Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler gives new album update

Singer also confirms his band will perform on 'American Idol'

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has given an update on the band’s forthcoming new album.

The frontman said he has been working closely with guitarist Joe Perry on a series of new tracks. The band recently revealed they had also teamed up for a series of jamming sessions at longtime collaborator Marti Frederiksen’s studio in Monrovia, California.

“I sent Joe a bunch of songs and he sent me a bunch of licks, we’ve e-mailed back and forth with each other,” Tyler said. “All I need is a few good licks. That’s the way ‘Walk This Way’ was written, one of Joe Perry‘s licks and I grabbed the ball and ran with it, and that’s all it takes sometimes.”

The singer also admitted the last couple of years have been difficult for the band. Aerosmith almost split at one point but for emergency crisis talks during a period when Tyler was admitted to rehab and quit the band.

“Sometimes other people try to keep us apart, so it’s a little difficult,” Tyler told Billboard. “I’m with different management. They’re with different management, they’ve got their lawyers. I’ve got my lawyers. When we get together in a room, magic happens. Things get settled. It’s just hard right now, but who knows what this summer will bring.”

The singer also confirmed that the band will be making an appearance on American Idol.

“We’re playing the last show of the season,” he added. “It was always my intention, always, to get Aerosmith on the show. I mean, Joe‘s done it, I’m ready for it.”