Now that frontman Steven Tyler has ended his two-year run as an “American Idol” judge, he and his Aerosmith bandmates have announced that they finally will release their new album “Music from Another Dimension!” on Nov. 6.
“Music From Another Dimension!” will be the band’s first new album since 2001′s “Just Push Play.”
Rolling Stone reports that the album, which the band has been working on for three years, will feature some familiar collaborators for the rockers, including producer Jack Douglas (who helmed classic 1970s Aerosmith albums like “Rocks” and “Toys in the Attic”), songwriter Diane Warren and guitarist Rick Dufay, who briefly replaced Brad Whitford in the early ’80s. Dufay joined the band on a cover of the Temptations’ 1975 hit “Shakey Ground,” which Tyler had initially planned to include on a solo album.
On the forthcoming album, Aerosmith also is working with big-name collaborators Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Julian Lennon and Johnny Depp.
Guitarist Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone he was initially skeptical about “Beautiful,” the album’s duet between Underwood and Tyler. Tyler describes the song as “a country-western crossover ballad.”
Perry says the results won him over: “Their voices matched up really well. It doesn’t sound forced. It was just right.”
The duet won’t be the first time Underwood, the 2005 “American Idol” winner, and Tyler have sung together. They performed together on the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards and did a special Super Bowl-theme episode of “CMT Crossroads” earlier this year.
While in Los Angeles working on “Idol,” Tyler met Julian Lennon, the son of the late, great John Lennon, in his hotel, according to Rolling Stone. Lennon wound up contributing harmony vocals to “Love Three Times a Day,” which Tyler describes as “Beatlesque.”
As for Depp, Rolling Stone reports that the movie star added backup vocals to Perry’s politically conscious rocker “Freedom Fighter,” but the song may end up an outtake or on a later deluxe edition of the album.
Perry tells the publication he is excited to have new music to add to the band’s concerts.
They’ve already incorporated two of the forthcoming album’s tracks, rockers “Legendary Child” and “Oh Yeah,” into their current “Global Warming” tour stops.
“Everyone wants to hear the same ‘Dream On”s and ‘Walk This Way”s, but that’s not what I had in mind to be in a band – to be the best cover band you can be,” Perry tells Rolling Stone. “We can be the best Aerosmith cover band out there, and I was getting tired of it. So I’m really glad to have this record.”