Aerosmith members concerned singer back on drugs

Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:58pm EST
 
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven, we love you. But you need to get sober, and we need to find a new singer.

That appears to be the consensus among Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's bandmates, who are dropping loud hints that he is back on drugs.

The allegations, most recently from rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer, ratchet up the unusually public feud crippling one of America's most successful rock 'n' roll bands.

Tensions have been simmering for some time, exacerbated by a troubled summer tour that was canceled in August when the 61-year-old Tyler fell off the stage and broke his shoulder.

The final straw came earlier this month, when Tyler's personal managers informed the rest of the band that he wants to take two years off to pursue various solo endeavors.

That did not sit well with the bandmates, who want to keep on touring and recording.

Perry, 59, has been especially vocal, both in interviews and on Twitter, about his differences with Tyler. He and his cohorts say Tyler has stopped communicating with them and they have decided to find a new frontman and continue without him.

They also worry about Tyler's state of mind.   Continued...

 
<p>Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (L) and Joe Perry attend a news conference for the new video game "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" in New York, in this June 27, 2008 file photo. Steven, we love you. But you need to get sober, and we need to find a new singer. That appears to be the consensus among Aerosmith frontman Tyler's bandmates, who are dropping loud hints that he is back on drugs. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files</p>