In bad news for all Aerosmith fans, the band’s proposed tour in early 2016 has been postponed. Apparently it’s because of singer, Steven Tyler’s budding country music career.
The singer recorded an album earlier this year in the country mecca, Nashville. He signed a deal with Dot Records, the legendary label that Scott Borchetta and his Big Machine Label Group revived last year, to release the album.
Whereas Tyler seems to be all systems go, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford told Billboard magazine recently that there is discontent within the band over Tyler’s decision to move forward with his solo career. Whitford said, “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.”
With Tyler out of the picture for the foreseeable future, both Whitford and fellow guitarist Joe Perry have kept themselves busy working on their own side projects. Perry has been hard at work with the Hollywood Vampires (his band with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp), while Whitford is planning to release a new album, Reunion, with Aerosmith keyboard player Buck Johnson and ex-Ted Nugent guitarist, Derek St. Holmes.
Check out Steven Tyler’s solo track, “Love Is Your Name” below: