Curtains for a Steven Tyler-led Aerosmith?
Classic rock band Aerosmith may be calling it a day.
Comments made to the media from Aerosmith principals Steven Tyler and Joe Perry cast doubt on the band's future, and the act's official camp is mum on providing any sort of clarification.
At this point, however, it doesn't sound as if the band knows much more than us down here at Pop & Hiss HQ. “Steven quit, as far as I can tell,” Perry told the Las Vegas Sun in an article posted online Friday. “I don’t know any more than you do about it. I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online that Steven said that he was going to leave the band. I don’t know for how long, indefinitely, or whatever. Other than that, I don’t know.”
The online comments referenced by Perry are a recent Tyler interview with British magazine Classic Rock, in which the frontman discussed his previously announced solo project. Said Tyler, “I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler: working on the brand of myself -- Brand Tyler.”
Not exactly a damning declaration that Aerosmith is no more, but Perry's interview with the Las Vegas Sun sounds rather definite. He told the paper that Tyler hadn't returned his phone calls, and hinted at tension in the band over the numerous canceled gigs after Tyler fell off a stage and broke his shoulder at a concert in South Dakota.
The act recently performed in Abu Dhabi, but other planned tour dates have been canceled. "I don’t want him canceling any more gigs," Perry told the Sun, later adding, "I got off the plane and saw this online. That’s how I know about it.”
Aerosmith has had a rocky year and a half. Even before Tyler's fall, the band had canceled and postponed numerous gigs due to various injuries. In May 2008, Tyler checked himself into rehab, with a statement to the press saying he needed a "safe environment" in which to heal from numerous surgeries to his foot.
"Make no mistake, Aerosmith has no plans to stop rocking," read a statement attributed to Tyler. "There’s a new album to record, then another tour.”
Aerosmith has not released a studio album since 2004's "Honkin' on Bobo."
As recently as November, Perry dismissed rumors of an Aerosmith breakup. Earlier, Tyler spoke with Rolling Stone about wanting to embark on a solo career, and seeking out new management representation apart from the band.
"I can’t tell you for sure, but I think there’s a little animosity that I went with another management agency," he told Rolling Stone. "Which is for me to know and you to find out. I’m certainly not on the outs with the guys. But look, I do what I do. The easiest thing in the world is to say he’s drunk or stoned. But what are you gonna do?"
Perry, for his part, seems ready to move on. He even spoke to the Las Vegas Sun about the possibility of replacing Tyler. " We’ll probably find somebody else that will sing in those spots where we need a singer and then we’ll be able to move the Aerosmith up a notch, move the vibe up a notch," he said.
-- Todd Martens
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