If you want to quantify the amount of money that Steven Tyler, Aerosmith's frontman and former "American Idol" judge has "blown" on cocaine, the newly minted Songwriters Hall of Fame member has given it himself. As reported by EOnline on Friday, Tyler believes it could cover half of a country.
He's not talking about the expanses of the U.S., or even Australia, where a new interview with the tidbit (excerpt embedded below) will air Sunday on Australia's "60 Minutes."
Although the monetary amount was quantified as $20 million in his 2011 memoir, "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?," in the interview he toned it down a bit, saying it was more likely that he snorted between $5 million to $6 million worth of cocaine. He added,
But it doesn't matter. You also could say I snorted half of Peru, but it doesn't matter. You know, it's what we did.
Peru has a total area of 496,225 square miles, so Tyler is saying -- in his less-than-serious estimateion -- a thin layer of coke dust would cover about 248112.5 miles of the Peruvian landscape. That would be a considerable powdering.
On June 13, Tyler and Aerosmith guitarist and fellow "Toxic Twin" Joe Perry will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along. When asked if the "Toxic Twins" moniker still sticks, Tyler said:
We still are; we still can be toxic. We fight toxically; we play toxically.