Classic rock super-group Aerosmith is reported to be looking for a new frontman to replace the iconic and enthusiastic Steven Tyler. After a drug-induced collapse of the band in the late 1970s, the group cleaned up and had a nearly unprecedented resurgence with hit records like Pump and Permanent Vacation. Their appeal is arguably stronger with Generation X than their original Baby Boomer rockers. But according to a report in today’s Los Angeles Times – things aren’t perfect for Boston’s best rock band.
Long time Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry cites online reports that suggest that Tyler has left the band and is focusing on “brand Tyler,” whatever that means. Recent years haven’t been kind to Aerosmith, as Tyler had a much publicized fall from stage, the band isn’t playing much worldwide and Tyler had to head back to rehab to reportedly recover from a foot injury.
Perry suggests that the band will look for another lead singer, but that is a lot of blowing smoke. Aerosmith is Perry and Tyler. Genesis and Van Halen pulled off the miracle once but both failed when they looked to other lead singers. This far into a Hall of Fame career, Aerosmith would be wise to take a page from The Eagles and Led Zeppelin and hang it up for a little while. Perhaps a few years later a reunion tour will make sense but for now it’s time to protect the band’s legacy, as not one fan wants to hear Aerosmith’s version of Van Halen III.