Aerosmith Asked Post-Grunge Singer To Replace Steven Tyler

Chris Daughtry has claimed that he was one of the singers who were reached out with an offer to sing for Aerosmith when the rest of the band fell out with Tyler in 2009 after a canceled tour and Tyler’s stated intention to work for two years on a solo project. Tyler subsequently entered rehab for an addiction to painkillers.

It has been noted that both sides maintained that Tyler never officially left Aerosmith, and his management and attorneys threatened legal action if the band went forward with finding a new singer for touring purposes.

The former “American Idol” contestant discussed his near-collaboration with Aerosmith during an appearance on the latest episode of “The Dave Rickards Podcast”. He said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“I get this random call from Joe Perry. Joe Perry and Steven were apparently at odds with each other. It was all in the news; this isn’t private information. I think this was right when Steven Tyler was going on ‘American Idol’ and they weren’t touring together. I think it was like a public breakup sort of thing. Joe Perry calls me. I’m, like, ‘First of all, I didn’t know Joe Perry had my number. This is incredible.’ I thought it was a joke at first, but he didn’t even take time to, like, ‘How’re you doing?’ He just went into his reason for calling me. ‘And I don’t know what Steven’s doing, but we wanna work. How would you feel about hitting the road with us? You’ve got some cool songs we could play too.’ And I was, like, ‘Uh…’ I was speechless. First of all, I don’t consider myself any caliber of singer that Steven Tyler is as far as I would not be able to tackle those songs the way Steven Tyler tackles him. He is irreplaceable, in my mind. Furthermore, Steven Tyler’s alive. This whole fear of pissing off one of my heroes was just looming, and I was, like, ‘There’s no way I can do this, Joe.'”

Chris also stated that singing for Aerosmith “was a terrifying concept, the moment the words left [Joe’s] mouth.” But he conceded that “it is a story that I will hold near and dear for the rest of my life, for sure.”

During the conversation, he was also asked if he can sing Aerosmith’s classic power ballad “Dream On” and Daughtry said:

“On a good day, where I’m not beat up, I can nail that high part at the end, but that is like one out of every five times. And then there’s other times where I would just bail.”

Classic Rock magazine reported a few years ago that Perry had also approached Paul Rodgers, Chris Cornell and Billy Idol about singing with the band, while representatives for Sammy Hagar denied that he had been offered the gig.

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