Steven Tyler: I was angry with my Aerosmith bandmates for years after rehab stint

Steven Tyler
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (Image credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic - Getty)

Steven Tyler (opens in new tab) has spoken about the years of anger he directed towards his Aerosmith (opens in new tab) bandmates and their management for sending him to rehab in 1988.

The vocalist was speaking in a recent interview with Haute Living (opens in new tab) when 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 fucked 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.” 

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Aerosmith would play shows in the UK and Europe in 2020 (opens in new tab) as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

The run of 14 dates come hot on the heels of the band’s Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency.

Aerosmith 2020 European tour
Jun 13: Milan iDays festival, Italy
Jun 16: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Jun 21: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 24: Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic
Jun 30: Paris Accorhotels Arena, France
Jul 03: Madrid Wanda Stadium, Spain
Jul 06: Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal
Jul 09: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
Jul 12: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland
Jul 15: London The O2, UK
Jul 18: Manchester Arena, UK
Jul 21: Middlefart Rock Under Broen Pladsen, Denmark
Jul 24: Budapest Puskas Stadium, Hungary
Jul 27: Mönchengladbach Sparkassenpark, Germany

Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.