Adam Housley caught up with Steven Tyler to talk about the rock
legend's new tell-all book. ROLLING STONE said he went from a bad boy to
America's sweetheart so does that mean he's a good boy now? He's not
the "bad boy" rocker anymore, as IDOL judge and Aerosmith front man
Steven Tyler has changed his public persona by becoming an encouraging
voice on tv's biggest show.
"See we all knew you could sing, it's just about time you shook your tail feathers," says Tyler.
At the ripe young age of 63, the self proclaimed "demon of screaming" is reflecting on his 4 decades of being one of the most iconic figures in rock history with a tell-all book "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?"
"I had to get it off my chest," says Tyler.
"Like therapy, right?" asks IDOL Judge Randy Jackson.
"You betcha," says Tyler. "Why pay thousands of dollars in therapy when I can rack my own brains?"
Tyler's well documented drug and alcohol addictions, rehab stints and
physical ailments have taken a toll on the singer/songwriter, but now he
has little problem talking about it all, including outing some of his
friends and colleagues.
"Oh yeah," says Tyler. "I've already gotten phone calls form people
going, 'What did you say that for man I did not'. So, well, yes you did,
but you know what? It's alright. Who cares? Who cares?"
Tyler writes about things that many consider to be part of the quintessential rock 'n' roll lifestyle, as well as some serious topics, tough to talk about.
"It's not easy, you know?" says Tyler. "It's not easy. It's been hard."
"But I think, you know, sometimes you just got to get it out," says Jackson. "I mean, I think it's a great time to get it out."
"I don't want to speak for everyone here, but I will," says Tyler.
Luckily for Randy Jackson, the book was mostly written before Tyler's IDOL journey began.
"A lot of blaming," laughs Tyler.
"He blames me a lot," says Jackson.
"Yeah," says Tyler. "A lot of reasons why."
Monday, May 2 2011, 11:50 PM CDT