Steven Tyler


With his Jagger-esque mouth, raw, screaming vocals and scarf-adorned microphone stand, Steven Tyler is one of rock 'n' roll's most recognizable icons. Stephen Victor Tallarico was born on March 26, 1948, in New York City. As the son of a classical musician, Steven's early life was filled with music, and it wasn't long until he started playing drums and singing with local bands. He met guitarist Joe Perry in 1969 and the following year the pair formed Aerosmith in Boston. The band performed all over Beantown and in 1973, released their self-titled debut album. Their subsequent albums, including Toys in the Attic and Rocks are regarded as some of classic rock's greatest works, spawning such memorable tunes as 'Dream On,' 'Walk This Way' and 'Sweet Emotion.' Steven and Joe, who were dubbed 'The Toxic Twins,' let sex and drugs get in the way of their work, which led to the near demise of the band at the end of the '70s. After every member of the band attended rehab, a clean and sober Aerosmith made a comeback in 1985 with the album Done with Mirrors, but it wasn't until 1986 that Steven and the boys were 'back in the saddle again.' A remake of their classic 'Walk This Way' with rappers Run-DMC hit No. 4 on the Billboard charts and introduced Aerosmith to a whole new generation of fans. Their 1987 album Permanent Vacation featured three top 20 singles - 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady),' 'Rag Doll' and 'Angel.' 1989's Pump was an even bigger smash, with 'Love in an Elevator' and 'What It Takes.' The band's releases in the '90s, Get a Grip and Nine Lives were also smashes, helped by their videos, which featured Alicia Silverstone and Steven's daughter Liv Tyler. The band's song for Liv's blockbuster film Armageddon, 1998's 'I Don't Want to Miss A Thing' was the band's first number one single. Aerosmith gained even more notoriety when they appeared on Saturday Night Live in one of the most memorable of Mike Myers' 'Wayne's World' sketches. In 2001, the same year as the release of Just Push Play, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Steven continues to tour with Aerosmith and has made guest appearances on shows such as SNL and Two and A Half Men and movies including 2005's Be Cool. In May of 2008, Steven, who has had a history of leg injuries, checked into a Pasadena rehab facility to recover from a number of leg surgeries. Another rehab stint is just a small setback for Steven, a rocker who still has a few of his 'Nine Lives' left.

Steven Tyler

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