Steven Tyler, Areosmith frontman and now American Idol judge, discussed drug addiction among others in an interview with Matt Lauer. The interview airs May 1st, Sunday at 7 p.m. on “Dateline” and May 2nd, Monday on “Today.”
NBC released juicy tidbits to entice viewers to watch the interview. Lauer asks about the band using cocaine in their tours, even including cocaine use and costs into their contracts. “Basically, you guys would put it in your contracts. There had to be a place onstage, a little cubby, where you guys could go during the concert, go in and snort coke. And you would write it in the budget… I think you called it, what, 24 track tape?”
Tyler has this to say: “Number one, it was the thing to do in the ’70s. And by the way, bands like Aerosmith, if you looked at the ’70s, how many albums we did, how many songs and how many territories, you know, we conquered…. We were troubadours going from town to town, state to state playing three shows in a row, I needed blow. I needed that cocaine. I needed that — I needed it.”
Tyler also warns about what drug addiction can bring to a person — death, jail and insanity. “I can’t preach that enough. The only reason I wound up in rehab is because I used to the point of falling down. My kids telling me, ‘Daddy, I don’t know who you are anymore.’ Wives leave, bands break up, and it’s really a one-way street. I still liked the ride, but it’s a one-way street.”
Tyler is promoting his latest book “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir,” set to be released May 3. His first U.S. solo single, “It Feels So Good,” will also be out on May 10.