Aerosmith guitarist goes solo as band flounders

Wed Oct 7, 2009 5:57pm EDT
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Aerosmith has survived drugs, departures, divorces and discord since the rock 'n' roll bad boys formed 40 years ago.

But guitarist Joe Perry does not know if the band will overcome its latest troubles, and is forging ahead with his own ambitious touring and recording plans.

Aerosmith has been on a wobbly footing for the past few years, beset by various medical ailments that have prevented it from recording its first album of new material since 2001.

Things came to a head two months ago when the band canceled a stop-start U.S. tour after singer Steven Tyler fell off the stage and broke his shoulder.

Tyler, who spent time in rehab last year, has not spoken to his bandmates since that night, instead entrusting his newly-hired managers to send out occasional emails, Perry told Reuters in a recent interview.

"I'm an eternal optimist," he said. "We've been though some pretty thin times and some pretty thick times, and there have been periods when Steven and I -- for no reason other than just to get some space -- have not talked to each other for months. Then we get back together and things mesh."

Presumably some words will be exchanged later this month when Aerosmith regroups for two shows in Hawaii, the result of a lawsuit filed by fans upset when the band scrapped a planned appearance there two years ago.


<p>Aerosmith's Joe Perry (L) and wife Billie Paulette Montgomery Perry arrive at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>