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To hear what Steven Tyler sounds like when he sings in the shower, you'll have to get the next Aerosmith CD. The album, to be released in the fall, is a blues record - a first for the band - and was partly recorded in guitarist Joe Perry's shower (another first).

"We drilled a hole in Joe's upstairs bathroom in his house, right down to the studio," explains Tyler. "We put a microphone up there, and I'm in the shower, singing. On one particular song, 'Bad Black Train,' that he sings, I'm up in the shower on harmonica.' "

Don't worry about the plumbing bills at Perry's place, the band can easily afford them.

In their 32-year career, Aerosmith has sold more than 70 million albums, thanks in great measure to pop instincts that gave them hits such as "Livin' on the Edge," "Walk This Way," and "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing," the No. 1 with a bullet written by gun-for-hire songwriter Dianne Warren. But Tyler, who was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by the Berklee College of Music this month, insists the band has always been rooted in the first indigenous music form of the United States.

"Oddly enough, it's what we started out as, it's what we always have been, and it's almost like Aerosmith is that band in the closet," says the singer in a speaking voice that sounds uncannily similar to Al Pacino. "There have been people along the way who have faulted us for that," he says, and launches into an anecdote about how, in the '80s, a music industry honcho heard the guitar riff to "Love in an Elevator" and sniffly dismissed it: "Sounds like a bunch of blues riffs."


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