Aerosmith was one of the first rock bands I got into when I was a kid, so it is hard for me to fathom how the members of Aerosmith can produce a record without Steven Tyler. It would be like Metallica moving on without James Hetfield, or U2 recording an album without Bono or Iron Maiden without Bruce Dickinson. Of course, the later has happened, and let’s just say I avoided those albums by Iron Maiden. Which leads me to my point.
Last week, band members announced they were looking for a new singer. No matter what vocalist Joe Perry and co. find, the end result just won’t sound right. Are there better singers out there better than Steven Tyler? Maybe. However, Tyler has a unique vocal quality that seems impossible to replicate. After seeing him on stage, Tyler knows how to command the audience and lead the band. Tyler’s amazing vocals are chiseled into my brain as the ONLY Aerosmith vocalist, and I can’t believe I’m the only one who feels this way.
I will give the band some credit because of the rock ‘n roll soap opera that played out on Twitter. The saga came off like a stupid high school relationship than Rock Hall of Famers going separate ways. Regardless, band members should consider a different band name. I would be more accepting of a side project. Proceeding with a different identity seems like the wiser move. I just see the next Aerosmith album as a failure, and this is before the group records a single note.
Am I wrong for thinking Aerosmith’s future dismal without Tyler?