Aerosmith guitarist to miss Boston show

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Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will sit out of the group’s upcoming tour dates, including their hometown show at the Comcast center in Mansfield next Tuesday, as he recuperate from surgery. Bobby Schneck, who has previously played with Green Day, Weezer and Slash, will temporarily fill Whitford’s place alongside frontman Steven Tyler, guitarist Joe Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. The band has not revealed what type of surgery Whitford underwent.

Whitford’s health issues are not a first for the band, who last night kicked off their first tour since 2007. Hamilton took time off in 2006 to undergo treatment for throat cancer, and more recently both Tyler and Perry have had their own problems& (Perry had surgery to clear out an infection in his knee replacement and Tyler had pneumonia), which has consequently delayed the band’s recording process for their forthcoming album with producer Brendan O’Brien. The new album, which has no definitive timeline, will be the band’s first since 2004’s Honkin’ on Bobo and first of all-original material since 2001’s Just Push Play.

In more encouraging news for Aerosmith fans, the band has revealed that they will perform their 1975 classic album Toys in the Attic in entirety on this summer’s tour. Toys In The Attic, the band’s third album, was powered by hit singles "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion".

Aerosmith will play the Comcast Center in Mansfield next Tuesday, June 16. The band’s summer tourmates ZZ Top will also be sitting out the Boston performance, allowing Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys to step into the opening slot. Tickets for the show are still available and range in price from $35 to $200 with a special 4-pack ticket available for $99.&

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