October 8, 2009 / 10:31 PM / 10 years ago

Aerosmith playing corporate gig after setbacks

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is back in the saddle, two months after the rock band was forced to cancel its troubled North American tour when he fell off the stage and broke his shoulder.

The group will perform a private concert next week at a San Francisco convention sponsored by Oracle Corp, the software giant run by billionaire Larry Ellison.

“Aerosmith is a go,” Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman said. The event was scheduled before Tyler’s accident.

Tyler, 61, broke his left shoulder and needed 20 stitches in his head after the August 5 mishap at a show for thousands of motorcycle aficionados in Sturgis, South Dakota. Several earlier dates had been scrapped when Tyler hurt his leg, and guitarist Brad Whitford and bassist Tom Hamilton also missed shows because of medical ailments.

It was just the latest misfortune for the singer, who was stricken by pneumonia earlier this year and checked into rehab in May 2008 to recover from painful foot surgeries.

Aerosmith — whose hits include “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion” and “Back in the Saddle” — is also scheduled to play two shows in Hawaii later this month.

But the band is in a state of flux, with Tyler not having spoken to his bandmates since the accident, according to guitarist Joe Perry, who is on the road promoting his new solo album, “Have Guitar Will Travel.”

Reporting by Jim Finkle; editing by Dean Goodman

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