Wrote about Aerosmith, 1977, and how things seemed got frayed through drugs. though the talent was still there. By 1980, with Joe Perry having left the band and been replaced by Jimmy Crespo, things became more frayed, but the talent was still there:
With Jimmy Crespo sounding…different…though solid, in his own way. Some continuing work after his Aerosmith period (1979-1984), though never the same profile.
By the end of the seventies, some nights I was so out of it our road manager, Joe Baptista, would have to carry me onstage. The promoter would be sitting there in the dressing room with a look of horror on his face. I’m almost comatose, he’s hyper-ventilating. He thinks he’s presenting the legendary cash cow Aerosmith, and now he’s going to lose his shirt because the lead singer’s down for the count. Is he dead or alive? What am I going to do? “You’d better get him on that stage. I don’t know how he’s going to do this how, but we’ve got too many kids out there.”
Not to worry. The minute my feet hit the stage, I’m off and running. I don’t know how it happens, but hey, you get up there in front of twenty thousand people and it’s a high in itself, it’s a charged space.
Something there and not there from an “official” video from that time: