Pop Quiz: Aerosmith

Aidin Vaziri | Aerosmith is back on the road and back in the studio but is the band really back together? After a contentious few years where frontman Steven Tyler was either hurting himself by falling offstage or threatening to leave the group – his role as a judge on “American Idol” didn’t help matters – it’s spending the summer on the road with the Global Warming Tour. There is also a new album, “Music From Another Dimension,” Aerosmith’s first new release since 2004’s mostly covers project “Honkin’ on Bobo,” due out in November.

Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Q: You had some pretty harsh words for Steven Tyler when he became a judge on “American Idol.” How did you guys sort things out?
A: It’s just the normal workings of a dysfunctional family. Everybody says stuff. You don’t get here without a bunch of crap and baggage. The main thing is we want to keep the band together.
Q: Do you think it helps to take that stuff to the public?
A: I don’t know if what I had to say did anything to Steven. He’s got his own business. I don’t think he was ever planning on leaving the band forever. I will say this, his involvement in “American Idol” didn’t take away from his participation in the record. We just got to spend a little more time working on the tracks, for better or worse.
Q: On the last tour Steven kept falling offstage. Have you considered putting him on a leash?
A: Well, you know, it’s a contact sport.
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