Joe Perry Says Aerosmith Farewell Tour Would Last For 'The Next Few Years'

January 27, 2017

Should Aerosmith declare there's going to be a confirmed farewell tour, guitarist Joe Perry says that it's going to be a very long goodbye.

He tells Ultimate Classic Rock, “The feeling is, right now is gonna be in semi-tour mode for the next few years,” says Perry. “We’ll be taking time off here and there, but we really want to play some of the places that we’ve maybe played once before, maybe never before. Kind of go around and hit all the spots you can.”

Very much like his bandmate Brad Whitford, Perry is open to question the length and conclusion to an Aerosmith farewell tour. “We’re much closer to the end than the beginning,” says Perry. “I’m not going to say this is – after the U.S. tour that we’ll never play the States again. I’m not going to say that. I feel like, at this point, every show could be the last show. You just don’t know. … I always have this attitude, it’s gotta be as good as it can be that day. That said, we don’t have a day planned where we say ‘Okay, this is the last show.’ You can’t picture that. On the other hand, I know there will be a last show just like there’s a one last time for everything in life.”

But no matter what happens, Perry says he's going to relish every moment he has with Aerosmith. The amount of time that they've spent together and how they've managed to stay together through thick and thin. “Listen, at my age to have the five guys – the original guys – there are not many bands that can say that,” says Perry. “Every time I look across at everybody, I go: ‘Man, I can’t believe it.’ I’ll milk it for everything it’s worth. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?”

So the option of Aerosmith closing the book on touring is on the table. But what about new music? While discussing their 2012 album Music From Another Dimension, Perry says of making new music, “I’ve been talking to Steven [Tyler] a little bit about going into the studio and maybe even just getting one or two new songs,” says Perry. “But I also know we’re going to be looking at some of the archives and pulling out some of the more outtake things and some live stuff – stuff we’ve never recorded. So, I don’t know. I’d like to think we’d get at least one more going into the studio.”

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)