STEVEN TYLER Talks Drug Addiction On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is featured in the debut episode of Oprah Winfrey‘s primetime series “Oprah’s Next Chapter”, which launched with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, January 1 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. In the two-hour special — which was filmed in September at the singer’s New Hampshire home — Winfrey and Tyler cover everything from his years of drug addiction, his complicated relationships with his wives and “American Idol”.

Check out another clip from the program below.

Tyler‘s memoir, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”, debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best seller list. The book came out on May 3 and the outspoken singer made the press rounds to talk about the book. Speaking candidly about his past drug addictions with People.com, Tyler said, “I blew 20 million. I snorted my Porsche, I snorted my plane, I snorted my house in that din of drugs and booze and being lost.” He added, “I kept my medicine cabinet on stage, in a 14-inch drum head, the bottom of which contained . . . one Dixie cup (paper cup) with a straw and blow (cocaine) in it and the other with Coca-Cola and Jack Daniels in it.”

But Tyler told The Pulse Of Radio that he also wanted to show a different side of himself in the book. “Being in a band with AEROSMITH, you’re kind of depicted as Peck’s bad boy,” he said. “They love the bad boys of Boston. Everybody’s intrigued by the badness of it all. And I just thought, why not just share it with the world the way it really is, and tell them my feelings about my cat, and how addicted to Christmas time I am, and hearing my kids laugh — I don’t think they know that side. The press tends to put out the greasy, grimy, gopher guts side of AEROSMITH.”

Tyler goes into detail in the tome about the stage injury that led him back to drugs and eventually another stint in rehab in late 2009, during which AEROSMITH flirted with the idea of hiring a new vocalist.

The singer explained to Billboard, “I wanted America to know that I didn’t just go off on my own somewhere and buy some street drugs. There really was a story behind it.” Saying he got hooked on painkillers after having long-delayed surgery on both feet, Tyler revealed, “I have an addictive personality and I got in trouble again. I did, and shame on me for that.”

 

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