Steven Tyler went to rehab after multiple leg surgeries in 2008, but in his new Rolling Stone cover story, the Aerosmith singer says he—and guitarist Joe Perry—actually used drugs together during a scrapped recording session around 2009. “It was just like 30 years before,” he explained. “I whipped out mine, he whipped out his and we got high together again. I say to Joe, ‘Wow, man, how you been, it’s been, what, 17 years since we got high together? Joe, you’ve been f—ing running away from me ever since.'” Unsurprisingly, their relapse affected their work. “Joe was high and he couldn’t play. I couldn’t sing, really, because I was snorting everything, and it f—s up your throat. It was the wrong time.”Aerosmith nearly split in late 2009, when Tyler began working on his upcoming autobiography and the band accused him of relapsing. Perry refused to comment on the new allegations, though Aerosmith will reportedly appear on American Idol with Tyler later this eason.
Tyler also talks in the interview about nearly joining Led Zeppelin in 2008 (“I decided, ‘Well, I know that I’m mad at [Aerosmith], but I’m not that mad'”), planning his first solo album (one track is titled “Bobbing For Piranha”!) and his time on Idol (apparently he beat The Who’s Roger Daltrey—known Simon Cowell basher—for the gig!). “You know what, out of the 20 kids you saw tonight…if you could just sprinkle 10 years of smoking pot, getting f—ed up, getting laid, getting f—ed, and 10 years of just life, which one of those people wouldn’t be a star?” Somehow we don’t think we’ve seen the last Steven Tyler f-bomb on Idol.
Guess Joe Perry doesn’t think American Idol is “one step above Ninja Turtles” anymore. Judge Steven Tyler confirmed that his band Aerosmith will be joining him on Idol for a performance later this season. “I thought it was a big secret. I guess the cat’s out of the bag!” said Tyler, with co-star/ex-Journey bassist Randy Jackson adding, “I’m gonna judge, and then I’ll jump on and perform with them!” Jennifer Lopez is also set to hit the stage this season, though that a) was pretty much guaranteed from day one and b) is nowhere as exciting as The Aerosmith-Randy Jackson Experience.
Though Joe Perry is just behind Slash in the Guitarist Who Will Stand On Stage Next To Any Pop Star At Any Time sweepstakes, it’s still surprising to learn he’ll be on the show after Joe’s harsh words about Idol last year. “[Idol] is a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising,” he told the Calgary Herald, adding he doesn’t want Aerosmith “associated with the show” and, yes, that it was “it’s one step above Ninja Turtles.” Sure, this was back when Joe and Steven were fighting over Aerosmith’s future, but we still feel like sending him some nunchaku.
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The world has been saved from the threat of a Steven Tyler-less Aerosmith—the boys have patched up their differences and are heading back on the road. The drama started last November when Tyler began making noise about a solo career, sending guitarist Joe Perry into a twitter snit (yes, even Aerosmith members tweet). Though Tyler showed up onstage with his fellow Toxic Twin days later (memorably announcing, “Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors, but I…am the rainbow!”), the band was soon threatening to hold auditions for a replacement if Tyler, allegedly working on his memoirs, continued to ignore the band and refuse to tour.
With band members questioning whether he’d fallen off the wagon, the long-sober singer scooted off to rehab for painkillers around Christmas (dude was aching long before that stage fall in Sturgis). Despite any lingering questions that would follow Tyler serenading a Home Depot last month, the band has welcomed back their prodigal prancer. “I just auditioned and I got the gig,” Tyler joked in a video announcing their summer jaunt through Europe. “The rumors are true…I think,” says Perry in the clip. Aside from a brief, drug-stained period in the ’80s, the band has performed in its classic line-up for almost 40 years.
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Though it only looked like Steven Tyler was leaving Aerosmith for less than a week, it was still far too long. The legendary frontman hopped on stage at a solo Joe Perry concert in NY last night to deny the rumors and perform “Walk This Way” with his musical partner of 40 years. Tyler and his girlfriend Erin Brady attended Glamour’s Women Of The Year awards the night before. “I just want New York to know that I’m not leaving Aerosmith,” Tyler told fans at Irving Plaza last night. “The break-up – it just ain’t true.” Perry, who used his twitter to say the band would continue without Tyler if necessary, has yet to comment on their apparent patching up.
Watch Tyler deny the reunion and play “Walk This Way” with Perry’s band after the jump.
After 40 years of spinning and shrieking, frontman Steven Tyler has quit Aerosmith. At least that’s what fellow Toxic Twin Joe Perry thinks, judging from the flurry of upset tweets he dropped after reading that Tyler would be focusing on “Brand Tyler” in the future.
Read on line st left band to do “brand Tyler”? That’s all I know but like I’ve said hasn’t called me in months.a bit cold forget us 4 guys…What about fans? The people that also love him and put him where he is.after 40 years? And I gotta read it on line?…Last time I phoned him he hung up on me.
Though the band performed a handful of shows in Hawaii and Abu Dhabi following Tyler’s tour-ending fall in South Dakota last summer, relations have reportedly been strained, with the singer canceling their upcoming South American tour. “Obviously, he hasn’t been giving 100 percent for a long time,” Perry told People. “Frankly, the last few months I’ve been wanting not to rock the boat…I still care for him as a person, or at least the person I used to know. But things change.” While Tyler has yet to confirm the rumors, the band hopes to force his hand, possibly by continuing without him. “We’ll probably find somebody else, and then we’ll be able to move Aerosmith up a notch.” But who would dare put their scarf on his mic stand?
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