“It’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” Kid Rock told EW last year. “He’s a sacred American institution of rock ‘n’ roll, and he just threw it all out the window. Just stomped on it and set it on fire.” Um, burn. Kid Rock may think Tyler has tarnished his reputation, but some think the decision is an indicator of something worse. “The whole thing spells midlife crisis, but he’s past midlife now,” said writer Stephen Davis, who penned the band’s autobiography. “I don’t know if his girlfriend is the brains behind this decision. Steven broke off with Aerosmith’s management. We don’t know if he’s sober.”
Well, some might say you’d have to be on something to agree to be a judge on American Idol, but then again, with a reported $18 million contract, maybe not. Tyler apparently didn’t even inform Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry, who had to read about it in the paper. Tyler’s bandmates are understandably upset — it’s likely that Idol will seriously limit the amount of time Tyler has to record or tour with Aerosmith, and so his involvement may affect the finances and personal lives of the other members of the group significantly. That’s not very rock-and-roll, and it’s not very nice either.
What do you think? Is Tyler totally selling out and giving up his rock-hero history for a nice paycheck and new teenaged fans? Or is he simply evolving and aging gracefully? Let us know in the comments!