Steven Tyler is ready to say farewell to touring with Aerosmith — and he sounds like he means it. In an interview on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show, the legendary rock star said the end of the road is coming for the rock band he co-founded with his Toxic Twin, Joe Perry, and fellow musicians in 1970. While Steven Tyler didn’t confirm a specific date for the final Aerosmith trek to begin, he did reveal that it’s definitely coming soon.
“I love this band. I really do,” Tyler told Stern in the interview. “I wanna squash any thought that anybody might have about the band [being] over. We’re doing a farewell tour, but that’s only because it’s time.”
But when Steven was asked if Aerosmith will be “gone for good” after their next tour, the rocker answered in one word: “Yeah.”
Steven Tyler has been all over the board regarding Aerosmith’s future, and even in this interview he joked that the band’s final tour could go on for “probably forever.” Steven even cited The Who’s multiple “farewell” tours.
“How about Kiss?” Tyler added. “They did 19 farewell tours.”
Still, Steven Tyler added that Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is aware of the plan to retire the band as early as 2017.
This isn’t the first time Steven Tyler has teased a swansong tour, but each time he says it, it’s a little closer to actually happening. In April, Tyler told Rolling Stone that he was planning to hit the road with Aerosmith next year after he does a series of solo shows in support of his new country album, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere.
“I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” Steven said in April. “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.”
In addition to Steven Tyler’s talk about a final tour, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford spoke to Eddie Trunk’s podcast and revealed the band has been in talks about how to wrap up their touring career before old age gets the best of them.
“We are actually talking about … putting together a sort of wind-down tour which we would call the ‘Farewell Tour,’ ” Whitford said. “I guess it’s just because of our age. You know, something’s gonna happen. It’s just inevitable that somebody’s not gonna be able to do it anymore. So it would be very nice to take a nice long bow and say thank you and… put it to bed kind of gracefully.”
But in April, Perry clarified Tyler and Whitford’s comments, telling Rolling Stone the band is only “considering” ending their touring career.
“A farewell tour is something we’ve talked about doing for years, let’s say roughly in the last five years,” Perry said. “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.”
While the bandmates can’t seem to agree on the exact status of their swansong outing, once Aerosmith does call it a day, don’t expect to see Steven Tyler covering the band’s classics as part of his country tour.
” ‘Walk This Way’ with banjo is ridiculous,” Steven told Rolling Stone.
Steven Tyler last performed with Aerosmith in September in Moscow. Where this band’s train rolls to next is anyone’s guess.
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