As reported in Rolling Stone Magazine, the long-awaited new album from Aerosmith has been delayed yet again. Aerosmith had announced late last year that a new record was to be released before the summer of this year for them to tour behind, but it seems like they won't be making it in time. The band, specifically Joe Perry, is citing several "health ailments" (on the part of lead vocalist Steven Tyler) as the reason for this delay.
In lieu of releasing the new album, the Bad Boys from Boston are gearing up for a US summer tour with fellow veteran rockers ZZ Top, after which the band will either resume production or release the album.
Hard core Aerosmith fans might be disappointed at these turn of events, as the band has not released a full album of new material since 2001's Just Push Play. However, they may be in for a treat, as the prospect of seeing them co-headline with the great ZZ
Top is quite exciting. Both bands straddle the same rock/bluesy genre, and have always been respected for both their image and their musical output and creativity.
Similarly, both rock bands have touched on the disco/rap genre, with "Legs" from ZZ Top and "Walk This Way" from Aerosmith scoring big on the contemporary scene. Wouldn’t it be great to see both bands on stage jamming both songs as an encore? Or for both to jam on an extended, mixed version of "Same Old Song And Dance" and "Tush" combined? One can only hope.
Both bands also happen to appear on the Armageddon soundtrack album, so let's not hope for a jam of "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" juxtaposed with "La Grange."
The good news is that Aerosmith are still keeping Brendan O' Brien on board for producing duties. O' Brien has proven to be the en vogue rock producer of the moment, and it's not just a fad: he's worked his way up the hard way, producing Pearl Jam in the 90's and serving as engineer on several landmark records such as, coincidentally, Aerosmith's 1993 release Get A Grip. Currently, his work on AC/DC's Black Ice and Bruce Springsteen's Working On A Dream has reinvigorated both artists and has put them back on top at the cream of the crop.
It almost seems that O' Brien has somehow replaced the late, great Bruce Fairbairn as THE eminent rock producer (Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Aerosmith). Fairbairn passed away at age 49 at the peak of his career, producing an extremely large range of artists; his producing style was always hallmarked by discipline and a fuller reach of his own input as a musician himself (Fairbairn played horns), and he is sorely missed to this day.
At any rate, whenever Aerosmith releases the new album, it should be worth the wait, and should usher in a new era in the band's long and storied career. Eight years without any new release is the longest dormant time that Aerosmith has ever had now. But as always, the band is hoped to rise to the occasion and show the world that they aren't finished with their nine lives yet.Powered by Sidelines