The drama that defined Aerosmith last year when Steven Tyler accepted a moonlighting gig as a judge on 'American Idol' seems to be a distant memory, as the band entered the studio a week early to record their new album. Drummer Joey Kramer has been tweeting about how inspired he is in the studio. No, seriously. He used the word twice in his tweets.

Yesterday afternoon, the skinsman tweeted: "One word bout 1st day n studio 'Inspiring.'" He followed that up a bit later, writing: "No words can describe how inspired I'm feeling in the studio right now...Its a beautiful thing."

Clearly, working with producer Jack Douglas, who manned the boards for classics like 'Toys in the Attic,' once again agrees with the legendary band. Kramer also tweeted a photo of himself working with Douglas.

Now that Tyler's first season as an 'Idol' judge in the rear view, and his second season commitments won't start until at least January of next year, he and his bandmates are making sure grass doesn't grow under their boots. The band just announced South American dates and an eight-date Japanese tour that will launch Nov. 22.

In a statement, guitarist Joe Perry said, "Our prayers are with all of our Japanese fans and the people of Japan. They can use all of our prayers and whatever help we can give. We can’t wait to be there and play for the people who have supported us for the past 40 years. Our fans know how much we love them and we are eager to return and give them the show of a lifetime, especially after the tragedy they have recently been through."

There's been no word on any US tour dates, however, Tyler did issue a video about the band's upcoming foreign dates, warning fans to double up on socks and wear two pairs, for no practical reason other than the fact that his band plans to rock the first set off.


Watch Steven Tyler Talk About Aerosmith's Upcoming Overseas Tour Dates.