Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says the band will be hitting the road to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The co-founder and lead guitarist told Atlantic City Weekly that Aerosmith may potentially play some one-off shows over the coming year following their previously confirmed appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on Saturday 5th May.
However, with their 50th anniversary fast approaching in 2020, Joe says they are “planning some dates and a tour to celebrate” the half-century landmark.
Asked about Aerosmith’s immediate plans, Joe said: “I think the way things are going we are going to try and and take it easy.
“We may do a couple more one offs - maybe some festivals over the next six or eight months. In 2019 we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that. Right now, we are pretty much laying low and finishing up some solo things before we start that.”
Originally billed as a swansong run, Aerosmith changed their minds about retiring soon after announcing their Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour in 2017.
"We thought (retiring) was gonna be a good idea when we first started plotting the European run,” Joe explained to NME last year.
"We're gonna do South America and the States for five months and we thought 'well, we're getting near the end here, we don't know when the tour is gonna end but we know there'll be a last gig of this tour. We all have lives outside of the band. We grew up together, went from being kids in the apartment to a long and storied career, so we thought 'it's time.'"
"Then we were in South America doing interviews and we couldn't f**** say it, that there was gonna be a last gig. We were looking at each other going 'really? Are we really gonna say this is the farewell tour?' So we kinda changed our minds.”
Aerosmith were forced to cancel the final four dates of the tour in South America in September 2017 so Steven Tyler could recover from an undisclosed medical issue.
Featuring vocals from Terry Reid, Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander and New York Dolls’ David Johansen, Joe Perry’s sixth studio album ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto’ was released in January.
Joe comes to the UK this summer for four massive arena shows with Hollywood Vampires. Select tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.
Taking in Birmingham Genting Arena, Manchester Arena, Glasgow SSE Hydro and London SSE Arena Wembley this June, the quartet of shows are Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp’s first ever gigs together in the UK.
Supported by The Darkness and The Damned, Hollywood Vampires play the following shows:
Birmingham Genting Arena – Sat 16th
Manchester Arena – Sun 17th
Glasgow The SSE Hydro – Tue 19th
London The SSE Arena Wembley – Wed 20th