Joe Perry Says Aerosmith Are Not Replacing Steven Tyler
"Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue," Perry says via a news release. "All five of us were just on the phone together talking about how excited we are to go to South America and Mexico City."
Aerosmith plays those dates between Sept. 29 and Oct. 27. But they've often been far apart more recently, beginning in 2009 when Tyler began solo work in the wake of a canceled band tour. Meanwhile, Perry began collaborating with the Hollywood Vampires, and Tom Hamilton is set to hit the road with Thin Lizzy.
Earlier this week, Whitford was asked about the possibility of moving forward without Tyler. "Absolutely, we have considered it — but whether it will happen, I don't know," he said. "I think it would be great." Whitford even floated some names, including Slash solo band frontman Myles Kennedy and – though he appeared to be making a joke – Axl Rose, currently filling in with AC/DC.
Other overtures have apparently been made in the past. Perry reportedly approached other singers about fronting Aerosmith, including Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell. Sammy Hagar later confirmed rumors that he was offered the job.
Today, however, the group is standing together. "There's absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new singer," an Aerosmith rep says in the same news release.
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