AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer says that when it comes to playing live, his band is in a league of its own. He tells Classic Rock magazine: “First of all, as far as AEROSMITH goes there is no band that has been around for almost fifty years that still has the original five guys in the band.

“Everybody is always raving about THE [ROLLING] STONES, saying THE STONES this and THE STONES that. I’ve never cared for THE STONES. They never had anything to offer me musically, especially in the drumming department.”

He continues: “THE STONES is not the original band and I do not care for them. I think if you came to see an AEROSMITH concert, people would realize that we play so much better than them that it’s silly because they’re not so good live.

“Yeah, they are what they are and all of that, but I don’t think there’s a band out there today that does what we do.”

Asked if there are any bands capable of replacing AEROSMITH as stadium fillers and festival headliners, Kramer responds: “I don’t. When the bands that are around now are finished, I think it will be the end of a very long era. I’m talking about bands like us, AC/DC and VAN HALEN.”

Last fall, AEROSMITH announced what was being billed as the band’s “farewell” tour of Europe — with an opening stop in Israel thrown in for good measure.

In addition to Israel, AEROSMITH‘s spring and summer dates will hit Georgia, Russia, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry announced the tour via a fake newscast video featuring “The Toxic Twins” portraying cable TV anchors.