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Aerosmith star admits 'crisis talks' saved the band from splitting

Tom Hamilton also says Steve Tyler's stint in rehab played a big part in keeping the band together

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is working on a memoir. The legendary rocker, who has fronted the hit-making band for decades and has been in and out of rehab, will publish the as-yet untitled memoir in 2009 with Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, reports the Associated Press. Pic: PA Photos
Aerosmith have revealed that emergency "crisis talks" were recently held to save the band from splitting.

The move comes after frontman Steve Tyler previously announced plans for a two-year hiatus before quitting the group, prompting guitarist Joe Perry to audition for a new singer.

Bassist Tom Hamilton said the pair only managed to put their feud behind them by sitting down for a meeting and talking through their problems in February.

"There was management there. (We were) all lawyered up," he told the Boston Herald. "There was a lot of sort of reconciling and processing feelings and stuff. Everyone said how they wanted things to be in the future and it became clear that, for everybody, the coolest thing to do would be to resolve things with the band.

"The phone was ringing. People wanted to see the band. We finally realised, even with all the bullshit flying around, that there was a beautiful thing right there if we had enough sense to grab it."

Hamilton also admitted that if Tyler had not gone into rehab to treat an addiction to painkillers, the band wouldn't have survived.

"(It was an) intensive sobriety treatment (programme)," he added. "He took a really big step and it was really great."

The band have since announced a European tour taking in a show at London's O2 Arena
and a headline slot at this summer's Download Festival alongside Rage Against The Machine and AC/DC.

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