Rift within Aerosmith
Earlier this summer, Aerosmiths US tour was cancelled as lead singer Steven Tyler fell from the stage during a performance at Sturgis, SD. The injury resulted in a broken shoulder and 20 stitches to Tylers head. He was ordered to rest fully in order for the injuries to heal.
Today, the band have announced Hawaii concerts next month (October) and are due to appear at the Formula One Grand Prix in the UAE which takes place on 1 November.
Although since Tyler’s injury questions have been raised about the bands future. Guitarist Joe Perry has revealed that he and Tyler have not written a song together in over ten years, with Tyler supposedly insisting on outside writers working with them.
Perry has now revealed that he and Tyler have not spoken in weeks and that the singer is turning into something of a recluse.
Perry and his wife Billie have both used their Twitter accounts to speak about the issues. Perry is taking the break from Aerosmith to promote his forthcoming album Have Guitar, Will Travel and is currently on tour with his band, the Joe Perry Project.
Billie Perry, the main influence in reuniting Aerosmith after they split at the end of the ’70s, tweeted about JPP and their live gigs. One Twitter user, @OKIEBSER, asked Billie if her positivity about JPP was to try to split Aerosmith up, however the response from Joe and Billy was a resounding no.
“I have been their biggest most unbiased suppoert. Taking [Steveb Tyler’s] side at time,” said Billy in one tweet. “I would NEVER do anything of the sort. I am not like that,” and “if you no ur [sic] history JP would nit [sic] have gone back with Asmith w/o my input,” she tweeted in response to the accusations.
Joe Perry later confirmed his wife’s comments and added that “She is why I went back. She is also why I was able to last as long as I have in Aerosmith.”
Joe added, from his @AdmiralPerry account, “I cannot stop being Joe Perry the musician because [Steven Tyler] wants to disappear or not write with me alone or isolate himself from the band,” adding “Steven makes his own choices as the band does theirs. The best thing to do is give it a rest n break. Enjoy the dif [sic] projects going on.”
Billie Perry later commented, via @BilliePerry, “Thank you Joe :-) for telling the truth and supporting me. And telling the truth about everything lately n not hiding things from people,” “I really respect you for your honesty regarding a lot of the things you have spoken about latey,” and “including Steven not writing with you alone. N [sic] when he would say he wanted 2 n u [sic] would go he have other writers there n bimbos everywhere.”
So, where the future lies for Aerosmith is unknown. New live shows on the billing, but with solo projects on the go and a seemingly reclusive Tyler in the middle of the rift the question must be asked, is there still a future for Ameria’s Greatest Rock Band and can the band make it into it’s fifth decade since forming at the beginning of the 70s?