Joe Perry Says Aerosmith 'Farewell Tour' Isn't Confirmed

April 13, 2016

Although Steven Tyler recently said that Aerosmith might "probably" do a farewell tour in 2017, guitarist Joe Perry says that the band is only "considering" it as an option right now. "A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years," he tells Rolling Stone. "It's just something the band's talked about at various times. At this point, the five of us have never sat down and said, 'It's time to do it.' So 'considering' is an appropriate word for that statement. A farewell tour is definitely not confirmed."

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Rather than talk about his band's end, Perry is rather excited about Aerosmith's upcoming South American tour in the Fall of 2016. From there, they will talk about the future of Aerosmith. "We're talking about some different options at this point," Perry says. "Whether it's to do some shorter tours like the last couple we've done or go into the studio and know a few songs out and see how that feels, I'm not sure yet. But right now we're really taking time off from the band and everybody's off doing their own thing."

Many of the band's members have been keeping busy with their own personal ventures. Perry is in the studio working on material that could be used in a solo record, Aerosmith or with the supergroup the Hollywood Vampires. Tyler is working on his solo country record and will tour in the summer. Brad Whitford is collaborating with Derek St. Holmes.

Perry even says that he doesn't want Aerosmith to just abruptly end. "It's getting to be about that time, but I'm really looking forward to the Vampires thing," he says. "And I know Brand's doing stuff with Derek and they're buddies from way back. Everybody's got stuff that they're doing, so it's kind of up the middle. It's inevitable that once we get back together I'll be ready to play 'Dream On' again."

(source: Rolling Stone)