Steven Tyler will use his summer away from “American Idol” to return to his rightful place – the stage.
Aerosmith will hit the road for “The Global Warming Tour,” an 18-city run that parks at Philips Arena July 26, the band’s first Atlanta appearance since 2009. Fellow classic rock hitmakers Cheap Trick will open.
In 2010 the band celebrated its 40th anniversary, but Tyler’s choice to join the judging panel of “Idol” last season led to a fractured Aerosmith, particularly with guitarist Joe Perry. Tyler addressed the issues in a recent “60 Minutes” piece and seemingly fanned the flames with his comments that the rest of the band “rides my coattail because they know I care” and “I tell the truth, that’s why they don’t like me.”
But Aerosmith will apparently compartmentalize their personal issues – Perry just popped up on “Idol” last week to serenade Tyler with a musical birthday wish, so it appears it’s possible to play nice for the cameras – for a tour that will also stop in northern Virginia, Philadelphia, East Rutherford, N.J., Dallas, Los Angeles and their hometown, Boston. A second leg of dates will be announced soon.
Tickets for the Atlanta show are on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday for $49.50-$149.50. through all Ticketmaster outlets, the arena box office and www.ticketmaster.com. Eager ticket buyers can visit www.livenation.com/aerosmith beginning Thursday to RSVP for pre-sale access. Other credit card pre-sales begin Tuesday.