|Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
Like your funny-but-often-embarrassing uncle, Aerosmith
only come around to visit once in a blue moon. However, every time they do, it's memorable for better or for worse. It's been seven long years since the group's last album, the covers collection Honkin' on Bobo.
A decade has passed since they've released an original studio album, and relations between the members, particularly singer Steven Tyler
and lead guitarist Joe Perry
, have been strained at best.
Between Tyler's painkiller-prompted rehab stint and American Idol
duties, the band has barely seen each other the past two years, and much of their communication has flowed through bitchy press quotations, including one suggesting that the rest of Aerosmith was considering moving forward without Tyler if he didn't recommit to making music. Fortunately (if you still actually care about Aerosmith), they are set to begin recording on their 14th album this summer.
There are glimmers of hope for long-time fans. Even though the fivepiece aren't yet in the same place together, the signs have been mostly positive. Joe Perry tweeted this week, "Whole band has plans to go into the studio with Jack Douglas second week of July to work on new Aero CD." Douglas is a rock veteran who helmed their classic '70s albums Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic and Rocks, and the few demos the group has already worked on are considered "bluesy" and "more Seventies than Nineties." The band seems ready to go, so now we just need to get Steven Tyler to stop panting over 16-year-old girls on network television and haul his skinny ass to the studio.