According to Best Classic Bands, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has revealed that the band will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a Las Vegas residency. He confirmed the news during a live interview on “Fab Fourum” on SiriusXM’s Beatles Channel. The official announcement will be made during the group’s August 15 appearance on the “Today” show.
Perry said the following:
“We’re going to be doing a residency in Vegas starting next spring. What we want to do is something that I haven’t seen before… just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We’re in the middle of the production now. What we’re talking about is having an experience that you wouldn’t be able to see on a regular Aerosmith tour.”
“I feel like we’ve been out of the wind for a while and it seems like it would be a really cool thing to bring some of the history back, so the production is gonna look like that. But without losing what we are: a hardcore rock and roll band.
“We’re having almost weekly conversations about the production and how we’re gonna keep it true and honest to the heartbeat of the rock and roll that we play but still add an element that people will want to see. I haven’t been this excited about a project with Aerosmith in quite a while.”
Aerosmith’s very first touring van was recovered by “American Pickers” hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. The 1964 International Harvester Metro was found in the woods near Chesterfield in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Joe Perry and original guitarist Ray Tabano confirmed the news on the show. Tabano said the following: “I’m afraid to say how long it is, but it’s been like 40 years since we’ve been in this thing. We’d drive from Boston up to New Hampshire for $125. Then after the gas, the tolls, and the food and back, we’d all make like $3 apiece. It just reminded me of the humble beginnings and I look at where [the band has] gone today it’s just amazing.” Wolfe said the vehicle was “a piece of American rock and roll history,” and him and Fritz purchased it for $25,000 from the property owner.
Aerosmith have announced that they will be performing as part of the “Today” show’s Concert Series on August 15. The band are rumored to be announcing a tour and possibly a new album on the show. NBC issued the following statement:
“Aerosmith is coming to ‘Today’!! The popular, legendary group behind such hits as ‘Dream On’, ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ and ‘Crazy’ will rock ‘Today’ with a performance on Rockefeller Plaza… Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis on the Today plaza, located at 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City. To get the best spot, fans should try to arrive by 5 a.m. Generally, concerts happen rain or shine.”
Joe Perry (Aerosmith) has premiered a new video for “Aye, Aye, Aye” off his “Sweetzerland Manifesto” album. The clip was filmed at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, and it features Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo and Robert DeLeo, Buck Johnson (Aerosmith), and David Goodstein.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have been nominated for a Tony Award for their work on “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.” The cermony will take place at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, and it will be broadcasted on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Joe Perry was recently interviewed by Atlantic City Weekly and was asked if Aersomith have any touring plans, aside from the previously announced New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival on May 5. He responded with the following:
“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.”
According to Variety, a new Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) documentary called “Steven Tyler: Out On A Limb” will be the opening night film at the Nashville Film Festival on May 10. On top of that, Nashville Mayor David Briley has decided to declare that date “Steven Tyler Day” as well. Furthermore, the singer will also be performing with The Loving Mary Band at The Woods at Fontanel on May 12. A few days after that show, on May 15, Momentum Pictures will release the film on VOD and digital HD. Tyler commented:
“Nashville is a key part of my musical journey and has had an influential place in my career, so this recognition from the city is a tremendous honor. I’m also so touched that the Nashville Film Festival selected Steven Tyler: Out On A Limb to kick off opening night of this year’s event with our world premiere.”