Aerosmith Reveal Single, Tour Plans At MTV Japan Relaunch

By | April 9, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Aerosmith have chosen “Fly Away From Here” as the second single from their latest album, Just Push Play.

At a star-studded celebration Wednesday in Tokyo commemorating the relaunch of MTV Japan, the Boston rockers said a video for the song is in the works, guided by director Joseph Kahn’s futuristic treatment. “Fly Away From Here” is expected to surface at radio in early June, a Columbia spokesperson said.

The 28-year recording veterans also revealed that they’ll embark on a summer tour, set to kick off in June.

Just Push Play, Aerosmith’s 13th studio album, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released in early March, and like its predecessor, 1997’s Nine Lives, it is expected to reach platinum status.

While some bands are barely able to sustain a meager existence years past their prime, Aerosmith have proven themselves to be living legends by releasing hit albums in every decade since the ’70s.

“You gotta keep it fresh by writing new songs, writing new albums, going on tours, coming up with new stage designs and places to go,” singer Steven Tyler said. “[That] just keeps it fresh [because] you always want to outdo what you did last time.”

“There’s always such great music coming out … so we like to listen to it and hear what’s going on,” bassist Tom Hamilton said. “But it’s also a challenge: Can we keep up? And we always want to be able to think that we’re keeping up with everybody else putting out new music.”

Ever the Buddhist-like wise man, Joe Perry had a much simpler explanation for his band’s seemingly endless endurance.

“Basically, we’re still fans of music,” the guitarist said. “We still love it. And the same feeling that we had when [we heard] music when we were 17 years old and felt that we could maybe get up onstage and do it [ourselves], we still have that feeling.”

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