By Matthew Perpetua
The singer told journalists Tuesday at a news conference promoting the new season of "Idol" that he intends to begin work on their 15th studio album later this month.
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It's easy to understand why anyone would get the impression that Aerosmith may be over, since the band's internal conflicts in recent years have played out in public like a rock 'n' roll soap opera — complete with rehab stints, near-constant breakup rumors and numerous injuries. Last year Tyler threatened to sue the band if they were to hire a new singer following rumors that he had quit the band, and more recently guitarist Joe Perry has attacked Tyler for associating himself with "American Idol."
The band have been at one another's throats for so long now that it's hard to imagine how they could get on the same page to write their first album of original material since "Just Press Play" in 2001, especially with Tyler devoting so much of his time to a television series that tapes twice a week.
That said, even though Perry has insisted on distancing Aerosmith from "Idol," the show will inevitably increase Tyler's public profile to the point that there will be a renewed interest in the band in the coming year. From a strictly commercial standpoint, it may be in the group's best interests to get over their differences and lay down some new tracks.
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