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Aerosmith Tour Called Off

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Aerosmith has canceled the remainder of its North American tour due to injuries frontman Steven Tyler suffered when he feel from the stage on Aug. 5 in Sturgis, S.D.

In a statement released early Friday (Aug. 14) morning, the band confirmed that Tyler suffered a broken left soldier and cuts on his head that required 20 stitches; he was airlifted to a hospital and then returned to Boston to determine the extent of his injuries.

Tickets for the remaining shows, including the Sept. 16 date at the Palace, will be refunded at the point of purchase.

In the statement, Tyler thanked the bands crew and on-site security "for getting me outta there before I bled to death," as well as the doctors and nurses who treated him. "I just want to say that I' m plain grateful that I didn't break my neck," Tyler said. "In truth, after thousands of live shows, falling off the edge four times ain't too bad."

Guitarist Joe Perry said that "Words can't express the sadness I feel for having to cancel this tour. I would like to thank our loyal fans for sticking by us through thick and thin and all the good energy they are sending our way. We hope we can get the Aerosmith machine up and running again as soon as possible. I sure am going to miss playing with ZZ Top just as I'm sure the fans are going to miss seeing them playing with us as well. Hope to see you sooner than later. My hat's off to our crew for putting up with this crazy stop and start tour. In my estimation, it was one of the best looking and best run tours we've ever had."

Guitarist Brad Whitford added that "All of us here in the Aerosmith organization and all of the people who contribute to making our shows possible are in a state of shock. We never anticipated this tour coming to such a swift and unfortunate ending. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steven for a speedy recovery and return to good health."

The entire tour was star-crossed from the beginning. Whitford had to sit out the first part of the trek with a head injury. Then seven shows were postponed when Tyler suffered a torn muscle in his thigh, and most recently Tom Hamilton had to come off the tour for unspecified medical reasons.

During a visit to Detroit earlier this week, Perry said that that, "It hasn't really felt like a tour. It's been such a stop-and-go thing. In some ways the band has played the best it ever has, and with ZZ Top on the bill and everything and Billy (Gibbons) coming up (on stage)...it was building up to be the best show and best tour we've done in a long time. In another couple weeks it was going to be a really unique kind of tour for us."

But, he added, "Stuff happens. It's just the odds. We had such a good run the last 25 years; I think we canceled two shows until, like, the last four years, and then it all started rolling in at once, what can you do?"

Perry is preparing for the fall release of his next solo album, "Have Guitar, Will Travel." He plans to tour with his Joe Perry Project once the album is out.

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