The lead singer, Steven Tyler’s personality is probably the source and reason for the bands longevity. He recently became a judge on American Idol and managed to increase his popularity as an individual and also increased exposure of his band to a new audience, non rockers but music lovers.
Each show is sold out to about 80,000 in attendance. Are there even that many people in South America? It must be their cloths, the rock star posing or energy that attracts audiences. Can’t be the guys that are the drawing force. Singer Steven Tyler is 63 years old. Lead Guitarist Joe Perry is 61 and boasts a splash of totally white hair in front of his face.
Because they are frankly old they have to do preventative rituals before going out on stage for a performance. 61 year old drummer Joey Kramer tapes his fingers and hands to prevent blisters . 60 year old guitarist Brad Whitford gets a masseuse to rub a tightening shoulder. 60 year old bassist Tom Hamilton puts in custom made ear plugs in to protect his hearing. Standing next to that drummer throughout the years has given him hearing problems despite surviving throat cancer as well. Kramer survived a nervous breakdown. All 5 of them survived severe drug and alcohol abuse.
The other band members were angry that he screwed up the entire tour for them. Tyler knew he took too much meds that night. Tyler got a broken shoulder and 20 stitches in his head after that fall. Brad admits that he and the other band members purposely did not contact Tyler for weeks. Everyone’s lives changed in an instant because Steve was irresponsible. Steven realizes they had a right to be angry with him but not to the extent of not contacting him for 27 weeks. Yes perscription drugs and performers proove that yet again it is a bad mix.
Years ago drugs and rock and roll was accepted. Not in this generation. Kids have grown up with the bad memories of their parents barely surviving being high . We see Ozzie Osborn who can barely talk from the effects of drugs. And then the memory of so many talented musicians that have died from drugs. They are just a memory and we can never be part of their new creativity. They are gone. So, give the guys of Aerosmith another tour and hope they survive it.