Classic Rock Magazine is today reporting that Tom Hamilton has dropped out of Aerosmith's current tour after contracting a chest infection. Dirty Angels bassist David Hull has been brought in to replace Hamilton. It is thought that Hull will appear at the two remaining shows of Aerosmith's Australian tour.
Hull is no stranger to Aerosmith. He plays in guitarist Joe Perry's solo band and previously stood in for Hamilton on the band's 2006 and 2009 tours. Hamilton was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer in 2006 and completed a seven week course of chemotherapy and radiation at this time. His cancer returned in 2011, although the bassist reportedly responded well to treatment for this.
It is as yet unknown whether Hamilton will be present at Aerosmith's show at the MGM Grand Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut, which is scheduled for July 10th. The show is the first US date that Aerosmith have scheduled for 2013.