Joe Perry Confirms Steven Tyler Tried Out For Led ZeppelinBy Travis Woods
The mudslinging continues in the “are-they or aren’t-they Aerosmith” breakup that probably should have occurred fifteen years ago. Amidst rumors of a Billy Idol takeover (setting this story’s relevance back to, say, 1985), and even Paul Rogers of Bad Company (ok, 1975), Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has confirmed to Classic Rock Magazine that his current sparring partner/ supposed former lead singer Steven Tyler did try out for Led Zeppelin after Robert Plant declined to tour in 2008.
“Steven disappeared and I called around,” the guitarist states. “Somebody said that he was in London trying out for Led Zeppelin… It’s certainly not the first time things like that have happened – that’s the downside of our relationship.”
Even further, Perry claims that Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page informed him that the failed Tyler try-out was “shambolic,” as the AWOL frontman was unprepared for the sessions, believing that he and Led Zeppelin would be writing new material rather than rehearsing classic material.
“Page said he felt really awkward about the audition, but ultimately it was a group decision.”
Perry also claims that, despite this, he and Aerosmith did not begin searching for a replacement until after Tyler’s now-infamous South Dakota stage fall which derailed the band’s summer tour last September.
“It’s a kind of window into how hard it’s been to keep the partnership together.”
What do you think of Steven Tyler leaving his current band to audition for Led Zeppelin?