The end that could have been

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 18, 2009

The album was a critical flop, and with dopy singles like "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" and the insufferable "Pink," the band looked and sounded inexcusably old. The tour, as you all know, was a disaster: Tyler injured a ligament after dropping a mic stand on his leg, and Joey Kramer suffered third-degree burns in a freak gas-station accident. The band canceled more than 40 shows.

Enfeebled and struggling, they could have grabbed at one last chance to bring it all to a dignified halt. Instead, they committed arguably their greatest musical felony the following year with the Dianne Warren–penned "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing." That bumped their crap bracket from annoying to unforgivable — of course, the track, being a #1 hit, was less of a break-up opportunity and more of a call for honorable artistic seppuku.

DAVID THORPE |dthorpe@phx.com

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