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The Aerosmith battle heats up: Steven Tyler may take legal action to prevent being replaced

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According to a Billboard article, Steven Tyler’s attorney Skip Miller has written a letter to Aerosmith’s manager Howard Kaufman requesting that the band’s management, “immediately cease and desist from engaging in acts and conduct to the harm and detriment of your own client, Aerosmith, and our client who is one of it members.” The letter refers to the possibility that the band might recruit a singer to replace Tyler.

Earlier this month, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry apparently confirmed that the band were looking for a new frontman. “The word’s been out there for a while,” he told Canada’s QMI news agency. “Hopefully, we’ll have found a new singer by the summer, and Aerosmith will be able to go back out on the road.”

Aerosmith were on the road last year but had to abandon their tour in August after Tyler fell from a stage. Billboard quotes Tyler’s attorney as saying that the singer “does not want lawsuits,” although it seems the singer is not ruling out that possibility. According to Skip Miller, “we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it.” (Both Miller and Howard Kaufman failed to respond to interview requests).

In short, things seem to be getting pretty heated in the Aerosmith camp. Of course, various members have always had a love-hate relationship, and there was a period in the late ’70s/early ’80s when both Perry and fellow guitarist Brad Whitford departed from the ‘Smith ranks. And we may be looking at a similar fracture here.

What do you think? Would you pay to see Aerosmith play with, say, Bill Idol or Paul Rodgers (both of whom are rumored to be in the frame to replace Tyler)?

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