Steven Tyler says he's sober, did drugs with Joe Perry in 2008
Steven Tyler, an "American Idol" judge and singer of Aerosmith, says he has been off drugs for more than a year but "got high" with his band's guitarist, Joe Perry, in 2008 after years of sobriety.
Perry has not commented. Tyler, who was once addicted to drugs such as heroin and has been to rehab several times, talks about his sobriety in an interview with People magazine and details his past substance abuse in his memoir, "Does the Noise in my Head Bother You?", which is set for release on May 3.
Tyler told Rolling Stone magazine that he Perry did drugs together in 2008 while they worked on new music for the band. The Associated Press said the substance in question was prescription pills.
"It was just like 30 years before," Tyler said. "I whipped out mine, he whipped out his and we got high together again. I say to Joe, 'Wow, man, how you been, it's been, what, 17 years since we got high together?' Joe was high and he couldn't play. I couldn't sing, really, because I was snorting everything."
Tyler and Perry were once dubbed "the Toxic Twins" due to their reported drug and alcohol abuse, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. Tyler's latest stint in rehab came in late 2009, when he was treated for an addiction to prescription painkillers resulting from 10 years of performance injuries.
"Left up to my own devices," Tyler told People magazine regarding his past drug use, "I probably would have been dead several times over."
The singer says that he now gets his kicks from something else.
"If you think going out in front of high-def cameras and millions of people I'm not high on adrenaline, you're crazy," Tyler, 62, told People magazine. "I'm stoned when that curtain drops. I just don't snort the curtain dropping. I don't snort J. Lo either, though I do breathe her in."
Tyler and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez joined Randy Jackson on the judging panel of FOX's hit singing contest series earlier this year, following a program revamp made amid declining ratings and which saw the departure of judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Tyler had told journalists in January that his new role as a judge on "American Idol" did not mean Aerosmith was over, adding that he wanted to begin work on a new album within weeks.
Tyler said in March that he and Perry recently "sent smoke signals" after months of not speaking and hinted that they may produce new music this summer.
"BUT JUST SMOKED THE PEACE PIPE FOR AN HOUR TODAY AND ARE ON OUR WAY TO ROCK'IN YOUR (expletive) WORLDS THIS SUMMER BY LOCKING OUR SELVES AWAY SOMEWHERE W/ GUITARS & DRUMS," Tyler said.
Aerosmith sold more than 150 million albums since forming in 1970 and last recorded a studio album in 2004. The veteran rock band nearly broke up in 2009 when a feud erupted between Tyler and the other band members. Aerosmith toured in 2010 and Tyler has said he and his band members plan on touring South America and Japan in November and December of 2011.