Rumors have been swirling that iconic frontman Steven Tyler has parted ways with Aerosmith, bringing to a close a musical partnership that spanned four decades, created dozens of rock-radio anthems, and moved something north of 150 million albums worldwide.
The source of those rumors — which, at press time, reps for the band had not responded to — seems to be a pair of recent interviews given by [artist id=”1028″]Aerosmith’s[/artist] two most visible members: guitarist Joe Perry and Tyler himself.
In a piece published by The Las Vegas Sun on Friday, Perry said that Tyler had quit the band following a recent concert in Abu Dhabi, though he didn’t seem to know the reasoning behind the decision.
“Steven quit, as far as I can tell,” Perry told the newspaper. “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.”
Perry’s comments were in reference to an interview Tyler gave to British magazine Classic Rock a few days earlier, in which he said that he had canceled all remaining Aerosmith dates and was focused on pursuing a solo project.
“I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler,” he told the magazine. “[I’m] working on the brand of myself — Brand Tyler.”
At press time, a spokesperson for Aerosmith had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment on the situation.
Regardless, things haven’t been rosy in the Aerosmith camp for some time. In August, the band canceled the remainder of their tour while Tyler recovered from injuries sustained after he fell off a stage in Sturgis, North Dakota. And just last month, Perry told MTV News that the band was on “indefinite hiatus .”
In the late ’70s, at the height of Aerosmith’s initial popularity, Perry left the group and formed the Joe Perry Project, and rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford departed soon after. The band soldiered on, though their popularity waned, and both Perry and Whitford rejoined the group in the mid-80s. Tyler entered a rehabilitation facility, and soon Aerosmith returned to the top of the charts, scoring massive hits with songs like “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Love in an Elevator,” and “Walk This Way,” their legendary team-up with Run-D.M.C. Their success stretched well into the 1990s, as their Get A Grip album sold some 7 million copies in the United States alone.
Aerosmith’s last album of original material was 2001’s Just Push Play. In 2004, they released Honkin’ On Bobo, an album that featured the band covering blues standards.