Aerosmith Gets Busy On New Songs, Projects

Having wrapped an extensive tour in support of last year's "Just Push Play" (Columbia), Aerosmith recently convened in Hawaii with frequent collaborator Marti Frederiksen to write some new songs that

Having wrapped an extensive tour in support of last year's "Just Push Play" (Columbia), Aerosmith recently convened in Hawaii with frequent collaborator Marti Frederiksen to write some new songs that may see the light of day on a future EP or greatest hits album. The veteran Boston rock outfit is also mulling a live DVD, a network TV special, and a contribution to the soundtrack to the summer film "Spider Man."

"We're not really sure what form it's going to take, but we'd like to put some new music out by this spring," guitarist Joe Perry told Aerosmith's fan club Web site. "So we felt we would take the momentum of playing, of just capturing that feeling at the end of a tour. You know usually we get off the road and we are usually pretty burnt out and we take some time off and then we start writing. But this time we felt, I know personally my playing is better just from playing live and hearing how the fans reacted to the songs off the record, so we kind of wanted to take some of that energy and sit down and see what we got."

Perry said the group has discussed releasing a greatest hits collection that offers "the best of both eras ... the stuff from the '70s, '80s, and '90s." Aerosmith is no stranger to such releases, having issued an array of live and hits packages in its nearly 30-year career. The group's most recent greatest hits set, 1994's "Big Ones," debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of four million copies.

Each show from the Just Push Play tour was recorded, but Perry admits another concert-related release might not be "at the top of the list right now. We're talking about ... maybe doing a network special that we can put out as a long-form DVD."

In other Aerosmith news, the group will be the subject of MTV's second "ICON" special, set for April 17. As with last year's tribute to Janet Jackson, the honored artist's songs will be performed by a host of other acts. Although the full lineup for the event has yet to be announced, Pink is expected to perform Aerosmith's 1989 No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Janie's Got a Gun."