AEROSMTH GUITARIST JOE PERRY SAID THE BAND HAS “KINDA CHANGED OUR MINDS” ABOUT RETIREMENT
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.”
additional source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com