Tom Hamilton has a funny bone
When his playing days are over, Tom Hamilton has a second career already in mind.
“Sketch comedy,” says the Aerosmith bassist.
That’s right. Hamilton (inset) might look deadly serious on stage, but he has a funny bone he’d like to exercise. At the moment, his only chance to yuk it up is “Banned in Boston,” the annual madcap musical revue that benefits the violence prevention program Urban Improv.
Hamilton has been involved since the beginning — over 20 years — and he’ll be on stage at the House of Blues again April 5 along with former governor Bill Weld, KISS 108’s Matt Siegel, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston boss Josh Kraft, “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook, Mayor Tom Menino, and Governor Deval Patrick, among others.
We’re not sure what it says about Hamilton, but he’s played a lot of famous women in “Banned in Boston” over the years.
“I’ve been the queen of England, Martha Stewart, Barbara Bush,” he says. “Hmm, that is a lot of women, isn’t it?
“What’s great about the show is it’s a well-written, smart, and satirical script every year, and that appeals to me,” says Hamilton, who’s not so high-brow he can’t enjoy a little slapstick, too. “Me and my brother used to sit on the couch and watch variety shows and ‘The Three Stooges’ and laugh our butts off.”
We’d be remiss if we didn’t ask about Aerosmith, which last year released its first new CD in over a decade, the underrated “Music From Another Dimension!” Hamilton says he and his bandmates, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, and Joey Kramer, enjoyed making the record and even have some material left over.
“We may have overloaded the record. It might have been smarter to choose, say, nine songs and make sure those were really tweaked instead of 14 or 15 songs, but we couldn’t help ourselves,” he says. “It’d be nice now to go into the studio and do something really quick and stripped down, and not spend hours and hours on every bass note and cymbal hit.”
Hamilton told us he was never a big fan of “American Idol,” but he isn’t surprised the TV show’s ratings have declined precipitously since Tyler left. (The flamboyant frontman and Jennifer Lopez have been replaced on the new season by Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.)
“I think the ratings were sliding before, but Steven’s involvement put the brakes on that,” says Hamilton.
And is the famously fractious band getting along these days?
“Oh yeah,” Hamilton says. “We’re glued together.”