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Exclusive: Joe Perry: Aerosmith's Problems Far From Over

November 11, 2009 5:17 PM ET

When Steven Tyler joined Joe Perry onstage last night in New York to sing "Walk This Way" — and announced he wasn't quitting Aerosmith — it seemed like the troubled group's problems might be over. But Rolling Stone has learned that things are far from settled within the band, as part of reporting for a story that will appear in our next issue.

The cameo, says Perry, came as a surprise even to him. "There was all this commotion during our encore break and somebody said, 'Steven is here.' " Perry says. "And I was like, 'What?' " After exchanging pleasantries, Tyler asked to sit in with the group on the final encore of "Walk This Way." "Being an acquaintance of 40 years, I said, 'Why not?' " Perry says. "So he came up and sang and that was the last I saw of him."

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Despite Tyler's onstage insistence that he isn't quitting the band, Perry says Aerosmith is still considering touring and recording with a new singer. "He wants to take two years off from the band," Perry says. "The rest of the band wants to keep on working. We have so many different options to fill up that time. Anything is possible at this point. Basically, any communication that we've had over the last couple of months has been through managers, so that's been pretty strange."

Perry adds, "I never won any money trying to second-guess what goes on in Steven's mind. I guess this is just Aerosmith business as usual."

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