Steven Tyler, in sneakers, performing in Peru
Fenway won't be a one-off for Aerosmith after all. The Boston band, which looked like it might break up just a few short months ago, announced today it'll be playing several shows in the US this summer in addition to its gig with the J. Geils Band at the ballpark Aug. 14. Aerosmith just concluded a string of shows in South America, and is taking its "Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock Tour" to Europe in the coming days. In a somewhat cryptic statement yesterday, Steven Tyler said: "We're gonna rock you into the middle of next week!" (Maybe he plans on the weekend?) The US tour - the group's first since Tyler was injured last August during a show in Sturgis, S.D. - begins July 23 in Oakland, Calif., and wraps up Sept. 4 in Uncasville, Conn, and the opening act for many of the shows will be Sammy Hagar and the Wabos. One thing is clear: Aerosmith is getting paid. The New York State Fair is guaranteeing Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer $1 million to play at the fair this summer. If that sounds like a lot, it is. In the history of the fair, no performer has been paid that much. (And, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the band will earn $300,000 more if the Aug. 26 show sells out.) Tickets cost $104, which is $34 more than the fair has ever charged. As you might imagine, this isn't sitting well with the public. "The point of the New York State Fair is to invest in the local community, not line the pockets of a supposed big-name band," reader Ted Brooks wrote on Syracuse.com. "I'm sorry Aerosmith, but I won't 'Walk This Way.'"
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