith album," Steven said. "This made my heart feel good that... we were all that band that actually started out in the beginning."

During the writing process, they think of how they'd perform the song live "and usually, if it feels good, we're going to finish the song," Joe said

"The bottom line is fans just want to hear a good song," he said. "Some people will look underneath to see who wrote it, but they just want to hear a good song. And if they don't hear it, they're not going to buy it just because you wrote it."

The pair revealed they are honoured to receive their songwriting nods. Past recipients of the Founders Award include Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Tom Waits. The Songwriters Hall of Fame includes such artists as Johnny Cash, Marvin Hamlisch, Elton John and Mick Jagger.

Steven went on: "Writing songs is like panning for gold. It's like sifting through life and you look for a little nugget, and if you hit on it, you're really lucky. It's such an honour to be with those other songwriters. If I can use that as a template, that's where the honour lies."

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