Four members of AEROSMITH (everyone but guitarist Brad Whitford who was on the road with the “Experience Hendrix” tour) took part in a press conference at The Grove in Los Angeles on March 28 to announce their new album and upcoming tour. Introduced by Jimmy Kimmel, the musicians — including singer Steven Tyler, bassist Tom Hamilton and guitarist Joe Perry — spoke to the media about their upcoming “The Global Warming” tour with CHEAP TRICK and their long-awaited new studio album, which is due this summer.
“We’ve been underground for four months, doing what we do the best. We’ve been known to set the world on fire,” Steven said. “We haven’t been played any music for the last couple years, at least, so we decided to do ‘The Global Warming’ tour and come out from under the hood, so to speak. We’ve got a new album, we’ve got a new tour.”
Stated Joe, “It’s getting warm, it’s going to get hotter. I think this is the first time we’re going to actually play some songs off our new record for our fans, along with the old good ones. So we can’t wait to bring this thing home.” Steven concurred, adding, “We’re really looking forward to kicking some ass with this new album.”
With regards to the upcoming album, Tyler revealed that the recording portion of the production process is almost completed, with two more songs left to finish. “‘Legendary Child’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Out Go The Lights’. A bunch of great songs are on this album,” he said. “It will be out in three months.” He went on, “We’ve got a dream team going on here. Jack Douglas produced the record.”
“Jack is part of the DNA of this band,” Hamilton said. “We learned how to make records with him back in the ’70s. That process, and the way we get along, and the way he inspires us, it’s still happening. The first day of writing and rehearsal that process came right back. The guy is a joy to work with.”
Speaking to Reuters, Steven said, “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, drums] sings, just all kinds of stuff.”
He added, “The music that we write, fortunately it’s been seductive to all genres of people. There’s going to be kids who are going to get introduced to AEROSMITH all over again, and there’s a bunch of new music that we’re taking a risk and putting out. It’s kind of futuristic rock, all the way across the board, we’re just good for that.”
AEROSMITH‘s “The Global Warming” tour will kick it off on June 16 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and wrap up on August 8 in Tacoma, Washington.
Check out video footage of the press conference below (courtesy of BackstageAxxess.com).