To hear Steven Tyler's doctor tell it, the Aerosmith frontman's addiction to painkillers has less to do with hard living than with, well . . . old age. Tyler's feet and knees are killing him from years of performance wear-and-tear: the chronic pain is evidently so had that he'll need surgery before getting back in the saddle again.
Observation: You don't hear Keith Richards blaming the drugs on geriatrics, do you?
Tyler released a statement today that he's entering rehab to get off the painkillers. Presumably, this will also be a chance for his accountant to knock some sense into him, and to persuade him not to do any more of that breaking-up-Aerosmith nonsense.
No word yet on whether Joe Perry's bum knee, Tom Hamilton's throat, or Brad Whitford's whatever-it-was will be visiting Tyler's feet in rehab.