Demon Of Screamin'
Musician and songwriter Steven Tyler, nicknamed “Demon Of Screamin',” is the lead singer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Aerosmith. With the Grammy-winning group that was formed in 1970, Tyler has released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed with "Get Your Wings" (1974), "Toys in the Attic" (1975), "Rocks" (1976), "Draw the Line" (1977), "Permanent Vacation" (1987), "Pump" (1989), "Get a Grip" (1993) and "Just Push Play" (2001). The albums have spawned such smash hits as "Sweet Emotion" (1975), "Dream On" (1976), "Walk This Way" (1977), "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (1987), "Angel" (1988), "Rag Doll" (1988), "Janie's Got a Gun" (1990), "Livin' on the Edge" (1993), "Cryin'" (1993), "Crazy" (1994), "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (1998), and "Jaded" (2001).
The 5' 9½ prolific frontman and rock icon ranked #21 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists. He was married to Kathleen Hetzekian (aka. Cyrinda Foxe), an ex-Andy Warhol model and the former wife of New York Dolls' lead singer David Johansen, from 1978 to 1987, and to clothing designer Teresa Barrick from 1998 to 2006. He has three daughters, plus-size model and actress Mia Tyler, actress Chelsea Tallarico, and famous actress Liv Tyler, whose mother is a former Playboy Playmate (Miss November 1974). He also has one son named Taj Monroe Tallarico. Tyler has dated Erin Brady since 2006.
Tyler, who was also known for his heavy drug and alcohol abuse in the 1970s and early 1980s, completed drug rehabilitation in 1986 and had remained sober for over 20 years. He recently made headlines in May 2008 when he checked into the Las Encinas Hospital's drug rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, California, for substance abuse.
"Of all the things I ever lost, I miss my mind the most." Steven Tyler
Childhood and Family:
"I have always said I would rather grow up wrong than being right in someone else's eyes." Steven Tyler
In Yonkers, New York, Stephen Victor Tallarico, who would later be famous as Steven Tyler, was born on March 26, 1948. The second child to Victor and Susan Tallarico, Steven has one older sister, Lynda. His father was a classical musician who directed the Vic Tallarico Orchestra and taught music at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx for many years. Both his parents now work as curators at the Tyler Zoo.
Steven, who attended Roosevelt High School but was expelled for drug use, graduated from Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. He later received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College Of Music, in Boston, in June 2003, and from the University of Massachusetts in 2005.
On September 1, 1978, Steven married Kathleen Hetzekian (aka. Cyrinda Foxe), an ex-Andy Warhol model and the former wife of New York Dolls' lead singer David Johansen. They have one daughter, Mia Abagale Tallarico. Steven and Cyrinda divorced in November 1987. Cyrinda, who published “Dream On: Livin' on the Edge With Steven Tyler and Aerosmith,” a memoir of life with Steven in 1997, died on September 7, 2002, of a cancerous brain tumor.
Steven married his second wife, clothing designer Teresa Barrick, on May 28, 1998. They have two children, Chelsea Tallarico (actress; born March 6, 1989) and Taj Monroe Tallarico (born on January 31, 1991). They divorced in early 2006. Since then, Steven has dated Erin Brady.
"My daughters are beautiful, I am one proud papa. I am also a grandpa now...check THAT out, a grandfather. Strange how life works, one day you are in a haze, the next you are a family man." Steven Tyler
Steven also has one daughter, Liv Tyler (actress; born July 1, 1977), with model, singer, and former Playboy Playmate of the month (Miss November 1974) Bebe Buell (born on July 14, 1953). Buell allowed Liv to believe that rock star Todd Rundgren was her father until she was 8 years old, as Steven was still deeply addicted to drugs at the time. Steven became a grandfather on December 14, 2004, when Liv gave birth to her son with British rocker Royston Langdon. Liv and Royston separated in May 2008 after five years of marriage.
Steven use to bring a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey on stage to drink during shows, but has since quit drinking and replaced it with water. On why he became sober, he later revealed, "Liv is possibly the biggest reason for me changing the way I lived. She is a dream daughter. When she was very young, I wasn't sure whether I was the father but, by the time she was eight, I knew for sure. I saw my features in hers and I cried. I started seeing her a lot and I think her mother had alluded to the fact I was her dad. I just said to her, 'Liv, there's something I want to tell you. I'm your Daddy.' It was one of the most emotional moments of my life and I just stood there crying like a baby while she shouted, 'I knew it, I knew it.' I love her more than anything and have a great relationship with her. We can talk about anything."
In 2006, at age 58, Steven underwent throat surgery to correct a popped blood vessel in his throat. The surgery was a success and after a few weeks of rest, he returned to the recording studio. That same year, it was also revealed he had been battling hepatitis C for the past three years, but was gradually getting better after treatment that included a year of chemotherapy. Recently, in May 2008, Steven, who entered a strict drug rehabilitation program in the mid '80s, checked into Las Encinas Hospital's drug rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, California, for substance abuse.
