It looks like Aerosmith may have nine lives after all.
Just days after guitarist Joe Perry Tweeted that frontman Steven Tyler was leaving the band, the longtime duo has apparently patched things up.
Tyler and Perry made a surprise appearance onstage at the Fillmore in New York Tuesday night and announced that Tyler was back in the saddle. “I just want New York to know I’m not leaving Aerosmith,” Tyler, 61, told the cheering crowd. The band then gave an rousing performance of “Walk this Way.”
The speculation of a breakup started last week when Tyler told Classic Rock Magazine that his next project was “definitely going to be something Steven Tyler, working on the brand of myself – Brand Tyler.” Distraught fans speculated that Tyler was taking a permanent vacation from the band.
Perry responded on Twitter saying, “Aerosmith is definitely NOT breaking up. One of the members is doing his own thing and said so in the press. That’s all I know.” Six minutes later, he Tweeted, “In the meantime, 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!”
Relations between Tyler and Perry have reportedly been strained ever since Aerosmith was forced to cancel the rest of its tour in August after the singer hurt his shoulder falling off a stage in Sturgis, S.D. “He hasn’t called me in months,” Perry Tweeted last week. “A bit cold.”
Now that Tyler and Perry have come together, the band can work on their as-yet untitled album, due out in 2010.