Aerosmith’s been having a rough go of it lately, what with an injury-plagued tour that was eventually canceled over the summer and lead singer Steven Tyler’s declaration that now was the time to work “on the brand of myself — Brand Tyler” after a recent show at Abu Dhabi. Not that he hasn’t been honing that particular brand for a while now; that gig was apparently one of many of recent years in which Tyler didn’t make his presence known to the rest of the band until right before they went on stage. Classic Rock correspondent Peter Makowski, who was apparently at the show, noted that while Tyler’s off fine-tuning his brand, the rest of the band is set to sit down and have a long talk about its future, which may not involve Tyler at all.
At the moment Aerosmith’s future is an open book and over the next couple of weeks the band will reconvene (probably sans Tyler) to discuss future plans, which could be either the announcement of a long hiatus – or even possibly include carrying on with a new lead vocalist.
Guitarist Brad Whitford revealed:
“I’m not sure how good that would look, it would largely depend on who we could get and who would want to do it. That’s big shoes to fill.
“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?”
No “Toxic Twins” pun intended there, right? Anyway. Classic Rock is a British magazine, so I’ll take this statement with a shaker of salt. But if it’s true at all—if anyone’s even thinking about roping in a Jizzy Pearl, or a Constantine Maroulis, or, worse, signing a show-development deal with 19 Entertainment—maybe the guys in the band should think about giving up the ghost, or at least rebranding themselves (”The Joe Perry Project II”?). Given Perry’s recent complaint that he and Tyler haven’t written songs together in over a decade and the, shall we say, lackluster output that has resulted from this non-collaboration (anyone remember Honkin’ On Bobo?), it could be time to put the Aerosmith brand to bed for a while. It even makes sense from a practical standpoint—just think about how incrementally more special-slash-revenue-generating a “reunion” tour could be in a few years!
[Classic Rock Magazine via Spinner]
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