STEVEN TYLER AND JENNIFER LOPEZ TALK IDOL WITH LENO

The new panel of American Idol judges sat with Jay Leno on his late night show Monday night and newcomers Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez did the majority of the chatting. During the interview, Tyler says he never saw Idol before being asked to be a judge on the show. He added that he’ll be looking for Janis Joplin type singers during the series’ auditions.

He also revealed that Aerosmith would begin work on a new album this month and will possibly tour in November or December of this year. But for now Tyler is gearing up for the new season of American Idol, where he and Jennifer Lopez serve as the new judges. It begins on Wednesday, January 19th on FOX.

In other "Idol" news, JACK BRUCE SLAMS SIMON COWELL

Cream bassist Jack Bruce has laid into former American Idol judge Simon Cowell.  The rocker told Uncut magazine that Cowell "should be exterminated."  Bruce feels that if Simon were around in the '60s, he would have ruined music, saying things like, "Bob Dylan, sing in tune and stop whining, you big-nosed bastard."  Jack goes on to call Simon a "vile individual."  Read more at UnCut.co.uk.