Aerosmith held a press conference at a mall in Los Angeles on Wednesday to announce plans for the conflicted veteran rockers' upcoming new album. The band's 15th studio release, which was recorded in L.A., is almost finished and should be released this summer to coincide with the band's Global Warming Tour, which will kick off in June.
"We've been underground for four months, doing what we do best," frontman Steven Tyler said at the press event. He explained that "We got two more songs to finish" before mixing the album, at which point the finish line will be in view.
There is no album title to speak of just yet, but among the new tracks known to exist are "Legendary Child," "Beautiful" and "Out Go the Lights". The band is also working with their long-time producer Jack Douglas (Toys In The Attic) to bring "a little bit of 1975 back."
"The camaraderie's there, there's some songs that are new rock, and old rock and middle-of-the-road rock, and blues, piano. Joe Perry singing a couple of songs, I'm playing the drums, Joey [Kramer] sings, just all kinds of stuff," Tyler told Reuters. Wait, what?
The Global Warming Tour will run from June 16 in Minneapolis to August 8 in Tacoma, WA.
"This tour, in addition to a couple songs we know we're going to play from the new record, we want to bring out songs we just haven't played for years," Perry told Billboard, singling out "Woman of the World" from the band's second album, Get Your Wings. "We'll be playing some of those -- songs that were staples in the sets back in the old days that will be new songs to a lot of people if they don't know the albums."
Previously, Tyler has come under scrutiny for what others have called his cruel ways as leader of the legendary band. According to Steven, however, that's precisely why the group is so successful. The singer tells 60 Minutes: “I’m going to be big-headed right now. I think my perfectionism and busting everyone’s chops is what got this band to where it is today.
“In the end I get a really good song, and in the end I get the hits. Yeah, I’m that good.”