Aerosmith's Steven Tyler checks into rehab after drug relapse

Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler at the Janie's Fund Grammy Party at Hollywood Palladium last month (Image credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Steven Tyler has checked into a drug treatment programme, leading to the cancellation of the initial dates of Aerosmith's Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency

In a statement released on social media, the band say, "As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years, After foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process, he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery.

"We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must cancel our first set of Las Vegas residency dates this June and July while he focuses on his well-being.

"We will continue our 2022 dates starting in September, and we’ll let you know any further updates as soon as we can. We are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows."

The statement concludes with a message to ticket holders, thanking fans for their support and advising them that they'll be refunded and to expect details to arrive via email. 

The 24-date residency, which continues the celebrations surrounding the band's 50th anniversary, was due to kick off at Dolby Live at Park MGM on June 29.  The run of shows will now start in September, and will wrap up on December 11. Full dates below. The band also have a hometown show at Boston's Fenway Park scheduled on September 8. Tickets are on sale now.  

The news of the Las Vegas cancellations comes three months after Aerosmith scrapped their already twice-postponed European tour. The band originally announced a European tour for Summer 2020 back in late 2019, but the dates were postponed until 2021. In February of that year the dates were shifted again, to 2022. No news of new European dates have been announced. 

In June 2021, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford admitted to doubts about future live shows for the band. Speaking on the Joe Bonamassa podcast Live from Nerdvillehe said, "Nothing's gonna happen for a long time. Sometimes I'm not sure what my partners are thinking when they think that's gonna happen. I mean, I have my doubts about Aerosmith ever really performing again at this stage, because age is becoming a real factor. It is what it is."

Aerosmith Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas Residency

Sep: 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
Oct: 02, 05
Nov: 19, 23, 26, 29
Dec: 02, 05, 08, 11

Tickets will available via Ticketmaster.

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.