Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is hitting the publicity trail for his forthcoming autobiography, and he sure knows how to drum up media interest with a few choice quotes. In a recent interview, he admitted that he had spent $20 million on drugs throughout his career. He says “I blew $20 million. I snorted my Porsche, I snorted my plane, I snorted my house in that din of drugs and booze and being lost.”
He’s also revealed that he got so bad with his addictions at one stage that he couldn’t even make it through a performance without his stash of drugs on stage. He says: “I kept my medicine cabinet on stage, in a 14-inch drum head, the bottom of which contained… one Dixie cup with a straw and blow [cocaine] in it and the other with Coca-Cola and Jack Daniels in it.”
He also admits that if he hadn’t had those around him getting him in to rehab many times, he wouldn’t have made it to being the loveable 62 year old American Idol host he is today today: “Left to my own devices I probably would have been dead several times over.” Over his career Tyler has checked in to rehab eight times, the last of which was two years ago at the age of 60 for his painkiller addiction.