Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is assessing the band’s options moving forward following comments from Steven Tyler that the group will “probably” do a farewell tour next year.
"I'm doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August," Tyler recently told Rolling Stone. "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."
Now, Perry reveals the Boston band have discussed a farewell option in recent years and that he expects they’ll revisit future plans when they regroup for a South American tour this fall.
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years," he tells Rolling Stone. "It's just something the band's talked about at various times. At this point, the five of us have never sat down and said, 'It's time to do it.' So 'considering' is an appropriate word for that statement. A farewell tour is definitely not confirmed."
"We're talking about some different options at this point," adds Perry. "Whether it's to do some shorter tours like the last couple we've done or go into the studio and knock a few songs out and see how that feels, I'm not sure yet. But right now we're really taking time off from the band and everybody's off doing their own thing."
The band’s members have been keeping busy in 2016: Tyler working on solo material; Joe Perry touring and working on a second album with The Hollywood Vampires; Brad Whitford reteaming with Derek St. Holmes for a new album and tour; bassist Tom Hamilton doing charity work in the Boston area; and, drummer Joey Kramer expanding his Rockin’ & Roastin’ coffee brand and restaurant chain.
This week, Perry premiered a new solo single, “I’ll Do Happiness”, featuring UK vocalist Terry Reid.
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