After 40 years together, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is apparently calling it quits, telling Classic Rock magazine, “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.”
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was quick to use his twitter page to assure fans that despite the apparent departure of Tyler, the band has no intention of hanging it up. “Aerosmith is definitely NOT breaking up,” reads his initial tweet. “One of the members is doing his own thing and said so in the press. That’s all I know.
“In the meantime Aerosmith is positively looking for a new singer to work with. You just can’t take 40 years of experience and throw it in the bin!
Perry went into more details in a radio interview with Chuck Nowlin of Boston’s WZLX 100.7. Blabbermouth.net has the entire transcript that reveals Perry’s last conversation with Tyler.
“I did call him when we were in Hawaii, because we had some gigs that were offered to us to do in South America — like, three gigs that we were gonna do in December,” said Perry “And I called him up and asked him if he would consider doing them, and he hung up on me about halfway through the conversation, so I kind of got the hint that he pretty much wants to be alone and wants to do his own thing.”
Read the full radio interview transcript here.
The squabbling reminds me of Rodney King’s quote “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?”
Hopefully these grownups can play nice and patch things up because Aerosmith just isn’t Aerosmith without Tyler.