Monday, September 3, 2012

Aerosmith approached Sammy Hagar to replace Steven Tyler


When Steven Tyler was announced as a judge on American Idol in the fall of 2010, Aerosmith were left at a crossroads: work around Tyler’s Idol schedule, take a break, or move forward with a new lead singer.

Guitarist Brad Whitford now reveals the band – without Tyler – seriously considered their options at the time.

“We had to talk about it, we’re just ready to work all the time,” Whitford revealed on Saturday’s episode of That Metal Show, where he appeared alongside drummer Joey Kramer. “Well, maybe we could put a different name on it and bring somebody else in.”

Clearly the band realized the challenge they were facing in trying to replace an iconic frontman like Tyler. “It’s impossible to fill Steven’s shoes, that’s not gonna happen,” said the guitarist, although he went to say that the band “spoke to a couple of people that were semi-interested,” including the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar.

“Well, we spoke to Sammy, and he was really excited about it,” Whitford explained. “I love Sammy, and I was like, ‘Oh man this would be so cool!’ (But) it all started to come back together on its own, like it was going to and should have.”

In July, Tyler announced his decision to leave Idol after two seasons, saying, “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. 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.”




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