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, 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 16-year-old girl’s parents to sign over guardianship of their daughter to him. So began the relationship of Steven Tyler and Julia Holcomb. If a 27-year-old dating a 16-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.
Tyler and Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry have toured the world together since 1970. According to Tyler's 2012 memoir, they've had the opportunity to share many intimate moments, such as when they got an STI together in a foursome.
“I remember one night on the road when Joe and I were sharing a bed with two girls and woke up in the morning with a seafood blue plate special... Crabs for everybody!”
In Aerosmith's 2012 autobiography Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, the band's engineer Rabbit Henson asserted band members were forbidden from receiving oral servicing during the last 10 days of a tour. This was a precaution, to help avoid spreading venereal diseases to their girlfriends at home.
In a 2009 interview, Tyler contradicted Henson's assertion, stating: "You didn't have sex for 10 days at the end of tour, but that was so you'd be sure to go home with a full cup of chowder. If you didn't, you were definitely suspect."
In 1975, 27-year-old Steven Tyler lived with 16-year-old groupie Julia Holcomb. To get around legal problems, Tyler convinced Holocomb's mother to sign over guardianship of her 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, Holcomb 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. ... 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, Holcomb 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, and she asserted 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.
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 lifted a slide projector.
Another time, armed individuals accused Tyler of swiping $2,000 from a suitcase. Perry wrote that they threatened Tyler before the band's friend Gary Cabozzi stormed in with a sword and threatened them right back:
Cabozzi won the day. He said that twenty years later he learned that it was Steven who took the money.