Aerosmith feels ditched for Steven Tyler's solo country project. The band was planning to play live in early 2016 as well as over the summer, and guitarist Brad Whitford recently spoke out on just why that has been put on hold. The group just recently finished their Blue Army Tour at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in early August (Aug. 7).
"Steven doesn't want to do it," Whitford told Billboard, "It's unfortunate. We kind of feel a little bit abandoned by him. I guess he seems to think his solo career is going to go great guns, and he doesn't seem to realize that - in my opinion - his fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith and don't really care for whatever he thinks he's gonna do."
Tyler has been in the lengthy process of recording his country album in Nashville and he is gunning for a release in 2016. His initial single, "Love Is Your Name," was released in mid-May and reached No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Although he may not want to tour or record new music with Aerosmith, that hasn't stopped Tyler from performing their music. At a show in New York City in early September (Sept. 10) he played country versions of the group's songs to showcase what he wants his new music to be. The countrified setlist included "Cryin," "What It Takes" and "Livin' on the Edge" while his band Loving Mary provided the instrumentation.
The rocker cited that moving to Nashville this past January really effected his career. In the past year he has already performed with megastars Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. "Love Is Your Name," was his first big single on Big Machine Records and was written by Lindsay Lee and Eric Paslay.