Steven Tyler seems to live his life by one motto: "Anything worth doing was worth overdoing." There are few lead singers who took the adage sex, drugs, and Rock n’ Roll more literally than the Aerosmith frontman. From all the Steven Tyler groupies to the millions of dollars spent on cocaine and endless tours filled with hedonistic insanity from the first date to the last, here's a compendium of crazy stories about Steven Tyler.
Just how nasty and weird is the man who sang that song from Armageddon that made you want to drink bleach? In 1975, Tyler, who was 27, convinced a 14-year-old girl’s parents to sign over guardianship of their daughter to him. So began the three-year relationship of Steven Tyler and Julia Holcomb. If a 27 year old dating a 14 year old doesn't seem that bad to you, there are several more gross Steven Tyler stories on this list that may shock you.
Aerosmith has been around longer than 40 years, and is one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time, having shifted more than 150 million albums worldwide. Like any band that lasts that long, Aerosmith has had peaks and valleys, and sordid tales to tell. Read on for weird as hell Steven Tyler stories you probably don't even want to know.
At 27, He Convinced The Parents Of His 16-Year-Old Girlfriend To Sign Over Guardianship Of Her
In 1975, 27-year-old Steven Tyler lived with 16-year-old groupie Julia Holcomb. To get around legal problems, Tyler convinced Holocomb's parents to sign over guardianship of their teenage daughter to him. He and Holcomb lived together for a while; their relationship fell apart after she got pregnant and had an abortion. At that point, 17-year-old Holocomb moved back in with her parents.
“It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin our lives. … You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I’m going, Jesus, what have I done?”
A year before Tyler's account hit book shelves worldwide, Holocomb told her version of the story. She and Tyler were heavy drug users, which they were worried would damage the baby. She was 16 when she became pregnant, he 29, and she asserts he coerced her into the abortion, despite her strident assertions she wanted to keep the baby. Of the procedure, she said:
"The doctor did not explain what the procedure would be like. Steven watched when the doctor punctured my uterus with a large needle. Then I was taken to a room to wait for the contractions. Steven sat beside me in the hospital until it was over. When the nurse would leave the room he was snorting cocaine on the table beside my bed. He even offered some to me once, but I just turned away, sick inside....
Steven watched the baby come out and he told me later, when we were in New Hampshire, that it had been born alive and allowed to die. (I was not allowed to see the baby when it was delivered.) Steven told me later that it had been a boy and that he now felt terrible guilt and a sense of dread over what he had done."
He Estimates He Spent About $6 Million On Cocaine
Steven Tyler has spent more money on blow than most people will make over the course of their life. In his 2012 memoir, he claims he spent around $6 million on his nasal tryst with la dulce madre cocainia.
When asked to confirm that astronomical number during an interview with Australia's 60 Minutes, he said "Realistically, five or six [million]. But it doesn't matter. You also could say I snorted half of Peru, but it doesn't matter."
As it turns out, Peru is one of the world's top cocaine producers, making Tyler's claim highly dubious.
He Did So Many Drugs He Forgot His Own Songs, Then Suggested Aerosmith Cover Them
In 1984, the original members of Aerosmith convened for a reunion tour after a few years of inactivity. The guys were all so high and drunk during rehearsal they had trouble remembering how to play their own songs. Unsurprisingly, Tyler won the gold medal at these drug-addled-brain Olympics.
One night, the band was hanging out at a famous Boston DJ's apartment while he spun records for them. Over the music, Tyler said "Hey, [this song is] great. We should cover it. Who is it?"
Guitarist Joe Perry replied, "It's us, f*ckhead."
The song was "You See Me Crying" from Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic, which Tyler had completely forgotten.
He Allegedly Stole $2000 From Gangsters, Which Resulted In A Mexican Stand Off With Two Guns And A Massive Sword
Joe Perry got into the tell-all game with his 2014 memoir, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith. According to Perry, Tyler had a penchant for kleptomania in the old days, and the band once lost a gig because Tyler allegedly stole a slide projector.
Another time, three gangsters with guns accused Tyler of swiping $2,000 from suitcase. As Perry writes the scene, after accusations of Tyler's theft:
"'There wasn't any money, just some nasty clothes and a little pot.'
'There was a lot of f*ckin' money,' the gun totting gangster insisted. 'There was two thousand bucks. And you took it.'
'Look, you hippie assh*le, lying is as good as dying. I'd just as soon kill you as look at you. Keep lying and you're dead' ...
I was thinking 'this sh*t could end really badly' when [the band's friend] Gary Cabozzi came running through the apartment wielding an enormous sword. Seeing what was coming at him, the second gangster pulled out his gun...
'You got two seconds to shoot me,' said Gary, his eyes shining with murderous rage, 'before I'm on you like stink on sh*t. You better f*ck me up before I f*ck you up - and do it quick, because the cops are on their way.'
The gangsters backed down. Cabozzi had won the day. He said that twenty years later he learned that it was Steven who took the money."