November 23rd, 2009
10:55 AM ET
If you think you're cut from the cloth of rock gods, there's hope: word on the street is that Aerosmith still has an opening.
“We want to keep Aerosmith going, and we want to keep playing,” lead guitarist Joe Perry said on Sunday.
The legendary rock band began the star search earlier this month after Steven Tyler revealed that he was interested in working on “brand Tyler.” And despite the rumors swirling that the new lead could be Josh Todd from Buckcherry, there isn’t a winner yet.
“We’ve heard a lot of people mention a lot of people, but the bottom line is we have a short list and we’re talking to people,” Perry said.
Tyler also isn't being very hands-on in finding his replacement.
“The last time I talked to Steven was before the show in Sturgis [South Dakota]. We have heard from him the same way you guys have,” he said, which means Tyler's primary method of communication has been news outlets. Disappointing, especially considering that the band's 40th anniversary is coming up in less than a year.
But Aerosmith is still soldiering on, and Perry is encouraging anyone and everyone to send in tapes – literally. “We found the singer in my band on YouTube, so there’s no reason why we couldn’t find someone to sing with Aerosmith,” he said.
Drummer Joey Kramer has been a little more specific about what the remaining Aerosmith members are looking for.
“There’s a difference between a frontman or a performer,” Kramer told Rolling Stone.
“Luckily for us, Steven is both of those and probably the best out there. If he chooses to pursue a solo career for a while, then it would have to be somebody who can do both.”
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