Steven Tyler Quits Aerosmith
You knew the bad blood was boiling between Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry when their summer tour started to fall apart as they eyed the finish line. Joe Perry has confirmed that Tyler has called it a day on the successful band. Perry reports that he hasn’t talked with Tyler since their show in Abu Dhabi last month. He explained to a Las Vegas newspaper, “Steven quit as far as I can tell. 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.”
Joe Perry said he was informed of Tyler’s abrupt departure via a post on the Internet and that repeated phone calls to Tyler have gone unanswered. Perry was vocal about Tyler’s propensity for injury during the 2009 tour. Tyler pulled a muscle in his leg causing the band to cancel seven dates only to be followed by an incident in Sturgis, South Dakota in which Tyler fell off the stage, breaking his left shoulder and requiring 20 stitches to his head.
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are the original founding members of Aerosmith and have been going strong since 1969. There was a brief time in 1979 which Perry jumped ship after eight years of manic touring, but things were eventually patched up.