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| Released: 1997 | Columbia Records | 2 x Platinum | "Nine Lives" Tour Dates

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1) Nine Lives
2) Falling in Love
(is hard on the Knees)
3) Hole in my Soul
4) Taste of India
5) Full Circle
6) Something's Gotta Give
7) Ain't that a Bitch
8) The Farm
9) Crash

10) Kiss your Past Goodbye
11) Pink/
12) Attitude Adjustment
13) Fallen Angels

NINE LIVES marks Aerosmith's return to Columbia Records, the label for which it had its first round of stardom in the 1970s, and the label with which the band nearly slid off the rock and roll map altogether in the 1980s. Columbia shelled out a lot of money to woo back the now-bigger-than-ever band, and ends up getting exactly the kind of over-the-top pop-rock it was paying for. Working with producer Kevin Shirley (Silverchair, Journey), the seemingly ageless combo from Boston has made another record overflowing with sexual innuendo ("Pink", "Falling In Love [Is Hard On The Knees]"), power ballads ("Fallen Angels," "Hole In My Soul") and hard-hitting riffs ("Nine Lives," "Crash").

Continuing its recent fascination with sounds alien to hard rock (IE. did you notice the Polynesian log drums on 1993's GET A GRIP?), Aerosmith dabbles with Indian culture on NINE LIVES. You can see it in the colorful packaging of the album, and hear it on "Taste Of India," which picks up where Led Zeppelin's classic "Kashmir" left off. The culturally confused epic features qawwali-esque vocalizing (a la Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), a sarangi (an Indian fiddle) and, of course, some old-fashioned rock and roll. 

Principally recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York.

Steven Tyler (vocals);
Joe Perry (guitar);
Brad Whitford (guitar);
Tom Hamilton (bass);
Joey Kramer (drums)

Additional personnel includes:
Ramesh Mishra (sarengi);
John Webster (keyboards).


NINE LIVES is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files.

NINE LIVES was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

"Pink" won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video.


Album - Billboard (North America)

1997 The Billboard 200 1
1997 Top Canadian Albums 2

Singles - Billboard (North America)

1997 "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1997 "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" Top 40 Mainstream 29
1997 "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" The Billboard Hot 100 36
1997 "Hole in My Soul" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1997 "Hole In My Soul" Top 40 Mainstream 63
1997 "Nine Lives" Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
1997 "Pink" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1997 "Pink" Top 40 Mainstream 23
1997 "Taste of India" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1998 "Pink" The Billboard Hot 100 27

Grammy Awards

1998 "Pink" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal


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