AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler To Undergo Major Knee Surgery - "It'll Take Me About Three Or Four Months To Recover"
July 2, 2013, a year ago
RollingStone.com's Andy Green reports that while AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is slowly amassing material for his first solo album, he hasn't started to formally record yet, he's been writing with his longtime collaborator Marti Frederiksen. He hopes the album will come out in October or November of 2014.
"It might be hard to decide when I write a song whether or not it should go on an Aerosmith album," he says. "What is a Steven Tyler solo album? Is it a bunch of songs like 'Dream On'? That's already on an Aerosmith album. It'll just be a different people playing it. I don't know. I just want to have some fun."
After working solely with Aerosmith for the past four decades, Tyler is looking forward to the freedom of recording with other musicians. "I've got pieces of me that are a little bit more than Aerosmith," he says. "This gives me the freedom to write a song on trashcan lids or with the Boston Pops or an oboe and a harpsichord... Working on my own is a weird thought. It's kind of like being married and your wife says you can go hang out with your girlfriend."
No matter what happens with his solo album, Tyler insists he's firmly committed to Aerosmith. "The band is still here, and I love it," he says. "It's interesting that Joe has done five or six solo albums and there's never been an interviewer that's asked him if that means he's leaving Aerosmith. The band is still together, and this is just a solo project."
Work on the album will likely slow down while Tyler undergoes knee surgery later this year. "My knee is giving out," he says. "I had ACL reconstructions, and in November I'm getting knee replacement surgery. It'll take me about three or four months to recover... I've had so many operations on my knees and feet that just to be standing is a miracle. But to turn around and do one of my spins where I don't fall, that's the shit! But hey, all these years have taken their toll on me."
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Gary Graff from Billboard spoke with Steven Tyler recently about a number of topics including the band's forthcoming documentary, Rock For The Rising Sun. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
About working with director Casey Patrick Tebo on Rock For The Rising Sun: "There was a lot of shit going on at one point with the band and I got really pissed off and I thought, 'I need to start filming a day in the life of myself on tour.' So I brought (Tebo) out about four years ago, and he did such a great job he started doing the (video) screens and he started being our videographer on tour."
On working on solo album: "I think it's fuckin' ridiculous to go write a bunch of songs I started five years ago and never finished. It feeds my passion. I like traveling all over the place and writing songs and seeing what we catch. It's kind of like driftnetting for songs, right. But, no, the band's not breaking up. Me doing a solo record doesn't mean the band isn't working on a record - but I get that in the press one has to hear that from one lead singer of one Aerosmith."
The future: "We're gonna be working on the new Aerosmith record."
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