Aerosmith Launches Tour in August


Veteran rock band Aerosmith will “walk this way” again with a four-month North American tour that hits the road in August in support of the group’s upcoming greatest-hits collection.

The two-album set, “O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits,” is due out July 2, combining chestnuts from the band’s previous Geffen and Columbia records releases with two new tracks, “Girls of Summer” and “Lay It Down.”

The new release follows an earlier two-CD compilation, “Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology,” issued just last November.

The tour opens Aug. 13 at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, and will wrap Nov. 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco. Country rocker Kid Rock and veteran rap outfit Run DMC are slated to open select dates.

The quintet wrapped its last tour, an eight-month outing in North America and Japan, in early February.

Led by singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry, Aerosmith first rocked the charts and arenas with such hits as “Dream On,” “Walk this Way” and “Sweet Emotion.” But their success was cut short by the excesses of drugs and ego. The band regrouped in the late 1980s, pulling off one of the most remarkable comebacks in rock history with songs like “Love in an Elevator” and “Janie’s Got a Gun.”

Rounding out the band’s current lineup are rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer.

Courtesy of Reuters