The music industry was turned on its ear, or perhaps better stated, its lips yesterday, following the shocking announcement of Mick Jagger as the touring replacement for Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.
Music industry icons from their respective home countries and with their own bands, both Jagger from the Rolling Stones and Tyler from Aerosmith have been blessed with hard core if not retirement-aged fan bases, and are still touring to huge crowds. The move has music industry insiders wondering if Jagger was preparing to walk away from the Stones as well, this event providing the opportunity to do so. "It seems like there's more to the story here", says Aerosmith promoter, Barry Zonisface. "Once Steven called it quits, we expected the search for a new front man to be long and hard". "Like my Johnson", Zonisface added.
The lead singer change may be an easier transition than many expect. Jagger is just, if not more charismatic on stage than Tyler, and Mick is famous for learning new lyrics quickly. Insiders from Aerosmith's recording studio might argue with that perspective however. Recording engineer Randy Pantalode tells reporters, "Mick does well with most tunes, but couldn't get past the lyrics to Walk This Way. He got stuck on the words, hey diddle diddle with your kitty in the middle of the swing like you didn't care. We think his lips got in the way".
Jagger's moves on stage are legendary and fans are looking forward to seeing the Funky Chicken performed during a new rendition of "Love in an Elevator". Though there were also reports of a name change for the band, Zonisface dismissed that speculation, but admitted that legal and copyright considerations might force the issue. "If we need to make a name change, we're ready to market either Jagosmith or AeroStones. Mick wanted us to go with Mick Smith, but everyone agreed, except Mick, that the name sucked", says Zonisface.
The new Jagger/Aerosmith world tour begins in Pocatello, Idaho, 2010.