Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has expressed concerns whether the band will perform live ever again.
In a new interview on Joe Bonamassa‘s “Live From Nerdville,” Whitford was asked about the band’s 2020 European tour, which was initially delayed for 2021 and now for 2022.
He said: “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… And 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, so 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… It is what it is.”
In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer confessed that the health issues faced by members of the group — including his heart scare in 2014 and guitarist Joe Perry‘s stage collapse — make it harder for them to perform the way they used to.
“It surprised the sh*t out of me when it happened,” Kramer said of his own health setback. “I exercise every day, I’m conscientious about my health. I thought it was heartburn or indigestion. We’re not 25-year-olds anymore – we can’t play as many shows as we used to. Steven [Tyler] can’t sing two nights in a row or three to four nights a week — it’s physically impossible. So it becomes a question of going out [on tour] less than we used to, or not doing it at all.”