Son of a classical musician who directed the Vic Tallarico Orchestra and taught music at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx for many years, Steven Tyler began singing in the choir at a Presbyterian church in the Bronx. While a preteen, Tyler started to play drums, but eventually switched to vocals after discovering the Beatles. By 15, he had become the drummer and singer in a variety of local rock and roll bands, including “The Strangeurs,” “Chain Reaction,” “The Chain,” and “William Proud.” As a teenager, he also worked in a bakery to make extra money.
In the late '60s, Tyler moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he met guitarist Joe Perry, who worked at an ice cream parlor at the time, and bassist Tom Hamilton. After they were joined by drummer Joey Kramer and second guitarist Ray Tabano (who was eventually replaced with Brad Whitford), Tyler and his friends christened their new band “Aerosmith” in 1970.
Aerosmith, who was signed to Columbia Records in 1972, has released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album. Their follow-up albums, "Get Your Wings" (1974), "Toys in the Attic" (1975; (ranked #228 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time), "Rocks" (1976; ranked #176 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time), and "Draw the Line" (1977), which yielded such legendary hits as "Sweet Emotion" (1975), the blues-influenced power ballad "Dream On" (1976), and "Walk This Way" (1977), cemented their status as hard rock superstars.
After parting ways because of their fame and substance abuse, Aerosmith embarked on a reunion tour called "The Back in the Saddle Tour" and proceeded to record once again. Aerosmith promptly reclaimed their title as one of the United States' finest rock and roll bands.
The original members of Aerosmith regrouped and made a remarkable comeback with “Permanent Vacation” (1987), which became a major hit and the band's bestselling album in over a decade, selling 5 million copies in the U.S. All three of its singles, "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Rag Doll," and "Angel" climbed to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. The group went on tour with Guns N' Roses, who have cited Aerosmith as a major influence.
Tyler and his revitalized group had more commercial success with their next album, “Pump” (1989), which featured the Top 10 singles "Janie's Got a Gun" (won Grammy's Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal), "What It Takes," and "Love in an Elevator," as well as the Top 30 "The Other Side."
By the '90s, Tyler and his band had reinvented themselves and began to focus on pop-oriented material. Their 1993 album, “Get a Grip,” was commercially successful and became their first album to debut at #1. The hard rocking lead singles "Livin' on the Edge" and "Eat the Rich" were followed by "Cryin'," "Crazy," and "Amazing," which proved to be huge successes on radio and MTV. The music videos featured actresses Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler. The band won two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: for "Livin' on the Edge" in 1994 and "Crazy" in 1995.
In 1997, Tyler and Perry were featured in a commercial for GAP, performing a bluesy number with Tyler on harmonica. The following year, Aerosmith released their only #1 single to date, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," the love theme for the 1998 film “Armageddon,” starring Tyler's daughter Liv.
Early in the new millennium, Tyler and his band performed at the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and released another platinum album, "Just Push Play" (2001), which spawned the Top 10 single "Jaded." They then released the long-promised blues album "Honkin' on Bobo" (2004), which includes eleven covers and one original track titled "The Grind."
Tyler stayed busy with a variety of side projects and guest appearances. He sang the national anthem at the 85th Indianapolis 500, played Santa and performed the song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" on the last episode of the children's television show "Lizzie McGuire," and appeared in a television commercial for Sony digital cameras where the song "The Grind" from Aerosmith's “Honkin' on Bobo” was featured. He was also featured singing "Rockin' on Top of the World" in the 2004 Christmas movie "The Polar Express."
Along with Aerosmith, Tyler performed at the benefit concert "United We Stand" in Washington, D.C. after the September 11, 2001, attacks, where he donned a full-length jacket featuring the American flag while performing the moving numbers "Livin' on the Edge" and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." In 2005, he sang lead vocals on Santana's hit single "Just Feel Better." Tyler also appeared as a cameo in the 2005 film starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman, “Be Cool,” in which he does a duo of "Cryin'" with Christina Milian's character.
After healing from throat surgery and the grueling Rockin' the Joint Tour in 2006, Tyler performed with Joe Perry and the Boston Pops Orchestra for the orchestra's annual Fourth of July spectacular. He also recorded a duet with country music artist Keith Anderson titled "Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll," which was released as a single on the U.S. Hot Country Songs charts.
While touring and recording a new album with Aerosmith, Tyler made a cameo appearance on the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" and sang "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch at Game #3 of the National League Championship Series in October 2006. He joined Aerosmith's world tour in 19 countries in 2007 and is working on material for Aerosmith's 15th studio album, currently slated for release sometime in the second quarter of 2008.
"We believed that anything worth doing was worth overdoing." Steven Tyler
Classic Rock Awards: Event of the Year, Aerosmith at Hyde Park Calling, 2007
Boston Music Awards: Album of the Year on a Major Label, "Honkin' On Bobo," 2004
Boston Music Awards: Video of the Year, "Jaded," 2002
Boston Music Awards: Album of the Year, "Just Push Play," 2002
American Music Awards: International Artist Award, 2000
Grammy: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, "Crazy," 1995
Grammy: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, "Livin' on the Edge," 1994
Grammy Award: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, "Janie's Got a Gun," 1990