Earlier this month, Aerosmith kicked off what was billed as its final tour, but after only three shows, the band pushed pause on account of frontman Steven Tyler suffering a significant vocal cord injury. Today (Sept. 29), Aerosmith announced that it is pushing its remaining 2023 dates to next year because Tyler’s issues are far more serious than initially thought.
“His doctor has confirmed that in addition to the damage to his vocal cords, he fractured his larynx, which requires ongoing care,” Aerosmith said in a statement. “He is receiving the best medical treatment available to ensure his recovery is swift, but given the nature of a fracture, he is being told patience is essential.”
In a statement of his own, Tyler, 75, said, “I am heartbroken to not be out there with Aerosmith, my brothers and the incredible Black Crowes, rocking with the best fans in the world. I promise we will be back as soon as we can!”
The tour will resume at some point in 2024, though dates have yet to be specified. Tyler is not the only member of Aerosmith dealing with health problems, as original drummer Joey Kramer is sitting out the performances while recovering from various issues. He is being replaced by his former drum tech John Douglas.
Since forming Aerosmith in 1970, vocalist Steven Tyler (75), guitarist Joe Perry (72), bassist Tom Hamilton (71), and guitarist Brad Whitford (71) have embodied every bit of the proverbial rock’n’roll lifestyle, with worldwide album sales in excess of 150 million copies and all the attendant highs and lows. The group’s last proper tour was in 2017, and its most recent studio album was 2012’s Music From Another Dimenson!