Steven Tyler's injuries shut down U.S. dates
Aerosmith has cancelled the remainder of its tour due to injuries suffered by lead singer Steven Tyler when he fell from the stage during an Aug. 5 concert in Sturgis, S.D.
Tyler fell while dancing during the band’s “Love in an Elevator” and was airlifted to a hospital before being returned to Boston, the band’s hometown, to consult with his own doctors. They advised Tyler to take time to properly recuperate from a broken shoulder and stitches to the head.
Fifteen stops remained on the band’s summer tour, including dates at L.A.’s Staples Center on Aug. 21 and New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sept. 14.
The tour, for which ZZ Top was the opening act, saw several Aerosmith members plagued by health problems, including a head injury to guitarist Brad Whitford, who had to sit out the first seven dates. In June, Tyler suffered a leg injury that required the postponement of seven subsequent shows. Bass player Tom Hamilton also spent time off the road to recover from surgery.
“Words cannot express the sadness I feel for having to cancel this tour,” said lead guitarist Joe Perry in a statement released by the band Thursday. “We hope to get the Aerosmith machine up and running again as soon as possible.”
Ticket refunds for the rest of the dates will be available at point of purchase.