May 28, 2011 08:00 AM by Allyson Wells
American Idol judge Steven Tyler had a chance to show off his own vocal range by performing a classic Aerosmith tune during the season finale of American Idol. The rock star sang Aerosmith’s trademark song, ‘Dream On.’ However, he was not backed by his band, despite recent insistence that Aerosmith members would be joining him.
Steven Tyler had said during recent weeks that Aerosmith would play the American Idol finale. However, lead guitarist Joe Perry said in a recent online posting that the band was never asked by producers to perform at the event. He also said that Brad Whitford, also an Aerosmith guitarist, was already booked for another gig that very same night.
The band has been in turmoil over the past few years, so it came as a surprise that they might reunite for the show. Instead, Tyler was backed by talented and respected brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo, guitarist and bassist for Stone Temple Pilots.
As for the future, Steven Tyler is still contractually obligated to American Idol and will appear again next season. As for his future band, don’t look for him to join Stone Temple Pilots. They are currently working on new material and touring with irreplaceable front man Scott Weiland. Joe Perry may have hinted at an Aerosmith future when he said that they were “looking forward to playing ‘American Idol’ next season when our new CD is out and we can prepare for a kick-ass show if they ask us.” Stay tuned for the details on the continued drama!
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