On March 22, 2006, the Washington Post reported that Tyler would undergo surgery for an “undisclosed medical condition”.A statement from Tyler’s publicist read in part, “Despite Aerosmith’s desire to keep the tour going as long as possible, doctors advised him not to continue performing to give his voice time to recover.” Aerosmith‘s remaining North American tour dates in 2006 on the Rockin’ the Joint Tour were subsequently canceled.
The surgery, to correct a ruptured blood vessel in his throat, was a success. In the words of Tyler: “He just took a laser and zapped the blood vessel.”After a few weeks of rest, Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith entered the studio on May 20, 2006 to begin work on their new album.
On July 3–4, 2006, Tyler and Joe Perry performed in Boston at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade along the Charles River with the Boston Pops Orchestra and sang the songs “Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” as part of the Boston Pops July 4 Fireworks Spectacular. The concert, conducted by maestro Keith Lockhart, was notable as Tyler‘s first public performance since the surgery. The Route of All Evil Tour, with Tyler joining Mötley Crüe, was launched that fall.Steven Tyler’s throat surgery was featured in 2007 on an episode of the National Geographic Channel series, Incredible Human Machine.
In a September 2006 interview with Access Hollywood, Steven Tyler revealed that he had been suffering from Hepatitis C for the past 11 years. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and had undergone extensive treatment from 2003–2006, including 11 months of interferon therapy, which he said was “agony”. Tyler most likely was infected with Hepatitis C because of his intravenous drug use. The disease is spread through blood-to-blood contact, and is most often associated with used needles.
Family and relationships:
Tyler had a brief relationship with fashion model Bebe Buell, during which he fathered actress Liv Tyler, born in 1977.Buell initially claimed that the father was Todd Rundgren to protect her daughter from Tyler’s drug addiction. Through Liv’s marriage to British musician Royston Langdon, Tyler has one grandson, Milo William Langdon (born December 14, 2004, in New York City).
In 1978, he married Cyrinda Foxe,an ex-Warhol model, and the former wife of New York Dolls’ lead singer David Johansen, and fathered model Mia Tyler. He and Foxe divorced in 1987; in 1997, she published Dream On: Livin’ on the Edge With Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, a memoir of her life with Tyler. Foxe died from brain cancer in 2002.
On May 28, 1988, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tyler married his second wife, clothing designer Teresa Barrick. With Barrick, he fathered a daughter, Chelsea Anna Tallarico (born March 6, 1989), and a son, Taj Monroe Tallarico (born January 31, 1991). In February 2005, the couple announced that they were separating due to personal problems.In January 2006 the divorce was official.
Tyler has been in a relationship with Erin Brady since 2006. He became engaged to Brady in December 2011.
Dirico Motorcycles (Red Wing Motorcycles):
On September 15, 2007, at New Hampshire International Speedway, Steven announced the launch of Dirico Motorcycles.Dirico’s bikes are designed by Steven Tyler, engineered by Mark Dirico, and built by AC Custom Motorcycles inManchester, New Hampshire.Steven has been a long time motorcycle fan and riding enthusiast.About the new Dirico Motorcycles, Tyler said, “You get on one of these bikes and you can ride for days. These bikes are slick, rugged, and just damn cool. And they’re amazing to look at.”
Steven Tyler also participates in a variety of charity auctions involving motorcycles, including the Ride for Children charity.
In 1975, Tyler convinced the parents of 16 year old groupie Julia Holcomb (sometimes spelled Holcolm) to sign over guardianship to him so that he could live with her in Boston. They dated and did drugs together for three years.Holcomb was referred to as “Diana Hall” by the editor of the Aerosmith autobiography Walk This Way in an attempt to conceal her identity, but other sources have confirmed her identity.Pressures leading to their split included both their age difference (Tyler was 27 when they first met), a house fire, and a pregnancy that resulted in an abortion.Band member Ray Tabano wrote in Walk This Way that the abortion “really messed Steven up” because the child was a boy.Tyler wrote, “It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I’m going, Jesus, what have I done?” However, Julia Holcomb has said that Tyler was snorting cocaine while watching the abortion and offered some to her.Julia Holcomb — after 36 years of silence about her relationship with Tyler — has recently revealed her regret for having the abortion, has joined the Silent No More organization of women who have regretted their abortions, and has converted to Catholicism.
