Aerosmith considers new singers; Steven Tyler does karaoke

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The ongoing Aerosmith saga continues to evolve with reports that the band has decided to replace frontman Steven Tyler, who has been doing karaoke in California while receiving treatment at a rehab center.

In an interview with Canada’s QMI Agency, guitarist Joe Perry revealed that Tyler’s status within the band is still very much unknown based on conversations with the band and singer’s different representatives and remarks made to various media outlets. However, the band knows that they do want to stay active and with Tyler scheduled to undergo various surgeries in the near future, they plan to do so with a different singer at the helm.

“We’re gonna find somebody to get in there and fill that spot,” Perry, who is touring Canada with his solo project, told QMI. “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.”

Perry indicated the band has a short list of potential singers and that auditions would not be necessary “we’re already gonna know that they can sing”. Instead, they would “we’ll probably just sit around and have a couple of drinks and see if we get along.”

So would the new-look group still be called Aerosmith? “I think it would be appropriate to call it Aerosmith,” acknowledged Perry. “We’ll play Aerosmith songs. Maybe we’ll do five shows, maybe we’ll do 20 shows, I don’t know. And hopefully sometime Steven will come back.”

As for Tyler, he’s been receiving treatment in a California rehab center for his addiction to pain killers. However, in a pair of bizarre incidents, he’s been found singing in public. The first was at a Palm Springs, California pub’s karaoke night. According to The Desert Sun newspaper, Tyler and his management team visited the Tilted Kilt pub and indicated he would not be participating. However, that changed when two patrons rendition of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was met with boos. Tyler came to the rescue, grabbed a microphone and finished the song that erupted into a barroom sing-along.

Then, over the weekend, Tyler’s solo tour made a stop at the Home Depot in employees at the H.D. in Rancho Mirage, California. According to a report from TMZ, Tyler “randomly picked up the microphone on Saturday and belted out snippets of ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing'”. Adding to the craziness, Tyler took a hit from a helium machine and sang the tunes in a Chimpmunks fashion. He concluded by signing autographs for any of the unsuspecting Home Depot customers. As outrageous as the story sounds, a Home Depot customer service representative did confirm the report to Rolling Stone.

 

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