Aerosmith have kissed and made up, and are now beavering away in the studio according to long term producer Jack Douglas, who has made an online posting saying “The new album should be out around May 2012. I know that’s a long wait, but after the South American tour and Japan in October, November and December, we will just get back to work on it in mid-January.” In addition he said, “For those who are asking, this album will be raw, nasty, tough rock with a good deal of the old Aerosmith ‘tongue in cheek.'”

Bassist Tom Hamilton, who recently underwent treatment for cancer, said in a video statement posted on the band’s website “For those of you who don’t know who Jack is, he’s the guy who we worked with, producing our best albums of the ’70s — ‘Get Your Wings’, ‘Toys In The Attic’ and ‘Rocks’. And it’s really gonna be cool, because there’s no one that knows more about the soul of this band and the creative part of this band [than] Jack. We worked with him on [2004’s covers CD] ‘Honkin’ On Bobo’, but that wasn’t all original material — most of that was not original material. This time it’s gonna be all-new Aerosmith songs.”

He explained, “When people say, ‘What was it like to work with Jack back then?’ all I can say is we just laughed the whole time; there was always laughter going on, and fun, but at the same time really digging deep to get performances that were even better than we thought we could do.”  The band will halt proceeding while they tour South America and Japan for the rest of the year and will resume recording in January with a tentative release date of May 2012.