It looks more and more like Aerosmith will do a farewell tour in 2017.
Guitarist Brad Whitford first suggested the idea of one late last year, and now singer Steven Tyler tells Rolling Stone, “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.”
Of course original Stone Brian Jones died in 1969 and original bass player Bill Wyman retired from the Stones in 1993. There are other classic rock acts like U2 and ZZ Top still touring wih all original members.
As Steven Tyler prepares to release his debut solo album, a country-flavored project for later this year, the band’s frontman has reported that the band will return to the road next year for what may be the legendary rockers’ final tour.
“I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” Tyler revealed to Rolling Stone.
Some tensions apparently emerged recently between Tyler and his longtime songwriting partner, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, after Perry made some critical comments to USA Today directed at Steven’s recent solo single “Red, White & You.”
“If I didn’t know him when I heard the song I’d go, ‘It’s OK, next,'” Perry told the newspaper in February. “He’s got a f****** rhinestone cowboy hat going, ‘Yippee ki yay.’ I don’t know what else to say about that.”
Tyler initially responded to Perry’s critique by suggesting that he thought Joe was jealous, but he took things more in stride when talking with Rolling Stone about the gibe.
“I’ve read what Joe has said, but then I really, really, couldn’t be here doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for Joe Perry,” Steven maintained. “It’s a strange catch-22, but if you slow down enough you get to see it…. I wouldn’t be anywhere without those guys, so I’m as grateful as I can be.”
The idea of a farewell isn’t too far fetched for Aerosmith, seeing as all of the members will be over the age of 65 in 2017. Tyler is the oldest, as he turns 69 next year.