Aerosmith’s guitarist, Joe Perry, is telling the media that Steven Tyler has quit the band.
Details (and reminders that Tyler is, in fact, a celebrity parent) after the jump.
How do you quit a legendary rock band?
Apparently, you don’t return phone calls to your band mates and make vague references on the Internet about quitting. At least, that’s how Steven Tyler seems to be going about quitting Aerosmith.
Joe Perry tells the Las Vegas Sun that “Steven quit as far as I can tell. I don’t know any more than you do about it. I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online that Steven said that he was going to leave the band. I don’t know for how long, indefinitely or whatever. Other than that, I don’t know.”
You’d think there would be some discussion about dismantling a music group with as much history as Aerosmith. But Joe says, not really.
“He has had no contact with me or the other band members.”
Perry claims that he and other band members haven’t pushed Tyler on the issue over the last few months because they didn’t want to “rock the boat” or get Tyler anymore “p**sed off, for whatever reason.”
Right. Uh, that makes perfect sense. Why ask your lead singer if he’s officially in or out? It makes much more sense to just talk about replacing your legendary front man.
Perry says “we’ll probably find somebody else that will sing in those spots where we need a singer and then we’ll be able to move the Aerosmith up a notch, move the vibe up a notch.”
Industry sources are talking about Steven Tyler’s recent injuries – he broke his shoulder after falling off stage during a concert – canceled tour dates and other accidents as possible reasons for Tyler’s departure from the band. But I’m going to speculate that Steven Tyler wants to spend more time with his daughter Liv Tyler and her four year old son Milo.
Because Steven Tyler quitting Aerosmith to be a more involved grandfather makes about as much sense as the rest of this story.