Aerosmith, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, has announced its farewell tour, called “Peace Out,” which will celebrate the band’s 50-plus years together. The tour will begin in Philadelphia on September 2 and end in Montreal on January 26, 2022. The band's guitarist, Joe Perry, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he believes it is about time to call it quits, especially with every founding band member over the age of 70. Perry said that the group learned from the staging and production from their recent Las Vegas residency shows, and it is now time to say goodbye. The oldest member of the group, frontman Steven Tyler, is 75. Perry believes that the band should take this opportunity to celebrate the 50 years they've been out there. Perry and Tyler said the band is looking forward to digging into their lengthy catalog of rock classics, including “Crazy,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and “Livin’ on the Edge.”
Aerosmith, which formed in 1970, has collected four Grammys over the years. The band broke boundaries intersecting rock and hip-hop with their epic collaboration with Run-DMC for “Walk This Way.” Aerosmith performed the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001 and even had their own theme park attraction in 1999 at Disney World in Florida and later in Paris with the launch of the “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith" ride.
The band said that drummer Joey Kramer decided not to take part in the current dates on the upcoming tour. He’s still a part of the group, but the drummer has been on leave to “focus his attention on his family and health” since their Vegas residency last year. Drummer John Douglas will continue to play in his place. Perry called Kramer their brother, and the band said his “legendary presence behind the drum kit will be sorely missed.” Before the 40-date tour wraps up, Perry said that other cities, both domestically and internationally, could be added. Perry said, “It’s the final farewell tour, but I have a feeling it will go on for a while. But I don’t know how many times we’ll be coming back to the same cities. It could very possibly be the last time.”