New Aerosmith Album Features Julian Lennon, Johnny Depp
Aerosmith are getting ready to release their first album of all new material since Just Push Play, back in 2001. Music From Another Dimension is set to be released on November 6, having been pushed back from its initial release date of August 28. But aside from the five bad boys from Boston, the album will also feature a couple of guest appearances by, among others, Julian Lennon and Johnny Depp.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler met Lennon while working on American Idol, and he got Lennon to sing harmony vocals on the track “Love Three Times a Day.” Tyler told Rolling Stone “He’s such a sweet f---ing guy, and he’s John’s first son with that voice and sense of humor – gimme a break!”
Depp is no stranger to the world of music, having played slide guitar on the Oasis song “Fade In-Out,” and playing guitar for the band P in the mid-’90s. Depp contributes backing vocals to the song “Freedom Fighter,” which may not be on the official album, but rather as a bonus track according to Joe Perry.
Music From Another Dimension is largely made up of leftover material from the Get a Grip sessions, Aerosmith’s 1993 album with monster hits such as “Livin’ on the Edge” and “Cryin’.” The album also sees the band working with producer Jack Douglas again. Douglas has previously produced such Aerosmith classics as Get Your Wings, Toys in The Attic and Rocks. Perhaps the involvement of their old producer signals a return to the classic Aerosmith sound.
Another interesting collaboration on the album is that of Rick Dufay, who served as guitarist Brad Whitford’s replacement during Whitford’s time away from Aerosmith in the early ’80s. Dufay is said to play guitar on a cover of The Temptations’ “Shakey Ground,” which had originally been recorded for a solo album by Tyler that never saw the light of day.