Steven Tyler admits he’s still amazed how AEROSMITH has managed to keep it together over the past 40 years. The singer, whose decision to take the job as a judge on Fox‘s “American Idol” caused a major rift between him and AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, explained to LA Weekly in a new interview that somehow when it came time to craft the material on the band’s upcoming album, “Music From Another Dimension”, they were willing to put all of their personal differences aside for the benefit of the music. “I think at the end of the day the knowledge that holding onto anger is like grabbing something really hot with the intent to throw it at someone else, but you’re the one that gets burned,” he said. “Short of everyone’s egos, there’s never really anything that was wrong. I was writing songs and I wrote a book. When I took ‘Idol’, it kind of shook the apple cart. Instead of being happy for me, there was a lot of jealousy, but it worked out. It was a risk for me, too, but I just wanted to sit next to J.Lo and Randy [Jackson]. I never watched ‘Idol’.”
“Music From Another Dimension”, will arrive on November 6 via Columbia Records. The CD was helmed by producer Jack Douglas, who previously worked with AEROSMITH on classic early albums like “Toys In The Attic” and “Rocks” as well as on 2004’s “Honkin’ On Bobo”.
Asked if AEROSMITH was more interested in keeping the older fans or attracting new ones with the new album, Perry told LA Weekly, “I don’t really know who this record is going to appeal to. I don’t think the record company knows for sure even how to market it. Certainly there are classic rock stations for classic rock bands to play their classic songs. These are brand-new songs. Will they be classics in 20 years? I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out in 20 years. They feel like those songs to me but they certainly haven’t been played 50 times or 100 times in front of crowds all over the world. All I know is that when I listen back to them, they sound like AEROSMITH songs.”
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