AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford has told the Boston Herald that the band is "really starting from scratch" during the songwriting sessions for the group's new album at the home recording studio of longtime collaborator/producer Marti Frederiksen.
"We basically go in the studio, just stone cold, and try to come out at the end of the day with another song, and so far it's worked great," Whitford said. "It has been great working at Marti's. His whole house is basically geared toward making music, so that's what we are doing all day long."
Regarding a possible release date for the new AEROSMITH album, Whitford said, "A lot will depend on how much we get done this week and when we can get back together again to sort of finalize it. Hopefully, we will be listening to it sometime this year."
On the topic of singer Steven Tyler's appearance on "American Idol" as a judge for the show's tenth season and how it's going to affect AEROSMITH, Whitford said, "I think he's a great choice (for 'Idol'). I always told him he should be a stand-up comedian because he's one of the funniest guys I've ever known in my life. I think people will see that as they get to know him better. He and J. Lo will bring a lot of authenticity to what they're doing. And it's going to expand our audience, for sure. People who would never think about seeing AEROSMITH might change their minds after seeing him on TV."
Tyler and his bandmates — guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer — will continue working through February 2, when Tyler begins his live appearances as an "American Idol" judge.
Although a recent New York Post article indicated that AEROSMITH was "unable to work" due to Tyler's "American Idol" gig, Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt responded, "Mr. Tyler's 'American Idol' contract was specifically negotiated to work around his AEROSMITH touring and recording schedule."
The new album will be AEROSMITH's first studio effort since 2004's "Honkin' On Bobo" covers set and first collection of all-new tunes since 2001's "Just Push Play".