Mike Campbell and Big Tom of 97.5 K-ROCK, Newfoundland's classic rock radio station, recently conducted an interview with AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry. The chat is now available for streaming in two parts below.
As previouly reported, an attorney representing AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler sent a letter to AEROSMITH's manager, Howard Kaufman, telling Kaufman to "immediately cease and desist from engaging in acts and conduct to the harm and detriment of your own client, AEROSMITH, and our client who is one of its members," according to Billboard.com. The move was seen as Tyler's way of issuing a warning to the group and its management should they go forward with plans to enlist a new lead singer while Tyler completes a stint in rehab and possibly pursues his own solo project.
Tyler's lawyer, Skip Miller, told Billboard.com that he's called a meeting of what he described as AEROSMITH's "shareholders" for February 9 to discuss recording a new album and touring Europe and South America later this year.
Miller's letter to Kaufman states, "We reserve all of our legal rights and remedies in this matter, including, without limitation, pursuing legal action for damages and other appropriate relief."
Despite this, Miller said, "Steven Tyler does not want lawsuits. We do not want to go in that direction. The direction we want is AEROSMITH, with Steven Tyler, touring in Europe, touring Latin America, releasing a new album . . . It's just amazing to me current management would be taking any other position."
At press time, AEROSMITH's management had neither commented on the letter nor issued a reply.
Tyler and his bandmates fell out last fall after a canceled tour and Tyler's stated intention to work for two years on a solo project led the rest of AEROSMITH to consider finding a new singer. Tyler subsequently entered rehab for an addiction to painkillers and presumably is still there, although he has shown up at various locations like a karaoke bar and a Home Depot in the Palm Springs area.
Miller said that at a meeting in January between Kaufman and Tyler's lawyers, Kaufman reportedly said that AEROSMITH "would be better off without Steven."
Tyler's lawyers have accused Kaufman of "playing band members off against one another instead of seeking to . . . unify them for the overall good of the band," adding that recruiting a new singer "ultimately could destroy AEROSMITH."
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