Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Aerosmith: Steven Tyler says he and Joe Perry did drugs in 2008

As part of the hype-building (aka promotion) for Steven Tyler’s new autobiography, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”, the Aerosmith frontman will be gracing the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone.

Safe to say we’ll probably be flooded with a lot of juicy headlines about Tyler and his band in the next few weeks, as the book hits shelves on May 3.

So, for starters, there’s excerpts from the new Rolling Stone interview posted online, and we learn that all was not so rosy and sober in Aerosmith a couple of years ago.

During Aerosmith's ill-fated attempt to cut a new album with producer Brendan O'Brien a couple years back, Tyler says he did drugs with Joe Perry for the first time in years.

"It was just like 30 years before," Tyler says. "I whipped out mine, he whipped out his and we got high together again. I say to Joe, 'Wow, man, how you been, it's been, what, 17 years since we got high together? Joe, you've been running away from me ever since.' "

Bonding aside, the album sessions didn't go well. "Joe was high and he couldn't play," says Tyler. "I couldn't sing, really, because I was snorting everything, and it messes up your throat. It was the wrong time." (Despite repeated requests, Perry declined to comment for the RS story.)

We also get a retelling of Tyler’s apparent “audition” for Led Zeppelin, back in 2008, when he flew to London to sing for Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, who were considering starting a new project with him.

"I decided, 'Well, I know that I'm mad at those [Aerosmith] guys, but I'm not that mad,'" Tyler says. "So I called Jimmy up after I left, two weeks later, and said, 'You're in a classic band, and so is mine, and I just can't do that to my guys, and I can't do it to Robert [Plant],' and I couldn't see finding a year to really put myself into it. So for whatever the band thought, never in a million years was I going to quit Aerosmith to start Zeppelin."

In the story, Tyler talks about his motivation for signing on as an American Idol judge – a move he made after his bandmates threatened to throw him out of Aerosmith.

"Did I take this job to show the band?"
he says. "F**k, yeah. Not to show them, but that I can't be held hostage anymore. I will be my own hostage. The band can't throw me out."

As for the book, Tyler is proud of his effort and the time he put into the project.

“It was grueling,”
said Tyler. “It took two years. I went back and researched stuff that happened 40 years ago that I’d forgotten about. By the time I was done, it truly lived up to its title. It’s one thing to blow out the candle and go to bed; it’s another thing to go back and look, and rehash, and try to think about what it was that evoked all the songs and us being on tour for 40 years. I think we did a really good job of it.”

Steven Tyler – Rolling Stone cover photo shoot

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