Thursday, May 22, 2008

So Much For That Theory

It was reported yesterday that Aerosmith front-man, Steven Tyler, checked himself into Dr. Drew's rehab facility to seek treatment for an "unspecified" substance abuse problem.

Now, all the Aerosmith guys famously sobered up some time in the '80s and supposedly have been clean ever since. Maybe Tyler only thought "sober" meant that he couldn't drink, but he could still snort and shoot? I don't know.

Anyway, the real issue here is that Aerosmith were awesome back in the '70s when they were dreamin' on, playing with their toys in the attic, and blasted out of their minds. After they embraced clean living, their music got progressively suckier. Around the time they were proclaiming that falling in love was hard on the knees, I was wishing that they would all start doing drugs again. Now it turns out they were - or at least Steven was - all along? I knew no sober person could've agreed to record "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing!"

But now I'm confused. What's changed? Are the drugs of today really that much different than the drugs of the '70s? How can one make you sing for the laughter and sing for the tears while the other makes you sing love songs to an asteroid??


Tony Alva said...

We must have been brother/sister in another life Beckeye. Aerosmith made four of the most illinest kickass records ever (their debut, Get Your Wings, Rocks, Toys in the Attic). Draw the Line wasn't bad either, but the slide had begun. Then money and dope crashed them to earth. Then they emerge clean and sober unable to write their own material (Bruce Fairburn and a bevy of writers chipped in for the relaunch of the band). It all started with that wussy tune 'Angel'.

Even though I was disappointed in all of this, I still rooted them on and there were flashes of the old band now and again, but the newer stuff sits in the CD rack untouched. They still put on a good show and will break out material from the first four, so if someone gives you tickets, go see'em.

Love to hear your list of favs. Here's mine:

'One Way Street' Debut Album
'Movin' Out' Debut Album
'Seasons of Wither' Get Your Wings
'Train Kept a Rollin' Get Your Wings
Rats in the Cellar' Rocks
'Nobody's Fault' Rocks
'Uncle Salty' Toys
'No More No More' Toys

katrocket said...

Could he be doing this to gain some publicity? We haven't heard much from Aerosmith in a while, so maybe he's trying to resurrect his career via reality TV - everyone's doin' it, but Celeb Rehab is a questionable choice.

Mike said...

It was reported on TMZ. Steven Tyler rehab stories surface every year...right before another CD is about to drop.

I will wait and see. I hope he isnt addicted again. Being hooked in your 50's is a totally different thing from being in your 20's and a young rock star.

I am a huge Aerosmith fan, and would hate to see him go through this again. Crap music or not.

Mathdude said...

Growing up, I don't think there was any band cooler than Aerosmith. Tyler was badass, and there was nobody cooler than Joe Perry with his long-ass guitar straps that allowed him to sling it so low to the ground. Now they just plain suck.

Bro TA missed Night in the Ruts which remains a favorite for me.

Tony Alva said...

'Night in the Ruts' was much like 'Draw the Line', both had real strong cuts like 'Cheesecake' and Coney Island Whitefish Boy', but also had a it's fair share of dreck.

Those first 4 records were entirely dreckless perfection.

Areosmith controversy #1: Joe Perry did NOT play any of the lead guitar in their ripping version of 'Train Kept a Rollin'. The first parts were Steve Hunter and the second 'Live' part was Dick Wagner. Don't know if anybody gives a shit, but that bit of news left me speachless for months when I was finally shown the proof.

Gifted Typist said...

Maybe, it's a retro thing, to get checked it. Given the press it generates for Britney et al, maybe Tyler's trying to get himself some ink.

Red said...

My favorite part is he's at rehab with Dr. Drew. Man, I love that guy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

These are burning questions for our generation, no doubt. They really should do a quality control analysis on the drugs from different eras. Could tell us a lot actually.

doorknob_dan said...

I'd hate to be his liver, kidney, or lungs. And probably his weakened nasal passages. And maybe anal passage. His peezer neither. You know what? I don't want to be any part of him.

So is he still sleeping with Liv Tyler?

Chris said...

Me likey old Aerosmith tuneage too. Maybe "rehabbed" musicians should have to take a pee test before concerts and recording sessions, kinda like athletes get tested before competitions... But then again, who really wants to see Keith Richards try to pee in a cup?

cube said...

I smell a reality series in the works.

pistols at dawn said...

I officially gave up on them when they had that "Armageddon" song, because they didn't even write it. I was like, "YOU'RE A BAND! WRITING SONGS IS WHAT YOU DO!"

I was a lot angrier than I would have expected, to be honest.

fran said...

I still think that song for song, "Pump" is their best album, even if it's from Aerosmith 2.0

Anonymous said...

I didn't know there was going to be a freakin' test. I'm going to drink now.

Leonesse said...

blogger ate my comment. wtf?

Jessica said...

I hope this isn't true. :( I love Aerosmith. I think there's a time and a place for every decade of their music. lol

LoraLoo said...

So I'm catching up around here and I'm wondering... what do you think about Tyler's claim it was a foot injury rehab?

I'm just glad they all got sober so we'd still have decades of Aerosmith. Hope it WAS a foot injury deal.


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