People: Aerosmith's Tyler denies rumors he has quit band

 Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance  with Joe Perry on Tuesday and refuted rumors that he is leaving Aerosmith.

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Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance with Joe Perry on Tuesday and refuted rumors that he is leaving Aerosmith.

Relax, Aerosmith fans: Steven Tyler says he isn't leaving the group.

Tyler made a surprise appearance with guitarist Joe Perry and his band Tuesday night at a New York venue. Tyler told the crowd: "I am not leaving Aerosmith."

Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines report the two then launched into their song, "Walk This Way."

The appearance seemed to put an end to speculation about the band's future.

Perry recently tweeted that Aerosmith was "looking for a new singer to work with" and told the Las Vegas Sun that Tyler had quit, as far as he could tell.

The 61-year-old Tyler was injured when he fell off a stage during an Aug. 5 performance in South Dakota, and the band canceled the remainder of its summer tour.

Dion to keep trying for a baby

Canadian pop singer Celine Dion isn't pregnant after all.

Dion's U.S.-based publicist, Kim Jakwerth, said Wednesday the couple's doctor had initially confirmed a pregnancy in August through in vitro fertilization.

When that information started to leak to the public, Dion confirmed it. But a day later, she found out the embryo had not been implanted successfully.

Jakwerth said Dion did not immediately announce that she wasn't pregnant because she was hopeful another implantation would work, and had wanted to keep the matter private.

Jakwerth said the couple is going to keep trying.

Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, told the Journal de Montreal that he and Dion are disappointed but determined, and that they take comfort in the fact they already have one child.

Dion, 41, and Angelil, 67, have an 8-year-old son, Rene-Charles, who was conceived by in vitro fertilization

Warhol print of Jackson sells

A "Thriller"-era silk-screened portrait of Michael Jackson created by Andy Warhol has sold for $812,500 to an anonymous collector.

The artwork sold at Christie's in New York on Tuesday evening.

Christie's estimated that the portrait would sell for $500,000 to $700,000.

The 1984 portrait depicts a smiling Jackson in a jacket with squiggles of red and yellow in his hair.

The auction house said the seller is an anonymous private collector based in New York who bought the image from the Andy Warhol Foundation in the 1990s. It did not say who bought the artwork.

The image was one of 47 lots auctioned Tuesday, including two other Warhol paintings.

-- From Our Press Services

Today's birthdays

Organist Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MGs, 65; sportscaster Al Michaels, 65; singer Neil Young, 64; actress Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace"), 51; actress Tamala Jones, 35; singer Tevin Campbell, 33; actor Ryan Gosling, 29; actress Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries"), 27; singer Omarion (B2K), 25.

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Comments » 1

jarrodsj writes:

I think Aerosmith has been in decline ever since the release of their greatest work, their double-LP "The White Album". Their hit "House of the Rising Sun" has some really intense guitar riffs, and who can forget their megahit "I Am The Walrus"?

Steve Perry was always a great stage performer -- it's clear all those years of touring with Rod Stewart of Fleetwood Mac paid off handsomely.

I'm pretty sure this whole overblown incident is Yoko Ono's fault, though. I hear she has a history....

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