Steven Tyler's Choice: TV Gameshow Or Drugs

Steven Tyler believes he became a judge on TV gameshow American Idol in order to replace the adrenaline buzz heroin used to give him.

Steven Tyler's Choice: TV Gameshow Or Drugs
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Steven Tyler believes he became a judge on TV gameshow "American Idol" in order to replace the adrenaline buzz heroin used to give him. The singer caused dissent among his Aerosmith bandmates when he announced he'd signed up to appear on the talent search series because his 2009 stage fall followed by the admission he was back on drugs had nearly led to the band's collapse. He thinks his drug habit cost him over $20m during the years he was a habitual user. But now that he's quit the show in order to concentrate on the band and their upcoming album "Music From Another Dimension", he believes he needed the rush live TV offered him. "I think I'm an adrenaline junkie," Tyler tells Time. "It was a risky thing I didn't know whether I'd get berated." Meanwhile, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer vows the band have put their era of childish tantrums behind them even though it took them until their 60s. He tells Legendary Rock Interviews: "We've learned to accept one another on our own terms. That's how you deal with each other and make art together. We've learned to think outside the box a bit, as opposed to just doing thing the same way we always have. It's fun I guess what it's really called is confidence." And he says of their new album: "'Lover A Lot' is a rocker it was a lot of fun to work on because the whole band was involved. Closer is a rock ballad. Carrie Underwood appears on a track called 'Can't Stop Loving You' and it has a lot of radio appeal. It's a great, great song. "That's why the album is so strong: it's all of us. It hasn't always been done that way. Our last record, 'Just Push Play', wasn't done that way and it should have been. The new record is a true band effort." Thanks to ClassicRockMagazine for the report.

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    iommi600
    Hmm... how exactly American Idol gives anyone an adrenaline rush? I mean, "yaaaay I'm giving yes or no to people that will be forgotten a year after this"...
    Mikeal1917
    I think the point is being on television was the adrenaline rush that replaced the rush of taking drugs, at least according to Tyler. Given that I've never done heroin or filmed a television show, I have no idea. Either way, I'm really hoping this album is a return to form for Aerosmith. They deserve a good album for themselves as much as the fans deserve one.
    DickHardwood
    iommi600 wrote: Hmm... how exactly American Idol gives anyone an adrenaline rush? I mean, "yaaaay I'm giving yes or no to people that will be forgotten a year after this"...
    No, I actually think I get it. It's this whole bullshit storm that begins once someone in rock does that thing. And you do kinda play God with some poor idiots musical dreams, it's probably bitching. Drama addiction could be why Aerosmith's been working like it does for decades now- dysfunctionally.
    Megatallica18
    dethskar0 wrote: No way did being a host on American Idol replace the rush of heroin. No way in hell. He's just being an idiot and making excuses because he and everyone else in the world know it was a stupid thing to do, so now he has to make up some bullshit excuse as to why he did it. Get over yourself, Steven Tyler. No one even likes Aerosmith. The only good thing you've done for the world is father Liv Tyler.
    You sir are an idiot. No one likes aerosmith? haha okay...thats why their career has lasted 40 years, they adapted their sound successfully to every decade and were one of the only bands to do that... and yes, liv tyler is smokin. One of the many reasons I love Lord of the Rings.
    dethskar0
    No way did being a host on American Idol replace the rush of heroin. No way in hell. He's just being an idiot and making excuses because he and everyone else in the world know it was a stupid thing to do, so now he has to make up some bullshit excuse as to why he did it. Get over yourself, Steven Tyler. No one even likes Aerosmith. The only good thing you've done for the world is father Liv Tyler.
    joee75
    dethskar0 wrote: No way did being a host on American Idol replace the rush of heroin. No way in hell. He's just being an idiot and making excuses because he and everyone else in the world know it was a stupid thing to do, so now he has to make up some bullshit excuse as to why he did it. Get over yourself, Steven Tyler. No one even likes Aerosmith. The only good thing you've done for the world is father Liv Tyler.
    Your a knob, go crawl back into your nest and die!!