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Steven Tyler Quits American Idol

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After two seasons on the hit television show, Steven Tyler is quitting his judge gig on American Idol.

“After some long……hard……thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit,” said Tyler in a statement via his publicist.

“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back–but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.

“The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass–the ultimate in auditory takeover… On Nov 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars…’Idol’ was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it. Now it’s time to bring rock back.”

“Steven Tyler is a real Idol, a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on American Idol, I would have thought it impossible,” stated Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “We’re all very thankful and privileged that Steven joined American Idol two years ago,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia. “A true music icon, he not only brought rock ‘n’ roll to the show, but also his exceptional taste in spotting and nurturing undiscovered talent. We will sincerely miss his poetic phrases, his remarkable creativity and his unique spirit. We’re sad about his departure from the show, but understand his decision to return to music full-time and hope he’ll be back to grace the American Idol stage in seasons to come.”

On Nov. 6, Aerosmith will be dropping Music From Another Dimension, their 15th studio album. The record’s first single is a track the rock icons wrote in the early ’90s called “Legendary Child.” The band just issued the official video for the track which can be seen below.

Watch “Legendary Child”


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Catch Aerosmith on their Global Warming North American Summer Tour:

July 17: Boston, Mass., TD Garden Tue.
July 21: Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center Tue.
July 24: East Rutherford, N.J., IZOD Center Tue.
July 26: Atlanta, Ga., Philips Arena
July 28: Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
July 30: Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
August: 1 Denver, Co., Pepsi Center
August: 4 Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
August: 6 Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl
August: 8 Tacoma, Wash., Tacoma Dome

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