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Steven Tyler Said He's the One Saying No to Led Zeppelin

January 20, 2011 03:21:40 GMT

The rocker declared himself a loyal member of Aerosmith, saying he did get the offer from Jimmy Page but had to decline it.


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Steven Tyler has challenged reports Led Zeppelin rejected the idea of having him as Robert Plant's replacement, insisting he snubbed the opportunity because he was determined to remain loyal to Aerosmith.

"The I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" hitmaker secretly auditioned for the supergroup in late 2009, although his Aerosmith pal Joe Perry later claimed Jimmy Page had described the rehearsals as "shambolic" because Tyler was not familiar with Led Zeppelin's catalog. Perry said, "Page felt really awkward about the audition, but ultimately it was a group decision (to pass on Tyler)."

But the singer has a different side of the story. Tyler tells U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, "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."

He claims he was offered the job of Led Zep frontman by Page himself - but felt compelled to turn it down out of respect to his own bandmates. He says, "I looked Jimmy in the eyes and it came time for him 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."

Ironically, Tyler went on a brief hiatus from Aerosmith and announced plans to concentrate on a solo career at the end of 2009. The announcement, and his subsequently decision to join the judging panel on TV talent show "American Idol", led to a rift between him and Perry that has since been resolved.

The band is set to hit the studio this weekend to record new material for their first album since 2004's "Honkin' on Bobo".


 




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posted by xprophet on Dec 13, 2012
Steve you little dreamer you! Did you put on your big boy pants after LED ZEP gave you the old "We will call you...?" Steve you know you would go down on Jimmy for a chance to be in LZ.
posted by Zep Fan on Jan 29, 2011
I read that Tyler also wanted to be the front man for the Back Street Boys. It turns out that he wanted to change the name to the "Back Side Boys" so he could be their front man to their back sides=if ya know what I mean!Good luck with Idol!!
posted by Steve \"The Lemon\" on Jan 19, 2011
Steven Tyler was said to have met with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in late 2008, not late 2009.

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