While still right in the middle of another lackluster season of American Idol, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler took the time to announce a slew of American shows beginning this summer. Interestingly, legendary power-pop band Cheap Trick has been confirmed as the opening act for the dates, dubbed "The Global Warming Tour."

"The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with your mothers,"  Tyler said.

No word yet on whether the shows will compete with the just-finalized snooze-fest American Idol top ten tour.

"After touring Japan and South America last year we're psyched about bringing it all back for the hometown fans," said bass player Tom Hamilton. "We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio.  Can't wait to get to Minneapolis!"

Aerosmith is currently celebrating 42 years as a band, assuming that you don't count the drug-induced late-70s hiatus/cat-fight that brought us the Joe Perry Project.


Aerosmith Tour Dates:

June 16 — Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center)
June 19 — Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
June 22 —  Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
June 27 — Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
July 1 — Uniondale, NY (Nassau Coliseum)
July 3 — Bristow, Va. (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 5 — Detroit, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
July 7 — Milwaukee, Wis. (Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest)
July 17 — Boston, Mass. (TD Garden)
July 21 — Philadelphia, Pa. (Wells Fargo Center)
July 24 — East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)
July 26 — Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
July 28 — Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
July 30 — Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)
August 1 — Denver, Colo. (Pepsi Center)
August 4 — Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
August 6 — Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood Bowl)
August 8 — Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)


This won't be the first time for Cheap Trick to open for Aerosmith.  How do you feel about that line-up?