Another Aerosmith Suit

The ghost of cancellations past is again haunting Aerosmith, with the band facing yet another lawsuit over a string of canceled western Canada dates last summer.

Canadian concert promoter Keystone Entertainment Group recently filed a $6 million suit in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary against the band, its management and corporate umbrella Vindaloo Music.

According to court documents obtained by the Globe and Mail, Aerosmith approached Keystone in 2008, asking the promoter to manage summer 2009 dates in Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The band reportedly would be paid $1.25 million per show and take home 90 percent of tour profits.

However, just two days before the Winnipeg show, singer Steven Tyler suffered neck and head injuries at a concert during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and all western Canada dates were scrapped.

Keystone claims in its filing that several attempts to secure a commitment from the band to reschedule the shows proved fruitless. And when Aerosmith recently announced its 2010 summer tour June 1, the band listed only one date in eastern Canada – Aug. 17 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

“As a result of the breach of Aerosmith, Keystone has suffered damages, losses and expenses,” the suit says.

Keystone also claims losses of at least $1.3 million in profits from the concerts that never came to be.

“We will continue to pursue all available legal remedies to recover losses arising from Aerosmith’s cancellation, however we remain optimistic that the music legends will commit to a renewed western Canadian tour later this year, and look forward to Aerosmith’s ongoing cooperation in achieving an economic resolution to the claim,” the promoter said in a statement.

Representatives for Aerosmith were not available for comment at press time.