Aerosmith's future is looking up - their recent recording sessions have been "really good" and productive, according to the band's longtime collaborator MARTI FREDERIKSEN.
Earlier this month (Jan11), Steven Tyler announced he would be rejoining the group in the studio to begin work on new material following a tumultuous couple of years which saw the frontman briefly quit the group and check into rehab to conquer a recurring drug habit.
He also fell out with guitarist Joe Perry over his decision to sign up as a judge on U.S. reality show American Idol, and Tyler recently admitted he hadn't been able to contact his pal for weeks.
Perry was absent from the line-up when the rest of Aerosmith returned to the studio last weekend (22-23Jan11) - although Frederiksen, who joined Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer for the jam sessions, insists it was due to a prior, unspecified commitment.
He tells Billboard.com Perry's bandmates were "missing" him as they played around with new song ideas and riffs, but had managed to come up with four songs in their first three days together.
Frederiksen says, "It's been really good, great. We've been playing songs, putting together riffs, having fun, laughing and working from noon to 11pm. We're just digging in, man."
The tracks are far from complete, but the musician is confident Aerosmith fans will be happy when the finished products are released: "I think we can wind up with a lot of good stuff, and they've got a lot of great stuff already from the past that hasn't been finished, a whole stockpile that just needs to be produced up. I think they'll be in pretty good shape."
Aerosmith's last album, Honkin' on Bobo, was released in 2004.