On January 22, 2012, Tyler sang the National Anthem at the AFC Championship Game, but missed a couple of notes and ad-libbed the lyrics for the fifth and tenth lines of the song.On March 11, 2012, a special about Aerosmith aired on 60 Minutes, where some of the comments made by the band members highlighted the still-contentious relationships in the band.On March 22, however, these tensions seemed to evaporate when guitarist Joe Perry surprised Tyler with a performance of “Happy Birthday” on American Idol in advance of Tyler’s 64th birthday.On March 26, 2012, Aerosmith announced their “Global Warming Tour” with dates in many major North American cities from June 16 to August 8,preceded by a performance on May 30 for Walmart shareholders.In April, a Burger King television commercial featuring Tyler debuted. Aerosmith’s new album, Music from Another Dimension! is set for release on November 6, 2012 and the band debuted their new single “Legendary Child” with a performance of the song on the season finale of American Idol on May 23.
On July 12, 2012, Tyler announced that he would be leaving American Idol after two seasons, released a statement saying, “After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit. I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass — the ultimate in auditory takeover …” However the reports suggest that Tyler was dumped by the American Idol Bosses.Tyler has since indicated that his troubles with his bandmates were the primary reason he signed up to do American Idol.
On August 12, Aerosmith wrapped up their Global Warming Tour with a rescheduled performance in Bristow, Virginia and on August 28, the band released two singles simultaneously, the rocker “Lover Alot” and the ballad “What Could Have Been Love”, both of which were co-produced and co-written by Tyler. On September 22, Aerosmith performed at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas. On November 6, the new album Music from Another Dimension! will be released, and on November 8, the band will begin the 2nd leg of their Global Warming Tour, which will take the band to 14 North American cities through December 13.
Throughout the summer of 2011, Tyler worked with the other members of Aerosmith on the band’s next studio album, scheduled for release in the spring of 2012. In September 2011, Tyler starred as the inspiration for Andy Hilfiger’s fashion line, “Andrew Charles”. In addition to serving as the inspiration for all menswear, Steven and his daughter, Chelsea, will appear in the line’s advertising campaign. Tyler also developed a signature scarf collection called “Rock Scarf” for Andrew Charles. Both the Andrew Charles collection and the Rock Scarf line are available exclusively in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com.
On October 22, 2011, Tyler set off for an 18-date Aerosmith tour across Latin America and Japan. On October 25, it was reported by TMZ that Tyler slipped in his hotel shower in Paraguay and injured his face, including losing several teeth. Tyler was rushed to the hospital, and the scheduled show was postponed for the following night. When he did finally perform after the opening song, he proudly displayed his broken tooth which he had on a string around his neck. He then removed his sunglasses to reveal a nasty black eye. The tour wrapped up on December 10 in Sapporo, Japan.
In 2010, Steven Tyler embarked on the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour with Aerosmith, which saw them perform over 40 concerts in 18 countries. On September 16, 2010, it was reported that Tyler would have his first solo project. He wrote “Love Lives“, which serves as a theme song for the Japanese sci-fi movie Space Battleship Yamato. The song was based on the English translated script, as well as on some clips of the film itself. The single was released on November 24, a week before the movie was released.A preview of the single can be heard in the movie’s trailers.On September 22, 2010, Fox confirmed that Tyler would join American Idol as a member of the judging panel for the program’s tenth season, alongside Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.It has been stated that former Idol judge Kara DioGuardi helped Tyler get his judging position on the show. In December 2010, Tyler performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Paul McCartney by performing several tracks from Abbey Road.
On January 19, 2011, Tyler made his debut appearance as a judge on American Idol, during the premiere of the show’s tenth season, which aired through the end of May. On April 2, 2011, Tyler presented an award at the 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards. The following day, Steven Tyler performed with Carrie Underwood at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Underwood and Tyler performed Underwood’s song “Undo It” and completed their segment with an energetic version of the Aerosmith classic “Walk This Way”. On May 3, 2011, Tyler released his autobiography Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, which reached number two on The New York Times Best Seller List in the category “Hardcover Non-fiction”.The book was accompanied by the new single “(It) Feels So Good”, released May 10. The single reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, during breaks in between Idol, Tyler worked on new material for Aerosmith’s next studio album.Tyler performed the Aerosmith song “Dream On” on the season finale of American Idol on May 25.
On August 5, 2009, while on the Guitar Hero Aerosmith Tour, Tyler fell off a stage near Sturgis, South Dakota, injuring his head and neck and breaking his shoulder.He was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital.Aerosmith was forced to cancel the rest of their 2009 tour, except for two shows in Hawaii in October. Back in 2007, Aerosmith had to cancel their first concert in Maui, which resulted in aclass action lawsuit involving 8,000 plaintiffs. Attendees received tickets and, in some cases, reimbursements for out of pocket expenses. The band also performed in early November at an auto race in Abu Dhabi.
