In his most recent commentary dubbed The Lefsetz Letter, music industry figure Bob Lefsetz details some recent time spent with AEROSMITH in a Hollywood studio, where they've been working with long-time producer Jack Douglas (who worked on such classic albums as 1974's Get Your Wings, 1975's Toys In The Attic, and the aforementioned Rocks album) on their 14th studio album and first set of original material since 2001's Just Push Play and first studio album since 2004's blues covers CD, Honkin' On Bobo.
Says Lefsetz: "There's only one finished cut, which hasn't even been finally mixed. So they play me some more cuts with scratch vocals, by Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton. I wanna hear the riffs. And when the third or fourth track is done, I turn away from the speakers and who's sitting behind me in this cramped space but... Joe Perry. He's wearing gloves, he's got a scarf around his neck, he's radiating charisma without even trying and my heart skips a beat. He remarks how we haven't seen each other for a long time. And that we've never really had a conversation. And then we do. Joe had no problem talking. It was like we were in a pizza place in Boston, catching up.
He insisted they pull up a ballad. It was his vocal, and the acoustic guitar sound was INCREDIBLE!
And we talk about Tyler and "Idol" and this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up music world and Joe tells me he's just dying to have new music to play live. It's been nine years between albums. The fans deserve new tracks. Not that they're gonna overload 'em, they're gonna drop in two or three in the summer, maybe more in the fall. They're still gonna play the ten tracks everyone needs to hear, as well as some rare gems they haven't played in eons, like 'Woman Of The World."
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On February 27th, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which airs weeknights at 12:05 AM on ABC. Check out the three-part chat below: