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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Aerosmith: New Studio Album Out In July; Huge Update Including Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton Interviews

Steven Tyler predicted that the album, not yet titled, will be out a month after the Global Warming Tour begins June 16 in Minneapolis. "Doing a record in four months is unheard of in Aerosmith territory," Tyler said from a stage built on the Grove's lawn after talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel introduced the band.

The band still has to write two more songs and mix the album, which is being produced by Jack Douglas, whose productions include 1975's  "Toys in the Attic" and their last album, "Honkin' on Bobo" from 2004. It's Aerosmith's first album of new material since 2001's "Just Push Play."

"Jack is part of the Aerosmith DNA," drummer Joey Kramer said. "On the first day of writing at rehearsal, that all came right back."

In an exclusive interview with Billboard, guitarist Joe Perry explained the recording process for the new album and how they'll set the set list for the upcoming tour....

"We probably have two songs to write to finish. Or certainly there are slots to fill. We don't sit there and listen to the songs as a bunch.  First time we did that was two weeks ago. The record company came in and wanted to hear what's happening and that gave us a chance to listen to everything as a bunch. We get a sense of where we're at and we'll do that again very soon."

Aerosmith is finishing the record in Los Angeles, having recorded the basic tracks at their Pandora's Box studio in Boston and Perry's Boneyard Studio. While the albums is being mixed, Aerosmith will rehearse about 25 songs -- including two or three new ones -- for the tour.

"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 says, 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."

Bassist Tom Hamilton talks about the fractious band’s past and the current state of their union,  how he feels on stage, and what he really thought about the “60 Minutes” profile that ran a few weeks ago:

The Global Warming tour, which starts June 16,  only covers 18 markets so far. Will there be a second leg? 

We get out there when we can. Obviously, we have restrictions time-wise with Steven and we’re still working out how we’re going to do what we do in the time that we have.

So you don’t know if there will be a second leg?

I’m sure, in the fall, there most likely will be. I just don’t like to jinx it by saying, “Yes there will.” It’s extremely likely there will be another leg. That’s the plan. 

Because we know nothing ever goes wrong in the Aerosmith camp...

God, I tell you, every show... we were just in South America and Japan. Every show was like adding a pearl on a string. You savor it and you gotta love it because we don’t have all the time in the world. We’ll see what happens.

Has playing live become more precious to you as you  get older?

Yes, very much. Especially when it comes to touring outside of the country. Going places that we’ve either only been to a couple of times or never been to, or even going to Japan where we’ve been going for years, decades.  You just want to savor every bit of it, really, because you see the looks on the faces of those people in the crowd and you think about the effort that it takes to go to a show. It’s expensive. A lot of the girls want to go and buy something special to wear. You have to park. You have to figure out how you’re going to do it and still get to work or school the next morning.  You realize that — what people are doing to be able to come see you.

To this day, you still do
meet and greets with fans before the show. Why? 

It’s like a little shot of the pure essence of it because people are so nervous and they’ve been thinking about what’s going to happen in that meet and greet for a long time and what they’re going to say and you really get a feeling and a reminder of what it feels like to put your headphones on and get between your speakers and hear your favorite songs. So doing that before a show gives you a shot of that, that pure thing of why are we here.

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