According to Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, lead singer Steven Tyler has quit the band.
“Steven quit as far as I can tell,” Perry tells the Las Vegas Sun. “I don’t know anymore 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.”
“Right now I’m adjusting to how we’re going to go on,” Perry continues. “Aerosmith is such a powerful band, I mean it’s like a steam locomotive. You just can’t disregard 40 years of four guys who play together as well as they do. We’re just trying to – at least I am – trying to figure out what direction the band should take.”
Aerosmith’s latest tour was sidelined when Tyler suffered injuries after falling off the stage at a show in Sturgis, South Dakota, leading to the cancellation of a number of gigs. Following a performance in Abu Dubai, Tyler reportedly quit the band. In a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, the frontman said: “I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler: working on the brand of myself – Brand Tyler.”
The Joe Perry Project will play the Las Vegas House of Blues on November 28. Read more about the breakup here.
Update (11/10/09): Joe Perry has added the following posts to his Twitter account:
Aerosmith is definetly NOT breaking up. One of the members is doing his own thing and said so in the press. That’s all I know.
Inthe meantime aerosmith is positivly looking for a new singer to work with. You just can’t take 40 years of expiriance and throwitinthebin!