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Aerosmith may self-release albums 'if the band stays together,' says Steven Tyler

Gary Graff
Billboard

With the upcoming "Music From Another Dimension" marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands.

Asked during a conference call with reporters on Thursday whether the band would consider self-releasing future projects, frontman Steven Tyler said that "if the band stays together, yeah, we'll definitely go that route, something somewhere over there. We've been keeping record companies stocked with millions of shekels for years, been making a lot of people rich -- not that we haven't, but every now and then you get into arguments with labels (and) you think, 'Where is all this money going?' We've definitely thought of putting stuff out. I was very successful last year with a (single) called 'It Feels So Good.' It proves it can happen."

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Guitarist Joe Perry didn't sound quite so definitive about the idea, however, telling Billboard that, "We've talked about every idea you can think of out there, and we really don't know. There's so many different directions we can go. (Columbia) has been totally with us and behind us on this album, and really supportive. So the talk about what happens when it gets delivered and we (finish) our commitment with Sony, what are we gonna do next -- it's really an open question at this point."

"Music From Another Dimension," Aerosmith's first set of all-new material in 11 years, comes out Nov. 6, while the band start the next leg of their Global Warming Tour on Nov. 8 in Oklahoma City. The album has been preceded by the singles "Legendary Child," "What Could Have Been Love" and "Lover Alot" and features a duet with Carrie Underwood ("Can't Stop Loving You") and collaborations with Johnny Depp ("Freedom Fighter") and Julian Lennon ("Luv XXX").

Continuing to address the future, Tyler said Aerosmith will go on a full-scale world tour next year and predicted that "Music From Another Dimension" has "four songs radio is not gonna be able to stay away from, which is unheard of." He promised that he plans to make a solo album next but said that doesn't mean the band's breaking up. "It means I'll divert a little and have some fun with other people," he said. 

Perry, meanwhile, is following Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer in writing an autobiography, which he hopes to publish in 2013. He's teamed with award-winning author David Ritz, who's worked with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and, most recently, Bettye LaVette, and the guitarist says that "it's going to be my story, but it's also entwined with Aerosmith and relationships there and the how and the why of that kind of stuff. People have been asking me about it for the last probably five or 10 years ... I'll definitely take a different path than the other guys, the way they put their books together. I read probably 40 biographies and autobiographies, musical ones. I can see how some worked and some didn't. I hope this one works. There's a lot to fit into 600 pages or whatever it's gonna be. I'm pretty excited."

19Comments
Oct 12, 2012 4:47PM
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no doubt they will be releasing them in the graveyard along with the beachboys. who cares?
Oct 12, 2012 4:33PM
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and guess what I have been spelling thier name wrong all these years LMAO Good thing I am like 1/3 Polish and can blame it on being a Polock,Ahhh I crack myself up!!
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Tyler's downfall "was" and "is" the herion. He talks like he's a clean productive musician however,  he's far from it!  There's too many things going on in this cat's life and is just another escape to face what and who he really is as an icon. Him like the rest of us ain't no GOD or role model to be praising or putting on a pedastal.

Show business, especially Rock n Roll is a very complicated and straining lifestyle!

It can be dangerous! or it can be GOD sent! depending how it is controled, managed & lived!

We all are human and make mistakes in life, including Steven Tyler or anyone else for that matter.

My point is be careful who you follow and accept as your role model or mark as your hero for we as ourselves are the most important person to be concerned with.... No pun intended

Oct 12, 2012 4:06PM
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I see a lot of negative comments and I'd just like to state this Fact,most Bands(rappers included),Have 1 or 2 hits and then fade away so for these guys to have been around since 1973,and to have gone what they have gone through Bankruptcy,Band members leaving over spilled Milk (Joe Perry&Brad Whitford),Drug Addiction,selling out(Run DMC cover)trying to have Solo careers outside Areosmith (Joe Perry Project),is just unheard of Areosmith (Spelled Correctly) Ya want to talk your Sh!t and SLAM this band for whatever reason when you Yourself probably have no idea and or concept of what it takes to be in this industry and to have not only made it big But to have dominated and proven yourself time-N-time again Areosmith is the main influence on countless of millions of musicians Black,White,Brown and every color in between and have not only Pioneered today's Rock-N-Roll,But have also engineered it So to all of you who have nothing but negativity and resentment towards Areosmith Howa bout y'all just PHA-KAUPH Long Live Areosmith All HAIL MOTORHEAD
Oct 12, 2012 4:01PM
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Also, as a second thought... as a musician, I can relate to their potential decision of self releasing their next album. These record companies will bleed you dry, and having complete control over ALL your marketing/creative decisions is a big boon for any musician...from an established act such as Aerosmith, to the newbie to the scene! No record execs telling you how to play YOUR music, nobody with their hand in the proverbial till. The control is all yours! Go for it, Aerosmith....prove that even in todays world, you can still do it YOURSELF!  
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