Aerosmith was supposed to kick off a Las Vegas residency starting next month, but today the band announced that they’re cancelling their summer concerts. Steven Tyler has suffered a recent relapse and voluntarily checked into rehab. The Blue Army is extra blue today (apparently that’s what blue-collar/blue jean-wearing Aerosmith fans call themselves, thank you Google).
The band released the official statement on social media. It reads:
As the statement mentioned, 74-year-old Steven has struggled with his sobriety for decades. A couple of years ago he did an interview with Haute Living, and said that he and his bandmates “made it from ’72 to ’79 not necessarily stoned, but beautiful… then we all became very fucked up.” He explains that, back then, “there were no such things as rehabs; there were mental institutions.” Steven went to institutions in 1984 and 1986, but he says he “didn’t really get it.” He finally got sober in 1988, after the band “pulled an intervention” on him:
“The early ’80s were terrible, and drugs took us down. I was the first one to get treatment. There was a moment in ’88 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.”
Steven estimates that he spent $20 million on drugs during his lifetime. He drank to excess and used coke, OxyContin, heroin, methamphetamine, methadone, LSD, and marijuana (gasp!). Here he is talking about addiction with Oprah:
Steven’s an old pro at rehab, so hopefully, he can get sober and return to the stage. Do it for Vegas, Steve! That town can’t handle any more residency cancellations!
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