On November 9, 2009, it was reported that Steven Tyler had no contact with the other members of Aerosmith and that they were unsure if he was still in the band. On November 10, 2009, Joe Perry confirmed that Steven Tyler had quit Aerosmith to pursue a solo career and was unsure whether the move was indefinite. No replacement was announced. Despite rumors of leaving the band, and notwithstanding Perry’s comment as reported earlier the same day, Tyler joined The Joe Perry Project onstage November 10, 2009, at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza and performed “Walk This Way.” According to sources at the event, Tyler assured the crowd that despite rumors to the contrary, he is “not quitting Aerosmith.”On December 22, 2009, Rolling Stone reported that Tyler had checked into rehab for pain management.
Later that year, the Aerosmith compilation Devil’s Got a New Disguise was released, which included two new tracks. Tyler hit the road with Aerosmith again for the Route of All Evil Tour with Mötley Crüe and also made several more public appearances. He made a cameo appearance on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, playing himself. On October 14, 2006, Tyler sang “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch at Game No.3 of the National League Championship Seriesbetween the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. On November 24, he volunteered by serving Thanksgiving dinner to the needy at a restaurant in West Palm Beach, Florida, before an Aerosmith show there.In 2007, Tyler kept active in Aerosmith with the band’s world tour which saw them perform in 19 countries. Also that year, Tyler and daughter Liv were profiled on E! True Hollywood Story.
On May 21, 2008, Tyler checked into Las Encinas Hospital rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, California, to recover from multiple leg surgeries. He made a public statement saying that “The ‘foot repair’ pain was intense, greater than I’d anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy were traumatic. I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet.” In June 2008, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was released, the franchise’s first video game based solely around one band and the most successful game based around a band. On July 14, 2008, Tyler’s mother, Susan Rey Tallarico, died at the age of 84. On July 18, 2008, Steven Tyler appeared with Billy Joel at the last concert to be played at Shea Stadium. Backed by Joel’s band, he sang lead vocals on “Walk This Way“. In August 2008 HarperCollins won an auction to publish Tyler’s autobiography.That same month, Tyler performed with trumpeter Chris Botti in Boston. In December 2008, Tyler made a surprise appearance at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts at Nassau Coliseum (December 12, 2008) and the Izod Center (December 13, 2008). At the Izod Center, he collaborated with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on “Dream On” and “Sweet Emotion”.
In 2003, Tyler received an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music, and, in 2005, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2003, Tyler also inducted AC/DC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tyler sang with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for a performance of “You Shook Me All Night Long”. Later in the year, Tyler went on tour with Aerosmith for the Rocksimus Maximus Tour with KISS.
In 2004, Aerosmith released the blues cover album Honkin’ on Bobo and launched a brief tour with Cheap Trick, focused on smaller markets. That summer, Tyler starred in a commercial forSony’s Cyber-shot camera, which also included the Aerosmith song “The Grind“, a new song featured on Honkin’ on Bobo. Later that year, Tyler sang the National Anthem to kick off the 2004 World Series at Fenway Park. The 2004 film The Polar Express featured Tyler singing “Rockin’ on Top of the World” alongside a group of computer-animated elves resembling Aerosmith.
In 2005, Tyler sang lead vocals on Santana’s hit single “Just Feel Better” and made a cameo appearance in the film Be Cool.
In 2006, after recovering from throat surgery and the grueling Rockin’ the Joint Tour, Steven Tyler performed with Joe Perry and the Boston Pops Orchestra for the orchestra’s annual Fourth of July concert, his first major public appearance since the surgery. During the concert, which was broadcast nationally on CBS, Tyler, Perry, and the orchestra performed a medley of “Walk This Way”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “Dream On”. That year, Tyler also recorded a duet with country music artist Keith Anderson, titled “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”. The song, a remixed version of a song found on Anderson’s debut album, was released as a single on the U.S. Hot Country Songs charts.
Continued success and touring (2000–2008):
In 2001, Aerosmith played at the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band also released the album Just Push Play, which featured the Top 10 hit “Jaded“. The band went on tour again in the summer of 2001, and since then Aerosmith has toured every year, except 2008. After the September 11 attacks, the band performed at the benefit concert “United We Stand” in Washington, D.C. Tyler donned a full-length jacket featuring the American flag, and the band performed a brief set including “Livin’ on the Edge“, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing“, “Just Push Play“, and “Walk This Way“. The band flew back to Indianapolis to perform a show that same night.
In 2002, Aerosmith‘s two-hour long Behind the Music was released, chronicling the band’s tumultuous history and current activities and touring. They were also honored as MTV Icons. In the summer, they released the compilation O, Yeah! The Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, which went double platinum and included the new track “Girls of Summer“, which spawned a namesake tourwith Kid Rock and Run–D.M.C. opening.