Steven Tyler is back in the saddle full-time with Aerosmith once again.
Tyler announced Thursday that he has decided to depart his role as a judge on American Idol, following two seasons on the reality series.
“After some long......hard......thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” said Tyler. “I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back - but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass - the ultimate in auditory takeover… On Nov 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars…’Idol’ was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it…Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”
“Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on American Idol, I would have thought it impossible,” said Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America's greatest-ever rock band.”
Aerosmith’s new album, “Music From Another Dimension,” is due November 6. The band are currently on their Global Warming summer tour with special guests Cheap Trick.
There may be other changes coming to the judge’s panel at Idol, as rumors continue that Jennifer Lopez may also return to focus full-time on her music and television production careers; there’s no word on Randy Jackson’s status with the program, as of yet, either.
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