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Steven Tyler Has Left Aerosmith

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Steven Tyler, the eternally young 61-year-old lead vocalist for Aerosmith has apparently decided to walk his way right out of the mega-successful American rock band.

According to numerous reports published today on the internet, Tyler has left the group to pursue a career as a solo artist. Guitarist Joe Perry says Tyler quit Aerosmith following a concert in the United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi.

"Steven quit, as far as I can tell," Perry told the Las Vegas Sun. "I don't know anymore 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."

Aerosmith are of course no strangers to internal feuding within the band, often related to widely reported drug abuse in the past — and earning Tyler and Perry their infamous nicknames "The Toxic Twins" during the band's early to mid seventies years. Most famously, Perry left Aerosmith in the late seventies to form the Joe Perry Project, while Tyler carried on with replacement guitarists on the album Rock In A Hard Place, scoring a moderate hit with the song "Lightnin' Strikes."

Perry rejoined Aerosmith for the Done With Mirrors album, and with the newly "drug-free" incarnation of the band, went on to renewed success in the eighties and nineties with albums like Permanent Vacation and Pump. A remake of the band's "Walk This Way" with veteran rappers Run-DMC further re-established Aerosmith as one of the top bands in rock and roll.

Just this past summer, Aerosmith had to cancel a number of dates on their co-headlining tour with ZZ Top after Tyler injured himself after falling from the stage at a concert. The band also recently postponed an album planned for later this year.

In a conversation with Peter Makowski of Classic Rock magazine, guitarist Brad Whitford seemed to leave the next move for the veteran hard rockers wide open. Indicating the band would meet soon to discuss future plans, Whitford seemed to leave the door open for either packing it in, or possibly carrying on with a new lead singer.

“Nobody could replace Steven or imitate him – he’s one of a kind. But if somebody was willing to do it and the chemistry was right, why not?,” Whitford said.

It's certainly clear that Perry prefers that some form of Aerosmith will continue, with or without their lead singer and most visible member. "Right now I'm adjusting to how we're going to go on," Perry said.

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  • Rolling Stone is reporting this as well Jet. It’s by no means settled. f.y.i…

  • Then again Glen, maybe People mag wants to keep it open in order to sell mags?

  • Hmm…maybe it was a publicity stunt, then? The whole thing makes less sense than ever now.


    MTV. News…

    Perhaps tired of having others speculate about his status in Aerosmith, Steven Tyler took the stage Tuesday night to set the record straight. That he did it during a performance by bandmate Joe Perry’s side project should give you an indication of just what he had to say.

    “New York, I want you to know I’m not leaving Aerosmith,” Tyler said in a surprise appearance during a set by the Joe Perry Project at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. “Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors. But I, mother—-er, am the rainbow.”

    Totally. That announcement was followed by Perry and the Project launching into a raucous version of “Walk This Way,” with Tyler on lead vocals, as the crowd went absolutely nuts. And with that, the rumors of Tyler leaving Aerosmith — the band he formed nearly 40 years ago — and of Perry launching a search to find a new lead singer to replace him were officially debunked.

    But just to get the news out to all the Aerosmith fans not lucky enough to be inside the Fillmore, both Perry and Tyler gave quick interviews to TMZ.com following the show.

    When Perry was asked if Tyler had just joined him onstage, he joked, “Yeah, he did. … He just couldn’t stay away,” then said that the reports of Aerosmith’s demise were most definitely not true.

    Tyler, on the other hand, was a little more declarative, telling the TMZ cameraman, “There is absolutely no validity to the rumor that Aerosmith is breaking up, mother—-er!”

  • cheran e schick

    steven tyler shame on you. you are a coward for leaving your music family. i grew up on aerosmith’s music i think it is about time you grew up and grow some testicles. erin if you suggested to steven leave the band due the world a favor get them back together and you leave steven the hell alone .

    we need the bandaid to fix this b.s.

  • Carl J. Mancuso

    I think the band lost some steam when they decided to do their all-blues cd, “Honkin on Bobo”. While Joe Perry and the remaining band members are certainly a solid unit and could continue, it is hard to see them going on without Tyler. They might find someone else to sing and create a few good moments, but would people see them as “Aerosmith”. I’m not sure. The Cars tried to go out with Todd Rundgren in place of Ric Ocasek, but it didn’t get too far.

  • Greg Barbrick

    Aerosmith jumped the shark so long ago it’s not even funny. Those clean and sober power ballad years made me wretch. And the way Steven Tyler tried to piggyback on daughter Liv’s success was downright creepy.

  • In my own opinion, they pretty much sold out awhile ago with all the amusement park rides, appearances with Britney Spears and so forth. But they could still always be relied on for a kick-ass live show. Yup, looks like they’re done though. At least till they rake it in on the reunion tour in five years…


  • Krutic A

    Agreed with #3.
    I saw them over 5 years ago and I thought then that Aerosmith is basically done. This is more of a retirement then a breakup. Relax and enjoy the royalties Tyler!

  • Paul Roy

    Aerosmith had pretty much run it’s course anyways. They were still a great band to see live, but I doubt we would have gotten any decent new music out of those guys. They would be stupid to continue with a new singer. It would be the equivalent of the Stones without Jagger.

  • …or that Constantino dude from American Idol a few years ago…


  • maybe they should call Scott Weiland