Aerosmith guitarist celebrates his 70th birthday today. He and Steven Tyler don’t always agree when writing songs. “Eat the Rich” is a perfect example. Joe Perry co-wrote “Eat the Rich” with Steven Tyler and Bryan Adams‘ songwriting partner Jim Vallance, who helped with the writing of a bunch of ’80s and ’90s Aerosmith cuts. Perry, whose contributions are generally musical, says he was never all that down with the idea of the song.
“I’m thinking, ‘How can Aerosmith do a song like this?’ I don’t think any of us are half as rich as people think we are, but we’ve definitely been able to earn a living doing this. Saying ‘Eat the Rich’ is kind of like us saying ‘eat me’. So I kind of had a little bit of a problem with that title, but I think the riffs made it right.”