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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were at odds with one another ever since Tyler joined “Idol” two years ago. Through the years, Perry has repeatedly urged Tyler to come of drugs and recommit himself to the band that gave them Rock immortality. There conflict has even been seen on stage as the two battled with Perry having pushed Tyler off the stage on at least one occasion. When Tyler joined “American Idol” the move ruffled Perry’s feathers. That’s the reason why rock singer, Steven Tyler decided to breakup with his “American Idol” girlfriend. The 64-year-old multi-instrumentalist will not return to the “Idol’s judges table for a third season. Tyler says it’s time to put rock first. Well, the rocker was at least the first to exit the popular singing contest this year. Jennifer Lopez followed almost immediately after Tyler made his announcement.
Fox announced the departure in a press release which included Tyler’s statement: “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.” The statement when on to say, “I strayed from ny first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve 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”
The rumor mills had been replete with speculation suggesting that Tyler might not return to “Idol,” but no one really knew what to believe or what would happen. The singer has in recent months, been put on a sort of hot seat with members of Aerosmith who repeatedly asked him to make a choice; either choose to focus on “American Idol” or the band.
After last month, when Aerosmith kicked off their long-awaited Global Warming Tour to a sold-out Target Center in Minneapolis, Tyler made up his mind. Following the concert he went on the record with his bandmates saying, it was a performance to remember. 14,000 fans were packed in to see and hear their favorite Aerosmith songs, and Steven Tyler didn’t let them down as he unleashed his trademark banshee howl, performing “Cryin,” “Last Child,” “Walking the Dog” and “Mam Kin” as well as a pair of new originals.
The band closed out the show with a string of their 70s hits that included “Walk This Way” and “Dream On.”
Tyler and Perry appeared, at least on stage, to be over their recent disagreements, and it’s been further reported that after the concert Steven told Perry “I’m back.”
The show received rave reviews, including one from Rollingstone.com, which reported that if Aerosmith continues to put on momentous shows like Saturday’s, triumphal concert, fans everywhere would have the better part of the deal.
Ever since Minneapolis, it appears that Tyler knew what he had to do. Perhaps it was like having two girlfriends; with one of them fine with the relationship while the other issues an ultimatum. One way or another, you’re going to have to make a decision and break up with one of them. In Tyler’s case, he chose to dump “American Idol.”