Are Aerosmith Headed For A Permanent Vacation?

gbarton / News, Top Posts / 04/11/2009 16:37pm

Classic Rock exclusive: Steven to work on ‘Brand Tyler’ as band members ponder a future without him…

Words: Peter Makowski

“Once the band hit the final note and I walk off stage – then I’ll tell you the whole story,” an exuberant Steven Tyler announced to Classic Rock minutes before Aerosmith played a triumphant set to a crowd of over 50,000 adrenalized punters at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The future of Aerosmith looks uncertain at moment as they approach their 40th anniversary in 2010.

Since falling off stage whilst the band were on tour with ZZ Top, Tyler has decided to pull out of a planned South American tour at the end of the year and seems intent on pursuing solo projects, as he revealed to Classic Rock.

“I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler: working on the brand of myself – Brand Tyler.”

Guitarist Joe Perry also took advantage of the recent break by recording and releasing a new solo album – Have Guitar, Will Travel – and will be touring in the States over the next couple of months with talks of doing some dates in Japan and the UK early next year.

Even with all the internal politics the band managed to pull out all stops by playing what Perry described as “one of the best shows of the year”. There will be a full live review in the January issue of Classic Rock.

“You know on a good night I believe that Aerosmith can top any band in the world,” said the granite-jawed axeman, “but the Grand Prix is a tough act to follow.”

On stage there was no sign of any acrimony – just the smiles, banter and the general bonhomie that is associated with Boston’s premier good-time band.

But off stage the story is much different.

As with the last three shows, none of the band see Tyler until the opening number and his dressing room is located quite a distance from the rest of the group.

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?”

For future developments keep your eye on this website and February’s issue of Classic Rock, which will have a full story – and a very, very special surprise for Aerosmith fans.

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What a bullshit, Aerosmith without Steven Tyler is no Aerosmith, he is irreplaceable!

neal mcwattie

Brand Tyler!!!!!! Give me a break,as a live act ,Aerosmith are a bit special,however it has to be said that much like Metallica,ZZ Top,Guns n Roses,Ozzyetc they are living on way past glories and aint released anything near their previous standards for over a decade.Christ only knows what they would be like without Tyler and Tyler solo would probably end up doing Aerosmith numbers in his live set with a bunch of faceless backing musicians.Just retire with some dignity and some respect to your fans!!!

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Pascal is bang on the money – these dudes need to wise up – they are 60yrs old, haven’t done a proper new Aerosmith album in nearly 10 yrs – lets be honest, howq many solo albums is Perry gonna sell? Why would Tyler’s be any different? They should be following the lead of AC/DC, Whitesnake and Kiss and trying to put out a great AEROSMITH record – That’d be a guaranteed No. 1 in the US and would probably fare well over here

This makes me sad – they are without a doubt one of the greatest Rock n Roll bands of all time….

Enily Harding

As if you could EVER have Aerosmith without Steven Tyler? Preposterous!

replace tyler ? those guys gotta be fucking joking right ? call it a day !! throw the towel in !!! if tyler don’t wanna play then you gotta call it a day !!! whitford,hamilton and kramer can do solo projects also.

Alotta Fagina

Tyler needs to get off his high horse and produce a decent album with Aerosmith….which he hasn’t done since Get a Grip…..

KISSArmy

Aeroshite sucks. Tyler blows.

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Tyler Britt

I love this band. After everything they have been thru in the earlier 80s, and the Tim Collins 90s, THIS IS THE WAY THEY MIGHT GO OUT? Common boys. Make up with each other. Do one more album, and do one more tour. And then maybe one more tour after that.

dekstarz

well the way i c it…mr tyler needs to get his head owt of his arse….jst reading inbetween the lines, HE is the person thats stoping aerosmith from moving on.. ie from doing gigs and getting new material out….of course i want mr tyler fronting aerosmith..it jst wouldnt be aerosmith with out him…but it would appear that he has personal issues that he needs to sort out…he jst seems to be distancing himself from the rest of the band to me…….

