Steven Tyler and Joe Perry haven’t been on the same page, musically, for a while now, but the Aerosmith bandmates may want to “come together” once Perry recovers from his recent health scare. Perry collapsed midway through a show while performing with his side act, the Hollywood Vampires, and he’s currently hospitalized in New York in stable condition, according to Rolling Stone.
And while Hollywood Vampires frontman Alice Cooper is keeping fans updated on the guitar legend’s condition, Perry’s longtime bandmate Steven Tyler is on his solo tour in Canada and hasn’t yet commented on the situation.
Steven Tyler’s solo, country-twanged “Out on a Limb” tour has received mixed reviews in Canada, where a Vancouver Sun reviewer wrote that Tyler really isn’t a credible country singer. The review described Tyler’s backup quintet as “the equivalent of the American Idol house band on Hee Haw night.”
Steven Tyler previously told Rolling Stone he wasn’t planning to do country versions of his Aerosmith classics on his solo tour.
“‘Walk This Way’ with banjo is ridiculous,” Steven told the magazine last year.
But Tyler has infused Aerosmith songs into his shows — he has just been careful not to make them too country. In fact, during an interview on Eddie Trunk’s Sirius XM radio show, Tyler’s longtime drummer Joey Kramer said he doesn’t even consider Tyler’s side project to be a true solo career because there’s so much Aerosmith music in it.
“If he’s doing a couple of songs off his album [during his solo concerts] and the rest Aerosmith songs, you put two and two together and it’s not what you would call a solo career,” Kramer said. “But he’s having a good time and he’s got a passion for it, and I think that that’s what counts even more…And, you know, Steven’s not one to do things half-a**ed, and so he’s doing it, and he’s having a good time, and I wish him all the best.”
While Kramer has given Steven Tyler his blessing, his Toxic Twin hasn’t been quite as complimentary. Perry previously mocked Tyler’s country crossover song, “Red, White and You,” in an interview with USA Today.
“Hey, if I didn’t know him when I heard the song I’d go, ‘It’s okay, next!'” the guitar great said. “Steven is in Nashville doing whatever he’s doing. He’s got a f***ing rhinestone cowboy hat going ‘Yippee ki yay.’ I don’t know what else to say about that.”
Steven Tyler and his fellow “bad boy from Boston” also haven’t seen eye to eye on talk of a final tour, either. Tyler has already said it’s a done deal for 2017 after he finishes his 30 “Out on a Limb” shows, but Joe told Rolling Stone that an official final tour is “just an option” for the band’s future.
“I don’t know how it sits with me yet,” he told the magazine. “To actually call it a ‘final tour’ and think I’m not going to look over and see Brad [Whitford] and see Steven out there. It’s really hard for me to imagine that.”
Steven Tyler last recorded with Aerosmith in 2012 on the album Music From Another Dimension, and the band’s last show together was in Moscow last September. But now that Tyler’s longtime musical partner is suffering from what appears to be a serious health issue, it may be time to get on the same page about the future of the band they co-founded together more than 45 years ago.
Take a look at the video below to see Steven Tyler performing the classic song “Dream On” while on his solo tour.
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