On Sunday, September 4, Aerosmith gave their first performance since the pandemic began and their first since lead singer Steven Tyler made his recovery debut at Maine Savings Amphitheatre. Before their appearances on their European and UK tours were postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Aerosmith gave their final performance as part of their Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas engagement in February 2020.
The band declared that their residency would continue in March of this year but did not go on tour again in 2021. Later, they canceled the residency’s first schedule of scheduled dates, citing Tyler’s relapse and start of treatment. “Our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years,” said the band in a statement at the time, “he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health.”
It was Aerosmith’s longest stretch away from the stage since the group’s founding in 1970 due to the delays and Joey Kramer’s leave of absence from the group earlier this year. Joe Perry, the guitarist for Aerosmith, commented on Tyler’s absence at their Maine performance, which saw Tyler perform again after leaving treatment in July.
“This is our first fucking gig in two and a half years,” he said, before quipping that “all we’ve been doing is lying on our backs and watching Netflix.”