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Aerosmith actually holding auditions for new vocalist…

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In a move that will either piss off Aerosmith fans or make them laugh uncontrollably, the band has begun its search for a new singer. Yes, while speaking with Billboard.com, guitarist Joe Perry stated, “The word’s been out there for a while,” alluding to the “new job posting.”

If you can think way back to November, when basically nobody knew what the hell was going on between Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, you’ll recall that there were reports that either Tyler quit and refused to hit the road or that he’d be entering rehab. The latter turned out to be the truth, though amongst all the drama, Perry continually pressed the idea of a replacement and vaguely hinted to the press that, “Anything is possible at this point.”

So, while the idea of searching for a new frontman might seem illogical (Isn’t Tyler the reason people flock to the band in the first place?), it’s really not in the context of the situation. Or, at least to Perry, who goes on to add now, “Hopefully, we’ll have found a new singer by the summer, and Aerosmith will be able to go back out on the road.”

There isn’t bad blood, however, as unlikely as that may seem. Perry states clearly, “I’m ready to write with [Tyler], to play on stage with him anytime he’s physically ready and wants to do it,” Perry said. “But it’s really up to him….And the last things he said to the press were that he wanted to work with the band and sing with the band, so we’ll see.” Mind you, the guy’s still in rehab… and still has other surgeries planned.

How about some tact, Mr. Perry? Christ.

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