aerosmith640 Gary Graff of Billboard reports:

Scratch Aerosmith off the list of groups planning to tour in 2016 — at least in North America.

The group was slated to play in both early 2016 and during the summer, but that’s been put on ice by frontman Steven Tyler and his solo album plans, according to guitarist Brad Whitford. “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.”

Tyler has been recording his country-leaning album in Nashville, with plans for a 2016 release. His first single from the set, the Dann Huff-produced “Love Is Your Name,” came out in mid-May and peaked at Number 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart, and he’s been making the rounds of the assorted country music awards shows.

…The reunited Whitford St. Holmes — which the two launched in 1980 and released one self-titled album the following year — hits the road November 12th in Milwaukee for a 10-date tour. It’s a bit of a silver lining for Whitford and will see the release of a new album, Reunion, in the near future.

“Derek and I now live in the same town [Nashville] and we’ve been great friends since the mid-’70s, and once we were hanging out here together it was just the natural evolution of us sitting around and creating music and we just got to the point of, ‘Wow, we’ve got to do something with this,'” Whitford says. They recorded Reunion over a two-week period at Castle Recording in Franklin, Tenn., with Beau Maxwell and a band that includes Tesla drummer Tony Luccketta and Aerosmith touring keyboardist Buck Johnson, among others.

“It’s a classic rock album — modern classic rock,” Whitford says.

…Whitford and St. Holmes wrote all nine songs for Reunion and plan to return to the studio after the tour to start recording more material they’ve come up with.

Read more at Billboard.

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  • Greg Gardner on

    “Band feels a little bit abandoned”, says Brad Whitford as he announces album and tour with Derek St. Holmes. Basically translated, “the guy that makes us Aerosmith is focusing on himself for the first time in the bands career.”
    Steve kept the Aerosmith brand alive in the early 80s when Perry and Whitford left, this is his FIRST solo project. Love Is Your Name could have been an Aerosmith song with a different arrangement. Those that knock country music are being a bit myopic. There is a fine line of separation between great rock and country music. (See: Bob Seger, Eagles, Steve Miller).

    • Doug R. on

      I’ll agree with the Eagles (who I love btw) being “country rock,” Seger, borderline, but Miller? Never really heard country in Miller’s music. Well except maybe for “Wild Mountain Honey,” but that’s about it. Hey I agree at this point in Steven’s career/life he is entitled to do whatever he wants, but after 42 years of rocking with the screamin’ demon, (my all-time favorite front man) I just can’t imagine him goin’ country, but to each their own.

  • Coredrum on

    I’m not knocking country music, but I’m knocking Steven Tyler doing country music…it’s absurd because it doesn’t feel genuine…it feels contrived. Nothing like Robert Plants venture into country…that is good and sounds like it’s where he’s at now…for Tyler it seems like a ploy to try and resurrect his recording career since the last Aerosmith album tanked and he’s approaching 70

  • James K. on

    Has Steven ever said anything about country music anytime in the past? If he has, I’ve never heard of it before now. It reminds me of that horrible time in music history when Disco was big and lots of non-Disco artists jumped on that bandwagon, most notably Kiss. So is Steven doing the same thing because country is popular and therefore he wants to capitalize on it for his own gain? That, my friends, is the definition of SELLOUT!

    • Doug R. on

      James, I’ll still take “IWMFLY” over “Achy Breaky Heart” ANY DAY! Cheers bud!

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