Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are getting some special recognition, The rockers are set to receive the ASCAP Founders Award.

It’s the organization’s top honor, which recognizes songwriters for their influence and lasting body of work. Tyler and Perry say they’ve always looked to each other for inspiration, but admit their process has changed over the years — out of necessity. Joe admits that taking drugs “can be a shortcut to that place of creativity, but it will kill you in the end because it stops working.” He adds that once he and Steven got clean they had to find a new way to do things. Perry says technology has also made a difference, and these days he “always” has a studio with him — his iPhone. The rocker also believes there’s still plenty of untapped music in him. Joe explains that he has “too many rhythms” in his head that “haven’t been explored yet,” adding that “even in the narrow confines of rock ‘n’ roll, there’s an infinite amount of places to go.”

The Founders Award presentation will be part of ASCAP’s 30th Annual Pop Music Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles Wednesday night. But Tyler and Perry won’t be on hand to accept the honor in person. Aerosmith is out of the country on their “Global Warming World Tour.” The group will launch the Australian leg of the trek with a show in Sydney on Saturday.

Kathy Taylor/Copyright © 2013 Metro Networks Inc


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