Aerosmith's record producer has revealed that he wanted horror writer Stephen King to write lyrics for the band's new album.
Jack Douglas, the band's long-time knob-twiddler, told Classic Rock magazine that he tried to convince the rockers that King would have provided inspiration to singer Steven Tyler.
"They looked at me like I was crazy," said Douglas about the unlikely collaboration. "I said, 'No, I'm serious. If there's anyone who's going to inspire him, it'd be Stephen King.'"
He went on to add:
Steven doesn't need melody – he needs someone who's going to inspire him as a wordsmith. I don't want a guy who's just writing hits right now.
There has been no confirmation on whether King will do this though so it might just have been a fun suggestion from Jack Douglas and nothing more…
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