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Steven Tyler turned down Led Zep, okay?

By | Published on Friday 21 January 2011

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler has denied claims made by his Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry last year that he auditioned for the role of Robert Plant stand-in with Led Zeppelin, but that his audition was “shambolic” and “awkward” so he didn’t get the job.

Tyler has confirmed that he did try out when Jimmy Page was thinking of hiring a new frontman for a Led Zep tour, but says that his audition was, like, amazing and totally perfect, but that he turned down the opportunity to collaborate further with the legendary rock band because, like, he had a load of other stuff on.

Tyler told Howard Stern this week: “I spoke to Jimmy Page’s manager, Peter Mench, who’s been a good friend of mine forever. He said Robert wouldn’t play with them again, and would I want to come over and jam with the guys? I went over and played. [But when] it came time for [Jimmy] to say, ‘You want to write a record with me?’ I went, ‘No’. I’m in Aerosmith. He’s in the biggest band in the world and I’m in a band like that. I have such an allegiance to my band and I love it so much”.

“I looked Jimmy in the eyes”, he insisted. “[And] I went, ‘No’”.

Relations between Tyler and Perry have been strained for a while, of course. As previously reported, Tyler recently said his bandmate had gone AWOL, so much so he doesn’t expect him to show up when Aerosmith head back into the studio in the coming weeks.