After Brad Whitford and Joe Perry quit, Aerosmith recruited Jimmy Crespo to record Rock In A Hard Place, one of their heaviest albums, even as Steven Tyler battled heroin addiction.
Joey Kramer says:
“Rock In A Hard Place was a strange record because I was having a really good time playing, but I was also very stoned. Brad left the band while we were doing that record and Joe was already gone. Jimmy Crespo played all the guitar parts.”
“I was living in Boston, Steven was living in New York and Tom and I would go down to New York to record and go back to Boston to our families on the weekends. It’s good for what it was at the time.”
“I’ve rediscovered some things on that record. I remember talking to my son once and telling him how I came up with a new figure. I was in my rehearsal space noodling around and I came up with this great thing. I played it for him and he goes, ‘Dad, you played that on Rock In A Hard Place.’ When he told me that, I went back and listened to that record and there was some cool stuff on there. It’s great.”