Russ Irwin On Aerosmith, Going Solo And “Manhattan”

Who's the MVP of Aerosmith? It might just be Russ Irwin, the band's keyboardist of 15 years, who, as their go-to harmony vocalist, has to sing higher than Steven Tyler on a nightly basis -- no easy feat -- while pumping out a steady dose of tasty fills. Some of that Aerosmith magic wore off on his solo album, Get Me Home, which alternates Billy Joel-style piano ballads with high energy, funk-infused rockers Stevie Wonder would approve of. Tyler's a big fan, and lends his trademark vocals to two tracks. We spoke with Irwin on the eve of the Boston Band's tour-ending show in Nashville about Get Me Home, landing his day job and more. Check out the live video of Irwin's "Manhattan" below, and read his recent guest blog here. Do you remember your audition for Aerosmith? It was in Boston at Joey Kramer’s house. I auditioned with three or four other guys; I was the first one to audition and Steven and I just started singing together and it was like instant magic. It was really cool. We sang great together. I’d never had that kind of experience with anyone before – to sing so well with them…

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