guitarist Joe Perry
has announced major headway with the new solo album, confirming six fresh tunes.
Chatting with Artist Direct
, Joe wasn't exactly thrilled with how the latest Aerosmith record, "Music From Another Dimension
," came through, but did express excitement about the solo stuff."I'm halfway through a solo album right now,"
he kicked off. "I've got about six songs I'm really excited about. I want to get into them as soon as possible. That's the main focus now. I've got my book coming. It'll probably be a month of signings and different things. We're thinking of different ways to use the internet to promote it. We're giving away four free songs if you buy the book. "I think they'll be really representative of some of my solo work,"
Perry continued. "The record company was amenable, and they've been helpful along the line. Simon & Schuster has been really good. After that, I've got the record that's right under my skin. I can't wait to get back to it. Maybe next year Aerosmith will get together and do another record. We'll see."
As for the Aerosmith pessimism, the guitarist elaborated, "Well, it's crazy. There was a hurricane that week 'Music From Another Dimension!' came out. The president of the label left three weeks before it came out. We had a song on the 'G.I. Joe' movie, and they pulled the movie to go back and film it in 3D. Meanwhile, we found this out when we driving to play the new song on 'American Idol.' We got a phone call the whole campaign was being pulled. "It was like, 'Yeah, but we're playing the single this afternoon.' It was one of those things. The way the media is driven now it's always about something new. Tomorrow, it's a whole different headline. There are some really good songs on that record. I think it's one of the best we've done in a long time. I think we should stick to our guns and keep making records like that and promote them our own way. Now that we're off the label, we'll figure out our own way. I really don't know what's coming up next. I know Steven
] wants to do a solo record."
"Music From Another Dimension!" saw its release in November 2012 via Columbia Records, marking the band's 15th studio effort.