Aerosmith is not letting this week's concert terrorist attack in Manchester scare it off the road.
The group is currently on tour in Europe with its Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour and has made a decision to see the trek through to its planned July 8 conclusion, according to guitarist Joe Perry.
"I don't think I want to live like that or the band wants to live like that, and our fans don't want to live like that," Perry tells the Associated Press.
"I think that when we play now it is one more strike against the other side, and it is almost like it has notched our show up another bit. It is like a celebration of freedom, and we're not going to stop."
But frontman Steven Tyler added that security is a greater concern now; "The world is really moving fast. We have to try to do something about it, and it is one thing to say, 'We know what you did and you're not going to phase us, and you're not going to scare us,' but yes it is scary and yes you did scare me. But we are going to try to do something to make sure it doesn't happen the next time and that is what we have to start working on."
Aerosmith plays again Friday (May 26) in Munich, Germany. The group is also playing this year's Rock In Rio festival on September 21 in Brazil.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.