Photo: Ross HalfinAerosmith threw their fans a curveball recently when they pushed back the release of their upcoming studio effort, Music from Another Dimension, from late August to November 6. Now, in a new Rolling Stone interview, frontman Steven Tyler shares some details about the material that will appear on the long-awaited album.
"Oh Yeah" is one of the new tunes the veteran rockers have been playing during their current U.S. tour. Tyler calls the song "a f**king cl***ic," and reveals that guitarist Joe Perry brought it to the recording sessions "at the last minute."
He adds, "It's got a great rock feel to it, and it works great at the beginning of the show. It's like, 'Check this s**t out. Here we are. We're back!'"
The singer also says he's "proud" of the fact that all of his band mates made significant contributions to Music from Another Dimension.
In addition to Perry offering up "astounding stuff," the Demon of Screamin' notes that "[drummer] Joey Kramer wrote [a track], [guitarist] Brad Whitford plays some fantastic leads [and b***ist] Tom Hamilton wrote a couple of great songs that we put on the album, where in the past his songs have been shunned."
While numerous reports have characterized the forthcoming album as a return to Aerosmith hard-rocking 1970s sound, Tyler admits that some of the material veers away from that formula.
"I wrote a song called 'Beautiful,' and it was looked upon by the other guys as not Aerosmith," he explains, describing it as "off the beaten path." Another tune he puts in this category is "It Could Have Been Love," which he calls a "full-bodied melody song."
He credits his Juilliard-trained father with instilling in him the desire to trust his gut when it comes to the musical direction he follows.
"When you've been given the gift of music, you've got to play to your muse," he notes. "Otherwise it's gonna bite you in the ***."
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