1/4/18: Aerosmith “Back in the Saddle”

Yesterday, I was thinking about coming back to work after spending some time away. There’s a phrase for that, getting “back in the saddle,” and thinking about those four words is what got this song stuck in my head!

Imagine waking up with the sound of Steven Tyler screeching in your ear, “I’m BACK!” That’s what happened to me this morning. But man, does this song rock! It’s got everything from tambourines to bullwhip sounds, and a riff originally composed by Joe Perry on a six-string bass really pulls it all together.

Aerosmith, “The Bad Boys of Boston,” started way back in 1970 – and they’ve been rocking and rolling ever since, scarves on microphone stands and all. Steven Tyler sings lead with accomplished guitarist Joe Perry on lead right beside him. The two have been at odds on and off over the years, creative and personal differences abound, but somehow they’ve managed to stay together and stay productive all these years – giving us some classic rock music in the process!

Aerosmith’s first studio album came out in 1973, but it wasn’t until about two years later that they really hit their stride with “Toys in the Attic.” What a catalogue of great tunes! There’s “Sweet Emotion,” (my personal favorite), “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” “Love in an Elevator,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and so many more. “Back in the Saddle” was on “Rocks,” the band’s fourth studio album… and it’s the music in my head today!

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

School of Rock Grand Opening

AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

Click Here to See Photos of the Grand Opening Celebration!

Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.


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