Joe Perry On Cancelled Shows: “The First Time We’ve Had To Cancel a Gig Because of Politics”

By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)

Joe Perry called in to Carter Alan live from Italy Thursday afternoon, just as Team USA kicked off its crucial World Cup clash with Germany. Joe has spent plenty of time overseas in recent weeks as Aerosmith tour the Eastern Hemisphere. They play London, Paris, Prague and Venice before returning to North America.

Aerosmith were recently in Moscow, which Joe described as “kind of like the Wild West”, and Istanbul, which has become Joe’s favorite European city. They stayed at a hotel on the border of Europe and Asia, where Alexander the Great crossed centuries ago. Joe is fascinated by history and appreciates “the historic things” about the European cities where Aerosmith performed.

They unfortunately had to cancel their concert in Turkey due to the tragic mining disaster, but fans camped outside the band’s hotel in hopes of getting a glimpse of them as something of a consolation prize for missing the show.

“It was a drag we couldn’t play, but it was a really amazing experience,” Perry said about his time seeing fans in Turkey.

Aerosmith also had to cancel their show in Kiev, Ukraine, because of the civil unrest there between Ukraine and Russia. Joe says that show is the first one they’ve had to cancel “because of politics”.

SEE ALSO: Aerosmith’s Official Statement on the Tragedy in Turkey That Forced Them to Cancel Their Show

There’s no war going on in Mansfield, Mass., where the Xfinity Center will host Aerosmith at the ZLX 29th Anniversary concert. The venue has undergone several name changes, which confused Joe when he saw it on the list of tour dates – he still knows it as “Great Woods”.

The concert also features special guest Slash, who has a new record coming out soon. Joe has heard several tracks from the upcoming album and describes them as “really rockin'” new songs.

Joe’s autobiography My Life in and Out of Aerosmith is due out in October, and it will culminate a period of intense work and limited free time for Joe since he started working on it.

“I haven’t really had much time off at all in the last two or three years,” he said.

Listen to the full interview below.


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