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:
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
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
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
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
Steven Tyler always wanted to be him anyway. — DAVID MARCHESE
She’d fit right in — her face is almost as plasticized as Tyler’s! — WILLIAM GOODMAN