Contrary to the title of their new single, Aerosmith appeared anything but "Jaded" when they debuted the song from the imminent Just Push Play at the American Music Awards on Monday night.
The jangly number, featuring a sing-along chorus with keyboards and delay-effect guitars, is leaner and more rocking than recent pop forays à la "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".
"Hey ... ja-ja-jaded/ You got your mama's style/ But you're yesterday's child to me/ So jaded," Steven Tyler sings in the opening verse.
As the song dives into the chorus, the flamboyant, 52-year-old singer croons: "My my baby blue/ Yeah I been thinkin' 'bout you/ My my baby blue/ Yeah you're so jaded/ And I'm the one that jaded you."
Complete with circus acrobats, cigars and snakes, the band's performance commanded one of the few standing ovations of the night.
At the ceremony, Aerosmith received the pre-announced Award of Achievement, which has been given only three times previously to Michael Jackson, Prince and Mariah Carey.
Though it has not been officially released to radio, "Jaded" has already turned up on the airwaves and is available via the file-sharing service Napster. A video for the song will be shot later this week.
Just Push Play, which follows 1997's Nine Lives, is due in the spring. Tyler and Perry are writing and producing the album with Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson, marking the first time members of Aerosmith have taken control as producers.
Aerosmith will play the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXV on January 28 in Tampa, Florida, sharing the field with 'NSYNC. The 30-year-old band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, along with Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon and Steely Dan.
A world tour to promote Just Push Play is expected.