Steven Tyler is sharing his thoughts on Aerosmith’s upcoming farewell tour, “Aero-Vederci Baby!”, in a new interview with Billboard.
The Boston rockers recently announced the first series of dates for the farewell run, with European shows starting May 17 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
“The European tour is booked, locked and cocked and that’s ready for next summer. And then we’re coming back and we’re doing the rest of the world,” explains Tyler. “Farewell? I’m not sure, but truth is, who knows how long we’ll be touring as the original band? I don’t think that needs to be said, I think that we’re all freak of natures and Joe and I were talking on the phone yesterday and he said to me, ‘We have no right being as healthy as we are after what we’ve been through.’
“Whether it’s through the abuses of being on tour for 40 years or the abuses of substances or the abuses of life on life’s terms, there’s been a lot of abuse. But we’re both looking pretty damn good for what’s going on.”
Tyler spent much of the past year and half recording and touring behind his solo debut, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere”, which gave him some new perspective on things.
“Aerosmith is something else you’ll never see again,” he says. “We all love each other, five of us are still alive, every one of us is still playing better than ever - and I’m not just saying that because we just came off a South American tour. Yes, we have ups and downs. But one of the things I’m learning in life is that being away from each other is sometimes the healthiest thing we can do. You know? I dare to say that being away from each other may have saved a few marriages on this planet.”
“The one thing that’s never failed is that when we get back together to rehearse the love is there again and I’ve been closer to Joe now in the last three weeks, in the last two months than I think of in our whole career - short of when we started,” Tyler adds. “But I think we see eye-to-eye on why we got together as a band and what the power of our music does for ourselves first and the rest of the world afterwards.”
Tyler was recently honored with the 2016 Humanitarian Award by The Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations at the Ambassadors' Ball in New York on December 3.
The recognition notes the singer’s philanthropic partnership with Youth Villages through Janie's Fund, which he launched in 2015 to give his voice to vulnerable girls who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect and are being helped by Youth Villages.
Aero-Vederci European Tour 2017
May 17 – Tel Aviv Israel @ Hayarkon Park,
May 20 – Batumi, Georgia @ Black Sea Arena
May 23 – Moscow, Russia @ Olympiski
May 26 – Munich, Germany @ Konigsplatz
May 30 – Berlin, Germany @ Waldbuhne
Jun 02 – Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena
Jun 05 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
Jun 08 – Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun 11 – Castle Donington, UK @ Download
Jun 14 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3 Arena
Jun 17 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun 20 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
Jun 23 – Florence, Italy @ Firenze Rocks Festival
Jun 26 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena
Jun 29 – Madrid, Spain @ Rivas Auditorio Miguel Rios
Jul 02 – Barcelona, Spain @ Rock Fest
Jul 05 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
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