Walk this way is a song by American rock group Aerosmith, written by the band's front man Steve Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry. The original version was released in 1975, as the second single from the album Toys in the Attic.
It was one of a few songs that helped break Aerosmith into the mainstream, but what is undoubtedly the most well-known version of the song was the cover by Run-DMC, made in collaboration with Aerosmith and released in 1986.
On January 31st, 2014, Steve Tyler famously performed the song at the 60th Birthday Bash of radio and television personality, Howard Stern. Stern is best known for presenting “The Howard Stern Show”. The show was syndicated nationally on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005. It now airs on Stern’s own two channels, available on subscription-based satellite radio service SiriusXM. Since 1994, the show has been filmed and broadcast on several TV networks.
This longevity, as well as a lengthy list of legendary guests which includes The Smashing Pumpkins, Snoop Dogg, and Bono to name a few, makes it no surprise that Sterns 60th birthday at New York City's Roseland Ballroom was such a star-studded event.
Host Jimmy Kimmel asks the audience if they would like more music, a question that is answered by a sea of cheers. Steve Tyler then introduces Foo Fighters’ and Nirvana’s star, Dave Grohl, who opens the performance with the famous drum solo. He is then joined by legendary Guns and Roses guitarist, Slash, playing that instantly recognizable guitar riff. Tyler and lead singer of Trains, Pat Monahan, provide the vocals.
The performance was uploaded to Howard Stern's official YouTube channel in August 2021 and has over 340,000 views. User JD comments,
“Dave (Grohl) just goes into it no sweat. He's memorized this song since he was a kid.”
Another user praises Slash’s talent:
“So satisfying to see Slash play the guitar, a true master of his own thing” (user GC8972B).
Meanwhile, Steve Tyler is just the “absolute epitome of a rock band front man”, according to user John Foreman.
The performance was featured on a list of the 11 greatest moments from Howard stern's 60th birthday bash in Rolling Stone magazine.