By: Gary Graff
Aerosmith is bowing out of its highly anticipated shows in China for festival dates this week due to the promoter's failure to meet unspecified "contractual obligations," according to the group's publicist.
The Boston quintet was slated to play Wednesday (August 21) in Shanghai and Saturday (August 24) in Taipei. The group members expressed their regrets in a series of statements.
Frontman Steven Tyler said that, "We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans. They have welcomed us into their country and due to uncontrollable circumstances we will not be able to perform. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve."
Guitarist Joe Perry added that, "We're disappointed as we wanted to play for our fans. We've looked forward to this for a lifetime," while bassist Tom Hamilton noted that, "It's always been a dream of ours to play in Shanghai and Taipei, and meet our fans there. We were really looking forward to visiting Shanghai and Taipei and playing for our fans there and are very disappointed that these two shows have been canceled."
Drummer Joey Kramer echoed that he's "disappointed we weren't able to play for our fans in China; however, the circumstances were beyond our control. I sincerely hope Aerosmith will get another opportunity to come back to Shanghai and Taiwan to play for our many fans there."
The group's next show is August 30 at the Harley Davidson Anniversary festival in Milwaukee before starting a South American tour on September 28 in Venezuela that will include stops at the Personal Festival on October 12 in Argentina and Monsters of Rock on October 20 in Brazil.
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