I’m from Boston and have been following these guys since 73′. From my perspective Steven Tyler is in need of some serious rehab. Between the death of his mom last year and this wing-nut of a girlfriend (many sources here in Boston have nothing but negative things to say about her) he has taken a steady slide back to addiction. It’s too bad, I’ve met him a few years back and he truly is one hell of a nice guy. It would be ashamed to see them split again over addiction issues.
Get well and stay strong Steven.
Nick from the North Shore

LOVE Aerosmith. Especially the first two records. But almost everything up to permanent vacation is vital. They are the american stones. I think it’s sacreligious to talk smack about this band in any form or fasion, regardless of past indiscretions. Sweet Emotion alone mitigates all of the later ballads They are legend and they are badass.

Hail Aerosmith. Now and Foever. Thank you for everything.

The Aerosmith I knew and loved have been gone for nearly 20 years anyway. Last balls out effort was the underrated ‘Done With Mirrors’.

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As amazing as the other guys are, there is no Aerosmith without Steven Tyler. If he leaves, they should disband.

BeantownFan

Aerosmith performed together a few weeks ago for a private event. They put on a 90 minute set and looked in peak form. They didn’t look like a group on the verge of a split. Tyler himself addressed the rumors by calling them all bull$hit.

They rock!

Masshole

Dear Aerosmith,

I’m sitting at home and crying.

If Steven really is back-sliding, then maybe getting a clear head should be his solo project. Whatever they decide, I wish them all the best of luck.

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if by chance aerosmith does record again, i hope its a stripped down dirty rnr project with no outside writing help at all !!!
they did the outside writing thing too long..

Aditya Sharma

There is no Aerosmith without Tyler….I have been waiting for a life time to watch aerosmith perform and would still give anything to watch them live….
No one can every replace Steven Tyler….and i doubt if Tyler can sell tickets to solo career without the rest of the band…Guys….u need to get a grip and go on with the band….if not for yourself…then for the fans…
the fans will support u no matter what….
sometimes its about the fans….do it for us!!
Aerosmith Forever

A logical choice for Aerosmith is to take a hiatus. Steven Tyler must get clean, it has become painfully aware he is flirting with substance abuse. The band MUST write tremendous tunes, no outside writers or sappy ballads. The CD must have 12 -14 tracks and be pure seventies Aerosmith ala Toys In The Attic. They must announce a definite Farewell world wide tour and go kick but on last time, even put out a live CD from the tour. The big issue is go out with grace and fire, not drugs,booze and some TV show to find a new singer ala INXS….That would leave a worse legacy than all the crappy CD’s for the last 20 years…

Mr Speed

Aerosmith without Tyler..

Hmm..Queen without Freddie anyone?

I was at the Abu Dhabi concert. and it was one of the best shows I have seen them do. I flew back to the US on the same plane as Tyler, and he was traveling seperate form the other band members..but he was very gracious, and allowed everyone to take photos. He truly, still is one of the greatest rock and roll legends of our time

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Holmesy

Aerosmith need to get on with a new classic album and tour now with the original line up! That will take 3 -4 years. If they do these side projects they will be too old – unless Tyler has solved the problem of eternal youth!He probably thinks he has with a 30 year old girlfriend on his arm!

I can’t imagine going to see aerosmith live in their 70’s – unless it is an unplugged type concert.

[...] have scheduled a meeting to discuss a possible replacement for Steven. Brad Whitford was quoted in Classic Rock saying “Nobody could replace Steven or imitate him – he’s one of a kind. But if somebody [...]

Aerohead

Love Aerosmith! Love Steven! The music’s great on the radio but there isn’t anything hotter than Aerosmith live. We had tickets(great one’s too) to see them on the canceled tour. It would have been my eleventh show. I sure hope they can work something

VanHagersmith? I think not!

What these guys need to do, is take a break, make their next big album, that will be a garentee hit, put on a good show and forget this “Brand Tyler” bullshit and put on a good rock n roll show. Aerosmith isnt aerosmith without steven tyler.

stevencrazy

No Steven,No Aerosmith, and that’s final. It’s like RollingStones without Mick.Why don´t they accept that Steven is the only one that can’t be replaceable?I think they don’t get Steven the credits he deserv,and now it is too late.Whereever Steven goes,he’s gonna be a star and I’ll follw him.Maybe now ,without so much flashs,Erin let him alone,that girl is badlucky

No way.

Aerosmith is not Aerosmith without Steven.

Lets hope this gets resolved.

