According to Joe Perry, he says Aerosmith had “quite a bit” of archived material they want tot release for the next few years. This material even dates back to the ’70s.

The guitarist was revitalized after releasing 1971: The Road Starts Hear, which consists of unheard rehearsal footage of the earliest Aerosmith’s material. However, most of which had been put on the 1973 debut album. “It sounded so good. I mean, we could have put that out on the first record,” says Perry to UCR about those primitive recordings. “We just had two microphones when we recorded that. It shows how conscious we were of the dynamics and how the band sounded as a whole. Listening back to it, any time I hear those songs, it brings me back”

Perry also says there this a lot more in store, “If you take a song like ‘Dream On,’ that take that was put on the record, there were probably two or three other takes that we decided no to use for one reason or another,” he states. “As a fan, if I heard [Led Zeppelin’s] ‘Heartbreaker‘ and I heard a different take of that, in that [same] studio quality, I would love to hear that.

Perry says the archived material could do better than the new Aerosmith studio album. “I was think about, ‘Well, do we need to write another record?’ Then I started thinking: Going back, all of the songs have alternate takes that have different things about them,” he says. “We gave so much of that stuff, and also some of the rehearsal tapes of some of the songs. And we’ve been recording everything live since we came back together [in the mid-’80s]. We have show upon show. There’s just so much material there, so much video, and we’re finding so much more. I think it took our guys about three years to go through all of the stuff, including the videos, and just catalog everything, so we could see [what we had].”

Perry states Aerosmith is “looking over the next two or three years at releasing this stuff, decade by decade in different formats. There’s a lot of stuff there. At the same time, we’re still out there touring, so it’s not like we’re just goin to sit back and curate our museum, so to speak. It’s part of our history, but we’re still going out there and doing it.”

-Intern Asma