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Steven Tyler reacts to Aerosmith auditions…

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Last week, we reported that Joe Perry plans to hold auditions to find a new vocalist/frontman for Aerosmith. Some laughed, some shook their head in disbelief. One person, however, called his lawyer. Who? You guessed it, Steven Tyler.

It’s simple. Tyler’s people contacted Aerosmith’s people — after all, they’re probably familiar with one another — and the “sue” word was dropped. According to Billboard, who actually received the January 27th dated letter, Tyler’s attorney, Skip Miller, instructed that the band, “immediately cease and desist from engaging in acts and conduct to the harm and detriment of [their] own client, Aerosmith, and [their] client who is one of its members.” Basically, the four page letter states that Tyler has legal rights in this matter, and this could be damaging (which, let’s be honest, it really is). But don’t expect bloodshed.

“Steven Tyler does not want lawsuits,” Miller tells Billboard. “We do not want to go in that direction. The direction we want is Aerosmith, with Steven Tyler, touring in Europe, touring Latin America, releasing a new album…This is the direction it’s all intended to go. It’s just amazing to me current management would be taking any other position.”

Miller contends that Tyler, who’s currently being treated for pain killer addiction, has been writing songs for the band’s forthcoming studio album. He also insists that the lanky, straggly frontman will be ready for the band’s European dates scheduled for later this year. He just needs time right now.

“Can you imagine the manager of the Rolling Stones calling for the replacement of Mick Jagger,” Miller asks Billboard. “It’s just absurd… Tyler is very unique, distinctive. Steven is Aerosmith, along with the others. He’s the guy the public knows. He’s the singer. I’m blown away that the current manager would even suggest something like (replacing him).” We are too, Miller. We are too.

We’ll (obviously) dish out more as this unfolds…

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