Aerosmith – “Angel” Live
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“Angel” was written by Steven Tyler and Desmond Child. It was the third single released from Aerosmith’s ninth studio album “Permanent Vacation.” At that point, it became their biggest hit in the US as it peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
It has a power ballad style and incorporates many of the characteristics of rock ballads, including driving electric guitar riffs by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, pianos and violin sounds (from a keyboard), an emotional delivery of lyrics by Steven Tyler, a strong rhythm by bassist Tom Hamilton, and well-placed steady drum beats by Joey Kramer.
It may not be the usual song you hear from the band but it sure was a wonderful treat to their fans and it even led to several other slow songs which also became chart-toppers. Their music video also received heavy airplay on MTV which included some clips from their 1988 North American Tour.
You might notice some similarity between this song and the early Aerosmith hit “Dream On.” When Steven Tyler sat down to write with Desmond Child, he played him the chord to “Dream On” to get them started. They had the bones of “Angel” together a short time later.
Aerosmith only proved just how versatile they truly are!