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Aerosmith to Replace Steven Tyler

SPIN picks nine singers to fill his skin-tight leather pants.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // November 5, 2009

All is not well in the world of Aerosmith. After bouts of band in-fighting, singer Steven Tyler has left the Boston group to focus on “something Steven Tyler: working on the brand of myself – Brand Tyler,” he told Classic Rock magazine. But the rest of boys have other plans — and will recruit a new frontman and continue without him.

“Aerosmith is positively looking for a new singer to work with,” guitarist Joe Perry Tweeted. “You just can’t take 40 years of experience and throw it in the bin. [The] band is playing hotter than ever and our songs need to be played live.”

Ever helpful, SPIN editors offer a few suggestions about who could fill in. Tell us yours in the comment section.

SPIN’s Picks to Replace Steven Tyler:

CARLY SIMON:
She’s now singing to her surgeon boyfriend’s patients during operations, so she’d be a perfect fit for the accident-prone Aerosmith. — DOUG BROD

THE CAST OF GLEE:
Most of Aerosmith’s catalog has always been a high-school vaudeville take on the Rolling Stones, so let’s drop the pretense. Kurt and thekid in the wheelchair already have a burgeoning Tyler/Perry chemistry. — CHARLES AARON

LIL WAYNE:
Though we’d have to wait about a year, who better to fill the slot of a bejeweled Toxic Twin than a syrup-swilling, blingy babbletron with unfulfilled rock pipe dreams? — CA

KID ROCK:
America’s Favorite Ass Clown was born to butcher “Big Ten Inch Record.” — CA

PARAMORE’s HAYLEY WILLIAMS:
She has all of the onstage energy with none of the age spots. — MARK BAUTZ

CORIN TUCKER:
It’s just been too long since Sleater-Kinney was heard from (and she’d do a good job with “Dream On”). — PHOEBE REILLY

THE HIVES’ HOWLIN’ PELLE ALMQVIST:
Maybe he won’t get perma-shirtless Joe Perry in a matching suit, but the Swedish singer can be the most exciting frontman in rock’n’roll, and would inject a little punk rock swagger into Aerosmith’s arena-filling formula. — PETER GASTON

MICK JAGGER:
Steven Tyler always wanted to be him anyway. — DAVID MARCHESE

COURTNEY LOVE:
She’d fit right in — her face is almost as plasticized as Tyler’s! — WILLIAM GOODMAN