BOSTON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Aerosmith has announced that they have started a search for a new frontman to replace Steven Tyler who is currently undergoing rehab for an addiction to painkillers.
Its not entirely clear if the band's new frontman will be a temporary or permanent replacement for Tyler. When he entered rehab in December, Tyler stated that he planned to be "writing, recording and performing with Aerosmith" as soon as he was sorted out.
The band's guitarist Joe Perry didn't seem quite as sure, telling the Toronto Sun that: "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 wants 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 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."
Still, Perry didn't close the door on Tyler's return completely. "I'm ready to write with him, to play on stage with him anytime he's physically ready and wants to do it," Perry told the Sun. "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." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers