Aerosmith plans to hit the studio on Nov. 1 to begin recording its next album -- and that's about the only concrete detail guitarist Joe Perry has about it right now.
"I'm not sure who the producer is gonna be or what (studio) we're gonna do it in," Perry tells Billboard.com. "We may use a few different producers. I don't know. All I know is that the heart and soul of the thing is us getting in the studio and seeing what comes out."
Perry did say that the band was "excited Rick Rubin is now in the so-called captain's chair at Sony; his heart's in the right place when it comes to rock'n'roll." Rubin, according to Perry, will be involved with the album in some capacity, even if not necessarily as a hands-on producer. "It's not just about the music; it's about the feel, and he's one of the few that really gets it," Perry explains.
The guitarist says there's already some material around for the album, including songs that Aerosmith was working on in 2006 but was put aside when it ran out of time to finish an album, opting instead to stick two new songs on the "Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith" collection.
"I always have bits and pieces. Steven (Tyler) always has bits and pieces. It's just a matter of getting together and rehearsing the stuff," Perry says. "I'd like to have songs that the band can play live and have them sound great and not need to have a bunch of overdubs and all that, even though we will do that after the fact. But that's the icing on the cake. The cake is good songs, and that's what we're gonna be shooting for."
Nothing that "I don't think we've ever delivered a record on time since the first one," Perry says he'd like to see the new Aerosmith project "ready to go in March."
Besides the album, Aerosmith is also working closely with the makers of "Guitar Hero IV," which will be dedicated to the Boston group's music. "I don't know much about the technical part of it," Perry says, "but artistically we're working hand in hand."
Aerosmith will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert Thursday (Sept. 6) in New York before the group kicks off a nine-day tour two days later in Clarkston, Mich. Aerosmith may also play some shows before the end of the year, "depending on how things go in the studio," says Perry.