I’ll go ahead and admit it – I watched 60 Minutes the other night. Yes, I was bored. No, I’m not in my 60s. Actually, I’m not even 30 yet. But their feature on Aerosmith caught my eye so I sucked up my pride and watched them tell the tale of this rocking band. And I was actually surprised to hear some things.
First things first – if you don’t know who Aerosmith is, just turn on American Idol. Or, watch Mrs. Doubtfire and then try to get the tune of “Dude looks like a lady” out of your mind. Or if you’re still clueless, turn to the nearest rock station and you’ll be bound to hear them in the next hour or so. Aerosmith is a rock band that’s written legendary songs that still play on our airwaves, commercials and dance floors all night long. They got their start in the 1970s and have managed to recreate themselves each decade and turn out American classic songs. They’re known for their rockin’ sound, as well as lead singer Steven Tyler’s voice. Some of the songs that have made history include:
- Dream On
- Janie’s Got a Gun
- Walk This Way
- I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing
- Come Together
- Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Basically … they’re legends.
The History of Drugs & Alcohol with Aerosmith
Part of what’s pretty awesome about Aerosmith is that these guys are old. I mean they’re grandpas (seriously.) Yet they’re still on stage in tight pants and sport long rock star hair. And while they’re famous for their music and style, they’ve become quite … infamous … for their drug & alcohol addictions. The 60 Minutes interview gave a sobering look at how band members have struggled with drugs and alcohol over the years, and the impact that’s had on albums, tours and band relationships.
Apparently not only is Aerosmith known for their great music, but they’re also known for their dysfunction and drama. On the show the other night, lead guitarist Joe Perry talked openly about his frustration with Steven Tyler, as did other band members. While the frustrations were nothing new, one example showed clips of Tyler falling off of the stage after he was so “lit up,” … an incident that forced the band to not talk for months. But Tyler’s not the only one at fault, other band members also have a history of going in and out of rehab for drug and alcohol addictions.
Aerosmith Getting Sobered Up
The interview ended with showing hope for a band who will keep playing as long as members defeat their addictions and stick together through the tough times. It was a sobering view of how detrimental drugs and alcohol abuse can be to a career and relationships. Even the “World’s Best Rock and Roll Band” isn’t immune from crumbling lives from drug & alcohol addictions.
We’re thankful for the rehab centers, families and friends of each of Aerosmith’s band members that have helped them get sober and clean throughout the years. We can only hope that these guys still have more years of great music to go, we’re just waiting for the next hit any day. That is a music hit …
Watch 60 Minutes Interview of Aerosmith For Yourself!
Does your friend or family member have a drug or alcohol addiction? Oftentimes, getting tested is the first step to getting help.