In a brand new interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal, AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton expressed his belief that the band's latest album, "Music From Another Dimension!", didn't get its fair due from the group's fans, resulting in the CD falling short of commercial expectations.
"I feel like the fans didn't do their homework on it," he said. "They didn't let it grow on them. C'est la vie. We'll try harder next time."
"Music From Another Dimension!" was released on November 6, 2012, and debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.
AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry spoke frankly about the album's shortcomings, and blamed some of its problems in reaching a bigger audience on both music and film business politics, revealing to Classic Rock magazine, "There is some ass-kicking stuff on that record, but there's also some stuff that, frankly, I'd rather we had left off. There were two big setbacks beyond our control. The president of our record label left three weeks before our record was released, and it got tossed in the bin. We'd been told that the lead song, 'Legendary Child', was going to be in the 'G.I. Joe' movie, and Paramount would put literally millions of dollars into the record."
Perry remembered the moment the band knew that the floor had fallen out from under them. "We were in the limo on the way to the TV studio to play the song on 'American Idol' when we learnt the movie was delayed by six months," he said. "I still feel the album didn't get to have its day in the sun."
Hamilton, who has successfully battled cancer in recent years, told Australia's Tone Deaf in a 2013 interview that he was amped up for the band to record the follow-up to "Music From Another Dimension!" album, saying, "I am looking to go back into the studio and do another record but under certain conditions. (I'm tired of) examining every single detail of a record . . . (I'd like to) slap on the bass, get the drums rockin' and the guitars blazing with Steve (Tyler) on those vocals with melodies and harmonies."
Hamilton told The Pulse Of Radio why he felt it was crucial for AEROSMITH to hit the studio and record "Music From Another Dimension!" "I've been waiting for this for so long, because I so want to be known as a band that is still firing on all cylinders," he said. "We could go out and work every year and just play, you know, all our same old songs year after year, but it would have been a very uneasy feeling to me to think about not ever having an album of new material out."