Steven Tyler: Joe Perry and I Were ‘Snorting Everything’

But nowadays, all he needs is 'American Idol'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2011 9:48 AM CDT
Steven Tyler: Joe Perry and I Were ‘Snorting Everything’
Steven Tyler, left, and Joe Perry of the group Aerosmith arrive for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in this Feb. 8, 2006 file photo taken in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Steven Tyler graces two magazine covers this week, waxing nostalgic about "snorting everything" a few years back in Rolling Stone while telling People how he gets high nowadays, even without drugs. When Aerosmith tried to record a new album a couple years ago, Tyler and Joe Perry did drugs together for the first time in 17 years—and it did not bode well for recording. "Joe was high and he couldn't play," says Tyler. "I couldn't sing, really, because I was snorting everything, and it f***s up your throat. It was the wrong time."

Nowadays, all Tyler needs to get high is his new American Idol gig. "If you think going out in front of high-def cameras and millions of people I'm not high on adrenaline, you're crazy," he says. "I'm stoned when that curtain drops. I just don't snort the curtain dropping. I don't snort J.Lo either, though I do breathe her in." Click for more from both interviews, including how Aerosmith spurred him on to the Idol gig. (Read more Steven Tyler stories.)

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