Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Steven Tyler turned down offer to record with Led Zeppelin

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler not only jammed with Led Zeppelin following that band’s celebrated 2007 reunion, but was asked by Jimmy Page to write a record with them and he turned the offer down.

Tyler dropped the Zeppelin bombshell on Howard Stern’s show early Tuesday morning, while making the media rounds in NYC to promote American Idol’s launch Wednesday night.

Stern: Did you audition for Led Zeppelin?

Ya, I went over there and played with them.

Stern: But doesn’t that piss off Joe when you’re gonna leave Aerosmith and go be with Led Zeppelin?

Of course it does. No, I spoke to Jimmy – actually, I spoke with his manager Peter Mensch, who’s been a good friend of mine forever, gave him his first job. And he said that they’d just played live and Robert wouldn’t play with them again, and ‘wanna come over and jam with the guys?’ I went ‘Hello!?!’ So, I went over and played.

So, look at me now: not only did I sing to McCartney, but I played with Zeppelin. So, I’m in heaven.

And, by the way, when I looked Jimmy in the eyes and it came time to...'you wanna write a record with me?’ I went, ‘No'

Stern: To Jimmy Page? Why not?

Because I’m in Aerosmith. He’s the biggest band in the world and so am I in a band like that. I have such an allegiance to my band and I love it so much.

Tyler dropped by Stern’s show for an hour-long session, covering all kinds of things you won’t hear on terrestrial radio.

There’s way too much hot info on the show for it to be transcribed, so I highly recommend you grab a beverage, sit back and hear a full hour of amazing radio with Stern and Tyler…right here:

Note: listener discretion is advised due to language and some content issues.

Howard Stern Show – Steven Tyler interview

Sirius Radio – January 18, 2011

Camp Freddy with Steven Tyler – Whole Lotta Love
The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA – December 10, 2010

See also:

American Idol: Steven Tyler’s TV interview schedule this week
Steven Tyler talks about his American Idol experience so far
Steven Tyler promotes American Idol, talks Aerosmith
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler looking for Joe Perry, wants to record
Steven Tyler keeps busy with American Idol promo swing
Steven Tyler to appear on new ZZ Top tribute album
hennemusic: Steven Tyler leads list of 10 Rockers To Watch In 2011