Don't let the hype around American Idol fool you, Aerosmith is still a priority for Steven Tyler, who has reportedly been in the studio with the band for the last month finishing up work on their as-yet-untitled new album.
Outside of Saturday Night Live, no other current TV show can boast as many impressive musical guests as The Simpsons. And The Simpsons has the edge because its many musical appearances are actually meant to be funny. Scores of rock icons -- including three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica -- have appeared on the show as eight-fingered, yellow-tinted versions of themselves.
When one thinks of 2001 a lot of cultural references come to mind. It was the first official year of the new millennium. A new United States President assumed office. And then there's the unavoidable image of HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the red eye glowing and speaking in that creepy monotonic voice: "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
But the Aerosmith that created Pump is an altogether different animal than the classic version of the mid-Seventies. Back then, the group was a non-stop rock 'n' roll party machine, living on the edge 24 hours a day and roaring into town in search of your sisters. They were Van Halen before there was Van Halen.
They crashed hard in 2009, but Aerosmith have pulled themselves back together to launch one of their biggest world tours ever. Joe Perry tells how they reconciled with singer Steven Tyler and talks about the plans for their long-awaited new studio effort.