Aerosmith cancels troubled tour after Tyler injury

Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:51pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran rock band Aerosmith has scrapped its ill-starred North American tour a little over a week after singer Steven Tyler fell off the stage and broke his shoulder.

Aerosmith's representatives said late on Thursday the tour was canceled because Tyler needs time to recover. His injury became the latest in a series of mishaps for the band.

"Words can't express the sadness I feel for having to cancel this tour," guitarist Joe Perry said in a statement.

"I would like to thank our loyal fans for sticking by us through thick and thin and all the good energy they are sending our way."

Ticket refunds for the rest of the tour Aerosmith planned to play with special guest ZZ Top will be available at the point of purchase, Aerosmith's representatives said.

The tour, which kicked off on June 10, also saw guitarist Brad Whitford and bass player Tom Hamilton sidelined for separate stretches by health problems. Tyler also had been hobbled by a sore leg muscle, forcing the postponement of seven shows last month.

Of the 15 shows the quintet did manage to play, none was with its full complement.

The tour was supposed to run though September 16, and the band had promised to reschedule the shows that were postponed when Tyler hurt his leg.

Tyler, 61, broke his left shoulder and needed 20 stitches in his head after stepping backward off a catwalk while dancing on-stage midway through a show for thousands of motorcycle aficionados attending an annual gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota, on August 5.   Continued...

<p>Aerosmith's Steven Tyler attends a press conference for the new video game "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" in New York, June 27, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>