Aerosmith have canceled the remainder of their summer tour due to injuries Steven Tyler sustained after falling from the stage at a concert in South Dakota on August 5th. An announcement on the band's Aero Force One site says that doctors advised Tyler to properly recover from his injuries — a broken shoulder and 20 stitches to the back of his head — and that the band wants to give Tyler enough time to recuperate.
"Words can't express the sadness I feel for having to cancel this tour," guitarist Joe Perry said. "We hope we can get the Aerosmith machine up and running again as soon as possible."
As Rock Daily previously reported, Aerosmith's sound system failed during their performance of "Love In An Elevator" in Sturgis, South Dakota (there had been a thunderstorm that delayed the show an hour), so Tyler began dancing on to keep the crowd enthused. "I wanted to go out to the crowd to continue the show... so, the Train Kept A- Rollin' and I ran out on the catwalk and grabbed my mic to finish the song," Tyler said in a statement following the tour's cancellation. "I was doing the Tyler shuffle and then I zigged when I should have zagged...AND I slipped, and as I live on the edge...I fell off the edge!"
While Tyler sustained injuries, the frontman is just "grateful" he didn't break his neck in the incident. Tyler goes on to thank the fans, their crew, everyone in Sturgis and "the doctors and nurses at the Rapid City Hospital for putting my Humpty Dumpty ass back together again." Fans who bought tickets for any of Aerosmith's upcoming or previously postponed concerts are asked to get their refunds at their point of purchase.
The remainder of the tour's cancellation puts a sudden end to what had to be the most tumultuous, injury-plagued trek in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band's nearly four-decade career. Before the tour even embarked, Brad Whitford was forced to miss the opening dates following surgery after bumping his head exiting his Ferrari. The band then postponed seven shows while Tyler recovered from a leg muscle injury, and when the tour resumed bassist Tom Hamilton sat out a few shows recovering from non-invasive surgery. Tyler's stage fall was the tour's final blow.
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