Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford recently spoke to Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited about the band's new album and the production methods they used. Last week at a press conference at the Grove Mall in Los Angeles, Aerosmith (sans-Whitford, who was on the road with Hendrix Experience) spoke to the gathered media and fans about the upcoming 'Global Warming' tour and their hotly anticipated new studio album which is nearing completion. An excerpt from the chat follow:
Classic Rock Revisited: Aerosmith has been talking about the new album they are working on. I have heard that the album is going to be like the 1970's albums. Is that true?
Whitford: "There is more of that on the new album. It is not as much as I would like, as I would have preferred to do it all old school. For the most part, the band recorded live. There is more of a tip of the hat to the old approach. A huge part of that is having Jack Douglas back producing the band once more."
Classic Rock Revisited: Explain to me how a producer can influence the band?
Whitford: "In the context of the band, sometimes you don't see the stuff that is right in front of you and you need somebody to point that out. You take certain things for granted and you have to have somebody there who can point things out to you, or to guide you to do something. Being a fan, once again, is a huge part of that because you are a fan of music and a fan of the other guys in the band and you want to do your best. Jack is a huge part of that. Back in the day, Jack was the sixth member of Aerosmith. He fit in and he always will."
Classic Rock Revisited: You guys have all gone through hell with Aerosmith. It has been a great thing but at times it has been total insanity. You, however, never seem to cause trouble. I have to ask if you role is to be a peacekeeper or are you just the kind of guy that fades into the background?
Whitford: "I suppose you could say I am a peacemaker, as I try to keep things moving forward. Aerosmith has a tendency to stall over silly stuff. I think that is part of my role. I try to smooth out the bumps."
Classic Rock Revisited: I love Joe Perry's playing and I will never say a bad word about it. I think, however, the guy named Whitford does not get all the respect he deserves. Does it bother you that Joe gets a bigger spot light?
Whitford: "At certain times it has but I really don't care anymore. The people that appreciate it and really know me realize my contributions and that is all that I'm really concerned about. I am there for my fans and they know what I do."
Read the entire interview at Classic Rock Revisited.