Tyler wants AC/DC tour for any fee
Aerosmith’s Toxic Twins Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will achieve a long-awaited ambition when they co-headline with Van Halen in Australia this summer.
But frontman Tyler has one more thing on his bucket list – he wants to hit the road with AC/DC, and he’ll do it for any fee.
He tells Rolling Stone: “I would take a pay cut to play with AC/DC. It’s one of my last things to do – go on tour with with them.
“I don’t really care about the money and I don’t care about some great review. It’s more about the fans; it’s always been about them.”
He nearly got his wish when AC/DC closed the first night of 2010′s Download Festival on June 10 and Aerosmith closed the event two nights later.
But for now, they’re looking forward to their appearance with Van Halen at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney – so much so that they called off their own gig at the same venue a week later in order to co-headline with David Lee Roth’s outfit.
Perry explains: “There’s been talk about us co-headlining for years. But they’re one of those bands that do a cycle then split, so it’s been really hard.”
The Aerosmith duo are to be honoured with the Founder’s Award for songwriting at this week’s Ascap Expo in Los Angeles. It’s been a long time coming for a team who recall the pain of being constantly compared to the Rolling Stones when they started out in Boston.
Tyler reflects: “We come from an era when Sweet Emotion and Back In The Saddle were considered dark. We weren’t accepted – we were just a B-side album band. We were never a singles band.
“Then the 80s came along with Dude (Looks Like A Lady). I listen to that now and I think, ‘What?’ It’s fun to hear, kind of like Wooly Bully, but were we trying too hard to be a singles band?
“It doesn’t fucking matter. We’ve been strung out and sober. We’ve sold in and we’ve sold out. Some days we didn’t even sell at all. What matters is we’re still together as a band.”