LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Aerosmith says it plans to tour Europe this summer with its lead singer, Steven Tyler, who was rumored to be leaving the rock band.
Guitarist Joe Perry was quoted recently as saying the iconic group was looking for a new lead singer since Tyler was in rehab for an addiction to painkillers related to injuries he sustained during his lively performances.
Although Tyler insisted he wanted to stay with the band, he also said he was interested in pursuing solo projects, leaving the fate of Aerosmith up in the air.
Weeks after Tyler's lawyers warned the band to stop seeking his replacement, Aerosmith announced on its Web site Wednesday that it is scheduled to perform a string of dates with Tyler in the United Kingdom and Europe for its 2010 Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour. This will mark the first time in three years the band plays dates in Europe.
"Back by popular demand with more spit and fire than ever before, we're coming across the pond and parting the waters as we go," Tyler said in a message on the site.
In an accompanying video clip, Tyler jokes he auditioned for the job of lead singer and got it.
The European concerts are to begin with Sweden's Rock Festival June 10 and to wrap up with Italy's Venice Festival July 3.
In between, the band is expected to perform in England, Greece, Holland, Belgium, Spain, France and Czech Republic.