Aerosmith Steven plays show with black eye after fall… and admits he has to live with people suspecting the worst
Steven Tyler accepts people suspected he was drinking again after news broke of his latest collapse – and he knows he’ll live under the shadow of those doubts for ever.
The singer smashed two teeth and sustained a black eye when he took a tumble in his hotel shower in Paraguay on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of Aerosmith’s concert in Asuncion.
But the band delivered their rescheduled 17-song show on Wednesday night – with Tyler, 63, even playing harmonica despite the pain in his mouth.
The official reason for his collapse was given as an attack of food poisoning. But the singer told Today Show presenter Matt Lauer he knew many people would assume it was drink-related, following the spectacular dive in 2009 which forced Aerosmith on hiatus and sent him into rehab.
Tyler said: “I get that people think that. It still bothers me a little – but it’s something that I have to deal with for the rest of my life.
“Being in the programme, it’s something we have to expect. People thinking that is natural and normal.
“Frankly I just passed out. I was in the shower and I got nauseous and I started to get sick, and I just fell on my face. I just passed out, and woke up with the water on.”
And to those who still doubt him he said: “We flew last night from Paraguay after that incident, and we’re in Argentina for two hours. And anyone who knows anyone who uses substances wouldn’t be up at this hour, having a talk with Matt Lauer and the rest of America.”
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted after the Paraguay concert: “Steven even played hard with his busted lip. My mind was blown. He put on one of his best shows ever.
“Gotta hand it to Steven for playing the show tonight considering how sick he was from food poisoning the night before. He’s amazing.”