Aerosmith's first album since 1989's multiplatinum Pump was supposed to be out last fall. But when it never arrived, rumors spread that the band's label, Geffen, had rejected it. ''You have part of the truth,'' says Geffen A&R executive John Kalodner, who admits the group recorded ''11 or 12'' songs in early 1992 and then ''decided to work on them more.'' The reason? ''When Steve (Tyler), Joe (Perry), and I sat down and listened, I just felt they needed more variety.''
Industry translation: Can you say ''hit single''? So the band wrote a batch of new songs with radio-friendly collaborators like ''Dude (Looks Like a Lady)'' cowriter Desmond Child. Songs from both sessions will be heard on the now-completed Get a Grip, out April 13.
Aerosmith's reaction to going back into the studio? ''No artist is ever thrilled (to encounter these problems),'' Kalodner says.