But despite bandmates’ downbeat descriptions of him, Aerosmith singer insists that’s what it’s taken to make them a big deal
Steven Tyler accepts he’s “cruel” to his Aerosmith bandmates – but won’t apologise because he believes that’s what’s been needed to make the band successful.
The singer tells 60 Minutes: “I’m going to be big-headed right now. I think my perfectionism and busting everyone’s chops is what got this band to where it is today.
“In the end I get a really good song, and in the end I get the hits. Yeah, I’m that good.”
Faced with accusations from guitarist Brad Whitford that “he could be extremely demanding and sometimes difficult to talk to,” and from drummer Joey Kramer that he “tortured” him, Tyler shows little remorse.
“You’re 100 percent right,” says the frontman. “I’ve said many things to all those guys that I should never have said, that I didn’t mean.”
The band admit they were furious with Tyler after his 2009 stage fall while addicted to prescription drugs – an event which brought them close to hiring a new singer.
Guitarist Joe Perry says: “To be honest, I was expecting it. I was pretty pissed off at that point.” Whitford adds Tyler’s behaviour was “irresponsible”.
But they accept their leader’s point about being “that good” – Whitford says: “It takes somebody so over the top, and in our case, Steven Tyler, who’s this amazingly gifted musician.”