Vancouver songwriter Jim Vallance claims Aerosmith's Joe Perry is "not a liar"

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      Yesterday I wrote a blog complaining that I couldn't stand the new Aerosmith song, "Legendary Child", which had just been released as a crappy video. The song was cowritten by Vancouver's Jim Vallance, so I took guitarist Joe Perry to task for previously telling the world that Aerosmith's next batch of material would be written by the band members themselves--like all their classic tunes from the '70s.

      Then about an hour ago Vallance left a comment on the original blog which offers his side of the story. Check it out:

      I'm not here to defend myself, but I would like to defend Joe Perry.

      When Joe said there were no co-writers he believed that to be true. "Legendary Child" was written so long ago (1991-92) that Steven and Joe had completely forgotten about my contribution. They considered it a Tyler-Perry song.

      I got an email from an Aerosmith fan a week before the song was released. That's how I heard about it. So I contacted Aerosmith's manager, Trudy Green. At first she didn't believe me and gave me a rough ride on the phone. I emailed her the "basement tape" of the song as proof ... me, Steven and Joe in my home studio, 20 years ago. That jogged some memories and everything got sorted out.

      All of this to say, Joe Perry may have a terrible memory, but he's not a liar.

      I think it's cool that Vallance stuck up for Perry, who in my opinion is a great guy and a helluva guitarist. And he didn't even complain about me slagging "Legendary Child". In celebration of hugely successful tunesmiths doing the right thing, here's a song Vallance cowrote with the Boston Bad Boys that does not suck in the least.

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      Pat Crowe

      Jul 12, 2012 at 7:07am

      How come Jim Vallance looks like that drummer asshole who wrecked Genesis?

      Alex Ross-Shaw

      Jul 12, 2012 at 7:26am

      Don't think I've ever seen Perry say there would be no contributions from outside writers on the new album, but he's right to say it's much more of a band effort - not only are there Tyler/Perry songs there is even a Whitford/Tyler song, and Hamilton and Kramer even get credits on a few songs.

      Gonzalo Collarte

      Jul 12, 2012 at 7:48am

      the song doesnt suck, its got a killer riff on the verses, awesome rithm, lots of guitars... i guess that some of the "woooaaass" could be omitted, but the song rocks... Joe's solo is also killer... and the prechorus is agreat too...

      Robert Plant

      Jul 12, 2012 at 12:10pm

      I guess we will never hear the end of this as this song now sucks because of some input by a uncool Canadian.....