Sobriety rumors swirl around Aerosmith frontman
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
8/25/09 at 3:07 PM
Aerosmith isn’t breaking up, but the famous Boston rock act has further postponed work until frontman Steven Tyler “straightens up,” reports multiple sources.
“Truthfully, he’s a liability for the band,” one source recently told the The Boston Herald newspaper online.
Tyler denies claims of alcohol and drug abuse, and told Rolling Stone on Tuesday that he’s on pain management medication for his injuries.
Tyler’s recent stage tumble, which resulted in a broken shoulder, was the injury in a long line of band maladies that finally ended the band’s current tour.
The act played the BOK Center to a sold-out crowd on July 29.
Tyler, 61, has been called a “poster boy” for the 12 steps and sobriety, and his drug and alcohol addiction through the years has been widely reported. The Boston Herald's sources reported Tyler had “fallen off the wagon” at the Sturgis concert before he fell off the stage.
See Thursday's Spot magazine and tulsaworld.com for the full story on Tyler's progress, more from Tyler and band and album updates.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler performs at the BOK Center on July 29. STEPHEN HOLMAN/Tulsa World file