Aerosmith is one of the most iconic and beloved rock bands of all time. Formed in Boston in 1970, Aerosmith has sold over 150 million albums worldwide and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite some ups and downs over their long career, Aerosmith continues to have a devoted fanbase who are eager to see their live shows.
Aerosmith’s last full tour of the United States was the “Aero-Vederci Baby!” tour in 2017. It was billed as a farewell tour, leading many to wonder if it was indeed the band’s final tour. However, there have been indications since then that the band may hit the road again.
Recent Comments From the Band
In a 2021 interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler said he was open to doing more shows, saying “I think we have one more tour in us.” Guitarist Joe Perry has also made similar comments about being willing to tour again under the right circumstances.
While on stage in Las Vegas in early 2022, Tyler told the crowd “We ain’t done yet!” hinting that there is more to come from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. With several band members now in their 70s, there is a sense that their days of touring may be numbered. But it appears the band is not quite ready to hang it up yet.
Scheduled Performances in 2022
Though they are not touring in 2022, Aerosmith does have some live shows on the books. In June 2022, they will be performing at the Fenway Park stadium in their hometown of Boston. In September 2022, they will play at the Dolby Live theatre in Las Vegas.
These limited engagements suggest that the band is still eager to get out on stage when the opportunities arise. The Las Vegas shows will follow a residency the band did there in 2022, so the city has become a popular live destination for the group.
Potential Timeline for a Tour
No tour dates have been announced beyond the two live shows already on the calendar for 2022. But the band’s comments and willingness to continue performing imply a tour could happen sometime within the next couple years.
The soonest a tour seems likely would be 2023. Allowing time after their limited 2022 shows for rest, planning, and rehearsals, next year seems a reasonable target. That would give them next summer to potentially launch a full scale North American tour.
Some key factors that may influence their decision are the health of band members, the stamina required for a grueling tour schedule, and coordination around other projects and commitments individual members may have.
Setlist Possibilities for a Future Tour
For a big tour, Aerosmith would be expected to perform a wide spanning setlist of their classics. Here are some songs fans would hope to hear:
- “Walk This Way”
- “Sweet Emotion”
- “Dream On”
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
- “Last Child”
- “Lord of the Thighs”
- “Janie’s Got a Gun”
- “Livin’ on the Edge”
- “Legendary Child”
- “Out Go the Lights”
Aerosmith would aim to cover material from across their entire discography during a farewell type tour. Expect a high energy show with plenty of their classic 1970s era hard rock mixed with power ballads from later years. The setlist would likely change night to night to keep things fresh.
How Expensive Could Tickets Get?
As an iconic band with decades of hits, Aerosmith tickets would be in major demand for a farewell-type tour. Here are some possibilities for ticket prices:
|Average Ticket Price Range
|$125 – $500+
|$75 – $250
|$50 – $125
Prices would vary city by city depending on the specific venue and demand. In major markets like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, prices for premium seats could run well over $500. VIP packages with perks like meet and greets would also be offered at a premium.
How Long Could the Tour Last?
There are a few possibilities for how long an Aerosmith tour could run, should they decide to hit the road again:
- A mini residency tour: 10-15 shows at sold out arenas
- A full North American tour: 40-60 shows over 2-3 months
- A longer global tour: 80-100 shows across US, Europe, Australia over 8-12 months
Much would depend on the band’s stamina and willingness to be on the road for extended periods. But with their talk of “one more tour,” a larger scale North American or global tour over a few months seems plausible.
Could It Be Their Final Tour?
There are reasonable arguments on both sides of whether Aerosmith could declare their next tour as their last:
Reasons it could be a farewell tour
- Band members are in their 70s and can’t tour indefinitely
- Health issues and injuries could worsen with age
- They already did a “farewell” tour in 2017
- Chance to say goodbye to loyal fans while still active
Reasons they could tour again in the future
- They seem open to occasional shows and residencies
- Hard to stay retired after a taste of playing live again
- Might leave door open in case key members remain able to tour
- Farewell tours are often followed by more tours
There are arguments both ways, so it’s hard to say conclusively this would be the end. But given their ages, this very well could be the last chance for fans across the United States to see Aerosmith on a full tour.
While nothing is confirmed, there are promising signs that Aerosmith intends to hit the road again soon for another tour. They clearly still have the passion for performing live, which is evident in their enthusiastic recent shows and comments.
A full scale North American tour, likely encompassing 40-60 shows in stadiums and arenas, seems possible as soon as 2023. Their setlist would span the full range of their chart-topping hits and beloved deep cuts.
Of course, at their age, health is always a variable. But if the stars align, Aerosmith fans may just get one more chance to see their rock heroes bring the house down live on stage in the next couple years.