Aerosmith on ice as Steven Tyler pursues country career
It's the same old song and dance for Aerosmith. The band is apparently on ice and has dropped plans to tour extensively in 2016 because Steven Tyler is busy pursuing a solo career as a country singer. (His first single, "Love Is Your Name," garnered mostly tepid reviews.) Tyler has also just created a charity called Janie's Fund. The initiative, announced this week in an e-mail that dubiously referred to Tyler as "America's beloved songsmith and humanitarian," aims to help girls who have been abused and neglected. "As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music," the 67-year-old singer said in a statement. Tyler's bandmates, meanwhile, are finding ways to occupy themselves while their frontman sows his oats in Nashville. Guitarist Brad Whitford, who's recording a CD with Ted Nugent's singer-guitarist Derek St. Holmes, told Billboard he feels somewhat deserted by Tyler. "We kind of feel a little bit abandoned by him," Whitford said. "I guess he seems to think his solo career is going to go great guns, and he doesn't seem to realize that, in my opinion, his fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith and don't really care for whatever he thinks he's gonna do. I don't know if he gets that but, hey, that's what he wants to do. I can't put a gun to his head. It's just pretty disappointing." Guitarist Joe Perry is also at work on a solo CD after playing with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp in the Hollywood Vampires.