Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is refuting reports that he suffered a seizure after the group's show last Monday (September 25) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, forcing the cancellation of the last four shows of its South American tour.
Tyler issued a statement via social media saying, "It breaks my heart to have left this tour early...The band has never played better...Just watch the 100,000 people at Rock in Rio...I give you all an A+ for speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure ((Unless Joe Perry is takin' a rippin' lead))...Sorry to have cut the tour short but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States could perform."
In a possible hint of what could have triggered the cancellations, Tyler signed off with "We've been to Tel Aviv...To Russia...To Rio...And all the in-between...I guess it's true what they say...'That life's a pisser when eu're a peein'...."
The seizure reports came from the Boston Globe, citing a source close to the band. Aerosmith's official statement said that Tyler is "expected to make a full recovery."
Tyler is slated to perform at the David Foster Foundation's 30th Anniversary concert on October 21 in Vancouver, while he and the Loving Mary Band have a date on the books for November 4 in San Antonio.
No other Aerosmith shows are scheduled at this time.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.