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Steven Tyler


Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler

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Birth and Growing Up:

Steven Tyler was born March 26, 1948 in New York, NY. His father was a classical musician and his mother a secretary. Steven Tyler has been quoted saying that he grew up, "under his father's piano." He formed his first band The Strangeurs at the age of 16, and they later changed their name to Chain Reaction. Steven Tyler was the drummer for the band and later lead singer. He was expelled from high school due to drug use.

Steven Tyler's Early Career With Aerosmith:

Steven Tyler met Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton, future members of Aerosmith, in 1969 when they were playing with a different band. In 1970 the trio decided to put together Aerosmith. The band quickly gained notice through performing at Boston clubs. In late 1971 Aerosmith performed a gig at Max's Kansas City in New York that ultimately resulted in signing to Columbia Records. The band's reputation and sales grew with their first two albums then the 1975 breakthrough release Toys In the Attic went to #11 on the Billboard album chart and included the band's first top 40 pop single "Sweet Emotion."

Drug Addiction:

1976 re-releases of the singles "Dream On" from Aerosmith's first album and "Walk This Way" from Toys In the Attic both became top 10 pop hits. The group were recognized as one of the world's top rock bands. However, drug use began to take a toll. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry gained the nickname "Toxic Twins" due to their notorious drug habits. By 1979 Joe Perry left Aerosmith after a fight with Steven Tyler and formed his own group. Aerosmith soldiered on but their sales began to falter. Steven Tyler, hampered by drugs, collapsed on stage several times in the early 1980s.

Clean Steven Tyler and Aerosmith Become Superstars:

In 1984, former Aerosmith members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford met with Steven Tyler backstage at a concert and they agreed to get back together. A reunion tour and the album Done With Mirrors set the band on the comeback trail. After a band intervention in 1986, Steven Tyler successfully completed drug rehab and eventually all group members followed suit. With the release of the albums Permanent Vacation and Pump in the late 1980s and a string of top 10 pop singles, Aerosmith became bigger stars than they had ever been. The 1993 album Get a Grip was the band's first to go all the way to #1.

Honors as Senior Rock Star:

In 1998 the Armageddon soundtrack single "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" became Aerosmith's first #1 pop hit. In recent years the band's output of new music has slowed. However, they now enjoy the status of the all time bestselling American rock band and rank among the top senior rock musicians in the world. The band have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003 Steven Tyler received an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music and in 2005 an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. He has performed live with other musicians outside of Aerosmith, but has never recorded solo.

American Idol Judge:

In 2010 Steven Tyler elected to embark on a new project in his music and entertainment career. In September 2010 Fox Television announced that he would be a judge for season 10 of American Idol. He joins veteran judge Randy Jackson and fellow new judge Jennifer Lopez on the panel. He received some criticism from fellow rock musicians, but he brings knowledge from an extensive career as a highly respected performer to the judges' chair. Steven Tyler made his television debut as American Idol judge on January 19, 2011.

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