Steven Tyler's Demon Returns


Steven Tyler is a genius and genius has its pitfalls. I've read alot about Steven and read his thoughts in his own account of his life in "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" One chapter recounts his early days with Aerosmith waking up to horrible chest pains and discovering broken ribs from someone trying to start his heart after an overdose. And that happened more than once. As did falls from the stage. In fact, in the 80's after a few spills and fights with Joe Perry, the band confronted him in an intervention. He would go on to say he simmered over how his fellow bandmates and managment sent him to rehab while they went on vacation. https://hauteliving.com/2019/12/seven-tyler-cover/677673/ In the 90's fans recall Aerosmith shows being a strictly regulated event where alcohol was concerned. None sold after the band took the stage. That's how determined they were to nurture Steven's sobriety. Then August of 2009, Steven fell off the stage while the roadies were troubleshooting a power loss that delayed the show. Tyler loves to dance with all those scarves whirling, but this time he went over the edge. He had head, neck and shoulder injuries which were minor, but when you're in the hospital, they will give you pain meds for things like that and Steven was an addict. The incident caused the cancellation of several Aerosmith shows and Tyler's recollection is that the band was furious with him because they were all set to tour and make some money. The tempestuous Mr. Tallarico didn't appreciate loose talk about replacing him and signed a multi-million dollar deal with American Idol to judge the 10th and 11th seasons. Eventually, his anger subsided. He was sober again. The band discovered the Vegas Residency concept in 2019, less of the stress of touring. All was good. They were just on the verge of firing it up again in June and July after a pandemic break, but Tyler needed to fix his feet. I'm no podiatrist, but I've seen pictures and 'gnarled' may be a descriptive word for what those looked like. You gotta imagine it was horrifically painful to do anything on those mangled dogs. But surgery requires painkillers and painkillers were Steven's poison. The band posted the social media apology yesterday. Steven's in treatment. We're pullin' for him because he's not just the flash and bang frontman, he's a full on musical genius and deserves the fans love, support and patience. Here's an article about some of what he went through from December of 2021 https://iamsober.com/blog/addiction-steven-tyler/ Also, enjoy the appropriate music for this story.


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