Joe Perry insists Aerosmith's problems are far from over - he's not convinced bandmate Steven Tyler is still a part of the band, even though he joined the guitarist onstage in New York on Tuesday (Nov10) and dismissed reports he had quit the rockers. Perry admits he was stunned when Tyler turned up for his solo show, asked to join him onstage and then told fans he hadn't left Aerosmith.
He said, "I just want New York to know that I'm not leaving Aerosmith. The break-up - it just ain't true."
But he didn't hang around to talk to Perry after the show and discuss recent reports suggesting he wanted to go solo.
And now the guitarist admits Tyler's appearance onstage with him is a blur.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "There was all this commotion during our encore break and somebody said, ‘Steven is here.’ I was like, 'What?'"
Tyler asked to sit in with the group on the final encore of Walk This Way and Perry agreed, adding, "So he came up and sang and that was the last I saw of him."
Despite the latest news about the band turmoil, Perry insists Aerosmith is still considering touring and recording with a new singer: "He (Tyler) wants to take two years off from the band. The rest of the band wants to keep on working. We have so many different options to fill up that time. Anything is possible at this point."
Perry admits he became concerned when the group recently performed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Tyler insisted on having nothing to do with his bandmates - but it was only when Perry tried to reach him to talk about a clutch of possible South American shows in 2010 that he realized his old pal wasn't all that interested in Aerosmith anymore.
Talking to Boston, Massachusetts radio station WZLX 100.7 on Monday (Nov 9), Perry admits he's still not quite sure if reports of Tyler quitting the band are true: "I don't know. There hasn't been any communication with his managers. He hasn't talked to anybody in the band.
"We plugged in and got online and saw (the story). It was kinda... 'OK, well, I guess that's what he's doing.' I knew we were gonna be taking some time off, but I guess he just announced what he was gonna be doing during the time off.
"(In Abu Dhabi), he was off in his own dressing room, he stayed in different hotels from the band, traveled on different planes. We never saw him until we walked on stage on any of those shows.
"Now, maybe we'll get a telegram from him; I don't know... I did call him when we were in Hawaii, because we had some gigs that were offered to us to do in South America, like, three gigs that we were gonna do in December. And I called him up and asked him if he would consider doing them, and he hung up on me about halfway through the conversation, so I kind of got the hint that he pretty much wants to be alone and wants to do his own thing."
What is going on? Does Steven Tyler hate Joe or what? The poor guy has to hear news from other people and why did he jet after making the announcement? Steven has a habit of not answering his calls and hanging up on Joe. And what about not flying with the band on the same plane or staying at the same hotel?
Besides everything Steven probably knows he's the band so he feels justified in acting this way or maybe he just really needs a break.