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Tyler: I did Idol out of anger
Steven Tyler has confessed he signed up to be a judge on American Idol to get some space from the band.
Aerosmith has had its share of feuds, most recently in 2009, when the band were forced off the road when Steve, 64, injured himself falling off the stage. While on a break, Steve appeared on the music talent show for two seasons before announcing he was stepping down this summer.
Steve told Absolute Radio's Russ Williams: "It was great, it was a bit of a risk in the beginning, I wasn't sure what I was doing, I did it out of anger, the band was going through stuff and I went away somewhere to get a good look at what was going on, I'd just finished the book and a bunch of things and I just said 'Get me Idol.'"
But Steve said he is grateful to Idol for giving the band a big boost.
He revealed: "After the first year the Aerosmith ratings went up 270 per cent, every time someone sang Dream On or Don't Want To Miss A Thing, you know our songs went up on ITunes, it was a good thing."
During their most recent feud guitarist Joe Perry - who quit the band in 1979 to go solo but returned in 1984 - had claimed Aerosmith were looking for a new lead singer to replace Steven while he recovered from his injuries.
But Joe agreed with Absolute Radio DJ Russ that losing a member of the band was like losing a limb.
He added: "I don't know how the band worked when I wasn't in it for four years. You know, you can tell more about it than I can because I wasn't there, but you know Aerosmith continued after I left but it wasn't like some of the, I'd say shining highlights of the band's career. So I think it's all about the team work."