bassist Tom Hamilton is returning to the band and has paid tribute to the fans who helped him win his battle with throat cancer.
After a year spent recovering from the disease, the rocker is now fit and ready to return to the stage when the band begin their 2007 World Tour in April - and he claims the band's devotees deserve much of the credit.
He says, "I need to acknowledge some of the hardest of hardcore Aerosmith fans who went way above the call.
"A few months ago when I was still feeling kind of wiped out they made me a really cool get well gift. It's a huge scrapbook where every page is a handmade tribute to the band. Specifically each page is a get well wish done for me to the n-th degree. The pages are full of photos and handmade graphics that must have taken each person hours upon hours to finish. I think that's the most moving part, thinking of how much time and effort was put into making it."
He adds, "It feels really good to be up and running and looking forward to going on the road. It's still very weird to think about missing a whole last tour. We've got a busy year coming up. After the European tour we take a short break and then go back into the studio. We haven't done a new album in a while and we really feel enthusiastic about showing everybody what's on our musical mind.
"The band is getting ready to go back on the road to some places we haven't been to in a really long time We're doing our first tour of Europe in about a decade. Don't ask me how all this time went by so fast. All I know is how ready we are to come and make up for it."
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