With its next studio album pushed back until 2007, Aerosmith plans to release a best-of, “Devil’s Got a New Disguise” Oct. 10 via Columbia, in the midst of its fall tour with Motley Crue.
“We were working on getting a studio record out, but we just couldn’t do it. There wasn’t enough time,” guitarist Joe Perry tells Billboard.com, calling the hits set “a good holdover.”
“Devil’s Got a New Disguise” takes its title from one of two new songs that will be included on the 16-track album. Perry describes it as “a classic Aerosmith rocker,” while the other fresh track, “Sedona Sunrise,” has been around for awhile and was considered for other Aerosmith albums. “We felt like it really had to come out, Perry says.
The rest of the set will be a “pared down” single-disc version of 2002’s two-CD set “O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits,” containing single mixes of 14 favorites from the band’s tenures with both Columbia and Geffen.
Perry says Aerosmith plans to resume working on the new album in February. The group has been spending a lot of time mining its vaults for old songs and ideas, most of which he says “sounded like just old-fashioned Aerosmith songs” but “weren’t perceived as being right for that time.”
“There’s a lot of the stuff that inspired the ‘Pump’ songs, and even before that,” the guitarist explains. “There’s a lot of songs there that I think have the grit and the meat of what a lot of people expect from Aerosmith. We thought we’d take another look at that stuff, and that’s what’s going to be the backbone of this next record.”
The Aerosmith/Motley Crue tour kicks off Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio.