In what has to be a record-breaking run of injuries for a single band, Aerosmith have suffered yet another setback on their Guitar Hero-themed summer tour with ZZ Top: bassist Tom Hamilton will be sitting out an unspecified number of shows due to what a press release describes as "non-invasive surgery." Band pal and Joe Perry Project musician David Hull will fill in for Hamilton while he recuperates.
The rest of Aerosmith will be returning to the road tonight, July 15th, in Atlanta, another press release confirms. The band's reps have also finally revealed what fans have suspected — that the reason Aerosmith have missed all of their shows this month was a leg injury sustained by frontman Steven Tyler at a gig at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, on June 28th. Seven shows were nixed for rescheduling, including a July 1st date in Ohio, July 3rd in Pennsylvania, July 5th, 7th and 9th in North Carolina, and a pair of Florida dates: July 11th and 13th. Fans have been instructed to stick with Aerosmith's official Website for updates on the rescheduled dates.
When Aerosmith do hit the stage tonight, it will be with guitarist Brad Whitford, who missed the first handful of dates the band played due to his own offstage mishap: he smashed his head on his Ferrari so forcefully, he suffered an internal injury and had to undergo surgery. After Tyler's leg strain, Perry Tweeted, "Pray 4 Stevens speedy return"; he hasn't posted an official comment about Hamilton's condition yet. The band's past medical problems include 1996 throat surgery for Tyler and throat cancer for Hamilton; 2008 foot surgery for Tyler which sent him to rehab to recover; March 2008 knee replacement for Perry; and Tyler's recent bout with pneumonia, which stalled work on the band's new LP.
Rolling Stone had the rare chance to go backstage with Aerosmith at their hometown Boston show last month — check our photos of Tyler warming up and Perry tuning up here: On the Road With Aerosmith.
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