If Aerosmith are saying goodbye on their upcoming Aero-Vederci Baby tour, Joe Perry is promising a very long farewell.
“The feeling is, right now is gonna be in semi-tour mode for the next few years,” Perry told Ultimate Classic Rock right before receiving the prestigious Les Paul Award at the NAMM TEC Awards in Anaheim, Calif. “We’ll be taking time off here and there, but we really want to play some of the places that we’ve maybe played once before, maybe never before. Kind of go around and hit all the spots you can.”
Joe Perry says Aerosmith’s North American tour will probably start in October.
The guitarist spoke to us prior to receiving his Les Paul Award at Saturday’s NAMM TEC Awards in Anaheim, California. He brought up the man to whom he’d later dedicate his trophy when we asked him when fans should expect the tour dates to be announced.
Howard Kaufman passed away last week at the age of 79. In addition to Aerosmith, his H.K. Management company represented Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz, Def Leppard and Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Joe Perry told us who Kaufman was to him.
The dates have already been announced for Aerosmith’s Aero-Viderci Baby! European Tour, which runs from mid-May through early July.
While wrapping the year at the UN was a triumphant end to a year that saw Janie’s Fund come to fruition as well as the release of his country album, Tyler is looking ahead to 2017, which includes more touring with Aerosmith. While some reports suggest the band may retire, Tyler has a different take.
“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,” he says. “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.”
Time away from the band, he says, is not necessarily a bad thing.
“Aerosmith is something else you’ll never see again. 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,” he says.
“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,” he explains. “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.”
Last month, AEROSMITH announced what was being billed as the band’s “farewell” tour of Europe — with an opening stop in Israel thrown in for good measure. The group announced the 2017 “Aero-Vederci Baby!” European tour on November 14, posting on its Aerosmith.com site: “AEROSMITH will return across the Atlantic with one of the greatest rock shows ever seen and will undoubtedly be the ultimate must see event of 2017 as the band embark upon this, their ‘farewell’ tour, saying ‘Aero-Vederci Baby!'”