AEROSMITH has been forced to cancel a handful of South American tour dates while Steven Tyler recovers from "unexpected medical issues." A tweet from the 69-year-old singer's account said he was "seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time."
"Steven is expected to make a full recovery," the band said in a statement. "With proper rest and treatment he will be back on his feet soon, rocking the world."
Tyler released a personal message to fans in those countries that were affected by the cancelations. "To everybody in South America — Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico — I'm very sorry and feel like I've let you down," he wrote. "I won't be able to continue the last four shows of this tour. I flew back to the U.S. on doctor's orders last night after the show in São Paulo.
"Please not to worry," he continued, "I am not in a life-threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances. I promise I'll be back. Unfortunately, health does not wait and it's something even I can't schedule around our shows. As they say, 'We humans make plans, and God laughs.' I love you all and will be back with you soon."
AEROSMITH launched its "Aero-Vederci Baby!" tour in May with the band's first show in Israel in more than twenty years.
AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry recently told the Associated Press that the band will continue playing until at least its upcoming fiftieth anniversary, which the band will celebrate in 2020. "I thing that we're gonna keep going," the guitarist said. "The way it looks to me is the band is gonna stay pretty active over the next few years 'cause our fiftieth anniversary is coming up in two years, of when the band got together, and we'd like to see that happen."
Added Tyler: "I don't know if it'll continue forever, but as long as the band is playing the way it is right now, it's gonna be for a long time."