During a brand new interview with DigitalJournal.com, AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton spoke about the band's renewed enthusiasm only a few years after AEROSMITH publicly pondered moving forward with a different singer than Steven Tyler.
"The realization of what we have and how worthy it is of our protection is something that's come with experience," he said. "These things would have broken the band apart for long periods of time in the past, but people come back together and forgive and get into that mode where they're ready to move on a little bit faster than they used to.
"I think we all know that we're nearer the end than the beginning of this whole thing and nobody wants to miss anything — I certainly don't. I don't want to miss all the amazing stuff there is out in the world for us right now just because of an argument or because somebody is too burned out and they lash out or something. Everything is forgivable when you consider what's out there for us if we can keep it together..."
Hamilton also spoke about the setlist for AEROSMITH's upcoming "Let Rock Rule" tour, which will see the legendary rockers team up with iconic GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash.
"It will be songs from our entire career," Tom said. "There'll be two or maybe three songs from the new album, but we've never believed in forcing the audience to sit through an entire new album, which a lot of bands do…. We realize how much effort and expense it takes to come to one of our shows and when we play, we're really interested in how the audience is responding. We want to inspire the audience, not make them sit through stuff that we're just playing for our own heads..."
Hamilton, who has successfully battled cancer in recent years, told DigitalJournal.com about his health: "I feel great. I had a couple of situations last year that I'm past. Sometimes the after-effects of cancer treatment sort of come back to bite you later on down the road. That happened last year, but I'm feeling great now — having an awesome time out here [on tour in Europe]."
As previously eported, tickets for AEROSMITH and Slash's upcoming summer trek are among the most expensive of the season. According to The Street, the average ticket price for the road trip is a whopping $275.85. The most expensive show on the trek comes in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with an average price of $385.24 — nearly 40 percent above the tour average.
The "Let Rock Rule" tour kicks off on Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York.
The bill will also stop in cities like Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas and others before coming to a close on September 12 in Canada.
AEROSMITH's last album, "Music From Another Dimension!", was released on November 6, 2012, and debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.