Aerosmith's Steven Tyler cancels Strawberry Festival concert

The singer and his Loving Mary Band pull out just weeks before the festival.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Palladium, in Los Angeles in 2014. [Associated Press]
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Palladium, in Los Angeles in 2014. [Associated Press]
Published February 16
Updated February 16

Some not-so-sweet emotions are probably swirling through Plant City right about now.

The Florida Strawberry Festival announced Saturday night that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, arguably its highest-profile 2019 headliner, has canceled his March 3 concert at the fest. Organizers posted a statement from the singer blaming "unforeseen circumstances" for the cancellation.

Tickets purchased to see Tyler and his Loving Mary Band can be refunded at point of purchase (or will be refunded automatically if purchased through the Strawberry Festival with a credit card). Click here for details.

The Strawberry Festival will now go about booking a late replacement for Tyler, whose tickets were commanding the highest prices of any act this year. This isn't exactly new territory -- Cam and DNCE canceled last year, the Band Perry the year before, and Tanya Tucker and the late Merle Haggard in 2016.

In Plant City, the show always goes on. Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, For King and Country and Styx are among the acts still slated to take the stage from Feb. 28-March 10.

Click here for all the details on the festival.

Contact Jay Cridlin at cridlin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8336. Follow @JayCridlin.

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