JOE PERRY SAYS AEROSMITH HAS BEEN ‘TAKING FANS FOR GRANTED’
October 12, 2009
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has accused his bandmates of taking their fans for granted over the past three years. As the band prepares to reconvene for the first time since frontman Steven Tyler fell from a stage in South Dakota at the beginning of August and shattered his collarbone, Perry admits he’s keen to get back on the road and show fans how much he cares.
The band was forced to scrap a summer tour because of Tyler’s injuries – and they’ve been out of action ever since.
In a new Billboard.com interview, he says, “The thing that bothers me the most is how it (time off) affects the fans… The only reason you’re there is because of the fans. You owe them a lot, and when you start taking them for granted it’s just wrong.
“I think that a lot of what happened with Aerosmith over the last two or three years has been a case of that. And I’m not talking about everybody in the band. I think at this point the four band members are willing to not play for a while until the fifth member gets together and decides to come and join us again.”
His comments come just weeks after Perry revealed he and injured frontman Tyler hadn’t spoken for a month, but last week the guitarist insisted the band isn’t close to splitting up, despite reports to the contrary and obvious friction among bandmates.
He said, “Aerosmith is taking a breather.”
The band will perform a private concert at a San Francisco, California software convention later this week and they are also scheduled to play two shows in Hawaii later this month.
Perry has also confirmed the band will perform at a Formula One race meeting in the United Arab Emirates on November 1.
He states, “We’re getting our visas together and the papers drawn up and everything.”