Over the past few days, rumors have been rampant that frontman Steven Tyler has left Aerosmith to pursue a solo career. The only problem was, no one associated with the band seemed to be willing to confirm those rumors.
But late Monday, there’s news that not only is Tyler out of the band he helmed for nearly 40 years, but Aerosmith plan on searching for a new singer to replace him.
That’s according to guitarist Joe Perry, who took to his Twitter account on Monday evening to let fans know that “Aerosmith is definitely NOT breaking up … one of the members is doing his own thing and said so in the press.”
That last line was in reference to a recent interview Tyler gave to British magazine Classic Rock, in which he said he had canceled all remaining Aerosmith dates, and was instead focused on — as he put it —”working on the brand of myself: Brand Tyler.”
And according to another Perry tweet, the band is looking for a frontman to replace Tyler, with plans of hitting the road once again.
“Aerosmith is positively looking for a new singer to work with. You just can’t take 40 years of experience and throw it in the bin,” he wrote. “[The] band is playing hotter than ever and our songs need to be played live. Don’t despair: Aerosmith is not splitting up. Promise that’s the last you’ll hear from me on the subject ’till we gear up again.”
At press time, a spokesperson for the band had not responded to MTV News’ requests for comment on the matter.