When Aerosmith tell you which way to walk this summer, they'll be pointing
at Kid Rock and Run-D.M.C., who'll join the veteran rockers on select tour
dates across the country.
The collaboration is a reunion of sorts for the three acts, who played a
medley of "Walk This Way," "Rock Box" and "King of Rock" at the 1999 MTV
Video Music Awards.
The first date of the tour is August 13 in Holmdel, New Jersey, at the PNC
Bank Arts Center, and additional shows have been announced for August 22 and
24 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, at the Tweeter Center and on August 28 in
Wantagh, New York, at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater, according to
the Web site of
Aerosmith's official fan club.
Additional dates featuring all three bands will be added, and Aerosmith will
play other shows by themselves, a spokesperson for the band said. Dates will
be announced shortly.
Aerosmith first hooked up with Run-D.M.C. in 1986 when the rap group scored
one of the first mainstream rap hits with a cover of the Boston band's 1975
song "Walk This Way." The song helped trigger Aerosmith's comeback, and
singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry appeared in the Run-D.M.C.
video, marking the first time Aerosmith performed in a music video.
Kid Rock, who has cited Aerosmith as his biggest influence, performed 1975's
"Sweet Emotion" with the Beantown rockers in 2001 at the induction ceremony
for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (see "Aerosmith To Play With Kid Rock At Hall Of Fame
Ceremony"). In October Kid Rock took the stage with Aerosmith and Ted
Nugent in Auburn Hills, Michigan, for a performance of "Walk This Way," and
on April 17 Kid Rock played "Mama Kin" and "Last Child" at the tribute show
For more on mtvICON's look back at Aerosmith's career, check out "Aerosmith:
The mtvICON Interview.