Steven Tyler’s Relapse Cancels Aerosmith Las Vegas Residency
Aerosmith, who were set to return to live performances this summer, have cancelled their Las Vegas residency, because frontman Steven Tyler has voluntarily checked himself into rehab, according to TMZ who broke the story.
The four-time Grammy-winning rock band and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2001) issued a statementt indicating that Tyler, 74 whose substance abuse battle is well-known and dates back decades, experienced a relapse following a pain-management program due to foot surgery.
The sold-out “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas residency was to have kicked off June 17 and continued through into July at Dolby Live Theater in Park MGM, with the venue indicating indicating Aerosmith has another residency planned for September. For now, those September shows remain on the schedule. Tickets for the cancelled run of shows will be automatically processed and refunded through Ticketmaster or point of purchase.
Tyler wasn’t the only member of Aerosmith to drop out of this year’s tour. Prior to the Las Vegas tour announcement, the band announced that drummer Joey Kramer would be absent from the 2022 dates due to a “temporary leave of absence.” While the announcement didn’t go into specifics, “He regrettably made the decision to sit out the band’s concerts in 2022 so he can focus his full attention on his family during these uncertain times.” The statement also noted, “He and the band look forward to his future performances with Aerosmith.”
The second residency of shows is still scheduled for a September 14 start at the famed MGM Live and will continue through October 5. However, with two founding members out, it remains a mystery whether those dates will be possible at this point.
Steven Tyler’s known orthopedic injuries are a result from decades-long injuries sustained as a result of wear and tear from over five decades of performing. Tyler suffers from from Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of the nerves in the feet, that can cause pain and swelling that has required pain medication, leading to an addiction to prescription painkillers, which resulted in the longtime singer’s previous relapse in 2009.
Aerosmith was formed in 1970 in Boston and is comprised of founding members Steven Tyler (lead vocals), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), and Joe Perry (lead and rhythm guitar) plus Brad Whitford (rhythm and lead guitar) who joined the band one year later.
The band has won four Grammy Awards and holds several sales records including the second-highest number of number-one singles in rock with nine, and second-most gold albums (KISS holds the record at 30). Collectively the band has achieved 25 gold, 18 platinum, and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, in addition to one diamond album, four gold singles, and one platinum digital single. Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide and 70.2 million in the United States as the best-selling American rock band.