May 3, 1976. Aerosmith follows up their breakthrough 1975 album Toys In The Attic with Rocks. See how much you know about this fan fave on its 45th.
Joe Perry has a quote that maybe does the best job of summing up 'Rocks'-era Aerosmith: "There's no doubt we were doing a lot of drugs by then, but whatever we were doing, it was still working for us."
'Rocks' was the Aerosmith album that saw more input from guitarist Brad Whitford and bassist Tom Hamilton. Whitford wrote the music for lead single "Last Child."
'Rocks' is one of those albums that hard rockers cite as influential. Kurt Cobain named it as one of his favorite albums. James Hetfield and Slash both name the album as an important influence on their musical style.
For "Back In The Saddle," the band tried using a real bullwhip for the whip effects; they ended up with cuts and injuries and no good audio.