Steven Tyler phoned into The Howard Stern Show Tuesday to discuss his new solo country LP as well as to confirm the rumors that Aerosmith are planning a farewell tour in 2017. “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this … We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that,” Tyler said.
Stern, stunned by the news, made Tyler confirm whether Aerosmith were planning a farewell tour. “I think so, next year,” the singer said. Asked whether guitarist Joe Perry is aware of Aerosmith’s farewell plans, Tyler responded with a simple “Mmhmm.”
Tyler then poked fun at bands like the Who and Kiss, whose previous farewell tours lacked finality. While the details of the farewell tour likely haven’t been ironed out yet, Tyler joked about the tour’s length would last “probably forever.”
In May, Tyler revealed to Rolling Stone that he and bandmates were contemplating one last trek together. “I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” Tyler said. “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.”
Tyler has been making the rounds as he promotes his country LP We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, and on Friday the singer appeared Today to perform the album’s title track and third single. Tyler also unveiled his cover of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s “Piece of My Heart,” which also appears to be destined for his solo album.
“I believe y’all are gonna listen to this stuff and you’re gonna agree with me that it fell from a star,” Tyler told Rolling Stone Country of his new album. “I had nothing to do with this shit, it’s just Nashville. There’s something so magical about this town and me writing with all these people.”
By Daniel Kreps