Joe Perry says AEROSMITH will hit the road to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The guitarist told Atlantic City Weekly that he and his bandmates may play additional one-off shows following their previously confirmed appearance at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival on May 5.
Asked about AEROSMITH's touring plans, Joe said: "I think the way things are going, we are going to try and and take it easy. We may do a couple more one-offs — maybe some festivals over the next six or eight months. In 2019, we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that. Right now, we are pretty much laying low and finishing up some solo things before we start that."
In 2017, AEROSMITH announced a run of dates called "Aero-Vederci Baby!", but stopped short of calling it a final tour.
"We're always thinking about what to do for a tour," singer Steven Tyler explained. "And so many bands have said 'This is our last tour' to generate tickets and all that stuff — bands that have been around as long as we have. So we figured, we're going to Europe, we're gonna do whatever we're doing here, and people haven't seen us for a while, so how about throwing that kind of mysticism out? And 'Aero-Vederci' says it but it doesn't say it. It's like 'hello goodbye' in one beautiful — where Joe and I came from — Italian saying."
"I don't actually feel like we're gonna be shutting the whole thing down at the end of it," guitarist Brad Whitford later said. "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."
AEROSMITH hasn't released a new studio album since 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!"
Perry issued a solo disc, titled "Sweetzerland Manifesto", on January 19.