Though it's hardly a surprise, Aerosmith has officially canceled its scheduled July 2 show in Kiev due to continuing civil unrest in the Ukraine.
The country's National Corporation of Entertainment, which was promoting the show -- the last date of Aerosmith's European tour -- issued a statement saying that "it is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war. We can't ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience. We can't ensure safety of the equipment. We're facing many economic and technical difficulties and in a state of civil war those difficulties are impossible to resolve...We all did our best to present the show in Kiev but we have no option but to cancel. We hope that Aerosmith will be able to perform in Ukraine at some time in the future when there is peace and more stability."
It's the second show Aerosmith has had to cancel on its current European tour; the group called off the opening night, May 14 in Soma, Turkey, after a mining disaster led to a national day of mourning. Guitarist Joe Perry tells us the group didn't think twice about that:
"More than 300 miners died, so it was declared a national day of mourning, so naturally our gig was, it was canceled out of respect and there just wasn't any way to replace it in the tour. So we had to cancel the first show and that was really a bummer 'cause...Well, first of all it was a drag that the accident happened, but also we were really excited to play a place as exotic as Istanbul...it was a really cool place and it was just sad that the country was going through that at the time."
Aerosmith will now finish in Europe on June 28 at the Calling Festival in England before returning home for a North American tour that starts July 10 in Wantagh, N.Y.