It seems to have started with a casual comment by American Idol judge and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler who told contestant James Durbin that he’d sing with him on stage if he makes it to the show’s finale. As we’ve come to expect, comments made by celebrities on live TV can generate a lot of buzz very quickly and spiral out of control.
I was watching the episode in question and kind of took Tyler’s statement half-seriously. It just seemed like one of those things someone says that may or may not be a “promise,” although that’s the way it was interpreted by a lot of people. It didn’t take long for headlines like “Aerosmith to Perform on American Idol!” to start appearing on various web sites and media outlets.
According to guitarist Joe Perry, any plans for the group to perform on the popular show are news to him. Talking with the Boston Herald, Perry was quoted as saying, “I don’t know anything about it. No one’s said a word to me.” He went on to say that the group will be working on a new album this summer and has plans to tour in South America and Japan, although the the Japan plans may change to to the events currently playing out there.
Perry also may have backed off a bit on his stance regarding Tyler’s position at the judge’s table at American Idol, saying that he would likely be willing to perform on the show if they could work it into their schedule. Comments by Perry a while back comparing American Idol to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may have simply been the result of the feud that Tyler and Perry appeared to be embroiled in at the time.
Tyler admits he has not officially asked the other members of the group if they were willing to perform on American Idol, but added that he was sure that they would do it. Fellow judge Randy Jackson quickly agreed, saying that he was sure the group would love to do it. Maybe he knows something that Perry and the rest of Aerosmith doesn’t!
With this much buzz about an Aerosmith performance on American Idol, it seems likely that an official offer will be extended by the shot callers at the show. There’s no way to be sure, but if I had to guess, I’d say we’ll be seeing Aerosmith performing on American Idol before the end of the season.