The 74-year-old is seeking treatment for substance abuse.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has voluntarily entered a treatment program for substance use after a relapse. The rock band said in a statement on Tuesday that the 74-year-old musician underwent foot surgery in preparation for the band's return to the stage. The rocker who first sought treatment for substance abuse in the 1980s suffered a relapse while managing his pain after his recent surgery, reports PEOPLE.
"As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years," the statement, which was shared on Instagram, read. "After foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process, he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery." The June and July dates of the Deuces Are Wild residency which was slated to begin at Dolby Live at Park MGM on June 17 have now been canceled. The band added, "We will continue our 2022 dates starting in September, and we’ll let you know any further updates as soon as we can. We are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. Thank you for your understanding and for your support for Steven during this time."
Aerosmith announces it is canceling the June and July dates of its Las Vegas residency after the band's frontman, Steven Tyler, voluntarily entered rehab. https://t.co/WAYngYN5yl— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 25, 2022
The rock singer has always been candid about his history with addiction. When the band was a huge success in the '70s, he and his bandmates "became very f----- up" on drugs, Tyler recalled in a December 2019 interview with Haute Living. Things got so bad for Tyler in particular that his bandmates and management had to stage an intervention in 1988 that urged him to seek help for his drug addiction. He shared, "There was a moment in '88 where management and the band pulled an intervention on me. They thought, 'Get the lead singer sober, and all our problems would be over. So I got sober and, you know, it took me many years to get over the anger of them sending me to rehab while they went on vacation." He added, "But today, because of that moment … I am grateful and owe a thanks to them for my sobriety."
Tyler sought out help in 2009 for an addiction to prescription pain killers. According to Rolling Stone, a physician from the New England Baptist Hospital previously mentioned that the singer's addiction comes from difficulties with pain management. In 2009 Brian McKeon said in a statement, “Over the past 10 years, Steven Tyler has suffered orthopedic injuries and has been in severe chronic pain which will require further surgeries on his knees and feet,” McKeon said. “Managing and controlling his pain has been challenging and despite our use of alternative therapies and the creation of custom shoes built by a team of engineers from Timberland, Steven’s pain has progressed. The balance between managing his pain and avoiding addiction is tenuous and difficult and his bravery in persevering through rigorous touring is admirable. As with many athletes, Steven put his performance first as he struggled with acute pain for years.” Tyler’s daughter Liv also issued a statement at the time expressing her support for her father. “He is a courageous man,” she said. “We love him and are so proud that he is getting help to balance his pain management, not just for himself but for his family, friends and fans.” We're sure he'll get through this once again!
Just weeks before returning to their Las Vegas residency, Aerosmith canceled their June and July shows. In a statement, the iconic rock band said lead singer Steven Tyler has entered a treatment program, voluntarily, and would be unable to perform. https://t.co/4bxxdHARuc— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 25, 2022