Aerosmith Bassist Tom Hamilton Forced to Leave Australian Tour
By Jon Wiederhorn
(Michael Kovac, Getty)
Aerosmith will play the last two shows of their Australian tour without bassist Tom Hamilton, who has gone back home to recover from a chest infection. In his place, the band flew in Dirty Angels founder David Hull to Melbourne for last night’s show at the Melbourne Myer Music Bowl.
Hull is expected to remain with Aerosmith for at least the final two dates of their Australian tour, May 1 in Brisbane and May 4 in Melbourne. It is unclear whether Hamilton will be ready to rejoin the band in time for their May 8 show in Manila, Philippines or their May 11 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia. After that, the band will take a two month breaking after the Jakarta show, leaving Hamilton plenty of time to recover. Aerosmith is currently touring for its latest album Music From Another Dimension, which came out November 6, 2012 and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart.
Hull is no stranger to the Aerosmith camp. He is a member of guitarist Joe Perry’s side band The Joe Perry Project and filled in for Hamilton during Aerosmith’s entire Root of All Evil Tour in 2006 while the bassist was recovering from throat cancer. Hull stood in for Hamilton again for several shows three years later during the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Presents tour while Hamilton recuperated from minor surgery. Hull is also a solo artist who released the album Soul in Motion in 2010 and has written music for films and TV shows, including NCIS.