Download 2017: No. 50 - Aerosmith - 50 bands in 50 days

By Eric Mackinnon



Download Festival

Main Stage

Sunday, June 11, 2017



So in just under four days time the UK, or at least he UK festival circuit, will bid Aero-Vederci to rock legends Aerosmith.

Or will we?

The long standing rock titans have billed their ongoing tour as a farewell tour – hence the Aero-Vederci tag – but the latest murmurs coming from the camp seem to suggest they aren't as keen on hanging up their musical hats just yet.

This is the end. A farewell swagger across the planet of anything between two and five years long before the veterans call last orders on one of the game's most important players.

This is what we all thought but the band seem to be backtracking fast.

Guitarist Joe Perry, one half of the infamous Toxic Twins alongside frontman Steven Tyler, reveals they began to doubt their decision to announce a farewell tour almost as soon as they announced it.

“We thought it was gonna be a good idea when we first started plotting the European run”, he recalls.

“We’re gonna do South America and the States for five months and we thought ‘well, we’re getting near the end here, we don’t know when the tour is gonna end but we know there’ll be a last gig of this tour. We all have lives outside of the band. We grew up together, went from being kids in the apartment to a long and storied career, so we thought ‘it’s time.’

“Then we were in South America doing interviews and we couldn’t fucking say it, that there was gonna be a last gig. We were looking at each other going ‘really? Are we really gonna say this is the farewell tour?’ So we kinda changed our minds.

“Will the band be together in a year? We’ll do everything we can to make sure it is but God may have other plans. Judging by how he’s treated us over the last 48 years I’d like to think he’s gonna let us see 50 but you can’t guarantee that.”

With Aerosmith fast approaching their half century anniversary the band could be forgiven for slowing down and taking to a rocking chair on the porch of any one of their plush gaffs – but Aerosmith have always been a band hooked on the music, the live experience and playing to the masses.

It's not an easy thing to walk away from even after 50 years at the very top of the biz.

Aerosmith will headline the final night of Download Festival 2017, bringing the curtain down on a weekend of rock and metal but will it also bring the curtain down on their final live appearance in the UK?