Aerosmith 6/7/21

Aerosmith‘s co-founding guitarist Brad Whitford isn’t hopeful about the band’s live prospects. Blabbermouth transcribed some of Whitford’s chat on Joe Bonamassa‘s interview video series, Live From Nerdville. and explained “The European tour, they tried to plan one last year, and they’re talking about next year. It’s a pipe dream right now. Nothing’s gonna happen for a long time. Sometimes I’m not sure what my partners are thinking when they think that’s gonna happen.”

Whitford went on to say that there are several factors playing against the band ever fully returning to the road: “There’s another interesting thing about going to Europe now because of Brexit — it’s so much harder to get work visas because of that. That’s gonna be a whole other nightmare. I mean, I have my doubts about Aerosmith ever really performing again at this stage, because age is becoming a real factor. And it is what it is.”

Brad Whitford told us he’s comfortable with the numbers that Aerosmith are hitting with its recent releases, especially since they’re no longer reaching the same demographic they were during their ’90s heyday: [“A majority of young people that buy records — which is the people that buy records, really — are so heavily influenced by so many other genres of music and stuff. And I think we’re moving out of that a little bit — probably not as bad as the Stones had it, because they were never huge album sellers anyway. You start to move into a time where there’s just no way you’re going to catch certain younger kids just because of how old you are. You can’t do it.”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . can’t do it)

TL; DR

  • Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford admitted he’s unsure about the fate of the band. While appearing on Joe Bonamassa‘s interview video series Live From Nerdville, he said, “I have my doubts about Aerosmith ever really performing again at this stage, because age is becoming a real factor. And it is what it is.”

FAST FACTS

  • 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of Aerosmith‘s multi-platinum Pump album. The set, which was the followup to the band’s 1987 comeback collection, Permanent Vacation, was released on September 12th, 1989 and peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200 albums chart, spending a total of 29 weeks in the Top 10 — 17 of them in 1990.
  • The album, which to date has sold a whopping seven million copies in the U.S. alone, included three Top 10 singles — “Love In An Elevator” (#5), “Janie’s Got A Gun” (#4), and “What It Takes” (#9).
  • A fourth single, “The Other Side,” stalled just outside the Top 20, peaking at Number 22 — despite hitting Number One on the Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks list.
  • Aerosmith’s last album, the 2012 release, Music From Another Dimension, debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 63,000 copies during its first week on the charts.