This morning Aerosmith, the band that wouldn't die (or refuses to go away), announced a Houston stop on this summer's "Global Warming" tour at Toyota Center Monday, July 30. Taking a break from the casino/state-fair circuit, Illinois power-pop heroes Cheap Trick open.
Aerosmith is still be rumored to be working on a new studio album, which would be the Boston-formed band's first since 2004's Honkin' on Bobo, a record of blues covers including Bo Diddley's "Roadrunner," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the Blind" and gospel standard "Jesus Is On the Mainline." Its last album of original material was 2001's Just Push Play.
Most recently, the band has been engaged in various degrees of damage control stemming from front man Steven Tyler's comments on 60 Minutes earlier this month. The singer said, among other things, the other band members "ride my coattail," and that he sleeps with one eye open in regards to guitarist Joe Perry. He implied that although he and Perry have never come to blows - which is kind of hard to believe - it's not impossible to imagine that happening.
These are the kinds of things Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-caliber bands do to amuse themselves after more than 40 years in the business. And they are still good at what they do. Aerosmith
last came to the Houston area in June 2009, when they co-headlined the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with ZZ Top.
"The hits came and went ('Love In an Elevator,' 'Cryin',' 'Livin' On the Edge'), the air steadily got thicker (with sweat and smoke), there was a bass solo and we were all pretty dazed and confused by the time 'Sweet Emotion' rolled around," Rocks Off wrote.
A couple of months later, Tyler fell off the stage in Sturgis, S.D., and he told 60 Minutes the resulting injury nearly caused him to quit the band. Instead he joined the judges' panel on American Idol.
They must have snuck it by me, but they did return to the Pavilion for their real last appearance in the area in August 2010. After a slow hour or so, "something seemed to snap in," our own Craig Hlavaty wrote. "The energy that should have begun the show decided to show up."
In other news, somehow just dawned on Rocks Off that Aerosmith's front man and guitarist's last names together are "Tyler Perry." It was a long weekend.
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And Sinead O'Connor announced a "North American tour" this May that comes nowhere near Texas, the Southwest, or or anywhere outside the Eastern seaboard, Milwaukee, Chicago and Calgary, Alberta. So book those hotel reservations for Charlottesville, Va., now.
Tickets for Aerosmith and Cheap Trick in Houston, meanwhile, go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at the usual outlets: livenation.com, toyotacentertix.com, "most" Houston-area Randall's stores and 1-866-4HOUTIX (446-8849). Aerosmith is giving away special VIP ticket packages at www.aeroforceone.com.