Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is known for his be-feathered hair and audacious attitude almost as much as he’s know for his rock ‘n roll stylings, so it makes sense that the veteran rockstar says he got the “itch” to do a solo album.
“I had a lot of fun doing [the 2011 solo single] ‘(It) Feels So Good’…I wrote that with Marti Frederiksen,” said Tyler tells Rolling Stone via Henne Music. “I’ve got this itch in me to do a solo record, and that’s what I’m gonna do next. I’ve got some great people that want to get involved in it. It’s early on right now, but that’s the itch I got. I got that itch to do something that’s a lot different than Aerosmith. Aerosmith’s never been better, but we did that album [2012’s ‘Music From Another Dimension’]. This last album was an Aerosmith all-for-one-and-one-for-all.”
“But my heart is in stuff like that weirder, off-the-cuff stuff that I’m not sure Aerosmith would like,” continued the ex-American Idol judge. “I’m into electronica – I was when I used to listen to Stockhausen in ’65. So there’s just a lot of stuff – good, weird fucking music that I want to get off my chest. The band will be playing, and we’re going to China and Singapore. It’s gonna open up a whole new world for Aerosmith. So Aerosmith will always be around, but I got this itch and I know how to scratch it.”
Planning to start his solo writing next January, Tyler says he’s inspired by EDM stuff like Skrillex and Deadmau5.
At the Hollywood Bowl tomorrow, Tyler will be joined by bandmate Joe Perry to be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. They will perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra after their induction.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles