Steven Tyler Replaced By Tom Petty On Ringo Starr Album

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler’s guest vocals on a track of Ringo Starr’s just-released album, “Vertical Man,” were erased when the group’s label decided it didn’t want to the song competing with the two Aerosmith songs included on the “Armageddon” soundtrack.

The original version of the song, a cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” was included on the promotional pressing of the album, but Starr ended up tapping Tom Petty to step-in at the last moment and provide final vocals for the track, according to “Variety” magazine.

Tyler’s other contributions to “Vertical Man,” which included playing drums on “Drift Away” and singing back-up vocals on several other songs, were left intact.

As we previously reported (see “Alanis, Ozzy, Weiland And More On Ringo Record” ), “Vertical Man” includes appearances by Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne, Alanis Morissette and fellow Beatles George Harrison and Paul McCartney.