In a brand new interview with Syracuse.com, Joe Perry was asked if there will be another album and tour from AEROSMITH at some point in the not-too-distant future. He said: “We go through a cycle. We’ll make a record, and then we tour behind it…”
“Everybody wants to do another AEROSMITH record, but I really can’t say when it’s going to be or when the next big tour will be.”
AEROSMITH briefly toured last year but hasn’t released a studio album since 2012.
Despite what Steven Tyler hinted at earlier this month, Perry said that AEROSMITH has not yet decided on whether its next major tour will be a farewell trek. While on hiatus, the band members have been keeping busy with solo projects — Perry will be hitting the road with his star-studded side project HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum, and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo. AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford has joined forces once again with Derek St. Holmes for 19-date spring and summer run, while Steven Tyler puts the finishing touches on his debut solo album.
Perry spoke frankly about the state of AEROSMITH today, admitting to Rolling Stone: “A farewell tour is something we’ve talked about doing for years, let’s say roughly in the last five years. 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.”
Perry spoke about the band gravitating towards working on their own in 2016: “It’s very rare you get this much time, considering the way we’ve always been on the road or been in the studio doing whatever, so it’s been a good time to do some of these other projects. Steven has been off working really hard on his solo thing. I know it’s something he’s always wanted to do. He puts so much into AEROSMITH, he’s never really given himself the time to do this, so it’s worked out really well for him. I don’t really hear from him much but I wouldn’t expect that I would considering he’s working on a record and doing gigs and the whole thing. But when things start gearing up, we start rehearsing for the South American tour, I’m sure we’ll start forming a plan for the next year or two or whatever.”
Perry said that although AEROSMITH splitting isn’t something he’s looking forward to, he feels that the band is nearing the end. “It’s getting to be about that time, but I’m really looking forward to the VAMPIRES thing,” he said. “And I know Brad’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.”