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The lead singer of popular rock band Aerosmith with hits like “Dream On” and “Walk This Way,” Steven Tyler has also served as a judge on American Idol.
Steven Tyler grew up in Yonkers, New York where he seemed destined to be a rock and roll star.
After a long and fiery friendship, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler finally came head to head at a show in Cleveland in 1979.
After building up a regional following in New England, Aerosmith took to New York City where they received their first big opportunity.
Despite having received major opportunities, Aerosmith's self titled debut album performed to poor reception.
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Aerosmith's winning streak continued with 1993's Get a Grip, driven in part by such singles as "Livin' on the Edge," "Cryin'" and "Crazy." By the end of 1990s, the group was unable to maintain its chart momentum with later albums. Tyler and his bandmates were still a big draw for concerts with droves of their fans turning out to see the group play live.
Health problems have also cropped up for the famed performer in recent years. He underwent throat surgery in 2006 that could have ended his singing career. Fortunately the procedure was a success, but Aerosmith had to cancel half of its North American tour for that year. Also in 2006, Tyler announced that he had been treated for Hepatitis C, a liver disease. In 2008, Tyler checked into Las Encinas Hospital rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, California, to recover from multiple leg surgeries to repair damage to his feet. Then in 2009, during an Aerosmith performance, Tyler fell off a stage in South Dakota, breaking his shoulder. The band was forced to cancel yet another tour.
After his fall in 2009, it was reported that Tyler planned not to return to Aerosmith. A month later, Joe Perry confirmed that Tyler quit Aerosmith to pursue a solo career, but shortly after, Tyler assured fans that he was not quitting the band. In 2010, the frontman headed off on the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour with Aerosmith, performing in more than 18 countries.
Despite numerous challenges in 2009 and 2010, Tyler returned to the studio in 2011 with Aerosmith, to begin working on a new album. The band released a greatest-hits album, Tough Love, in 2011, and is slated to release Music from Another Dimension! in November 2012.
His much anticipated autobiography entitled Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? was released in 2011. A best seller, the book provides an inside look to Tyler's many wild exploits with some critics comparing it to Rolling Stone Keith Richard's graphic memoir Life. Not afraid to joke at his own expense, Tyler indicated that he suffers from "Lead Singer Disease."
Tyler scored another hit earlier that year, signing on to judge contestants on the popular singer reality show American Idol. He, along with Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, signed on for another season at the judges' table in 2012.
In January 2012, however, Tyler found himself under fire from the public and the media. His less-than-stellar performance of the national anthem at the NFL playoff game produced a wave of criticism; many objected to the "pitchy" way in which he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." Tyler did not publicly respond to his critics' remarks.
In July 2012, Tyler announced that he would not be returning to American Idol for a third season. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he explained his decision: "After some long, hard thoughts, I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress, American Idol, before she 'boils my rabbit'," Tyler said, referencing the film Fatal Attraction.
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