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Album: Music from Another Dimension! (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This song features harmony vocals from Julian Lennon. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler met the son of John Lennon by chance when they were staying at the same hotel in Los Angeles during the time he was working on American Idol. He recalled during a listening party at The Box Club in London's Soho (as reported by The Quietus): "We were staying in a hotel where Julian Lennon was staying at the same time, and one morning I was in the shower, and I knew he was there, I was just singing 'Juliaaaaaan' with the window open, and all of a sudden I heard him say, 'Steven?!' So he came along to the studio and sang on the opening track of this record."
  • Tyler recalled to Rolling Stone: "When Julian sang with me, we used the same mic and set it up like his father and Paul [McCartney]. He sounds so much like his dad, and he's so good. He has such a character to his voice. So it's very Beatle-y."
  • The song title should be read as "love three times." Tyler told Rolling Stone that he wrote the lyrics, "trying to make a social comment about how the world should be. Instead of mentioning peace – which is an overused name – I figured I would say 'love three times a day.' That's partly joking and partly truth."
  • The spooky voice that opens the track warning listeners: "Do not attempt to adjust the illusion . . . Now is the time to submit quietly" is courtesy of Jack Douglas, the producer of Aerosmith's multi-platinum albums from the '70s. It is a parody of the old sci-fi show The Outer Limits, that started each episode with: "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission."
  • It was Jack Douglas who suggested opening the album with a rush. "You want that first song to be the one that really grabs people by the balls," bassist Tom Hamilton told Rolling Stone. He added that the song was worked out in a small rehearsal room. "That's just one of those songs that we pounded away on for at least two full days of arranging and trying different ideas before we went out in the big room and played it."
  • Julian Lennon told Rolling Stone about his contribution to this song: "They played me a whole bunch of tracks and I was blown away, because I love - especially - older Aerosmith. I was really digging on the tracks, and they said, 'Why don't you come back and sing on the album?' They had these two words - 'hello' and 'goodbye.' You harmonize, sing live with Steven and that's it. It was short and sweet, but beautiful."

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