The current Aerosmith fiasco has been publicized in the news since this past week (though some could argue that this has been brewing since Steven Tyler’s shoulder injury from falling off the stage this past summer). First, Joe Perry hints that Steven Tyler doesn’t want to be in Aerosmith any more in a variety of interviews. Then Joe Perry goes on Twitter and “confirms” that Aerosmith will go on without Tyler. However, in a bizarre twist, Steven Tyler appears onstage with Joe Perry during his solo show (with the Joe Perry Project) in New York City on November 10. Tyler said onstage before singing “Walk This Way” that he was not quitting the band. So you’d think that would be the end of all this crap talk, right? Well, wrong. In another surprising turn of events, Joe Perry tells RollingStone.com following the performance that things are still not good in the Aerosmith camp. “He wants to take two years off from the band. The rest of the band wants to keep on working” Perry says. So in other words, the soap opera known as Aerosmith shall continue.

With all of this drama going on, the best thing Aerosmith can do to retain any dignity is to simply break up. Keep in mind, I love Aerosmith. I’ve seen them live twice and they know how to put on a great show. However, the band hasn’t released an album since 2001’s Just Push Play (I refuse to count the blues cover album Honkin On Bobo). Instead of taking time to record a new album (or at least take time to rest their old bones), the band goes on constant tours that see them playing in the same cities once every year. It has gotten to the point where it is no longer extraordinary to go see them live. If you missed them on a certain leg of the tour, chances are you could just catch them a few months later. Aerosmith needs to give fans more reason to come out and pay big bucks to see them perform the same hits live. They either need to record a new album or just break up. With the high tensions currently in the band, the chances of a new album or extremely doubtful (which is a shame because they were planning to go into the studio with producer Brendan O’Brien before this past summer tour). By saying they should break up, I’m not saying they should call it quits for good. I mean to say that Aerosmith should temporarily break up and in five years or so do a reunion tour. Sure, the boys aren’t getting any younger (or healthier for that matter), but lets face it, as long as each member is still breathing, they’ll probably be willing to tour. The goal for them should be to make fans miss them. Taking the band out of activity will make fans realize how much they love the music and how much they miss hearing them live. By the time the band reunites, fans will have a reason to see them live again.

The one thing they cannot do, however, is what Joe Perry has been hinting at: replacing Steven Tyler and continuing under the name Aerosmith. It may seem tempting to continue on as Aerosmith without Tyler, but it is simply a BAD idea. You have to realize that Aerosmith is no longer just a band. With all the commercial success since the early 90’s, Aerosmith has become a brand. As sad as it may sound, Aerosmith has become just as much (if not more) about selling a brand image as they are about creating music. By replacing Tyler and continuing to call themselves Aerosmith, you tarnish the brand name and lose legitimacy. While this shouldn’t even cross the minds of other bands, it unfortunately has to Aerosmith (who rely heavily on the image). So go ahead and play together on the road and maybe even record new material together. Hell, get a famous singer and create the ultimate super group (its working for Chickenfoot). But unless Tyler stays in the band, DO NOT CALL IT AEROSMITH. You do not want to lessen the legacy you have created for over 4 decades (you came close to losing it in the early 80’s, but you can thank RUN DMC for saving you).

So hopefully the Aerosmith drama won’t get dragged out too much longer (though I’m sure it will). They need to decide now what the future holds for them before things get more irritating. I think what is the most annoying part about this is that whether they break up or not, the original Aerosmith lineup will tour again at some point. Because as long as someone sees that profit can be made from the five of them playing together, you know that no feud can prevent that from happening. I guess it is more of a question of how long will they wait. If they were smart, they would wait a while. But then again, smarts doesn’t seem to have any role here.

-Zach Shaw

2 Responses to “A Message To Aerosmith: DO YOUSELF A FAVOR AND BREAK UP”

  1. Steven Tyler sang for Paul McCartney. How awful is that. Let me tell you Paul McCartney has been in with Yoko Ono on hiding John Lennon love child daughter inheritance for many many years. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith knows this. Why would you celebrate a theif such as Mr. McCartney? I mean Paul is not innocent. At the same time you say you love John Lennon. Well, doesn’t John Lennon’s wish count? Why are you supporting McCartney?

  2. You are Damn right sir…

    nice article

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