Aerosmith is ready to take its show on the road, as the North American leg of the band's Global Warming Tour with Cheap Trick kicks off Saturday in Minneapolis. Aerosmith bass player Tom Hamilton tells Billboard that fans attending the shows likely will get treated to a preview of the group's upcoming studio effort, Music from Another Dimension!, which is scheduled for an August 28 release.
Hamilton reveals that while the initial plan was for Aerosmith not to perform any new tunes save for lead single "Legendary Child" on the trek, he says, "We're probably going to say 'To hell with it' and play 'em because they're fun."
He adds, "We're chomping at the bit to play a bunch of these live," while noting that having new material to introduce in concert "really makes you feel like you're walking out there with a loaded weapon."
Hamilton also shared some details about the upcoming album, which he says will feature about 14 tracks.
"I think it just kind of reflects all the eras of our career, everything we've learned over the centuries," he maintains. "The 70s era, just all-out riff rock songs, and then the later stuff that's more melodic, ballady stuff so that we can have girls in our audience."
In addition to newly penned tunes, Hamilton says Music from Another Dimension! will include "songs that have been written over the course of our lifetimes," as well as a rendition of the vintage R&B number "Shakey Ground."
With regard to the cover tune, Hamilton says that Aersomith decided to try recording it when they were looking for extra material to fill out the record.
"We tried it out and in the course of recording we just had so much fun with it that we wanted to put it on the album," he explains. "We like to show off our funk roots and show we can get people's butts shaking."
Hamilton also reports that some guest stars contributed to the Music from Another Dimension! sessions, although he isn't sure if those track will make the final cut.
"There's still decisions to be made, so it's just a little early to talk about that," he says.
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