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theeasonadog

I don’t know what steven is doing. I have noticed his performances have not been great before and after the fall off stage. I wonder if he’s losing his voice. I do notice that he is straining a bit and that could be age or addiction. I don’t know what ticked him off so bad, but it was repported by liv a year or two ago that he was unhappy with the way the guys in the band were treating him. I also know he said he would do this until he couldn’t sing anymore. I know he lost his wife, cyrinda, and his mom over the past couple of years and maybe it is too much for him. I hope he is not going to let this thing die like this. It is just completely disrespectful to the legacy of this band. Aerosmith is a part of history now and belongs to all of us not just those five musicians up there. There comes a point where you have to acknowledge that something is bigger than your ego. Of course, this could just be a huge publicity ploy.

Chris in Sioux Falls

I thought he fell off stage in Sturgis, SD playing for the rally…. Our band was playing in Deadwood at the time. Or is this another fall? If he’s that prone to injury, maybe he should retire.

brian hoskins

I hope they stay together. They are one band just like a few other legends that can’t replace him,aka rolling stones.zeppelin,. i love steven but honestly if they do not carry on i would never see them again with out steven, that would be an embarrassment, some bands can pull it off,like foreigner,etc, but they didn’t have the charisma of one of the best in rock and roll history.

This is bull.The band members have even said they aren’t virtuosos. so wat the hell !? if they no there not as good alone as theyare together why are they doing this ? i dont know if they are just having troubles in the band , but replacing Steven would be a dumbass move.

Aero4ce1

First off it is NOT the band it is Tyler being hung up on some chick that shouldn’t be in his life. She is doing nothing but brain washing him and causing these guys to break-up. If tyler would get his head out of his ass and start thinking straight then the band could get their act back together and Rock-N-Roll again!!!

There’s problems going on and I think Tyler could be drinking again. It sounds like the Eddie Van Halen thing all over again! Alcohol will make you an asshole and resent everyone. The other band members might be getting sick of it! Joe Perry would not be speaking out publically since the fall and saying Steven needs to get his act together, etc for no reason. There is some major problem with Steven Tyler.

Gowan Focyercelv

Aerosmith without Steven Tyler?

My heart just broke a little.

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This is very disturbing news. I hope the band is not planning to even look for a replacement for STEVEN which is the definition of AEROSMITH!
I myself will be following BRAND TYLER and will have to protest all future AEROSMUT songs, albums, concerts , clothing ect. Best thing they could do is deconstruct.
AEROSMITH FAITHFULLY,
Tracey

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Steven Tyler is just a big baby. Get over yourself.

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Original Blue Army member since 1976

As a true Aerosmith fan, this is a sad day. I always thought they would make an announcement for a farewell tour. I’ve seen them over a dozen times, (in 3 different states) 1st time in Toledo, OH 1976 I could never watch them again without Steven Tyler. No one person made the band. It was totality of them all. They’ve brought me lots of joy over the years. Especially meeting the band backstage on the Velvet Rope Tour. Thanks for the memories! Debbie from OH

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doowopwillie

some have a midlife crisis at 40 this one is at 60 figure it out !

ragunghf

No way!!! Aerosmith without Steven is same as like human without a head.i hope Steven not go away from the band

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there is no aerosmith without steven an the rest of u guy’s no 1 can replace steven or even come close

If it is the end of areosmith, then let it be. I however think they should end with style and throw the best damn farwell tour and say good bye to all the fans that made them

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Aeromic

There is no way that I could even consider seeing or buying an Aersomith cd or show without Steven. Aerosmith is the “toxic Twins” I think the last cd’s have shown that Tyler and Perry haven’t been writing together. Sad……I was really hoping to see them one more time and i’m thankful for all the times I did see them! Regardless of what happens they will ALWAYS remain my fave band and i will always be thankful for the memories and good times they provided me!

Aerofan FOREVER!

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I have loved Steven Tyler for many years now. However I can’t begin to imagine him without the band or the band without him. Time will tell.

