November 23rd, 2009
10:55 AM ET

Aerosmith still searching for a Tyler replacement

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.”

Filed under: Aerosmith • Music

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. marie bebber

    Be patient it will come , Look at journey,. They found their man, and he sounds the same , hands down. That voice that journey found perfect. Try utube they did

    November 24, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    It seems that Tyler may be using drugs again. Much of this seems to be leverage to get him to get straight again. Don't know if that's true. Don't know if it would work. But that's what it looks like to me.

    Best of luck to them all. They've had an incredible career with high points and many lows as well. Wish them well.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave P

    Oh! How soon we forget. Remember when Joe Perry left the band along with Brad Withford and they were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and some other dude the band continued on as Aerosmith. So where was the out cry then? In any band there has to be a leader and followers. In this case the followers have decided to move on and follow someone else's lead. God speed Steven thanks for the memories.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. citizenUSA

    Who's duuuuumb idea was that? Remember Van Halen and the singer they replaced after Sammy? Anyone hear of him before or after? It was also the demise of Van Halen as a band. I respect and rejoice over the fact that the some of the bad boys from Boston want to keep going. I dig Aerosmith. However trying to take Steven Tyler OUT of the mix is like trying to take the cream out of ice cream. All you get is a lousy substitute. I do have to go back to Van Halen though who scored big time when they replaced show tune hack, David Lee Roth, with Sammy Hagar. Reincarnate into another band but it appears Aerosmith is dead and should respectfully be left alone. You don't get famous because of your name, (unless it's Amos), it's your skills. Rock on!

    November 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bulloch

    I grew up on Aerosmith and they will always be rock icons to me, however isn't it about time to hang it up guys? IMOP, the songs haven't been original since before "Pump", so maybe it's time to take a rest and enjoy the fruits of their success.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Abacab

    Joe, Genesis tried replacing Phil, Van Halen limped along,
    Allman's are no Brotheres with out Betts.

    November 24, 2009 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joel T.

    Hey folks...

    2 words. One name.

    Van Halen.

    Did great with David Lee Roth and did EVEN BETTER with Sammy Hagar.

    Would be lookng forward to the next VH cd IF they had Michael Anthony back on bass.

    November 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jane

    I agree, look what happened with Journey. Same thing, call it something else but the band is not the same with out the lead singer.

    November 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donlizard

    Wow, bad move guys. If ya have to, find a singer (Me) then come out with an album but with a different band name.

    I've been a fan since day one and it just doesn't sit right. You guys and bands like Zeppelin and etc wouldn't be the same and you are killing your own legacy by getting a different singer in there.

    Once again, new singer new name, would still sell great if you "Let The Music Do The Talking"

    November 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Though Joe Perry has made a huge name for himself, the fact remains that without Tyler, Aerosmith is nothing. Almost 40 years of Steven Tyler and now they want a new frontman? good luck.

    November 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    No " Jazz Odysseys" Joe. Aerosmith without Tyler is not Aerosmith. Just like when you left, it doesn't work. Call it something else, call it "The Project", whatever. Don't call it Aerosmith without any of you.

    November 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

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