Aerosmith winds down its North American summer tour tonight with a special concert at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, part of the festivities surrounding the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. The show, dubbed the Concert for Legends, takes place on the evening before the Hall of Fame welcomes its Class of 2015.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says he’s excited about taking part in the event because it will give him a chance to come face to face with some of his NFL heroes.
“I’m looking forward to meeting some of the Hall of Famers…that I remember from when I was watching football and I can remember watching some of these guys play,” the longtime New England Patriots fan tells ABC Radio. “Especially some of the big games. And to actually get to meet them, I mean, it’s great. So, it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
Perry says another person who would have been thrilled that he was going to be participating in the Hall of Fame bash is his late mother, who, like him, was a huge football fan.
“If she knew I was gonna be able to meet some of these guys, she would be flipping out right now,” says Joe. “She just loved watching them play.”
Perry adds that, while he’s used to being the focus of fans’ adulation, his usual role will be reversed at the Hall of Fame event.
“Instead of being the center of attention, you’re just another fan,” he maintains, “and I really like that.”
Perry tells ABC Radio that he’s grateful to be in a popular group like Aerosmith, because it gives him the opportunity to take part in events like the Pro Hall of Fame enshrinement, where he gets to “rub elbows with people in different lines of work.”
Meanwhile, Perry says Aerosmith’s summer trek, called the Blue Army Tour, went really well and gave the band the chance to perform for appreciative crowds in cities the group hadn’t played in a long time.
“That’s been a rush, to get out and play in some places like Grand Rapids…Just places we haven’t played in five to 10 years,” he notes. “And to see the fans turn out with the kind of enthusiasm they did, you just have to give that back. And it makes every show a special occasion.”
After the tour, Aerosmith’s members will take time to focus on their own projects for a while, but Perry promises that the band will be back on the road in 2016.
“We’re planning on doing another run like [the summer tour] in the early spring and next summer,” Joe reveals. “So, we will be out there.”
By ABC Radio