Aerosmith – “Livin’ On The Edge” Live At Woodstock
You Can’t Stop Yourself From Fallin’!
“Livin’ on the Edge” was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson. It appeared in Aerosmith’s 11th studio album “Get A Grip” and was released as a single on February 23, 1993. It basically tackles certain social issues and was said to be inspired by The 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
- Number 18 in the US Billboard Hot 100
- Number 1 in the Billboard Album Rock Tracks
- Number 19 in the British Pop Chart
It reflects on the sorry state of the world (“There’s something wrong with the world today”), religion (“We’re seeing things in a different way and God knows it ain’t his”), racism (“If you can judge a wise man by the color of his skin”), among other things. However, the lyrics in the song also suggest that the world is still worth living in.
This remains to be one of the band’s most successful single EVER and their music video was notable for depicting theft, vandalism, violence and airbag crashing to name a few. In fact, it received several praises not just for the use of special effects but also theatrical scenes directed by Marty Callner. After its release, it has been a staple in their concert repertoire.
According to Steven Tyler, those three big drum hits that you hear near the end of this song were made with the bass drum he stole from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York, where he was in the marching band.
After receiving much critical acclaim, this continues to be an all-time favorite by Aerosmith fans!