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Video: Aerosmith’s Tyler on LSD (Lead Singer Disorder)

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    >>> to call steven tyler an aging rock star would be a mistake. if what he's doing is aging most people would say, sign me up. i sat down with tyler to talk about his new memoir "does the noise in my head bother you"? apparently not. people can't get enough.

    >> steven tyler ! [ cheers and applause ]

    >> at the age of 63, rocker steven tyler is white hot right now. having taken his talents and way with words to one of america's hottest television shows . he's become a media darling with his kooky style and tylerisms.

    >> well [ bleep ] a duck and see what happens.

    >> what?

    >> for the last 30 years as the lead singer of aerosmith , a band which churned out platinum records every year since the '70s, all the news fit to print about tyler was barely suitable to print at all.

    >> reporter: the sweet emotion he was feeling was from an addiction to drugs. and as recently as two years ago he almost lost everything. how did you end up on one of the most popular shows on television?

    >> the week before, i went to betty ford in december of '09 i was so angry with it all, i got a new manager. i said to him get me a job. i don't care what it is. i'm going in. get me " american idol ."

    >> to move forward we first have to look back. it's hard to believe someone called the demon of screaming honed his hard rock musicality in new hampshire where he met his band meats. tyler says "dream on" came to him like a piece of divine inspiration 37 years ago. think of the lyrics of that song. that's a guy looking back over the vast terrain of his life. here you are a 26-year-old kid. it seems like it couldn't come from you. tell me about that song.

    >> i wrote that song and i'm sitting up at the barn and i'm like --

    >> you know, i'm loving that melodic stuff. it's growing through me. i don't know where it came from. every time that i look in the mirror all these lines on my face getting clearer

    >> here's the best part. the past is gone in my life like dusk to dawn isn't that the way everybody got --

    >> this was just that melody which told my mouth, touched something in my brain that made my mouth sing that. every time i look in the mirror.

    >> do you have a lighter i can hold up? come on. i want more! more is what you get in the memoir. i will start with the title. "does the noise in my head bother you." what's the noise? your head?

    >> it goes like this. sit a spell it will take about an hour i'll tell you a little story about me and matt lauer

    >> we'll leave it about that.

    >> is that there constantly?

    >> pretty much. yeah.

    >> some may know aerosmith published a metrodome wmoir in 1997 . in the last 14 years he's gone through divorce, had potentially career-ending throat surgery, revealed he has hepatitis c , been to rehab after rehab and had a bitter feud with bandmates who came close to replacing him after he fell off a concert stage two years ago high on prescription drugs . writing a book about lsd and this is not the drug.

    >> no, no.

    >> lds is --

    >> lead singer disorder. jimmy page wrote that.

    >> you had it.

    >> i think we all do as lead singers . we front the band. so therefore why don't they listen to us? we know everything.

    >> big ego?

    >> of course.

    >> tough to work with?

    >> yeah.

    >> made trouble when you could have made peace?

    >> yeah.

    >> when you look back now was it all just natural, part of the job ?

    >> you're damn right.

    >> if feuding with the band was part of the job , tyler could have won employee of the year for his stormy relationship with joe perry . the two once dubbed the toxic twins .

    >> is it fair to say you have spent as much time fighting over your time together as loving each other?

    >> well, see, he plays guitar in such a way where i'm addicted to it. there is no one like him. he's my own keith. my own clapton. he's there. he's aerosmith . he plays the licks and i go, whoa, wait! [ scatting ] love in an elevator

    >> it just works. do that again! so it's magic. what, am i going to fight it?

    >> oh, yeah. the guy in the skin tight pants is also a grandfather, although the road to paving a relationship with his two eldest daughters, actress liv and model mia has not been easy.

    >> you write about how drugs robbed you of spirituality and compassion only to realize you lost liv and mia as well. i cried when they for gave me for past behaviors but i will be working on it for the rest of my life.

    >> that's what drugs did. it took my children away, my life away, my band away. took my marriages away. i was on my knees. don't want to close my eyes

    >> tyler has been sober for a year and a half. even he says he's lucky to be alive. in the book you say you're 63 and it took you to the age of 60 to realize you didn't know anything, and that's okay.

    >> that's the best part of not knowing something. when you realize it's okay, that's when you reap the rewards.

    >> reporter: and the rewards have come. " american idol 's" ratings are holding strong. aerosmith record sales are seeing a surge and there are plans for a new album and a new tour. of course all of those things need a wardrobe change -- many, many changes.

    >> my new favorites. look. they zip all the way down. i put this on the leg just because i can.

    >> because you're steven tyler .

    >> and i get to stand next to j. lo every night. i'm beat. she's street and the dog's in heat or whatever.

    >> tylerism. no quincoincidence his upcoming single is called "it feels so good.

    >> i'm sober again and life's good. cut!

    >> you can find more of the interview with steven tyler and read an excerpt from the memoir on our website on today.com. just ahead, another

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