Steven Tyler Is Leaving ‘American Idol’
‘I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back’
Steven Tyler has decided to leave his role as a judge onÂ American IdolÂ after just two years, theÂ AerosmithÂ frontman said today.
“After some long, hard thoughts, I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistressÂ American IdolÂ before she boils my rabbit,” Tyler said in a statement. “I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back ”“ but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass ”“ the ultimate in auditory takeover.
“IdolÂ was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it,” Tyler added. “Now it’s time to bring rock back.”
Tyler’s decision comes in the middle of Aerosmith’s currentÂ Global Warming TourÂ with openers Cheap Trick. The North American trek finds them gearing up for the plannedÂ November 6th release ofÂ Music From Another Dimension, the band’s first studio album since 2004. The groupÂ debuted the record’s first single, “Legendary Child,” duringÂ Idol‘s season finaleÂ this year.
“He’s been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show, and we know he’ll continue to be a huge inspiration toÂ IdolÂ hopefuls for years to come,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment at Fox. “We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock & roll legend, he would go back to the music.”Â
Added Simon Fuller, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, “Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge onÂ American Idol, I would have thought it impossible. The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America’s greatest-ever rock band.”
Tyler’s announcement isn’t the only thing to signal a shakeup at theÂ IdolÂ judges’ table: RecentlyÂ Jennifer Lopez toldÂ Today, “I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do, like films. Right now I’m on tour and performing.”