LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told Jerry Fink of the Las Vegas Sun that frontman Steven Tyler quit the band following a recent concert in Abu Dhabi.
Tom Hamilton Bassist for the band is more positive admitting to the Boston Herald’s Inside Track there is ‘dissension among the “Bad Boys From Boston,” but that he hopes things can be worked out.’ He then dismissed a report that guitarist Brad Whitford discussed the possibility of Aerosmith finding a new frontman.
Perry told the Las Vegas Sun a different story with the belief that Tyler will no longer be lead singer for the rock band.
“Steven quit as far as I can tell,” Perry said from his Boston home. “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. I don’t know for how long, indefinitely or whatever. Other than that, I don’t know.”
Perry admitted to the Vegas Sun that Tyler doesn’t return his calls which is part of the problem.
“He’s notorious for that,” Perry said. “That’s one thing I’ve learned to live with. I try to overlook it. I like to pick my battles. Frankly, the last few months I’ve been wanting not to rock the boat. I don’t want him canceling 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 anymore pissed 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.”
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A Major portion of the Aerosmith world tour was cancelled after Tyler Fell from the stage at Sturgis and broke his Shoulder. Perry was said to be annoyed. The band did finish out the tour ending at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Perry insists to the Las Vegas Sun that after that last show in the Middle East the band went its separate ways and Perry later at home in Boston read that Tyler planned on leaving Aerosmith.
“He has had no contact with me or the other band members,” Perry said to the Las Vegas Sun.
He says he hopes to keep Aerosmith together, with or without Tyler, but he was so stunned by recent developments he doesn’t know what’s going to happen.
“Right now I’m adjusting to how we’re going to go on,” Perry says. “Aerosmith is such a powerful band, I mean it’s like a steam locomotive. You just can’t disregard 40 years of four guys who play together as well as they do. We’re just trying to – at least I am – trying to figure out what direction the band should take.
“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. 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.”
Perry believes Tyler has been planning on leaving for a while.
“Obviously he hasn’t been giving 100 percent to this thing for a long time,” Perry said. “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.”
Aerosmith’s power ballads such as ‘Dream On’ and ‘Sweet Emotion’ lifted the band to fame in the 1970’s with a break by the band for drug and alcohol issues. The band then reunited in the mid 80’s hitting the charts and satisfying their fans along the way.
“The circumstances were different then,” Perry said to the Las Vegas Sun. “We’d been touring pretty much nonstop for eight years and the band was just pretty much burned out on each other. We needed a break. We needed to take a vacation but blood was running so hot I just had to leave, had to get out of there. But I certainly wasn’t going to stop playing so I put out a solo project.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers