Brad Whitford says that he doesn't know why AEROSMITH is choosing to call it quits after the upcoming tour, insisting that "there's a lot more life in the band."
Last fall, AEROSMITH announced what was being billed as the band's "farewell" tour of Europe — with an opening stop in Israel thrown in for good measure. The group announced the 2017 "Aero-Vederci Baby!" European tour in November, posting on its Aerosmith.com site: "AEROSMITH will return across the Atlantic with one of the greatest rock shows ever seen and will undoubtedly be the ultimate must see event of 2017 as the band embark upon this, their 'farewell' tour, saying 'Aero-Vederci Baby!'"
Asked why AEROSMITH chose now to end the band, Whitford told NME: "Oh gosh, I'm not really sure. I don't know, I think it was a general business decision, between the promoters to the management to the band. I don't actually feel like we're gonna be shutting the whole thing down at the end of it, but I think there's a lot more life in the band. But, I guess you've got to start somewhere. So, we're just starting to put the farewell label on things."
Pressed about whether AEROSMITH could record new material, he replied: "That is a very good question. We haven't been in the studio in a while, and I think we're gonna be in the studio a little bit next month. We'll have a better idea of it all, when we get together and do that — of whether we're gonna record any new music. I know we would like to. And I know that we probably have quite a bit of music that we're sitting on. Whether we actually follow through on that, how much we're gonna do, whether it would be a couple of songs or more, is yet to be seen, but it sure would be fun!"
He continued: "I'd say the band is playing really well, people are writing a lot, there's a lot of music that's being created on the sidelines, in home studios and all that sort of stuff. It would be fun to just have something new to do. We've just got to take it organically, if it feels good we'll go ahead and do it."
In addition to Israel, AEROSMITH's spring and summer dates will hit Georgia, Russia, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry announced the tour via a fake newscast video featuring "The Toxic Twins" portraying cable TV anchors.