Aerosmith without singer Steven Tyler? It doesn’t sound likely, but that’s what guitarist Joe Perry has told Canada’s QMI News Agency.
Once his Canadian tour with Motley Crue wraps on Feb. 5 in Montreal, Perry says, the group will “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.”
This latest development follows conflicting reports late last year that Tyler had quit the band, or had quit but then rejoined, or had never quit, or something. Prior to entering rehab for an addiction to painkillers, the singer said he would “enthusiastically be writing, recording and performing with Aerosmith as soon as things are handled.”
But Perry, along with bassist Tom Hamilton, guitarist Brad Whitford, and drummer Joey Kramer, apparently isn’t going to wait.
“It’s kind of hard to get a straight answer about what’s going on,” said Perry, who apparently has been taking lessons in understatements. Tyler “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 wants to play.
“So the four of us are just making our plans. We’re gonna find somebody to get in there and fill that spot,” Perry continued. “Just like when Tom was sick, we got David Hull to come in and play bass. When Brad 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.”
Yes, Joe, replacing Tyler is just like having someone else playing bass.
“As far as auditions go, we’ll probably just sit around and have a couple of drinks and see if we get along,” Perry continued. “Because we’re already gonna know that they can sing.”
He added that it’s possible for Tyler to rejoin the group down the road. “I’m ready to write with him, to play on stage with him anytime he’s physically ready and wants to do it,” Perry said. “But it’s really up to him … And the last things he said to the press were that he wanted to work with the band and sing with the band, so we’ll see.”
Perry himself quit the band in 1979, as did Whitford, in 1981. When the world didn’t go wild for The Joe Perry Project and Whitford/St. Holmes — or, to be fair, for Aerosmith without them — the pair eventually rejoined, with hits like “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “Cryin’,” “Jamie’s Got a Gun,” and “Livin’ on the Edge” resulting.
As for a Tyler-less Aerosmith, the boys in the band might want to reconsider the Gary Cherone era of Van Halen, or the Ray Wilson years with Genesis.