Chip Away the Stone

Chip Away the Stone
"Chip Away the Stone"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Live! Bootleg
B-side "S.O.S. (Too Bad)"
Released 1978
1989 (re-issue)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1978
Length 4:12
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Richard Supa
Producer Jack Douglas
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Come Together"
"Chip Away the Stone"
"Remember (Walking in the Sand)"

"Chip Away the Stone" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. Written by band friend and songwriter Richie Supa, it was released in 1978 as the only single to support the band's live album Live! Bootleg. It also appeared on the Cal Jam II live album, despite the band not performing the song there.[1]

The live version that appears on Live! Bootleg was recorded in Santa Monica on April 8, 1978. The single featured a studio version of the track, which was recorded at Long View Farm studio in Massachusetts on June 4, 1978, with the single's B-side being "S.O.S. (Too Bad)" from their 1974 album Get Your Wings. The front and back cover of Night in the Ruts come from a photoshoot originally intended for the cover of this single.[2] "Chip Away the Stone" peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978, breaking the band's run of Top-40 charting singles in the US at the time.

The song was also included on the albums Gems in 1988 (studio version - its 1st appearance on an Aerosmith album), Pandora's Box in 1991 (alternate studio version), and Greatest Hits 1973–1988 in 2004. Live video is also featured on Aerosmith Video Scrapbook. The song re-charted in 1988 at #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, when it was included on the collection Gems, 10 years after its initial release.

The song was a regular part of the setlist in Aerosmith concerts in 1978, but only occasionally played live after that year.

Although rumored not to be played at Cal Jam 2, listening to their entire set from that night reveals that they did in fact play "Chip Away the Stone".

Music Video

A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Arnold Levine.

Cover versions

Humble Pie covered the song on their 1981 album Go for the Throat.

New Bomb Turks covered the song on their 2003 album Switchblade Tongues, Butterknife Brains.

Vince Neil from Motley Crue performed the song on the 1999 Aerosmith tribute album, A Tribute- Not The Same Old Song And Dance.

The Hot Club of Cowtown did a tongue-in-cheek country-style version on their 2002 album Ghost Train.


  1. ^ Davis, p. 328
  2. ^ Davis, p. 320

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