Steven Tyler on His Aerosmith Bandmates: ‘They Ride My Coattail… They Don’t Like Me’
To say the members of Aerosmith have a contentious relationship is not breaking news, but fans may have been shocked at just how tense things can get between the legendary rockers.
CBS news profiled the band for ’60 Minutes,’ allowing journalist Lara Logan special access to each member. She also traveled with the band on their recent South American tour, capturing live show footage for the piece.
Other than brief mentions of the band’s 40 years together, drug abuse and success, most of the piece focused on lead singer Steven Tyler and his relationship with the rest of the band.
“He wouldn’t be on that show if he wasn’t in the band, being part of Aerosmith,” guitarist Joe Perry said when asked about Steven Tyler’s position as a judge on ‘American Idol.’
While most reporters who interview Tyler end up focusing solely on his ‘American Idol’ gig, Logan resisted, instead focusing more on the intricate emotions of each band member. When talking about Tyler, Logan reports “…He is obsessive about the band, and its music. He pushes them for perfection.”
Tyler didn’t balk about the perfection accusation and instead embraced it. Announcing a desire to be “big headed,” Tyler responded, saying “I think my perfectionism and my busting everyone’s chops is what got this band to where it is today.”
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Tyler was also quick to add about the other members, “They ride my coattail… They don’t like me.”
Fair to credit, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer all agreed that Tyler has a rare talent but the relationship with Tyler has been anything but rosy. Whitford, Hamilton and Kramer all cited instances where Tyler specifically hurt them. Logan recited these transgressions to Tyler, and he softened, saying “I’ve said many things to all those guys I shouldn’t have said that I didn’t mean.”
The ’60 Minutes’ piece was interspersed with backstage antics and also showed how the band members get ready before each show.
Aerosmith will tour this summer and are currently working on a new album.