Joe Perry, Aerosmith guitarist, has revealed that the band have changed their minds and have decided not to split up after their farewell tour.
This is apparently all due to their dream of making it to their 50th anniversary in 2020. This all comes after Steven Tyler couldn’t say “for sure” if they were ending. Perry also previously expressed his hopes to make a new album.
Speaking to the NME, Perry said, “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 fucking 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.”
Aerosmith will be headlining Download Festival on June 11th.