Los Angeles, August 14: Owing to singer Steven Tyler's injuries during their Aug. 5 performance in Sturgis, South Dakota, Aerosmith has called off the rest of its summer tour.
Late Thursday, the band issued a statement saying "it is with great regret" that they’ve decided to cancel the rest of their summer gigs. While Tyler tries to rest and recover on doctor’s advice, his band mates have consented to ticket refunds for the remaining tour dates.
zigged-zagged and slipped
Tyler, who is known for his lively performances, tumbled over from the stage, landed on ground upside-down and suffered a broken shoulder and a head injury, requiring 20 stitches. Describing the incident to his fans, Tyler wrote, “It was one of the best shows we've played in a long time! The band was slammin', and I was lovin' every minute of it! And just as I'm thinking, 'It doesn't get any better than this' ... FUSES BLOW! We have a COMPLETE AUDIO SOUND SYSTEM FAILURE!"
They were the middle of ‘Love in an Elevator’ when the sound system betrayed them and according to Tyler, he didn’t want to "go hide under the big top and play 'Rock Star' and wait for everything to be fixed.
"I wanted to go out to the crowd to continue the show ... so, the 'Train Kept A-Rollin’ and I ran out on the cat walk and grabbed my mic to finish the song," he wrote. "I was doing the Tyler shuffle, and then I zigged when I should have zagged. ... AND I slipped, and as I live on the edge ... I fell off the edge!"
Thrice before he has fallen off stage while performing with Aerosmith but this time it was “classic,” he said.
Tyler, 61, was subsequently airlifted from the venue to a hospital and later flown to Boston to check with his personal doctors. According to the band, the doctors have advised him rest to build up his strength again.
The singer was thankful to have his neck intact, as he said in a statement, which also conveyed gratitude towards the band’s crew, the Sturgis police department and medical staff.
"We never anticipated this tour coming to such a swift and unfortunate ending," said guitarist Brad Whitford. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steven for a speedy recovery and return to good health."