AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer says that he sees "absolutely nothing wrong" with singer Steven Tyler pursuing a solo career.
Tyler's country-tinged solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere", will arive on July 15 via Big Machine Label Group's Dot Records. The vocalist co-produced the disc with such heavyweights as T Bone Burnett, Dan Huff, Marti Fredriksen and Jaren Johnston.
During an appearance on the SiriusXM satellite radio show "Eddie Trunk Live", Kramer was asked for his opinion on Steven branching off and doing his own thing away from AEROSMITH. The drummer replied: "Well, you know what, man? Steven has been talking about doing that… It was a dream of his for years; he's always wanted to do it. So my take on it is that he's getting it out of his system, and he's doing what he wants to do. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. You know, if he's having a good time and it's going good for him, I wish him all the best."
He continued: "I mean, you know, you think about it. If he's doing a couple of songs off his album [during his solo concerts] and the rest AEROSMITH songs, you put two and two together and it's not what you would call a solo career. But he's having a good time and he's got a passion for it, and I think that that's what counts even more. If you're having a good time doing what you're doing and you love it, it's gonna come out good; it's gotta be a positive thing. And, you know, Steven's not one to do things half-assed, and so he's doing it, and he's having a good time, and I wish him all the best."
AEROSMITH is currently on break after a tour last summer. The band hasn't put out a record since 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!" In the interim, Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry have swiped at each other in public, most notably about Tyler's solo work.
Said Perry: "He's got a fucking rhinestone cowboy hat going, 'Yippee ki yay.' I don't know what else to say about that."
In a recent interview, Tyler claimed there were no hard feelings. "I've read what Joe has said," Tyler admitted. "But then I really, really, couldn't be here doing what I'm doing now if if wasn't for Joe Perry. It's a strange catch-22, but if you slow down enough you get to see it. It's as obvious as balls on a tall dog. I wouldn't be anywhere without those guys, so I'm as grateful as I can be."