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Longtime collaborator Marti Frederiksen says the band are 'having fun'

Aerosmith have started recording sessions on a new album.

Singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer recently teamed up for a series of jamming sessions at longtime collaborator Marti Frederiksen‘s studio in Monrovia, California.

Guitarist Joe Perry was unable to attend the sessions due to an unspecified commitment, according to Frederiksen, but he said his bandmates were “missing” him.

The band laid down four songs for the record, which will be their first since 2004’s ‘Honkin’ On Bobo’.

“It’s been really good, great,” Frederiksen told Billboard.com. “We’ve been playing songs, putting together riffs, having fun, laughing and working from noon to 11. We’re just digging in, man.

He added: “We’re trying to move quick and not necessarily finish up songs and make them complete but just get a lot of stuff to choose from.”

Drummer Kramer revealed Aerosmith were planning to record an “old-school” album at the end of last year.

The sessions come after a turbulent recent past, which has included crisis talks to save the band from splitting.