Steven Tyler is “heartbroken” after suffering a vocal cord injury that has forced him to postpone the Aerosmith Farewell Tour.
In a straightforward statement, Steven Tyler, still going strong at 75, broke the news, saying, “It’s a bummer, but the doctor says I need 30 days of vocal rest. I pushed it too hard during our Saturday show, and it got messy. We’ll have to delay those dates a bit, but we’ll be back to give you an awesome show, promise.”
So, what’s the deal with those rescheduled gigs? Aerosmith has set new dates for all six concerts, and they’re happening in January and February 2024. Here’s the scoop: Detroit is rocking on Jan. 29, Chicago’s up on Feb. 14, Washington, D.C. joins the party on Feb. 17, Toronto’s in on Feb. 21, Raleigh, North Carolina is ready for action on Feb. 26, and Cleveland’s got a special treat lined up for Feb. 29. The good news? If you already snagged tickets, they’re still good to go. And if you can’t make it, don’t worry; they’re offering refunds.
Now, let’s rewind a bit to the start of this unforgettable farewell tour, just three shows in, kicking off on Sept. 2 at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Aerosmith pulled out all the stops, delivering a setlist filled with their biggest hits, like “Love in an Elevator,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “Sweet Emotion,” and “Walk This Way.” They even paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac with their version of “Stop Messin’ Around.”
This show was more than just a gig; it marked a milestone as Aerosmith’s 40th show in Philadelphia. The original crew—Tyler, Perry, Hamilton, and Whitford—was back in action, ready to rock. But if you’ve been following along, you’ll know that Joey Kramer decided to take a break from the band in March 2022. It was a tough decision, given the loss of his wife, Linda, who passed away at the age of 55 in June 2022. Meanwhile, Tyler was dealing with his own challenges, entering rehab for a relapse in May 2022 after his foot surgery to get ready for the band’s big comeback.
Speaking of Tyler’s journey with sobriety, the band shared an honest update last year: “As many of you know, our buddy Steven has been working hard on staying clean for a while. But with the foot surgery and the pain management, he hit a bump. He realized he needed to refocus on his health and recovery.” While they powered through more shows in Las Vegas in September 2022, the December plans had to be canceled due to Tyler’s health.
In Tyler’s words, “The doc says I need more rest, but trust me, there’s no place we’d rather be than rocking out on stage with you amazing fans. Peace and rock on!” 🤘
Stay tuned for more updates on Aerosmith’s journey as they get ready to say farewell in style. 🎸🎤