By Amanda Wicks
Now that Steven Tyler is focusing on his country music career, complete with a tour, his Aerosmith bandmates are looking at their options. Brad Whitford said the band may tour without Tyler, which leaves the question about who would fill Tyler’s shoes.
Since Axl Rose replaced Brian Johnson for the remaining AC/DC dates and Adam Lambert toured with Queen, it seems Aerosmith could explore the possibility of replacing Tyler for a short period of time. Here are 5 singers to do that job.
While it might seem like only men can take over for Tyler, his high vocal reach means women should be equally considered. As the lead singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has the vocal chops to reach Tyler’s high notes and the attitude to front the band’s classic tunes. She’s adept at leaping from a quiet lyric to a loud chorus.
Yes, Lambert may be a different genre than Aerosmith traditionally plays, but there’s no denying her vocal prowess. While the country star is busy with her own projects at the moment, that’s not to say she couldn’t do a special engagement with the band during one of their shows. They could always ride in her little red wagon…
David Lee Roth
The man with a squeal to rival Tyler’s, Roth might just be the man for the job. Sure, his sound is different than Tyler’s but the point is not to replicate Aerosmith with their original frontman but to find a way to put a new spin on the songs. With Roth’s voice, they could surely achieve that and more.
Like Lambert, Aguilera would be a special engagement. It’d be hard to imagine her going on the road for an extended period with the band. But given her penchant for vocal impersonations, she could easily mimic Tyler’s trademark sound all while adding her chops into the mix.
It was once rumored Kravitz would replace Tyler when he announced he was taking a two-year hiatus from Aerosmith in 2009 (via Rolling Stone). Maybe it’s time to revisit that possibility. With Kravitz’s gravelly vocals, he was once seen as the only logical replacement, and it’d be fun to see him fronting the band.