At least one person isn’t thrilled about rocker Steven Tyler possibly becoming a judge on “American Idol.”
In an interview with the Calgary Herald, Joe Perry took a few swipes at both his band’s lead singer and the show that could very well be Tyler’s new gig.
"[‘American Idol’ is] a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising," Perry told the paper. "It's one step above (Teenage Mutant) Ninja Turtles.”
The last time there were this many eyes on a major network decision, Conan O’Brien was still hosting “The Tonight Show.”
Since Ellen DeGeneres announced that she was leaving her post as an “American Idol” judge – on the heels of judge Simon Cowell's departure from the Fox show - everyone from Shania Twain to Chris Isaak to Jennifer Lopez has been named as a potential judge. (Talks with Lopez, however, were reportedly chilled because she had “too many demands.”)
One celeb who has consistently stayed connected to "Idol" in the headlines is Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and according to the band’s bassist, Tom Hamilton, Tyler's deal to judge the Fox competition is done.
All those rumors about Aerosmith replacing legendary frontman Steven Tyler have turned out to be untrue, according to a press release announcing the band's upcoming European tour.
"Back by popular demand with more spit and fire than ever before, we're coming across the pond and parting the waters as we go," Tyler said in the statement.
Certainly this moment is met by a sigh of relief for music fans, because just a few months ago, it appeared as though one of the most iconic bands in the industry was falling apart.
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.”
Hi, guys! I guess I should say, "How are you all feeling?" When I got the press release announcing the cancellation of the remainder of your summer tour, I breathed a sigh of relief. This trek has been jinxed. Steven, I'm sure you're nodding in agreement - if you can, with 20 stitches in your head and a broken shoulder from a fall off the stage last week. Ow (I've seen the video on YouTube).
Even before you hit the road, Brad bonked his head - reportedly getting out of his Ferrari - and was forced to miss the first seven shows. Then Tom left the tour due to what's only been described as "non-invasive surgery." And Steven, just before your latest mishap, Aerosmith had to postpone some concerts because of your torn quad muscle.
Of the 15 shows the band managed to eke out, none were with the full line-up. Now I don't want to blame anything on age, because 60 is the new 40 (or something like that). But take the rest of the summer off - go to Martha's Vineyard or whatever it is you guys do in Boston. You'll be "Back in the Saddle" in no time. And feel better, please. I'm running out of get well cards.
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