Another Aerosmith WTF? Sammy Hagar to replace Steven Tyler?

Hagar joining Aerosmith? Dream On, says Sammy's manager
Hagar joining Aerosmith? Dream On, says Sammy's manager (Image credit: Jared Milgrim/Corbis)

At this point, is there anybody who hasn't been floated as a possibility to replace Steven Tyler as the lead singer for Aerosmith? Add one more name to the list: Sammy Hagar.

Classic Rock reports that 'a source' got the skinny that the Chickenfoot (and former Montrose/Van Halen) belter had agreed to front the Boston band on a forthcoming world tour.

"The idea is for Sammy and Aerosmith to rake in big bucks on the road while leaving Steven Tyler to sort out his problems," claimed 'the source.' "Then Tyler would return to the band in a couple of years' time." (Couple years' time? Hey, the guy's already 61!)

Classic Rock contacted Hagar's manager, John Carter - or Carter, as he is better known - to say that they had it on good authority that Sammy was joining the Beantown rockers.

"Good authority must mean The Enquirer because his Led Zep gig conflicts with the Aerosmith job," Carter joked, and then added that Hagar was happy as a clam with his current band Chickenfoot and was looking forward to start recording their second record in April.

What everybody's missing here is that there's a TV show in all of this...Oh, wait, they tried that already with INXS a few years ago. Never mind.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.