AEROSMITH will not perform on the season finale of “American Idol” — despite singer Steven Tyler‘s insistence to the contrary.
Tyler, who is one of the judges on the current season of “Idol”, told Billboard.com that he will reunite with his bandmates May 25, the grand finale of this season’s Fox TV singing contest.
“Oh, yeah, we’re playing the last show of the season.” Tyler said. “It was always my intention, always, to get AEROSMITH on the show. I mean, Joe‘s [Perry, guitar] done it. I’m ready for it. I would love to play with AEROSMITH.”
However, in a series of postings on his Facebook page over the weekend, Perry made it clear that the four other members of AEROSMITH weren’t interested in playing the gig, insisting that they would rather appear on “Idol” when the band has something to promote like an upcoming tour or a new album.
“[We're] not playing ‘Idol’ ’cause we were never asked by producers,” Perry wrote. “Brad [Whitford, fellow AEROSMITH guitarist] has gig that night with [EXPERIENCE HENDRIX]. It’s not logistically possible.
“AEROSMITH‘s 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.
“Really looking forward to recording with AEROSMITH this July [and] August to finish our long-awaited CD. Icing on cake, Jack Douglas is producing.
“The band [definitely] wants to tour after the new CD. We want to rock out in the U.S. and for our Blue Army behind some new songs.
“There is no peace pipe to smoke because I have no problem with anything Steven is doing. It’s all media driven. In case ya didn’t get that.”
Douglas — who has also worked with THE WHO and John Lennon — produced a number of classic AEROSMITH albums in the Seventies, including “Toys In The Attic” and “Rocks”. He also worked on 2004′s “Honkin’ On Bobo” covers set.