Steven Tyler has made his first public appearance since checking into rehab for drug abuse - at a Palm Desert karaoke contest.
The former Aerosmith rocker made a surprise appearance at the Tilted Kilt pub in California on Tuesday night (19Jan10) and even agreed to belt out his 1998 hit I Don't Want To Miss A Thing after cheering on revellers who tried to hit the high notes.
Tyler was accompanied by his publicist and two bodyguards, according to local newspaper The Desert Sun.
Karaoke organiser Mike May tells the publication Tyler was "very gracious and very kind".
He recalls Tyler offered to take the stage when two fans who attempted the Diane Warren-penned Armageddon theme were booed off.
May says, "All of a sudden, near the end of the song, he grabbed the mic and started singing. The whole frickin’ bar surrounded him and he just started singing the whole thing."
"It was, like, one of those moments - a (karaoke) club DJ’s dream come true."
The rocker's chosen rehab has never been disclosed, but reports have suggested he checked into the fabled Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, California in mid-December seeking treatment for a dependency on prescription drugs following years of injuries sustained on stage.