Aero­smith’s va­ca­tion isn’t per­ma­nent: Band to tour with Steven Tyler

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY NEKESA MUMBI MOODY

side­lined and said Tyler needed to get his act to­gether. For his part, Tyler was quoted as say­ing he was in­ter­ested in go­ing solo, and soon the band was talk­ing about re­plac­ing Tyler with an­other singer.

In De­cem­ber, Tyler checked in to re­hab for a painkiller ad­dic­tion, a prob­lem he blamed on years of in­juries suf­fered while per­form­ing with the band.

In an in­ter­view this week, band­mate Joey Kramer said: “Ev­ery­thing right now in Aeroland is very co­pacetic. . . . We will carry on and do what we do best.”

As far as their lat­est drama, he said: “ The one com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor that we still all have is that we all love to get up on stage and rock out, play mu­sic and bring joy to peo­ple. And we let the other drama, as of late, kind of fil­ter it­self out by the way­side and con­cen­trate on more of what’s im­por­tant, which is the play­ing and the busi­ness at hand.”

The band, best known for hits like Walk This Way, has a long his­tory of dis­cord and over­came heavy drug abuse in the 1970s and early 1980s, but has been a main­stay in rock since en­joy­ing a re­vival more than two decades ago.

Their tour starts in Swe­den on June 10.

Tyler’s fall led to the can­cel­la­tion of tour dates in West­ern Canada, where the band had been headed af­ter South Dakota. The CFL’s Win­nipeg Blue Bombers has sued the tour pro­moter, Cal­gary-based Key­stone En­ter­tain­ment Group Ltd., claim­ing breach of con­tract, and has said it spent al­most $100,000 to pre­pare for a show in Canad Inns Sta­dium that never hap­pened.

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