Steven Tyler will release his first-ever solo album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, on July 15th. The title track, which Tyler performed live last week on NBC’s Today Show, is a funky mix of horns, drum loops and the Aerosmith frontman’s unmistakable scat vocals.
In between lyrics name-checking Biloxi, Mississippi, New York City and New Orleans, Tyler spits out asides about coffee, the blues and cornbread with a drumbeat rhythm that evokes Aerosmith’s 1988 hit “Rag Doll.” In the end, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere” is a celebration of America as a melting pot. Tyler also nodded to the patriotic with another release from the new album, the summer-love anthem “Red, White & You.”
Last week, Tyler caused a stir when he called into The Howard Stern Show to reveal that Aerosmith will launch a farewell tour in 2017. “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this … We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that,” Tyler said.
Tyler will launch his Out on a Limb solo tour on July 2nd in Las Vegas.