Whitford Will Be Back In The Saddle Soon
Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford hopes to rejoin his bandmates early next month after a head injury prevented him from playing on their newly launched tour, according to fellow guitarist Joe Perry.
Whitford, 57, is recovering from surgery for internal bleeding after he apparently banged his head while getting out of his Ferrari about a week before the tour began last Wednesday in St. Louis.
“It built up pressure and gave him this whoopin’ headache,” Perry told Reuters. “He’s not prone to getting migraines, so knew something was wrong. He went right in, they did what they had to do, and now he’s getting better.”
The target date for Whitford’s return is July 7, when the band is scheduled to play a show in Raleigh, North Carolina, Perry said. Subbing for him is Bobby Schneck, who has played with Green Day and Weezer.
Aerosmith have been playing their classic 1975 album Toys In The Attic in its entirety on tour, with the notable exception of the closing track You See Me Crying.
Perry said the song is too difficult for vocalist Steven Tyler to sing right now, but Tyler hopes he will be able to do it after a few more shows.
At any rate, the band expects to swap out Toys In The Attic in about two weeks, and play all the tracks from their 1976 follow-up Rocks, Perry said.