Seriously…All good things must come to an end…and should. I saw Aerosmith a few times in their prime and they certainly gave you your dollars worth of entertainment. When you think of long enduring all American bands Aerosmith has to be #1. They are America’s Stones. No coincidence Tyler and Jagger exude the same style,persona and prance. Not to mention…lips. I however hold to the same opinion Jefferson (Airplane) Starship’s Grace Slick always stood by. That you look ridiculous rockin’ when you get beyond a certain age thus she refused to “rock” when she aged, I respect her for that.
I think Aerosmith should have quit long before now. Its painful to watch an old guy in his 50’s-60’s prance around on stage like he is 25. Please…leave that to the 25 year olds. I recently saw Gregg Allman in concert and he is in his 60’s. But he is a different type performer. He sits behind his piano or stands behind his acoustic guitar and simply plays and sings. And still does it very well. His voice still sound like it did 25 years ago. He wears jeans and a nice shirt. This is certainly more acceptable and enjoyable then watching a 60 year old Steven Tyler still wearing spandex and open to the navel shirts singing Dream On. You lived the dream Mr Tyler its time to wake up and go take up gardening or painting and take your grandkids to the zoo.
Are we going to see Tyler doing some lounge lizard act ala Shecky Green in Reno or Vegas for gods sake..spare us Steve. Joe Perry is an excellent guitarist and can start a NEW band should he like just don’t call it Aerosmith-’ cause it ain’t w/o Perry

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Aerosmith is a very solid band but without Steven Tyler it just will not be Aerosmith any longer. It would be like serving kool aid without the sugar. He is the frontman but he is also the main attraction. I just don’t see this band going on without him. I will however follow him and his career where ever he goes. I have been a long time loyal fan of HIS for a long time and will continue to be.

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Some words from a classic rock bizz vet:

1) Steve Tyler is suffering from a disease called drug addiction. The rehab/slip cycle is the usual routine. If he doesn’t get into Narcotics Anonymous, he won’t make it. The 12 Step programs have a 60% recovery rate–if people keep going to meetings. That’s the highest survival rate of ANY rehab, clinic, treatment center, etc. When an addict thinks he’s all better after rehab, he’s already heading for the downhill slide.

2) It’s highly unlikely Tyler has been mourning Cyrinda Foxe’s death, which was many years ago. He treated her like crap, and made her life miserable for years afterward. She was no angel, and their druggie dance was sick, but that was no reason for him to be shitty about supporting his daughters. Liv Tyler is not his only child.

3) “Brand Tyler”? If he goes into the fashion business, sure. People will buy clothes that look like his. Whether or not that’s a good thing isn’t my call. Other than that– puhleeze!

4) There is no Aerosmith without Tyler.

5) The “Toxic Twins” label refers to back when Tyler and Perry were both a mess from heroin, and tanked the band the first time. The band roared back when everyone got clean and sober, and Perry has managed to stay out of trouble so far, but maybe it’s about time to say goodnight, folks.

5) Drug addiction ain’t glamorous or cool, folks. Nor is it easy to stop…and no one’s ever cured; they just have a one-day-at-a-time stay of execution.
Drowning in vomit? Heart attack in your 20s? Suicide with a shot to the head? Beating up your girlfriend? Yeah, real glamorous.

Rained on your parade? Just adding a dose of reality here.

The end of Aerosmith isn’t the end of the world.

perry get real get tyler back.walk this way.just talk away ok.

Overall, I think that if Steven Tyler is gone, Aerosmith is no longer Aersmith. Look at bands like Skid Row. I know that they have been on the road and they are slightly making an impact, but without Sebastian Bach, it’s not the same. Now, just because bands change members, doesn’t mean that they won’t manage to maintain their success–if they were bands that you would listen to 97X (Tampa) or something like that, but Aerosmith? That’s like replacing Rob Halford. Even though it’s possible, and it’s been done before, Judas Priest is Rob Halford…just like Steve Tyler is Aerosmith!

I have seen Aerosmith 13 times since the 1983, “Rock in a hard place album” I write down all there songs they play, have every ticket stub, every program, a collectoin that would make any real AEROHEAD, ENVIOUS, BUT WITHOUT MR, TYLER, IT WOULD NOT BE AEROSMITH, THEY WOULD HAVE TO BREAK UP AND RETIRE, IT WOULD BREAK MY HEART, HAVE BEEN MY FAVORITE BAND SINCE I WAS 12, IM 43 NOW, GOD BLESS THEM.

johnny hannacher

they done it without gillan,they done it without cornwell,they dont it without ozzy,yeah bands can last despite the orginal singers,but tyler is a hard act to follow though.

ruthannahrens

there will never be a better person then steven .he and the band are the best he cant be re placed arowsmith is just the best iam 51 and rembered the band when iwas 17 and doing my thing in the back of a car with the band playing the band with live on but not without steven thank you

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