14:02 10 November 2009
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has left the rock band, but the remaining members hope to continue with a new singer.
Guitarist Joe Perry told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper: "Steven quit as far as I can tell."
In the a Classic Rock magazine article, Tyler said he planned to pursue a solo career, but didn't say that he quit the band.
Perry later admitted on Twitter that he and Tyler had not spoken for months.
He wrote: "[Tyler] hasn't called me in months. Last time I phoned him he hung up on me."
"In the meantime Aerosmith is positivly [sic] looking for a new singer to work with
"You just can't take 40 years of experience and throw it in the bin!"
The band's touring schedule began to crack in August when Tyler fell off stage at a gig in South Dakota, breaking his left shoulder.
The rest of the tour was cancelled after doctors told the singer he needed time to recover. They regrouped in early November to play a show at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
In September, Perry said he and Tyler "haven't written a song together alone in the same room in over 10 years".
He also said that Tyler had declined to record vocals for the band's long-planned new album.
Perry told WZLX: "He didn't do any singing at all for this record. I can't really understand that.
"We had some pretty good stuff laid out. I thought it was going to be a slam dunk, but for some reason he just wasn't interested."
Dubbed "The Toxic Twins", Tyler and Perry's song-writing partnership has been likened to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in The Rolling Stones who are known as "The Glimmer Twins".
Aeorsmith's hits include 'Walk This Way', 'Dude Looks Like A Lady' and 'Don't Want to Miss a Thing'.
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