Published Nov 09, 2009Steven Perry splitting up with Aerosmith? Well, that's the rumour, and it may just be true, considering both sides of the band's camp are essentially confirming this to be the case.
According to the Daily Mail, it all started when Tyler told Classic Rock magazine that after the band's huge gig in Abu Dhabi last month that he was taking some time off from Aerosmith to focus on solo material. Tyler didn't say how long a hiatus he'd be taking, or if he'd officially be leaving the band.
"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," Tyler told Classic Rock in his typical cryptic style of communication.
When Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry got back to his Boston home after the same Abu Dhabi gig, which drew over 50,000 people and might just go down as the last Aerosmith show with their original singer, he found out about Tyler's big announcement on the Internet, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Needless to say, Perry was pissed.
"Obviously he hasn't been giving 100 percent to this thing for a long time," Perry told the Sun. "He's obviously had this planned for a long time. To disregard his brothers to the point where we have to find out about it on the Internet — it's like, 'See you later, bud.' I still care for him as a person, or at least the person I used to know. But things change."
Tyler and the band have been feuding for quite some time. An incident at a South Dakota show in August, where Tyler fell of the stage and injured his shoulder, caused the band to cancel some tour dates and seemingly forced a further rift between him and the rest of the band. Tyler's dressing room had reportedly been far removed from the band's on their most recent tour.
Aerosmith's 40th anniversary is next year, but for the time being it appears the band has two options — split up altogether or find a replacement for the seemingly irreplaceable Tyler.
"As far as replacing Steve, it's not just about that, it's also four guys that play extremely well together, and I'm not going to see that go to waste," Perry said. "I really don't know what path it's going to take at this point, but 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."