The end of Aerosmith? Singer Steven Tyler 'quits' the band
Steven Tyler performs with Aerosmith at the Abu Dhabi grand prix - but said he is now going solo
Hard Rock band Aerosmith are on the verge of splitting up after members revealed they are tossing up whether to call it a day or replace front man Steven Tyler.
The singer signalled he is ready to work on solo material, and the rest of the band are considering their options.
Although the group's 40th anniversary is less than a year away, a growing wedge appears to have grown between the band and their frontman.
After injuring himself in a fall off stage in August, the band were forced to cancel gigs in America.
Steven Tyler returned to front gigs in Hawaii and Abu Dhabi last month, but in a post-gig interview with Classic Rock magazine, he indicated he was ready to focus on his solo career.
The 61-year-old said: '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.'
The rest of the band reportedly plan to meet soon to discuss 'either the announcement of a long hiatus or carrying on with a new lead vocalist'.
Rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford claimed that they would consider hiring a new
He said: '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?'
In Abu Dhabi, Tyler's dressing room was reportedly far away from the rest of the band, and his fellow musicians wouldn't see him until he walked onstage for the first song.
Aerosmith in 2007: (Left to right) lead guitarist Joe Perry, Joey Cramer, Steve Tyler, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford at Bangalore Airport
After Tyler injured himself in the fall, guitarist Joe Perry said he was upset the group had to cancel the rest of the tour and said they did not speak for more than a month.
'All I know is [Steven's]
got to get his act together,' Perry told Associated Press recently.
'He and I haven't written a song together in over 10 years, so there's been some changes in what Aerosmith is.'
And he told an U.S. newspaper: 'Steven quit as far as I can tell. 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.'
The band formed in 1970, have released 14 albums and won numerous awards.
Among their best-loved singles are Walk This Way, Cryin, Janie's Got A Gun, Dude (Looks Like A Lady), Dream On and I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing.
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