Steven Tyler Is a Free Spirit in ‘Love Is Your Name’ Video
The 67-year-old rock legend premiered the clip for his debut country single, "Love Is Your Name," on Good Morning America, and even though the music takes Tyler in a new direction, he's as flamboyantly unique as ever in his wardrobe choices, resulting in a video that no other artist in country music would have even attempted.
The clip begins with a shot of a mic at center stage in an auditorium, adorned with one of Tyler's trademark long, multi-colored scarves. That scarf carries forward symbolically throughout the clip, which alternates scenes of the rocker-turned-country singing the song on the porch of an old shack, while a beautiful young hippie girl trails the scarf along in her wake while walking through town.
Tyler is joined by more colorfully dressed friends to perform the song as part of a drum circle, leading up to a climactic scene in which he sings, "I'll walk through the fire ..." over an actual fire. Though the scene works perfectly in the video, that wasn't necessarily true in the filming.
"During the chorus, we had a big bonfire going. I burnt my eyebrows off, but it was worth it," the singer tells People. "We went through [the sequence] and the wind blew. The jacket I wore had little fur pieces on it and I could smell the burn on it. It blew the flames right at me!"
Tyler says he grew up in a cabin by a lake and had a pet raccoon, and the video incorporates those elements to tell the story of his journey through life, with the hippie girl representing his muse, dragging the scarf "through my life ... over the river and through the woods," from his childhood in that remote setting "to another life, which is my country [music] now."
"Love Is Your Name" is the first single from a forthcoming album Tyler will release via Big Machine Label Group.
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