London: Aerosmith rocker Brad Whitford is quite relived to have frontman Steven Tyler back in the band and says the group "wouldn`t have been Aerosmith" without him.
Tyler had shocked bandmates and fans last year by announcing his plans for a two-year hiatus before quitting Aerosmith.
The band`s search for a new lead singer was marred when Tyler`s manager threatened to sue if he was replaced.
However, the group is now planning a summer tour with Tyler joining them again and they seem to be quite satisfied.
"We were just asking around with some people who we thought might be interested. Some people thought that they`d be interested. Not a whole lot of people really wanted to do it. I don`t know if it ever would have worked. It wouldn`t have been Aerosmith. We knew that," the Daily Express quoted bassist Whitford, as telling BackstageAxxess.com.
He added: "Everyone was so friggin` shocked about it. It was like... well, what do you want us to do? We want to play. We`re musicians, you know? That`s all that it really amounted to. Maybe it wasn`t just going to work."