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Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton Disses Ritchie Blackmore

By Alisha Jackson

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer started a three-day takeover for Karlson & McKenzie’s morning show program on Boston’s WZLX this morning, and his partner in crime, bassist Tom Hamilton called in.

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Hamilton just returned from playing a handful of reunion shows with Thin Lizzy, an experience which he expected to be easier. “It was really amazing,” he said about playing the shows. “It was a lot of work. We rehearsed for five days and then did two shows. It’s the first thing I’ve ever done outside of Aerosmith, and learning all those songs–there were fifteen songs that I had to learn–and getting them so that they were in my DNA was a lot harder than I thought it would be,” he continued.

Thin Lizzy opened up for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, and before going on stage, the band did something that Tom had never witnessed before. “Right before they went on, they booted everyone off the stage. They had to watch from the side. And then they put up this tape across the walkway, like ‘do not cross’ red-and-white striped tape,” Tom recalled in disbelief. “Everybody’s just kind of standing there staring at them, like ‘oh my God, who’s ever seen a band do that?’, but he really did not want anybody on the stage while he was playing.” Although Tom thinks that Rainbow sounded good, he says that Ritchie didn’t seem too passionate about playing. “He was playing lead sort of just like right off the record and not in a real passionate way. A little flat,” Tom noticed. When asked by Ernie Boch Jr. what Ritchie looks like these days, Tom mentioned that he was “pudgy.”

Check out the full interview now on 100.7 WZLX.

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