When Aerosmith tell you which way to walk this summer, they’ll be pointing at Kid Rock and Run-D.M.C., who’ll join the veteran rockers on select tour dates across the country.
The collaboration is a reunion of sorts for the three acts, who played a medley of “Walk This Way,” “Rock Box” and “King of Rock” at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
The first date of the tour is August 13 in Holmdel, New Jersey, at the PNC Bank Arts Center, and additional shows have been announced for August 22 and 24 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, at the Tweeter Center and on August 28 in Wantagh, New York, at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater, according to the Web site of Aerosmith’s official fan club.
Additional dates featuring all three bands will be added, and Aerosmith will play other shows by themselves, a spokesperson for the band said. Dates will be announced shortly.
Aerosmith first hooked up with Run-D.M.C. in 1986 when the rap group scored one of the first mainstream rap hits with a cover of the Boston band’s 1975 song “Walk This Way.” The song helped trigger Aerosmith’s comeback, and singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry appeared in the Run-D.M.C. video, marking the first time Aerosmith performed in a music video.
Kid Rock, who has cited Aerosmith as his biggest influence, performed 1975’s “Sweet Emotion” with the Beantown rockers in 2001 at the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In October Kid Rock took the stage with Aerosmith and Ted Nugent in Auburn Hills, Michigan, for a performance of “Walk This Way,” and on April 17 Kid Rock played “Mama Kin” and “Last Child” at the tribute show mtvICON.