Steven Tyler and Aerosmith Announce Summer Tour

Steven Tyler - with black eye, during Oct. 26 Aerosmith concert in Asuncion, Paraguay - P - 2011
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The "American Idol" judge will front his longtime band for the Global Warming Tour, which kicks off June 16.

The tables will be turned this summer as America gets its chance to judge Steven Tyler’s performances.

The sophomore American Idol judge and his longtime band Aerosmith will hit the stage for The Global Warming Tour starting June 16 in Minneapolis. The first 18 arena dates were announced Monday — Tyler’s 63rd birthday — with a second leg to follow. (This season of American Idol wraps May 23.)

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“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance, and we will kick your ass and make out with your mothers,” Tyler says.

Live Nation is promoting the tour, which is the Boston-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quintet’s first trip through the U.S. and Canada in two years. It will include stops July 1 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island and Aug. 6 at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets go on sale starting March 30 and 31 at and

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Aerosmith’s signing to Columbia Records, having formed in Boston in 1970. The band has won four Grammys, boasts 18 platinum albums and eight Top 10 singles and ranks as the 13th-biggest-selling act in U.S. history, with more than 66.5 million albums sold. The tour will feature its classic lineup of Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer.

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Says bassist Hamilton, “We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio.”

Tyler told journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour in January that he’s excited about the new material for Aerosmith’s next album, its first studio set in eight years. “All of it's been written, but I’ve got to lay lyrics on it, and I haven’t had a lot of time,” he said. “What I’ve listened to so far knocked me out. I know a good song, and I know what gets played on the radio."

The band’s previous album, 2004’s Honkin’ on Bobo, featured mostly covers. Aerosmith's most recent set of original material was 2001’s Just Push Play, which featured the Top 10 single “Jaded."

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The opener for this summer’s announced shows is fellow ’70s-rooted act Cheap Trick, which supported Aerosmith at its July 2010 show in Irvine, Calif. The Illinois power-pop foursome also boasts all of its original members: Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos.

The Global Warming Tour itinerary so far:

June 16: Minneapolis, Target Center                                       

June 19: Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena                            

June 22: Chicago, United Center                                       

June 27: Toronto, Air Canada Centre                                

July 1: Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum                                 

July 3: Bristow, Va., Jiffy Lube Live                                     

July 5: Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills                    

July 7: Milwaukee, Marcus Amphitheater

July 17: Boston, TD Garden                                           

July 21: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center                               

July 24: East Rutherford, N.J., IZOD Center

July 26: Atlanta, Philips Arena                                        

July 28: Dallas, American Airlines Center                       

July 30: Houston, Toyota Center                                      

Aug. 1: Denver, Pepsi Center                                        

Aug. 4: Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena                                        

Aug. 6: Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl                                   

Aug. 8: Tacoma, Wash., Tacoma Dome