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Tyler’s a Ravi Shankar fan

Aerosmith rocker talks about the Indian music he grew up listening to.

music Updated: Jun 01, 2011 01:40 IST

Rock icon Steven Tyler, famous for his on-stage antics, powerful voice and signature screams, has revealed that used to listen to Indian musician Ravi Shankar as a teenager.

The 63-year-old Aerosmith frontman, who has been a part of the American hard rock band since its inception over four decades ago, admits he has limited knowledge of Indian music, but thinks highly of it.“I’d have to say that my limited knowledge of Indian music and film is based on seeing Ravi Shankar when I was a teenager,” he says.

“I’m aware of some of the genres of Indian music. On the whole, a lot of Indian music seems to be speaking to the soul, which is wonderful. I know there is a world-famous music and movie scene in India and I’m sure that its growing influence will continue,” he adds.

The singer has once used a ‘taste of India’ in a 1997 Aerosmith song that contains elements of Indian music and a sarangi intro by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner Ramesh Mishra.

Aerosmith’s other Indian connection came in 2007, when the band came to India to perform in Bangalore. It’s been a while since the visit and Tyler doesn’t deny repeating history.

“Well, soon enough!” says the singer, who is basking in the success of his new single, (It) Feels so good. Tyler is also penning a song with Hollywood star Johnny Depp, working on new music with the band as a follow-up to the 2004 track Honkin’ on Bobo, and
enjoying every bit of his new role as a judge on the ongoing season of American Idol — a platform he is sharing with Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.

More on Tyler...
Name: Steven Victor Tallarico
Alias: Demon of Screamin’
Age: 63
Associated act: Aerosmith
Popular albums: Toys in the Attic, Rocks
Latest single:(It) feels so good

First Published: May 31, 2011 17:18 IST