Steven Tyler. biography
Music legend Steven Tyler was born Steven Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948, in Yonkers, New York, and first introduced to music with a pair of drums before discovering his true talent for singing. In the 1960s, Tyler met bassist Tom Hamilton and guitarist Joe Perry while performing separately in New Hampshire and soon acquired drummer Joey Kramer and guitarist Brad Whitford to form the band Aerosmith.
The newly formed band immediately scored a record deal with Columbia Records in 1972, and released their debut studio album Aerosmith along with the hit single "Dream On" a year later. Although compared to the Rolling Stones on a daily basis, Aerosmith soon separated themselves from the competition with the release of their third album Toys in the Attic (1975). Their mega hit singles "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" launched the band's success and transformed them into a prominent rock ensemble.
After the release of their next studio album Rocks in 1976, the group's strong hold over the music world began to diminish when their personal problems came into play. Whitford and Perry eventually left the band, leading Tyler to drug-abuse and his undying effort to add new members. When Tyler finally got clean in the mid 1980s, rap group Run-D.M.C. put the newly reunited band on the map again by covering Aerosmith's hit single "Walk This Way" on their album Raising Hell.
In 1987, Aerosmith released their comeback album Permanent Vacation with the hit singles "Rag Doll" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)." They reached even more success with the release of Pump (1989) and the rising demand for music videos; specifically on the popular music video network MTV. After the release of their next album Get a Grip (1993), the band struggled to maintain their past demand over the charts, but were established enough to rely on live performance for additional fortune.
In 2006, Tyler's career was put on hold when he endured throat surgery, subsequently resulting in the cancellation of the band's Northern American tour. In that same year, Tyler confirmed that he had recently contracted Hepatitis C and was later admitted to Pasadena's Las Encinas Hospital rehabilitation center for treatment deriving from several leg surgeries in 2008.
Three years later, speculation that Tyler was leaving the band to focus on his solo career began circling around town and was later personally confirmed by Perry. The rumor, however, was squashed when Tyler joined the band in 2010, for the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour.
Despite many quarrels within the band over the years, Tyler started working on Aerosmith's long-awaited new album Music from Another Dimension! in 2011, which is set to be released in November 2012.
Aside from his personal music endeavors, Tyler has released his best-seller autobiography Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? (2011) and was added as a panel judge to the hit reality competition show American Idol in 2012, but later announced he would not be reprising his role as an A.I. judge. Tyler is also the father of four children: actress Liv Tyler from his marriage with model Bebe Buell; model Mia Tyler from his marriage with model Cyrinda Foxe; Taj and Chelsea Monroe from his marriage with Teresa Barrick. In 2011, Tyler announced that he and model Erin Brady were engaged.