The trials and tribulations of Steven Tyler have seemingly eaten up more tabloid news space in the past few years than the antics of Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan combined.
But the 64-year old "American Idol" judge tells Rolling Stone that he's back and ready to rock with Aerosmith alums, including his sometimes nemesis Joe Perry. To prove his point, Tyler has been doing some interviews about the band's current tour and its upcoming album, "Music From Another Dimension," that the band just announced will be released in November. It's the band's first since the 2004 release "Honkin' on Bobo."
"My wife left, and I went through a divorce -- including a divorce with the band to some extent," Perry told Rolling Stone. "The most important trip you'll ever take in life is to meet people halfway."
In Tyler's case, that trip has been filled with health issues -- his own and that of various band members -- plus the personal and the professional discourse of which he spoke. Yet the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members have continued to create music that keeps them vital rock staples. That's something many bands that began at the same time can't claim, as they tour the oldies circuit.
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"Make no mistake, Aerosmith has no plans to stop rocking" said Tyler in a press statement a few years ago."There's a new album to record ..."
And, at last, that time has arrived. The journey that resulted in the new album wasn't even painful, said Tyler, noting that he'd join the band in the studio after taping "American Idol." There, they'd work until the early-morning hours, riffing and sharing ideas and exclaiming as the songs came to fruition.
And although Aerosmith has dabbled in formats other than rock, including blues in its last recording, the band is now concentrating on its rock, both in records and on stage.
Hits such as "Love in an Elevator" and "Livin' on the Edge" were just part of the greatest hits show the band raucously played in Toronto, according to a review in the Toronto Sun. Tyler was in top form, swirling, screaming, and throwing his scarves and other apparel into the audience of about 13,000 fans. In fact, Aerosmith was so hard core rock that it made opening act Cheap Trick seem somewhat mild by comparison.
"Did you miss us?" Tyler asked the audience.
The audience's cheers more than answered his question.