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March 10, 2006

It seems that Steven Tyler is feeling less than F.I.N.E fine.

The Aerosmith frontman has reportedly come down with an unspecified illness that has forced the veteran rockers to cancel a string of recent tour dates.

No details of Tyler’s ailment have been made public and no notice of the cancellations has appeared on the band’s official Website. Though published reports have identified Tyler as the ailing band member, the band’s spokesperson stopped short of a confirmation.

“I know there’s illness in the camp,” Shazila Mohammed, tour press director, said in a statement. “Beyond that, I can’t say.”

On Saturday, the aging Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bowed out of an appearance in Pensacola, Florida just hours before they were scheduled to take the stage at the Pensacola Civic Center.

“The show was here, there were 18 trucks and 13 buses and everything was ready to go,” civic center spokesperson Cyndee Pennington told the Pensacola News Journal. “But Aerosmith wasn’t even in town. But their tour manager was in the venue and he told us.”

On Tuesday, the band pulled a similar stunt before an appearance in Lexington, Kentucky, canceling an appearance at Rupp Arena just 15 minutes before they were due to touch down at the local airport.

“We had an 11 a.m. phone call telling us he [Tyler] was fine,” arena spokesman Carl Hall, director of arena management at Rupp, told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Everybody breathed a sign of relief. Then the sigh became a gasp. The band was flying here, they were in the air, when whatever was going wrong with Steve Tyler messed up again.”

Without giving further explanation for the no-show, the band reportedly turned its plane around and returned to their hometown of Boston.

But even after returning to familiar stomping grounds, Aerosmith was not prepared to perform their concert in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday. On Friday, came word that the band was also canceling a Sunday appearance in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

There were no plans to reschedule any of the shows, though refunds for the tickets were available at point of purchase.

Aerosmith is next slated to appear Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The current tour is scheduled to wrap up April 9 in Vancouver.

Per Billboard, Aerosmith is the number three tour in the country, behind U2 and Bon Jovi.

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