May 5 [7:55 EST] -- Aerosmith and crew are in Hartford, Connecticut, fine-tuning their pending two-year "Nine Lives" world tour.
The staging alone will be rolling out in six tractor trailers stuffed full of production gear, including the largest indoor EAW sound system ever designed, a state-of-the-art 2400-color lighting set-up, a custom-built projection system, 43 custom guitars ranging from computerized synthesizers to vintage collectibles, and decor items referred to in a press release as "a wealth of unique set pieces that bring the album artwork to life."
The band members are not only working out details and logistics for the tour, they're working out period. All five members - singer Steven Tyler, guitarists Joe Perry & Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton, and drummer Joey Kramer - are reportedly on an intensified exercise regime to prepare for the two-hour high-energy set.
The six-week, 19-city, 14-country overseas tour begins May 8 in the U.K., with
Shed Seven as the opening act in Britain and Kula Shaker on the bill for the European dates. The American tour begins June 30. The first leg will feature up-and-coming guitar god Jonny Lang as the opener.