Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has revealed the band “kinda changed our minds” over splitting up after what’s been billed as a farewell tour.

He has also suggested that the prospect of remaining active for their 50th anniversary in 2020 is one of the ideas that’s driving them.

They’d already kept the Aero-Vederci Baby! schedule open to extension, and Perry had recently talked up the chances of recording another album, while frontman Steven Tyler said last month that he couldn’t say “for sure” whether it was really the end.

Speaking to the NME, Perry says, “We thought it was going to be a good idea, when we first started plotting the European run. We were going to do South America and the States for five months, and we thought, ‘We’re getting near the end here.’

“We all have lives outside the band, we grew up together – went from being kids in the apartment to a long and storied career. So we thought, ‘It’s time.’”

They began to rethink their plans during the South American dates. “We were doing interviews and we couldn’t f–king say it,” Perry recalls. “We were looking at each other going, ‘Are we really going to say, ‘This is the farewell tour?’ So we kinda changed our minds.’”

On the subject of how much longer Aerosmith might last, he says, “God may have other plans – judging by how he’s treated us over the last 48 years, I’d like to think he’s going to let us see 50. But you can’t guarantee that.”

In a separate interview, Tyler tells Associated Press, “I don’t know if it’ll continue for ever – but as long as the band is playing the way it is right now, it’s going to be for a long time.”

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  • Doug R. on

    As a lifelong passenger on AERO FORCE ONE, this is great news! I’m glad the band isn’t ready to land, let’s just keep going “Round And Round” … 😉

  • Keith G on

    I’ve never been a big Aerosmith fan, but I do like some of their older material. I guess as long as they are having fun doing it, and the fans are still buying what they are selling, why not continue? I do wish that they would get back to their roots and put out a true hard rock album, like “Draw the Line” or “Toys in the Attic”. I can’t really get into much of their newer material.

    • Doug R. on

      The only thing Aerosmith fans like me are buying is tickets to see America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band! Aerosmith live, is still Aerosmith live! Doesn’t matter if it’s 2017, or 1977 (I wish) they are just as great today (maybe even better) then they were in their “prime.” There will never be another “Get Your Wings,” or “Toys In The Attic,” or “Rocks,” of course, but when it comes to live performances, you won’t find a better live band than Aerosmith! Even at their age, they still rule the stage!

  • RTunes68 on

    It’s great that Aerosmith is not retiring from touring. Now if they’d only come out of retirement to record a halfway decent album. The only thing more forgettable than their last album was the songs on it!

  • jeffrey heffernan on

    of course they are not,they throw it out there hoping that it will generate big ticket sales for the tour,as fans might think oh boy this is it i should really go this time ,it could be the last time,then as the tour winds down the band says oh nahhhhh we were only kidding.its the same ole song and dance…..

  • robert davenport on

    steven still has his amazing voice intact ! I have seen them a few times and if they come to my area I will see them again !

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