The musical game-changing collaboration between AEROSMITH and RUN-DMC performing "Walk This Way" will be featured in an all-new episode of "The Goldbergs" airing on Wednesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. on ABC-TV.
"I grew up listening to AEROSMITH because my two older siblings were both huge fans of the band," said Adam F. Goldberg, executive producer and creator, "The Goldbergs". "In my house, AEROSMITH was always blasting out of my brother's room and I have so many home movies where we made our own music videos to their classic songs."
"I had heard AEROSMITH's rock version of 'Walk This Way' countless times, but when RUN-DMC infused rap into the song, it blew my mind," recalled Goldberg. "Blending Steven Tyler's vocals with RUN-DMC's rhymes was the bridge that led me to my lifelong love of rap. It was a real game changer for me. I was instantly hooked and I've had a lifelong love of rap music ever since."
This episode of "The Goldbergs", titled "This Is Spinal Tap", features Erica Goldberg (Hayley Orrantia) performing at the (Philadelphia) Flyers Wives Carnival at the Spectrum with her brothers, Adam (Sean Giambrone) and Barry (Troy Gentile) on stage for a version of "Walk This Way".
AEROSMITH is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at Park MGM, which kicks off Saturday, April 6.
While recording RUN-DMC's "Raising Hell", producer Rick Rubin pulled out "Toys In The Attic" (an album RUN-DMC had freestyled over) and explained who AEROSMITH were. RUN-DMC had performed with this song before, but only using first few seconds of the song on a loop, not knowing what the full song sounded like, or even hearing the lyrics. While RUN-DMC had no idea who AEROSMITH were at that time, Rubin suggested remaking the song. RUN-DMC didn't want the record to be released as a single, even after recording with AEROSMITH, and was shocked when it was played all over the radio, on both urban and rock stations. The remake version of "Walk This Way" charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than the original version, peaking at No. 4.
Goldberg often creates "totally surreal" highlights featuring life-long friends, heroes, idols, and other well-known celebrities from his personal life of growing up in a suburban Philadelphia neighborhood in the 1980s into his show.
Adam F. Goldberg and Doug Robinson are executive producers. The episode is produced by Adam F. Goldberg Productions, Doug Robinson Productions and Happy Madison in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Photo credit: Zack Whitford