Befitting of the Aerosmith singer's unexpected foray into country music, Steven Tyler has announced a string of summer shows he's calling the Out on a Limb Tour. A series of theater dates visiting 19 cities in total, the trek kicks off July 2nd in Las Vegas.
The 68-year-old rock icon gave a preview of what's to come at a benefit concert in New York City last night, reworking his Aerosmith classics with his new band, Loving Mary, and sharing the stories behind the Boston group's unforgettable hard-rock hits.
"What would I not pay to go see [Paul] McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he's with now, actually do [a show] where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote ‘Yesterday’?" Tyler told USA Today. "That's what I'm doing. I figured I'd talk about 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Dream On' and where I was when I wrote it, and 'Seasons of Wither' and how I played it."
The concept reportedly stems from Tyler's recent TV performance for PBS's Front and Center, and is sure to also include his new country-format song output. Two singles have been released so far — "Love Is Your Name" and the summer anthem "Red, White and You" — and while they have performed modestly on country radio, Tyler plans to finish and release a complete album produced by roots-recording wizard T Bone Burnett with "a full-on country feel."
Here's a complete list of dates and cities on Tyler's Out on a Limb Tour:
July 2 – Las Vegas @ Venetian Theatre
July 5 – Los Angeles @ Dolby Theatre
July 8 – Seattle @ Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
July 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Oprheum Theatre
July 14 – San Francisco @ The Masonic
July 20 – Phoenix @ Comerica Theatre
July 23 – Denver @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
July 26 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
July 29 – Houston @ Brown Theater at Wortham Center
August 1 – Dallas @ Music Hall at Fair Park
August 13 – Chicago @ Chicago Theatre
August 17 – Nashville, TN @ Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC
August 23 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
August 29 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 1 – Atlanta @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
September 4 – Boston @ Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
September 7 – Philadelphia @ Academy of Music
September 10 – Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
September 13 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts