Not as close Aerosmith members put differences aside to tour

Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:55am EDT
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By Cindy Martin

LONDON (Reuters) - Aerosmith are not as close as they once were, but the "Boston bad boys" have put their considerable differences behind them to tour Europe for the first time in three years, guitarist Joe Perry said.

Perry, who led a recent uprising against lead singer Steven Tyler, said of his bandmate that he was "stronger than ever" despite a stint in rehab for an addiction to prescription painkillers related to 10 years of performance injuries.

Perry also played down the unusually public dust-up between members of a group whose history has been littered with divisions, drug abuse and debauchery.

"He didn't really leave the band," Perry said of Tyler.

"He made it very clear from the very beginning that he wasn't going to leave the band and he just wanted some solo time," the guitarist added in an interview.

He was referring to Tyler's expressed wish to take a break from Aerosmith in order to write a memoir and focus on what he cryptically termed "brand Tyler."

"The press kind of twisted it around to sell papers but you know the bottom line is I just knew things were just going to work themselves out," he told Reuters.

"And he is back and he is stronger than ever."   Continued...