Aerosmith Bandmates Fear Steven Tyler Is 'Struggling Very Badly'
Aerosmith Bandmates Fear Steven Tyler Is 'Struggling Very Badly'

Aerosmith and ZZ Top have announced the first dates for their summer North American tour.

As first tipped by Billboard.com last week, the trek, sponsored by Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, begins June 10 in St. Louis and runs through Sept. 16 in Detroit. Some 33 shows (but not venues) have already been announced, with a few more dates expected to be added. ZZ Top will not play the first two shows, in St. Louis and on June 13 in East Troy, Wisc., and a third act will be announced for the Aug. 28 Chicago date.

Tickets will begin going on sale Friday.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com that he's psyched about being on the road with ZZ Top. "To have to follow them is gonna be a mouthful every night," Perry said, "and I know it's gonna kick us into overdrive. That sounds like a cliche, but when you play with a band like that...we'll be out listening a lot 'cause I love them. I always have. And I love Billy (Gibbon)'s playing.

"So we've got our work cut out for us, and the audience gets the benefit."

Perry said that the groups "have 40 dates kind of on the books right now, and we'll see how it goes from there." He held out the possibility of Aerosmith at least continuing into South America and possibly Europe and Japan, but with no firm details. "That's how we book most of the tours: we kind of take them leg by leg, continent by continent," he explains.

Aerosmith, which last toured in 2007, has been working on its next album: the group's first since 2004's "Honkin' On Bobo," but has put it aside in order to concentrate on the tour. Perry is also working on a solo album that he predicted could be ready before the Aerosmith release.

The Aerosmith/ZZ Top tour's announced itinerary so far includes:

June 10: St. Louis (without ZZ Top)
June 13: East Troy, Wisc. (without ZZ Top)
June 16: Boston
June 21: Washington, D.C.
June 24: Pittsburgh
June 26: Wantagh, N.Y.
June 28: Uncasville, Conn.
July 1: Cincinnati
July 3: Hershey, Pa.
July 5: Virginia Beach, Va.
July 7: Raleigh, N.C.
July 9: Charlotte, N.C.
July 11: Tampa,
July 13: Ft. Lauderdale
July 15: Atlanta
July 17: Houston
July 19: Dallas
July 25: Las Vegas
July 27: Phoenix
July 30: Tulsa
Aug 1: Denver
Aug 17: Seattle
Aug 19: Concord, Calif.
Aug 23: Irvine, Calif.
Aug 28: Chicago
Aug 30: Indianapolis
Sept 1: Kansas City, Mo.
Sept 3: Toronto
Sept 5: Ottawa
Sept 8: St. Paul, Minn.
Sept 10: Cleveland
Sept 12: Holmdel, N.J.
Sept 16: Detroit