Peppy Castro talks about his friendship with Joey Kramer, writing “Tramp”, Aerosmith, Balance and upcoming musical

Joey Kramer’s long time friend/songwriter/producer Peppy Castro talked to us, the Aerosmith BackBurner, on 24/09/2020. Peppy talked about his band Balance, his friendship with Joey, how and where the demo for “Tramp” was written, his involvement in an upcoming London musical, and many Aerosmith-related stories. We reached out and interviewed Peppy after Joey mentioned writing … More Peppy Castro talks about his friendship with Joey Kramer, writing “Tramp”, Aerosmith, Balance and upcoming musical


“Tramp’” is song Aerosmith considered during the 1988/1989 Pump sessions at Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver, Canada, but was never completed. It was mainly written by Peppy Castro and Joey Kramer with input from Steven Tyler, demo lyrics from Eric Troyer. The title of the song can be seen in a scene of the Making … More Tramp

Is Anybody Out There?

“Is Anybody Out There?” is a melodic mid-tempo song written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Jim Vallance in Vancouver, 1987. It could be considered a 3-time Aerosmith outtake, as the band worked on it during the sessions for Permanent Vacations, Pump and Get a Grip. The song might have take inspiration from Pink Floyd’s … More Is Anybody Out There?

Rubber Bandit

“Rubber Bandit” is an Aerosmith outtake written during the ’88/’89 sessions for their Pump album with producer Bruce Fairburn. It is most know for showing up in the “B list” (while Steven and Joe discuss demos) and the whiteboard behind Steven (during rehearsals) during the Making of Pump home video. Bandit is a rocker, it … More Rubber Bandit

Renegade (band)

Internal problems with Aerosmith led to the creation of the band “Renegade” in 1981. Joey said the reason he put the band together is because Aerosmith was ready to self-destruct. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford had already left the band, and Steven Tyler was side-lined for the year on account of a motorcycle accident. Joey … More Renegade (band)

Yo Mamma

“Yo Mamma” is an amazingly fun rock & blues song believed to be left from the 1992 Get a Grip sessions. It made it almost all the way to the end of the production process during the albums first attempt at the A&M studios. The song starts with Joe’s guitar hitting the E chord, with … More Yo Mamma