Steven Tyler looks a little worse for wear as pictures begin to emerge of the Aerosmith frontman who recently took a spill while in Paraguay where the band was forced to reschedule a performance. The singer was rushed to the emergency room in Asuncion after taking a nasty fall in the shower of his hotel suite Tuesday night where he remained for several hours receiving four stitches above his eye and dental work to replace the teeth knocked out by the fall.
Speaking with Today host Matt Lauer, Tyler explains the events were the result of Montezuma’s Revenge.
“It was the second show in South America. I was in the shower, I got nauseous, I started to feel sick and I fell on my face,” Tyler told Lauer via phone.
“I just passed out and I woke up wondering where the hell I was. The next thing you know my tour manager was calling the American Embassy and we found the best hospital. It was like one stop shopping. They stitched up my eye, they did a little plastic surgery and they fixed my tooth all in one fell swoop.”
Tyler has a history of drug and alcohol addiction but managed to stay sober for 20 years before re-entering a substance abuse program several years ago and again more recently for addiction to painkillers.
Attempting to quash rumors that the 63-year-old rocker had fallen off the wagon, Lauer addressed the issue asking Tyler if his sobriety was the issue?
“No, it’s not the issue. Being in the program that I’m in, it’s something that we have to accept. I went public with my problems only to address them straight on. So people thinking [I’ve fallen off the wagon] is normal and natural,” Tyler said.
“It’s nothing that I don’t understand. I get that people think that, but it still bothers me a little. It’s something I have to deal with the rest of my life.”
Although Aerosmith had to cancel their Tuesday night performance the band rescheduled the following evening because as Tyler explains, “it’s all about playing to the people it’s never been about anything other than that.
“Short of having my leg taken off people are going to expect me to take the stage no matter what. I looked at myself in the mirror and I thought I should just go on the stage and do the show and we did. I pulled myself up by my boot heels. I went on stage, wore my sunglasses for the first song, took them off and the crowd roared because they knew that I’d fallen down. And we broke the house record. Not only did I break my face but the next night we broke the house record. Life is beautiful.”
Aerosmith continue touring Latin America then move on to Japan where the band will remain through December 10.