"It's a quintessential Aerosmith album," says guitarist Brad Whitford of the legendary group's forthcoming Music From Another Dimension! due out November 6.
That says a whole lot. Aerosmith remain the premier American rock band, and they proclaim that status once more with their new single "Legendary Child". The track glides to divine heights on the impeccable and impressive riffing of Whitford and Joe Perry. Frontman Steven Tyler also sounds as powerful as ever, belting out the massive refrain. It's another timeless gem from the group and a fitting prelude to Music From Another Dimension!.
Going on about the album, Whitford smiles, "It's a really good representation of where we are musically and what we do".
It's also a big reason for rock fans to rejoice. Aerosmith are back and as brilliant as ever.
While in the midst of a huge headline tour, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino about "Legendary Child", Music From Another Dimension!, and so much more.
What's the story behind "Legendary Child"?
We've actually been tossing around this lick for many years. For whatever reason, we never got it done. When you're in a band, you end up with a lot of stuff like that. Everybody is usually writing music. There are always lots of ideas floating around. There was just never a hard look taken at that particular idea. When we really started working on the album about a year ago, we decided to take a good hard look at that lick and see how we could make into something that might be an Aerosmith song. We put our noses to the grindstone, and that's what we got. Finally, we can put it to bed [Laughs].
Did that riff change from its initial incarnation?
It didn't change much. It was just the basic idea. We were just trying to decide what the song was going to say lyrically. It's one thing to have a good lick, but can you make it into a great song? That's a whole different challenge.
What's your take on Music From Another Dimension! as a whole?
We approached the album in the way we used to approach them in the early days. It was kind of our old formula, incredibly bringing Jack Douglas to put the album together for us and be our producer. We basically did it the way we did those records in the '70s. It has a very strong vibe to it. There's a very nice flow to it. Personally, I think it's one of those rare records that comes along every once in a while that has a great beginning, a great middle, and a great end. That doesn't always happen. I'm old school [Laughs]. I keep saying "records" and "CDs". This record has a lot of great music on it. I'm really pleased and proud.
Are there any guitar parts that you're especially proud of?
Oh yeah, there are several things. I wrote a song with Steven called "Street Jesus". That had another lick I've had in my library forever. I wrote a solo for "Tell Me". Tom and Steven wrote it. It turned out to be one of the better moments on the album. I was really proud of that.
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