LONDON (AP) — Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says the band’s European dates will not be canceled in the wake of Monday’s deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Perry said he initially thought the band should postpone the tour, but then decided that’s not what Aerosmith fans would want.
“I don’t think I want to live like that or the band wants to live like that, and our fans don’t want to live like that. I think that when we play now it is one more strike against the other side, and it is almost like it has notched our show up another bit, it is like a celebration of freedom and we’re not going to stop,” Perry said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday.
From left: Tom Hamilton, Joe Perry, and Steven Tyler, of the US rock band Aerosmith pictured during a photo call in Munich, Germany, Thursday, May 25, 2017. The band is playing in Munich on May 26, 2017, as part of their farewell tour. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Aerosmith will play Munich on Friday on its Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour. Steven Tyler said the attack that killed 22 people and injured dozens hit him as a father and a musician.
Others have decided to cancel events. The London premieres of “The Mummy” and “Wonder Woman” were canceled, while Blondie and Take That canceled shows in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. Netflix also scrapped a few screenings.
Several European dates on Grande’s tour are suspended, including concerts that were scheduled for Thursday and Friday in London. The tour resumes on June 7 in Paris.
By Sian Watson, Associated Press for Huron Daily Tribune