Steven Tyler, Aerosmith front man has struggled with addiction problems for most of his life but this morning he spoke out on The Today Show to refute claims that his horrific fall on Tuesday was caused by intoxication.
Steven Tyler, 63, called in to The Today Show to discuss the issue with host Matt Lauer and revealed an image of himself taken shortly after the fall in which he sported broken teeth and a nasty black eye.
The singer, who fell whilst taking a shower, first entered rehab back in 1984 but insists that this time he was completely sober.
“I went in looking like Baryshnikov, and walked out looking like [boxer] Leon Spinks!” Steven Tyler told Matt Lauer.
“Just quite frankly I passed out… I fell on my face, I woke up with the water running on me, not knowing where the hell I was.”
When Matt Lauer approached the subject of a relapse, Steven Tyler was only too happy to clear the air.
“Being in the program I’m in, it’s something we have to accept. I went public with my problems only to address them straight on – people thinking [I relapsed] is natural and normal.”
“It still bothers me a little, but it’s something I’ll have to deal with the rest of my life.”
Obviously it takes more than a nasty knock to keep him down, and last night Steven Tyler proved his resilience.
Steven Tyler took to the stage in Paraguay for a make-up concert to replace the one he missed the previous night due to a nasty shower fall.
“I wore my sunglasses for my first song, took ’em off and the crowd roared.
“Not only did I break my face but we broke the house record – life is beautiful Matt!”
Steven Tyler has a black eye and had two new teeth implanted in the wake of the accident for which he was hospitalized, meaning that he had to cancel the original concert.
He performed at the Jockey Club in Asuncion with all his usual gusto, clearly not allowing his injuries to distract him from the show.
Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: “Steven even played harp with his busted lip my mind was blown. He put on one of his best shows ever. Aerosmith rocks on.”
“Gotta hand it to Steven for playing the show tonight considering how sick was from food poisoning the night before. He’s amazing.”
Steven Tyler suffered a cut on his forehead and knocked out two teeth after he fell in a hotel shower during a stop on Aerosmith’s South American tour.
He was taken to hospital for a CT and walked out by himself a few hours later.
Steven Tyler is fine and back in action thanks to a Paraguyan dentist who replaced his missing teeth.
The dentist, Maria Bastos, called into a local radio station today claiming that the singer is “doing splendidly” after the procedure.
Steven Tyler’s daughter Mia thanked fans on Twitter for “all the love regarding my dad and his accident”, adding:
“My dad takes a lickin but always keeps on tickin. Can’t nothin bring down the Demon Of Screamin!”
Steven Tyler was staying at the Bourbon Hotel in Asuncion, Paraguay, where he was due to perform a concert tonight with his band, Aerosmith.