Aerosmith could have made their last album
Favourite records: Joe Perry
Joe Perry thinks Music From Another Dimension could be Aerosmith’s final record.
The guitarist never doubted their fifteenth studio album would be made, regardless of singer Steven Tyler’s near-departure in 2009 – but he’s less sure there will be a follow-up.
Perry tells Noisecreep: “We knew we had another record in us, despite what many said. I make no bones about it: I don’t know if we’re going to make another record.”
And despite the ups-and-downs of Aerosmith life, the axeman believes their hot-tempered relationship is what makes them tick. “Our disagreements make us dynamic,” he says. “If we all thought the same way, nothing good would happen.
“After we argue we don’t take it home. We’ll argue things to death, deal with it, figure it out and move on. We had a meeting yesterday over a video. It got really heated – but then we went down to look at Steven’s motorcycle. All was fine; it was like, ‘What are you doing tonight?’”
Music From Another Dimension was produced by classic-era collaborator Jack Douglas, after sessions with Brendan O’Brien were abandoned. Guitarist Brad Whitford explains: “Not to put Brendan down – he’s a great producer – it just didn’t fit us.
“He’d say to me, ‘What have you got?’ I’d play a little bit and he’d ask, ‘What’s the title, what’s the chorus, where does it go?’ If I couldn’t answer then it would be killed.
“But Jack, who’s like a member of the band, he could say, ‘Hey, that bit is cool – it goes with that other part and it fits with this riff.’”
The band had over a dozen half-finished tracks from their Get A Grip era, but only one, Legendary Child, was judged good enough to be used. For Perry, the resulting album is up there with his favourite Aerosmith works.
“I really didn’t like Done With Mirrors. I really didn’t like Just Push Play,” he says. “There are other records I think were good for their time, like Toys in the Attic and Rocks. I still listen to those, and I put this one in that category – a record I will continue to listen to a lot. I can’t get enough of this one.”