Steven Tyler Spent A Milli On Drugs
Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler is clean and sober these days, but reveals he spent $5-$6 million dollars on cocaine and heroin at the height of his addiction.
“Realistically, [I spent] five or six [million],” Tyler told Australian 60 Minutes. “But it doesn’t matter. You also could say I snorted half of Peru, but that’s what we did.”
Steven, who has four children (including actress Liv Tyler), says his harrowing drug addiction during the 1970s and ’80s destroyed his family.
“I needed blow,” he said in a 2011 “Dateline” interview. “I needed that cocaine. I needed it. It took my children away; it took my marriages away. I was on my knees.”
Tyler, who has been to rehab eight times, got sober in the 1980s but became addicted to prescription medication in 2006 while treating hepatitis C. He kicked that habit after entering rehab in 2009.
The legendary rock star has said staying sober and drug-free remains a daily struggle. “I just have to keep it honest and open because I do feel like doing things I used to do,” he told Oprah Winfrey in 2012. “It’s called euphoric recall. I’ve got to be careful with that.”
Steven, who was a judge on “American Idol” from 2011 to 2012, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2013.
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Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the frontman and lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion. He is known as the “Demon of Screamin’” due to his high screams and his wide vocal range. He is also known for his on-stage acrobatics. During his high-energy performances, he usually dresses in bright, colorful outfits with his trademark scarves hanging from his microphone stand. In the 1970s, Tyler rose to prominence as the frontman of Aerosmith, which released such milestone hard rock albums as Toys in the Attic and Rocks. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tyler had a heavy drug and alcohol addiction, and the band’s popularity waned.
He completed drug rehabilitation in 1986 and subsequently maintained sobriety for over 20 years, but had a relapse with prescription painkillers in the late 2000s, for which he successfully received treatment in 2009. After Aerosmith launched a remarkable comeback in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the albums Permanent Vacation, Pump, and Get a Grip, Tyler became a household name and has remained a relevant rock icon. As a result, he has since embarked on several solo endeavors including guest appearances on other artists’ music, film and TV roles (including as a judge on American Idol), authoring a bestselling book, and solo work (including a Top 40 hit single in 2011). However, he has continued to record music and perform with Aerosmith, after more than 43 years in the band. The band’s latest album, Music from Another Dimension!, was released on November 6, 2012. Tyler is included among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers. He was also ranked 3rd on Hit Parader‘s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. In 2001 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aerosmith, and he was the presenter whenAC/DC was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.