The Demon Of Screamin’ Turns 64
Steven Victor Tallarico (Steven Tyler) was born to front a rock band before rock 'n' roll was even invented.
In fact, Before Aerosmith was even invented, Tyler wrote what would become one of the band's signature songs, "Dream On".
He made his first appearance in Yonkers, New York, on March 26, 1948.
The Head Nurse reportedly said, "leave this one alone, too."
It was Bad Boy Tyler who insisted on fronting Aerosmith (he had usually done the drumming work in many of his other bands) and we all know it sort of worked out pretty well for everyone involved, aside from some years where drugs took center stage.
As described on a segment of 60 Minutes, "Aerosmith is one of the last great American rock bands standing", despite those years of heavy drug use, as well as infighting, among the band members.
Of course, Tyler's position as an American Idol judge hasn't hurt the band's ability to still sell out stadiums, but, as Steven insists, "it's not because I'm old now and the band's been around forever and it's our last tour. Bullshit. It's because this band's that good."
Tyler is also not shy about taking personal credit.
"I think my perfectionism and my busting everyone's chops is what got the band to where it is today. Yeah, I'm that good."
Humble? O.k., maybe not. Good? I think we can all agree with that.
Aerosmith's new album is expected later this year, and Steven says the classic Aerosmith sound we've all come to know and love is "back".
The band hits the road in the States in June to tour the album.
The 1991 outtake, "Legendary Child", from the "Get A Grip" sessions, will be included in the upcoming summer film, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", which hits theaters June 29th and is also expected to appear on the new studio album.
Happy birthday to a true legend who can still scream with the best of them!