Aerosmith announces summer tour

Trek kicks off 18 summer dates beginning July 23

DETROIT -- Its drama with frontman Steven Tyler behind it, Aerosmith is bringing its "Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour" to North America for 18 summer dates.

The trek -- the group's first since Tyler's Aug. 5 fall in Sturgis, S.D., set off months of inner-band turmoil -- kicks off July 23 in Oakland, Calif., and wraps up Sept. 4 in Uncasville, Conn. The run also includes an Aug. 14 homecoming show with the J. Geils Band at Boston's Fenway Park, which sold out in 23 minutes. Sammy Hagar and his Wabos will open 11 of the tour dates.

Aerosmith hit the road again last month in South America for a tour that wraps up in Costa Rica. The group next heads over to Europe for a 10-date run that starts with appearances at the Sweden Rocks Festival on June 10 and Britain's Download Festival on June 13.

In a statement announcing the tour, guitarist Joe Perry said that, "This is a perfect time for us to tour North America as we are just completing a very successful tour of South America. We are looking forward to our European tour next month and then bringing our show back to our home soil. We are running on all cylinders ..."

Tyler added that "I thought it was time to get my mojo back, by rockin' South America and Europe with a little home run at Boston's Fenway Park thrown in and then off to the rest of America to do what we do best! We're gonna rock you into the middle of next week!" Drummer Joey Kramer declared the band "tighter than ever."

Tickets for some of the shows go on sale Friday. VIP packages are being sold via
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