In case you were wondering:


Steven Tyler says he wasn't the only Aerosmith member who was abusing drugs in recent years.

 In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler says he and Joe Perry did drugs together in 2008 after years of sobriety. Aerosmith had been working on a new album, which never developed.

 Tyler says Perry was so impaired by snorting prescription pills, he couldn't even play his instrument. Tyler says he was no better — he couldn't sing.

Because he was hammered, or had problems with his voice? Whatever the reason, it’s no surprise. But didn’t these guys sign a huge contract with Sony at some point, and have to deliver a substantial number of albums? If so, how hard could that be? Bring in some songwriters. Practice a little. Put it out. Tour. Voila: money for nothing, chicks for free, et cetera. But it’s not that easy, of course. Let’s go to their wikipedia entry, and see what the lads were up to in 2008:

There’s a surprise. I seemed to remember something about Aerosmith getting a huge contract at a point when their fame seemed to have passed, so off to Wikipedia. Here we learn what the lads were up to in 2008:

Steven Tyler announced on VH1 Classic Radio on September 4, 2008 that Aerosmith intends to enter the studio at the end of September 2008 to complete the band's 15th studio album. It will be the band's first album of original material since 2001's Just Push Play. Tyler also confirmed that the band plans to begin a new U.S. tour in June 2009, in support of the as-yet-untitled album. This tour was supposed to be preceded by a concert in Venezuela on February 1, 2009. However, on January 15, 2009, Tyler said the band would be unable to play the gig because of a second knee injury of guitarist Joe Perry.

If you read the entire biography, you’re struck by the number of ways the members of the band were put out of commission. This isn’t a case of the drummers dying a la Spinal Tap, but almost as bad. Every paragraph has something like this: “It was followed by the over two-year-long Nine Lives Tour, which was plagued by problems including lead singer Steven Tyler injuring his leg at a concert, and Joey Kramer suffering second degree burns when his car caught fire at a gas station.” It takes work to get your car to burn at a gas station. Generally you have to help. Here’s the 2009 tour:

The tour was plagued with several health problems, however. Guitarist Brad Whitford had to sit out the first seven dates of the tour in order to recover from head surgery, after injuring his head getting out of his car. On June 28, 2009, at the band's seventh show of the tour at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, lead singer Steven Tyler injured his leg, which required the following seven shows to be postponed. As soon as the band resumed the tour on July 15, Whitford returned to the fold, however Tom Hamilton had to depart the tour in order to recover from non-invasive surgery. On August 5, 2009, Tyler was rushed to the hospital after falling from the stage at a concert in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Well, that can happen to anyone. Then Tyler went into rehab for painkillers, the band started to make noises about replacing him, but he returned for another tour, and the band was back in the saddle again!

Problems on the band's Cocked, Locked, and Ready to Rock Tour arose in August 2010, including Steven Tyler accidentally hitting Joe Perry in the head with his microphone stand at a show in Wantagh, New York[and Perry bumping into Tyler at the Toronto show, which caused Tyler to tumble off the stage.

The article notes that the band, in its early teenage high-school years, used to sit around, smoke pot, and watch "The Three Stooges." That may have been their most lasting influence.

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