If you’re looking to see Aerosmith tour in 2016, you’re out of luck. And f you’re bummed the Boston band won’t be on the road, you’re not alone. In an interview with Billboard, guitarist Brad Whitford expressed his disappointment about it, specifically with frontman Steven Tyler, who’s put the band on the back burner in favor of recording a solo country album:
“Steven doesn’t want to do it,” Whitford, who’s readying a new album of his own with Ted Nugent singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes, tells Billboard. “It’s unfortunate. We kind of feel a little bit abandoned by him. I guess he seems to think his solo career is going to go great guns, and he doesn’t seem to realize that — in my opinion — his fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith and don’t really care for whatever he thinks he’s gonna do. “I don’t know if he gets that but, hey, that’s what he wants to do. I can’t put a gun to his head. It’s just pretty disappointing.”
Whitford might have a point. Tyler has released one song from his album, due out in 2016, so far. “Love is Your Name” peaked at No. 19 on the “Hot Country Songs” chart, which’t exactly setting the country world on fire, as close to ’80s hair metal as most modern country is.
At the very least, the rest of the band isn’t sitting around waiting for Tyler to come back. Whitford has reunited with Ted Nugent singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes for Whitford St. Holmes, a union that lasted for one album back in 1981. They plan on releasing an album, the aptly-titled Reunion. The album features contributions from Tesla drummer Troy Lucketta and Aerosmith’s touring keyboardist Buck Johnson. Joe Perry, of course, has been touring with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp as their Hollywood Vampires project. He also has plans for a solo album. If and when Aerosmith get back together, it’s probably not that necessary they release a new album. I mean, when was the last time you put on 2012’s Music From Another Dimension!? Yeah, us neither.