Chris Daughtry has revealed that he found himself in the spotlight as a potential torchbearer for the legendary AEROSMITH
The tale unfolds in the wake of turmoil, as the rest of the band found themselves at odds with singer Steven Tyler in the tumultuous year of 2009. A canceled tour and Tyler‘s proclamation of a two-year solo endeavor left the band hanging in the balance. To add a compelling layer to the drama, Tyler grappled with an addiction to painkillers, eventually seeking solace in rehab.
Amidst this melodic maelstrom, Chris Daughtry emerged as a contender for the coveted frontman position. The echoes of a possible collaboration between Daughtry and AEROSMITH reverberated through the rock scene. The universe seemed to be orchestrating a unique fusion of talents, ready to pen a new chapter in rock history. As the tides of destiny swayed, both sides held their ground on the status of Tyler‘s tenure. Despite the rift, the core assertion remained steadfast – Tyler‘s affiliation with AEROSMITH was unbroken.
The narrative of potential new frontmen and legal wrangling began to unfold. Tyler‘s representatives were adamant in their declaration that any attempts to find a replacement would be met with a symphony of legal consequences. The stage was set for a showdown, the crescendo of which was underscored by the threat of litigation. The rhythm of uncertainty played on, a tune that echoed through the corridors of rock lore.
The former “American Idol” contestant discussed his near-collaboration with AEROSMITH during an appearance on the latest episode of “The Dave Rickards Podcast”. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I get this random call from [AEROSMITH guitarist] Joe Perry. Joe Perry and Steven were apparently at odds with each other. It was all in the news; this isn’t private information. I think this was right when Steven Tyler was going on ‘American Idol’ and they weren’t touring together.
“I think it was like a public breakup sort of thing. Joe Perry calls me. I’m, like, ‘First of all, I didn’t know Joe Perry had my number. This is incredible.’ I thought it was a joke at first, but he didn’t even take time to, like, ‘How’re you doing?’ He just went into his reason for calling me. ‘And I don’t know what Steven‘s doing, but we wanna work. How would you feel about hitting the road with us? You’ve got some cool songs we could play too.’ And I was, like, ‘Uh…’ I was speechless.
“First of all, I don’t consider myself any caliber of singer that Steven Tyler is as far as I would not be able to tackle those songs the way Steven Tyler tackles him. He is irreplaceable, in my mind. Furthermore, Steven Tyler‘s alive. This whole fear of pissing off one of my heroes was just looming, and I was, like, ‘There’s no way I can do this, Joe.'”
Chris added that singing for AEROSMITH “was a terrifying concept, the moment the words left [Joe‘s] mouth.” But he conceded that “it is a story that I will hold near and dear for the rest of my life, for sure.”
When asked if he can sing AEROSMITH‘s classic “Dream On”, Daughtry replied: “On a good day, where I’m not beat up, I can nail that high part at the end, but that is like one out of every five times. And then there’s other times where I would just bail.”
In a rock saga that continues to resonate, tidings from a few years past unfurl a riveting chapter in the history of Classic Rock magazine. These pages bore witness to a tale of Joe Perry reaching out to legendary voices. The names etched in this musical exchange read like a who’s who of rock royalty: Paul Rodgers, Chris Cornell, and Billy Idol. Yet amidst the crescendo of speculation, representatives for Sammy Hagar fervently asserted that he was not poised to take center stage in this symphony.
Perry would later shed light on the chronicle that played out. In retrospect, the tempestuous headlines and the cacophony of rumors were met with a grounded truth. The press, in its relentless pursuit of attention, had woven a tapestry that wavered from reality. Beneath the sensationalism, Perry found a steadying rhythm, a refrain of inevitability. He confided that he harbored a quiet conviction that matters would harmonize, that the discordant notes would resolve themselves into a seamless melody.
Amidst the whirlwind, a voice emerged, the voice of Tyler himself. Perry recounted how Tyler, with unwavering clarity, communicated his allegiance to AEROSMITH even as he embarked on his solo journey. It was a declaration that reverberated through the band’s ethos, a reminder that solo pursuits didn’t equate to abandonment. The bonds forged through years of shared melodies remained unbroken, the connection unyielding.