Steven Tyler battles health issues and legal accusations amidst Aerosmith tour postponement
About 18 months ago, Steven Tyler publicly confessed that after a decade of sobriety, he had relapsed and succumbed to addiction again. Promptly seeking help, he made it known that he was returning to rehab. An Aerosmith member since the 70s, he remains proud of the band's continuing success despite the passing of time. Tyler is adamant not to squander this by slipping back into addiction.
Aerosmith communicated their bandmate's situation through social media. In a brief statement, they noted: "As many of you may already be aware, our cherished brother Steven has been striving for sobriety for many years. He underwent foot surgery in preparation for stage performances, and while dealing with post-surgery pain, his addiction resurfaced..."
The band underscored that it was Tyler's decision to pursue rehab treatment to prioritize his health. "We are deeply saddened that this causes distress for so many of you, particularly our dedicated fans who often undertake extensive travel to see our shows," Aerosmith affirmed.
However, Tyler's struggles did not conclude there. In the spring of the previous year, he faced accusations of sexual abuse. The accuser alleged that he, then 25, had engaged in an illicit relationship with her when she was only 16. Swiftly reacting to the accusation, Tyler stated that some or all of the claims were beyond the legal time frame considering the supposed consent of the accuser. As her prior guardian, he claimed some level of immunity. The court records described that "Tyler’s actions were justified, unbiased, and not retaliatory". Despite this, he vowed to continue defending his reputation.
Steven Tyler's health struggles: what's happening?
In 2023, Aerosmith planned another farewell concert tour. However, health issues arose after just a few concerts. In September, the group postponed several concerts and Tyler disclosed in a statement that he had sustained severe vocal cord injuries that resulted in bleeding. Following this, his doctor staunchly forbade him from performing for the subsequent 30 days. On September 29th, the band's social media posted that Steven's problems were more severe than initially assumed by his doctor.
The tour has been shifted to 2024. Remarkably, Steven Tyler recently shared his thoughts on the situation. During the "Jam For Janie" party which Tyler organizes yearly during the Grammy's week, he announced he is faring much better, though he remains in recovery. His daughter, Mia, however, painted a less hopeful picture, suggesting her father's voice was still fragile and deteriorating. This suggests that Aerosmith's comeback might be delayed even further...