Jack Douglas is producing the new Aerosmith project and gave a status  report on the band's first complete studio album of original music since 2001's 'Just Push Play.'

"The new album should be out around May 2012,” reports Jack. “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. For those who are asking, this album will be raw, nasty, tough rock with a good deal of the old Aerosmith 'tongue in cheek.'"

There's still a possibility we could see Aerosmith on American Idol next year with the projected release date of  May for the yet to be titled effort.

September 6th could set some records for downloads. Aerosmith's classic Columbia offerings (1973-1987) will be available via i-Tunes for the first time.