Blast From The Past on Upcoming Aerosmith Album?
Although Aerosmith’s last album was 2004’s Honkin’ on Bobo, the group hasn’t released any original material since 2001’s Just Push Play. Fans, rightly so, are anticipating the new release, which the band has almost completed. But, rather than go for something new or a second disc of covers, Aerosmith, according to guitarist Joe Perry in two recent interviews, is going back to the 1970s.
Perry, who has considered striking out on his own to record solo on multiple occasions, mentioned to Rolling Stone that, upon going to work on their latest record, the group came together with ease. Admitting he finds their ‘80s and ‘90s releases too processed, he went back to listen to their ‘70s recordings, and some material 30-plus years old may pop up on this upcoming work. He said: “It's funny, because some riffs have popped up in different songs that we've tried over the years. One riff on this record has to be at least 20 years old. It's been percolating, waiting for its time. It may end up turning up in a couple of songs on this record, in a mini-opera kind of way.”
Possibly sounding like a blast from the past won’t solely be the result of Perry revisiting older recordings. Jack Douglas, the producer of Toys in the Attic and Rocks, is also returning. In speaking with Billboard, Perry mentioned the recording process for this release has been different, however. He described it, saying: "This record is different from the recent past, say the last 20 years, where everybody is getting in the studio and throwing down their songs. Some of the songs are completed and some are just riffs. This record is a lot more band-written stuff than there has been in the recent past.”
Only two more songs, according to Perry, need to be recorded, and as the full release is being mixed, Aerosmith will prepare for their upcoming tour by rehearsing 25 old and new songs.
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