“There Is No Aerosmith Without Steven Tyler” Says John Kalodner
September 14, 2010
Linda Stasi of the NYPost.com reports: Is Joe Perry, Steven Tyler’s Aerosmith bandmate, right, wrong or just plain jealous in saying that if the rock god joins “American Idol” it would be one step above starring in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
According to one who really knows, “This is Steven Tyler’s great opportunity to transition to something he’s always wanted to be: a Hollywood celebrity! And that’s the problem right there.” Ouch.
No, that’s not Perry savaging Tyler again. This time the tough talker is no less than A&R legend John Kalodner, the guy behind Aerosmith, Foreigner, Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi for starters.
For decades Kalodner worked cheek-by-jowl with Aerosmith, helping them become one of the biggest bands in rock history, but whom he calls, “The ultimate dysfunctional family. Joe is completely wrong. It’s jealousy. He’s ultra pissed off.”
Tyler, Kaldoner told me, always wanted to be more than just a rock god — “he sought Hollywood recognition, and now he can get that.” Too much is never enough for some rock gods. But can he transition into a TV talent judge?
“Simon Cowell was a failed A&R person, a nothing, who is an incredible TV personality. Randy Jackson? The greatest studio musician, but an average A&R guy who became a terrific TV personality. I don’t know what will happen because Steven gets his energy from singing in front of 20,000 people. Sitting in a TV studio with scripted sound bites? I’m not sure he’d be able to even use his own great quips. I’ll be able to tell you in the first show or two if he’ll be his superstar self.”
What about Perry’s claim that he could easily replace Tyler with another lead singer when/if Tyler joins “American Idol?”
“If he makes a giant success as a TV personality he won’t want to go back on the road. And there is no Aerosmith without Steven Tyler. Period,” says Kalodner.
Funny because lots of fans are saying that there is no “American Idol” without Simon Cowell. Stay tuned. . .but I don’t have to tell you that.