According to guitarist Joe Perry, the guys in Aerosmith are looking for a “temporary” replacement for singer, Steven Tyler.
They are set to start auditions in February for a new singer to fill in for Tyler as he readies himself to return to the band. Tyler is set to undergo some operations that will keep him out of the band for up to a year-and-a-half.
Perry said, “We’re already getting the word out there. The word’s been out there for a while. We’ll start having some auditions, making some phone calls. Hopefully, we’ll have found a new singer by the summer, and Aerosmith will be able to go back out on the road. From what I’ve heard, [Tyler] hasn’t left the band. As far as I’m concerned, he hasn’t left the band. He’s never said he was going to leave the band. But his manager has told our manager that he wants to take some time off. And then lately he’s been saying he wants to come back.”
“But he has to have leg surgery and foot surgery and it’s basically going to take him out of the picture for about a year, year and a half. So, in the meantime, the rest of the band wants to play. We’re gonna find somebody to get in there and fill that spot. Just like when Tom was sick – we got David Hull to come in and play bass. When Brad was sick, we got somebody else to come in and play for him. That’s basically how I look at it; we need another singer to fill in.”
I still stand by what I’ve said previously: Aerosmith is nothing without Steven Tyler, no matter how much you try and sugar coat it.