The great [artist id="1028"]Aerosmith[/artist] debate rages on. While the veteran rockers have been engaged in a maddening will-they-or-won’t-they-break-up dance for the past six months, it now appears they’re setting aside their differences with lead singer Steven Tyler — for the summer, anyway.
“We are looking forward to crossing the big pond with Aerosmith this summer for some rockin’ festivals,” guitarist Joe Perry tweeted on Tuesday. Drummer Joey Kramer seemed to confirm the news, tweeting on Wednesday, “Aerosmith is back!”
Though a spokesperson for the band could not be reached at press time, Billboard magazine reported that the long-running group will be adding more European dates to its summer itinerary after confirming slots at this year’s Download Festival in England.
After months of back-and-forth bickering in the press and reports that the group was possibly shopping around for a new lead singer to replace Tyler, the “Walk This Way” band seems to have come to some agreement on its immediate future. As of now, Aerosmith are booked to play the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10 and the Download date on June 13, with a U.K. spokesperson saying that more European dates will be added soon.
“There’s no Aerosmith without Steven Tyler,” said Download promoter Andy Copping of Live Nation U.K. “There’s no point in entertaining anything other than (with) Steven Tyler.” Copping said that booking the band without Tyler was “never part of the conversation” with Aerosmith’s management. The band has also reportedly been offered some South American dates, but no shows have been announced yet.
After announcing an indefinite hiatus in October, it appeared that the band was headed for a breakup, or a shakeup, after Perry tweeted in November that they were looking for a new singer . A day later, Tyler joined Perry onstage in New York and appeared to put those rumors to rest, but just a month later, the lead singer checked into rehab for painkiller addiction , throwing the act’s future into question again.