After conquering the rock world, Steven Tyler has set his sights on a new area: Nashville!
The Aerosmith icon has announced We're All Somebody from Somewhere, his very first solo album will see him make good on the country inklings he teased on 2015 single "Love Is Your Name" and this year's "Red, White and You." The album was co-produced by Tyler and T Bone Burnett (who's produced albums for B.B. King and Willie Nelson, as well as for Hollywood films like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Hunger Games) and features the previously mentioned singles along with a new, "darker, countrified" take on Aerosmith classic "Janie's Got a Gun."
As previously announced last month, Tyler will bring the new LP to life on his Steven Tyler…Out on a Limb tour, which kicks off this summer and features smaller venues—a very big difference from the arenas Aerosmith typically plays. Tyler talked to Rolling Stone about preferring smaller live settings:
"The last time we did small venues was at the end of that first run of Aerosmith, about '81, '82, '83. We started going down, the band started breaking up...[But] I always loved them. I prefer them. I like to look out and everybody's close, as opposed to [a crowd of] 20,000 when there's the barricade and they keep everybody back, going, 'We need a fire lane!' I'm going, 'What the fuck? I can't see or feel the people.
"It's a very living-room thing to play small venues, it's a little more personal. I get to talk to people and be up-close and personal, and tell them how the music business is a dark trench, a dark, dirty, money trench [laughs]."
We're All Somebody from Somewhere drops in full on July 15.
Check out the dates for Tyler's upcoming tour below and check out 25 more tours you should be looking out for this summer.
Steven Tyler…Out on a Limb tour dates:
July 2 – Las Vegas @ Venetian Theatre
July 5 – Hollywood, Calif. @ Dolby Theatre
July 8 – Seattle @ McCaw Hall
July 10 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Orpheum Theater
July 14 - San Francisco @ The Masonic
July 20 – Phoenix @ Comerica Theatre
July 23 – Denver @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
July 26 – Austin, Texas @ Bass Concert Hall
July 29 – Houston @ Revention Music Center
Aug. 1 – Dallas @ Music Hall at Fair Park
Aug. 13 – Chicago @ The Chicago Theatre
Aug. 17 – Nashville @ The Ryman Auditorium
Aug. 20 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Iowa State Fair
Aug. 23 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
Aug. 29 – Clearwater, Fla. @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sept. 1 – Atlanta @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Sept. 4 – Boston @ Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Sept. 7 – Upper Darby, Penn. @ Tower Theatre
Sept. 13 – Toronto @ Sony Centre for the Performing Art
Next, watch Tyler's fellow classic rocker Slash recall his time touring with Aerosmith: