Perhaps tired of having others speculate about his status in Aerosmith , Steven Tyler took the stage Tuesday night to set the record straight. That he did it during a performance by bandmate Joe Perry’s side project should give you an indication of just what he had to say.
“New York, I want you to know I’m not leaving Aerosmith,” Tyler said in a surprise appearance during a set by the Joe Perry Project at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. “Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors. But I, mother—-er, am the rainbow.”
Totally. That announcement was followed by Perry and the Project launching into a raucous version of “Walk This Way,” with Tyler on lead vocals, as the crowd went absolutely nuts. And with that, the rumors of Tyler leaving Aerosmith — the band he formed nearly 40 years ago — and of Perry launching a search to find a new lead singer to replace him were officially debunked.
But just to get the news out to all the Aerosmith fans not lucky enough to be inside the Fillmore, both Perry and Tyler gave quick interviews to TMZ.com following the show.
When Perry was asked if Tyler had just joined him onstage, he joked, “Yeah, he did. … He just couldn’t stay away,” then said that the reports of Aerosmith’s demise were most definitely not true.
Tyler, on the other hand, was a little more declarative, telling the TMZ cameraman, “There is absolutely no validity to the rumor that Aerosmith is breaking up, mother—-er!”