Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford doesn't foresee the band returning to the studio any time soon. Aerosmith resumes its Las Vegas “Deuces Are Wild” residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM, beginning June 17th, with a total of 24 dates played before the end of 2022.
During a chat with Classic Rock magazine, Whitford was asked if there were plans to record a followup to 2012's Music From Another Dimension: “Unfortunately, no. I’ve made some efforts to get the band back into the studio, and for whatever reason it just doesn’t work out. In Las Vegas there was a studio right across the street, but (the creative process) can’t be forced. The light switch has to come on. I’d like to think it could still happen, but right now it just hasn’t.”
With Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Joey Kramer all having published memoirs about their time in Aerosmith, Brad Whitford was asked if he's ever thought about doing the same, and admitted, “I’ve given that subject a lot of thought, but how do I tell the same story in a different way? I won’t just regurgitate what people have already read. I do have a concept in mind, a more personal approach that would involve my growing up and also talking to some of the people who helped with our success.”
Whitford was pressed about Joey Kramer's involvement in the band after the drummer announced he was taking a hiatus from the band during its 2022 dates: “(After a long silence) “I’m not sure how to answer that. I don’t know how it will play out. It’s been almost two years since we played last, (a residency) in Las Vegas, and we had a very difficult time then. All of us are getting older, and health issues make things difficult.”
Brad Whitford told us he's comfortable with the numbers that Aerosmith are hitting with its recent releases, especially since they're no longer reaching the same demographic they were during their '90s heyday: “A majority of young people that buy records — which is the people that buy records, really — are so heavily influenced by so many other genres of music and stuff. And I think we're moving out of that a little bit — probably not as bad as the Stones had it, because they were never huge album sellers anyway. You start to move into a time where there's just no way you're going to catch certain younger kids just because of how old you are. You can't do it.”