Steven Tyler's promise that he was going to be working on brand Tyler for the next few years has already seen a solo single, an autobiography and a judging role on American Idol. Now, reports are surfacing of a proposed duet between Steven Tyler and the most unlikely of counterparts; 70s pop star Chaka Kahn. What's more, the Aerosmith front man and the I'm Every Woman Singer will be recording an as-yet-undecided Led Zeppelin cover. In an interview with Billboard.com, Chaka Kahn revealed how the pair had met, and where the plans to cover messers Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones had come from; "We were at Elton John's party and we got to talk and we both wanted to sing together. We said, 'Let's do a mutual song, by you know, a neutral band -- a band that we both love,' and we both love Zeppelin."
How this proposed recording project will affect the completion of Aerosmith's long mooted new studio album remains to be seen. The band, who has not released an album of original material since 2001's Just Push Play, is set to enter the studio in July. Joe Perry's comments on twitter that he has Been listening to fans comments over last couple of yrs... putting that in creative blender suggests that the album may be a return to the band's hard-rocking roots, as does the news that Jack Douglas, who was at the helm for the band's trio of mid-seventies classics Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic and Rocks, will be producing. Recently, the band snubbed the opportunity to appear on American Idol alongside their front man turned host, with Joe Perry having claimed that the band were never even asked to play the show.