Speaking to Billboard, Steven Tyler says, “The band was getting along better than ever. We’d just broken up for crazy f**king reasons, and I went away to get my head straight again. We booked a tour, South America first and we took it to Japan, and…It’s funny that it took that for the band to realize how important we are to each other and how f**kin’ good of a band we are and what a f**kin’ good time we have on stage that is infectious and gets people happy. We were just all in such a bad place that we didn’t realize our self-worth. I took going to Japan and playing those shows for the band to realize its own magic again. Somewhere along the line there it got the band happy again, and we thought, ‘Holy s**t, we gotta do a f**king record right now!’ So, yeah, that tour helped us to a new album.”
Although Aerosmith will be touring throughout the summer and fall, Tyler hopes to finish his long-delayed solo record in time for a 2014 release.
“I’m just doing a solo record ’cause I think it’s f**kin’ kinky to go write a song with Johnny Depp,” he told Billboard. “I think it’s f**kin’ ridiculous to go write a bunch of songs I started five years ago and never finished. It feeds my passion. I like traveling all over the place and writing songs and seeing what we catch. It’s kind of like driftnetting for songs, right. But, no, the band’s not breaking up. Me doing a solo record doesn’t mean the band isn’t working on a record — but I get that in the press one has to hear that from one lead singer of one Aerosmith.”