Steven Tyler is walking his way off the “American Idol” set.
The legendary rocker announced Thursday afternoon that he’s leaving his judging post on the show, where he’s proffered an opinion for the past two seasons.
“I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress, ‘American Idol,’ before she boils my rabbit,” the ever-clever Tyler said in a statement.
He acknowledged straying from his “first love” – Aerosmith – and suggested that his “Idol” departure was prompted by a desire to return full-force to the band.
In an interview with the AJC shortly after Tyler’s announcement, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said he hadn’t yet talked to the singer about his decision, but knew it was a tough call for his bandmate.
“I know he originally wanted to go back if they asked him, but when [our new record] started gathering momentum and then the thought of being locked into another year…as much as he enjoyed doing it, I think he missed being in the band full-time,” Perry said. “Not that he wasn’t ever involved full-time, but it really was a lot of work. Except for the hunks of time he wasn’t around so we couldn’t tour, I never felt like he wasn’t present 100 percent for the band. Being on a live show is a real commitment. But now with this reality setting in, I think he’s going to be really happy to be back.”
Aerosmith is in the midst of a summer tour that plays Philips Arena July 26, and will release “Music from Another Dimension,” its first new studio album in more than a decade, in November.
Fellow “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez hasn’t announced her decision about another season, but hinted on the “Today” show this morning that she is leaning toward leaving.
[Update: Lopez confirmed to Ryan Seacrest on Friday that she is leaving.]
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene