Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says band is in no rush to have a farewell tour

Joe Perry is proud to say that Steven Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith have stayed together for more than 40 years.

Aerosmith fans can pontificate all they want, but guitarist Joe Perry says that Mother Nature will likely decide when the band says goodbye.

“I know that Steven [Tyler] said something or was quoted saying this could be ‘the final tour,’ but I don’t think we’ve gotten that far yet,” the 65-year-old guitar god said. Earlier this month, Tyler told Rolling Stone magazine that the band is “probably doing a farewell tour.” According to Perry, mortality is a bigger problem than boredom for Aerosmith.

“At this point in our careers it might not be in our control,” he said. “To see a band that’s been together as long as we are and truly have the same members — it’s not like there are three of us left, or two out of five. It’s the real deal. It’s five guys who have kept the Aerosmith name going for more than 40 years. I know we’ve talked about [a farewell tour], but nobody’s been raising their hands saying ‘yea’ instead of ‘nay.’”

Perry says that he and the band have heard all the rumors of their impending demise.

“Yeah, for the last 20 years,” he laughed.

Aerosmith, he says, is working on a new album and a tour that will kick off in October, though they haven’t decided on a title for either. He also recommends that fans catch his new super group, the Hollywood Vampires, when they play the Borgata in Atlantic City on July 3, because they’re more likely than Aerosmith to be on their farewell tour. That super-group consists of Perry, glam rocker Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp.

“I don’t think we’ll do a lot of tours like what we’ve got coming up,” he said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You gotta catch it this time. That’s all I can say.”

by Luca Bruno/AP for New York Daily News