While a recent interview implied that Aerosmith was open to performing with a new frontman, a statement released Friday (May 20) shut down that idea completely. “There’s absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new singer,” the statement reads.
In an interview with Metal-Rules.com, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford was asked whether the band would ever consider going the AC/DC route and touring with another singer, he said, “Absolutely, we have considered it, but whether it will happen I don’t know. I think it would be great.”
In the new statement, Joe Perry made it clear that the band is not hunting for a replacement for Steven Tyler while he records his country album in Nashville. “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.”
Starting Sept. 29, Aerosmith will hit Bogota, Colombia, and tour South America before finishing up Oct. 27 in Mexico City.
Whitford echoed similar sentiments in a November interview with Billboard, saying the band felt a bit “abandoned” by Tyler’s solo plans. “It’s unfortunate. We kind of feel a little bit abandoned by him. I guess he seems to think his solo career is going to go great guns, and he doesn’t seem to realize that — in my opinion — his fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith and don’t really care for whatever he thinks he’s gonna do. I don’t know if he gets that but, hey, that’s what he wants to do. I can’t put a gun to his head. It’s just pretty disappointing.”