It appears Aerosmith really are planning to take a Permanent Vacation from touring. (Did you see what we did there? It was very clever.) Frontman Steven Tyler confirmed as such during a recent interview with Howard Stern.
Tyler, who was on the telephone naked because Steven Tyler is Steven Tyler, said he’s incredibly passionate about the band he’s been fronting for decades. It’s a message he included along with word that a goodbye live jaunt was upcoming.
“I wanna squash any thought that anybody might have about the band [being] over. We’re doing a farewell tour, but that’s only because it’s time.”
Talk of a farewell tour has been bandied about for years, so this is both a bit of a surprise and also something that felt inevitable. Tyler is well aware that farewell tours aren’t always legally binding contracts (unless you’re Mötley Crüe) and he’s flexible on what such a goodbye might actually mean. When asked how long the tour will last, the rock gladiator admitted he saw it going “probably forever.”
“How about Kiss?” noted Tyler. “They did 19 farewell tours.”
Aerosmith’s first farewell tour appears likely to occur in 2017, after Tyler wraps up a solo jaunt. He told Rolling Stone:
“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.”
Start growing out your hair and ripping up your jeans now.