AEROSMITH’S STEVEN TYLER DISCUSSES PAST ANGER ISSUES AT HIS BANDMATES FOR FORCING HIM INTO REHAB
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has spoken about the years of anger he directed towards his bandmates, and their management, for sending him to rehab in 1988.
He recently spoke with Haute Living where he reflected on his battle with drugs in the 80s.
Tyler said, “Aerosmith made it from 1972 to 1979 not necessarily stoned, but beautiful – then we all became very f–ked up. There were no such things as rehabs – there were mental institutions. I went away in 1984 and 1986, and I didn’t really get it. The early 80s were terrible, and drugs took us down. I was the first one to get treatment
There was a moment in 1988 where management and the band pulled an intervention on me. They thought, ‘Get the lead singer sober and all our problems would be over.
So, I got sober, and you know it took me many years to get over the anger of them sending me to rehab while they went on vacation. But today, because of that moment, I am grateful and owe a thanks to them for my sobriety.”
Tyler adds, “I met my ex-wife Theresa, and I had two more beautiful children. The band hired a new company, Geffen Records, and a great A&R man named John Kalodner. We all had a manager that helped us fight that battle together.
You may never have done cocaine or heroin, but you hear it, and you go, ‘Woah, you were a heroin addict?’ And I would say, ‘Yeah, but that’s nothing compared to when a band writes their own songs and plays them and hears them back in a recording studio on these speakers that are bigger than life.
Then, you are on the radio – there’s no drug stronger than music. My sobriety cost me nothing less than everything.”
additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com