Rumours of Aerosmith's demise were given a jolt on Tuesday night, when Steven Tyler declared to a New York crowd that he and the band are not parting ways. "I just want you to know, I am not leaving Aerosmith," Tyler announced in a surprise appearance with the Joe Perry Project. The only trouble is – he still hasn't convinced Perry.
Perry, Aerosmith's lead guitarist, is the man leading speculation over Tyler's future. "Steven quit as far as I can tell," he said last weekend, explaining that Tyler doesn't even return his phonecalls. Though the group played together in Abu Dhabi on 1 November, Tyler said he would now be focusing "on Brand Tyler". "Aerosmith is positively looking for a new singer to work with," Perry wrote on Twitter. "You just can't take 40 years of experience and throw it in the bin."
But things became more complicated on Tuesday, after Tyler showed up at New York's Fillmore venue for a Joe Perry Project gig. "There was all this commotion during our encore break and somebody said, 'Steven is here.'" Perry told Rolling Stone. "And I was like, 'What?'" Tyler reportedly asked Perry if he could join in on a rendition of Aerosmith's Walk This Way. "Being an acquaintance of 40 years, I said, 'Why not?'. So he came up and sang and that was the last I saw of him."
Tyler did more than sing. After announcing, "I am not leaving Aerosmith!", he turned to his long-time bandmate. "Joe Perry, you are a man of many colours. But I, motherfucker, am the rainbow!" This enthusiasm echoed Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer's comments, made that same night. "The band didn't break up," he emphasised to New Haven's WPLR. "So the band is like a marriage and sometimes you are in different rooms and need some space?" the interviewer asked him. "That is correct. We've gone through a lot of stuff together. It's been a 40-year marriage."
And yet multicoloured Perry is still not impressed with Tyler's commitment to the band. "He wants to take two years off," Perry told Rolling Stone yesterday. "The rest of the band wants to keep on working." Perry would not rule out the possibility that Aerosmith will find a replacement singer. "We have so many different options to fill up that time. Anything is possible at this point. Basically, any communication that we've had [with Steven] over the last couple of months has been through managers, so that's been pretty strange ... I never won any money trying to second-guess what goes on in Steven's mind."
Brief and to the Point:
It's been proven that Joe Perry can go nowhere without Tyler.Tyler is an Aerosmith just as much as Jagger is a Rolling Stone.Moreover, Perry lacks carisma to move ahead without Tyler. Last but not least, Perry is no Keith Richards who can put a band together just to entertain himself while Jagger is away minding his own business...Keith is a cult, Perry does not know what cult means...