Aerosmith announces 18 city U.S. tour

Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs during a concert as part of their Tour 2010 Sudamerica in Bogota May 20, 2010. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Aerosmith on Tuesday announced an 18 city U.S. tour starting in July in California after putting their differences behind them and warming up with seven dates in South America.

The Grammy-winning rock band, which spent much of last year in disarray after a public spat between frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, said they were bringing their “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour” to the U.S. after touring Europe in June for the first time in three years.

The band plays the last of seven South American dates in Costa Rica on Tuesday, and a previously announced Aug 14 date at professional baseball’s Fenway Park in their home town of Boston sold out in 23 minutes.

“I thought it was time to get my mojo back, by rockin’ South America and Europe with a little home run at Boston’s Fenway Park thrown in and then off to the rest of America to do what we do best! We’re gonna rock you into the middle of next week!,” Tyler said in a statement on Tuesday.

Aerosmith was forced to cancel its summer 2009 U.S. tour when Tyler fell off the stage and broke his shoulder in August.

Tyler later said he wanted to take a break from the 40-year-old band and go solo. His bandmates threatened to audition replacements, claiming that Tyler was hooked again on painkillers.

Tyler, 62, returned to rehab for the second time in as many years last December and the band in February announced a European tour after ending any feuding.

The new U.S. tour will kick off on July 23 in Oakland, California. Tickets start going on sale on June 4.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte