Tuesday, January 18, 2011

American Idol: Steven Tyler on Letterman

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was front and center on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, as he continues his press rounds to promote the new season of American Idol, which kicks off Wednesday.

Tyler first appeared early in the show, playing harmonica alongside Late Show announcer Alan Kalter.

Steven spoke openly about his past addictions and his need for a day job to keep himself busy and out of trouble.

Instead of drugs, Tyler said, “I should have been using my band, because the band is the strongest drug I’ve ever had in my body and to be a part of. When the curtain goes up and there’s 80,000 people out there, it’s the biggest rush in the world…so, therefore, I have to chase other things? Not any more.”

As for the Idol process and tv “contests” to gain national attention, Tyler said he prefers the old way of paying dues. “Y’know, we [Aerosmith] had to play every state in America in 3 years. By ’74, we’d played it three times around. And I always thought that to become an American Idol, or any kind of Idol, you have to pay your dues. But, y’know, today’s a different world, and they’re out there – it’s just that we had to pick through 120,000 to find these 20 – so, I think we’re doing alright.”

Letterman had some interesting comments on the ‘system’ in general regarding paying dues…check out the video:

Steven Tyler – interview
Late Show with David Letterman – January 17, 2011

See also:

American Idol: Steven Tyler’s TV interview schedule this week
Steven Tyler talks about his American Idol experience so far
Steven Tyler promotes American Idol, talks Aerosmith
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler looking for Joe Perry, wants to record
Steven Tyler keeps busy with American Idol promo swing
Steven Tyler to appear on new ZZ Top tribute album
hennemusic: Steven Tyler leads list of 10 Rockers To Watch In 2011