Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford Doubts Band Will Tour Again

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In February, Aerosmith announced the rescheduled dates for their summer European tour. The dates, originally planned for 2020, were thus moved for a second time… to 2022. This marked the second time the shows have been pushed back a full year. The dates, originally planned for 2020, were initially moved to 2021. On Feb. 22, 2021, they’ve been moved again… to 2022.

In a new interview, however, the band’s Brad Whitford says he has doubts whether they’ll ever perform again. In an appearance on Joe Bonamassa’s interview series, Live From Nerdville, Whitford cited the band’s age as the key reasons.

“I have my doubts about Aerosmith ever really performing again at this stage, because age is becoming a real factor,” he said, as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net.

Whitford is the youngest member of the band, having turned 69 in February. Steven Tyler turned 73 in March. Joe Perry turns 70 in September. Joey Kramer turns 70 on June 21. Tom Hamilton turns 70 in December.

“It’s a pipe dream right now,” he said. “Nothing’s gonna happen for a long time. Sometimes I’m not sure what my partners are thinking when they think that’s gonna happen.”

Some of Whitford’s “partners” have had health issues in recent years. In 2016, for instance, Perry collapsed onstage while performing with his other band, the Hollywood Vampires. Two years later, he experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics following a guest performance during Billy Joel’s show.

Of the European tour, Bradford cited Brexit issues. “It’s so much harder to get work visas.”

Watch the full interview (The segment begins at the 31:45 mark.)

For months, their only 2021 date – at Boston’s Fenway Park – was still on the calendar for this year. On May 20 that, too, moved to 2022. It remains the only concert on their U.S. schedule.

2020 was shaping up to be a busy year for the four-time GRAMMY®-winning band, who were planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their formation. In January, Aerosmith was honored by the Recording Academy with the 2020 MusiCares® Person of the Year. Following shows in January and February, they were scheduled to continue their Deuces Are Wild residency at the Park MGM in Las Vegas with dates May and June. Those performances as well as the original 2020 European dates were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their last concert was on February 15, 2020 at Park MGM.

Watch their opening number from that performance

Aerosmith, Tyler (vocals), Perry (lead guitar), Whitford (guitar), Hamilton (bass), and Kramer (drums) have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide in their five decades since forming.

They are the recipients of numerous awards, including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards, and 12 MTV Video Music Awards.

Aerosmith 2022 Tour (Tickets are available here)

Jun 01 – Lisbon, Portugal – Altice Arena
Jun 04 – Madrid, Spain – Wanda Stadium
Jun 07 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Jun 10 – Milan, Italy – I-Days Festival
Jun 13 – Paris, France – Accorhotels Arena
Jun 16 – Middelfart, Denmark – Rock Under the Bridge
Jun 19 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Festival
Jun 22 – London, U.K. – The O2
Jun 28 – Manchester, U.K. – Manchester Arena
Jul 01 – Sheffield, U.K. – Flydsa Arena
Jul 04 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Jul 07 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
Jul 10 – Budapest, Hungary – Puskas Stadium
Jul 13 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
Jul 17 – Moscow, Russia – VTB Arena
Sep 08 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park

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  1. rick
    #1 rick 6 June, 2020, 07:42

    Who will be on drums??

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  2. TyStick
    #2 TyStick 6 June, 2021, 09:47

    Aerosmith should do a 40th Anniversary Tour of “Rock In A Hard Place”. Great album and line-up. Make a call to Jimmy Crespo and Rick DuFay. Get them back and tour.

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  3. Wizard
    #3 Wizard 8 June, 2021, 21:20

    Who the hell, actually what REAL AEROSMITH FAN would want to see an Aerosmith show WITHOUT the ORIGINAL lineup!!??!!?? Thats akin to seeing Robin Trower without ROBIN TROWER!!! GET REAL, BUD……..

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