Steven Tyler Admits to Spending Millions on Cocaine
Steven Tyler on drug abuse, Aerosmith in the songwriter's hall of fame, and a first Australian tour in 24 years for the band
Steven Tyler has opened up on his drug usage during his pomp as a global rock star. The Aerosmith frontman suggests he snorted “half of Peru”, according to celeb gossip site, TMZ.
Talking on Australia's "60 Minutes", Tyler said he spent loads of cash on the drug. "Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 [million], easy ... You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it's what we did," he said. Since then, Tyler has kicked the habit, but not before it left him in a pretty bad way. He told Matt Lauer back in 2011, "I needed that cocaine. I needed it." But he said it ruined him, adding, "It took my children away, it took my marriages away. I was on my knees."
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the latest inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," said Hall chairman Jimmy Webb in a release. "We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala."
Steven Tyler looking weird
In other Aerosmith news, the legendary rock band have announced their first Australian tour in 24 years. It will kick off at the ANZ Stadium on April 28 with support from Wolfmother, Grinspoon, Spiderbait and the Dead Daisies. Tyler attributes new audiences to his music to his time as a judge on American Idol. "There were 40 million people watching Idol every night. People would come on and sing Aerosmith songs. It brings you back up again," Tyler said.