Don't expect Aerosmith's new album to feature radio rockers like "Jaded," classics such as "Walk This Way" or ballads in the vein of "Angel" because the band has developed a case of the blues.
In the next month, Aerosmith will enter the studio to record a disc of mostly blues covers with a few new originals, confirmed the band's publicist. Aerosmith will co-produce with Jack Douglas, who worked on the group's early records including 1974's Get Your Wings and 1975's Toys in the Attic.
The as-yet-untitled new record will likely include the band's take on Blind Willie McTell's "Broke Down Engine," Little Walter's "Temperature" and the Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters' classic "I'm Ready."
The band is currently rehearsing these and around seven other tracks in Perry's home studio in Boston while waiting for construction to be completed on their new Boston-area recording studio.
Aerosmith plan to record the songs live to capture the energy of the band's onstage performance, and they'll put their own rock spin on the tracks, which should make them accessible to more than just blues purists. Guitarist Joe Perry will likely sing lead vocals on at least one track.
The disc is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall. Aerosmith will begin a summer and fall tour with Kiss on August 2 in Hartford, Connecticut. (see "Aerosmith, Kiss Tour Dates Announced").