STEVEN TYLER: There's a hole in my soul baby (spreading his legs and pointing to a whole in the crotch of his pants). Thank you for noticing that, Belinda. We'll talk later. So who's doing this?

MTV NEWS: This is MTV.

TYLER: Yeah? We got some double malt questions going here baby?

MTV NEWS: Well, you just talked to John Norris at Spring Break. This isn't going to be like that. We're just going to ask some questions about tonight. We're from Massachusetts.

TYLER: From where.

MTV NEWS: Belmont.

TYLER: Belmont! I'm an alumni from Belmont.

MTV NEWS: From where?

TYLER: The loony bin? East house shuffle, baby.

JOE PERRY: They named a wing for him.

MTV NEWS: Did you have fun at Spring Break?

TYLER: Yeah. Oh yeah.

MTV NEWS: How was the weather?

TYLER: It was a cross between the hot sun and a cold breeze. Plays havoc on your nipples. I can't begin to tell you.

MTV NEWS: So could someone describe what's happening tonight? What's the party for?

JOEY KRAMER: The party's for the album. It's out today.

TOM HAMILTON: Yeah. Finally. It's a release party, but the difference is that we've been doing all these fan events in Europe and Japan where they decorate a room and invite about five or six hundred fans, and we play the album for them. And every time we've done one, it's gotten bigger and more spectacular. So Columbia said why not do one in New York for the release of the record.

MTV NEWS: So who's coming? Who got lucky? How did the fans get to come?

TYLER: Well, the album was released today, so the first five hundred people at the record store get a couple of tickets, and they're off and running.

MTV NEWS: I know you've already talked about this, but "Nine Lives," can you describe to me what that means? Why you named the album that.

TOM HAMILTON: Well, luckily we have a song called "Nine Lives." So when you try to name an album, you just hope and pray that you have a song that you can use as the album title. Because it is such a pain in the neck trying to name the album. So not only did we have a song named "Nine Lives", but we did this photo session were we used the hairless cats, these really strange looking cats. And so it just kind of came together step by step.

TYLER: Actually, somebody in San Francisco a couple years ago started this rumor that we were all into the occult. So we figured we'd give them something to run with. Nine Lives. Cats. You know.

MTV NEWS: It kind of has an eastern, Indian theme. I know that you were talking about coincidence. But a lot of other bands, Kula Shaker, Live, have been doing that Hinduism thing too. Is this just sort of an aesthetic thing for you or a spiritual thing?

TYLER: Well, it shows how strong that vibe is, you know, ever since Brian Jones and Donovan. There's been a lot of other types of music that have been done to death. And it's just a good chance for us to spread our wings.

MTV NEWS: Can you describe for a lot of kids who haven't bought the album yet, what it's going to sound like.

TYLER: Joey?


KRAMER: It's gonna sound... Yeah. What did you say? Loud.

TYLER: In one word, describe the album.

KRAMER: Well, I don't want to sound....

TYLER: Come on.

KRAMER: I think it's great. I think the album sounds great. It's kind of reminiscent a little bit of, back to Toys (In The Attic) and Rocks - you know, we're kind of back to our roots. And it's... The band in the studio playing together, and it's a lot closer to what we sound like live than any other record we've done. It's more of a...more as a whole band sound as opposed to the five individual instruments being able to be heard separately, individually.

HAMILTON: And the benefit of that is when we go out on tour it'll be that much easier to make the song sound right. Cause we actually recorded it that way.

MTV NEWS: You read about the record industry being in the doldrums now, and they're always looking for the next big thing. And you hear about all these older bands experimenting. Do you guys ever feel pressure to not be you?

TYLER: Well, we gave it a lot of thought, you know, with loops. I think a band gets in trouble when they start being doctors of thinkology and overthinking things and "dare we do that or we'll get a bad name" and "let's stay true to our roots." So we just did what we did. And if the record goes down -- which it won't -- well so be it. If it goes up, so be it. At least we get a chance to rock for another day, and that's really all it's about. And we've got a lot of great people that are on our side. Like a great record company and a lot of great fans around the world. So it gives us a great excuse.

HAMILTON: A lot of bands get to a certain point where they've gotten a lot of fans by playing their natural style of music, and then they think "Oh well, let's do the intellectual thing. We have to throw that all away and reinvent" and all this, you know. Like Steven said, overthinking intellectual crap. What I like about this record is if anything we got closer to what we started out with. And you know, we'll just have to see what people think. If they'll wish it was techno or whatever the latest cool thing is to be for a band.

MTV NEWS: Well, with your being on the cover of "SPIN" maybe that means it's not going to pan out. That people being themselves will totally ultimately pay off.

HAMILTON: We're infiltrating with our improper, politically incorrect attitudes.

MTV NEWS: You were saying earlier about how you think of your fans. Can you describe that again?

HAMILTON: There's a yin yang, back and forth relationship you have with your fans and, we've learned over the years that you acknowledge that. And it means a lot to people if you do acknowledge it, because we remember -- like Joe was talking about before -- we remember what it was like to go to a show and really want the acknowledgment of the magic of what it is between an audience and a band. And it's gotten very hip to pretend that it's all an accident, and you know, bands really saying "we don't care or want to be successful." And the thing is is that that's good, because they're saying let's not be commercial, but on the other hand when people go out and buy your records they're voting for you. They're putting they faith in you. They're taking a chunk of themselves and offering it to you to sort of acknowledge what you're doing, and they like to be acknowledged back and if you don't it's just... It's just rude.

MTV NEWS: Some people were disappointed that they didn't see Alicia or Liv in the first video. Any plans to bring them in for any songs on this album?

TYLER: They want too much money now. Liv is... She's way out of... She wants a million dollars. Of course, that's what it costs to make a video. She's like (shrugs)... I asked her. She said "forgetaboutit".

MTV NEWS: One last question then. I actually had the good fortune to talk to David Bowie this Friday, and he was talking about getting older. That when he was forty, he kind of resented the fact that he was getting older. He tried to fight it. But now he just turned fifty. He had that great party, and he's into the wisdom and what he's learned and he's totally at peace with it. And he's creatively in a great space now, more than he was ten years ago. Now I know you guys aren't fifty yet, but have you experienced any of those feelings?

JOEY KRAMER: When someone says that they're getting old, I think that that's completely a state of mind. It all depends on the individual. I don't know one person sitting on this couch who even thinks about getting old or what it's like to be old or to act old, because that's just not what we're about.

PERRY: Yeah, we went through all that stuff when we hit 30. So it's over