|Posted on April 6, 2016 at 9:40 PM|
Is the end near for Aerosmith, or at least the end of their touring career? Possibly, according to a new Rolling Stone interview with frontman Steven Tyler.
“I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” Tyler says. “And then in 2017 we go out with Aerosmith. We’re probably doing a farewell tour. Look, there’s two bands that still have the original members, us and the Stones. I’m grateful for that. Whether we do a farewell tour or go into the studio and do another record, I’m just excited about it.”
Tyler is doing the solo shows in support of his forthcoming country album. The lead single “Love Is Your Name” made a splash on the country chart last year, cracking the top 20 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
There has been some sniping back and forth between Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry about the album. Perry told USA Today, “Steven is in Nashville doing whatever he’s doing. He’s got a (bleeping) rhinestone cowboy hat going ‘Yippee ki yay.’ I don’t know what else to say about that.”
Tyler initially fired back at Perry, telling TMZ, “Jealousy runs deep in this family. He’s doing what he’s doing, and I do what I do.” His comments to Rolling Stone are much more measured. “I’ve read what Joe has said,” Tyler says. “But then I really, really, couldn’t be here doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for Joe Perry. It’s a strange catch-22, but if you slow down enough you get to see it. It’s as obvious as balls on a tall dog. I wouldn’t be anywhere without those guys, so I’m as grateful as I can be.”
As soon as more information is released about Tyler’s upcoming solo album and tour dates, we’ll pass it along to you.