Joe Perry Slams Steven Tyler’s New Gig on American Idol
“(American Idol) is a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising. It’s one step above Ninja Turtles,” Perry told the Calgary Herald in a recent interview. “I’ll tell you one thing, when we put this band together, this is not something that (Steven) would do. It’s his business, but I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with it. We have nothing to do with it.”
Yikes! “(Aerosmith) sat down not too long ago, when we decided to do this (Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock) tour, and we basically laid out plans for the next two years,” Perry continued. “And when you’re sitting there talking about that and one of the band members knows full well he’s signing a contract that’s taking him out of the music business for up to 7 months of the year-that kind of throws a wrench into things. It’s all very well to say, ‘I’m going to go off and do this and it won’t interfere with the band’…but there’s only so many weeks in the month and so many months in the year.”
So, according to Perry, it sounds like Aerosmith’s shows may be few and far between for awhile. With Steven having so many recent health scares lately, it totally makes sense to us that he might want to take it easy on the tour front for awhile, but it looks like Joe isn’t feeling it. So, the two are seemingly fighting again…not that that’s a first in the bands history. If you remember, just last year after Tyler was injured on tour and did a brief stint in rehab, Perry was all about replacing him. So, as ridiculous as that sounds, is it possible that Perry may still have the idea in mind?
“I’m not going to sit around for two years waiting for him to come back to Aerosmith,” Joe told the Calgary Herald. “(You’ve got) four guys that are great together, and if you find the right singer, there’s no reason you can’t go and entertain people.” Well, you know, Joe, the same could be said for a guitarist…
So, if that’s the case, could this new gig on American Idol really mean the end of Aerosmith? Who knows. Tyler and Perry have both called it quits in the past and Perry, more recently, has been very vocal about the fact that his is displeased with most of Tyler’s choices. If history shows us anything, it may mean that this is just another disagreement between the two.
As far as Aerosmith’s future, Perry only said one thing to Calgary Herald: “Technically speaking, after our gig in Vancouver (September 16th), I don’t have a job with Aerosmith,” he lamented. “We know these are the last shows for awhile. And I really do mean awhile. I don’t know when we’ll be out there again, the five of us, so we’ll be playing with everything we’ve got.”
So Celebstalkers, what do you think? Do you think that Steven selfishly made plans to do Idol without talking to his bandmates? Do you think Perry is being an overdramatic sissyface? Do you think that this could be the end of Aerosmith as we know them? If Aerosmith finds a new singer, would you be interested at all in seeing them without Steven Tyler?