Aerosmith is in the run up a long-awaited new studio album, and then a world tour in 2013. After that, fans have to wonder if they can stick together. After all: Steven Tyler says he’ll then start work on a solo project.
That would continue a flurry of activity for a group that hadn’t issued an album of any kind since 2004’s Honkin’ on Bobo, a collection of cover tunes, and had not recorded a group of new songs since Just Push Play all the way back in early 2001.
Music from Another Dimension, which will be Aerosmith’s 15th studio effort, was produced by Tyler, guitarist Joe Perry and 1970s-era helmsman Jack Douglas. Marti Frederiksen also worked on a trio of tracks with Tyler.
The album is due November 6, 2012. Aerosmith will then begin a new tour on November 8, 2012, at Oklahoma City, playing 14 cities over the following month. Cheap Trick is set to open.
Of course, the prospect of a solo album for Tyler, who recently left a reality-show TV gig to devote more time to music, has to have Aerosmith fans wondering about the future of the band. The scarf-wearing frontman was quick to shoot down such rumors, during a conference call held this week with reporters.
“That don’t mean the band’s breaking up,” Tyler said. “It means I’ll divert a little and have some fun with other people.”
Tyler earlier worked with Frederiksen on his 2011 solo single “(It) Feels So Good.” Tyler has also guested on both “Cryin'” and “Smile” from 2009’s Chris Botti in Boston, and appeared as a vocalist on projects with Keith Anderson in 2006 and Santana in 2005.
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