Aerosmith: Blues Album Details

After Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry present a Grammy on Sunday, they'll return to Boston to put the finishing touches on their long-promised blues album, Honkin' on Bobo, due March 30.

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After Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry present a Grammy on Sunday, they'll return to Boston to put the finishing touches on their long-promised blues album, Honkin' On Bobo, due March 30.

The band hasn't yet decided on a single, and Perry said finding one that will work on modern radio is difficult. "I don't know if there's a top-40 radio hit in there," he said. "I'd like to see something with a hard bluesy vibe get played, but I don't know if there's anything like that on the charts right now. What we're doing definitely isn't hip-hop."

It also isn't exactly the blues ? at least not your grandfather's style of blues. While Honkin' On Bobo will include covers of songs by Muddy Waters, Fisher/Hopkins and Blind Willie Mctell, the tunes have been reinterpreted in a way that's distinctly Aerosmith.

"We started out by saying, 'We're not gonna try to define what blues is or fit what you think blues is,' " Perry said. "This is just our interpretation of the music that influenced us, and it was very easy to call it blues, but there's R&B, funk and other elements in there as well."

One reason Aerosmith decided to record a blues-based rock record was to get back in touch with their gritty roots. Not that they're tired of playing ballads like "Cryin'" and "Crazy," they just longed to revisit a place that existed long before commercial viability became a prime concern.

"When we did Just Push Play I thought that there were some good songs on there, but looking back at it, I can see that it certainly doesn't sound like the first record," Perry said. "I don't think we could ever sound like that again, but we can definitely take the attitude we had when we recorded those songs. On this record we worked to keep things more immediate and not really think about what's on the charts."

Aerosmith first announced they would record a blues album back in August 2002, and they entered the studio to begin the project in April 2003. The record was originally slated for release last September, but the band decided to record a handful of songs live during its tour with Kiss and possibly include them with the studio recordings. Further delays occurred after the tour, when the group decided to go back into Perry's studio and tweak some of the mixes.

Aerosmith will hit the road with Cheap Trick on March 11 in Lubbock, Texas, for a tour that runs through June 28 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    faqu
    That's great news!!! I cant wait to hear the album and I hope The first single will be played on MTV2 europe.
    NUBIENLOC76
    I COULD SEE A BLUES ALBUM FROM THEM IT JUST MEANS THAT THEY HAVE COME FULL CIRCLE. AND THEY ARE A BAND YOU CAN LISTEN TO WEATHER YOU LIKE ROCK,RAP,PUNK,METAL, WHATEVER
    GNRfan
    i personally don't like their new stuff. they don't sound right to me. they sound all pussified now with all the ballads they keep doing...but that video with that presley chick (blonde) with her in the bathing suit was hot as hell.
    xxckyFCNxx
    Aerosmith roots are blues you ignorant peace of trash. At least they realize Just Push Play wasnt a good album.
    MrRokHed
    It's been a long time since the Toxic Twins put out an album that was killer from start to finish. 70's stuff was great, 80's stuff was pretty good, 90's stuff was mostly not that good.
    Oswald
    NUBIENLOC76!!!! YOU DONT HAVE TO KEEP LOCKS IN ALL THE TIME BEEYATCH!!!!
    numnuts
    i cant wait to hear this album this sounds like itll be pretty good
    bkrocksuncc
    I can't wait for the CD. I saw them with KISS twice, and they played songs from the new album both times, which were awesome. It's gonna kick ass!!
    nateslp03
    yes aerosmith is my favorite band, and i know any album they release is going to be good.