Steven Tyler: I Write Songs With Johnny Depp!

Entertainment Apr. 28, 2011 AT 3:03PM

Talk about an unlikely duet partner!

In a revealing new interview with Today's Matt Lauer, the 63-year-old Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge dishes on the perks of living the rock 'n roll lifestyle in his later years.

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What's been the biggest draw to moving from his Boston hometown where the band formed in 1970 to Los Angeles? His new network of A-list pals!

"I get to write songs with Johnny Depp," Tyler enthuses to Lauer during the chat, set at Tyler's L.A. pad. "I would have never done that being home [in Boston]. He plays music and I call him [and say] 'I'm coming over, we're going to write a song together.' He's like 'yeah, come over…tell me if I'm playing "Seasons of Wither" right,'" Tyler adds, referring to his band's 1974 hit.

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And Pirates of the Caribbean's Depp, 47, isn't the only celeb Tyler has struck up a friendship with. Tyler told Lauer he frequently turns to 84-year-old Mel Brooks for advice on how to navigate the entertainment industry.

"I went and saw Mel the other day and I needed some words of wisdom so I had to drink from the pool this all comes from," the rocker says. "I talked to him and told him my problems. He gives me one word of wisdom and I walk out of there going 'Yes!'"

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Watch an exclusive clip of Tyler's interview with Lauer above and check out the full interview Sunday, May 1 on NBC's Dateline and Monday, May 2 on Today.

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