Steven Tyler surprised Joe Perry on stage last night, November 10, 2009, to tell him - and a NYC concert audience - that he was not leaving Aerosmith.
"I just want New York to know, I am not leaving Aerosmith," Tyler told the crowd at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza.
Then, turning to Joe Perry, who was appearing with his band The Joe Perry Project, Tyler said, "Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors. But I, motherfucker, am the rainbow!"
And with that, the band broke into the Aerosmith classic "Walk This Way." Joe Perry Project singer Hagen graciously stepped back for Tyler to handle lead vocals, although he soon joined in on the choruses and call-and-response parts.
Just days ago Perry commented on what seemed like a definite split in the Aerosmith camp: “Steven quit as far as I can tell,” Perry told the Las Vegas Sun. “I don’t know anymore than you do about it. I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online that Steven said that he was going to leave the band. I don’t know for how long, indefinitely or whatever. Other than that, I don’t know.”