Chris Daughtry has revealed that he was once asked to sing for Aerosmith back in 2009, in place of Steven Tyler.
Daughtry explained the story during an episode of The Dave Rickards Podcast, saying, “I get this random call from Joe Perry. Joe Perry and Steven were apparently at odds with each other. It was all in the news; this isn't private information. I think this was right when Steven Tyler was going on American Idol and they weren't touring together. I think it was like a public breakup sort of thing.”
He went on to say, “Joe Perry calls me. I'm, like, 'First of all, I didn't know Joe Perry had my number. This is incredible.' I thought it was a joke at first, but he didn't even take time to, like, 'How're you doing?' He just went into his reason for calling me. 'And I don't know what Steven's doing, but we wanna work. How would you feel about hitting the road with us? You've got some cool songs we could play too.”
Daughtry said that Perry's request left him speechless at first. He continued, “First of all, I don't consider myself any caliber of singer that Steven Tyler is as far as I would not be able to tackle those songs the way Steven Tyler tackles them. He is irreplaceable, in my mind. Furthermore, Steven Tyler's alive. This whole fear of pissing off one of my heroes was just looming, and I was, like, 'There's no way I can do this, Joe.'”
He added, “This was a terrifying concept, the moment the words left Joe's mouth.” But, Daughtry says it's a story that he “will hold near and dear for the rest of my life.”