Steven Tyler has announced dates for a summer solo tour of North America.
The “Out On A Limb” trek with Tyler and the Loving Mary band will hit 19 cities across the continent when it launches July 2 in Las Vegas.
USA Today reports the rocker is trading arenas for more intimate concert venues where he'll rework Aerosmith classics and tell stories behind some of the band's most beloved hits.
The idea stems from an acoustic performance he did last fall as part of PBS' Front and Center series, with an emphasis squarely on the fans.
"What would I not pay to go see (Paul) McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he's with now, actually do (a show) where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote Yesterday?" says Tyler. "That's what I'm doing. I figured I'd talk about Sweet Emotion and Dream On and where I was when I wrote it, and Seasons Of Wither and how I played it."
Tyler has played a handful of one-off concerts and festivals in the past year as he works on completing his solo debut album with producer T Bone Burnett.
"It's a full-on country feel," he explains. "People ask me, 'Why'd you go country?' It was almost a shoo-in. I always wanted to do Everly Brothers." Playing onstage with the six-piece Loving Mary, "it really is beautiful getting out there and singing with a band, where I can look at all the guys and go, 'Stop playing right now' and we'll just sing a cappella. I've never been in a band like that, so it's a whole new thing for me."
Tickets for "Out On A Limb" tour go on sale May 14 via LiveNation.com.
Out On A Limb
2016 North American tour
Jul 02 - Las Vegas, NV - Venetian Theatre
Jul 05 - Los Angeles, CA - Dolby Theatre
Jul 08 - Seattle, WA - Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Jul 10 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Jul 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
Jul 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Jul 23 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Jul 26 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
Jul 29 - Houston, TX - Brown Theater at Wortham Center
Aug 01 - Dallas, TX - Music Hall at Fair Park
Aug 13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Aug 17 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC
Aug 23 - Washington, D.C. - Warner Theatre
Aug 29 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sep 01 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Sep 04 - Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Sep 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
Sep 10 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
Sep 13 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
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