Perry: ‘Tyler’s Departure Gained Attention’

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June 7, 2010 | 4:12am EST

Aerosmith star Joe Perry has no regrets over frontman Steven Tyler’s short departure from the band, insisting the move landed them “a lot of good press”.
Tyler shocked his bandmates last year when he announced plans for a two-year hiatus before quitting the group.
The group subsequently launcheda mission to find a new singer to allow the band to continue touring, but their plans were thrown into chaos when Tyler’s manager threatened to sue Aerosmith if the rocker was replaced.
Two weeks after the warning, the Walk This Way hitmakers appeared back on track, announcing dates in Europe and South America over the summer with Tyler at the helm.
And guitarist Perry insists he’s pleased with the turn of events – because it brought the band more attention then they’ve had in years.
He says, “Steven decided he wanted to go off and do some solo stuff. So the rest of us were looking around to figure out what we were going to do as Aerosmith, maybe with different singers.
“Just as we were starting to figure that out, Steven decided he wanted to come back. We actually got a lot of good press out of it. I don’t think you can buy the kind of press we got from all that drama.”
And he’s hoping their upcoming live shows will provide inspiration for new material.
Perry adds, “We could tour for the rest of our career without bothering to release new music. But we owe the fans and ourselves a great record. Now that we’re all on the same page, we’ll give ourselves plenty of time and do things the way we used to.”