Anyone else miss the old VH1 "Behind the Music?" Sure, they were all more or less the same: Young kid has a dream of being a rock star. Kid moves to L.A., joins band, gets spotted by Clive Davis/David Geffen/Gene Simmons. Band gets signed, band gets big, band goes on tour. Band ultimately falls into "drug and groupie addiction," band member ODs/is bedridden with 13 different STDs, band falls out of favor. Former kid with a dream ends show standing on a farm, looking introspective and talking about his new love of his horses/painting/ long forgotten family. Show wraps.
Dammit, if it wasn't a predicatable (yet quality!) 45 minutes of television every week.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler went on Australia's "60 Minutes" a few days ago to talk about drugs and to make the strong case that "Behind the Music" should be renewed. In the interview, Tyler laid out the hard numbers of his famous drug addiction, saying that he spent $5 to $6 million on cocaine over the course of a decade. That is a staggering number.
From the Daily Mail:
The flamboyant star, who with guitarist Joe Perry was known as one of the Toxic Twins, said he estimated he had shovelled millions up his nose in the years - controversially less than the $20 million than had rumoured.
Tyler, 65, revealed the huge spend on Australian show 60 Minutes, saying he spent: 'Realistically, 5 or 6 [million]. But it doesn’t matter. You also could say I snorted half of Peru, but it doesn’t matter.'
The long-haired rocker had been sober for more than two decades until he became addicted to prescription drugs in 2009, although he later was successful with treatment.
He became addicted to drugs in the late 1970s and continued to take illegal substances until 1986 when he received treatment.
In the interview, to be aired on Australian TV this week Tyler reveals his relationship with Perry has improved since they famously fell out over the rocker's stint on American Idol - they made up when Steve quit the band.
These surviving rockers are modern medical wonders. We need to chronicle their stories while they're still living and then donate their bodies to science when they're gone.
I truly think the secrets of immortality lie in these guys.
[H/T: Daily Mail]