Recovered from a recent bout of pneumonia, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is ready to infect the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles with some wisdom gleaned from nearly 40 years of recording and touring.
“I’ve not done anything like this before. I’m expecting just a whole lot of fun,” Tyler tells Billboard.com. He’s not planning much in the way of formal lesson plans, either.
“I think they’ll find it very interesting when I tell them that it’s not really necessarily about practicing and hitting all your notes,” explains Tyler, whose father, Vic Tallarico, studied at the Julliard School in New York. “I don’t think it’s about that at all. I think it’s all about finding a passion, a way of singing something in a way that nobody has ever done it before. It’s about a feeling and getting that across to people. That’s what I’ll be trying to tell them.”
Tyler will be among 20 counselors taking part in the camp that runs April 29-May 3 in Hollywood. He’ll join previously announced celebrities such as Duff McKagan, Todd Rundgren, Yes drummer Alan White, former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, ex-Cars guitarist Elliott Easton and producer-songwriter Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ringo Starr). Camp organizers recently added three more mentors keyboardist Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine and Vixen bassist Share Ross.
The camp will provide a bit of recreational respite for Tyler before preparation begins for Aerosmith’s summer tour, which kicks off June 10 in St. Louis and adds ZZ Top to the bill on the third date. “It’s the weird to the beard,” Tyler enthuses. “It’ll be the most bad-ass rock ‘n’ roll you’ve ever heard in your life.”
He’s also continuing to work on songs for Aerosmith’s next album, the group’s first since 2004’s “Honkin’ on Bobo.” The project, with Brendan O’Brien producing, has been delayed by Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry’s health issues, but he reports that it’s still “pretty far along. Stuff is sounding great. I can’t wait to get back to it and really make it cook.”