Joe Perry has assured Aerosmith fans the band has no plans to tour without Steven Tyler.
Tyler has been at odds with the rest of the band since he began work on solo material after a spell in rehab following a canceled tour in 2009, and in recent years, guitarist Perry has approached the likes of Sammy Hagar and Chris Cornell about a possible guest spot for a run of gigs.
Hagar actually confirmed rumors he was offered the job, while Tyler’s managers threatened legal action if the band moved forward without their frontman. That seems to have stalled plans, but guitarist Brad Whitford recently told Metal Rules there could still be an Aerosmith tour without Tyler.
“Absolutely, we have considered it,” he said, “but whether it will happen, I don’t know… (Aerosmith would be a good fit for) a lot of people everybody from Myles Kennedy to Axl (Rose). We had a bunch of people a while ago, like Sammy Hagar. It would be a lot of fun.”
But now Perry has released a statement, which appears to suggest his bandmate may have spoken out of turn.
“Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue. 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 will regroup for the dates in September.