AEROSMITH POSTPONE TWO MORE CONCERTS, BRAD WHITFORD’S RETURN
July 7, 2009
Steven Tyler’s undisclosed injury has forced Aerosmith to postpone two more concerts — tonight’s show in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the band’s July 9th show in Charlotte, North Carolina — the group announced yesterday on their official Website. Both dates, postponed due to an “artist injury,” will be rescheduled soon, according to the site. As Rock Daily reported yesterday, guitarist Joe Perry confirmed to fans via Twitter that Tyler was the injured party, writing, “Sincere apologies out 2 all Aero Fans regarding the canceled shows. It really bums me out too- you have no idea. Pray 4 Stevens speedy return.”
The band had previously postponed three shows, bringing the total to five concerts delayed by Tyler’s mystery injury. While the band has confirmed nothing, fans at Aerosmith’s concert in Uncasville, Connecticut, on June 29th reportedly saw Tyler suffer an apparent leg muscle injury during the performance. All shows since the June 29th show have been postponed. As Rolling Stone learned while hanging out with Aerosmith backstage during the band’s recent Boston concert, Tyler frequently stretches before the show in an attempt to avoid such injuries.
Tonight’s postponed show in Raleigh, North Carolina was supposed to feature the return of guitarist Brad Whitford, who sat out the opening dates of the Aerosmith tour with ZZ Top while recovering from surgery after harshly bumping his head while exiting his Ferrari. Bobby Schneck filled in for Whitford during his recovery. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have seemingly gone from “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” to “America’s Most Injury Prone Rock and Roll Band,” as numerous accidents, surgeries and other ailments have wreaked havoc on the band members in recent years, forcing Aerosmith to delay recording their new album — a period that will only be elongated while the band makes up rescheduled performances.