Legendary rock band Aerosmith has announced that it will retire from live music after one final 40-venue concert tour. The bandmates – Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford – said in a joint statement that after 50 years, ten world tours, and playing for over 100 million fans, it’s time for one last go.
Aerosmith Bids Farewell to Fans with Final Tour
The “Peace Out” tour will start on September 2 in Philadelphia and end on January 26 in Montreal. It will be a celebration of the band’s 50 years in the music industry, with the rock icons ready to dig into their extensive catalog of hits, including “Crazy,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and “Livin’ on the Edge.”
Drummer Joey Kramer will sit out the farewell tour to focus on his family and health, but his “legendary presence behind the drum kit will be sorely missed,” the band added.
A Chance to Celebrate 50 Years in the Music Industry
Guitarist Joe Perry believes the time to say goodbye is now, especially with every founding band member over 70. At 75, Tyler is the oldest in the group. The band learned from the staging and production of their recent Las Vegas residency, and Perry believes the farewell tour will be the best show of their lives.
“It’s kind of a chance to celebrate the 50 years we’ve been out here,” Perry said. “You never know how much longer everybody will be healthy to do this… We’re kind of anxious to get back on the road.”
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Over the years, Aerosmith has collected four Grammys and performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001. They also broke boundaries by collaborating with Run-DMC for “Walk This Way,” – a fusion of rock and hip-hop that would become one of their most iconic songs.
The band even had their theme park attraction, the “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith” ride at Disney World in Florida in 1999 and later in Paris.
The Final Farewell Tour
Aerosmith’s “Peace Out” tour will give fans one last chance to see the band perform live. The bandmates believe it’s not goodbye but a “peace out” as they say goodbye to the stage after five decades of performing.
“It’s been a while since we’ve done a real tour. We did that run in Vegas, which was great. It was fun, but we’re kind of anxious to get back on the road,” Perry said.
While it’s the final farewell tour, Perry believes it will go on for a while, with other cities domestically and internationally potentially being added. “But I don’t know how often we’ll return to the same cities. It could very possibly be the last time,” he said.
The final farewell tour will be an emotional and unforgettable experience for fans of the legendary rock band. As they prepare to retire from live performances, it’s the perfect opportunity for fans to say goodbye to the iconic band that has been the soundtrack of their lives for the past 50 years.