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August 2, 2012
For a lot of Aerosmith fans, Steven Tyler’s decision to take a seat on the judges’ panel on American Idol a couple of years ago came as a surprise. Given all the crazy stuff that was going on with Aerosmith at the time, perhaps it was just what the iconic frontman needed to get his head back in the rock and roll game and it looks like that’s just the way it all played out.
Tyler revealed to Rolling Stone recently that his Idol gig was indeed just “…something to do while the storm blew by.” Apparently, he wasn’t quite up to fulfilling the wishes of the shows producers for him to be the next Simon Cowell. Tyler says that he just doesn’t have that in him and watching him on American Idol made that pretty apparent.
It’s hard not to question just about everything you see on TV, but I did get the feeling that Steven Tyler was a guy whose heart harbored a soft spot for young contestants with big dreams swirling around in their heads.… Continue reading
July 31, 2012
Story and Photos by Scott Smith
Aerosmith and Cheap Trick have kicked Father Time in the gut.
The two rock bands gave 150 percent for a sold-out crowd July 28 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, with both groups changing up their set lists and displaying a youthful energy under multi-colored stage lights. Stretching well past the three-hour mark, the show let one Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group (Aerosmith) and one band that miraculously has been refused an induction by the hall (Cheap Trick) strut their high-decibel, swaggering stuff.
Cheap Trick opened the evening, as original members Rick Nielsen (guitar), Robin Zander (lead vocals, guitar) and Tom Peterssen (12-string bass) became a sonic flamethrower. The trio roamed the shadowed stage as Nielsen’s son, Daxx Nielsen impressively performed drum duties — Daxx has been Cheap Trick’s touring drummer for the last three years, while original drummer Bun E.… Continue reading
October 26, 2011
Steven Tyler has certainly suffered through his share of mishaps over the last few years and recent reports out of Paraguay reveal that the flamboyant front man has once again found himself on the losing end of a brief battle with gravity.
Tyler, who is in the South American country with the rest of Aerosmith for their first-ever concert there, reportedly suffered a nasty fall while in his hotel room shower sometime Tuesday. Although he is said to have broken two teeth and suffered cuts to his face, the Paraguay show – which is expected to draw more than 50,000 fans – is only being postponed one day.
Tyler received treatment at a private hospital where he spent some four hours. In addition to treatment for the cuts to his face, Tyler also underwent emergency dental surgery for the placement of two dental implants. Tyler was discharged from the hospital after the successful treatment and returned to his hotel room to recover from his injuries.… Continue reading
March 18, 2011
It seems to have started with a casual comment by American Idol judge and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler who told contestant James Durbin that he’d sing with him on stage if he makes it to the show’s finale. As we’ve come to expect, comments made by celebrities on live TV can generate a lot of buzz very quickly and spiral out of control.
I was watching the episode in question and kind of took Tyler’s statement half-seriously. It just seemed like one of those things someone says that may or may not be a “promise,” although that’s the way it was interpreted by a lot of people. It didn’t take long for headlines like “Aerosmith to Perform on American Idol!” to start appearing on various web sites and media outlets.
According to guitarist Joe Perry, any plans for the group to perform on the popular show are news to him.… Continue reading
September 30, 2010
The decision of Aerosmith frontman to accept the offer by American Idol to become a judge on the program has cast doubt on the future of the veteran rock group, but bass player Tom Hamilton does not seem too worried about it.
While Hamilton acknowledges that Tyler is taking on a challenge, he seems satisfied with Tyler’s commitment to continue as a member of Aerosmith. According to a recent article on the Boston Herald, Tyler has “been very emphatic in saying that the way his time is arranged on the show leaves room to work on a record. He’s been taking great pains to remind everybody of that, so hopefully that’s the way it will come out.”
Even so, Hamilton admits that he sees Tyler’s decision to take the Idol gig as a possible catalyst for future problems. Guitarist Joe Perry made his thoughts on the matter quite clear some months back when the Idol story first broke and was quoted as saying, “I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with (“Idol”).… Continue reading