Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler has entered a treatment program after his recent relapse. This has prompted the band to put their upcoming Las Vegas residency on hold temporarily.
On Tuesday, Aerosmith released a statement noting that the 74-year-old had recently undergone foot surgery in preparation for the band’s return to the stage but while managing his pain he, unfortunately, suffered a relapse.
“As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years,” read the statement which was shared on Instagram. “After foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process, he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery.”
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Thus the rockers subsequently decided to cancel the June and July performances of the Deuces Are Wild residency, which was supposed to begin at Dolby Live at Park MGM on June 17. The Sweet Emotion performers went on to apologize for the same.
“We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must cancel our first set of Las Vegas Residency dates this June and July while he focuses on his well-being,” it read. “We will continue our 2022 dates starting in September, and we’ll let you know any further updates as soon as we can. We are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows.”
In conclusion, they wrote: “Thank you for your understanding and for your support for Steven during this time.” For long, Tyler has struggled with substance abuse and has been quite open about it. His revealed that his bandmates and managed orchestrated an intervention back in 1988 to convince him to seek help for his drug addiction.
“There was a moment in ’88 where management and the band pulled an intervention on me. They thought, ‘Get the lead singer sober, and all our problems would be over,'” he told Haute Living, according to PEOPLE. “So I got sober and, you know, it took me many years to get over the anger of them sending me to rehab while they went on vacation.”
“But today, because of that moment … I am grateful and owe a thanks to them for my sobriety,” he noted.
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