LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The members of Aerosmith, evidently reconciled after a public feud crippled the veteran rock band, said on Thursday they would tour Europe for the first time in three years during the summer.
The surprise announcement, accompanied by a light-hearted video, came three months after singer Steven Tyler’s sober bandmates threatened to audition replacements because they claimed he was back on drugs.
Tyler, 61, returned to rehab for the second time in as many years last December to battle an addiction to prescription painkillers. Several weeks ago, his lawyer threatened legal action if the band toured without him.
The ill will now seems to have subsided, and Aerosmith’s 11-date “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour” will kick off in Sweden on June 10. Dates are also set for Britain, Romania, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, the Czech Republic and a final stop in Venice on July 3.
“The rumors are true,” guitarist Joe Perry, who led the uprising against Tyler, said in the video. “I think.”
“You think?,” replied his songwriting partner Tyler, sporting a frumpy woman’s hat with a large feather protruding from the back. “I just auditioned and I got the gig. We’re coming your way and rocking your world. Look out, baby!”
Drummer Joey Kramer broke out in laughter, bass player Tom Hamilton cackled, and Perry was texting.
Absent was rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, who told Reuters in November that he and Tyler have had “a contentious relationship for many years.” A statement said Whitford will be on the tour.
Aerosmith was forced to cancel its summer tour of the United States last August after Tyler fell off the stage in the middle of a song and broke his shoulder. His bandmates showed little sympathy, claiming that Tyler would communicate with them only through his personal managers. Tyler had also expressed a desire to take a break so that he could write his memoir and focus on what he cryptically term “brand Tyler.”
The members of Aerosmith are no strangers to drugs, debauchery and divisions. The so-called “bad boys of Boston” first achieved fame in the early 1970s with such rock perennials as “Dream On” and “Walk this Way.”
But the success was accompanied by their prodigious abuse of drugs and alcohol. The band careened toward oblivion by decade’s end as sales dried up and both guitarists left.
They enjoyed a comeback in the ‘80s after getting sober.
Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Jill Serjean