By Brian Ives 

Aerosmith and Slash have announced the dates of their “Let Rock Rule” tour (which we previously reported about).

The North American trek kicks off on July 10 in Long Island, N.Y., and stretches through mid-September where it will close out on Sept. 12 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, according to Aerosmith’s website.

The July 16 date will be held in Boston, Mass, and will serve as the 29th birthday bash for Boston classic rock station WZLX (a affiliate).  Last year, Steven Tyler called into WZLX, telling the station’s DJ Carter Alan that “[I’m] finishing up some songs for my solo record, which is due January, February, March.” All three of those months have passed by now, and there’s been no date announced for the solo album.

But, things seem to be going well for Aerosmith, who announced the tour via a show at Los Angeles’s Whiskey-A-Go-Go. Guitarist Brad Whitford was absent from the stage, with no explanation given for this. But longtime touring keyboardist Russ Irwin contributed some acoustic guitar during their set, and while having Slash fill in for Whitford would have been a nice touch, he did join them for their last two songs: “Mama Kin” and “Train Kept A’Rollin’.”  Slash’s former band, Guns N Roses, covered “Mama Kin” their debut EP 1986’s Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide (later reissued on 1988’s G N’ R Lies), and in a nod to Guns, they ended the song with an impromptu bit of “Welcome To The Jungle.”

The set list:  “Draw The Line,” “Same Old Song and Dance,” “Pink,” “Walk This Way,” “Mama Kin” (with Slash), “Train Kept A’ Rollin'” (with Slash).

Here are the announced dates for the Aerosmith/Slash tour:

07/10 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
07/13 – Kitchener, ON, Canada@ McLennan Park
07/16 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
07/19 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
07/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
07/25 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/30 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
08/02 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
08/08 – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
08/13 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
08/16 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
08/19 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
08/22 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
08/25 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
08/31 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
09/03 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
09/06 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
09/09 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/12 – Sydney, NS, Canada @ Open Hearth Park


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