That Time Steven Tyler Was Almost Replaced In Aerosmith
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When Steven Tyler contemplated becoming a judge on American Idol, it led to an unexpected fallout with his bandmates. The discord reached its peak when Tyler, after falling off the stage and requiring surgery, found himself alone in the hospital without a visit from any of his infuriated bandmates.
The band wasn’t just displeased; they were genuinely upset when they discovered Tyler’s new gig without prior notice. Joe Perry, learning about it online like everyone else, reflected the collective sentiment of the band during that period.
Aerosmith’s frustration with Tyler not informing them about his decision to take on the role of an American Idol judge reached a point where they considered replacing him as their frontman, despite the 40 years they had spent together. Perry voiced his stance on the matter, stating:
“It’s his business, but I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with [American Idol]. We have nothing to do with it.”
He criticized the reality show, viewing it as a mere platform for station viewership and advertising sales, comparing it to being just above Ninja Turtles. Perry emphasized the cohesion of the original four members of Aerosmith, asserting that finding the right singer could still allow them to entertain audiences.
In the end, the question arises: Was Tyler’s decision to become an American Idol judge worth the strain on his relationship with Aerosmith? The answer appears affirmative, as Tyler retained his position, and fortunately, the band decided against replacing him.