Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rock News Artist Of The Year #4: STEVEN TYLER

As part of the 2011 hennemusic Rock News Awards – recognizing the biggest rock news stories and artists of the year - hennemusic is counting down the Top 10 rock news artists of the year.

The Top 10 are determined by music fans: numbers are based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

Rock News Artist Of The Year #05 – GARY MOORE
Rock News Artist Of The Year #06 – JOURNEY
Rock News Artist Of The Year #07 – MOTLEY CRUE
Rock News Artist Of The Year #08 – METALLICA
Rock News Artist Of The Year #09 – JAMES DURBIN
Rock News Artist Of The Year #10 – PEARL JAM

The 2011 hennemusic Rock News Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 at

Rock News Artist Of The Year #4 – STEVEN TYLER

Steven Tyler was everywhere in 2011.

The Aerosmith frontman landed a gig as a judge on American Idol, published his autobiography, released a solo single, and recorded/toured with Aerosmith.

At the end of a rocky year with Aerosmith, Tyler’s leap into prime-time solo status was kick-started with a December 2010 appearance at the Kennedy Centre Honors, where he saluted Paul McCartney with a four-song suite from “Abbey Road” that brought the house down.

Straddling 2010 into the new year, Steven was on board Idol for Season 10 as part of the reality series’ makeover, joining newly-added Jennifer Lopez and longtime judge Randy Jackson at the table.

Footage from the initial auditions quickly showed Tyler was the star of the program, his larger-than-life character too big to be contained on the small screen. Quick-witted and charismatic, Tyler charmed everyone who went through the process, along the way adding a personal touch that the show had lacked in earlier versions.

Without question, Tyler owned Season 10, adding a dose of rock n’ roll to the proceedings on a show that didn’t really feature, or turn out rockers, as rule. The bonus for rock fans was the arrival of James Durbin, who helped build hard rock’s profile on the series with an outstanding season of his own.

Rumors surrounded the Idol finale in May that Aerosmith would be there to perform, fueled by Tyler’s assertion - through the media - that they would; the problem was, he hadn’t asked the band to do it and, ultimately, things didn’t sync up for it to happen. Instead, Tyler performed an abbreviated version of “Dream On,” backed by members of the Stone Temple Pilots.

Just prior to the Idol finale, Tyler’s autobiography, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?” hit stores. The book is an account of his rise and fall and rise and fall and rise again through a recording career that is now in its fifth decade.

With media momentum on his side, Steven also released a solo single, “(It) Feels So Good”; the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #35.

Solo appearances at several events and shows throughout the year, including the Academy Of Country Music Awards in April, only further cemented Tyler’s profile in the mainstream, raising it to new heights – not an easy thing to do given how legendary he already was.

Tyler always maintained his Idol gig would benefit Aerosmith, who spent time writing and recording their first album of original material in a decade.

In the fall, the Boston band hit the road, playing shows in South and Central America and Japan. More Tyler headlines followed, as the singer fell ill and wiped out in his hotel shower in Paraguay. The incident cost him two teeth, a black eye and a 24-hour delay in rocking Asuncion, but the show went on, earning Tyler rave reviews for his energy and comeback from the accident.

Steven kicks off another new year in prime time, joining Oprah Winfrey as her first guest on the new series, Oprah’s Next Chapter, on January 1, 2012.

Season 11 of American Idol launches in late January, and the new Aerosmith album is reportedly expected in March.

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Steven Tyler - (It) Feels So Good

Steven Tyler – Dream On American Idol finale – May 25, 2011