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- Posted on Feb 2nd 2010 12:31AM by Benjy Eisen
The four-page letter, obtained by Billboard, is the latest demonstration of infighting and uncertainty within the Aerosmith camp. The drama first began to play out publicly last fall when guitarist Joe Perry told the Las Vegas Sun that Tyler apparently "quit the band."
After the media widely reported that Aerosmith was -- potentially -- in the market for a new lead singer, Tyler surprised pretty much everyone, including Perry, when he showed up at Perry's solo gig in New York, sitting in during the encore and telling the audience that he's not planning on leaving Aerosmith. Perry reiterated to Rolling Stone just one day after that cameo that he was still under the impression that Tyler wanted a two-year hiatus while the rest of the band didn't want to stop rocking, with or without Tyler.
But wait -- there's more. In December, Tyler checked himself into rehab. Again. This time for his reliance on painkillers, the result of years of performance-based injuries. Talking to Rolling Stone, Tyler claimed that he was looking forward to "enthusiastically" working with Aerosmith on new material and live touring as soon as he took care of his health. His desire for a two-year hiatus, he claimed, was a false accusation.
In the past few weeks, however, Perry has told the media that Aerosmith is, indeed, still looking for a lead singer to fill Tyler's shoes, even if the position is only temporarily and as a substitute. In last week's letter to Kaufman, which threatens legal action if they hire a new singer, Miller reiterates that Tyler is committed to being an active member of the band. "Aerosmith without Steven Tyler is like the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger, or U2 without Bono," he writes, according to Billboard's exclusive, adding that "Steven is Aerosmith, along with the others."
With all this back-and-forth between Tyler and Perry -- who are communicating with each other mostly through lawyers, managements and media reports -- the other members of Aerosmith are busy promoting other projects. Break out the popcorn, this fight is far from over.