By: Gary Graff
While Aerosmith is between albums, frontman Steven Tyler is putting down the pedal on his long-promised solo album, which he tells us he'd like to have out by the fall of 2014.
But Tyler promises that his own work and the bands can coexist peacefully:
"We're gonna be working on the new Aerosmith record as well. Me doing a solo recording doesn't mean the band isn't working on a new record, y'know what I mean? But I get that in the press one has to hear that from one lead singer of one Aerosmith. But, no, that band's not breaking up."
Tyler is, however, looking to expand his list of collaborators for the solo project:
"I'm just doing a solo record 'cause I think it's f***in' kinky to go write a song with Johnny Depp. I think it's f***ing ridiculous to go write a bunch of songs I wrote five years ago and never finished. I think it feeds my passion...The ideas are there with Elton (John). Look, what do you say to someone when you're sitting with them at a table? 'Hey, let's write a song' and they say 'Hey, yeah!' and that's that. I mean, whether it's Psy or f***in' whoever...I like writing with other people...I just like it, man. I like traveling all over the place and writing songs and seeing what we catch. It's kind of like driftnetting for songs, right?"
Aerosmith, meanwhile, releases a new DVD, "Rock For the Rising Sun" from its 2011 Japanese tour, on July 23, and the group will play shows this year in Japan, South America and the U.S., including the PGA Greenbriar Classic on July 6 in West Virginia and the Harley Davidson Anniversary show August 30 in Milwaukee.
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