Joe Perry: Aerosmith Could Be in “Semi-Tour” Mode for Several Years
Lately there’s been much talk that Aerosmith’s “Aero-Vederci Baby” tour might be the band’s last. Even if that proves true, Joe Perry is offering assurances that the “farewell” process will extend far into the future.
“The feeling is, right now [we’re] gonna be in semi-tour mode for the next few years,” says Perry, speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock. “We’ll be taking time off here and there, but we really want to play some of the places that we’ve maybe played once before, maybe never before. Kind of go around and hit all the spots you can.”
That said, Perry is nonetheless keenly aware that a day will come when Aerosmith will call it quits. Recognizing that the band is “much closer to the end than the beginning,” he’s been playing every show as if it “could be the last one.”
“You just don’t know,” he points out. “I always have this attitude, it’s gotta be as good as it can be that day. We don’t have a day planned where we say ‘Okay, this is the last show.’ You can’t picture that. On the other hand, I know there will be a last show just like there’s a one last time for everything in life.”
Perry’s comments came just prior to his acceptance of the prestigious Les Paul Award, presented to him by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp at the annual NAMM TEC Awards in Anaheim, California. The veteran guitarist confirmed that more Hollywood Vampires shows will be forthcoming; additionally, a 2018 follow-up to the Vampires’ self-titled debut album is under discussion.
Perry also addressed the issue of whether fans can expect a new studio record from Aerosmith. “I’ve been talking to Steven [Tyler] a little bit about going into the studio and maybe even just getting one or two new songs,” said Perry. “But I also know we’re going to be looking at some of the archives and pulling out some of the more outtake things and some live stuff–stuff we’ve never recorded. So, I don’t know. I’d like to think we’d get at least one more going into the studio.”
Meanwhile, the Rock and Roll of Famer says he’s living “in the moment,” cherishing his time on-stage with Aerosmith. The band’s remarkable longevity is something he doesn’t take for granted. “Listen, at my age to have the five guys–the original guys–there are not many bands that can say that,” he points out. “Every time I look across at everybody, I go, ‘Man, I can’t believe it.’ I’ll milk it for everything it’s worth. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?”