By Christopher Scapelliti
Steven Tyler says the end may be near for Aerosmith.
The group’s frontman, who is currently ramping up for a solo tour around his upcoming country album, tells Rolling Stone the band may hang it up in 2017.
“I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” he 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.”
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry clarified Tyler’s remarks in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, noting that a farewell tour is something the band is considering, but not committed to.
“A farewell tour is something we’ve talked about doing for years, let’s say roughly in the last five years,” Perry says. “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.”
At present, Aerosmith have booked a fall tour in South American, after which it will decide its next move.
“We’re talking about some different options at this point,” Perry says. “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.”
For Perry, that means performing with Hollywood Vampires, the group he plays in with Alice Cooper and pal Johnny Depp. Stone Temple Pilots bassist was recently added to the lineup.
As for Tyler, his new career as a country crooner has met with early success. “Love Is Your Name,” the lead single from his album, landed in the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart last year.
His good fortunes have not sat well with his bandmates, however. Perry has been unenthusiastic about Tyler’s solo venture. He told USA Today that he and his bandmates are “not happy” about it, and he said he was unimpressed with Tyler’s solo music.
“Hey, if I didn’t know him when I heard the song I’d go, ‘It’s okay, next,’ ” Perry said. “I’m not going to say anything else about that.”
“Steven is in Nashville doing whatever he’s doing,” he added. “He’s got a rhinestone cowboy hat going, ‘Yippee ki yay.’ I don’t know what else to say about that.”
In response, Tyler told TMZ that Perry was suffering from “jealousy” but added, “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.”