As Joe Perry hits the road for a few solo dates, he’s revealed that Aerosmith is plotting a 50th anniversary tour for 2019.
This week’s gigs — billed as Joe Perry & Friends — features a band that includes fellow Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and former Extreme and Van Halen frontman Gary Cherone. Opening for Perry will be original Boston rhythm guitarist Barry Goudreau and Joe Perry Project lead singer Charlie Farren. There’s been no word as to whether any other dates will be announced.
During a chat with Atlantic City Weekly, Perry shed light on what fans can look for regarding Aerosmith tour plans, “I think, the way things are going, we are going to try 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.” Aerosmith officially formed in Boston in 1970.
Perry went on to say that he’s enjoying his current very loose touring schedule: “Rather than have one band and do a traditional tour, we decided to get a bunch of different guys who I wanted to play with. It’s all about playing some rock n’ roll and giving everyone a good time. . . when you strip it all away and if you gotta put it down to one thing. It’s kinda the end of our career but what would I rather be doing? Lately I’m kinda divided between sitting by the pool with my wife — which I’m about to do in about 10 minutes — or being up on stage. Luckily, I have time for both and I’m gonna do it!”
Joe Perry & Friends tour dates (subject to change):
April 19 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 20 – The Music Box – Atlantic City, NJ