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Aerosmith LP in progress

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN: Sunday night at Elton John's 20th annual Academy Award viewing party Steven Tyler revealed that Aerosmith has been in the studio for the last month with producer Jack Douglas (Toys in the Attic, Draw the Line). "We’re gonna have a vintage sound, 'cause we’re going to tape and a lot of good things like that," Tyler told Rolling Stone. "We’re keeping tracks lean, not a lot of overdubs, and like I said, we’re using Jack to his fullest. So you’re gonna hear some stuff where you might think Aerosmith’s back." According to Tyler, the sessions so far feel like back in the day. "I’m having such a good time writing again," he said. "You got the songs right now where they're like shells, with no lyrics and no melody, and I get to fill in the blanks like I did with 'Back in the Saddle' when it was just a track." The band will be hitting the road this summer. "June 18 it starts," Tyler said. "So spread the word." (2/28a)