Aerosmith Cancels Concert Dates For A Scary Reason
Aerosmith has canceled the remainder of their Las Vegas residency due to an illness affecting Steven Tyler. After axing two Deuces Are Wild shows earlier this week, the remaining two concerts were called off on Thursday, December 8th. “On the advice of doctors, Steven has to sit these out,” the band said on social media. “Stay healthy and we’ll see you in the New Year!”
Earlier this week, Aerosmith canceled two other gigs at the Dolby Live in Park MGM due to the health of Steven Tyler. At the time, a spokesperson declined to reveal the singer’s diagnosis. Fans that purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will be automatically reimbursed, with refunds available at the point of purchase, Billboard reports. The rock band played 12 concerts of their Deuces Are Wild residency.
Aerosmith previously canceled several concerts when Steven Tyler voluntarily entered a treatment program earlier this year. The singer, who has struggled with addiction issues in the past, said he relapsed after being prescribed pain medication following foot surgery. This resulted in the band skipping the June and July dates of their Las Vegas residency.
The band released a statement via social media at the time, apologizing to fans for the cancellation. “As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years,” Aerosmith said, referencing Steven Tyler’s previous battles with addiction. The note explained how the singer was prescribed medication necessary to heal but became overly reliant while preparing for their concerts.
“He entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery,” the statement concluded, before providing refund information. Before Aerosmith kicked off their Las Vegas residency with a healthy Steve Tyler, they performed at Boston’s Fenway Park to celebrate their 50th anniversary in September. During the show, the band demonstrated their tightness with the opening songs.
These included “Back in the Saddle” and “Same Old Song and Dance,” according to a review by Spin. But Aerosmith sounded even better with fun, riskier takes on old classics like “Sweet Emotion” in which Steven Tyler’s vocal talents shine. The show also said the show set a Fenway attendance record. Hours before, the front man visited the Boston apartment where the group lived and recorded “Dream On.”
The folks of 1325 Commonwealth Avenue were surprised to see the singer in his old neighborhood. Although the building was one of five adorned with Aerosmith-themed projections ahead of the Fenway Park concert, no one expected Steven Tyler to visit. At the time, a representative for the band told The Boston Globe that Tyler decided to drop by after completing rehearsals for the 50th-anniversary tour. A crowd quickly formed, and the 74-year-old happily took photos and chatted with them.
Dubbed the “Aerosmith Apartment,” the second story of 1325 Commonwealth Avenue was home to the five original members of the rock band (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, and Tom Hamilton) in the 1970s. The location is a popular stop for several music-themed tours of the town. The City of Boston also marked the building’s front entrance with a plaque that says, “It was here The Bad Boys of Boston began their remarkable career.”