It's not hard to imagine why Tyler would want to bail from the band and kick back a bit -- at 61, the aging singer doesn't sport the swagger he rocked during Aerosmith's heyday in the '70s, '80s and even into the '90s. In late December, he checked into rehab for the second time in two years, seeking treatment for pain management and an addiction to pain killers.
"With the help of my family and team of medical professionals, I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain and am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my band mates," Tyler said in a statement.
A few months before that, in August, Tyler plummeted sideways off the stage during a South Dakota show, injuring his head, neck and breaking his shoulder, forcing the band to scrap the rest of their 2009 tour, save for two October concerts.
Perry can't have mishaps like that messing up Aerosmith's mojo, and Tyler probably doesn't have a death wish. Which is why, should Tyler break off from the band in the future, Perry might want to think outside the box in searching for his replacement. While rockers including Billy Idol, Chris Cornell and Paul Rodgers are reportedly on Perry's radar, can any of them really fill the boots of the large-lipped, crazy-haired rock icon that is Tyler?
Probably not. So we thought we'd have a little fun with our suggestions for Perry, should today's meeting go south. On the next page, seven people who maybe, possibly, in another time and place, could dream of replacing Tyler as Aerosmith's frontman.
Joe Perry could keep it in the family. Steven Tyler's 32-year-old daughter Liv may not bear lips as big as her father's, or a voice as distinctive, or any special singing skills of which to speak, but she does share his last name. (Also -- squint hard and they kind of, sort of look alike.) A young Liv shot to stardom after starring in the music video for Aerosmith's 1993 song "Crazy" alongside Alicia Silverstone. All that plus the whole DNA thing seems enough of a reason to pass her the mic.
Who can forget Silverstone gyrating in that sexy school girl outfit in the ultimate Aerosmith video trilogy: "Cryin'," "Crazy," and "Amazing"? "What you did to me took my breath away," indeed. Forget singing. If she sticks to that routine on stage, the band will sell out stadiums well into the next decade.
He flexed his once mighty vocal muscles at the memorial service for his late King of Pop brother, Michael Jackson. He seems hungry for more time in the spotlight. Why not take that show on the road with Aerosmith?
Michael has a fantastic pop star voice. No, it's not Tyler's gritty growl, but it's got a charm all its own. And he does have an affinity for getting caught mid-sex act in public parks. So, crooning "Love in an Elevator" doesn't seem so farfetched.
Radiohead's uber-serious frontman could maybe benefit from lightening up. Or, perhaps, he'd take Aerosmith in a completely different direction. We see a mashup of "OK Computer" and "Get a Grip" on the iTunes horizon.
Yeezy's got style and attitude Tyler could appreciate, plus he's always trying to do something different. Following up "808s & Heartbreak" with an Aerosmith album could be the move of the century.
If only to see Mr. Las Vegas himself snap his fingers and shimmy to "Walk This Way" on the stage of the Tropicana. That would be the stuff of legend.