Rock star’s and drug habits, in the 1970’s and the 1980’s, went together like Disco and bell bottoms. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler certainly fit the cliche. I’m referring to the rock star cliche, of course.
In his 2011 memoir, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?”, Tyler mentions his heavy drug use at an expensive price of up to $20 million over the years, however; in an interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes”, he recants this amount when asked to confirm the statement by saying, “No, probably, realistically 5 or 6 million, easy”. He goes on to say, “But it doesn’t matter. You could also say I’ve snorted half of Peru. It’s what we did.”
Tyler, who will be 65 years old, completed drug rehabilitation in 1986 and stayed sober for 20 years until he relapsed in the latter part of 2000 with prescription painkillers. He finally received treatment in 2009.
Steven Tyler, along with Aerosmith, re-gained their popularity, in 1986, when they teamed up with Hip Hop’s Run-DMC to release the single, “Walk This Way”, which was already a huge hit for Aerosmith in 1975. The song birthed a new style of Rock mixed with Hip Hop and a new genre of music forever.
Today, Tyler is enjoying life sober and still accepts the title given to him and his bandmate, Joe Perry, “The Toxic Twins”. This name was obviously due their drug past, however; recent reports state that they currently get high on life.