Published Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 | 1:10 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 | 4:57 p.m.
Tyler not quitting Aerosmith
NEW YORK — OK, Aerosmith fans you be the judge: Steven Tyler says he isn't leaving the band after all. But Joe Perry says the band is still looking for a new singer, according to a story out today in the Rolling Stone.
Tyler made a surprise appearance with guitarist Joe Perry and his band Tuesday night at a New York City venue. Tyler told the crowd: "I am not leaving Aerosmith."
A YouTube video shows Tyler telling Perry, "Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors, but I (expletive) am the rainbow."
Then Perry's band, the Joe Perry Project, launched into the Aerosmith song "Walk This Way."
The appearance seemed to put an end to speculation about the band's future.
However, Rolling Stone, in an exclusive interview with Perry, reports this afternoon that despite the onstage performance, Aerosmith "is still considering touring and and recording with a new singer' and that Perry says Tyler "wants to take two years off from the band."
Perry recently tweeted that Aerosmith was "looking for a new singer to work with" and told the Las Vegas Sun that Tyler had quit, as far as he could tell.
The Sun tried to contact Perry this morning, but his publicist said he was unavailable.
The 61-year-old Tyler was injured when he fell off a stage during an Aug. 5 performance in South Dakota, and the band canceled the remainder of its summer tour.
Beyond the Sun
- Rolling Stone: Exclusive: Joe Perry: Aerosmith’s Problems Far From Over(11-11-2009)
- Rolling Stone: Steven Tyler: I’m Not Leaving Aerosmith; Joins Joe Perry Project at New York Concert(11-11-2009)
- New York Times: Aerosmith Says Steven Tyler Has Quit (11-9-2009)
- Classic Rock: Are Aerosmith Headed For A Permanent Vacation?(11-4-2009)