Is he or isn't he?
Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler may have ended his tenure with the rockers who added "Dream On," "Walk This Way" and dozens of other hits to the canon of classic rock over the course of four decades.
But it depends who you talk to.
"Steven quit as far as I can tell," guitarist Joe Perry told the Las Vegas Sun on Friday. "I don't know any more 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."
Perry added that he remains in the dark about Tyler's plans because his band mate has a habit of not returning phone calls.
"I like to pick my battles," Perry said in the interview. "Frankly, the last few months I've been wanting not to rock the boat. I don't want him cancelling any more gigs. We really wanted to do these last four. We just kind of didn't want to call him out or anything and get him any more p---ed off, for whatever reason. So we just let things lie. So we did the gigs and, like I said, I got off the plane and saw this online. That's how I know about it."
The article Perry was referring to is a story published by the British music publication Classic Rock Magazine about the future of Aerosmith, according to the New York Times.
In it, Tyler is quoted as saying that he has a solo project in the works.
"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," the rock legend said.
The band's much-hyped world tour was mostly canceled after Tyler fell from a stage in August and broke his shoulder. At the time, the other band members were reportedly angry with their front man about the canceled dates.
Guitarist Brad Whitford told Classic Rock, "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?"
Meanwhile, bassist Tom Hamilton told the Boston Herald he hoped the band, Tyler included, could be salvaged, saying there was no merit to rumors that Tyler would be replaced as lead singer.
So far, no official comments have been made regarding definite plans for Tyler's future with the group. But the lack of unity among the band members in what they have been telling the press certainly indicates internal schisms.
"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 told the Las Vegas Sun. "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."
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