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Chris Daughtry Was Allegedly Approached When Steven Tyler Went into Rehab for Pain Management in 2009, Suggesting a Potential Replacement in Aerosmith
Chris Daughtry, the former American Idol contestant and frontman of the band Daughtry, has disclosed that he was approached by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry regarding the possibility of stepping in as the frontman for Aerosmith, replacing Steven Tyler.
This proposition reportedly arose in late 2009 when Steven Tyler was seeking treatment in rehab for pain management. This development followed Tyler’s onstage fall during a performance of “Love In An Elevator” at the Buffalo Chip Campground near Sturgis, SD, which resulted in injuries to his neck and shoulder.
Daughtry shared his experience during an interview with The Dave Rickards Podcast, saying, “I received an unexpected call from Joe Perry. It seemed that Joe Perry and Steven were experiencing some disagreements.”
“The news had covered everything,” he goes on. “It seemed like a very public falling out. Joe Perry reaches out to me. Initially, I thought it might be a prank, but he wasted no time with pleasantries. He immediately launched into his purpose for calling me. He asked, ‘How would you feel about joining us on tour? You’ve got some great songs we could also include in the set.'”
Chris Daughtry expressed his initial shock about the proposal, stating, “I was left without words. To begin with, I don’t perceive myself to possess the vocal prowess that Steven Tyler holds. I wouldn’t be able to approach those songs in the manner that Steven Tyler does. In my opinion, he is irreplaceable. Additionally, Steven Tyler is still alive. The anxiety of displeasing one of my idols was a constant concern, and I realized there was no way I could accept this offer, Joe.”
In early November 2009, Tyler mentioned in an interview with Classic Rock, “I’m going to pursue something as Steven Tyler, focusing on building my own brand – Brand Tyler. I’m uncertain about the exact direction, but there are several opportunities that have emerged that will certainly irk the band. We’ll see how it unfolds.”
Later in that month, Perry stated to Classic Rock, “It’s official: Aerosmith is actively searching for a new vocalist.” Subsequently, the following month, he conveyed to Billboard that they had engaged in conversations with “a few individuals” and that the evaluation process would involve informal interactions like socializing over drinks to gauge compatibility, given their confidence in the vocal abilities of the candidates.
Three months down the line, Aerosmith announced the “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour,” with Tyler’s re-engagement as the lead vocalist.