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He's definitely had a rough few years, but it sounds like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is getting back on his feet!
The frontman recently opened up about his troubles with the band, his addiction to painkillers, his upcoming autobiography and possible solo record!
Here are some highlights:
Being in Aerosmith is like living on the tail of a comet. I've had a lot of injuries over the last couple of the years. I had ACL reconstruction on my knee … operations on my feet, my mom passed away. A lot of things came to play that made it easy for me to abuse some things. … Even though some of the people in the band were going public with some of the stuff which turned very ugly, I managed to pull it all back together again and say, "Look, let's just get out there and be the band that we know we are and not argue about this crap anymore."
I'm doing a book called "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You," and I will be speaking about what it's like to be married to four other guys, and what I've had to put up with. … There will never be another band like Aerosmith, and I just don't want to do anything to hurt that. I love the band so much.
The truth is I've never stopped writing. I've got 12 songs I'm sitting on right now for a solo record. Aerosmith has to finish a studio album; we're gonna do that first.
I realize that the best part of me is who I am sober so that's all there is to it. … I don't know whether I will use tomorrow, but today I'm happy. … There's a 500-pound gorilla on my back, waiting in the parking lot for me that wants to take me down, and I won't for any reason go out there and deal with that. I have to get a knee replacement, I have to have another operation on my feet, and I'll let a nurse take care of my stuff. I just can't be around that stuff anymore. I need to be a power of example for my bandmates, don't I? (laughs)… I'm still in Aerosmith so the circus is still in town. So when it comes to dealing with the band, I take it a day at a time with these guys.
Eek! It certainly sounds like he's got more than his share of issues with his bandmates!
We're glad to see he can bite his tongue and put his love for the music first, though!
Best of luck, Steven! Stay strong!
We can't wait to hear your next batch of new tunes!
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