Aerosmith, Crue turn back time for joint tour
By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK — Enduring rock acts Aerosmith and Motley Crue are hitting the road together for the first time with a joint U.S. fall tour set to open September 14 in Holmdel, New Jersey.
The "Route of All Evil" tour will run for more than two months before wrapping November 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pre-sales are underway for some shows via Aerosmith’s Aero Force One fan club.
Aerosmith has been off the road since March, when it was forced to cancel a host of dates with Cheap Trick due to frontman Steven Tyler’s throat surgery. The group has been working recently on its next studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2004′s "Honkin’ on Bobo."
Motley Crue will be extending its mega-successful reunion tour with its original four members, which began in February 2005. Since then, the group has grossed more than $45 million from 120 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore, 45 of them sellouts.
"It’s going to be quite a trip," Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tells Billboard.com of the pairing. "I still remember when Motley Crue’s first record came out. It was exciting to see them blossom. … They really put on a rock show in capital letters. It is always inspiring to play with a band like that."
Here are Aerosmith/Motley Crue’s tour dates:
September 14: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
September 19: Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater)
September 23: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center on the Waterfront)
September 26: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
September 30: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
October 5: Tinley Park, Ill. (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
October 7: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley Music Theater)
October 9: Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverbend Music Center)
October 11: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theater)
October 13: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
October 15: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
October 17: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
October 19: Nashville (Starwood Amphitheatre)
October 21: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
October 23: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
October 25: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless)
November 2: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
November 4: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
November 7: Hollywood, Calif. (Hollywood Bowl)
November 9: San Diego (Coors Amphitheatre)
November 11: Devore, Calif. (Hyundai Pavilion)
November 13: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
November 15: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
November 17: San Antonio (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
November 19: Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
November 22: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Amphitheatre)
November 24: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Sound Advice Amphitheatre)