Published on: December 8, 2022, 01:08 am.
Last updated: December 8, 2022, 01:21.
Aerosmith has canceled all four final concerts of its 2022 Las Vegas residency due to a mysterious illness affecting singer Steven Tyler. The last two shows of the band’s “Deuces are Wild” residency at the Dolby Live Theater at Park MGM on December 8th and 11th were abandoned by the band this morning.
“On doctors advice, Steven needs to take this into consideration,” the band’s Twitter account said.
Aerosmith blamed the first of its recent cancellations, the Dec. 2 show, on “Steven feeling unwell and unable to perform,” according to a post on his Instagram account. The post didn’t note what was wrong with Tyler. However, he stated that he “expects to make a full recovery for Monday night’s show in Las Vegas.”
Of course, that turned out to be an illusion, and the date didn’t happen. Today, the last two shows – Thursday and Sunday – have been cancelled.
Disturbed from the start
The “Deuces Are Wild” residency was announced in March. It was set to begin on June 17, marking the band’s first post-pandemic concerts. On May 24, however, Aerosmith canceled the entire first leg of the residency, posting the shocking explanation on their Instagram account.
“As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has been working on his sobriety for many years,” the post read. “After leg surgery to prepare for the stage and the need for pain management during the trial, he recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to focus on his health and recovery.”
By July, Tyler had been released from rehab and was reportedly doing “extremely well,” according to a rep for the band. On September 10, Aerosmith performed at Fenway Park in Boston to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
A week later, on September 17, Aerosmith resumed their Las Vegas residency, playing 12 more shows until November 29, which is now listed as their final engagement.
How to make it up
Tickets for all four recently canceled shows will be automatically refunded through Ticketmaster, with other refunds available at the point of purchase.
Unfortunately, few fans ever consider ticket refunds satisfactory compensation for canceled Las Vegas concerts. That’s because most spend thousands of dollars on plane tickets and hotel rooms just to attend.
Under Aerosmith’s latest cancellation announcement, about half of the comments were sympathetic, wishing Tyler a speedy recovery.
“Health comes first and is the most important thing in life,” wrote a Twitter user named Gisela Schmidt.
The other half was, um, less likable.
“Waiting until the last minute to make people go out and waste their hard earned money was very dirty,” Jesse Sim tweeted. “(Expletive) all of you, go to hell.”
While the band promised in their last tweet to “see you in the new year,” they currently have no concerts scheduled for 2023.
Maybe that’s a good thing.