Steven Tyler to Aerosmith: Replace Me and I'll Sue

If he's replaced as frontman, the lead singer will head to court
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Rock and Roll singer Steven Tyler attend the Glamour Magazine 2009 Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Whether it’s Billy Idol, Chris Cornell, or a complete unknown, if anyone tries to take over for Steven Tyler in Aerosmith, Tyler just might take the band to court. In a recent letter, Tyler’s attorney calls on the band’s management to "immediately cease and desist" the rumored search for a new frontman and reiterates that Tyler intends to continue in his iconic role with the band—which plans to record a new album and tour later this year—after completing therapy for painkiller addiction.

“Steven Tyler does not want lawsuits,” his lawyer tells Billboard, but the letter—which posits that “Aerosmith without Steven Tyler is like the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger, or U2 without Bono”—reserves his right to engage in one. “Steven is Aerosmith, along with the others,” his attorney says. “He's the guy the public knows. He's the singer. I'm blown away that the current manager would even suggest” replacing him.

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