Van Halen, Aerosmith and Billy Joel Hold Press Conference

(hennemusic) Van Halen, Aerosmith and Billy Joel took part in a press conference for The Stone Music Festival, which happens this weekend in Sydney, Australia.

The festival - inspired by the '70s cult biker film Stone will see the three co-headliners joined by Kings Of Chaos, Richie Ramone, Buckcherry, Lifehouse and Illumination Road, among others.

"We loved Van Halen in the beginning but they got so big so fast that we offset each other on tour and we never saw them," said Steven Tyler. "We've been following them ever since and I'm always honoured to see them backstage. Every time I look into their eyes I see a camaraderie that knocks me over so I love those guys. Billy is my idol because he's been around forever and every time I turn on the radio I hear him. I'm an old fan of people who write their own music."

"I always refer to what Billy Joel's doing on stage with his musical dynamic and his arrangements in terms of 'look how many folks he's worked with, listen to the loud and soft, listen to the fast and slow'," suggested David Lee Roth. "I went to school at the college of musical knowledge, the Aerosmith. We were reflecting that although we didn't serve together we've all been trained in the same road work, the same hotel mill, the same cutting of the various record companies and management agencies. Even though we haven't played together we certainly got educated by the same good guys and bad guys. I see me reflected in their eyes."

"I tried to do the thing in 'Jump' but I split my pants," laughed Joel. "I couldn't do the move. The guys in Aerosmith .. we've been friends together because we're all from the same neck of the woods, from Boston and New York, and I've met them many times so we're good, good friends." Check out a video stream of the conference here.

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