After months of rumors, back-and-forth accusations, denials and threats of moving on from his bandmates, [artist id="1028"]Aerosmith[/artist] singer Steven Tyler has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat a painkiller addiction.
“With the help of my family and team of medical professionals I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain and am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford,” the singer said in a statement released on Tuesday. “I love Aerosmith; I love performing as the lead singer in Aerosmith. I am grateful for all of the support and love I am receiving and am committed to getting things taken care of.”
In an additional comment to Rolling Stone, Tyler also quashed rumors that he demanded a two-year band hiatus to pursue a solo career. “I wish to set the record straight and say that I have read reports of a rumored two-year hiatus and want to be clear that this is completely false and I will enthusiastically be writing, recording and performing with Aerosmith as soon as things are handled,” he said.
Tyler, 61, has reportedly entered an undisclosed facility to deal with pain management and an addiction to prescription painkillers that the recovering addict began taking to deal with a host of performance-related injuries over the past decade, according to People. Spokespeople for the singer and the band could not be reached by MTV News for comment at press time.
The energetic hard-rock frontman, who battled a serious drug addiction in the ’70s and early ’80s before entering rehab, has suffered a number of orthopedic injuries over the past decade that have left him with “severe chronic pain” that will require several surgeries on his knees and feet, according to his physician, Dr. Brian McKeon, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at Tufts School of Medicine.
“Managing and controlling his pain has been challenging, and despite our use of alternative therapies and the creation of custom shoes built by a team of engineers from Timberland, Steven’s pain has progressed,” McKeon told People. “The balance between managing his pain and avoiding addiction is tenuous and difficult and his bravery in persevering through rigorous touring is admirable. As with many athletes, Steven put his performance first as he struggled with acute pain for years.”
Tyler’s recent erratic behavior has created a rift in the 39-year-old band, with guitarist Perry telling MTV News at last month’s American Music Awards that he was not speaking to his longtime musical foil. That statement capped months of uncertainty for Aerosmith fans, spurred by details about Tyler’s desire to go solo, which led to Perry’s belief that the lead singer was quitting the band. Then Tyler made a surprise appearance onstage with the Joe Perry Project at a show in New York, where he seemed to re-assert his desire to perform with Aerosmith.
Just a few days before the AMA’s, Kramer and Whitford expressed their concern for Tyler , suggesting that he needed to take some time off to deal with his health. The band canceled a summer tour after Tyler fell off a stage and injured his shoulder, and a long-in-the-works new album has seemingly been back-burnered as the band works through their problems. Tyler checked in to a rehab facility last year to treat an addiction to pain and sleeping medication following foot surgery.
“My family and I are in complete support of my dad’s decision to seek treatment,” daughter actress Liv Tyler added in an accompanying statement. “He is a courageous man. We love him and are so proud that he is getting help to balance his pain management, not just for himself but for his family, friends and fans.”