Liner Notes: Aerosmith says goodbye as Harry Styles refuses to go away in this month’s touring rundown
Stars and Stripes May 12, 2023
Well. You might be wondering “What It Takes” to let them go, all the while knowing you “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” But in case you chose to “Dream On” and missed the news – yet you happen to be an uber fan – Aerosmith is about to leave you “Cryin” because instead of making more “Love in an Elevator,” the Boston rock band is about to call it quits. Also, apropos of nothing, “Janie’s Got a Gun.”
Anyway, Aerosmith announced last week that they will be heading out on the road for what they say will be the final time (you never really quite know with these things anymore) on Sept. 2 in Philadelphia. Dubbed the “Peace Out” tour, the band won’t make it overseas, but it will extensively tour North America, including Canada, where the trek will wrap in Montreal on Jan. 26 of next year. That date, however, is subject to change as guitarist Joe Perry noted to The Associated Press that he thinks the run will “go on for a long time.” And if previous farewell tours are any indication, Perry’s thoughts are probably right.
The run comes after the band finished up a residency in Las Vegas. It also comes less than a month after singer Steven Tyler was accused of sexually assaulting a minor (so perhaps Perry might not be right after all, but we’ll see). Also of note: Drummer Joey Kramer won’t be joining his brethren on the road as he’s going to stay home to focus on his family and health – or so says the band. It’s a shame, though, as Kramer has been one of the few rock drummers over the last five decades to consistently bring fun-looking drums on tour. His flowery finishes and bright colors will be missed.
You know who isn’t missed? Harry Styles. That’s because for the fifth month in a row, that guy has landed in the top five on Pollstar’s Live 75 chart, which tracks active tours by the average tickets sold for shows that happened over the last 30 days. This time around, he’s in at No. 3 on the list while Coldplay has a commanding lead at the top spot, averaging about 65,000 tickets. The “Yellow” troubadours aren’t even really making an appearance in the U.S. this year as their tour continues through July in places like Italy, the UK and Amsterdam. Joining them on a good chunk of that run is Scottish popsters Chvrches. Rounding out the top three of the Live 75 is Luke Combs, who at No. 2 has averaged about 52,000 tickets sold over the last 30 days. The country star’s current jaunt will take him overseas – all the way to Australia, even! – and it lasts through the end of October.
As for a trio of recently announced tours, it turns out singer/songwriter extraordinaire Ray Lamontagne will be hitting U.S. venues this fall. Beginning Sept. 6 in Atlanta, the plan is to be out until Oct. 15, where he will finish up with two dates in Los Angeles. Then there’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones, who on the heels of their very good latest set “Angels In Science Fiction,” will set out on an extensive theater tour that takes them through November. And finally, there’s perhaps the hippest band in all the land, boygenius, who recently announced a run of Big Deal Outdoor Shows that finishes up in Columbia, Md., on Oct. 1. Before they get there, the supergroup will make stops at everywhere from Red Rocks in Colorado to the Verti Music Hall in Berlin.
Perhaps those ladies will make audiences feel some “Sweet Emotion.” All right. That’s enough.