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Steven Tyler: Aerosmith not breaking up; Perry: New singer needed

Tyler joins Perry on stage in impromptu New York City performance

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith plays at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, July 25, 2009.

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 | 4:57 p.m.

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NEW YORK — OK, Aerosmith fans you be the judge: Steven Tyler says he isn't leaving the band after all. But Joe Perry says the band is still looking for a new singer, according to a story out today in the Rolling Stone.

Tyler made a surprise appearance with guitarist Joe Perry and his band Tuesday night at a New York City venue. Tyler told the crowd: "I am not leaving Aerosmith."

A YouTube video shows Tyler telling Perry, "Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors, but I (expletive) am the rainbow."

Then Perry's band, the Joe Perry Project, launched into the Aerosmith song "Walk This Way."

The appearance seemed to put an end to speculation about the band's future.

However, Rolling Stone, in an exclusive interview with Perry, reports this afternoon that despite the onstage performance, Aerosmith "is still considering touring and and recording with a new singer' and that Perry says Tyler "wants to take two years off from the band."

Perry recently tweeted that Aerosmith was "looking for a new singer to work with" and told the Las Vegas Sun that Tyler had quit, as far as he could tell.

The Sun tried to contact Perry this morning, but his publicist said he was unavailable.

The 61-year-old Tyler was injured when he fell off a stage during an Aug. 5 performance in South Dakota, and the band canceled the remainder of its summer tour.

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