Dallas Morning News
July 28, 2012
Fifteen minutes on the phone with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was certainly long enough to get his take on Fox’s American Idol, where he served as judge for two years; the band’s upcoming Nov. 6 release, Music From Another Dimension!, its first studio album since 2004’s blues-rock excursion Honkin’ on Bobo; and the current Global Warming Tour with special guest Cheap Trick that stops Saturday at American Airlines Center.
Tyler, 64, is a talker. Calling from New York, all he needed was a subject, and off he went on a chatty bender.
On Music From Another Dimension!:
It’s a tip of the hat to the band’s roots. We’ve gone into what we know best, what we do best and what we don’t know what we’re doing at all. We’re trying to do stuff that makes a rock ’n’ roll person or any person just to be what they are. We get a chance to dance with all the things that we are and just see what comes out in the end. We stew all our musical notes into it and see what floats to the top. We’re doing ‘Oh Yeah,’ and a couple more songs from it on the current tour. It always feels good, the band starting up again after a long time off.
The reason we opted for the title was … it was going to be Music From Another Dementia, but too many people are experiencing that. We didn’t want to make fun of something we might be on our way into.
On American Idol:
It was a good break for me. I’ve been through a lot in the last five or six years. It was a good chance for me to be something other than the dancing bear for Aerosmith. We weren’t doing an album at the time … Mom and Dad passing, the kids leaving for school. It’s not as if we all don’t have that. We aspire to become these well-known musicians and famous people, and then you forget that you really are a man with children … the decisions of doing what’s right for the band or what’s right for family.
The whole band came to L.A. So while I was doing Idol, I was doing the album. The first year was a break, but the second year was very stressful. But I made it work. I got a chance to work with the band in the studio after the first Idol. We kept it lean, mean and angry. [Record producer] Jack Douglas was a blessing with a band that couldn’t pull itself together on its own. The band was fighting, they were angry at me for taking Idol, and we had one more record left to make for Sony.
On the tour and getting back to rocking:
The band didn’t break up. We never did. We just had a couple of arguments. I thought I made the right decisions. All in all, we’re back together, and we pulled a lot of great songs out of our hat.
Plan your life
8 tonight at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory, Dallas. $62.39 to $164.88. Ticketmaster.