With the upcoming “Music From Another Dimension” marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands.
Asked during a conference call with reporters on Thursday whether the band would consider self-releasing future projects, frontman Steven Tyler said that “if the band stays together, yeah, we’ll definitely go that route, something somewhere over there. We’ve been keeping record companies stocked with millions of shekels for years, been making a lot of people rich — not that we haven’t, but every now and then you get into arguments with labels (and) you think, ‘Where is all this money going?’ We’ve definitely thought of putting stuff out. I was very successful last year with a (single) called ‘It Feels So Good.’ It proves it can happen.”
Guitarist Joe Perry didn’t sound quite so definitive about the idea, however, telling Billboard that, “We’ve talked about every idea you can think of out there, and we really don’t know. There’s so many different directions we can go. (Columbia) has been totally with us and behind us on this album, and really supportive. So the talk about what happens when it gets delivered and we (finish) our commitment with Sony, what are we gonna do next — it’s really an open question at this point.
“Music From Another Dimension” — Aerosmith’s first set of all-new material in 11 years — comes out Nov. 6, while the band starts the next leg of its Global Warming Tour on Nov. 8 in Oklahoma City. The album has been preceded by the singles “Legendary Child,” “What Could Have Been Love” and “Lover Alot” and features a duet with Carrie Underwood (“Can’t Stop Loving You”) and collaborations with Johnny Depp (“Freedom Fighter”) and Julian Lennon (“Luv XXX”).
Continuing to address the future, Tyler said Aerosmith will go on a full-scale world tour next year and predicted that “Music From Another Dimension” has “four songs radio is not gonna be able to stay away from, which is unheard of.” He promised that he plans to make a solo album next but assured “that don’t mean the band’s breaking up. It means I’ll divert a little and have some fun with other people.”
Perry, meanwhile, is following Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer in writing an autobiography, which he hopes to publish in 2013. He’s teamed with award-winning author David Ritz, who’s worked with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and, most recently, Bettye LaVette, and the guitarist says that “it’s going to be my story, but it’s also entwined with Aerosmith and relationships there and the how and the why of that kind of stuff. People have been asking me about it for the last probably five or 10 years… I’ll definitely take a different path than the other guys, the way they put their books together. I read probably 40 biographies and autobiographies, musical ones. I can see how some worked and some didn’t. I hope this one works. There’s a lot to fit into 600 pages or whatever it’s gonna be. I’m pretty excited.”