FOX's American Idol program is one of the most popular shows on television. When the most recent adjudicating panel was announced, Kid Rock scorned Aerosmith's Steven Tyler for joining. Now, Tyler is finally receiving some support from a fellow frontman.
In an interview with Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM, Godsmack's Sully Erna praised Tyler's decision to join the cast of American Idol.
"I think it's brilliant. Beyond good. I think he's gonna be the male Paula Abdul, 'cause he's a little bit dingy, you know what I mean?!, Erna said. He's probably all pilled up, and he's gonna be funny. I mean, he's witty, he's really witty."
Erna also remarked about how Kid Rock called Tyler's decision to join American Idol"the stupidest thing he's ever done in his life. He's a sacred American institution of rock 'n' roll, and he just threw it all out the window. Just stomped on it and set it on fire."
"Kid Rock needs to shut up. That's not true. This is gonna be great for TV, man, Erna said. It's supposedly the right thing to do to is to rag on a show like that 'cause it's so popular, and everybody that has a problem most of the time, they have a problem with something that's really popular it's the envy/jealousy thing; I don't know what it is. I'm not saying that's what it is with Kid Rock, because I get along with him fine. But I have to disagree. I think it's brilliant that Steven Tyler is gonna be one of the judges; I think it's gonna be so good."
The full radio interview can be found at the Blabbermouth report page.
Kid Rock isn't the only noted artist to speak negatively of Tyler's decision to join Idol. Legendary guitarist Slash also had some not-so-nice comments about Tyler sitting on the show's judging panel on New York radio station Q 104.3.
"It's really sort of disappointing to me that he's gone and done that, for whatever reason, he said. "A lot of it having to do with (the fact that) I just know the guy and the other guys in the band are bummed out and they've had a really rocky road for a while. And then just because 'American Idol' is what it is, so it's hard for me to put the thing together."
Erna released his first solo album Avalon on September 14.