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Steven Tyler says the end may be near for Aerosmith.
The group’s frontman, who is currently ramping up for a solo tour around his upcoming country album, tells Rolling Stone the band may hang it up in 2017.
“I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” he says. “And then in 2017 we go out with Aerosmith. We’re probably doing a farewell tour.
“Look, there’s two bands that still have the original members, us and the Stones. I’m grateful for that. Whether we do a farewell tour or go into the studio and do another record, I’m just excited about it.”
Tyler’s new career as a country crooner has met with early success. “Love Is Your Name,” the lead single from his album, landed in the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart last year.
His good fortunes have not sat well with his bandmates, however. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been unenthusiastic about Tyler’s solo venture. He told USA Today that he and his bandmates are “not happy” about it, and he said he was not impressed by Tyler’s solo music.
“Hey, if I didn’t know him when I heard the song I’d go, ‘It’s okay, next,’ ” Perry said. “I’m not going to say anything else about that.”
“Steven is in Nashville doing whatever he’s doing,” he added. “He’s got a rhinestone cowboy hat going, ‘Yippee ki yay.’ I don’t know what else to say about that.”
In response, Tyler told TMZ that Perry was suffering from “jealousy” but added, “I really, really, couldn’t be here doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for Joe Perry. It’s a strange catch-22, but if you slow down enough you get to see it. It’s as obvious as balls on a tall dog. I wouldn’t be anywhere without those guys, so I’m as grateful as I can be.”