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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City Of Edmonton News.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Steven Tyler

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Famous For:
Lead Singer of Aerosmith, American Idol
Networth:
$130 Million
Currently Known For:
Singer, Songwriter, and Actor
Famous Years:
1960s - Present
Birthdate:
March 26, 1948
Steven Tyler


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  Famous For:
Lead Singer of Aerosmith, American Idol

  Networth:
$130 Million

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“I have to get inspired by something that touches my soul or rocks my soul.” The Demon of Screamin’, Steven Tyler earned his place as one of the greatest rock vocalists in music history as the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith. Known for his energetic performances, colorful outfits, and wild personality, Tyler launched his career in the 1960s but didn’t rise to fame until the 1970s with the release of hit singles like “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” and “Sweet Emotion.” Fast forward five decades and Tyler is now one of the most enduring rock icons in the world whose influence reaches far beyond the stage. Advertisements:

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Early Life

Steven Victor Tallarico was born on March 26, 1948, in Manhattan, New York. He was raised in the Bronx and Yonkers alongside his older sister, Lynda. Despite being raised in a stable home, Tyler developed an early drug addiction and was expelled from Roosevelt High School due to his drug use. He later graduated from Quintano’s School for Young Professionals but, by then, he'd already decided on a career in music after he saw the Rolling Stones in concert in Greenwich Village. “Everybody told me that I looked just like Mick Jagger with my big lips and Keith Richards basically was the music I used to love more than anything,” he said.

Tyler had an idea for a song and wrote “Dream On” in the late 1960s shortly before he met guitarist Joe Perry and bass player Tom Hamilton who were playing with the Jam Band. Tyler was instantly impressed by the guys and invited them to join him in 1970 to form a new band. They recruited Joey Kramer to play the drums and Ray Tabano to play rhythm guitar. Knowing bigger things awaited them in Boston, Massachusetts, they moved into a small apartment and started playing gigs as Aerosmith.

Aerosmith built a cult following of fans and was likened to a modern version of the Rolling Stones. They signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1972 and released their self-titled debut album in 1973. They followed up with Get Your Wings in 1974 and enjoyed instant success with their hit single, “Dream On.” Their next albums, Toys in the Attic (1975) and Rocks (1976), sealed their fate as the next biggest group in rock and roll thanks to hits like “Walk This Way,” “Back in the Saddle,” and “Home Tonight.”

While the band enjoyed outstanding success throughout the 1970s, their popularity fizzled in 1979 after a decade in the spotlight. By this time, Tyler and Perry were known as the Toxic Twins for their legendary drug use, which fans caught a glimpse of on Behind the Music. In 1980, a severe motorcycle accident left Tyler in the hospital for two months, which forced him off the tour and out of the studio. By the mid-1980s, Tyler was ready to return and reunited the band under Geffen Records. They embarked on their Back in the Saddle reunion tour and released Done with Mirrors (1985). Things were looking up for the group until Tyler collapsed on stage from intoxication. The band staged an intervention and after Tyler completed drug rehab, the rest of the band entered rehab as well.

Making His Comeback: Sobriety and Beyond

Tyler spent the next 12 years completely sober as the band made a huge comeback with top-20 hits like “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).” “Angel,” and “Rag Doll” on Permanent Vacation (1987). The continued churning out hits with their next album, Pump (1989), and made guest appearances on Saturday Night Live, MTV Unplugged, and The Simpsons. Throughout the 1990s, Aerosmith climbed to international fame and enjoying ongoing acclaim throughout the new millennium after a stellar performance at the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show in 2001. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later in the year.

Aerosmith continued to tour throughout the new millennium, but their momentum faded in 2009 when Tyler checked himself into rehab for pain management. Once again, he secretly battled his drug addiction. “They made me feel like a rock star before I was one. Because I thought that’s what rock stars did—fake it till you make it,” he said of his drug use. His closest friends and family worried that Tyler was slowly killing himself, which is why he committed himself to his sobriety.

“Everybody said, ‘You won’t be able to handle it if you get sober,’” Tyler said. “But I spent 12 years loving it. When you take drugs a lot, you think being on them all the time is where it’s at. It’s not. It’s about feeling experiences—like going out in the morning and watching the sunrise.”

Once Tyler completed rehab, his next project was already in the works when he stepped in as a guest judge on American Idol. “I’m actually the one who put it out there,” he said. “Before I went to Betty Ford, I said to my manager, ‘Get me something to do when I come out. If I’m going in there, I want something to do when I get out.’ I’d been talking to Marti Frederiksen, who I write songs with, and it turned out he was writing songs with Kara DioGuardi, who was one of the show’s judges. And I went and wrote a song with them as soon as I got out of rehab. And they said, ‘You gotta do American Idol. You’d be a perfect judge.’”

Tyler wrapped up his stint on American Idol in 2012 and returned to the stage with Aerosmith on their Global Warming Tour. Taking the stage sober was another high for the rocker who loves to perform. “Being on stage is already like being on drugs,” he says. “When I’m on stage in the throes of emotion, singing, and they’re singing every word and nuance back to me. It’s like making love. It’s a complete sentence. It’s a lifetime in a song if the melody’s just right.”

Today, the 71-year-old Tyler continues to perform solo and with Aerosmith. He refuses to retire and remains one of the most approachable musicians in the industry who is eternally grateful for his success. “I have a big ego,” he admits, “but I don’t buy into it. I can’t live off the ego. It’s an honor that I get to be that guy onstage. It’s not something I earned.”

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