According to an interview in the Newark Star-Ledger, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has confirmed that the band’s vocalist, Steven Tyler, has signed on with Fox to be a judge on American Idol. Hamilton told Star-Ledger reporter Jay Lustig that Tyler will be joining the judging panel this year and that the band will work around his shooting schedule. ‘The ink is dry on that,’ said the bassist. As for which judge he’s replacing, that’s still up in the air. Other celeb judges have been discussed in the media, with Jennifer Lopez emerging as a front-runner amid reports that she was close to signing on. Fox has offered no comment on the Tyler speculation.
- RS West ’18