We figure it’s as official an announcement as we’re going to get from Aerosmith. As rumors swirl about Steven Tyler
’s departure from the band on the eve of its 40th
anniversary, the boys from Boston have posted a Boston Herald story on their website
about their future.
The story confirms the Tyler and the rest of the band are on the outs ever since Tyler fell off the stage at a Sturgis, S.D. show several months ago. The rest of the group’s tour was cancelled due to Tyler’s injuries and the only gigs they’ve played were a big-bucks gig in Abu Dhabi and two dates in Hawaii that were part of a class action suit settlement against the band.
Bassist Tom Hamilton
acknowledges that the drama has hit Def Con 1, but he still hopes that they can, as they always have before, continue on as a band despite Tyler’s pronouncement that he intends to pursue solo projects.
Hamilton, who seems as baffled as the rest of us about why Tyler is avoiding the other band members, is circumspect about the group’s future, but does shoot down one prevailing rumor: that Aerosmith may recruit a new vocalist to carry on without Tyler. He told the Herald that the group’s next album—which has been five years in the making, would “pretty much have to be” with Tyler at the microphone.
We wouldn’t be on any Aerosmith break becoming permanent. My late Billboard editor, Timothy White, a Boston boy himself, said it best about Aerosmith when he proclaimed that they are locked in a dance they can’t get out of. Same as it ever was. I've spent some time with Aerosmith and the simple fact is they won't break up for good. They've tried and they just can't stay away from each other for too long. The lure of the stage calls them back. Similarly to how Mick Jagger's solo records are never as big as the Rolling Stone's record or how the Eagles came together after years of hating each other, Aerosmith will play together-- with Tyler-- on stage again. They can't help it. They may never talk to each other off stage again, but they will play together again... at some point.
UPDATE: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry took to his Twitter page to try to clear up some of the rumors, and somewhat further muddied the waters: in very quick succession Monday night, Perry tweeted (we're running these as he wrote them, mistakes and all) :
*Aerosmith is definetly NOT breaking up. One of the members is doing his own thing and said so in the press. That's all I know.
*Inthe meantime aerosmith is positivly looking for a new singer to work with. You just can't take 40 years of expiriance and throwitinthebin!
*Billies spelling much better than mine. Band is playing hotter than ever and our songs need to be played live! Don't dispair;
*Aerosmith not splitting up. Promise that's the last you'll hear from me on the subject till we gear up again.
So basically, in the span of a few minutes, we learned that the band is not breaking up, but that a Steven Tyler-less Aerosmith will go forward. Hey, i guess if Journey can do it, so can Aerosmith, but I don't foresee similarly positive results. We also learn that Perry really can't spell, but he professes that his wife, Billie, can. And Perry says he's done discussing this topic until there's something to announce.