AEROSMITH and KISS kick off their co-headlining tour on Saturday (August 2) in Hartford, Connecticut. AEROSMITH will be closing the shows every night, and lead guitarist Joe Perry says they're deliberately steering clear of KISS-style theatricality: "It's gonna be pretty minimalistic," Perry told Launch. "I mean, you can't compete with — nor would we want to — with what KISS does. But, you know, we each have our strong points, and in our case, it's getting out and rockin'. We're leaving the pyrotechnics to them — they wrote the book on it, so let 'em have the book, as far as that goes. But we're gonna go out there and kick ass, you know?"As a result of the tour, AEROSMITH's next album, currently titled "Honkin' On Bobo", has been delayed until next year. The group wanted to release the blues-oriented project in the fall, but lead guitarist Joe Perry says that trying to finish it and also prepare for the tour was just too much: "We were really trying to get the record out in September, but there was just no way to get everything done that needed to be done. So we said, 'Let's just do the tour, we'll play some of the songs during the show, and we'll hype it, and then we'll put it out in January." "Honkin' On Bobo" — which Perry said is a temporary title — features mostly cover songs, including the Willie Dixon-written MUDDY WATERS favorite "I'm Ready", BO DIDDLEY's "Roadrunner", BLIND WILLIE MCTELL's "Broke Down Engine", LITTLE WALTER's "Temperature", MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL's "You Gotta Move", and the blues staple "Baby Please Don't Go". Perry sings lead on versions of FLEETWOOD MAC's "Stop Messin' Round" and MCDOWELL's "Back Back Train", and there will be some originals, including one called "Into The Grind" that features AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler on piano. Guests on the album include Tracy Bonham and onetime CHUCK BERRY sideman and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame pianist Johnnie Johnson.
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.