Although Joe Perry and Steven Tyler have spoken openly about AEROSMITH launching a farewell tour, Perry says it's not quite as close to happening as you might think.
Perry tells Guitar World magazine: "It's one of many things we've talked about as a band, but I don't know if it's the end. We take it from album to tour and day to day. It's the same philosophy we've always had. But even if that final tour comes about, it could go on for two years. There are still a lot of places we haven't played yet that we want to play. More to follow; let's just put it that way."
Asked for his thoughts thoughts on Tyler's new solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere", Perry said: "I'm really happy he did it because he's been talking about it for years. It's given us a chance to take a break and has worked out well for everyone that he's finally getting to do it. I know he's doing some gigs and going on the road after he releases the record, but the main thing is he's having fun doing it. That's why you do a solo record — to explore new music and work with different musicians. As long as he's doing what he wants, that's what counts."
Perry also talked about the status of his own new solo album, explaining: "I've been doing a lot of writing and recording. Originally, it was just going to be instrumental, but since I had so many tracks someone suggested I have a couple of vocalists come in that I never have a chance to work with. I'm not sure when it will come out, but I did release a single recently online with Terry Reid called 'I'll Do Happiness', to give people a taste of what's going on. People are really going to be surprised to hear some of this new stuff. It's a whole different kind of energy than some of the other solo records I've done."
While on hiatus, the members of AEROSMITH have been keeping busy with solo projects — Perry recently hit the road with his star-studded side project HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum, and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo. AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford joined forces once again with Derek St. Holmes for a spring and summer run.