Published Jan 21, 2010Someone needs to send the members of Aerosmith a Google Wave invite, because they clearly need some help with their collaborating and communication skills. The last few months have seen all kinds of contradictory rumours from the band. Sometimes, Steven Tyler is quitting; other times, he's just taking a few years off. Then there's the quotes where he says he isn't going anywhere. Now, guitarist Joe Perry has announced that the band are auditioning replacement singers.
According to a Reuters report, Perry said that by February he hopes to "start having some auditions, making some phone calls. Hopefully, we'll have found a new singer by the summer, and Aerosmith will be able to go back out on the road." He also said that the replacement singer would be involved with new material.
This doesn't mean that Steven Tyler is out of the band for good, however. As Perry said, "It's kind of hard to get a straight answer about what's going on... He has to have leg surgery and foot surgery and it's basically going to take him out of the picture for about a year, year-and-a-half. So, in the meantime, the rest of the band want to play. And I want to play with the other guys in Aerosmith. So the four of us are just making our plans. We're gonna find somebody to get in there and fill that spot. Just like when Tom [Hamilton] was sick - we got David Hull to come in and play bass. When [guitarist] Brad [Whitford] was sick, we got somebody else to come in and play for him. That's basically how I look at it; we need another singer to fill in."
Tyler is expected to be fronting the band again in 2011, when they celebrate their 40th anniversary. In the meantime, they'll be recruiting a new singer. Or maybe Steven Tyler will change his mind again. All the while, much younger bands will be making infinitely more interesting music.