updated 11/10/2009 AT 11:20 AM ET
•originally published 11/10/2009 AT 1:35 PM ET
Only six weeks ago, Joe Perry optimistically told PEOPLE that he and his Aerosmith bandmates were “pretty much counting on getting back together sometime in 2010,” once lead singer Steven Tyler recovered from the fall he took over the summer.
But now the guitarist has changed his tune, telling the Las Vegas Sun that “Steven quit as far as I can tell.” He added, “We’ll probably find somebody else, and then we’ll be able to move Aerosmith up a notch.”
Perry later posted more comments on Twitter, writing, “Aerosmith is definetly NOT breaking up. One of the members is doing his own thing and said so in the press. That’s all I know … In the meantime Aerosmith is positively looking for a new singer to work with.”
Tell us: Who should replace Steven Tyler?