Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has voluntarily checked himself into rehab forcing the band to scrap their June and July “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM. Tyler, who's now 74, has been open over the years regarding his continued battle to remain sober.
The band issued an official statement, which reads:
As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years. 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.
We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must cancel our first set of Las Vegas Residency dates this June and July while he focuses on his well-being.
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.
Back in 2013, Steven Tyler appeared on the syndicated Dr. Oz show and made a bold claim as to who's to blame for getting drugs out to the masses these days: “Y'know who the new dealers are? They're doctors. The dealers aren't on the street. It's not a (applause) shady guy on the street. Y'know how many doctors I've gone to and said, 'I, I, I'm in a 12-Step program, I've been sober for. . .' He goes, 'Ah, good for you!' On the way out he says, 'You need something to sleep tonight?' (Dr. Oz): (laughs) Gosh. . . (Steven Tyler): And I'm trying to tell him that I can't take anything that's mood altering, 'cause if I do, I like to ride it. We all do, right? You get on a water ski, you wanna go again next week. Kiss her — I wanna do it again (laughter)! It's 'euphoric recall,' it's not so odd. It's what humans — y'know, we're all touchy-feely; even those that say that they're not and men that don't cry, they still want to be touched by their mothers. Skin is the biggest organ in the body. So, we like that feeling of, y'know, opiates.”
Aerosmith will next perform on September 4th at Bangor, Maine's Maine Savings Amphitheater